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Matters to be resolved

Cathedral Cove walking access, where to have the Boating Club, dust on and in the houses opposite Allied Concrete on South Highway, Operational Refuse Transfer Station for Mercury Bay; Wahi Tukurua (recycling centre) being more than a name; clearing the ponds at Cooks Beach, Buffalo Beach and Taputapuatea Stream; Water storage plan and a timeline for it, Coastal Protection Project turned into specific plans for specific areas; rubbish bin collection methods that work for the residents. All require work and a change of culture regarding relationships and possibilities between local Government...

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Where Mercury Bay is heading

Without question, we live in the best seaside settlements in New Zealand and Mercury Bay residents need to work hard to keep that distinction going. As an isolated region, I believe we must clearly establish Whitianga as the heart of Mercury Bay and move forward with a collective voice. I might add that after living and working in Mercury Bay for over 40 years I feel equipped to contribute in a meaningful way but wish to reiterate that the articles written are of personal options only. To look forward I feel we also need to look back and analyse some major achievements: • Roading network...

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Together forever – a good idea

Eventually I found the plan. It is in sections with headings such as, “Our People” and “Our Environment”. Upon reading the plan, one item came up in the section headed, “Our Iwi told us what they would like to improve.” There were various items in this section, but what grabbed my attention was one that stated, “We would like a Maori area set aside at the Kaimarama Cemetery.” While some may be against this, I feel it is actually a good idea and that other ethnic groups should also be given this opportunity. My reasoning is based upon two influences, the first being a trip my good lady and myself...

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Great about highway – what about our Cathedral Cove track?

The fact that State Highway 25A between Kōpū and Hikuai opened ahead of time, is being applauded by those on the peninsula, says Mercury Bay Business Association (MBBA) member Ray Van Beynen. But he says there’s “utter disbelief” amongst locals that “absolutely no progress” has been made to reopen the track to the Cathedral Cove recreation reserve. Both the highway and the cove track were badly impacted by Cyclone Gabrielle in January 2023.“It’s coming up a year since the closure of the track to the cove and the Department of Conservation, who closed the track without consultation citing...

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In support of commercial fishing – stating the case

The recent coverage of topics on trawl corridors and bottom trawling has been considerable and the view of the commercial fishing industry of which I am a part, needs to be heard. I started commercial fishing in 1976 in Whitianga and have recently retired from active commercial skippering of our 17-metre commercial bottom longliner. This vessel is operating on the northeast, and west coast of the North Island. I am also currently president of the Whitianga and Coromandel Peninsula Commercial Fishermen’s Association. I was also on the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Spatial Plan stakeholder...

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Twenty priceless destinations ruined by tourists. Are salad bars our best hope?

Kyoto -Japan, Halstaff – Austria, Hanoi Street Train -Vietnam, Spanish Steps – Rome, Ejaoragljufur Canyons -Iceland, Komodo Islands – Indonesia, Venice – Italy, Machu Picchu – Peru. and many more. One list names 60 destinations – all have been spoilt by too many tourists. That’s according to the site, ‘Insider Today’. Damn! I was hoping to visit six of those locations. My globe-trotting friends have told me of tourist annoyances in exotic places. Come to think of it, we have experienced some of this ourselves in gorgeous Bali and on the great Wall...

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A new government – going up in smoke?

I mean how important is it to re-arrange all those departmental Maori names? I enjoy them myself. I can actually learn some Maori words from them like “kotahi” or “waka” and get an idea of how the language expresses ideas. But I guess that doesn’t hit the spot for a lot of our coalition politicians. Not as drastic, but a bit like the old rule of no Maori to be spoken at school – limit the language, limit the culture. One of me and my partner’s more than 49 things to do was to go to Central Otago for a holiday with my sister and her husband. My sister helped develop the anti-smoking...

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Coromandel’s CFM replies

John Grant co-owner of Coromandel’s CFM replies … The allegations DOC has made regarding fairness and balance levelled at Coromandel’s CFM are preposterous.  There is neither substance nor evidence to support the allegations DOC has levelled at Coromandel’s popular local radio station. Ironically the reverse is true. DOC has acted without integrity in a predetermined and unreasonable manner that breaches public sector codes and the high level of transparency and professionalism expected, by the community, of a Government department.  My thoughts align with...

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