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The Mercury Bay Informer

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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Coromandel Classic returning next month

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Tom Gethin enjoys the Coromandel Classic multisport race so much, he’s taken over the business arranging the event. This year’s event will take place on the weekend of 26 - 28 August.

Having been “handed the keys” in July, Tom says the event offers a great mix of trail running and bike courses over a weekend that really tests your metal. He acknowledges, because last year’s Classic was cancelled, numbers may be down this year, but intends to build it up to be better than ever in years to come. The event is traditionally well-supported by the New Zealand multisport community.

Tom moved to New Zealand from his native Scotland five years ago. With a background in rowing, triathlon and half ironman events, his first multisport event was the Coromandel Classic. Moving into event organising was a natural progression, following contribution as a club committee member and triathlon official. 

The Coromandel Classic ... Read more


Applications for Community Board grants close tomorrow

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Applications for Thames Coromandel District Community Board grants close this Friday 29 July at 4:00pm.

If you are part of an organisation that provides a community service, activity or event that is not for profit, you could be eligible for one of the grants.

Applications opened on 1 July.

Each Community Board area in he district has a contestable grants pool to encourage and support not-for-profit organisations which have a positive impact on the community.

For the full criteria and application forms, see www.tcdc.govt.nz/cbgrants2016.

In Mercury Bay an amount of $40,000 is available for distribution. In Tairua/Pauanui the amount is $37,000.


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Whitianga Police Report for Monday 18 July to Monday 25 July 2016

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

General

This week we had another crash between Whitianga and Coroglen where the driver didn’t drive to the conditions and crashed through a farmer’s fence.

When driving in winter conditions, please slow down and take bends at appropriate speeds.

The owner of the farm in question is an experienced fencer who assures us that he no longer needs the practice of patching his boundary fence.

Eastern Waikato detectives are continuing the investigation into the stabbing in town last week and one of their findings so far has been in relation to the excessive levels of intoxication of people involved in this incident.

Licensees are reminded of their obligations in terms of not serving intoxicated people and Police ... Read more


A boat ramp strategy for Whitianga approved

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

The Dundas Street boat ramp in Whitianga. One of the boat ramps that forms part of the town's newly approved boat ramp strategy.

A plan to improve existing boat and wharf facilities around Whitianga over the next few years has been given the go-ahead as part of a new boat ramp strategy for the town.

“Over the years there have been many investigations and proposals into possible sites for the development of a single ‘destination boat ramp’ to help cater to the growing number of recreational and commercial fishers and boaties," says Allan Tiplady, Thames Coromandel District Council's Area Manager for Mercury Bay.

“With the development of a Whitianga boat ramp strategy, the conclusion is that no one site will be able to provide a single boat ramp facility. Instead we're looking at a number of boat ramp facilities in different locations collectively meeting ... Read more


TCDC joined Waikato Building Consenting Group

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Thames Coromandel District Council has now joined the Waikato Building Consenting Group, which provides consistent administration of building consents across the eight member councils.

The group is formed of eight Waikato councils that work collaboratively to bring consistency to the building consent process. The paperwork will be the same across the group, which will be better for building companies that operate across multiple districts in the Waikato.

There will be no change to the fees and charges currently in effect.

“We're looking forward to a great customer experience for people undertaking building projects in our District,” says Barry Smedts, TCDC's Community Environment Manager.

“Our Building Unit will maintain ... Read more


Whitianga Police Report for Monday 11 July to Monday 18 July 2016

Thursday, 21 July 2016

General

In the early hours of Friday 15th a serious incident involving two groups of people on Albert Street, Whitianga resulted in one being stabbed, receiving injuries to his legs and hands.

Alcohol was a major factor and the incident was a continuation of an early altercation on Blacksmith Lane.

Detectives from the Eastern Waikato Area are heading this investigation and further arrests are pending.

There have been a number of burglaries reported throughout our area in the past week and I would like everyone to make it as hard as possible for the criminals by securing property as best they can.

Please report any suspicious activity and let us know if you are offered property at prices you know are too good to be ... Read more


Whitianga town upgrade moving into detailed design phase

Thursday, 21 July 2016

An artist's impression of how The Esplanade in Whitianga may look after completion of the planned town upgrade.

Thames Coromandel District Council has commenced detail designs of the Whitianga town upgrade. The designs focus on both below ground infrastructure - storm water and wastewater pipes - and visual amenity, as well as planning for specific areas around the town.

In TCDC’s 2015 - 2025 Long Term Plan they have $3.4 million over the next four years allocated towards the town upgrade. Additional funding will also come out of existing budgets for infrastructure renewal works needed in Whitianga already.

Once the detailed designs are finalised, a report will go to a council meeting to approve the work to go ahead.   

The town upgrade will have a “navigation theme” based on the links between Kupe and Captain Cook. The upgrade will ... Read more


Whitianga Police Report for Monday 4 July to Monday 11 July 2016

Monday, 11 July 2016

General

A neighbour who was keeping an eye out for the holiday home owners in his area helped Police catch a burglar who had been targeting the Hahei area by immediately contacting the owner when he observed suspicious behaviour.

Police were able to stop and arrest the suspect in Tairua as he towed a boat he had stolen from the property.

Please report suspicious behaviour so that we can make it as hard as possible for offenders to target our community.

Arrests

5th    - 1 x 50 year old Hamilton man for Burglary, Receiving, Unlawfully on Property and Possession of Cannabis.

11th  - 1 x 17 year old local man for Unlawfully Takes ... Read more


Four Mercury Bay businesses part of Coromandel Food Collective at this year's Auckland Food Show

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Some of the canned beers of Mercury Bay's Hot Water Brewing Co that will be showcased at the Auckland Food Show in late July.

The front yard of an iconic Coromandel bach will set the scene for the Thames Coromandel District’s artisan food producers when the Coromandel Food Collective takes its stand again at the Auckland Food Show from 28 July.
The Auckland Food Show is the highlight on any foodie’s calendar as the jam-packed four days provides the best opportunity to stock up on premium ingredients and equipment, keep up with the latest trends and learn to cook like a star at home.
"As part of the event Thames Coromandel District Council has updated its Coromandel Food Trail Guide, which will be handed out at the show. There is an expected audience of 35,000 people over the four days, including international and national media, the food, beverage and hospitality industry and ... Read more


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