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May 14, 2024

The NUKES and great food filled Eggsentric!

The Nukes enjoying their audience at Eggsentric. From left – Jay Parker, Dave ‘Fingers of Fire’ Parker, Dave ‘Snapper’ Thiele on the banjo mandolin, and Ben ‘Country Boy’ Collier; below is young Parker prodigy Jay P with his dad, Dave. It was a full house, not a chair or place at the table to spare.  Their music is original and the messages are about society, folk lore, love and lost love, musings on life and sometimes they are just hilarious.  Often a song would involve everyone in a vocal response or hearty clapping.  The four-course meal was all included in the evening’s entertainment a…

Feb 6, 2024

Music and sunshine at the Hahei lawn charity concert

The Annual Lawnmowers Son “Music on the Lawn” charity event at Hahei Homestead was a success despite the sunshine swapping with rain and wind squalls at a couple of intervals. This weather kept some away, but a good crowd came regardless. The raffles and auction items donated were ‘over the top’ generous and the organisers thank the sponsors for making the fund raising for the Mercury Bay Cancer Support Trust so significant. Sponsors – Ooh La La Boutique; Hotwater Beach Holiday Park; Hot Waves Café and Day Bar; Hotties Beachfront Eatery; Cathedral Cove Dive and Snorkel; The Church Bistr…

Feb 1, 2024
Local Events

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…

Jan 30, 2024

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 and on the bu…

Jan 23, 2024

International acts set to wow Whitianga at the Monkey House

A mega talented line up of international acts consisting of Rud Stewart, Mick Harvey and Amanda Acevedo, and Sassafras Bluegrass Band are set to headline and wow Whitianga music lovers at the Monkey House Lounge and Cabaret Bar the first weekend of February. Rud Stewart will kick off the weekend fun on Friday night and have you doing double takes as an internationally renowned tribute to the amazing legend that is Rod Stewart himself. Originally from Yorkshire, England Rud has been performing and electrifying audiences with his tribute show worldwide throughout 11 countries for over 18 year…

Jan 16, 2024

Dave Dobbyn and Elemenop – loved by the Coroglen Crowd

Sir Dave sang all his original well-loved songs – Slice of Heaven, You Oughta Be In Love, Loyal, Love You Like I Should, and the crowd of over 2,000 sang along – almost every single word of the lyrics they sang from memory. Dave Dobbyn, KNZM is 67. This Knight of the Realm didn’t miss a beat for his cheering audience of parents, adult children and teens sometimes all from one family and all there to see Dave Dobbyn. I am not sure if any in the audience remembered that two years ago Dave wrote on social media that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. This has altered…

Jan 16, 2024

BayJam – a summer afternoon

Whitianga will come alive on Sunday, 28 January with a variety of local music and entertainment, artisanal food, and the charm of Mercury Bay cafes, bars and businesses. With multiple locations throughout Whitianga, there’s plenty of time to explore and celebrate the Coromandel’s finest. The festival includes well know local performers – Let’s Go Descarrego, GRIM, Fei well as  Good Gracious Annie (Alan & Julia Rhodes & Pippa Le Leivre) and Sarah Morcom, who recently opened the New Year’s Eve  gig at Coroglen.  Many facets to BayJam Award winning food producers …

Jan 9, 2024

Busking spectacular in Whitianga

‘The Nations Go Busking’ is a group of young people who are all learning a stringed instrument. How they came together is because of the hospitality of a Coromandel couple, Saskia and Jelte Reimersma. The ‘Informer’ paper sponsored this visit to Whitianga of the colourful, talented group of musicians.    Beginnings: As with many homes in our area the Reimersma’s bush property outside of Coromandel  has some additional accommodation which was created in previous years. Come summer these spaces are filled with young people, starting with the Reimersma’s  Nation family from Hamil…