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Feb 27, 2024
Local Events

Family picnic day to celebrate Children’s Day

The inaugural event, held at the Whitianga Bike Park in 2023, proved popular with attendees saying it should become an annual event.  With Lions as the organisers, it also helped raise money for Project Mammogram. This year, Matilda the time travelling fairy and her fairy helpers return for more incredible face-painting and magical bubbles; there’ll be egg and spoon races and a bear hunt, along with music on the centre stage from various performers. Such activities work up an appetite for big and little people alike, and you can’t beat a barbecue sausage or a creamy ice cream to satisfy t…

Feb 27, 2024
Local Events

DORIS DAY LADIES FISHING COMPETITION

Hurry ladies get your entry in to be eligible to win this special prize… and you don’t even have to fish for it When – Saturday, 16 March Where – From the tip of the Coromandel to the Mercs Briefing Night – Friday, 15 March Skippers – Clear your calendar, become that “Master Baiter” for a day and take your lady and her friends out for a great day out on the boat. Ladies – Palm the kids off to the in-laws, get your best dressed costume underway and have your own “Master Baiter” tend to your every need out on that boat. Earlybird Prize Get your registration in before 29 Feb…

Feb 27, 2024
Local Events

An eventful swim across the estuary for hundreds of MBAS students

Many local residents and whanau came to watch the spectacle as literally over 500 students caught the ferry across to ferry landing in relays and then in age groupings swam the width of the river at the estuary across to the pier just upriver from the wharf.  It is not an easy swim at the best of times and takes quite some strength to swim against the tidal current. Historically, the current is very strong and this year’s swim was no different. One quite large group of students was carried by the current to the seaward side of the wharf. All were in good spirits coming out of the water 200 …

Feb 27, 2024
Local Events

Mercury Bay Art Escape

Last week to purchase tickets for the Gala Opening 1 March at Hot Waves Café, Hot Water Beach. Kicking off with our Gala Opening at Hot Waves Café in Hot Water Beach this Friday 1 March 2024, with the talented FLOX as keynote speaker. As an aerosol and stencil artist, FLOX has been creating distinctive designs since 2003. Her trademark native birds, ferns and flowers are a celebration of Aotearoa’s environmental taonga. Artists in Residence at Hot Waves Cafe To add to the art experience during the two weeks of Art Escape, there will be Artists in Residence at Hot Waves Café in Hot Water …

Feb 27, 2024
Local Events

Great lineup of music in Thames for greater Coromandel

This is a continuing generous and excellent standard initiative by the Thames Music Group and they invite Thames and the greater Coromandel to come and enjoy their wonderful line-up of events for 2024. The coming two events: THE USUAL SUSPECTS New Zealand and Pan Pacific Champion Barbershop Quartet from Hamilton on Sunday, 3 March 2.00pm-3.30pm, at St Georges Church, Thames. Adults $20 at the door, TMG (Thames Music group) members $15, Under 18s Free. The Usual Suspects are Barbershop Harmony New Zealand’s 2023 Open and Men’s Division Champions, and Pan Pacific Bronze medallists in the …

Feb 27, 2024
Local Events

World Music Star to perform in Whitianga

The list of accolades for Paul is long: An intimate soulful performer, an acoustic guitar sensation, winner of three New Zealand Music Awards, Paul Ubana Jones was born in London to a Yorkshire mother and a Nigerian father. Paul was playing the guitar by the age of eleven. After graduating from a London Music college, where he studied guitar, cello and composition, Paul began to forge the solo acoustic style that he has stuck to and developed over the years. In the late seventies Paul based himself in Provence, Southern France, and toured all over Europe and North Africa and USA. In the l…

Feb 20, 2024
Art & Culture

Mercury Bay Art Escape 2024 Open Studios

Mercury Bay Art Escape 2024 opens with the annual Gala Event on Friday, 1 March 2024, 6.00pm at Hot Waves Cafe, Hot Water Beach.Art Escape 2024 will be opened by the internationally acclaimed aerosol and stencil artist FLOX. Her trademark native birds, ferns and flowers are a celebration of Aotearoa’s environmental taonga. FLOX’s trademark of vibrant and confident colour combined with delicacy magically transformed walls into vibrant depictions of the natural world.  See this in her mural on the wall of the alleyway between the town hall and The Cave shop in Whitianga. FLOX has expanded h…

Feb 13, 2024
Local Events

TATTOO AND HIGHLAND GAMES – A SNAPSHOT OF COMMUNITY

The games are hosted every year in the Paeroa Domain and the event is known widely all over New Zealand. People travel from all over the country to attend the daytime and nighttime shows, which include the New Zealand Highland Heavyweight championship, and a spectacular evening Tattoo with varied and talented performances, The Tattoo is the only one of its kind put on in the entire country. It runs for three hours and it’s a beautiful snapshot of not only Scottish culture and heritage, but also of community. Along with the main performances, part of the focus of this year was also building…