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Water Sports

World’s largest billfish tournament right here

The Champion team prize is as yet undetermined as that is self-determined from the jackpots but all rational calculations seem to make it as high as $600,000-$700,000. Then there are four overseas trips and a variety of other product and machinery prizes that would dazzle any angler. The one man behind the success of this tournament is Tom Maxwell. “He has enabled its success to the level that it is,” says Manager, John East. “He is the Director of the Billfish Tournament and it is clearly his vision and drive that has led the team to making it such a success. The Mercury Bay Game Fishin…
The Mercury Bay Boars enjoying the Breakers versus Tasmania basketball game in Auckland.
Basketball

A Breakers night to remember

Big thanks to Leisa McCleery who entered her Club into the  #courtofdreams competition. With the road closures and all the extra travel the teams had to undertake in the last year, Leisa felt the players deserved to be entered into this competition. “Our usual basketball season had to be modifi…

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Football

Two local boys – selected for Spain

Tylar, 13 and Curtis, 12, are two local, extremely talented footballers who have been selected to take up a truly remarkable opportunity to participate in a football training camp in Valencia, Spain.
Football

Two local boys – selected for Spain

Tylar, 13 and Curtis, 12, are two local, extremely talented footballers who have been selected to take up a truly remarkable opportunity to participate in a football training camp in Valencia, Spain.

Local Speedway Champion
Motorsports

Our local Speedway Champion in Dunedin and Christchurch

At the other end of the sporting scale Whitianga based speedway driver Bodie Abrahamson also crossed the Cook Strait in January to compete in the highly competitive NZ Super Saloon Championships held at the Central Motor Speedway track in Cromwell. 
Sports

Coromandel locals out and about as far as Dunedin

With SH25A back up and running and a hot summer on offer to welcome visitors back to the beautiful Coromandel to enjoy their summer break, the diehard locals are well and truly back believing they do really live in a slice of New Zealand paradise.  Some no doubt even wonder why they would ever think about moving too […]

Poker Run
Motoring

Twenty-two years of the Poker Run

What a great turn up of motor bikes, riders, friends and supporters to Mercury Bay Club, Whitianga on Saturday morning, 20 January for the 22nd annual Peninsula Poker Run organised by Peninsula Riderz Whitianga.

Marine

Club with no home still going strong

Mercury Bay Boating Club rose to international fame in July 1987 when through the club, Michael Faye lodged an audacious New Zealand Challenge for the America’s Cup.
Cycling

Bike Park donation helps protect kauri

Whitianga Bike Park recently received a $738 donation from St Andrew’s Church Opshop, to help build fences, needed to protect the many young kauri trees that have been donated to the Bike Park, or planted in Memoriam.   
Cycling

FIVE Most enjoyable bike rides

As a keen and regular cyclist in the Mercury Bay Region for a number of years, the Editor has asked me to contribute a few words for both locals and visitors alike about some of the most enjoyable cycle rides to be had over the Christmas and summer holiday period. 
Motoring

One of the great industry comebacks

This comeback highlights the value of independent crash testing. In 2009 The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) awarded the Great Wall Motors (GWM) V240 utility, an extremely low 2-star crash test rating.