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Jul 23, 2024
Farming and Agriculture

Winter tree care

Specimen Bowwood tree in Hahei. In fact, tree roots are not dormant in winter, as they are busy seeking out the necessary resources for the tree to sustain itself  through the season and beyond. Undertaking the following care of your trees in winter: Pruning is highly recommended to tackle in winter, particularly for deciduous trees. This is for a variety of reasons: it’s easier to check for cracks, crossing branches, dead, dying, diseased or dangerous branches without the leaves present when branches are bare. Pruning in winter also allows time for the pruning cuts to recover before le…

Jul 23, 2024
Local Business

Sergio and Jana working in the Coromandel

Sergio is an internationally trained massage therapist from Argentina and Jana is a Medical Doctor working at Te Korowai in Whitianga.  They enjoy living at Cooks Beach where Sergio’s home massage clinic is located having recently moved from Thames to Whitianga due to Jana’s job assignment as General Practitioner at Te Korowai. Sergio and Jana were married in Argentina in 2017.  Argentina is Sergio’s home, but Jana is from Prague, Czech Republic.  She was in Argentina working in the community as a volunteer physician. When they met. It was their lifelong love of dancing that brought them t…

Jul 23, 2024
Roading and Transport

Pepe Bridge, Tairua rebuild at last – two lanes starting 2025

Scott Simpson MP, Simeon Brown Hon. Minister for Transport, and David Speirs, Director Regional Relationships Waikato/Bay of Plenty Wake Kotsahi, NZ transport Agency, in Scott Simpson’s office in Thames for the announcement. The Pepe Bridge at the southern end of Tairua shopping centre, opened in 1942 “Visiting the Coromandel today, I understand the impact the current Pepe Stream Bridge is having on the local community and motorists that are visiting Tairua.

Jul 9, 2024
Fundraising

Donations boost total for Project Mammogram

The Project Mammogram committee says the donations came from two local people who wanted to make a real difference to the well-being of women in this community through early detection of breast cancer.  The lives of both of the donors had been touched by breast cancer and their concern and care went out to anyone affected by breast cancer. Project Mammogram committee chairperson, Mike Brown says: “With such significant donations coming in, we are now fully focused on finding a Mammogram operator and a site for the unit.  However, we still need to complete the last $50,000 of fundraising as…

Jul 9, 2024
Charity

The Shoe Boxes are a miracle gift

Operation Christmas Child is a hands-on way for you to gift and honour children in need across the world by filling shoeboxes with toys, hygiene items, school supplies, and fun gifts. The boxes are collected locally and distributed all across the world. New Zealand packed shoe boxes go to the Pacific Islands and further. Packing a Christmas Shoe Box: Boxes are packed specifically for boys and for girls. You can choose the age and the gender. Robyn Balfour is the local and regional co-ordinator of Operation Christmas Child. “People are very generous,” Robyn said. “Every year we send hun…

Jul 2, 2024
Organisation

Announcing proven organisation working on the Peninsula – Pathways

Dita Donaldson, Social Worker; Julie Holden, Service and Relationship Manager; and Don Hamblyn, Teach Coach – all from Pathways. Don was accompanied by Julie Holden, the Service and Relationship Manager for Pathways, and Dita Donaldson, one of Pathway’s Social Workers. Pathways is a national service organisation, supporting people with drug, alcohol, and mental health concerns. It is a mobile service that takes referrals from the person concerned their family, the GP or other local organisations. Pathways has been operating for over ten years in the Hauraki area, and has expanded to cover…

Jun 25, 2024
Volunteering

Volunteers – what would we do without them?

Community leaders and hosts of Honouring Volunteers Day – Peter McKenzie and Caroline Hobman (Community Board members), Rekha Giri-Percival (TCD Councillor), Bess Kingi (Community Board member), Helena Stratford (TCDC Area Administrator), Leith Jackson (Westpac Rescue Helicopter Hangar), Deli Connell (TCD Councillor), John Grant (TCD Councillor), Heather Bruce (TCDC Manager), Sheryll Fitzpatrick (TCDC Social Navigator). The lunch was held at the Westpac Trust Rescue Helicopter Hangar on Moewai Road. The event was opened with a Karakia led by councillor Deli Connell; lunch was served; and …

Jun 25, 2024
Local Business

Making prints and making them just right

Vaughan Grisby at Stephenson Unichem Chemist doing his work at the front counter. Getting started For many years, printing photos was his trade. However, choosing Whitianga as the place to live and work was easy for Vaughan. As with several other trades and businesspeople in Whitianga, it was holiday experiences that prompted Vaughan to make this decision. When a business opportunity in his line of work presented itself, Vaughn decided this would be the place to work as well as holiday. He saw the photo-processing business in Stephen’s Pharmacy and asked himself, “Why not!” The rest is h…