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Motoring

Big flip in new vehicle sales numbers to start the New Year

With the dollar driven Clean Car Discount now gone, the sales of petrol and diesel vehicles surged to a staggering 96.2% of the January figures. According to the sales figures released by the Motor Industry Association (MIA), BEV only managed to secure a rather sad looking 2% market share which equated to just 274 registrations. The top three models were the BYD SEAL (31 units, 12.7% share), followed by Tesla Model Y (25 units, 10.2% share) and the Toyota BZ4X (23 units, 9.4% share). The PHEV range didn’t do much better either gaining a paltry 1.6% market share with their 202 registration…

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TCDC Long Term Plan
Local Government

TCDC clarifies Long Term Plan inaccuracies

Here are the facts about the LTP: 1. The early, informal engagement on our proposals for the LTP that’s occurred to date is not part of the public consultation process Council is required to undertake under the Local Government Act 2002 (LGA) before it adopts its LTP. It is additional to this p…

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Local Business

Best time to invest in solar energy at home

Many of the banks are now offering low interest rate loans to bankroll the investment in solar energy on your home. Westpac, ANZ, BNZ, ASB and Kiwibank all have finance packages starting from 0% interest.
Local Business

The Warehouse Whitianga turns on solar power

Last Wednesday, 14 February was a little bit brighter across New Zealand  as the first 26 of The Warehouse Group’s stores and sites across the Upper North Island, including The Warehouse Whitianga, are now enjoying the power of the sun.

Leith Jackson, Hangar Operations, next to John Stephenson
Health

Life-saving service we can’t do without

Whitianga Airfield is another base of operations for the Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter service over the peak summer holiday period. The service is located there from Boxing Day through to Waitangi Day, subject to aircraft availability.
Taputapuatea Stream Whitianga
ENVIRONMENT

EROSION AND FLOODING THREATEN BUT LITTLE ACTION

This is an aerial view of Buffalo Beach and clearly seen is Mother Brown’s Creek or Taputapuatea Stream flowing down to the ocean. In this photo it was a tidal small river. There are storm water drains positioned to assist the overflow of water to and from the ocean and river in times of deluge.
Short comings of the RMA
Environment

Short comings of the RMA

Dear Simon,   It is noted that you had an interview with ‘Newsroom’ about shortcomings and possible replacement of the RMA. At the beginning of the interview you said, ‘Environmental management law that flip-flops after every election isn’t good for either the economy or the environment. Any rewo…
The Mercury Bay Boars enjoying the Breakers versus Tasmania basketball game in Auckland.
Basketball

A Breakers night to remember

Friday night, 26 January,  25 invitees and 5 adults had an unforgettable night with the @breakersnz in Auckland as they took on Tasmania.
Education

Graduation for Evakona Education

Last Friday, 26 January, thirty-seven Japanese students graduated from Evakona education in whitianga. They had spent ten months preparing for a two-year education at senior level of ain a New Zealand high school of their choice. Two of the students would be staying to attend Mercury Bay Area School
Education

Evakona Education in Whitianga NZ has its graduation today

Evakona Education in Whitianga NZ has its graduation today -a beautiful song they bring. Many will go to other New Zealand colleges from here. 50 new students will arrive soon and we hope the community will respond by being homestays.

Local Business

Best time to invest in solar energy at home

Many of the banks are now offering low interest rate loans to bankroll the investment in solar energy on your home. Westpac, ANZ, BNZ, ASB and Kiwibank all have finance packages starting from 0% interest.
Local Business

The Warehouse Whitianga turns on solar power

Last Wednesday, 14 February was a little bit brighter across New Zealand  as the first 26 of The Warehouse Group’s stores and sites across the Upper North Island, including The Warehouse Whitianga, are now enjoying the power of the sun.
Taputapuatea Stream Whitianga
ENVIRONMENT

EROSION AND FLOODING THREATEN BUT LITTLE ACTION

This is an aerial view of Buffalo Beach and clearly seen is Mother Brown’s Creek or Taputapuatea Stream flowing down to the ocean. In this photo it was a tidal small river. There are storm water drains positioned to assist the overflow of water to and from the ocean and river in times of deluge.
Short comings of the RMA
Environment

Short comings of the RMA

Dear Simon,   It is noted that you had an interview with ‘Newsroom’ about shortcomings and possible replacement of the RMA. At the beginning of the interview you said, ‘Environmental management law that flip-flops after every election isn’t good for either the economy or the environment. Any rewo…

Health

New face at funerals

There is a new member on the Twentymans Funerals team. Matija (Matt) Michelli trained for the profession in his home town, Trieste in Italy.  Italy is a largely Catholic country, and from a young age Matt was interested in the burial ceremonies, which are very important events in the life of the …
Leith Jackson, Hangar Operations, next to John Stephenson
Health

Life-saving service we can’t do without

Whitianga Airfield is another base of operations for the Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter service over the peak summer holiday period. The service is located there from Boxing Day through to Waitangi Day, subject to aircraft availability.
Food and Drink

Blueberries for Health: The tastiest one’s are grown in Coroglen

Personal: My health condition has had me searching for foods which will stabilize and support my health. Health gurus have various suggestions but they all agree on the health benefits of one food – blueberries. Consequently, for a year now I have been having some blueberries as part of my breakf…

TCDC Long Term Plan
Local Government

TCDC clarifies Long Term Plan inaccuracies

The opinion article by Flemming Rasmussen published in the 6 February edition of The Coromandel Informer (“Money does not grow on trees – from a concerned resident and ratepayer”), contains a number of inaccurate statements about the process for developing our Council’s 2024-2034 Long Term Plan (…
Local Government

Waikato Regional Council Update

Happy New Year – what a great start to summer we have had on the Coromandel Peninsula; the Kopu-Hikuai road opened, the weather stayed fine with just enough rain to keep the farms, lawns and gardens growing and water restrictions kept to a minimum in most areas.
Hahei Beach New Zealand
Local Government

Money does not grow on trees – from a concerned resident and ratepayer

As a resident and ratepayer, I am concerned. In less than five months, our present TCDC councillors will decide on our 10-year 2024/2034 Long Term Plan (LTP). The LTP sets the level of our future rates and fees and what services we may or may not receive for our hard-earned money.

Freedom on the Water
Marine

Freedom on the Water

Dinghy Adventures in the Mercury Bay are some of our little family’s favourite memories.
Plan to reopen cathedral cove
Environment

Cathedral Cove – plan to reopen track to beach

We welcome the shift to a more pragmatic, and forward-looking approach when it comes to Cathedral Cove and coverage.  We also acknowledge the public is very interested in this topic. Thank you for the chance to share our side of the story in response to some of the other contributors. We apprecia…
Local Business

You beauty – glass bottom boat cruise

I’ve been around Mercury Bay on and off for many years but never ‘on’ the Bay. Our young friend insisted so we boarded a Glass Bottom Boat, Friday, 12 January.  It was a mind expanding and heart expanding experience.

Motoring

Big flip in new vehicle sales numbers to start the New Year

Judging by the recent release of the January 2024 new vehicle sales stats, it looks very much like the New Vehicle Distributors of Fully Electric Vehicles (BEV) along with Plug-in hybrids (PHEV) will need to find ways for their vehicles to stand on their own feet moving forward.
Action at Wings and Wheels Thames 2024
Local Events

Action at Wings and Wheels in Thames

Wings and Wheels has been steadily gaining attention over the past few years, turning this small kiwi town into a hub of excitement. This annual event was back this year and certainly captured the hearts of many. We had the privilege of sitting down with Geoff Furkert, one of the event organisers…