Tuesday, 25 June 2019


Three Dog Night, Foreigner and Heart rocked in Whitianga

Holiday makers made the most of Auckland Anniversary Weekend in Whitianga, when the Summer Concert Tour pulled a crowd of 8,500 people ready to rock out to international legends - HEART, FOREIGNER and THREE DOG NIGHT.

Crowds arrived in droves at the new Summer Concert Tour venue, held at the Whitianga Waterways Arena, and enjoyed another stunning summer day amongst the homes and waterways of this awesome location.

Before the international groups took to the stage, the concert kicked off with kiwi duo Simon Claxton and David Shanhun who set the scene for the day of live music ahead.

Closing with crowd favourite “Joy To The World” Three Dog Night got the crowd moving at 1:00pm and that was just the beginning of the party. Mid-afternoon, rock legends Foreigner - led by Mick Jones, with the amazing Kelly Hansen on vocals, had the crowd all singing along enthusiastically to hits including “I Wanna Know What Love Is” and “Cold as Ice.” The Whitianga Waterways Arena was full of people dancing and partying, with the finale yet to come.

Rapturous crowd applause welcomed Heart to the stage for their opening hit song “Barracuda.” The powerful vocals of Ann Wilson accompanied by her sister Nancy on guitar commanded complete attention and showed everyone why they were inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame.

A couple of lucky concert-goers even had Happy Birthday sung to them by the crowd.

Amanda Calvert, CEO of Greenstone Entertainment says, “The first two concerts were a huge success! Whitianga was a wonderful location to bring the Summer Concert Tour and we will be back.”

Three international rock bands, a great new venue and a perfect Sunday made this concert fly. The final concert of the Summer Concert Tour 2015 is yet to come, next weekend in Queenstown on Saturday 31 January.

There is still chance to win a fantastic winter breakaway weekend in Whitianga for two, including accommodation at Waterfront Apartments, day passes to The Lost Spring, a trip on the Glass Bottom Boat and vouchers for No 8 Bar and Brasserie, Hot Water Brewing Company and The Espy Café. Just let us have proof that you were at the Whitianga Summer Concert before 13 February.

Whitianga Police Report for the period 12 January to 19 January 2015


While writing this report I am aware of two burglaries that have happened in the past couple of days. One related to the burglary of a licensed premises on The Esplanade, while the other relates to an insecure residential garage on Endeavour Close. Alcohol was targeted in both burglaries. Please make it as hard as possible for criminals to steal your stuff.   

This week another three local people were suspended from driving because they had accumulated excess demerit points.

This means that they accumulated 100 or more demerit points for poor driving habits within two years and they were suspended from driving for three months.

Each person suspended commented on the difficulty having their drivers licence suspended would cause in terms of family and work commitments.

There is no doubt that having your licence suspended would be difficult, however if your driving is of such poor standard that you accumulate demerit points, then you need to realise that there are consequences.

If you are concerned that you have demerit points nearing 100, please remember that if you drive within the rules then demerit points are cleared after two years.    


17th - 1 x 30yr old local man for Disorderly Behaviour.


One domestic incident attended last week on the 17th which related to a drunk couple arguing on Buffalo Beach Road and resulted in the arrest and subsequent transporting of the man to hospital to sober up.

A White Dunlop bicycle was unlawfully taken from an Albert Street address on the 16th.

We also had a complaint of a man calling door to door collecting for an established charity and that the complainant believed he was far too pushy trying to get a donation, even to the extent he requested a credit card payment when he was told they had no cash.

Politely ask people to leave if you don't want them at your address and if they refuse call us so we can move them on and ensure they are legitimate collectors. 


No drunk drivers were apprehended this week and no serious crashes to report.

First Mercury Bay Art Escape patron artist appointed

Michael Smither - one of New Zealand’s most famous contemporary artists, Otama resident and foundation member of the Mercury Bay Art Escape - has been appointed the Art Escape’s first Patron Artist in recognition both of his standing as a New Zealand artist and the contribution he makes to all of the arts in the wider Mercury Bay area.

Art Escape Trust Chairman Stuart Christie said about the appointment, “We changed the Trust’s rules last year to create an honorary role to recognise the contribution an individual artist makes to the objectives and activities of the Trust. We are very proud to have Michael with us as a wonderful ambassador and wise mentor to the Trust and our members.”

World War I memorial forests project launched

A  World War I Memorial Forest will be created on the Coromandel to commemorate all New Zealand soldiers who died in the Great War.

The project, which will commence on ANZAC Day 2015, will see a total of 18,166 trees planted at a series of different sites around the Peninsula. According to Thames Coromandel District Council the trees are designed to become memorial forests which will enhance environmental values and also act as a place for people to walk and remember New Zealand history.

Each forest will commemorate a different battle or campaign during the war and it is proposed that initially five forests will be planted - one in each Community Board area. As more sites become available, additional forests will be added to reach the 18,166 number of trees.

TCDC mayor Glenn Leach says that he is excited about the project, which will provide a living, growing memorial for the sacrifice of the fallen soldiers in World War I. "We believe this is a special project which will create a series of memorial forests of national significance that is relevant to all New Zealanders, not just locals," he says.  "We are looking to commemorate the major battles such as Gallipoli, the Somme and Passchendaele, as well as smaller conflicts like Le Quesnoy or the Palestine campaign as we build towards the 18,000 tree total over the next three years.

"Our intention is to commence the planting project on 25 April 2015 and then to involve community groups and schools in the planting and care for the forests. One of the goals of planting these sites is to provide a series of forests which provide environmental education for schoolchildren, a focal point for community involvement and places of environmental sustainability for future generations.

"In addition to planting and tending the trees, I would like to see schoolchildren involved in things like graphic design for the Great War interpretative history signboards, or linking to the curriculum studies that teach about each of the battles. We need the next generation to understand the past, so that we learn about our heritage." 

Whitianga restaurant Beef and Lamb Award recipient

The top restaurants and chefs in the nation were revealed at a long lunch held at the prestigious Kelliher Estate on Puketutu Island today, after months of assessment by culinary trained experts.

163 restaurants from across New Zealand received the 2015 Beef and Lamb Excellence Award, recognising the highest quality, most skilfully composed and superbly presented beef and lamb cuisine.

Whitianga’s No 8 Bar and Brasserie was one of the recipients.

2015 marks the 19th year of the awards, making them the country’s longest running culinary award programme and one which is highly regarded within the industry.

Beef + Lamb New Zealand, CEO, Rod Slater says the Awards have helped to take the guesswork out of choosing where to dine.

“Wherever you see the [Beef and Lamb Excellence Award] gold plate displayed you can be certain a stellar beef or lamb meal will be presented. We’re absolutely confident in providing this guarantee, given the level of groundwork supporting the Excellence Awards,” says Rod.

Workshop by artist Carole Shepheard

The Mercury Bay Art Escape Trust is pleased to present a “Professional Practice” workshop to the artists of the Coromandel Peninsula. Carole Shepheard will facilitate the “Finding your Way” workshop. The trustees of the Art Escape Trust see the workshop as an opportunity to support both established and emerging artists’ professional development and a platform for them to meet and network with like-minded people. The workshop will cover marketing, promotion, collaboration, professional support, finding creative networks, cv writing, websites, a feedback session and much more. See http://www.mercurybayartescape.com/finding-your-way-workshop for full the course outline.

Carole will be the guest speaker at the opening launch of the 2015 Art Escape Open Studio Tour and Taste of the Tour Exhibition at Hot Waves Café, Hot Water Beach on 6 March 2015. She is a renowned artist, educator and writer and has a wealth of experience and knowledge to offer. She enjoys being part of the small Kawhia community and puts particular value on the work being done by artists in places outside large cities, where she believes new energy is found and ideas are expressed in individual and challenging ways.

The workshop will be held at the Cooks Beach Resort Lounge, 874 Purangi Road, Cooks Beach from 9:30am to approx 3:00pm on Monday 9 March 2015. The cost is $30 for the day, bring your own lunch. Artists must email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve their place.

Public notification of New Chum Beach opens today

The application to subdivide land at New Chum Beach (Wainuiototo Bay Whangapoua) is open for submissions from today.

The notification period will run for 20 working days (not counting statutory holidays and will close on Monday 16 February at 4:00pm.

The application has been made by Ross and Deidre Mear for a four lot subdivision, all approximately 15 hectares in size, together with a fifth "beach conservation lot," of 1.2 hectares. The beach lot is proposed as a conservation area allowing for public access along the beach.

Public inspection files are available at all TCDC offices, including the Mercury Bay Library in Whitianga and also at the Whangapoua Store.

Whitianga Police Report for the period 5 January to 12 January 2015


That time of year again when we need to remind a few people who are lucky enough to still be on holiday that most people are now back at work, so keeping noise levels reasonable and turning stereos off at a reasonable hour will go a long way to keeping the neighbours happy.

We have had another theft from a bag while the owner has been swimming, this time from Cathedral Cove on the 9th. While most of the people sun bathing around your stuff can be trusted, unfortunately it only takes one thief to spoil your day.

Leave valuables at home or lock them in your car out of sight and let us know if you see anyone acting suspiciously around other people's property.       


12th - 1 x 23yr old local woman for Theft Ex-Shop.


Three domestic incidents attended last week.

On the 10th a drunk ex-partner was removed from an Annette Place address as he was not welcome there, while on the 11th two sisters were arguing at a Cook Drive address with alcohol a major factor.

Both were given sound advice.

Then on the 11th a couple arguing over custody issues at a Grange Road address were advised to read their agreement and stick to it. 

On the 8th a car was damaged outside a Kenwood Drive address when the offender climbed on the vehicle denting the roof and bonnet.

A group of youths banging on the windows of a Cordyline Crescent address and running off on the 10th need to grow up and start thinking about others, while also that night a yellow mountain bike was stolen from a Hannan Road address and a letterbox was damaged at a Springbok Ave address.

We have had another theft from a produce stall at a Hodge Road address on the 11th and again excellent security footage has been obtained to help identify the offender.

A car was unlawfully converted when an ex-partner failed to return a borrowed car as agreed and our enquiries are continuing to locate her. 


No drunk drivers were apprehended this week.

A couple of crashes last week with a truck full of molasses rolling on SH25 near Whenuakite being the standout.

Minor injuries resulted.



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