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Great response for Art Expo this weekend

Friday night opening preview: From 5.30pm the public will be able to join the artists and Lions members in the Whitianga Town Hall for the preview where over 500 artworks will be exhibited. At 6.30pm the winners of the Secondary Schools Art Competition will be announced. More than 25 entries from around the Coromandel region have entered this competition with a total of $850 in prizes being awarded between first, second and third placings. All the entries will be on display, and many will be available for purchase. On behalf of the Whitianga Lions Art Expo committee, Mike Brown says: “On...

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READY, SET, GO… Whitianga Run Fest

Nick Reader and his team did an outstanding job of this event, efficient and smooth, changing some of the complications of closing roads from previous years. The 11.00am race involved lots of children (3km and 6km races) which was a delight to all the onlookers. The three first places of the 21km race did amazing times – Sam Brenner from Cambridge’s time was 1.16.31. Tom McKenzie was our fastest local, coming in third behind Andrew Pointon in second place. A BIG thank you to G. J. Gardner homes who totally supported this event being the major sponsor. With their help, 70 youth from the...

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Evolving – Judy Bailey here to sign her book

‘Evolving’ is a book for younger adults as well as older. The Informer spoke to Judy about her book signing event this coming Monday, 28 May at The Monkey House in Whitianga. This is the first book signing Judy has done, and she admitted to feeling a little shy about it. “I am a local and proud to be, so it is probably best that the first signing is in Whitianga with Paper Plus,” says Judy. “I have done interviews about my book on One Breakfast TVNZ and on national radio, but now I will meet current readers and future readers face to face. I am looking forward to that.” Judy was encouraged...

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Painting, a gift of gratitude from Tairua artist

Liz Hart’s painting is a gift to the Whitianga Lions Club to be raffled at the Art Expo at King’s Birthday weekend, Whitianga. As Tairua artist Liz Hart prepares to pack up her home for the next stage of her life she is surrounded by expressions of a love for nature – the paintings of sea, wildflowers and stormy skies. Not far from those paintings is the memory of a small child, maybe eight or nine years old, guided by her artist mother to the family’s farm orchard in the Waikato to paint in water colour the trees sprinkled in spring blossom above their carpet of snowdrops and jonquils.  It...

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Coromandel Comedy brings fun and surprise

Helen Jarvis, Melanie Bass, Rebecca Stubbing. Not pictured, Gareth Blackler, Karolina Brock and Catalina Vercelli Giurda. Those who enjoy “Whose Line is it Anyway” will love this bunch of comedians and their distinctive and clever humour that is entirely made up on the spot, based on a suggested word from the audience. Asked why they stand in front of an audience with no idea what’s going to happen, here are some of the replies. “What I love about performing improvised comedy is the audience really do influence the show, which makes it so spontaneous and surprising.” Melanie Bass , Efficiency...

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Judy Bailey, ‘Mother of the Nation’ to visit

Derek Murie, owner of Paper Plus with his display on Judy Bailey’s book. Judy is a former news presenter for TV One News, the highest rated evening television news programme in New Zealand. She was the anchor, the mainstay, a trusted face and voice all across New Zealand. What is news and what should not be missed is Judy Bailey is coming to Whitianga for a book signing and will be holding a Q and A as part of the book signing at the Monkey House Theatre in Coghill Street, Whitianga.

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The NUKES Reunion – Original three ukelele maestros coming to Eggscentric

Way back yonder in 2008 three fully grown men banded together and embarked upon a perilous musical journey with no particular destination. Their mission? To write and perform original music using only the humble ukulele. Thus, The Nukes were born and quickly they grew into a bonny wee thing, gaining a reputation across Australasia for boisterous live shows and impressive original material. Riddled with optimism and fuelled by beer and bonhomie, David ‘Fingers of fire’ Parker, Ben ‘Country boy’ Collier and Dave ‘Snapper’ Thiele set the burgeoning parochial ukulele/folk scene on fire for a...

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