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WHAT IF THE SIGNS SAID…

What difference would that make? What difference would it make to the perception of what is to be found in Whitianga all year round? At this time the Mercury Bay Business Association is running a survey and information gathering exercise on – How do we describe Whitianga or market Whitianga? This sign is not up there by the highway yet, but it is something The Informer would support whole heartedly. Very soon, our economic future might demand it. Suzanne Hansen wrote an article in The Informer, 21 May, 2024 p.13 on the lack of information and lustre regarding the current signage close to...

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They are everywhere – a formidable taxi service

The new total mobility van now owned by Whiti City Cabs and Whitianga Social Services provide the Total Mobility cards for a 70 per cent fare reduction; Michelle and Phil Butler, right. You can see them at the local airport but also at Auckland and Hamilton airports for passenger transfers or taking visitors to their destination or returning people to their home after a vacation or business trip. Late at night they are servicing the local pubs and restaurants getting people home safely. They are seen at Thames Hospital even Waikato Hospital. They are asked to deliver groceries, flowers, pick...

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State Highway 25 south of Whangamata closed by crash

Update: 12:49PM Emergency services have worked to clear one lane of State Highway 25 south of Whangamata following a truck crash this morning. The crash was reported to Police at 11.10am and initially the road was closed in both directions. While one lane is now clear, motorists can expect continued delays and should take alternative routes where possible. Update: 12:11PM State Highway 25 south of Whangamata is blocked following a truck crash. The truck has collided with a power pole, bringing live power lines down. The truck driver has sustained moderate injuries...

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A bit of love and a bit of hate on SH25

The mana wave of the girl traffic management team. The tag is a senseless act on the sign to the new bridge. Often drivers think that all the cones etc. are over kill, I can assure you as an ex-UK Police Officer that has stood on and beside busy roads at traffic accidents and on traffic duty. They are really needed to slow vehicles down to a safe speed to protect both road side workers and vehicles in the flow of traffic. All that said as I passed the contractors were grinding off some graffiti, the bridge was still functioning but may be not as pretty. Was this necessary and a good use of...

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No excuse for dangerous driving at road work sites

Road crews working on both local Council roads and the state highway network in the Coromandel are there to work on roads damaged from last year’s storms and to make the roads less vulnerable to future storm damage. The awful weather we had at the beginning of 2023 may be receding in memory, but the effects have a very long tai with which we are still dealing. New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA/Waka Kotahi) has just put out a video featuring their road crews working on our Coromandel state highways explaining just how important it is that drivers slow down when they’re going through a road...

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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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