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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...

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Scoffing the ice cream at Espy Cafe

Competing against others to be the quickest means you have to gulp large mouthfuls of ice-cold sweetness. The effect of ‘brain freeze’ can slow any voracious eater of ice cream down to a halt. Only about six finished the entire amount despite the fact that it was Tip Top which means very creamy and some tubs had three flavours. The weather was sunny and warm out on the large deck at Espy Cafe Monday afternoon 5 February, 3.30pm on The Esplanade, Whitianga. Kelvin, the owner, had made sure that the ice cream was truly frozen. It was after closing time at Espy, so he had set up the placing...

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Come to my lawn for a Charity Concert

Shaun Jackson, owner of the Hahei Homestead with its two acres of gardens and the enormous Moreton Bay Fig tree, is looking forward to hosting this event by which he raises money for cancer sufferers through the work of Mercury Bay Community Support Trust (MBCST). This venue for the summer concert  is also the home of the Lawnmower’s Son Art Gallery owned by Shaun. Shaun lost his sister Stacey Bale through cancer. She lived locally and it was the work of the Trust that helped Stacey so much. “It was Stacey, who encouraged me to buy and restore this Homestead,” says Shaun. “She brought me...

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Espy Café hosts icecream eating competition.

The one who is the quickest to eat two tubs of ice cream is the winner. This will take place on Monday, 5 February at 3.30pm. Tip Top ice cream is the only thing on the menu and in two-litre tubs. “There is a limit to the number of entries,” says Espy owner, Kelvin Jones. “That number is twenty so people have to be quick.” The Principal of Mercury Bay Area School, Ross Dunn has already signed up.  If you like ice cream and you think you are up for this competition – two tubs of ice cream, come to Espy and register. Kelvin is pleased to be hosting this again after Covid, and a...

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Action at Wings and Wheels in Thames

Wings and Wheels has been running for about four years in its current form. Previously, it was run by the Hauraki Era Club. However, this year marked a significant transition as the Thames Business Association took over the reins. While the exact frequency of the event is yet to be determined, the organisers draw inspiration from a similar event in Tauranga. Furkert was eager to share one of the event’s cornerstones – the Sir Keith Park Memorial. This tribute stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of Sir Keith Park, an individual who has long remained in the shadows despite...

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Whitianga was alive with BayJam

The rain stayed away, the people came out – residents and visitors enjoyed the entertainment on the two stages either side of the skate park; loved the food, lingered for buskers and fairies and jugglers. Stores and cafes joined the BayJam fest with food and drink delights and product sales at a variety of venues. Event organiser, Stella Penney, says “I’m really pleased with BayJam. There was a very nice “feel-good” community vibe with families, couples, older people and teens equally enjoying the atmosphere, music and entertainment. The range of musicians on the main stage...

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