Friday, 16 November 2018


By Stephan Bosman

The lights dim. Two actors, husband and wife, are on stage, purportedly the guests at a dinner party. In the background two other actors, the host and hostess, can be heard fighting. The fighting couple move into view. The hostess’s mother arrives, taking the fact that her daughter and son-in-law are heading for a messy divorce in her stride.

By Steve Hart - chairman of Kuaotunu land Search and Rescue

Kuaotunu Land Search and Rescue (KSAR) made a promise to the mother of Shannon Earle Makowharemahihi, otherwise known as Shannon Mako, that they would find her son and return him to his whanau. They fulfilled the promise when they located him last Sunday in the heart of the Coromandel Forest, 15 days after he was reported as missing.

By Jack Biddle

If walls could talk, The Coroglen Tavern would have a number of interesting stories to tell.  More than a few of those tales would centre on the traditional pub game of darts. The well-known landmark tavern, situated on the corner of State Highway 25 and the Tapu-Coroglen Road, is the home of the Coroglen Darts Club, officially formed on 9 May 1968.

Reprts on two media outlets yesterday, indicated that the Thames-Coromandel District Council was considering a fuel tax, along the lines that Auckland is planning to implement. This is not the case.

It is the middle of June, it is winter, and the last thing on most people’s minds is Christmas. Apart from a few people in the community, that is… A group of Whitianga residents are already planning Christmas lunch, with one thing in mind - other people.

The Whitianga town centre upgrade was from the beginning a controversial, but unavoidable decision. The infrastructure under Albert Street was old and had to be replaced. That created an opportunity to improve the visual appearance of the town centre, and make Albert Street and The Esplanade more pedestrian friendly.

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

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