Monday, 21 January 2019


By Jack Biddle

This story was put together with the help of the late Roley Chaney, his wife Ngarie and Dot Clatcher the daughter of one the survivors of the wrecked Whitianga-based launch Yellow Fin which went aground in Mercury Bay in 1968 (50 years ago). Excerpts from the original Mercury Bay Search and Rescue Unit report and clippings from both the New Zealand Herald and The Auckland Star were also relied on.    

Kuaotunu local resident, Isabel Gilbert Palmer, was recently looking through the online New York Times and came across something that peaked her interest. It was an article was about couples having a “viewing party” months after their wedding.

By Jordan Gower

Five-year-old Arnika Bainbridge-Tout of Whitianga has recently participated in her very first dance competition in Tauranga. According to Arnika’s mum, Clair Bainbridge, Arnika has been dancing since she could walk - and possibly even before that.

On the Coromandel residents are lucky to be able to take their best canine buddies almost anywhere, whether it's down to the beach or for a stroll into town for a bite to eat. What people might not realise is that everyone needs to have their dog on lead in most areas unless specified.

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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.