Friday, 16 November 2018


The Whitianga Lions Club are embarking on a new project for members of the Mercury Bay community. Richard Vetter, the owner of Peninsula Roofing and Scaffolding and member of the Whitianga Lions, has recently offered his fellow Lions the use of a shed he owns in South Highway, Whitianga.

With the safety fences around the town centre upgrade work moving down Albert Street as Phase Two begins, a whole new set of businesses are being affected - this week Thames-Coromandel District Council is profiling Sue Marceau's The Style Makers fashion and accessories store.

Many of us like to enjoy a drink at the beach or in a seaside reserve from time to time - but where and what times of year should this be okay, and how do we make sure people behave responsibly when they're consuming alcohol in public places?

By Jordan Gower

On 4 March 2003, a nameless, A4, four-page publication was released into the Mercury Bay area - in hindsight, a somewhat momentous occasion. Fifteen years and four months since that very first issue and here we are at The Mercury Bay Informer, issue number 800. This seems a perfect time to get a little reflective (maybe even a little cheesy) and take a look at where we came from and, maybe, should be heading to.

By Suzanne Hansen

The middle of last month marked the 50th anniversary of the sinking of MV Maranui, some 25 nautical miles east of Great Mercury Island. The Maranui was a Northern Steamship Company, 739-ton coastal freighter. She was fully loaded with 900 tons of wheat, on her way from Lyttelton Harbour to Auckland, when she sank. The sinking was because her cargo of bulk wheat shifted severely during a heavy south-easterly storm. 

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Do you agree with the realignment of the road at the corner of Albert Street and Campbell Street in Whitianga?

The Mercury Bay Informer is a highly popular community newspaper, based in Whitianga. The paper is distributed throughout the Coromandel Peninsula, coast to coast from Thames to north of Colville.