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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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Police appeal over possible missing kayakers

Friday, 2 December 2016

Mahurangi Island off the coast at Hahei.

On Thursday evening, Waikato Police and the Whitianga Coastguard were alerted to the possibility of two kayakers missing off Hahei Beach, in the vicinity of Mahurangi Island (Goat Island).

Police were told a man and a woman had left Hahei Beach on a tandem, sit-on kayak, at about 6:00pm, and were last seen offshore around sunset.

They were thought to only have one paddle between them.

Flashing lights were later seen offshore, in the direction of Mahurangi Island (Goat Island).

A search of the area by two coastguard crews, the Auckland and Coromandel Rescue helicopter and local Police failed to locate anyone requiring assistance, and no-one has yet been reported overdue.

Police would like to speak with anyone who was kayaking in the Hahei Beach area around 6:00pm last night or anyone who saw the couple around that time, before or after.

At this stage, Police have suspended a possible search, pending further information ... Read more

Demand for Coromandel properties up, but listings down

Thursday, 1 December 2016

The New Zealand housing market has settled into a typical pre-Christmas pattern, as Kiwis turn their focus to the upcoming holiday period.

Real-time market statistics from realestate.co.nz for the past three months (ending 30 November) show a comparative cooling in demand across the main centres - most noticeably Auckland.

Demand is measured by the average number of views per listing for September, October and November 2016, which are then compared to the same period in 2015.

“Auckland was the only region across the country where demand is down on the same period last year,” says realestate.co.nz CEO Brendon Skipper. Demand in the region dropped 8.1 per cent, compared to the same time last year.

“A slowing rate of growth ... Read more

Whitianga Police Report for Monday 21 November to Monday 28 November

Wednesday, 30 November 2016


We are still attempting to identify two drop-saws, one which has a diamond cutting blade for cutting blocks that was found in the possession of a local man arrested for a large building site burglary. Please contact us if they could be yours.   

Two vehicles in town on the night of the 22nd outside addresses on Mill Road and Cook Drive had the tyres punctured with a knife or similar. Video footage has been obtained from one scene and our enquiries are continuing.

A suspicious vehicle described as an old silver-coloured Land Cruiser was observed driving around the Whitianga Aerodrome on the 26th and anyone with information to identify this vehicle is requested to contact ... Read more

TCDC to consult more on Hahei tourism infrastructure

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Thames Coromandel District Council will be holding further community consultation throughout summer around tourism related infrastructure for Hahei, which includes the proposal for a new car park to be built at Lees Road to the west of Hahei Village.

TCDC says with the majority of Hahei residents and ratepayers in the area over summer, this is a perfect opportunity to have further consultation before they decide whether to lodge resource consent for the development of a new car park at Lees Road.

"We want to make sure that we are getting a very clear and representative feedback from all our communities before we progress further with any plans," says TCDC Mayor Sandra Goudie. "We are also acutely aware of the burgeoning tourist numbers to Hahei, as ... Read more

Staff shortages cause TCDC to fall short with consent processing times

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Thames Coromandel District Council’s planning and building control staff are working flat out to process a big increase in the number of applications for resource and building consents, but are sometimes falling short of meeting their 20 day processing target for building consents.

Certifications for subdivisions so far this financial year (from 1 July) are up 44 per cent over the same period last year. TCDC has issued 23 per cent more resource consents in this same period compared to the same time last year and building consents are up 12 per cent.

There have been 30 per cent more newly built houses and other buildings compared to the same period last year.

This indicates a strong demand for housing and other development on the Coromandel, but comes ... Read more

Calls to donate cash, not goods, to earthquake affected regions

Friday, 18 November 2016

Chemical toilets and equipment being airlifted from the HMNZS Canterbury this morning. Photo from the Kaikoura District Council Facebook Page.

The Civil Defence Emergency Management Group is asking for people to not donate goods at this stage to the earthquake affected regions of New Zealand, but instead donate money to one of the relief funds set up such as the Red Cross Appeal.

“It’s great to hear so many generous offers of support from individuals and groups around New Zealand. But for now, people are being asked not to donate goods," says Thames Valley Civil Defence Controller, Garry Towler.

“Relief funds have been set up, including the Red Cross Appeal and donating money to these is a good way to show your support. You can also help by checking on your family, neighbours and anyone who might be feeling isolated across the country. Continue to support each other and ask for ... Read more

Steps taken towards Easter Sunday trading on the Coromandel

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

The first Mercury Bay Community Board meeting after the October local body elections, took place in Whitianga today.

An interesting agenda item was Easter Sunday trading .

Apart from convenience stores, service stations, take away shops and cafés and restaurants, no shops on the Coromandel Peninsula are at the moment able to trade on Easter Sunday.

The Shop Trading Hours Act 1990 was amended in August this year to enable local councils to adopt a policy with regard to Easter Sunday trading in their districts.

The community board was requested this morning by Thames Coromandel District Council staff to recommend that council adopts a policy that will allow Easter Sunday trading on the Coromandel.

If all the community boards on the ... Read more

Whitianga Police Report for Monday 7 November to Monday 14 November 2016

Tuesday, 15 November 2016


Excellent to see the response to the tsunami threat in the early hours of Monday morning. The experts openly state how difficult it is to predict tsunami events and the safest response is to evacuate when there is a threat of a tsunami in a low lying area such as ours.

A fuel lock was tampered with at the Whitianga Airport on the 10th and anyone who sees suspicious activity in or around the airport is asked to contact us as damage caused may put planes at risk.


No arrests this week.


No domestic incidents attended this week.

Property was stolen from the Coroglen School Office on the 7th.

On the 8th household keys left out for a ... Read more

WRC looking for super moon high tide photos

Friday, 11 November 2016

A king tide in Whitianga in 2014.

Waikato Regional Council says next week’s super moon will bring a series of king tides on the Waikato’s coasts, raising high tide levels to 100-year peaks.

And WRC is keen for photographers around the region to send in their snaps to help staff build their understanding of where tides reach under such extreme conditions. “We’d really appreciate any photos people take so that we can document what’s happening and get a clearer picture of potential coastal hazards,” said Senior Regional Hazards Advisor, Rick Liefting.

On the east coast of the Coromandel the highest tide will occur on Thursday 17 November around 9:30 am and Friday 18 November around 10:30 am.

People can email their photos along with their observations and ... Read more

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