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Jul 23, 2024
Art & Culture

Unusual visit to Auckland War memorial Museum

Stone tools from Whitianga area; document treatment area at Otahuhu facility of the Auckland Museum. We were granted rare access to the underground storage facilities of the main museum and also the offsite storage facility in Otahuhu.  Most of us were unaware of this latter site but it is a cavernous building with a vast collection of items held in environmentally controlled storage.  Items to be held in this facility must first be treated either in freezing conditions for some time or in a nitrogen purged controlled atmosphere room to destroy any possible biological pests.  Only about…

Jul 2, 2024
Art & Culture

Made By Hand Artists exhibit

The artists for this really impressive display all live in Mercury Bay. They came together for the three-day exhibition, Made By Hand at St Andrews By the Sea Community Church in Whitianga. This kind of Exhibition happens all over The Coromandel Peninsula – there is clearly a larger number of accomplished artists of all kinds per head of the population working at their art on the Coromandel Peninsula.    Inside the door of St Andrew’s By the Sea was the Barbie extravaganza, all dolls decked out in an array of knitted themed costumes; the work of Helen and Linda Stephenson. Helen said, “We…

Jun 25, 2024
Art & Culture

Thank you from the Whitianga Filipino Community…

The gathering in Whitianga Town Hall on National Independence Day. The 126th Philippines Independence Day celebration, held Saturday, 8 June 2024 was joined by not only the Filipino community, but also our extended family in the Whitianga community. We shared the success of the event with everyone who joined and witnessed as we expressed our culture through dance, hospitality and the scrumptious spread of food we enjoyed together. We are thankful to all the guests who brought their specialty dishes. We truly appreciate the overwhelming feedback we received. On behalf of the Whitianga Fi…

Jun 11, 2024
Local Events

Sharing the Celebration of Independence Day

They are a people very proud of their country and their independence and they share this pride unashamedly on Independence Day. Now, the Whitianga Town Hall is from a past era. Although a solid building and quite serviceable, it is very basic in terms of a civic centre, without a single lavish touch. However, the hall was turned into a feast of colour in every aspect of décor, a feast of hospitality, dance, music – a total celebration of goodwill to make memorable for everyone, the day that local Filipinos celebrated their Independence from Spanish rule, 12 June, 1898, in Whitianga! Abou…

Jun 4, 2024
Art & Culture

King’s Birthday Weekend 2024 More art – More people

Whitianga Lions Club ART EXPO 2024 – A Wonderful Show This was clearly the best Whitianga Lions Club’s Art Expo yet – more variety and with a new feature, the Youth Exhibition, the Town Hall was a-buzz over the three-day holiday. The project manager for the Whitianga Lions, Mike Brown, said his club was well delighted with the results of their effort. Friday evening opening was a grand affair. Nibbles and drinks provided a warm welcome for the opening night crowd. A feeling of positivity and goodwill filled the air. There were 585 individual exhibits. The art varied from trinkets at $5…

May 14, 2024
Art & Culture

Mercury Bay Art Escape People’s Choice Award

Michael with his art that won “People’s Choice Award” with proprietor Ryan of Kaizan Go Vino ready to present his gift voucher. The prize is a meal voucher for $150 kindly donated by Ryan at Kaizen Go Vino in Cooks Beach. Michael and his partner John retired to Tairua nearly a decade ago where Michael became an active in local art groups and both of them became committed and involved in local community activities. Michael has continued to develop his art from his home studio, a tranquil, creative space nestled into their garden on Paku Hill. Deeply imbibed in his Coromandel environment, …

May 14, 2024
Art & Culture

Sacred ceremony honouring New Chum Beach

The Native Indian Medicine Wheel structure created on the beach by the group attending the ceremony. Since 2010, both local and international communities have been striving to preserve the pristine and iconic qualities of this sacred area from future housing development, qualities that have been destroyed by similar developments in almost all other areas of the Coromandel Peninsula coastline. In recognizing the sacredness of this special beach, and through a series of divine synchronicities, the local OM Meditation Centre in Whitianga, was inspired to organize and facilitate a sacred cere…

May 7, 2024
Art & Culture

Calling all artists for Art Expo – new student competition too!

“The Art Expo committee is pleased to provide this fabulous opportunity for artists to showcase their work. Its central location makes it very accessible to the public, and we hope with SH25a now open, that there will be lots of visitors to our area over the long weekend. Entry is free and that encourages people to come and have a look at the talent we have in this community, and hopefully buy something to take home,” says Art Expo committee chair Mike Brown. The artists who have previously exhibited at Art Expo have been invited to the 2024 exhibition. Contact will also be made with artis…