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Feb 20, 2024
Motoring

Big flip in new vehicle sales numbers to start the New Year

With the dollar driven Clean Car Discount now gone, the sales of petrol and diesel vehicles surged to a staggering 96.2% of the January figures. According to the sales figures released by the Motor Industry Association (MIA), BEV only managed to secure a rather sad looking 2% market share which equated to just 274 registrations. The top three models were the BYD SEAL (31 units, 12.7% share), followed by Tesla Model Y (25 units, 10.2% share) and the Toyota BZ4X (23 units, 9.4% share). The PHEV range didn’t do much better either gaining a paltry 1.6% market share with their 202 registration…

Feb 20, 2024
Local Government

TCDC clarifies Long Term Plan inaccuracies

Here are the facts about the LTP: 1. The early, informal engagement on our proposals for the LTP that’s occurred to date is not part of the public consultation process Council is required to undertake under the Local Government Act 2002 (LGA) before it adopts its LTP. It is additional to this process and has involved not only the informal October 2023 drop-in sessions mentioned in the opinion article, but meetings our Councillors, Community Board members and staff have been holding with iwi representatives and other partners, as well as informal conversations with stakeholders and interes…

Feb 20, 2024
Local Business

Best time to invest in solar energy at home

To take advantage of this you need to supply a valid quote from your chosen solar specialist. Your solar installer can supply the documentation required to support your finance application provided they are a current SEANZ member. We recommend using a local provider who can offer you ongoing support and service. Choosing the right solar energy system This worthwhile investment does require understanding the differences between solar energy systems and what they offer is not only important, but essential. Here is some insight into the types of solar energy systems on offer and what they c…

Feb 20, 2024
Local Business

The Warehouse Whitianga turns on solar power

This marked the Warehouse Group’s first step in their transition to solar, following the announcement of their agreement with Lodestone Energy, that will see more than 250 sites across Aotearoa New Zealand switch to solar energy plans by the end of 2026. The Warehouse Group’s Chief Executive Nick Grayston says “Going solar has been an important ambition for us to achieve across our store network. We estimate that today’s switch will reduce our Scope 2 emissions by at least 808 tonnes of CO2e a year – the equivalent of taking 175 passenger vehicles off the road yearly and steers us towards…

Feb 20, 2024
Health

New face at funerals

He began working as a grave-digger so attended many funerals. “I was always asking questions about how things were done, and I never lost interest. I saw how important it was to the families to do things properly, to feel they had done the very best for their loved ones.” Matt was 20 when he trained and became a certified Funeral Director. A sense of adventure took Matt to Finland where he continued to practice his profession. “I met a guy from Hamilton, New Zealand and he always talked about how beautiful this country is.  So I decided to give it a go.”  He moved to New Zealand seven ye…

Feb 20, 2024
Local Government

Message from Hon Scott Simpson – MP For Coromandel

The damage done to local housing, roads, small businesses and to our daily lives has left a lasting mark on so many people. Sometimes the worst of situations brings out the best in people and communities. There was a lot of that during last year’s weather crisis turmoil. Looking back now, for me it is one of the most enduring memories as I saw so many examples of people, neighbours and communities working together to help each other out at a time of great need. In terms of politics, the parliamentary year is well underway and we’ve been making our way through our 100 Day Plan. This month…

Feb 20, 2024
Health

A challenging time for Whitianga Continuing Care

Six of the 44 residents in this aged care residential facility died, during an outbreak of the flu like symptoms in this brief period of time. It was not covid. Every resident with the flu symptoms was tested and all the tests were negative. The property is owned and operated by Oceania Healthcare. There are 44 Oceania Homes of this kind across New Zealand and this very sad turn of events has not occurred in any of their other facilities. The Informer contacted their Group General Manager Sales and Service, Anita Hawthorne. “We are very relieved and satisfied that the facility is now all …

Feb 20, 2024
Health

Life-saving service we can’t do without

The service is grateful for the government’s support in helping cover our operational costs. The total cost of a mission is about $8,000 per hour. Specifically, Te Whatu Ora or ACC helps cover this cost dependent on whether it’s an accident or medical emergency.