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The Mercury Bay Informer is a Whitianga based print and online community newspaper, publishing the latest news and events for the Coromandel Peninsula's wider Mercury Bay area, including Whitianga, Pauanui and Tairua.

Whitianga's local voice, The Mercury Bay Informer provides a wide range of information and services to Mercury Bay residents and visitors, including community news, human interest stories, sport results, regular columns from a variety of local charities and community groups, useful information to tourists and visitors and regular and coming events. We also welcome contributions from readers, including guest articles, letters and photos.

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Even more reason to check your smoke alarms this Daylight Saving

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Every Daylight Savings, Fire and Emergency New Zealand reminds people to check their smoke alarms are
working when they change their clocks. The recent tragedy in our community, reminds us again why this is so
An elderly man died in a house fire in Thames on 30 August 2017. The fire investigation has confirmed the
electric blanket used by the victim was around 50 years old, and is the probable cause of the fire.
Smoke alarms in the property weren’t working, and several new alarms were found on the sofa waiting to be
Aaron Waterreus, Area Manager for Eastern Waikato wants everyone to keep themselves safe in their homes by having working smoke alarms:
“We want to remind the community, having working smoke alarms and a well-practiced escape plan are your
best chance of survival in the event of a fire. A fire can kill you in less than five minutes so it is really important to have working, ... Read more

Scott Dixon to return to Leadfoot Festival 2018

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

The Leadfoot Festival is a unique weekend bringing together a mix of classic cars, vintage motorcycles and motorsport legends. Tickets are offered to the general public with an invitation to Rod and Shelly Millen’s private grounds at Leadfoot Ranch. The 150 acre, ocean-front estate in Hahei on the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula features a long driveway that winds through the property designed to be the perfect hill climb. Guests are given one of a kind experiences featuring unparalleled access to the competitors, pits and race vehicles. The Leadfoot Festival is designed for men and women, boys and girls. Visitors dress in period style clothing to step back in time making the Leadfoot Festival an incredible family experience and a true celebration of motorsports and all things ... Read more

Industry invite to TCDC Coromandel food forum in November

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

If you're a craft beer brewer, winemaker, artisan food producer or provider, or run an eatery on the Coromandel, TCDC invite you to their first Coromandel Food Forum to be held in November.

Featuring invited speakers and plenty of time to mingle with your fellow Coromandel food producers and restaurateurs over homegrown food and drinks, the event has been organised by TCDC as part of the Coromandel Food Collective initiative.

“There’s a huge amount of value in sharing ideas on common issues that our food businesses face and this event allows our producers to get together, meet and discuss some of their challenges as well as what’s working well for them,” says Laurna White, TCDC's Communications, Marketing and Events ... Read more

Somme war cemetery visit prompts generous offer

Friday, 15 September 2017

Thames man, Rob Johnston, is visiting the memorial in France dedicated to New Zealand soldiers killed in the Battle of the Somme. Mr Johnston is offering to take any small items of remembrance for people or take photos or do paper rubbings of soldiers' graves.

Mr Johnston is spending four days next week with his father touring the Somme region of France where his grandfather served in the 3rd Rifle Brigade, part of the New Zealand Division.

The New Zealand Division was formed in early 1916 after New Zealand troops withdrew from Gallipoli. They fought their first major battle of the Western Front in September 1916 at what is now the site of the New Zealand National Memorial at the Caterpillar Valley Cemetery at Longueval, in France.

Mr Johnston's ... Read more

Motorcycle awareness month

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

For many motorbike riders the start of spring marks the real riding season, that’s why Ride Forever decided to make September Motorcycle Awareness Month (MAM). TCDC is supporting the initiative as many motorbike riders enjoy the Coromandel Loop.

Why do we need an awareness month?

For safety. This time of the year motorcycle crashes, injuries and fatalities increase as more riders are out on the roads.

Motorcycles are becoming more popular, with a 60% increase in motorcycle travel on the road in the last 10 years.

They’re also involved in more crashes. In 2015, motorcycles were involved in 17% of crashes and 10% of deaths despite making up only 3% of road users. So far this calendar year, 22 riders have died on the ... Read more

Whitianga raises more than $10,300 for Daffodil Day

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Thanks to the community’s generosity, more than $10,300 has been raised in Whitianga for the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Cancer Society’s 2017 Daffodil Day campaign.

The Cancer Society says that the funds raised during its iconic Daffodil Day fundraiser, which launched nationwide in 1991, will help the one in three New Zealanders affected by cancer.

Catriona Findlay, fundraising manager for the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Cancer Society says:

“We are incredibly grateful to everyone who supported Daffodil Day this year by making a donation or by offering their time to help organise or collect on behalf of the Cancer Society.

 “From funding research and providing free support to people with cancer, to helping Kiwis reduce their ... Read more

Whitianga Police Report for Monday 4th September to Monday 11th September, 2017

Tuesday, 12 September 2017


The Scallop Festival is here again and we hope everyone enjoys themselves and stays safe. Please don’t drink to excess and don’t drink and drive!

A 20yr to 25yr old male Maori obscenely exposed himself to a woman on Cooks Drive on the 5th and information regarding this or any other offending would be appreciated.

Two Tairua – Whitianga Road, Whenuakite dwellings were burgled this week with a chainsaw and computer equipment stolen, however thanks to a Tairua colleague an offender was located in possession of some of this property and arrested the same day.


4th – 1 x 32yr old local man for Burglary.

10th – 1 x 27yr old local man for Trespass and Disorderly Behaviour.

10th ... Read more

Clean up week 2017

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Thousands of 'beautiful kiwis' are set to do the right thing and take part in New Zealand’s largest clean up event next week.

It is expected that more than 50,000 individuals will join a community clean up as part of 'Keep New Zealand Beautiful Clean Up Week' from September 11 - 17 2017.

"Clean up week offers individuals, families, businesses, groups and community organisations the opportunity to do something for their local community," says Heather Saunderson, CEO of Keep New Zealand Beautiful.

“At Keep New Zealand Beautiful, our mission is to educate the next generation of 'tidy kiwis' and work together towards creating a better New Zealand. Clean-Up Week is the opportunity to make a tangible difference in ... Read more

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week 2017

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week 2017, which runs from 11th-16th of September.

The theme for this year is Kia ora te reo Māori, which not only picks up our national greeting but means literally, ‘Let the Māori Language live’.

For staff at the TCDC whare pukapuka (library), they have been planning to bring lots of fun and excitement while also picking up some new words and phrases of te reo Māori (The Māori Language).

During the week there will be a quiz for pakeke (adults) who wish to test their mōhio (knowledge), and a hunt and find quiz for tamariki (kids) too. Every entry handed in to the front desk could win you something sweet!

Other special events during the wiki (week) are for the ... Read more

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