Sunday, 24 February 2019


By Meg Tatton-Brown

After a significant drop in interest in 2015, no team from Mercury Bay participated in any of the Thames Valley Hockey Association competitions during 2016 and 2017. That changed the beginning of this year when Rachel Smith, a Whenuakite School parent, asked fellow Whenuakite parent, Shane Rasmusen, if he was interested in coaching a Mercury Bay hockey team. Shane used to play competitive hockey and is an experienced coach.

It’s time to review the district's Reserve Management Plans (RMPs). Reserves are much-loved features of this district, providing opportunities for recreation, as well as a general sense of open space where people can enjoy the simple things such as a picnic with family and friends.

By Stephan Bosman

The Mercury Bay Boars Rugby League & Sports Club celebrated their 10-year anniversary last weekend with a dinner on Friday evening at the Mercury Bay Bowling Club in Whitianga, a “past v present” league game on Saturday afternoon and their senior prize-giving on Saturday evening.

By Jack Biddle

I surprised myself recently when I discovered I have been an Informer contributor for just on six years. Wow, how the time has flown!

Over my time with The Informer I have had the privilege to meet some wonderful people from all walks of life and all with a unique story to tell. Many of those people have left a lasting impression on me for all the right reasons.

By Jack Biddle

Last Saturday’s Flight Centre K2 Road Cycle Classic marked the 17th anniversary of the event labeled by many as being one of the most scenic (and possibly the toughest) one day cycle races in the Southern Hemisphere.

The Mercury Bay youth sailors took to the water once again last Wednesday and joined the adult keeler fleet for a stunning evening of coastal sailing. As the conditions were much lighter than the previous week, the coaches decided to train the juniors on monohulls rather than catamarans. 

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