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Bin there, done that? Our recent recycling changes

The changes aim to encourage more recycling and reduce contamination by material that can’t be used. Monday, 18 March is Global Recycling Day. This is a quick run down on the dos and don’ts for recycling. Part One this week and Part two next week. What CAN be recycled: • Glass bottles and jars (Green Bin). As long as they are clean and don’t have lids. Lids are too small for the machinery at the recycling centre to sort and remove. NOT for green bin: Glass bottles and jars used for medicines, glass cookware, drinking glasses, mugs, plates, lightbulbs, window or broken glass. • Paper and cardboard...

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Some interesting boat names

In the days when long distance travel required boarding a boat, you might say, “I’m setting sail tomorrow on the Mayflower.” There’s only one Mayflower and everyone knew where to find it. Historically, boat crews were traditionally male. Captains knew the importance of creating an emotional bond between his ship and his crew, and the vessel a feminine name helped instill those feelings of connection. There always seems to be a story about how a boat got its name. There will be so many boats in Mercury Bay Harbour this coming weekend – over 490 of them, here to be part of the Kubota Classic,...

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Ron Cook and his life with horses around the world

Ron Cook – 86 years Part Two His Dad was a horse dealer and trainer and as far back as he can remember, Ron’s life and love has been horses. He started in the show ring when he was a nipper of five years. With great pleasure and pride, he would lead ponies around the show ring. It was in these events that he won his first blue ribbons. His Dad used to participate in three-day horse sales. These sales became the occasion for rodeo and calf roping. When he was sixteen, Ron was enthusiastically into rodeo and calf roping at the three-day sales and regional shows. The horses were usually provided...

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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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