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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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Whitianga Police Report for Monday 20 June to Monday 27 June

Monday, 27 June 2016


We are very grateful for the assistance of members of the public on the afternoon of Saturday the 25th who apprehended a man who had allegedly robbed a store in Hahei.

This is an excellent example of a community working together to stop crime in their area and because of their actions, this man is in custody as opposed to continuing his offending.

Most of the volunteer groups our community relies upon, for example St John Ambulance, Volunteer Fire Brigades and Fire Forces, Coastguard, Search and Rescue and Community Patrol are currently looking for new members. If you have any spare time, please consider joining.

We have had a few people this week advising us of telephone calls from a person claiming to be from IRD and threatening them with arrest if they don’t pay fines immediately. This is another scam and our advice is that you end the call without providing details or money.

The IRD will have ... Read more

WWI Memorial Forest project nominated for LGNZ award

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Thames Coromandel District Council's World War One Memorial Forest is up for a national award in recognition of the project's strong engagement with the communities on the Coromandel Peninsula.

The Memorial Forest Project is one of nine finalists in the Fulton Hogan Excellence Award for Community Engagement - one of five categories in the Local Government New Zealand's Excellence Awards.

"Being a finalist in the LGNZ awards is a tribute to the hard work a lot of people have put into the Memorial Forests in the Coromandel," says TCDC Mayor Glenn Leach.

"I'm especially proud of the contribution made by school children in getting involved in planting trees and doing research on World War I for school projects. If just shows, if ... Read more

Community grant applications open on 1 July

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

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 Thames Coromandel District Council’s community grants.

TCDC is taking applications from 1 July and the deadline is 4:00pm on Friday 29 July.

Each Community Board area 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, go to www.tcdc.govt.nz/cbgrants2016.

The grants available in each area are -

In Mercury Bay $40,000 is available for grants and $37,000 in Tairua-Pauanui.

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Dog owner disqualification lifted

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

A Whitianga dog owner has had her disqualification from owning a dog lifted.

At their meeting on 2 June, Thames Coromandel District Council's Judicial Committee lifted the person's disqualification, two years and eight months into her  five-year disqualification period.

"The Committee accepted that there had been a turning point with the offender demonstrating accountability for the circumstances leading to the offence involving her dog," says TCDC Community Environment Group Manager Barry Smedts.

"Given the changes demonstrated by the offender and that steps will be taken to ensure measures are in place to fully train and secure any future dog she owns, it was resolved to immediately lift the ... Read more

Whitianga Police Report for the period 13 June to 20 June 2016

Monday, 20 June 2016


A German tourist realised just how dense some of our bush areas in the Coromandel get when she wondered off the tracks in the Castle Rock area on Thursday the 16th.

The New Zealand Rescue Co-Ordination Centre was able to pin-point her location using the co-ordinates of her cell phone and Kuaotunu Search and Rescue members rescued her just prior to dark.

She was in an area of dense pine re-growth and steep terrain, which made for slow progress, however all searchers were thanked with a hot drink from Waiau Waterworks at the conclusion of another successful operation.    

Please secure your vehicles and hide valuables out of sight to deter thieves.


No arrests this ... Read more

Tender for improvement of Tairua Wharf announced

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Tairua Wharf. Photo by TCDC.

Thames Coromandel District Council announced earlier this week that Total Marine Services has been awarded the tender for the Tairua Wharf Project.

The $1.4m project involves rebuilding the existing wharf and widening it to allow emergency and permitted commercial vehicles to use it.

The boat launch ramp will be widened and extended with two pontoons brought in for extra safety. There will also be approximately 17 new trailer boat parks introduced, which could also be used as normal car parks providing a total of 40 trailer boat parks in the immediate area.

“Total Marine Services has a proven track record and has extensive knowledge of Tairua, having been involved in the build of the Tairua Marina,” says TCDC’s Tairua-Pauanui Area Manager ... Read more

Whitianga Police Report for the period 6 June to 12 June 2016

Monday, 13 June 2016


Whilst this week started off relatively quiet, you would have noticed our Police vehicles patrolling most mornings. Mornings can be one of the highest risk times with greater traffic volumes than normal, largely due to parents dropping kids off at school or people driving to work amongst other morning chores.

Please remember to keep your speed down, wear seatbelts and obey the road rules. We are there to remind you when you forget.


There were no significant arrests in Whitianga during this week. Please note the Police have the ability to summons offenders to court. This is a good tool for us, which has seen two people summonsed to the Thames District Court on moderate charges.

While ... Read more

Snakes and Ladders this winter at libraries

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Snakes and Ladders, the retro board game of the past, has been steam-punked to create an exciting winter reading programme.

Snakes and Ladders is Thames  Coromandel District Council Libraries' winter reading programme this year. It’s designed to motivate children to discover the pleasure of reading.

The programme starts on Monday 27 June and runs for four weeks, finishing on Friday 22 July. It is open to all children aged 5-13. 

Library reading programmes are recognised by schools for helping children maintain and even improve reading levels during the school holidays. This programme encourages a daily reading habit, by giving children the chance to roll the dice and move up a giant Snakes and Ladders game-board in ... Read more

Whitianga Police Report for Monday 30 May to Monday 6 June 2016

Tuesday, 7 June 2016


There has been plenty of traffic in and out of our area which has made for some busy roads. As you know the Coromandel Peninsular is a very popular spot anytime, but holidays, long weekends and festivals make our roads busy and our towns as well. 


Whilst no arrests to speak of there have been Police warnings for drunken behaviour. The long weekend saw many intoxicated people wandering about the town, crossing roads, exiting venues and walking home. What is evident is intoxicated people don’t always react as you would expect. Examples like crossing the road in front of vehicles. Please look after your friends and family when “out on the town.” Plan B4 you Party to ensure your ... Read more

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