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Our oldest veteran – Private Peter Sheehan

Private Peter William Sheehan was in the army for approximately three years and for two of those years, he served in the infantry in Egypt and Italy. His number for service was 449 437.  He received a back full of shrapnel and some of that shrapnel remains in his body. Peter says it works its way out from time to time showing up just under the skin surface. Peter is a member of the Whitianga Bowling Club and until recently he helped with maintenance on a daily basis. He was absent from this years Anzac dawn parade as he had a stint in hospital. Peter lives with his daughter, Chrissie and son,...

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Anzac Day mishap put right

Johnathon had concluded his active service some years prior and had returned to be with his family for the Anzac service. To be asked to carry one of the flags at the head of the parade on Anzac Day was a great honour.  The memories of what he experienced in war have not left him, but neither has his pride in serving his country and his love for New Zealand dimmed in any way. It was a mistake that the flag was taken from him and the ‘why’ was never resolved – a misunderstanding, no doubt.  The RSA members who organised the parade were embarrassed and upset that this occurred. Fast forward...

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New lifestyle village in Whitianga

The Moorings Lifestyle Village opened February 2024. The harbour feeds a maze of waterways meandering through the flat land to the west. The town started out as a small seaside town of holiday baches. A holiday and fishing mecca for the summer months. Now, large holiday homes have risen from where baches once sat and high-end homes edge the canal frontages. The Waterways is a Hopper Developments project, which started in 2001. For the Hoppers the objective for the Waterway’s development is for a multi-faceted community. The vision included canal housing, a dockside development, including...

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Coromandel community unites for sustainable fisheries: A call to action

Warren Maher, Tairua-Pauanui Sports Fishing Club spokesperson While I am not endorsing this behaviour, it is another example of Coromandel residents working together to protect our fisheries and little slice of paradise. Over the years, significant community effort has been invested into protecting scallops, pink maomao and various other fin-fish. This commitment by the community has undoubtedly contributed to protecting the marine environment and sea life around the Coromandel. Without this proactive engagement we may not have the same fishery we enjoy today. For example, in 2020 the Tairua-Pauanui...

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Special Anzac exhibition at the Mercury Bay museum

This exhibition commemorates the men from Mercury Bay using three photos from our collection and centres around the Roll of Honour, Mercury Bay. These photos have been chosen by our team as they tell a very poignant story – some of these men never returned home. We tell the story of Private Percy Charles Balme, who saw action in Gallipoli in 1915 and the Western Front in 1916. We are privileged to have his medals and a painting of him on exhibit from the Balme Family. Please make sure you visit this exhibition and learn a little more of the history of our men and the places around our town...

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La-Z-Boy® is coming to Whitianga

Mark Milmine, owner of Coromandel Life:Style with the newly arrived La-Z-Boys. There are few brands of furniture better known than the timeless La-Z-Boy® brand and now we can view, try and buy our own iconic rocker/recliner here in the comfort of our own town. As a matter of fact, if you get into Coromandel  life:style for their La-Z-Boy® opening sale, between Friday, 26 April until Saturday, 1 June and have a sit, you can win your very own Anika Rocker Recliner, worth $2799 RRP, for free! During this time all La-Z-Boy® furniture will also be at an opening sale price of 25% off until Saturday,...

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Two ‘dance the night away’ sell outs

Filipino band, left, set gets the people dancing; Nathan Haines, above, with his jazz/DJ set. Whitianga was very fortunate to have someone of the calibre of Nathan Haines come especially for a concert at the Monkey House last weekend. He is world class and world famous moving between London and his native Auckland – producer, vocalist, saxophonist. jazz musician extraordinaire and now doing his own DJ set using his maestro jazz skills – remarkable adaption of the new trends in creating your music as you go for Monkey House audiences. This was another sellout and people from twenty years of...

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Magical day for Lions Family Picnic

The clear skies were wishful thinking, but when you set out to make magic happen, then anything is possible. And so it was.  The children raced to the Bike Park, dragging their parents behind them as the Whitianga Lions Club Family Picnic got underway on Sunday,14 April. Bubbly little faces with teddy bear prizes won the vote on cuteness, while giant bubbles drifted across the air with squeals of excitement. Ice creams were slurped, sizzled sausages were munched and many littlies learnt how wonderful meringues with whipped cream taste. Energy recharged, everyone was off again for an egg and...

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Running – it’s my passion, it’s in my soul

During the COVID pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, I decided to tap into my wealth of experience and retrain as a Personal Trainer, Mindset Coach and Life Coach with the ultimate goal to help people achieve their goals through physical training, mindset training and better life choices. Most of my achievements have occurred while working full-time as a landscaper and stone mason and around family time. This has helped me hone my skills for the ‘time crunched’ runner towards training smarter, emphasising quality over quantity. I soon realised we all have the same amount of hours in a day; it’s...

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