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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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Come and support The Coromandel at the Auckland Food Show

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

This week Coromandel food producers will be exhibiting their wares at the Auckland Food Show under TCDC’s Coromandel Food Collective banner.

Three producers come from the Mercury Bay area. They are 309 Honey, Castle Rock Café (homemade chutney, sauces and relishes from Te Rerenga), and Chocolates Are Us (custom-made chocolates from Whitianga). Thames Valley Bacon is also part of the stand, which is kitted out as a Coromandel Beach House. All these producers will do tastings and sell their product, as well as contributing towards costs to be at the Food Show.

The Food Show, which is at the Auckland Showgrounds, is New Zealand’s premier event for foodies and will draw crowds of 35,000 including media, chefs and buyers. It runs from Thursday 27 until Sunday 30 July.

This is the third year that TCDC has promoted local food and beverage producers with a targeted campaign aimed at marketing Coromandel’s niche products that are ... Read more

Helicopter used on State Highway 25A slip

Monday, 24 July 2017

A helicopter has been used to remove loose rock and dirt from the slip on State Highway 25A this afternoon.

The approximately 2000 cubic metre sized slip came down Sunday night and is currently blocking the road.

The NZ Transport Agency is advising the highway will remain closed tonight as it is not safe for road users. It may open to one lane late tomorrow but intermittent closures will still be needed.

The agency’s Regional Transport System Manager, Karen Boyt says the helicopter was used to encourage any loose material to fall.

“Today our engineers have confirmed the slip is still moving and creating a safety risk to workers and the public.

“The sluicing involved a helicopter dropping around 1000 litres of water on ... Read more

Double Olympic Champ to front business awards' big night

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

More than award winners will be revealed at the Hauraki Coromandel Business Awards special gala event in September.

Guests will also hear some of the secrets behind recently retired double Olympic rowing champion Eric Murray’s success.

Murray and fellow Kiwi champion Hamish Bond won Olympic gold in the coxless pair in London in 2012, and again in Rio last year, and remain unbeaten in their last 69 races.

Awards committee spokesperson Andrew McLean is thrilled to have such a high calibre keynote speaker confirmed for the event.

“There are many similarities between competitive sport and business success. Teamwork, dealing with failure, risk taking and of course determination and hard work are essential components in both ... Read more

Share your CAN DO attitude with our youth on 9 August

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

A Business Expo at the Civic Centre on 9 August is seeking to enlist locals to help showcase how young people can choose to stay on the Coromandel rather than leave to find work.

The Expo is organised by CAN DO, a group of volunteers who joined forces after the Youth Employment function that was held at the Thames Toyota plant in April 2015.

TCDC Community Development Officer, Marlene Perry, says the group are seeking interest from employers and educational providers to exhibit, or to come on board as a sponsor.

“This is not necessarily about promoting jobs that businesses may or may not currently have – it is more about showing people the type of career options that are available in the area,” explains Marlene.

“An ... Read more

Whitianga Police Report for Monday 10th July to Monday 17th July, 2017

Tuesday, 18 July 2017


There has been another theft at the local bike park on Moewai Road on July 10, with a weed eater and small amount of petrol stolen.

The bike park is a community asset for which a few people have put their time and effort into setting up and it is disappointing that the site has been targeted for thefts and damage on numerous occasions.

If anyone has information that might identify these offenders please let us know so that the hard work of volunteers and a community asset can be protected.  


No arrests this week.


Two domestic incidents attended this week.

On the July 11, a man breached a Protection Order at a Centennial ... Read more

TCDC Community Board grants are now open

Monday, 10 July 2017

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 TCDC's community board grants.

 Applications are now open and the deadline is 4pm on Friday 4 August.

Community Grants help local organisations pay for specific projects or maintenance of facilities that benefit our community.

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.

The grant values available in each area are:

Thames Community Board Grants - $25,000
Thames Community Board Events Grants - $15,000
Coromandel/Colville Board Community Grants - $13,500Read more

Signs go up against tree vandalism

Monday, 10 July 2017

The signs are out and the message is clear: the destruction or vandalism of trees on our parks and reserves won't be tolerated.

The Mercury Bay Community Board has put on a united front as they watched the planting of a new tree and the erection of a sign on the site where a 70-year-old Norfolk pine was recently removed from Buffalo Beach in Whitianga. It had died after being poisoned.

Less than 1km down the road another sign has just been erected where another tree was intentionally chopped down.  TCDC staff are still investigating both cases to find those responsible for the damage.

"We decided putting up these signs, along with the planting of another tree where one was destroyed, is letting those who commit these acts know that we ... Read more

Seeking new artists and local art groups for the Mercury Bay Art Escape

Monday, 10 July 2017

The Mercury Bay Art Escape Trust is currently seeking new artists and local art groups interested in becoming members of the Mercury Bay Art Escape 2018. This annual opportunity for new applicants will close 31 July 2017.

From small beginnings of the Mercury Bay Cultural weekend in 2006, featuring 20 Open Art Studios, the event has grown to become a major attraction on the Peninsula event calendar every March. Now in its 11th year the Mercury Bay Art Escape programme involves approximately 40 artists studios, a members’ showcase exhibition, pop up exhibitions, the Coromandel Peninsula Art and Craft Fair, and high school art scholarships.

New member Vanessa McKay, a potter and sculptor based in Whenuakite, says “a key benefit is the promotion and access ... Read more

Fire Service cleared over teen's drowning in Whitianga

Thursday, 6 July 2017

The Whitianga Fire Station has been acquitted of any responsibilty associated with the death of teenager, Lucas Cochrane, who drowned after drinking at the local fire station, in September last year.

Lucas Cochrane was pulled from the waters of the Whitianga waterways housing estate four days after he disappeared from the local fire station.

The 19 year old had travelled down from Auckland with friends to attend a commemorative function for a family member of a volunteer firefighter.

Cochrane's family believe the fire station contributed to the teen's death by allowing him to bring his own alcohol to the event, which was in breach of the station's policy.

An inquest into Cochrane's death was held in Hamilton last month and the ... Read more

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