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Where is NZ Governance Going?

Part 2 – Part One was 25 June, 2024 The result will probably be a dominance of conservative governments as the socialists will find it difficult to form stable, credible governments in this virtual FPP environment. There is one group that I didn’t mention in the previous article and that is ‘the workers’. The average worker has been largely ignored by major parties in recent years, much to the detriment of those parties and of the workers.

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Jump in Rescue Helicopter Visits to Coromandel Peninsula

The jump has prompted Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust chairman, John Stephenson, to reinforce the importance of the service and the need for on-going community funding support. Last month the rescue helicopter was called to the district 24 times, John pointing out that for the same month last year, 16 missions were required. During June the service was required from Kennedy Bay in the north to Paeroa in the south. “Due to the remoteness of the region, it is not uncommon for calls to places such as Little Bay and the likes of Port Charles to assist people experiencing medical events or...

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An opportunity too good to miss

Recent articles and letters about the Lost Spring and an entrance sign to Whitianga bring up interesting ideas.  One of the things that make NZ unique on an international scene is its geological youth and consequent volcanic and geothermal activity.  Auckland sits on an active volcanic field with over 50 volcanoes; no doubt soon to be host to a new one, perhaps in our lifetime.  Yet for some reason it is the ‘City of Sails’, not ‘City of Volcanoes’.  Many great cities have sails, few have active volcanoes.  A great marketing opportunity lost I feel.  We should not let Whitianga succumb to a...

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Pigs and poison

Kuaotunu resident, Tim, wants some pigs taken away. Pigs have been here since before the European settlers arrived and for centuries have provided a much-needed source of food. Demand was always bigger than the supply and pig numbers never got out of hand. This was before DoC arrived and began poisoning everything. Kuaotunu has been freely exposed to numerous different poisonings which means all those pigs in Tim’s picture are likely to carry an amount of some poison or other. A hunter does NOT want to take home a pig which is full of poison and will go hunt somewhere he believes has not...

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World Heritage Status for Mercury Bay. Public meeting date set

Thank you to all who contacted me so positively over my World Heritage Site  article in last week’s (9 July) The Informer. An incredible and very rewarding response. Including those who live outside of our area very much in support of extending the proposed boundaries. I can now confirm that we have a definite booking at the Mercury Bay Club for 2.00pm on Sunday, 4 August, for you all to meet, listen to, and ask questions of, Prof. Gordon Maxwell, FRSB,FLS. One of the questions that I have been asked; and I will address it now is; Would Maori retain their Customary Rights under a WHS? Prof....

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Re Welcome Signage to Mercury Bay

I so believe and endorse efforts to set up a more welcoming sign/s for folk coming to Mercury Bay and the Coromandel Peninsula. Many towns both within New Zealand and internationally have such signs with an icon which portrays the uniqueness of the area. Mercury Bay has ,I believe a plethora of attractions which cannot be portrayed with one attraction being high lighted. If asked why this town is the best in the world it is impossible to say why in one sentence. Consequently some statement that is all encompassing would be more suitable than one that signifies one aspect of our area . I...

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Last week’s cartoon

Interesting cartoon in last week’s issue of the Huntly Power Station. It seems somewhat puzzling to this ancient relic when we have a perpetual source of power on the Power Stations doorstep in the Waikato River with today’s technology it is not put to good use. It is bewildering that unlike other countries around the world, we are reluctant to use river flows and especially tidal flows to generate much needed cheap power. Perhaps reluctance to use the Waikato River at Huntly has something to do with “Tuku Morgan’s underpants”.

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