Wednesday, 15 August 2018

WHITIANGA WEATHER

The Department of Conservation has advised that access to the Coromandel Coastal Walkway and Mountain Bike Track from the western side is currently not possible due to a road washout at the Fletcher Bay campground. Both tracks are still accessible from the Stony Bay end, however walkers will need to plan a return trip on the same day, as there is currently no accommodation available at Fletcher Bay as a consequence of the road damage. Keep a close eye on the DOC website here for future updates.

The Fletcher Bay campground and the Fletcher Bay Backpackers will both remain closed until access can be restored.

DOC appreciates the public’s patience and support while this work is carried out.

Wednesday 15 August will see primary school teachers across New Zealand go on strike. This will result in some school closures for the day. In Mercury Bay, both Whenuakite School (pictured) and Te Rerenga School will be closed.

Principals and teachers at primary schools are pushing for more support for themselves and the students they work with, as well as higher pay. Many classrooms are over-populated and students are not currently receiving the one-on-one time they need and deserve. There also seems to be a shortage of teachers and the popular reasoning behind this is that remuneration in the industry is not attractive enough. 

Both Whenuakite School and Te Rerenga School have already given warning to the parents and caregivers of their students that they will be closed during the strike.

Mercury Bay Area School will remain open on 15 August. Principal John Wright says, “Being an Area School, our staff are covered under a separate collective agreement [the Area School Teachers' Collective Agreement], so are not involved in this industrial action. Our school will be open as usual [during the strike].”

The final of the Coromandel Peninsula Football League took place at the Mercury Bay Multisport Park on Sunday, with the Whitianga Red Devils taking on Hahei. The game promised to be a tight affair between two very talented teams, but that turned out to be an understatement as it eventuated to be one of the matches of the season.

The Scouts movement is a worldwide organisation dedicated to educating and providing adventures to young people. Scouts New Zealand currently has 16,000 members across five age sections - starting with Keas (from age five) and going all the way through to Rovers (from age 18), with Cubs, Scouts and Venturers in between.

Mercury Bay Area School is considering the introduction an enrolment scheme, meaning only students living in two proposed school zones (one zone for Year 1 - 8 students and a more expanded zone for Year 9 - 13 students) will be guaranteed entrance into the school. MBAS principal John Wright provides more information about the proposal.

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