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A busy tool and machinery sale and an unclaimed World War 11 box

The Whitianga MENZSHED’s  raised over $2000 toward their new shed last Sunday, 18 February at their Tool and Machinery Garage Sale. It was busy and profitable and the space of their existing shed was a clear message to the community of just how much more space the MenZshed needs. It is estimated that the new shed will cost around $300k. The current shed is 70 square metres the new shed will be 360 square metres. “We need to raise a third of the cost ourselves before we can approach Lotto and other groups for funding,” said Glenn Schache, President of Whitianga MENZSHED. The group has rai…
LOCAL GROUPS & CLUBS

Darts is the winner at Coroglen Tavern

If walls could talk, The Coroglen Tavern would have a number of interesting stories to tell. More than a few of those tales would centre on the traditional pub game of darts. The well-known landmark tavern, situated on the corner of State Highway 25 and the Tapu-Coroglen Road, is the home of the…

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Man's Search For Meaning
STAN’S STUFF

Living in paradise, why think about a concentration camp?

I have been thinking about an Auschwitz Concentration camp story. It is a true story written by Viktor Frankl, one of the most influential psychotheraptists of the 20th century. I think about it when I sit on the Whitianga wharf, when I stroll the beaches at sunset, when I lay awake in my comfortable bed. […]
STAN’S STUFF

Living in paradise, why think about a concentration camp?

I have been thinking about an Auschwitz Concentration camp story. It is a true story written by Viktor Frankl, one of the most influential psychotheraptists of the 20th century. I think about it when I sit on the Whitianga wharf, when I stroll the beaches at sunset, when I lay awake in my comfortable bed. […]

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Through the Portal

Council Structure – another proficient way of working

There was an excellent letter in the 6th February edition of the Informer from Buddy Mikaere of Manaia. Buddy’s letter was in response to letters written along with others re follow up to an article I wrote criticising the process followed by Council when deciding to formalise the formation of Maori Wards for TCDC.
Crowd at bayjam
Through the Portal

Let’s hope we can be great again

Gazing idly at the sea the other day while sipping an appropriate refreshment I couldn’t help but reflect on the summer, after all it has been significantly better than last year, and the promise is for more fine summer days to follow.

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.

It’s ‘yacht’ we do on Sundays!’
Local Groups & Clubs

It’s ‘yacht’ we do on Sundays!’

For the past five years a group of senior sailors have been getting together on Sundays to sail their model yachts in friendly competition. The Whitianga Waterways Remote Control Yacht Group meets at the beach near the Mobil station to pit their wits against the wind and each other, usually over …
Kevin Geard and members of Taskforce Kiwi
Local Groups & Clubs

4000 pleas for help and off to Queensland

Kevin Geard has spent ten years as a volunteer fireman, nine years with the Tairua Volunteer Fire Brigade and the last eighteen months with the Te Aroha Volunteer Fire Brigade.
John Pedersen presents an award to Richard Vetter
Lions Club

Time to say thank you to Richard

Richard Vetter spoke at the recent Whitianga Lions Club meeting held at Mercury Bay Club. He is a member of Lions so he spoke as one of them rather than as a Guest Speaker.  It was a very special night for everyone because it was an opportunity to acknowledge Richard’s work and achievements as a …
Art & Culture

Whitianga Art Group Feature Artist

Marianne will be at the Featured Artist Exhibition on Saturdays and Waitangi Day 10.00am to 4.00pm and Sunday, February 11 and 25 from 10 am to 2pm

cathedral-cove
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…
mercury-bay
Opinion

Where Mercury Bay is heading

I wrote an article in 2000 on the TCDC Long Term Future Plan with the above heading. The Informer asked me about the changes I have seen since then, the differences now in terms of the future and would I be able to follow up in terms of how I see the future now 24 years later.
Opinions

Together forever – a good idea

The other day I was scanning through the Thames Coromandel District Council (TCDC) website looking for the Mercury Bay Community Board’s annual plan. The website contains a lot of information in various places but taking it on is a bit like starting a game of Jumanji. You are never sure what you …
Opinion

Great about highway – what about our Cathedral Cove track?

The reopening of the main highway into the Coromandel occurred on Wednesday, 21 December with the completion of the Taparahi bridge. Good news! However, locals are voicing increased frustration over the continued closure of the Cathedral Cove track.

Police Report

POLICE REPORT

WHITIANGA POLICE REPORT: Monday, 5 February to Sunday, 11 February 2024
Police Report

Police Report – January 29th to February 4th 2024

General: A burglary occurred late evening on the Sunday, 28 January at an Albert Street commercial address where food and alcohol was stolen. Unfortunately, it happened again at the same location overnight of Thursday, 1 February. Police are asking for any information that may assist in their en…
Police Report

Police Report – January 15th to January 23rd 2024

BY CONSTABLE MICHAEL CARTER, WHITIANGA POLICE GENERAL: Monday 15 January an intoxicated male was causing disorder at the Whitianga Wharf. He was moved on without incident.   Tuesday, 16 January a vehicle was siphoned of petrol on Cook Drive.   Also Tuesda…
Police Report

Police Report – Christmas Period 2023 / 2024

From the Whitianga Police: We hope you all had a safe and fun Christmas / New Year. May the next year be pleasant and full of fun with your whanau and friends. Let’s keep ourselves and our loved ones safe this Christmas/New Years period.

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.
Solar and Wind Power New Zealand
Guest Editorial

Sunlit Hope: Renewable Revolution Pierces Climate Gloom

The devastating impacts of Cyclone Gabrielle and climate change remain fresh in our minds, rightly acting as a warning of much worse yet to come. But amidst the gloom, an astounding revolution is underway with cause for some genuine climate optimism.
New Zealand Summer
GUEST EDITORIAL

Transparency blues across society

Happy New year to you all. It was great to see Whitianga businesses bustling and thousands of tourists enjoying the very favourable holiday weather. It is however a bit of a relief now that things have quietened down a little.