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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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Several Mercury Bay locations in top 10 most connected holiday spots

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Several Mercury Bay locations have been named in Vodafone’s top 10 list of most connected holiday hotspots across New Zealand these summer holidays, according to data that’s just been released.

Opito Bay claimed the top spot.

Coming in at number four, and number two in Mercury Bay, Matarangi experienced a huge spike in data usage over the summer period, up 536 per cent compared to the first half of December, as holidaymakers flooded to the northern Mercury Bay area. People consumed 7,479 GB of data during the peak holiday period compared to 1,176 GB of data for the same time period at the start of December

“Christmas at the beach is a quintessential Kiwi tradition, but for most people it’s not about going completely off the grid. We know people love being connected - particularly at special times of the year, like Christmas and during the holidays,” said Vodafone’s Consumer Director Matt ... Read more

Four homes destroyed in fire, more under threat

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

The Comers Road fire at 5:00am today.

The fire on Comers Road, Whitianga has destroyed four homes and overnight fire crews worked relentlessly to protest three other houses that are under threat.

Rural fire teams and helicopters fitted with monsoon buckets will join the effort at daylight.

The fire has so far burnt through more than 20 acres.

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Support efforts for people affected by Comers Road fire underway

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

One of the helicopters involved in the efforts to contain the fire on Comers Road emptying its monsoon bucket. Photo by Thomas Everth.

Support efforts for the people who have lost their homes in the fire on Comers Road, South of Whitianga are gaining momentum.

The efforts will be coordinated by Whitianga Social Services. Several locally owned businesses indicated that they will lend a helping hand as well.

Six homes and the facilities of the Wilderland community have been destroyed in the fire.

“We’re in the process of making contact with all the Comers Road residents affected by the fire to determine in what way we, and the wider community, can assist,” says Jenny Wolf, the manager of Whitianga Social Services. “We would like to invite all the affected people we haven’t spoken to yet, to please be in touch with us and tell us what they need and how they can ... Read more

Major scrub fire south of Whitianga

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

The scrub fire south of Whitianga as seen from the northern side of the Whitianga River Estuary.

About 25 volunteer firefighters from Whitianga, Matarangi, Kuaotunu and Cooks Beach are at the moment trying to get a major scrub fire south of Whitianga under control. They are assisted by three helicopters equipped with monsoon buckets.

According to unconfirmed reports, the fire started on a property next to the property of the Wilderland Trust on Comers Road. The Wilderland property had to be evacuated and several homes in the Comers Road area are being threatened. High tension powerlines are also being threatened.

Principal Rural Fire Officer of the Thames Valley Rural Fire District, Paul Shaw and fire officers of the Department of Conservation are in charge of attempts to bring the fire under control.

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Tourism spend on the Coromandel for November 2016 up from a year ago

Thursday, 12 January 2017

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has today released their Monthly Regional Tourism Estimated for November 2016. It makes for interesting reading.

In New Zealand as a whole, $2,185 million was spent on tourism during November 2016. Of that international visitors spent $1.047 million and domestic tourists $1,138 million. Total tourism spend increased by four per cent from November 2015.

On the Coromandel, $407 million was spent from December 2015 to November 2016. That’s 6.6 per cent higher than the previous 12 months. In November $31 million was spent on tourism, an increase of 12.3 per cent from October 2016.

International visitors spent $11 million on the Coromandel in November 2016. The bulk of that came from visitors from ... Read more

Two vehicle accidents near Thames

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Police are attending two serious crashes near Thames.

Significant delays are expected as a result of these crashes and motorists are asked to take alternative routes.

Crash one - At approximately 1:25pm Police were notified that a crash had occurred between two vehicles on State Highway 25. 

Two people are in a critical condition and will be transported to hospital via helicopter.

The road is closed between Kopu Bridge and the turn off to Turua until further notice.

The serious crash unit is investigating the crash. 

Crash two - Police were notified at 1:40pm that a car had gone over the bank on Kopu-Hikaui Road, between Kirikiri Valley and Puketui Roads.

There are two people in a critical condition and one ... Read more

Whitianga Police Report for Monday 2 January to Monday 9 January 2017

Tuesday, 10 January 2017


Abuse yelled at a Thames Coromandel District Council employee dealing with a freedom camper on The Esplanade on the 5th was unacceptable to all but the person making the comments and he was given sound advice.

There are avenues available to anyone who wishes to try and change local bylaws and the enforcement of bylaws, including attending council hearings or possibly voting for counsellors who support your views. It is, however, not acceptable to abuse a staff member enforcing the bylaws at any time.       

A 55-year-old Pukekohe man was dealt with for making inappropriate comments to a 14-year-old girl at a Kuaotunu address on the 7th. He was evicted from the property and direct advice was ... Read more

Glenn Leach made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Former Thames Coromandel District Council Mayor Glenn Leach (a resident of Kuaotunu) was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year Honours List for 2017 that was released today.

Mr Leach received the award for services to tourism and local government. He was TCDC mayor for two terms, from 2010 until October this year, along with two terms as councillor, from 1989 to 1995.

As mayor, Mr Leach oversaw the economic development and restructuring of TCDC to become one of the most cost effective local councils in the Waikato Region. He was instrumental in establishing a community empowerment model across the Thames Coromandel District. He led TCDC’s successful efforts to deal with arsenic contamination at the Moanataiari ... Read more

New water restrictions introduced

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Thames Coromandel District Council has introduced new water restrictions around the Coromandel Peninsula today.

The following restrictions are applicable to the wider Mercury Bay area -

Tairua has a sprinkler ban in place and is going from today to hand-held hoses on alternate days only. That means if someone has an address with an odd number they can use their hose on an odd numbered day (for eg if your house number is 11 you can use on the 1st, 3rd, etc). The sprinkler ban for Tairua continues.

A sprinkler ban for Whitianga is being introduced today.

There are at the moment no water restrictions in place for Matarangi, Cooks Beach and Hahei.

TCDC says they’re checking water use in their nine urban and two rural ... Read more

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