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7th Annual Model Show great hit for school holidays

Great range of displays: This year you can see displays from World War II battleships to dolls’ house collections, plus various railway layouts ranging from hand-crafted structures through to the ever-popular Lego displays. Special guests include the Tauranga Model Railway Club who will be bringing two layouts, and a 13-year-old Auckland boy who was inspired by last year’s show to create his own World War II-based diorama. Damon adding some finishing touches to sheep for one of the country side train track models. A small portion of the train track country side. Competitions for everyone:...

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Making prints and making them just right

Vaughan Grisby at Stephenson Unichem Chemist doing his work at the front counter. Getting started For many years, printing photos was his trade. However, choosing Whitianga as the place to live and work was easy for Vaughan. As with several other trades and businesspeople in Whitianga, it was holiday experiences that prompted Vaughan to make this decision. When a business opportunity in his line of work presented itself, Vaughn decided this would be the place to work as well as holiday. He saw the photo-processing business in Stephen’s Pharmacy and asked himself, “Why not!” The rest is history. Vaughan...

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Get ready for a surprising night of drama & comedy

“The Secret Case of Sherlock Holmes – Sherlock Holmes and Watson’s first case” Director is Samuel Ribert; leads are Joshua Bruce and Linnie Wales and a cast of 12 actors. This Mercury Bay Area School production promises to be a winner.   Samuel Ribert – Director. The two-act, 90-minute play was written by Craig Sodaro and has been produced many times, principally by schools in the United States and Great Britain. This mystery-comedy has many surprises. Staging will be arranged to maximize the audience’s view of the stage. The producer Samuel Ribert, a year  13 student has overseen the many...

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Tiki Taane’s two tremendous shows at the Monkey House

The musician known for blending drum and bass, reggae, roots and other genres gave the audience his absolute all both nights – the fantastic crowds easily hearing just how his innovative style and sound significantly influences the NZ music scene and inspires other performers. Beat Fairy Productions was proud to bring Tiki to town and are thrilled to announce that over $1,300 was raised for Coro Youth Mentors Inc. from the Friday night show. The full crowd sang Tiki’s songs along with him in full voice, elevating and supporting his show.  DJ Axis (Rachel Taane) closed out both nights with...

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Tiki Taane supporting Coro Youth Mentors Inc

There is also a fantastic variety of local support acts including Let’s Go Descarrego (Sat night), DJ A-Young (Fri & Sat night) & Chance C33Y (Fri night). Having sold out his Saturday show, a second show has been added for which Tiki and Rachel Taane are very generously donating 50% of the ticket sales to Coro Youth Mentors Inc, so you can head along and celebrate for a great cause! Coro Youth Mentors’ mission is to empower young individuals to reach their full potential through guidance, encouragement, and skill development. The charity has mobilised quickly from inception in early...

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Huge life adventure begins for Whitianga football player

Who would have thought that a trip to Texas for the Dallas International Girls Cup could lead to a scholarship for tertiary education in the USA? In July, Olivia McDonald will head to Norfolk, Nebraska to take up a four-year scholarship at North-East Community College and represent them in soccer. It’s the kind of dream so many sports talented and bright students hope will come true. For 18-year-old Olivia McDonald of Whitianga, the opportunity is beyond her dreams, and it all began when she joined a football team as the only girl player. In 2022, Olivia was selected to represent New Zealand...

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Water meters – some have them and some don’t

The key change is that everyone who has a meter will be charged on the basis of the amount of water they use. For a long time, instead of user payers, there has been a “fixed charge”. From 1 July 2024, that fixed charge will be reduced by about 50%. The other 50% will pay for the water treatment plant and process. The other portion of the charge which is no longer a fixed charge will be what you use. Water usage will be measured through existing meters. The new process commences 1 July. The cost per cubic metre is $1.62 for 1,000 litres. Comments from residents reveal confusion and concern...

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Message from Hon Scott Simpson

MP For Coromandel We campaigned on this policy because hardworking Kiwis deserve to keep more of what they earn, especially as households across the Coromandel and the wider country have been battling the cost of living. When I meet with people in our communities, conversation quickly turns to the struggle local businesses are facing to stay afloat, the pressure on families to pay their weekly bills, and the feeling that it is harder to get ahead. Our tax package targets relief to low and middle-income households. Families with young children are set to benefit most. It gives average income...

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Isaiah off to train in skateboarding in USA

Isaiah skateboarding at the Whitianga Skate Park. Isaiah, a student at Mercury Bay Area School and highly skilled competitive skateboarder, has been working hard for some time to raise the funds to fulfil this dream. He is very grateful for the help of the Whitianga and wider community. “I have had so much support from a whole bunch of people.” Isaiah practises at his local Whitianga Skate Park. It has been terrific for training and practising and now there is the new Tairua one as well. “At this skateboarding school, I can compare myself to the best skateboarders in the world and I will...

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