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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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Trust being formed to support all forms of Coromandel arts

Friday, 17 November 2017

A formal trust is now being established to advance TCDC's Arts Strategy.

"He Mana Toi Moehau Trust," meaning the greatness of the arts in the Coromandel, is made up of representatives from across the district, including the Hauraki Maori Trust Board, TCDC and tangata whenua.

The trust, also to be known as Creative Coromandel, originates from the Coromandel Arts and Creative Industries Advisory Board. By becoming a charitable trust it can apply for external grants from other agencies and funders. The trust is made up of:

·         Mercury Bay – Jane Parson and Jan Wright (Chair)

·         Coromandel Town – John Eaglen (Deputy Chair) and Chris Stark

·         Tairua-Pauanui – Sarah Holden and one ... Read more

Contract awarded for Stage One of the Whitianga Town Centre upgrade

Thursday, 16 November 2017

The contract for Stage One of the Whitianga Town Centre has now been awarded, which means construction will go ahead according to plan in April 2018.

Dempsey Wood Civil has been appointed to construct Stage One, which takes in Albert St (from Hannan Rd to Campbell St) and includes a plaza on Taylor's Mistake. The scope of work comprises new stormwater and water supply infrastructure, modifications to the existing roadway, widening of the footpaths, new footpath paving, a new plaza area, new hard and soft landscaping including drinking fountains and bike racks and new kerb and channel to the roadway.

"Dempsey Wood Civil is a reputable, Auckland-based company that were awarded the contract on a Lowest Price Conforming basis, ahead of three other ... Read more

Feedback wanted on TCDC library services

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

The Tairua-Pauanui and Mercury Bay Community Boards are interested in hearing what service level for libraries you support for your community.

Both Community Boards would like to hear if residents and ratepayers support the current cost for the services delivered or if you would prefer an alternate type of library service.

Go to the TCDC webpage which has a brochure explaining the different types of library services delivered across the Coromandel. It explains the differences between each library, including the costs and income they receive and the contribution needed from your rates.

The brochure also includes an editable PDF feedback form which you can fill out online and then email back.

Or you can go to the online consultation portal ... Read more

Nationwide test planned for Emergency Mobile Alert system

Sunday, 12 November 2017

New Zealanders are set to start receiving emergency alerts to their mobile phones, warning them that their life, property or health is in serious danger.

Minister of Civil Defence Kris Faafoi said implementation would start with a live nationwide test of Emergency Mobile Alerts on 26 November. “By running this test and asking people to be aware of the alerts, we are able to test our systems, the cell towers and your phones ability to receive an Emergency Mobile Alert,” Mr Faafoi says.

“This is a test for now but when emergencies happen this is another tool we can use to keep everyone in our community safe. Not all phones are currently capable of receiving the alerts, so we need people to look after others: if you receive an alert, tell your ... Read more

Roading company Higgins sets up shop in the Coromandel

Friday, 10 November 2017

National roading company, Higgins, is establishing depots in the Coromandel now that the NZ Transport Agency has awarded it the contract for management and maintenance of state highways in the eastern Waikato.

The contract began on 1 November and covers 530km of state highways in Thames-Coromandel, Hauraki and Matamata-Piako districts.

Higgins is working from a main base in Morrinsville and two additional bases in Kopu and Whitianga, with 14 office staff (including three staff from consultancy Beca) and 17 dedicated field crew in total to cover the region.

TCDC currently contracts maintenance of district roads to Broadspectrum, which previously held the NZTA contract for east Waikato. A number of local ... Read more

Outcome of Coromandel's first Food Forum

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Stunning scenery, seafood and sharing industry information was the main course of the day for the Coromandel's first Food Forum held this week.

About 60 guests including restaurant and café owners, hospitality and tourism industry experts, craft beer brewers, winemakers and local homegrown artisan food producers mixed and mingled before guest speakers from Food Waikato (Waikato Innovation Park), Export NZ, NZ Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) and Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development (ATEED) gave presentations on how they can provide support, resources, business mentors and access to funding opportunities to food related businesses and industry on the Coromandel.

"We arranged the forum because we see the huge benefit in any industry meeting and ... Read more

MP Scott Simpson thrilled at new appointment

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Coromandel  MP Scott Simpson says he is thrilled to have been appointed Opposition Spokesperson for the Environment.

“I can’t wait to get my teeth into this new job,” said Mr Simpson.

“I am passionate about our beautiful natural environment not just because the Coromandel has so much of it, but because what we feel is important as New Zealanders is firmly linked to our environment,” said Mr Simpson.

“This new government has created big expectations. My new role will be to hold them to account for their promises,” said Scott Simpson.

“Now they have to turn slogans into workable policy. I’ll be watching their every step and stumble along the way,” said Mr Simpson.

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Swimming safely through summer

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

With the summer swimming season about to kick off, Waikato Regional Council will again be helping beach users know whether water quality is suitable.

Last summer, the council re-activated a water quality monitoring programme at seven east coast and two west coast beaches, testing to see whether faecal bacteria levels were OK for contact recreation, such as swimming and surfing.

It was the first such testing since 2009 and the re-activation was part of a council drive to gain better information about what’s happening in our coastal waters and to provide a community service. It will carry on this summer.

Between November and March, beach users can go to www.waikatoregion.govt.nz/coastalresults(external link) to check what the latest results ... Read more

Food for Fines is back at the library!

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

We know library patrons love their local library - and for six weeks from November 6th, even clearing an overdue book fine will make you feel good. That's because patrons at the three district libraries will be able to exchange the value of any fines that they have accumulated for overdue books in return for a donation of food to local charities.

The Food for Fines promotion begins 6th November and will run until December 15th. People will have the option of donating a non-perishable food item instead of paying their overdue fees, and each donated item will reduce the fee by $4.00. Please ensure your donated items are not past their expiry dates.

Those choosing to take part can donate:

Tinned or bagged pet food. Tinned food such as spaghetti, ... Read more

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