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Local Maori Women Feature in Auckland Museum Project

The large group of Maori and Pacifica women weavers pictured are from across New Zealand and were invited to be a part of the Te Aho Mutunga Kore project led by Auckland Museum.  They are a group of women studying weaving and cultural taonga from their own heritage and expressing their own artistic gifts.  This makes a difference to their lives and to our community. This wonderful good news story of Maori and Pacifica women may not have come about except for some quite wonderful ‘coincidences’. The Informer asked Deborah Phillips, Kaiako and leader of a local Whitianga weavers group, Te Roopu...

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Cruise ship brings 300 from USA

It was thrilling to think they were coming for just a day! Their cycles were already waiting at the Whitianga wharf in three large trucks. Finding their particular cycle seemed to be a quick undertaking; these travellers had done this a few times prior to Whitianga. The cruise was designed and organised for cyclists who undertake short day tours when they come ashore. The Star Breeze used their ships tender (10m in length) to disembark and embark passengers at the Whitianga Wharf between 10.00am and 7.00pm on the Friday. This entailed 10-12 tender trips throughout the day and thorough...

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Another chance at life: An appreciation for the fragility of our lives

Having already navigated the complexities of a challenging past, fate had another chapter in store for her. As she was doing kipping pull ups (a routine exercise that she did frequently with her legs in a band to assist her posture and momentum) it immediately turned into a life-altering moment.

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Action on Cathedral Cove

It was the specific issue of Cathedral Cove that had local MP Scott Simpson advocate and organise Minister Matt Doocey to come and meet the locals and understand what’s not happening with the Cathedral Cove walking track and the dynamics that have developed since the storms of early 2023. Conservation Minister Honourable Tama Potaka, had visited Cathedral Cove and met with Ngati Hei Charitable Trust member, Joe Davis and Mayor Len Salt at the invitation of Scott Simpson, MP. Th is had been an unofficial visit just a few days earlier but nonetheless an impetus to some kind of action and...

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NZ Tourism Minister Matt Doocey discusses Cathedral Cove Closure

The Coromandel Informer interviews NZ Tourism Minister Matt Doocey about Cathedral Cove Closure. Matt talks about some of the issues surrounding the closure, how it’s affecting local business, and how its restoration is a priority for the new government. Thanks to Scott Simpson MP for helping coordinate the visit. Interview conducted by Pauline Stewart at The Church Bistro, January 9th 2024.

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