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Jun 11, 2024
Local Government

A CLOSE CALL FOR LOCAL CONTROL

Case in point is a recent emotional claim that local environment advocates “played a significant role in sinking the proposal put forth by Glen Leach for the Coromandel to obtain World Heritage status”. The claim was that the proposal’s failure is to be regretted. For the interest of many new residents, it was actually Waikato Regional Council (WRC), not upstart locals, that put a stop within weeks to a ‘hare-brained tourism scheme hatched in 2015 by then-Mayor Glenn Leach and Florida-based travel consultancy, Miles Marketing Destinations. A quick look at what was to be, shows why stopping…

Jun 11, 2024
Environment

History of poisoning on the Coromandel: Issue One

They imported the 1080 poison and made 1080-baits for spreading wherever they could find a “pest” to poison. The rabbit was the first victim and the 1080 bait factory got underway. The government made the baits and controlled their distribution through the rabbit boards and then regional councils. When the rabbits could absorb no more 1080, new “pests” were sought. That next “pest”, the one to really get this business off the ground, was the possum. The possum had first been imported to provide NZ with a fur industry but the government showed no interest in fur. The possums were left to th…

Jun 11, 2024
Environment

Planning your Treescape – Part 3

This is the third and final instalment of the series “Planning Your Treescape,” that aims to give you the information and ability to make informed decisions about tree planting on your land. Part One – Covered questions to contemplate before planting and how to determine availability of natural resources on your land. Part Two – Covered various environmental players in the long-term viability of a treescape. With that background information, we are now ready to talk specifics and suggest various species to consider when planning your treescape. With the dynamic weather on the Coromand…

Jun 11, 2024
Education

Mayor comes for Leadership Day

The Principal, Gary Veysi, had planned for the students to meet their regional leader, the Mayor and to hear from him a little about his life and work, and for him to meet the student leaders. The students and school staff had obviously been rehearsing and preparing for some time for this special day. Following the very formal time of greeting, the entire school and some parents and community neighbours gathered for the school assembly.

Jun 11, 2024
Environment

Our recent aurora spectacle

A pano image taken Saturday night 11 May taken by Tina Macrae. The auroras were caused by an ejection of the sun’s outer atmosphere called a CME (coronal mass ejection) which is highly charged gas called plasma actually breaking off and travelling through space to interact with the earth’s magnetic field. These CMEs originate in sunspots which are active areas on the sun, and they become more common during periods of heightened solar activity which occur over the 11-year cycle. The particular sunspot that was responsible for the recent spectacular auroras has now rotated around the sun an…

Jun 4, 2024
Marine

Two fishing competitions at Mercury Bay Fishing club

Ladies Blue winners. – Rebecca Trethowen – Heaviest Billfish; Kylie Phillips with Mark Phillips heaviest tuna for Rebecca and most tagged and release points trophy for their boat and team, Relief. Snapper Tournament Fishing started at 6.30am on Saturday, 1 June and was continuous through to 3.30pm Sunday, 2 June. It was a cash in, cash out prize plus $1000 worth of The Stunned Mullet vouchers. The ten winners all appear in the photo adjacent. Prizegiving  was 6.30pm at the Fishing Club on Sunday night. The Ladies Blue competition: The prizegiving was held in conjunction with the Snap…

Jun 4, 2024
Environment

$2 billion export goal for mining

“It is a relief to see the draft strategy announced by the Government that will set clear, and hopefully enduring, policy to allow New Zealand to fully contribute to the global supply chain of minerals that are critical to development and economic growth,” Vidal says. “It will also be good to see the Government investing in updated geological modelling and resource potential by mapping our mineral resources. For too long there has been insufficient attention given to research and science to give a clear picture of exactly what is sitting under our feet. “It has been said many times that th…

Jun 4, 2024
Local Events

Whiti Beach Meet 2025

It’s all go now. A permit has been re- secured to use the Buffalo Beach Reserve, Whitianga, to hold a full on car, truck, bike, retro caravan show. “So, we won’t be limited to the amount of vehicles entering due to loads of room,” says leader of the organising team, Reg Smith. Your support please. The event asks for your support. “There are no restrictions on year, model, make or type of vehicle,” says Reg. “If you know anyone that might like to enter their toy, we encourage you to invite them along. We also invite car clubs to have their own displays.” Entry forms available: These can …