Monday, 21 May 2018


 The thoughts of a Japanese high school student and his mother on exchanging life in Tokyo for the opportunity to study in Mercury Bay

By Suzanne Hansen

The Mercury Bay Events Trust, made up of the members of the Whitianga Scallop Festival Committee, is calling for expressions of interest from Mercury Bay-based hospitality and tourism businesses and community groups that would like to participate in a “Weekend of Seafood” in the place of this year’s Whitianga Scallop Festival.

As the Mercury Bay Area School First XV rugby team begins its 2018 season, The Informer decided to take a look back in time and reflect on the team’s early years, from 1978 to 1994. This is sure to rekindle some great memories for former players, parents, supporters and even teachers still residing in the Mercury Bay area.

Coromandel's tourism industry continues to expand as it attracts greater numbers of international tourists to our district.

International tourism spending on the Coromandel was up nearly 20% to $108.2M in the year to March compared to the previous year, while domestic visitor spending rose 3.6% to $343.6M.

Wireless Nation, a technology company with a range of innovative products, has recently donated a sensor to Mercury Bay Area School to improve the way the school is collecting data about the quality of the water in a small creek behind the premises of the Whitianga Gun Club. The club is situated in the Moewai Park industrial area in Whitianga.

The Cooks Beach Community Centre has received somewhat of a facelift over the last few months.

Community Centre Committee members were responsible for bringing the hall into the 2000s and to make it more appealing, not only to the locals as it’s the gateway to Cooks Beach, but also to those wanting to utilise the building for clubs, weddings, celebrations and other events.

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