Monday, 18 January 2021


People all around Mercury Bay have once again been shopping large and imaginatively for small things to pack into boxes for Operation Christmas Child (OCC), an appeal run annually by the charity, Samaritan’s Purse. This year the boxes are going to remote villages in Fiji, Cambodia, Malawi and Madagascar.

According to statistics released last week by property website,, the average asking price of residential properties on the Coromandel Peninsula was in October this year still the third highest in New Zealand.

Two motocross riders, Tane Skelton and Cody Scott, represented Mercury Bay Area School in the Makz Gear King of the Secondary Schools Motocross Series 2020. Both competed in the 12 to 16 Years Old 85/150cc class. The competition took place over three rounds and with 68 schools competing, it was never going to be easy.

The first round took place on 6 March at the North King Country track. Both MBAS boys rode well and finished in the top 10.

The second round was hosted by the Tauranga Motocross Club on 10 October. The conditions were challenging, but once again Tane and Cosy finished in the top 10.

The last round took place on 16 October in Rotorua. Despite a very tough track, the boys finished for the third time in the top 10.

Overall, with a total of 24 riders in their squad, the competition was taken out by Hauraki Plains College. Tane and Cody punched far above their weight in securing a 10th overall finish for MBAS. To top things off, in their class, Tane finished third overall and Cody fifth overall.

Anyone interested in competing with Tane and Cody in motocross events, can contact the Mercury Bay Motocross Club through their Facebook page (MB Motocross).

Pictured: Tane Skelton and Cody Scott.

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