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Grey Power AGM and luncheon

Merle Edwards with Sue Gill -Life Member and Barry Roach. The roast lunch was sumptuous and generous. Merle Edwards, as President, always runs an efficient and welcoming occasion. Sue Gill was made a Life Member of Grey Power for her amazing years of service as Treasurer. Barry Roach was recognised for his excellent work as Secretary. The programme was full of information. Lorraine MacAllister, Business Manager of Mercury Bay Medical Centre, with her team of Yvette Simpson, Social Worker at Revive and Melanie Asquith spoke to the gathering about making services more accessible and available...

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French bubbles and breakfast fundraiser a success

The Golden Girls sang French romantic tunes for the large gathering at the bubbly brunch on Mother’s Day; contralto soloist Jenny Jackman, right. It took place on Mother’s Day at the Mercury Bay Bowling Club, a facility, well lit, spacious and convenient for the large number of people for whom brunch was provided, and the large numbers of tables decorated so extravagantly. The whole building glowed with the French theme – red, white and blue and French print scenes were everywhere. Everyone was greeted by a ‘French’ hostess or host, their ‘printed for the occasion’ ticket providing a free...

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Mercury Bay Athletics Club

Our Mercury Bay Athletics Club Prize Giving 2023 -2024 was a WELL DONE to all our athletes! We look forward to seeing you all again next season! The Athletics Club is on the lookout for a new club President and Treasurer. If you want to get involved with a great community activity, please reach out to our club secretary Felicia: festylenz@gmail.com Award Winners: Senior Girl: Sharna Proctor Senior Boy: Riley Flynn Junior Girl: Sophie Jack Junior Boy: Kip Fountain Rookie of the Year: Neela Sacault Mercury Bay Athletics Cup: Boh Boyd Multi Athlete: Dominic McKenzie Senior Sportsperson...

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Steady hand at the helm of Social Services

Tony Marsters He might be best known as a charter-boat operator, or as the crew chief of the Waka Kai vessel, or with the Coastguard crew. With both military and civilian background, he is a man well used to getting stuff done. From NCO in the Royal New Zealand Military Police, Tony moved on to civilian contracting, handling tactical logistics for the armed forces as well as world-wide agencies. Daily challenges, problem solving and organisational efficiency are his stock in trade. “This job is very different”, Tony says. “Here the problems are on a more human scale. Even so, every day...

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Many young anglers for Childrens Fishing Tournament and Youth Nationals

Wyatt Watson, with his Mum, Dad and sister, congratulated by the sponsors Hunting and Fishing owners, Alex and Ashleigh in front of the prize worth $10,000!! Hunting and Fishing, newly established in Whitianga, was the naming sponsor and in addition, the tournament also became part of the Youth Nationals Fishing Tournament. The organisers, Tony Croft and Cody Hamilton, working on behalf of the Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club, changed the date to coincide with the New Zealand Sport Fishing Club Youth Nationals. It was a good move.

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Over 100 years of fire service honoured Two brothers – two gold stars

National member of parliament, Scott Simpson, centre, was an invited guest for the gold star medal celebrations. There are about 14,000 firefighters in the New Zealand Fire Brigade which has been in operation for about 146 years. When Spida was presented wth his medal, the large gathering of firefighters and distinguished guests from all over the region were reminded by Garry Stanley, Past President of the United Fire Brigade Association of NZ, that there are only 240 firefighters in New Zealand who have received such a medal prior. I wonder if there ever was a presentation to two brothers...

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Whitianga Coastguard report and cadet intake

Overall during the month we had two urgent and 12 non-urgent callouts. Both were urgent callouts related to a vessel that had gone onto rocks. The non-urgent callouts were mostly mechanical issues and required tows back to Whitianga. About Coastguard membership: Another reminder to vessel skippers; there should be a Coastguard membership holder on the vessel for free assistance. You will be charged $350 per hour if there is not a member onboard (so your uncles’ cousin twice removed who is a member but not on board does not qualify for free assistance). Coastguard New Zealand membership costs...

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What needs to happen for Mercury Bay Boating Club

Two huge semi-trailers put the boating club up on stilts late January 2023. Contrary to claims, this is not a case of the club being blocked by Council or Iwi or Regional Council at Buffalo Beach. They have all been nothing but supportive and willing to engage. There are however larger factors at play, including heritage and environmental issues which are outside our control. On top of that, the club would be faced with reinstatement in what is a vulnerable area with no recourse to further building insurance. As it stands, the club is simply doing what it promised it would when permission...

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