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Noumea coconuts and canned foods

Shardae Slade, centre back, with the group that kept in touch with each other through Whats App. This was taken on the eve of their departure from Noumea. The four, Shardae, Nikil, Mia and Div, had set off to backpack in New Caledonia for 15 days. What they got was two days holiday and 13 days of an unplanned somewhat scary adventure. This is Shardae’s story: “We were staying in the Youth Hostel in Noumea, close to the Parliament Building. Everything was going fine, but on returning to our hostel on the first night, there were people in the street waving New Caledonia flags and placards in...

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Gary Hinds – ‘We’re going back next year’

Mercury Bay comrades just returned from the trail – (left to right): Gary Hinds with their Sherpa guide and Carter Hodge, Cindy Williams, Morgan Woolston, Samantha Robinson, Jonty Abrahamson and Taimania Hinds; right, a beanie all the way from Whitianga Continuing Care. So far, he’s done ten trips to the area at the base of Everest, and next year he’s going again. Gary’s first trip was in 2012, when he accompanied his 16 year-old niece, Mercury Bay Area School student, Chelsea Johnson with 22 others to Nepal to plant trees for her Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. They went to Khude, one of the...

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Motor caravaners have new park

Mike cut the ribbon to open their new park located in flat open ground land at the end of Debenham Drive, beside SH25A backing onto the Whitianga Airport.   A good number of motor caravans were parked up, a marquee well-resourced for meals was set up for a BBQ and many of the freedom motor caravaners were enjoying the new location. The previous member-only location at 301 Joan Gaskell Drive which they had enjoyed for many years was generously leased to them by Whitianga Waterways Ltd. (WWL).  In June 2023, WWL notified all members that they would soon begin to develop...

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Going for a swim

Conducted by Dean Albiston, our Deputy Chairman and Ex-Police Search and Rescue and Manus Pretorius, our IT expert. The first part of the training was the cross-river training. Sounds pretty simple really, but some very clever concepts have been developed by LandSAR to ensure that any volunteers who have to cross a river during a search, do so as safely as possible. The first principle, especially if a river is in flood (which with the rain we have been having recently, is quite regular!), is to question whether it is safe to cross. “If in doubt stay out! It’s not worth your life.” If...

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Cathedral Cove IS the destination

The Cathedral Cove Scenic Cruises is on the ‘Must-do’ list of things to do when you visit the Coromandel Peninsula. It is a wonderful opportunity to see the Cove, land on the Cathedral Cove beach and see a coastline of immense beauty and there are some other marine delights to savour as well. Ken is quite the tour guide. His excitement and optimism are due to the strongly helped hope that the years of covid and then one year of severe downturn following cyclones Hale and Gabrielle resulting in the closure of the main highway to Whitianga, are all in the past. Ken decided...

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