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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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Coromandel water safe to drink

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Thames Coromandel District Council says drinking water sources across the Coromandel are safe to the public as they operate and monitor water quality under the guidelines of the Drinking Water Standards.

“Following the gastro outbreak in Hawke's Bay, we want to reassure our residents and ratepayers of the safety of our drinking water supplies,” says TCDC Water Services Manager Ian Smith.

Water quality has been in the spotlight in the Hawke’s Bay after about 4,100 people were struck down with a gastro illness caused by food- and waterborne disease campylobacter from a contaminated Havelock North water supply

“Over the past 12 months we’ve had four very low-level E Coli samples, but this has never presented the same risk as the Hastings network, as our potable water supplies all receive either chlorine or UV treatment for disinfection,” says Mr Smith.

The four samples where low levels of E Coli were ... Read more

Pohutukawa trees for Whenuakite Kiwi Care Group

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Each year Project Crimson’s Trees Programme reviews applications and supplies eco-sourced trees to groups and individuals around New Zealand who aspire to create a long-term benefit to their local community through conservation projects involving pohutukawa and rata trees.
Established in 1990, Project Crimson has made impressive progress re-establishing pohutukawa and rata nationwide.

Project Crimson’s Conservation Manager Caroline Wallace said the high quality of applications received this year reflects a growing knowledge and understanding of pohutukawa and rata as national icons. “Project Crimson’s model of working at a community level to energise people around the protection of native ecosystems has been both enduring and inspiring. Our ... Read more

Whitianga Police Report for Monday 15 August to Monday 22 August 2016

Wednesday, 24 August 2016


A lot of people visiting our area this past week mainly for the Goldrush Rally of Coromandel and it’s pleasing to report that, apart from a couple of minor issues behind the scenes, the competitors and their crews seemed to be having a great time.

We dealt with a couple of men this week for driving whilst unlicensed, with one having previously been forbidden. He had his friend’s car impounded and will have his day in Court.

Please encourage friends and family to obtain their driver’s license and drive legally if they plan to drive on our roads.

The scallop season is just around the corner and we remind all divers to get their dive equipment serviced on a regular basis to improve the safety and enjoyment ... Read more

Tree planting in Mercury Bay this weekend

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Some of the trees planted in the hills above Opito Bay by the Opito Bay Environment Group.

The winter tree planting season is still with us and environmentally-minded volunteers around Mercury Bay area are digging deep to regenerate areas of native bush. Two planting sessions are taking place this weekend - in Opito Bay and Cooks Beach.

Today, the Opito Bay Environment Group is planting 100 kowhai, kahikatea, puriri and flax donated by Thames Coromandel District Council over a 100m strip along Stewart Stream, next to Matapaua Bay Road.

The group has been at it for the last 15 years, planting about 20,000 native trees on 15 hectares of privately owned, retired farmland on the hills above Opito Bay.

"We heard tui beside our house for the first time," says Chris Severne, an Opito Bay property owner and one of the members of the ... Read more

Online campaign to promote Cook 250 celebrations

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

A campaign to celebrate and prepare for the 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook’s Great First Voyage of 1769 to Te Whanganui-a-Hei (Mercury Bay) was launched on the www.thecoromandel.com website this week. The website is seen as the tourism gateway of Destination Coromandel, the Coromandel Peninsula’s regional tourism organisation.  

Mercury Bay plays a special role in the momentous celebrations of the New Zealand’s first shared cultural exchanges. This story is being promoted through the “Mercury 250 Cook’s Journey” section (located under “Play”) of www.thecoromandel.com.

“It’s an exciting step to see the stories of this part of our history being told online," says Paul Kelly, chairman ... Read more

Broadband data use on Coromandel soaring

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Thames Coromandel District households have increased consumption of broadband data by 88 per cent in the last 18 months, driven by surging demand for streaming services such as Netflix, according to new statistics from Chorus.

The average Thames Coromandel home used 49GB of broadband data in June 2016, compared to 26GB in January 2015, with connection speeds also rising, up by 24 per cent.

“The figures show that faster broadband is now, more than ever, an essential part of many New Zealanders’ daily lives,” says Rosalie Nelson, Chorus Head of Market Insight.

“More than half of New Zealanders now watch internet TV where the number of online film and TV platforms has exploded.

“But this isn’t just about watching ... Read more

Goldrush Rally locked and loaded

Thursday, 4 August 2016

The 2016 Mahindra Goldrush Rally of NZ is locked and loaded. It will be the third time the rally is held in Mercury Bay.

More than 60 rally cars are expected to participate in this year's race on 20 August.

The rally headquarters will be based at the Mercury Bay Multisport Park and spectators are welcome to come and view the cars and crews up close as they come in for servicing, before heading into the Whitianga Town Centre for a ceremonial finish later in the afternoon.

Throughout the day the rally drivers will be tackling 121 kilometres of special stages on public and forestry roads. There will be road closures in place at certain areas in the Mercury Bay and Coromandel wards of Thames Coromandel District Council throughout the day.

The ... Read more

Whitianga Police Report for Monday 25 July to Monday 1 August 2016

Tuesday, 2 August 2016


Mercury Bay Area School held their annual school ball on Saturday the 30th and I am again pleased to report that there were no issues and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves.

Having also had another excellent school holiday period, our community should be proud of the calibre our young people. 

Two of the arrests listed this week relate to the stabbing incident in town on the 15th July. The main offender from Tauranga is now facing further charges than his initial arrest and two other Tauranga men are facing charges relating to this incident.


26th - 1 x 24 year old local man for Assault with Intent to Injure, Assault with a Weapon, Common Assault x2 and ... Read more

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 ... Read more

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