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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.

For Mercury Bay businesses looking to connect with customers and organisations locally and further afield, we offer competitively priced advertising as well as our Mercury Bay Business Directory, which covers not only Whitianga, Pauanui, Tairua and the wider Mercury Bay area, but also businesses offering products and services Mercury Bay residents and visitors may find useful.

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MBAS senior student leaders for 2017 announced

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

The Mercury Bay Area School campus.

The Mercury Bay Area School senior student leaders for 2017 have been announced today.

Head Boy - Reuben Dimock.
Head Girl - Ra Kuchlein.
Deputy Head Boy - Connor McDonald.
Deputy Head Girl - Lily Murray.
Academic/ Future Direction Captain - Jarren Fuller-Kaye.
Sports Captains - Liam Parry and Olivia Turnock.
Arts and Culture Leaders - Connor McLeod, Maddison Bowen and Harmony Hogarth.
Board of Trustees Student Representatives - Cheyenne Walmsley and James Hieatt-Corbett.

Congratulations to all these students. The Mercury Bay community is proud of you.

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Hotel booking site announces 2017 awards winners

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Hotel booking website trivago has just announced the results of their 2017 awards. Eight Whitianga accommodation providers were named among the top 50 best-rated hotels in the Waikato region.

Andrea’s Bed & Breakfast took out the top spot among the Whitianga contenders (coming in at number 10 out of 50), followed by Parkland Place (number 14), Soveriegn Pier (number 17), Ohuka Place Homestay (number 20), Pipi Dune (number 22), Beachside Resort Motel (number 26) and Oceans Resort (number 40).

The top-rated Waikato hotel is Pillars Retreat in Taupo.

In determining the awards, trivago analyses over 175 million user ratings from more than 250 booking sites.

“Because we measure the reputation ... Read more

Whitianga Police Report for Monday 17 October to Monday 22 October 2016

Tuesday, 25 October 2016


A very good weekend over weekend with minimal problems reported.

However, there were several drivers stopped on Sunday morning that were still over 250 micrograms per litre of breath. This is still unacceptable and will land you a $200.00 fine if you are between 250 - 400 mcg/l and if you are over 400 mcg/l you will be going to court. Remember to wait at least 12 hours after consuming alcohol before you drive and make sure you have had adequate rest and food intake.


No arrests this week.


Two domestic incidents attended this week around town. Remember to take some time out when things get too much. Go for a walk or give yourself some space until you ... Read more

Labour Weekend rubbish collection on the Coromandel

Friday, 21 October 2016

After the Labour Day long weekend, the Thames Coromandel District Council kerbside rubbish and recycling collection will be a day later than usual, the week of 25 - 28 October.

So if your rubbish and recycling is usually collected on a Monday, it will be picked up on Tuesday instead.

The full schedule for the Thames Coromandel District is can be found at www.tcdc.govt.nz/kerbside.

The week following Labour Day is Week 1 of TCDC’s biweekly recycling collection, so if your wheelie bin has Week 1 on the white sticker on the side, put out your wheelie bin and crate for glass bottles and jars. If your wheelie bin says Week 2, put it out for collection the following week, between 31 October - 4 November.

Remember, if you miss your rubbish or ... Read more

Tsunami open days in Kuaotunu and Opito Bay

Thursday, 20 October 2016

The Kuaotunu, Otama Beach and Opito Bay communities are invited along to Labour Weekend open days to discuss preparedness for and response to tsunamis. The open days will provide people with an opportunity to learn more about what Thames Coromandel District Council and Waikato Regional Council understand to be the tsunami threat to the settlements of Kuaotunu, Otama Beach and Opito Bay.

Members of the tsunami project team of the organisations involved will be at the open days so people can talk with them directly.

Kuaotunu residents/visitors
Saturday 22 October 2016
Kuaotunu Hall
9:00am – 11:30am

Otama Beach and Opito Bay residents/visitors
Sunday 23 October 2016
Opito Bay - Biels ... Read more

Whitianga Police Report for Monday 10 October to Monday 17 October 2016

Wednesday, 19 October 2016


Drugs and alcohol play a huge part in crime and victimisation.

Having nothing to do with illicit drugs and limiting alcohol consumption will help you stay safe. Encouraging family and friends to do the same will protect them from harm also.

As per the burglary listed, if anyone has been offered a Karcher water blaster at a cheap price in the last few weeks then we would like to hear from you.

As previously stated burglars only steal as there are people out there willing to buy stolen property from them. If you are offered property at prices too cheap to be legal please let us know.


10th - 1 x 43yr old local man for Theft.


Three ... Read more

Lifeguard patrol season starting this weekend

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Labour Weekend marks the start of the official surf lifesaving season, with Hot Water Beach, Tairua, Pauanui, Whangamata and Waihi Beach all operating voluntary weekend patrols from this Saturday.

And 74 Coromandel lifeguards have been given an added boost by Zespri, with the kiwifruit marketing giant coming on board as sponsors for Surf Life Saving New Zealand’s Eastern Region, which includes the Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and Gisborne.

While the public will see the red and yellow flags go up from this weekend, Eastern Region Lifesaving Manager Leigh Sefton says that lifeguards have already spent months getting ready. “Most of our lifeguards spend all winter building up for the season, whether it be swim or craft training, improving their first aid ... Read more

Community saddened by passing of Peter Simpson

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Peter Simpson

It’s with sadness that the Mercury Bay community learned of Peter Simpson’s unexpected death last Monday 10 October.

Peter was born and bred in Mercury Bay and a much loved all around. He was 90 years of age.

Every year Peter and Margaret, his wife, opened the front paddock of their farm at the northern end of Simpsons Beach to campers and campervan and caravan owners. They always donated the $10 overnight fees to a variety of Mercury Bay charities. And that was just a small part of their philanthropy over the years.

A private farewell service for Peter will be held later this week. A public celebration of Peter’s life will be held at a later date, the details of which we will publish as soon as they are received from the ... Read more

Local body election results are in

Saturday, 8 October 2016

The people of the Coromandel and of Mercury Bay have spoken. The preliminary results for the Thames Coromandel District Council and Waikato Regional Council elections are in.

The new TCDC mayor is former Member of Parliament, Sandra Goudie. She received 5,584 votes. Incumbent Deputy Mayor, Peter French, the other mayoral candidate, received 5,103 votes.

Both incumbent TCDC Mercury Bay Ward councillors, Tony Fox (1,738 votes) and Murray McLean (1,452 votes), have been re-elected.

There is one change in the Mercury Bay Community Board. Incumbent members Paul Kelly (1,591 votes), Deli Connell (1,403 votes) and Bill McLean (1,360 votes) have been re-elected. They will be joined by new member Rekha Giri-Percival, who received 1,673 votes.

The new ... Read more

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