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Use it or lose it!

When people take the Connector, they can sit back and relax and enjoy the view.  Sometimes her shuttle is full, which is why she stresses the importance of booking before you travel. Sharon says that while passengers appreciate the free service, several are surprised that there is no charge and would be prepared to pay a small fare. They see a real value in keeping this service running.

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Thames-Coromandel Connector Bus

The trial service began on Monday, 18 December, and is running for 13 weeks until Monday, 18 March 2024. Provided by Thames Taxi’s and Coromandel Taxi service, it is available on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets are free and the shuttles hold up to 11 people so booking is essential. • COROMANDEL TOWN BUS STOP: Woollams Avenue carpark • THAMES BUS STOP: 200 Mary Street, outside the Civic Centre TCDC Community Partnerships Coordinator Helen Flynn, says, “As people have told us, being able to access appointments, key services and work is so important.  It also helps reduce...

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Mystery of the CCTV camera

For many years the junction has been notorious for boy racers doing donuts and burn-outs late at night, traumatising the neighbourhood with loud engine revving and the smell of burning rubber and smoke. It is just a miracle that no-one was killed.” Over the past four or five weeks the Informer has sent a number of emails to various organisations with photographs asking if they had installed the camera and why, but all have said it was nothing to do with them. Ironically, since the camera was surreptitiously installed just before Christmas, the incidence of anti-social vehicular behaviour...

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EVs Unleashed: The Future Isn’t Coming, It’s Plugged In Already!

Despite legacy auto and oil industry misinformation campaigns, electric vehicles (EVs) made up 19% of 2023 NZ car registrations. (Source: https://evdb.nz/). The Tesla Model Y was the world’s best-selling car in 2023, regardless of category.  On this exponential growth trajectory, EVs will dominate global sales within five years, and sales of internal combustion engine (ICE) cars fuelled by petrol and diesel will be in the rearview mirror. Now imagine a scenario where a long-term EV owner with little knowledge of ICE cars ponders whether they might be better and is deciding whether to...

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One of the great industry comebacks

ANCAP is an independent, non-regulatory, consumer information programme that publishes safety ratings for a range of new vehicles entering the Australian and New Zealand markets.  The Chinese designed and manufactured the V240 ute, introduced to the Australasian market as a cheap alternative to the more well established and popular brands such as Toyota, Ford, Nissan, Isuzu and Mitsubishi which have dominated the new vehicle ute market for many years. Toyota in particular have also always had a good reputation for being in high demand on the second-hand market and retain high...

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Prime Minister visits the new bridge site

Waka kotahi(NZTA had invited the media along with regional and national transport officials to come for a bridge visit a few days before. It was extra special to have the Prime Minister arrive. A considerable crowd gathered last Friday morning as the the final touches were being made. It was exciting and significant for everyone. From the PM: “We (Simeon Brown and I) came here April 13, had a conversation with Brett Gleddon, National Group General Manager for NZTA and some of his team, and we looked out at a big hole.” Now, nine months later, we see what has been done...

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THE NEW BRIDGE – NOW OPEN – Wednesday 20 December

It was a 6.30am start from Whitianga, followed by a skip through the Tapu Road from Coroglen, a sausage roll provided graciously by the Informer for breakfast, and we were at the assigned meeting place in Kopu. We were organized into our appropriate safety gear of high viz, meteor resistant helmets and goggles and then formally greeted. The formal greeting was given by a nice young chap (Health and Safety Site Director), featuring about ten languages but not English. When he stopped and smiled at us, everybody said a word in response, so I nodded. “Any questions?” he asked. I felt...

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