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Feb 20, 2024
Local Business

Best time to invest in solar energy at home

To take advantage of this you need to supply a valid quote from your chosen solar specialist. Your solar installer can supply the documentation required to support your finance application provided they are a current SEANZ member. We recommend using a local provider who can offer you ongoing support and service. Choosing the right solar energy system This worthwhile investment does require understanding the differences between solar energy systems and what they offer is not only important, but essential. Here is some insight into the types of solar energy systems on offer and what they c…

Feb 20, 2024
Local Business

The Warehouse Whitianga turns on solar power

This marked the Warehouse Group’s first step in their transition to solar, following the announcement of their agreement with Lodestone Energy, that will see more than 250 sites across Aotearoa New Zealand switch to solar energy plans by the end of 2026. The Warehouse Group’s Chief Executive Nick Grayston says “Going solar has been an important ambition for us to achieve across our store network. We estimate that today’s switch will reduce our Scope 2 emissions by at least 808 tonnes of CO2e a year – the equivalent of taking 175 passenger vehicles off the road yearly and steers us towards…

Feb 13, 2024
Local Business

Donuts – you need to try one

They want to know where the Glass Bottom Boat office is and they want to taste a donut from the bakery next door to the Glass Bottom Boat.   They seem very disappointed when they enter our office seeking either or both. Google Maps says that The Informer  is at the Glass Bottom Boat address. All three places are in Monk Street Whitianga. We have written in The Informer about how wonderful the Glass Bottom Boat tour is, but we have not mentioned the donuts at Bay Bakery, right next door. They are truly world famous and the recipe has not changed in years – it is just that the reputation of…

Feb 5, 2024
Marine

Freedom on the Water

A trusty dinghy and a Mercury portable Outboard are the perfect recipe for exploring Whitianga’s backyard paradise. For that matter there are so many places on the Coromandel Peninsula where these two basic items can mean a wonderful adventure for a family. We live in Whitianga and that’s where our business home is and we have found we don’t need to travel far to find the Bay’s hidden gems, slipping into quiet coves and secluded beaches that only locals know. Lonely Bay, Double Bay, Horseshoe Bay, Cooks Beach Cave, (and Coroglen on a big tide) are some of our favourite getaway missions. E…

Feb 1, 2024
Local Business

Puneet is Tech Solutions

Puneet is the exact opposite of this stereo type. This quietly spoken young man is here to listen and then politely suggest answers to your enquiries and tech problems. Many seniors and non-technical phone and computer owners have been calmed and then helped by Puneet. Puneet’s journey to Whitianga started from his home in the state of Punjab in India. He came to Auckland where he spent three years working and studying electronics telecommunications – continuing his tech studies in India. His company, Tech Solutions Ltd sent him to Whitianga six years ago. At first the town seemed quiet,…

Feb 1, 2024
Local Groups & Clubs

‘No room at the Club’, means a new garden club

So, I heard about the garden clubs around Whitianga and Cooks Beach, where I could make friends and gather support as I created beautiful garden beds around my property at Annabells B&B.   I made about 10 phone calls and after several conversations, I was told that all the local Garden Clubs are full and there was ‘no room at the Inn’, so to speak. In the meantime, I organised a street party for my very good neighbours on Tarapatiki Drive in December and met a delightful neighbour, Megan.  Together we started talking about making friends with others who had beautiful garde…

Jan 16, 2024
Local Business

You beauty – glass bottom boat cruise

The Launch was full, fourteen people. The young crew were friendly and professional. Apart from us our companions were tourists. The seas were calm, and expectations were high. We were not disappointed. From the water, the rocks and the cliffs are awe-inspiring. Add in the history narration and there’s a lot of it – Captain Cook’s visit 1769, being a New Zealand milestone. The beaches and the costal settlements look romantic from the water; hidden beaches seldom visited, amazing, inspiring sheer rock faces, caves small and huge.   And then there was the fabled C…

Jan 16, 2024

Living in Whitianga clinched – let’s open a restaurant here!

 ‘Indian Aromas’ Indian and Thai Restaurant – 59 Albert St, Whitianga This is Arvind’s first business. His knowledge of the town and its businesses comes from living here. His nephew, Nikhil Chamoli, who is often in the role of manager as well as reception in the restaurant, went to school here. He graduated from the Mercury Bay Area School and is now undertaking a civil engineering degree in Auckland. Arvind has two children, 10 and 13 years attending the Mercury Bay Area School. He cut his teeth on working in Whitianga by spending a year baking in Countdown. Previously, he had …