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Ron Cook knows horses and equine gear well

86 years and still going strong. Ron grew up on a farm and horses were always there. His father trucked horses and was a horse dealer and blacksmith. Milking three cows before he rode to school on a pony was for Ron his normal life. It was only natural that Ron would slip into a life with horses and saddles and riding gear. He grew to love them and still does. Horse related chores, saddles and shoeing still occupies him from daylight to dusk. It’s his life and he loves it. His home in Whitianga is also part museum – walls  lined with photos and memorabilia of a life in showing horses and...

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Leave social services to Wellington

By delineating these roles clearly, TCDC can enhance efficiency, improve service delivery (reduce cost), and ensure better outcomes for us, the local fee and ratepayers. That way, we all avoid paying more than is required for services we need, value and are prepared to pay for. Local New Zealand government entities are pivotal in delivering essential services to communities. The extent of their responsibilities, particularly concerning social services, is debatable. As ratepayers and fee payers, we fund local government. As taxpayers, we fund central government. I advocate a change in focus...

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Transformative Mercury Bay Art Escape Artists

A wellness specialist and coach in energy medicine, yoga, nutrition and sports massage, Christina works with fluid acrylic and resins in rich polished blues, greens, sands and white on recycled surf boards, wooden tables, big and small rounds and all sizes of framed and natural canvases. Her mesmerising compositions depict the fluid elements of wave formations and shorelines against the immersive power of the ocean. Christina lets the flow on the canvas dictate the shapes and complexity of her seascapes. Therefore, each piece is unique and Christina describes her highly personal art as unlocking...

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‘Temporary Tattoos’ help Carys get to Japan

Carys is going to Japan as part of a Mercury Bay Area School cultural trip. She is one of a group of students and her big task is to help raise her funds even though she has the full support of her family. Carys is used to working in the community. Her mother is Eloise Green, the greatly loved, Matilda the Time Travelling Fairy. At many community events, Carys works with her Mum and younger sister painting the faces of children, blowing huge glistening bubbles, running competitions, to the delight of children of all ages. They are a dynamic wonderful entertainment troupe of three. Carys does...

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Great lineup of music in Thames for greater Coromandel

This is a continuing generous and excellent standard initiative by the Thames Music Group and they invite Thames and the greater Coromandel to come and enjoy their wonderful line-up of events for 2024. The coming two events: THE USUAL SUSPECTS New Zealand and Pan Pacific Champion Barbershop Quartet from Hamilton on Sunday, 3 March 2.00pm-3.30pm, at St Georges Church, Thames. Adults $20 at the door, TMG (Thames Music group) members $15, Under 18s Free. The Usual Suspects are Barbershop Harmony New Zealand’s 2023 Open and Men’s Division Champions, and Pan Pacific Bronze medallists in the men’s...

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The sun and crowds came out for Coromandel Car Show

More than 120 cars and vehicles came from throughout the North Island as part of the show. Many had been driven from Hamilton, Auckland, and Tauranga, adding to the local cars on display. About a dozen BMWs spanning decades were also on show, as the BMW club of New Zealand made a day of it. The cars included American classics such as a mint condition Bel Air, British Aston Martins, Holdens ranging from Monaros right through to the last of the Commodores, muscle cars such as Mustangs and Chargers, a rare Desoto, and even a Saker sports built in Fielding made an appearance. Two wheels were on...

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From Mayor Len Salt on the Long-Term Plan

The LTP helps us answer questions such as: “What facilities and amenities should we be providing? What can we afford?” As a Council, we ask for the participation and feedback of our staff, elected members, iwi, other partners including government agencies, ratepayers and local communities, and decide on the best way to prioritise and fund them. The LTP has a 10-year-and-beyond timeframe, with detailed budgets and project priorities for the first three financial years. The LTP sets the rates and fees and charges. It’s reviewed every three financial years and a new LTP is produced. Council’s...

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World Music Star to perform in Whitianga

The list of accolades for Paul is long: An intimate soulful performer, an acoustic guitar sensation, winner of three New Zealand Music Awards, Paul Ubana Jones was born in London to a Yorkshire mother and a Nigerian father. Paul was playing the guitar by the age of eleven. After graduating from a London Music college, where he studied guitar, cello and composition, Paul began to forge the solo acoustic style that he has stuck to and developed over the years. In the late seventies Paul based himself in Provence, Southern France, and toured all over Europe and North Africa and USA. In the late...

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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 registrations....

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