Tuesday, 14 July 2020


Maybe you didn’t realise it, but what we are currently doing here in Mercury Bay will be something historians will study and analyse many years in the future. How communities across many nations combined to fight a global pandemic that essentially brought life to a standstill will be the subject of papers, books and probably even movies.

How do local businessowners feel about the Covid-19 lockdown, what are their thoughts on life in Mercury Bay after the lockdown has ended and what can be done to ensure that we, as a community, recover from the pandemic with as little economic damage as possible? Thank you to all the businessowners who were happy to share their thoughts with us during the course of the past week or so.

Around midday on 22 February, Graham Eccles, along with his cousin, Kerry Martin from Matamata, stood astride his bicycle on Ninety Mile Beach looking south and no doubt feeling a little nervous wondering what lay ahead. It was the point of no return. What sounded like a good idea two years earlier had suddenly become a reality.  Their end goal was Bluff, some 3,000km away, a destination they had given themselves less than 30 days to reach. 

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