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Evolving – Judy Bailey here to sign her book

‘Evolving’ is the name of Judy Bailey’s book. Judy is taking on the matter of finding health and a happiness as we age. She issues a challenge in that this subject is more than about those who are coping with age, but about preparing for it when we’re too busy to think about ageing.

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Painting, a gift of gratitude from Tairua artist

Whitianga Lions Club Art Expo is returning this year to the Whitianga Town Hall on King’s Birthday Weekend (May 31 opening night – June 3) with all profits going to Project Mammogram.
Film and Photography

Te Tupua – The Goblin: A mesmerising performance at The Monkey House

John G Davies is a consummate storyteller. Not only did he write Te Tupua – The Goblin, he also directs this powerful play, and he performs all 13 characters in it. He gives each character its own voice, becoming Scottish or Māori, male or female, cowering or commanding – even his stature morphs …
Local History

Who was Von Luckner? Part Three

Last week, Von Luckner captures many WWI allied ships -keeps all prisoners on his own ship. Everyone is looking for his ship, The Seeadler
Film and Photography

A drama for all ages including children

An expertly crafted solo performance, delivered by a veteran of the New Zealand stage. John Davies inhabits nine characters, bringing to life an extraordinary corner of our history.
Local History

Who was Von Luckner 1881 -1966? Part Two

Last issue, the captain of the Russian ship for whom Von Luckner was an unpaid cabin boy refused to allow a rescue attempt to save Von Luckner who had fallen from the mast into the wild seas.
Local History

Our oldest veteran – Private Peter Sheehan

Peter William Sheehan was born on 11 May, 1923. Soon he will be 101 years. Peter is this region’s oldest serving war veteran. He was just a boy when World War Two broke out only just turning 16 and he put up his age, finally enlisting at 17 years. 
Local History

Anzac Day mishap put right

Last year just before the Anzac Dawn Parade commenced in Whitianga, the young soldier standing to attention as the flag bearer was suddenly relieved of his flag. He had no time to protest and as a trained soldier, he felt it inappropriate to do so at that time.
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A hush descends over New Zealand

There are shadows moving quietly coming from all directions. Low conversation creates a calmness and common awareness. The dawn is coming but all the preparation is in the darkness. Whitianga Parade – As the shapes of people become more defined; many are in uniforms navy, army, airforce, Fire Bri…