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Letters to the Editor

TCDC – Please Advise? Shortly before the Informer went to print last week, I was advised that the information received from TCDC regarding their having no budget tor a Magazine, and no budget for any advertising, was misleading. Out of town ratepayers had just received, by post, a glossy mini version of the magazine, crammed full of old news and data which is readily available online, and, at all Information Centre’s throughout the Peninsula. What stunned the receivers most was the 8, yes eight pages on rubbish. What upset them the most was the postal cost. It is extremely difficult...

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A job for the Missus?

By Trevor Ammundsen The bills have been pouring in lately, rates, insurance, annual donation request from the WRC, a never-ending list of demands. Our cash resources have been stretched and a few sleepless nights have been spent trying to come up with a solution. I was getting nowhere with this until I heard that DOC was looking at giving someone the rights to manage access to Cathedral Cove. That could be a winner I thought, set the missus on a stool selling tickets. How hard can this be? First step was to ring DOC to see what was involved in getting this position. I gave them a call...

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Meteor Shower next Tuesday

By Alastair Brickell On November 12, 1833, there was a meteor shower so intense that it was possible to see up to 100,000 meteors crossing the sky every hour. At the time, many thought it was the end of the world, so much so that it inspired woodcut (see image) by Adolf Vollmy. Here in New Zealand, we might just have a chance to witness a new meteor shower for the first time ever on the night of December 12, 2023. Whilst not as spectacular as the 1833 event nor as dangerous as Wyndham’s one, it should nevertheless be well worth looking out for. This new shower will be caused by Comet...

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Two shows– Enpointe dancers star!

When we ever seriously consider a performance venue that can seat well over 500 people and have the trimmings of our cultures, then the Enpointe Dance School Christmas Show and in fact their mid year shows also, would be a reason. They Lisa Gifford , her dance teachers, her volunteer parent support team punch above their weight. An excellent production in every way and a dance show for the whole region. The photos of this wonderful show are available from Enpointe dance Studio.

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Martial Arts Centre in Coromandel Town

Kelvin Mouritsen is opening a training facility for Martial Arts in the old Coromandel Hospital. It will be known as the Chi Sau Club. This training has been welcomed by Coromandel town residents young and old. Kelvin stresses the fact that the martial arts he teaches, Wing Chun Kung Fu can be quickly learnt. This type of self-defense does not rely on bulk or strength and consequently is it most suitable for women’s self-defense. He also teaches other forms of martial arts as requested. His headquarters will be the old Coromandel Hospital. This building opened in 1892 and the hospital closed...

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Coromandel Ju Jitsu team off to Las Vegas

By Pam Ferla Excitement is building up at Coromandel Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Club as seven members fly to Las Vegas to compete at the World Championships, held from December 3 – 13. The club’s coach, Black Belt, Jeremy Janny, qualified for the world championships and enabled other club members to support him and also compete. They include Dylan Curtin, David Kohout and Gareth Beatson from Tairua, plus Aaron Wills and Narado Bury from Whangamata. Cambridge man Dave Donovan will also be going as part of the team. Dylan Curtin is Tairua’s police constable and holds Jiu Jitsu classes for children...

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We’ve been here before – even worse!

Stan’s Stuff – By Stan Stewart The world’s a mess – doom, gloom and despair! Is this the end of civilization? There’s no shortage of people, even here in ‘paradise’ on the Coromandel, who will tell you that it is. Really! In fact, I can remember when times were worse – much worse, more threatening and terrifying than what we are now facing. I am talking about the height of the Cold War. In the 1980’s it seemed nuclear war was imminent. The British government issued a pamphlet to homeowners with instructions on how to build a nuclear shelter in their back yards. This...

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The Whitianga Street Festival– something very special

By Stan Stewart The shopping precincts on Albert Street and Monk Street were closed to traffic and open to people. What a night for relaxing, mingling and snacking and grazing on all kinds of tasties. There was no charge on the various stalls. Stall holders brought their own set-ups and off they went selling their products, food, arts and crafts, all laced with good will. In fact, relaxed smiles and friendly chat were the order of the evening. Babies, small children and teens added to the brightness of the event. There was more than munchies. Just in case you were feeling down or dopey,...

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