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Local Government

Message from Hon Scott Simpson

We’re working to ease the cost of living and this month several initiatives come into effect. One is the Family Boost policy already underway. This package allows eligible families to claim up to $150 per fortnight for childcare costs. Another positive change will kick in from 31 July when income tax thresholds will shift, meaning average income households will receive tax relief of up to $102 per fortnight. Every bit counts for households struggling to get ahead and we take the view that you know better how to spend your money than governments do. The coalition Government also announced…

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Motoring

New model MG3 a timely arrival and available locally

The new model MG3 available now. It’s the fourth month in a row that registrations have been in decline according to figures released recently by the Motor Industry Association. To highlight the pain the industry is currently going through is the fact that the number of new makes and models tha…

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Environment

A 1983 United Nations Report led to the RMA

RURAL LIFE COUNTS – In 1983, The United Nations, formed a special committee chaired by Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Norwegian Prime Minister. That special committee was called the World Commission of Environment and Development (the Brundtland Commission).

Environment

Important conversations about water

The Informer paid a visit to a lake and dam construction that is part of the south-east Queensland landscape called Wivenhoe Dam. This visit was about family, but because the themes of water supply, water treatment and paying for water are crucial to the future of the development of Coromandel Pe…
Education

Community Constable’s visit proves to be a big hit

After concerns were raised within the local Whitianga community about the apparent lack of awareness of safety by students from the Evakona Education Centre, when crossing the road, it was decided by staff to develop and run a road safety awareness programme.  This included a visit to the centre …
Local Government

TCDC slams door on Open Government Reform

In a stunning display of arrogance and a stubborn rebuff to advocates of open government, TCDC councillors have voted to continue their controversial use of closed workshops and briefings out of public view and with no record of their proceedings.
Environment

Today’s danger – Issue Three, Environment Matters

When DoC first began dropping 1080 poison over Coromandel, the DoC staff were involved. They told us ‘1080’ was ‘safe’ and they had to make it look safe. Stringent safety precautions were already in place.
Environment

World Heritage status – What Does It Mean To Us?

Increasing concern over the continued decline in the health of the Hauraki Gulf and the lack of a positive plan to address the largely unchecked human impact on our marine ecosystems dictates the need for urgent action.
Education

We went to Te Papa

During the first week of the school holidays, my father and I travelled to Wellington to visit Te Papa. Luckily, we were able to stay with family and so we stayed for several days and went to a number of places.
Education

Community Constable’s visit proves to be a big hit

After concerns were raised within the local Whitianga community about the apparent lack of awareness of safety by students from the Evakona Education Centre, when crossing the road, it was decided by staff to develop and run a road safety awareness programme.  This included a visit to the centre …
Education

Mayor comes for Leadership Day

All the students and staff greeted the Mayor, Len Salt with a well polished and resounding Haka followed by Karakia. This was a special Leadership Day for Whenuakite School.
Education

Transforming educational experience at Tihoi Venture School

Before attending Tihoi Venture School, 14-year-old Jackson Hay was apprehensive about spending 18 weeks away from home. He had never lived away from his family, didn’t know his roommates, and had never used a potbelly stove for cooking.

Environment

A 1983 United Nations Report led to the RMA

RURAL LIFE COUNTS – In 1983, The United Nations, formed a special committee chaired by Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Norwegian Prime Minister. That special committee was called the World Commission of Environment and Development (the Brundtland Commission).
Environment

Important conversations about water

The Informer paid a visit to a lake and dam construction that is part of the south-east Queensland landscape called Wivenhoe Dam. This visit was about family, but because the themes of water supply, water treatment and paying for water are crucial to the future of the development of Coromandel Pe…
Environment

Today’s danger – Issue Three, Environment Matters

When DoC first began dropping 1080 poison over Coromandel, the DoC staff were involved. They told us ‘1080’ was ‘safe’ and they had to make it look safe. Stringent safety precautions were already in place.
Environment

World Heritage status – What Does It Mean To Us?

Increasing concern over the continued decline in the health of the Hauraki Gulf and the lack of a positive plan to address the largely unchecked human impact on our marine ecosystems dictates the need for urgent action.

Health

Local response to difficulties with primary care health funding

We agree with the contents of the media release (set out adjacent) issued by GenPro this last week. It is really disappointing that the expectation is for the community to fund the significant shortfall in Primary Care funding. Our representatives are still in negotiations with Te Whatu Ora. We r…
Health

Caring for our largest organ

Your skin is a very important part of the body as I am sure you realise. It’s the largest organ of our body. It’s true guys! Not only does it keep our blood from running all over the floor and making a mess, it keeps pesky bacteria and other annoying things like dog tongues from gaining access to…
Health

‘Wellness Survey’ results lead to exciting new initiatives

Happylocal Hub’s co-founder Courtney Linnecar and the Hub’s newest health practitioner, Jaye Harrod, are on a mission to get more people connected with all things health-related in the wider coastal communities, and to engender happiness and health in our locals.

Local Government

Message from Hon Scott Simpson

It might be winter and a bit cooler here on the Coromandel but the political year has been as hot as ever with the Government going full steam ahead implementing the policies announced in the Budget.
Local Government

TCDC slams door on Open Government Reform

In a stunning display of arrogance and a stubborn rebuff to advocates of open government, TCDC councillors have voted to continue their controversial use of closed workshops and briefings out of public view and with no record of their proceedings.
Local Government

A CLOSE CALL FOR LOCAL CONTROL

When local historical events get memory-holed or misrepresented, communities lose the benefits of instructive hindsight. And with local community input on policy and services now front and centre, the value of setting the record straight is more important than ever. It’s what helps keep elected o…

Marine

WORLD RECORD CLAIM!

Massive congrats to Kelly Chambers who has smashed the women’s 24kg World Record with this amazing 300kg Broadbill Swordfish!
Local History

Who was Von Luckner? – PART ONE OF THREE

Count Felix von Luckner was labelled the Sea Devil as well as being known as a gentleman naval officer who had an interesting involvement in the Pacific and in our waters during World War One.

Local Events

Showtime for the Americana Car Parade

Celebrating the 4th July! The cars will gather at Buffalo Beach Reserve at 2.00pm Saturday 6 July. If you have a car to join the parade, come on down to Buffalo Beach Reserve at 2.00m.
Motoring

New light passenger sales continue steep yearly decline

There are fears of more dealership closures looming due to the sales of new light passenger vehicles continuing their downwards spiral in 2024.  May registrations marked the fifth straight month of steep decline.   At 10,186 registrations, the May 2024 figures are 23.7% lower than May 2023 (3,168…