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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.

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Whitianga Town Centre Upgrade sees changes to car parking in Albert Street and side streets

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

The Whitianga town centre upgrade has, since inception, included the reconfiguration of car parking in the Whitianga Town Centre area.

Now that the concept plans for the upgrade have been completed it has been possible to draft plans for the changes on Albert Street and its side streets.

The plans show the new car parks to be created to compensate for the reduction on Albert Street.

"We have a draft of proposed options where additional parking can be created on Monk St, Lee St and Hannan Rd, through either reconfiguring the existing layout of car parks or introducing parks where there wasn't any before," says Allan Tiplady, Mercury Bay Area Manager for TCDC.

Up to 59 car parks are looking to go from the main street and Taylor's Mistake area, but additional parks will be created on side streets.

Some of the draft concepts proposed are:

Changing the parallel parking to angle parking along Monk St (from ... Read more

Real estate activity remains buoyant

Friday, 17 February 2017

Real estate sales activity on the Coromandel Peninsula remains buoyant.

In January this year, nine out of 19 regions in New Zealand recorded an all-time high asking price. Prices in Auckland remained static.

On the Coromandel the asking price of properties for sale increased by 2.3 per cent last month compared to December 2016. The average asking price was $700,352.

The inventory of listings on the Coromandel was 35 weeks in January. What that means is if no new properties came onto the market, it would take only 35 weeks to sell all listed properties on the Peninsula. The Coromandel used to be the region with the longest time required to clear inventory. That distinction now falls to the West Coast of the South ... Read more

Ferry service between Tairua and Pauanui closed while new wharf is built

Thursday, 16 February 2017

The ferry service between Tairua, Pauanui and Paku will be closed from Wednesday 1 March until Friday 30 June while the Tairua wharf and boat ramp is redeveloped.

"We've been in contact with local residents, the schools and other organisations to let them know in advance that the ferry service won't be operating over this time," says Garry Towler, Thames Coromandel District Council’s Area Manager for Tairua. "The Tairua Wharf and Boat Ramp redevelopment project has been planned for some time and we planned for the physical work to be staged outside of peak times to avoid as much disruption as possible."

"We have also been working with the ferry operator around the construction timeframes," says Mr Towler.

The old ... Read more

TCDC extends total fire ban

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Thames Coromandel District Council have announced an extreme fire risk for the Coromandel and asked the public to respect the on-going fire ban that is currently in place.

“We are in a critical position on the Coromandel that any possible fire outbreaks could do significant damage to our natural environment, along with people's properties” says Garry Towler, Controller for Thames Valley Civil Defence.

The National Rural Fire Authority’s (NRFA) latest report indicates the weather outlook for February – April 2017 is expected to be relatively dry and warm for the north and east of the North Island. Therefore, dangers and severities continue to stay very high and could potentially worsen over February.

The Thames Valley ... Read more

Man with known associates in Whitianga wanted by Police

Friday, 10 February 2017

David Wayne Thompson

Waikato Police are seeking David Wayne Thompson and have a warrant for his arrest

Police consider Thompson dangerous and he should not be approached. Anyone who sees him should call 111 immediately.

Thompson is 27 years old and is 175cm tall and of medium build.

While he is believed to be in Hamilton Thompson is known to have associates across the Waikato District, including Te Awamutu, Morrinsville, Thames, Ngatea and Whitianga.

Anyone who has relevant information that may help locate Thompson is asked to contact Thames Police on (07) 867 9600.

Information can also be shared anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Oil spill exercise to be held in Mercury Bay

Friday, 10 February 2017

Mercury Bay will be the scene of this year’s main oil spill exercise carried out by Waikato Regional Council’s  marine oil spill response team and partner agencies.

The “Mercury Rising” exercise will be held on 8 and 9 March. Details are not being released ahead of the exercise, so as to allow participants to react to unknown events, but the exercise will involve a significant theoretical oil spill in the Bay.

“This training is essential to bring new staff up to speed with the way we respond and to refresh the skills of experienced oil spill staff,” says the exercise’s regional on-scene commander, Dave Lovatt.

“WRC is committed to providing a swift and effective response when spills do occur and Mercury ... Read more

WRC proposes 2.6 per cent rate rise

Thursday, 9 February 2017

An average rate rise to existing ratepayers of 2.6 per cent is being proposed by Waikato Regional Council for the next financial year.

It follows detailed discussions at a council meeting over two days, with the rise and overall budget approved by a seven to four majority of councillors present today.

The suggested rise in the draft 2017-18 annual plan - due to be confirmed by the council in May after some targeted consultation - would see rates revenue of $83.92 million. Projected growth in new properties of 1.4 per cent would contribute to the rating pool and the actual impact of the rates rise on individual existing properties would vary depending on any property revaluations.

“We have made every effort to hold the line on spending, while ... Read more

Greens announce Coromandel electorate candidate for general election

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Scott Summerfield

The Coromandel branch of the Green Party has selected Scott Summerfield as their candidate  for the 2017 general election. 

“The Green Party has stood dedicated and principled candidates in the Coromandel for many years with Jeanette Fitzsimons and Catherine Delahunty and I aim to continue their enthusiastic commitment to social justice and environmental issues in my campaign here this year,” Summerfield says.

Summerfield says that provincial electorates are not well-served under the current government and the major problems facing the country are affecting people just as much in areas like the Coromandel. “We hear about the housing crisis in Auckland and other cities and see the government’s stilted response there, but ... Read more

Whitianga Police Report for Monday 23 January to Monday 30 January 2017

Tuesday, 31 January 2017


Two concerts during the weekend went without trouble and police were very happy with the behaviours of those that attended. The message from police is loud and clear - always plan before you party as this will minimise harm and risk to the community.


29th - 1 x 18 year old Hamilton male for assault with a weapon.  


On the 29th police attended a domestic incident at a South Highway address in Whitianga where a separated couple were having a verbal argument.

On the 23rd a burglary was reported from an address at Riverview Road, Cooks Beach where clothes were taken from, while on the 25th a burglary was reported from an address at Wharekaho ... Read more

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