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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.

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Endeavour replica to visit Mercury Bay in 2019

Thursday, 26 May 2016

The replica of HMS Endeavour.

Whitianga will host the replica of the HMS Endeavour (currently based in Sydney) for eight days in 2019, playing a significant role in celebrations to mark the 250th year since the explorer James Cook (better known as Captain Cook) made his first landfall in New Zealand.

The timetable for the replica HMS Endeavour’s voyage has been confirmed following meetings at the Ministry of Culture and Heritage Manatu Taonga, in which Mercury Bay Community Board Chair Paul Kelly and Ngati Hei leader Joe Davis were selected for a national co-ordinating committee.

From 21 to 28 October 2019 the replica HMS Endeavour will anchor in and around Mercury Bay, with a side trip up the Firth of Thames, to celebrate Cook’s First Voyage of Discovery to New Zealand in 1769. The ship will arrive in Mercury Bay after sailing from its first stop in New Zealand at Gisborne. It will then make a brief stop in Auckland, before continuing on Cook’s original journey ... Read more

Youth Award for Billy Turner

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Tairua teenager Billy Turner and Coromandel MP Scott Simpson at Parliament yesterday.

Tairua teenager Billy Turner has received a 2016 Youth Award at Parliament yesterday.

“I am delighted Billy has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to the community,” says Coromandel MP Scott Simpson. “Billy [17 years old] has volunteered with the New Zealand Fire Service since he was 10 as he has aspired to be a fire fighter since he can remember. Billy has now been a firefighter for the Tairua and Whangamata brigades now for almost two years. Billy is also a member of Coastguard and Land Search and Rescue

“I’ve been really impressed with the work Billy has been doing and have seen his efforts first hand when visiting the Tairua Fire Brigade on several occasions. These awards are a great initiative that recognise young ... Read more

Applications now open for share of DOC Community Fund

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Coromandel MP Scott Simpson has urged local conservation groups to apply for funding from a multi-million dollar government initiative to support community conservation projects.

“$4.5 million is now available in the latest funding round of the Department of Conservation Community Fund. This could provide a real boost for community-led conservation groups and will help them grow their projects,” Mr Simpson says.

“Conservation groups are an invaluable part of our communities. They help people enjoy and learn about our natural heritage and promote the value of conservation.”

The DOC fund was set up in 2014 to distribute $26 million over four years to inspire and enable community-led conservation projects around New ... Read more

Nominations for youth represenatatives now open

Friday, 20 May 2016

If you are between 16 and 24 years old and want to represent young people at the Community Boards of Thames Coromandel District Council, then you need to read on.

Nominations for outstanding youth voices around the Coromandel opened today.

Two youth representatives per Community Board ward will be appointed from the nominations. The new youth representatives will then meet with a Youth Champion appointed by their local Community Board regularly and report to their Community Board at least twice a year. 

The Youth Champion present the youth perspective on issues at Community Board meetings.

The ideal candidates will -

Have outstanding communication skills to meet with Community Boards and young people. Be someone their peers look ... Read more

New dog rules to come into effect on 1 August

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Changes to Thames Coromandel District Council’s dog control rules will take effect on 1 August

“Changes to our Dog Control Policy and Bylaw come after an extensive review and feedback from the public," says Barry Smedts, TCDC’s Operations Manager for Community Environment. “Please remember that until we change to the new rules on 1 August this year the current rules still apply."

The new rules mean there will be some consistency across the Thames Coromandel District, such as the dates and times dogs are allowed on some beaches over summer and public holidays. TCDC will use the time before 1 August to update signage and spread the word about the new rules before they come into effect.

The new policy and bylaw strikes a ... Read more

Art and Craft Fair date announced

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

The 2016 Coromandel Peninsula Art and Craft fair will be held in the Whitianga Town Hall on Saturday 16 July from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

The Mercury Bay Art Escape Trust is the organiser of the fair. Only work created on the Coromandel Peninsula is eligible for display and sale at the fair.

“Last year’s fair was a great success, with nearly 600 people through the door who really appreciated the variety and quality of the work that was on offer,” says Art Escape chairman Stuart Christie.

The Art and Craft Fair brings together artists from the entire Peninsula to showcase the very best of what Coromandel visual arts is about. “We have a group of talented artists already on board, but have room for more. We would like artists who ... Read more

Whitianga Police report for Monday 9 May to Monday 16 May

Tuesday, 17 May 2016


The majority of our time this week was dealing with traffic related issues, firstly infringement notices for licensing breaches, vehicles not up to warrant of fitness standard and general poor driving.

This then leads to licence suspensions if driving isn’t improved.

Also the three drunk drivers apprehended this week will be disqualified on conviction and then there were the two arrests this week for people driving whilst disqualified.

Please drive safely and report anyone you see driving poorly.


12th - 25yr old local man for Driving whilst Disqualified.

15th - 28yr old local man for Driving whilst Disqualified, third subsequent ... Read more

Cooks Beach Dune Planting

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Thames Coromandel District Council is currently reviewing their coastal erosion management strategy for Mercury Bay and assessments around “soft” versus “hard” options for coastal protection and restoration.

A “soft” option is something like dune planting, while a “hard” option would be something like a backstop wall.

Different areas around Mercury Bay will require different solutions.

On Saturday 4 June at 10:00am (rain or shine) some dune restoration planting will be done at the Cooks Beach Monument Reserve at Captain Cook Road.

Volunteers are most welcome to come and help. Community members are invited to bring their kids along with their spades. Some native ... Read more

Vessel run aground at Red Mercury Island

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Red Mercury Island

Waikato Regional Council is assisting the skipper of a 20m fishing boat that has run aground 30 kilometres off Whitianga on the southern end of Red Mercury Island.

The vessel, which is carrying about 9,000l of diesel, appears intact and there is no sign of fuel having spilled into the sea at this stage.

WRC formally declared a Tier 2 regional marine oil spill response to help it manage the situation as efforts are made to refloat the boat and to deal with any fuel that might leak. An incident control centre has been activated in Hamilton.

Regional on-scene commander Dave Lovatt, from WRC’s regional hazards team, said the crew is safe and the sea and weather conditions generally favourable.

The skipper of the boat has deployed a support ... Read more

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