Tuesday, 14 July 2020


At the start of the Covid-19 lockdown, Mercury Bay Area School principal, John Wright, wrote a touching (and informative) letter to each MBAS senior student individually. With John’s permission, we are reproducing parts of his letter below.

Whitianga was a very different place in 1941 when Elsie and Les Russell moved their three children, Margaret (8), Graham (5) and Walter (2) from Te Aroha for Les to take a new position as a diesel engineer as part of the war effort.  

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