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Film and Photography

Local photography club’s amazing talent

‘Mantis’ by Kate Beauchamp won first place. A minimalist and unmistakable silhouetted image of a Praying Mantis is simple’ yet effective. Kate Beauchamp’s photos of the ‘auroras featured on the front page of last week’s issue of The Informer 1st Kate Beauchamp 2nd Rose Barrett 3rd Shannon Molloy Photo of the month was a closely fought battle with a tie for both first and third places. ‘A pair of Kingfishers’ by Bevan Walker. The birds are well focused, and their stunning colours stand out against the background. ‘Otama Waves’ by Chrissy Lawrence is a soft and dreamy seascape with …
Through the Portal

What we need is a great big melting pot

The message is really quite simple; if we all want to get on peacefully with each other then we need to do away with the barriers that prevent this; barriers that are related to geography, ethnicity and class. One of the things that stirred me to dwell on this subject was the upcoming By Electio…

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Stan’s Stuff

Things may not be what they seem – Appearances can be deceptive

From 1947 until 1953, I lived in the best designed town in Australia – Yallourn. In every respect this company town was perfect. Built to accommodate 5,000 people by Victoria’s State Electricity Commission (SEC), it was designed to be the ideal town. All power was underground, and gardens and recreation facilities were top quality.
Stan’s Stuff

Things may not be what they seem – Appearances can be deceptive

From 1947 until 1953, I lived in the best designed town in Australia – Yallourn. In every respect this company town was perfect. Built to accommodate 5,000 people by Victoria’s State Electricity Commission (SEC), it was designed to be the ideal town. All power was underground, and gardens and recreation facilities were top quality.

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Through the Portal

What we need is a great big melting pot

Yes I know, I have flogged the title of this week’s article from a pop song; the original by Blue Mink but also a great local version from When the Cats Away. A song with a message that I was thinking a bit about over the past week or so.
Through the Portal

Why are socialists so rude these days?

I was watching a Parliament broadcast recently, one that showed Green Party member Julie Anne Genter vault out of her seat to cross the floor and start screaming at Government MP Matt Doocey, waving a paper about and generally looking ferocious. How rude I thought.

Kids Digital Playground
Tech Talk

School’s out and the kids are off to their digital playground.

As the school bell rings for the final time this term, New Zealand children are trading playgrounds for digital hangouts. A recent study by Meltwater/We Are Social reveals that a staggering 81.4% of Kiwis are active social media users, dedicating an average of 2 hours and 15 minutes daily to their feeds and stories.
Tech Talk

Tech Talk – AI chatbots redefine our response to information.

Chatbots have existed for several years. However, until recently, they were mostly rule-based systems with limited abilities. They relied on predefined scripts and keywords to respond to queries, lacking the capacity to understand context or engage in natural conversation and often failed to provide useful information.

Local Groups & Clubs

Mercury Bay Athletics Club

Their annual prize giving for 2023 2024 was a well done to all our athletes. The season is over but begins again in Term Four following the September School Holidays.
Local Groups & Clubs

DUNDAS STREET RESERVE BEWARE! Do we need this?

Whitianga community is possibly losing a special place near the centre of its town. Despite being man made the area of reclaimed land at the Dundas Street entrance is being proposed as the new site of the Mercury Bay Boating Club building. The Club has a Resource Consent Application in to the D…

Local Government

Long-Term Plans need input – Disagreement on ‘Nice to Haves’

The Informer has backed this up with a template of a submission form in case some seeking where to go, find the TCDC website requires forensic investigation. That’s not because it is hard to navigate – there is simply a lot of information and some of the questions require you to choose from liste…
Opinions

Leave social services to Wellington

Local government, both Thames Coromandel District Council – TCDC, should be focusing on essential services only and leave social services to Wellington (central government). To do this, TCDC must prioritise essential services only and leave the rest to central government.
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Opinions

Matters to be resolved

Cathedral Cove walking access, where to have the Boating Club, dust on and in the houses opposite Allied Concrete on South Highway, Operational Refuse Transfer Station for Mercury Bay; Wahi Tukurua (recycling centre) being more than a name; clearing the ponds at Cooks Beach, Buffalo Beach and Tap…

Community Notices

Mautohe Cathedral Cove Update

This is to keep our local key stakeholders and interested parties informed about the weather-impacted Cathedral Cove Recreation Reserve.

Guest Editorial

Short comings of the RMA

Second part of actual letter sent by Malcolm to Simon Upton, Commissioner for the Environment
Guest Editorial

Electric vehicle ‘report card’ needs better results

As Guest Editorial has been asked of me, I am addressing one of the previous Guest Editorials by Denis Tegg. My understanding is he is clearly living in some sort of green time warp with his glorification of electric vehicles (EVs).
Guest Editorial

Government Risks Billions

I have a sense of wonderment as I drive up the Kauaeranga valley through the lush native forest to a pristine swimming hole, a stark contrast to the feeling of dread as I read dispiriting reports of gross environmental backsliding by our government.
Guest Editorial

From moo to microbes: Is this the end of NZ Dairy?

Imagine cheese without cows, and 100% identical milk proteins grown in vats using microbes. Far-fetched science fiction? Not anymore. Precision fermentation (PF) is poised to upend NZ’s dairy industry, and unless it diversifies swiftly, send it into a death spiral.