Friday, 26 April 2019


Mercury Bay residents and visitors were treated on Saturday last week to probably the best Whitianga Santa Parade ever. After a week of unpredictable and wet weather, thousands of people lined Albert Street and The Esplanade to admire more than 40 floats and classic cars in fantastic sunshine.

The Thames-Coromandel economy is still a strong performer when we are compared with the rest of the country, but waning house prices is something to watch out for, an economist warns.

The latest quarterly economic data release from economic development agency Infometrics reveals Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Thames-Coromandel grew 3.8% in the year to September 2018, slightly above the 3.5% growth rate for the wider Waikato region and well above 2.9% growth rate nationally.

A large group of Mercury Bay locals took on the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge on Saturday 24 November. 

From small beginnings in 1977, when a small group of just 27 riders set out to cycle the almost 160km one lap circumnavigation of Lake Taupo, the event has grown to attract more than 7,000 cyclists every year. 

It is approximately 10 weeks after Kerry and Sara Stanley, the new owners of New World Whitianga, have moved to Mercury Bay with their three children - Piper 12, Victor 10 and Marlon 7. It was a busy 10 weeks settling as a family into their new environment and coming to grips with a business undergoing significant renovations. 

Warren Lee, son of well-known Whitianga residents Shirwin and Judy Lee, has been based in southeast Alaska for the past 25 years, where he works as a full-time firefighter in the town of Ketchikan on Revillagigedo Island.

Warren was passionate about becoming a firefighter from a young age and joined the Whitianga Volunteer Fire Brigade once he graduated from Mercury Bay Area school in 1989. Three years later he relocated to America where he continued pursuing a career as a firefighter. 

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