Monday, 18 January 2021


Whitianga resident, Mark Earle, saved the day for young couple, Sam and Aimee Cowley, when Aimee posted on the Cooks Beach Community Facebook page on Thursday last week that Sam had lost his titanium wedding band while they were making one of their frequent visits to Cook Beach.

Colin and Jean Carr, residents of the retirement village at Whitianga Continuing Care, have on Wednesday last week celebrated a massive milestone of 70 years marriage with family and even their original flower girl, Jackie Barrington, at a lunch at The Lost Spring. Their son, Malcolm, says that The Lost Spring went all out with signs and personised service for the couple to make a lovely day.

Nick Reader, organiser of the Paddle & Picnic event held at the Whitianga Waterways beach opposite the Mobil service station on Saturday last week, is pleased with how the afternoon went. “We’ve had a great turnout and the mini-Olympics in particular was very popular,” he says. “Overall everyone really enjoyed themselves.”

An unfortunate incident played out late on Saturday last week when the Whitianga Volunteer Fire Brigade were called out to a house on fire in Nicholas Avenue. “We’ve received the call at 5:17pm and were alerted to the fact that there may have been people in the house,” says Deputy Chief Fire Officer Derek Collier. “Fortunately, when we arrived at the scene, there was no-one inside but the house was engulfed in flames.”

Thames-Coromandel District Council mayor, Sandra Goudie, formally opened the new Whitianga skatepark on Saturday morning last week. The skatepark became available for the public to use before Christmas last year and is proving hugely popular.

On Monday this week, Coromandel’s More FM welcomed announcer Mike Plant to their team. Mike is joining Michelle Johns on the Mediaworks station’s weekdays Breakfast Show. With former Breakfast host, Andy George, relocating to Christchurch, this is the first change in the station’s line-up of Coromandel-based announcers in four-and-a-half years.

The Rings Beach Wetland Group was thrilled to take part in this holiday season’s Matarangi Summer Festival for the first time, holding an Info Day on Tuesday last week at the Bluff Road entrance to the Matarangi Bluff Scenic Reserve.

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