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Heather Keats, local, Anna Mason and Sophie Bolton (deceased) – all three were founding members of Freelance Mum UK. The death of my best friend inspired freelance Mum New Zealand Hub. “I met Sophie in the usual place that Mums make friends, the park! I was new to the area and slowly sidled up to a group of women chatting away when Sophie turned around and, in a bid, to help me join in, asked me if I liked running. Apparently – the way she tells it – I simply said, ‘No’. And I guess being the introvert that I am, failed to come up with anything else to say. Thankfully, she didn’t give up on...

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Marguerite Muellers exhibiting Whitianga Art Group Feature Artist

Marguerite’s art invites you to interpret her water colour scenes. The Whitianga Art Group is a casual, friendly group of people who love art, who are very good at art and together they work with a wide variety of different styles and mediums many at a very professional level. I have been living in Whitianga for 35 years,” says Marguerite. “My whakapapa is in Germany and my river is the Rhine. Early in my childhood, I spent my evenings scrutinising and sketching my father’s face while he was watching the news. I loved that – the impressionists became my favourite artists. As a trained psychotherapist,...

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Doris Day and more Fishing Comps at Matarangi

“We have lived in Matarangi for seven years but came here for holidays for forty years. My husband was already down here and I was the weekend wife. That needed to change.”   Sharon’s husband was already a committee member of the local fishing club. The Doris Day Fishing Competition was very successful and everyone got out to fish despite the wind. “It was great to see the ladies out on the water,” says Sharon. “We were a little down on numbers from last year due to Kubota in Whitianga and other comps around the country, but ‘Doris Day’ will be looking at better dates for next year.“ Sharon...

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Art Escape ‘24 – a great event

Finally, after the obstacles of the past few years, it seems we have succeeded in rebuilding this special area of the Coromandel and welcoming visitors. The Art Escape Open Studios 2024 received 5800 art lovers, many who travelled the entire route from Tairua to Matarangi. The annual Mercury Bay Art Escape has recemented a solid foundation from which to entice art lovers into the Eastern Coromandel. The 40 artists were busy from 10am until 4pm on all 4 days of the event, and this was evident in the art lovers wanting to meet our artists which increased sales from the previous year. An exciting...

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Masonic lodge makes generous donation to mammogram project

The Lodge has been and continues to be committed to supporting Cancer Relief, plus several other programmes including the purchasing of 5 Defibrillators  (Three Police Car based and two static in the community) and the promoting of healthy eating within schools by supplying Veggie Pods for the children to look after. Many community projects Over the years, the local Lodge 443 has been involved in a number of projects that have assisted the local community in significant ways. As well as the five defibulators, relief funding and distribution of “Veggie Pods’ to local schools, the Lodge has...

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Ron’s Cooks Dream – ‘HORSES’ – a Mercury Bay Equestrian Academy

Another reason to come to Whitianga and The Coromandel! The Location: The Sherrif Block, 90 Moewai Rd., purchased by the Council as a potential site for recreational activities and to do date unused. For Ron’s dream around 10 acres would be needed. This would leave the vast majority of the site for other activities. The Name: ‘Mercury Bay Equestrian Academy’ under or beside a catchier title, for instance ‘HORSES WHITIANGA’ The ten-acre site could be developed in the following way. 1. A professional Equestrian site. 2. A teaching facility for instruction on horse care and etiquette. 3. A beginners...

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The challenge was abstract

Creating an abstract image is always fun. We can use light, texture, lines, shapes and our creativity to make everyday objects seem otherworldly. ‘Bubblelicious’ by Kate Beauchamp won first place. A soft and dreamy macro image of oil on water. First: Kate Beauchamp Second: Rose Barrett Third: Anita Ruggle-Lussy Photo of the month was won by Bevan Walker with a well-timed image of a Brown Booby. The bird is well focussed and with the background blurred, it stands out showing all the detail of the feathers, webbed feet and that fantastic expression, a rare visitor to our Shores. First: Bevan...

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Raffle winner ready to jet off to The Masters

The $50-a-ticket raffle was won by Whangamata golfer Richard Abraham, who will attend the tournament with his wife, Nola.and is fizzing abut what lies ahead. “I can’t wait,” said an excited Richard who plays regularly at Whangamata Golf Club. Whangamata Golf Club organised the Masters Golf Raffle last year to raise funds for rebuilding its Titoki course amenities which were ravaged after torrential storms in 2022, and culminating in 2023’s Cyclone Gabrielle inundation. This future-proofing infrastructure upgrade work includes substantially improving drainage on Titoki’s ‘sister’ nine-hole...

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