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Grandparents raising grandchildren

We are a small group of grandparents who are raising our grandchildren full time. We meet once a month for a coffee catchup at various cafes around town. One of our members lives in Coromandel so this month we travelled there for morning tea. We have also had others from Tairua and Matarangi. The group was originally started by Brenda Duncan and Shirley Brown. Brenda has a wealth of knowledge and has been a great support to many over the years. It was a very small group back then but now we have about 12 grandparents involved and we usually have 6-8 turn up to our coffee mornings each month. We...

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Why I love being a Mercury Bay Lion

The Club, being formerly a Lioness Club, currently has only women members who embraced me wholeheartedly from the start. The club’s inclusive atmosphere, including the informal gatherings were filled with  laughter and camaraderie, so immediately resonated with me. From our distinctive pink shirts to our reputation for generosity and community involvement, MBLC stood out as a beacon of goodwill in Whitianga. My journey with MBLC truly took flight during the Garden Ramble 2021, where I served as a hostess, relishing the opportunity to connect with garden owners and visitors alike. Since then,...

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Whitianga Classic Car Club Invests in our Teen Leaders

The Mercury Bay Day Camp offers three days of outdoor adventure for children aged between 6 and 13, and in addition provides fun and empowering leadership opportunities for teens aged 14 to 17. The Teen Leaders attending camp make close friendships whilst also gaining experience and leadership skills that can build their confidence and self-esteem. Many teens go on to make lifelong friendships and take the skills they have learnt at camp into the workforce and into life. The four recipients of the scholarship were selected from some 65 Teen Leaders attending the Mercury Bay Day Camp.The selected...

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Catching a fish but not a bird

As the Programme Co-ordinator, I found the boat ramp advocacy and school visits to be a particular highlight. I spoke with roughly 900 recreational fishers over the summer at seven different boat ramps. The people spoken to were not just boaties; they were surf casters and family groups fishing from the wharf as well. I have been amazed at how much the children knew and how most people do respect the seabirds and appreciate their vulnerability and importance to our ecosystems. Everyone thought avoiding catching a bird was a good idea! Southern seabirds would like to thank The Informer for...

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Has someone said “Sorry for your loss”

Loss comes in many forms. It may be caused by physical separation or divorce. It may be caused by death whether accidental, age-related, disease or suicide. You may be feeling the loss of a friend, a family member, a spouse or partner, a child, a colleague. Loss does not discriminate by age, race, gender, religion, or socio-economic status. Loss can be recent or not. A dear friend shared with me just the other day that she was grieving for a loss she experienced 52 years ago. Time may lighten the load, or it may not; but the feelings and memory of loss never go away. Grief is an endurance event. Loss...

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Enhancing wellbeing through strength, balance and mobility

These sessions can be a great deal of fun for everyone, and beneficial. Drawing on my expertise in Health Science with a specialisation in sport and exercise, coupled with my previous experience as a Strength and Balance Facilitator for Age Concern Counties Manukau, I established a class in Whitianga for those 65+ to prevent falls and injury and to stay mobile as they age. It includes a comprehensive range of exercises and activities aimed at enhancing functional fitness and quality of life. Each session is carefully structured to target key areas of concern for older adults, such as the impact...

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Hangi served with Kapa Haka at the Whiti Citi Markets

Whaea Jo amidst students and preparations outside Puahape Whare for the Hangi and Kapa Haka Fundraiser; peeling potatoes, pumpkin, kumara and cleaning up were the order of the day; the keen Hangi serving team at markets and a big part of the Kapa Haka performance group. The students had been working the two days before the markets peeling, cutting, working the bread dough, preparing dessert, and carefully packing.

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