Tuesday, 22 October 2019


Something very special happened in Thames on Friday last week when a bronze statue of Sir Keith Park was unveiled at the Thames War Memorial Civic Centre.

Brando Yelavich, a 25-year-old Hahei resident, also known as “Wildboy,” is set to embark on his latest adventure that will see him cycle the entire width of Australia over a three-month period to promote mental wellness. No one else is believed to have attempted this feat.

I was excited to be one of the six senior Japanese language students who participated in this year’s Mercury Bay Area School study trip to Japan. We were accompanied by MBAS teachers Judy Evans (the MBAS Japanese language teacher) and Monique Taylor.

On Sunday 14 April, two Mad KOWS (Kuaotunu Open Water Swimmers) and two HOWS (Hahei Open Water Swimmers) completed their fifth swim to raise money for cancer support in Mercury Bay. They have between nine and 10 swims (from Whangapoua around the top of the Coromandel Peninsula to Coromandel Town) planned in total.

A 3m long plank of wood believed to have come from the wreck of HMS Buffalo was found on the beach opposite the Buffalo monument in Whitianga early last week.

Food, nutrition and hospitality teacher at Mercury Bay Area School, Joanna Mannington, is organising a themed dinner at the conference room of the Flaxmill Bay Campground during September this year. The dinner is to form part of the Tuia - Encounters 250 commemorations in Mercury Bay.

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