Monday, 19 August 2019


In his younger days, Whitianga resident Rob Riedstra was a passionate golf player and also caddied for some of the world’s golfing giants when they visited New Zealand. “Caddying was a great way to learn from the best and improve my own game,” says Rob.

Revered as the first Polynesian voyager to discover the islands of Aotearoa over a thousand years ago, Kupe is acknowledged by Māori and Pakeha alike as a great rangatira, charismatic and tough and deeply schooled and experienced as a sailor and navigator.

This year marked a significant change in the creative direction of the Mercury Bay Art Escape. A much expanded format resulted in greater public engagement and a richer, more fulfilling experience for visitors and locals alike.

More than 200 people gathered at Soldier’s Memorial Park in Whitianga last Saturday evening to show their support for the Muslim community of New Zealand after the horrific mosque shootings in Christchurch on Friday last week.

The Whitianga Art Group is inviting every school on the Coromandel Peninsula to be participate in an art exhibition that will form part of this year’s Tuia 250 commemorations, featuring the themes of navigation, first encounters and a shared future.

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Should Waikato DHB fund the provision of some public healthcare services in a new multi-service medical facility in Whitianga?

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