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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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Buoyant Coromandel economy according to newly released data

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

The Coromandel economy grew by 3.3% in 2016, and the indicators are that spending and investment is set to continue, according to the latest data provided by Infometrics, an independent company that provides economic analysis and forecasts.

"We’re extremely pleased to  see these positive trends for our District, but it also shows that we need to have strong strategies and solid planning in place so we can respond effectively and efficiently," says Mayor Sandra Goudie. "That's why a major focus for us is about land zoning and planning, as well as maintaining and developing our core infrastructure including roading, water and wastewater."

The Coromandel's tourism sector enjoyed a bumper 2016, with data showing that visitor spending totalled $337M in 2016, up 7.7% from its 2015 level. International visitor spending climbed 19% to $83.5M in 2016, while spending by New Zealand visitors grew 4.4% to reach $254M.

A ... Read more

Whitianga, a Trip Advisor Favourite

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Whitianga has been named runner up destination in New Zealand’s Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2017.

Mercury Bay’s town centre came second to New Zealand’s tourism capital Queenstown but managed to finish ahead of Blenheim, Wanaka, Waiheke Island, Tauranga and other popular kiwi holiday spots.

Destination Coromandel’s General Manager Hadley Dryden was not surprised at the result: “The Coromandel often performs well in survey’s and voting competitions. The fact that Whitianga did so well on its own and against much bigger destinations is testament to the quality experience the town provides visitors from around the world.”

“There’s so many things to do that complement the world class ... Read more

Whitianga Police report for Monday 20 March to Monday 27 March 2017

Tuesday, 28 March 2017


Two local drivers are facing serious charges in relation traffic offending, when they failed to stop when required.

The first driver thought she was drunk, but wasn’t and the second driver thought his car was going to be impounded, but it wasn’t until he failed to stop.

Had they both stopped initially as required the risk to our community from their dangerous driving would have been avoided and they would have received infringement tickets only.


25th - 1 x 26yr old local woman for Dangerous Driving and Failing to Stop.

26th - 1 x 18yr old local man for Dangerous Driving and Failing to Stop.


One domestic incident ... Read more

Positive reception to Cook Journey themes

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Events that celebrate the November 2019 anniversary of Captain James Cook’s visit to Te Whanganui a Hei are gaining momentum locally, at the same time that the Government is ramping up co-ordination of events nationally to mark the 250th anniversary of the first encounters between Māori and Europeans.

Mercury Bay 250 Trust hosted a workshop on Tuesday to bring together individuals, community groups, event organisers and businesses willing to have input on legacy projects and events for the 2019 commemoration that will mark 250 years since Cook visited on his first Great Voyage (1768–1771) aboard The Endeavour.

“We had a good turnout and a positive reception to the themes we’ve established for celebrating this commemoration,” says ... Read more

TCDC update on Tairua Wharf redevelopment project

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

The Tairua Wharf and Boat Ramp re-development is proceeding nicely with the floating crane and construction equipment now on site and dismantling work underway.

The existing concrete wharf is being removed, along with the concrete support piles from the seabed. The next step will be constructing the new wharf then the existing boat ramp will be widened and extended to improve launching at low tide, and two new 30-metre floating pontoons to be erected.

One pontoon will go alongside the wharf to increase the number of boats that can launch as well as improving safety, due to the tidal flows of the harbour; and the second pontoon will be on the seaward side of the ramp at an angle to provide for safer launching.

Throughout this construction period the ferry ... Read more

TCDC announces recruitment drive seeking applicants for Building Control Unit

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

There’s a nationwide shortage of qualified planners and building control officers – and it’s no different on the Coromandel. TCDC are running a recruitment drive right now and have several vacancies in their Building Control Unit.

If you are thinking about getting out of the building trades and want to train in this sector go to www.tcdc.govt.nz/buildingjobs to have a look at their vacancies.

The shortage of building and planning staff was one of the discussion points at the roadshow TCDC held throughout February to meet with industry stakeholders, including builders, architects, designers, planners, realestate agents and DIYers. Meetings were held in Thames, Whangamata and Whitianga.

It was a chance for senior staff and planning teams ... Read more

TCDC's Youth in Emergency Services (YES) Programme 2017

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

TCDC are inviting young people (ages 16-20 years) living on the east coast (from Whangmata through to Whitianga) to participate in the successful, challenging and hands-on learning experience that is the Youth in Emergency Services (YES) programme.

YES 2017 will be held in Whangamata and runs from 11 May - 18 June 2017. (Nominations close 4.00pm Thursday 13 April 2017).

The Youth in Emergency Services (YES) programme is run collaboratively with the volunteer Fire Services, St John, Land Search and Rescue (LandSAR), Thames Valley Civil Defence, TCDC and local community-based volunteer emergency service partners, Coastguard NZ and Surf Life Saving NZ.

The YES programme is designed to strengthen and encourage young people's connection to their community ... Read more

Whitianga Police Report for Monday 13 March to Monday 20 March 2017

Tuesday, 21 March 2017


Tools and equipment stolen from a building site on Vanita Drive on the 19th, along with a licensed premises on Albert Street being burgled on the 13th and a large quantity of coins being stolen, indicate that career criminals are stealing in our area. Please check security systems and lock equipment away securely after your hard day at work.

If you see suspicious people around building sites or in your community please note vehicle registrations and let us know.


15th - 1 x 29yr old local man for being Unlawfully in a Building.


No domestic incidents attended this week.

On the 16th an offender tampered with a door lock at a Monk Street ... Read more

TCDC update on Whitianga town centre upgrade

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

TCDC have been meeting with property and business owners on Albert St, Whitianga's main street, to provide more detailed information about the construction timelines and design plans for the first stage of the town centre upgrade.

The project has now been broken down into two stages rather than three. Stage One will be the upgrade of Albert St (from Hannan Rd to Campbell St) including a plaza on Taylor's Mistake. Stage Two will be from the plaza, down and along Taylor's Mistake, the Esplanade to the Wharf.

Now that a more accurate costing for the work has been established, the Community Board has agreed to a $720,000 variance, which is within the planned contingencies for the project budget. This budget will now go to Council for sign off at its next ... Read more

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