Wednesday, 20 November 2019

WHITIANGA WEATHER

Power outings and roads closed after wild night

Power outings and roads closed all around wider Mercury Bay after a night of heavy winds and lots of rain.

Trees are down and Coroglen, Cooks Beach, Ferry Landing, Hahei, Kaimarama, Kuaotuno, Matarangi, Opito Bay, Rings Beach, Te Rerenga, Whangapoua, Whenuakite and Whitianga are all without power.

PowerCo hopes all power will be restored by 5:00pm today.

State Highway 25 is closed between Whitianga and Tairua and also at Hikuai. It’s uncertain when the road will open again.

A big tree that was bolwn over is also blocking the Tapu-Coroglen Road.

Normality returning to Mercury Bay

Normality is returning to Mercury Bay. Power is restored in most areas, cell phone service is up and running again and the roads are all open.

But there will be a cost. Some properties suffered significant damage - roofs blew off houses and shops (with at least one shop in Whitianga suffering major water damage), big trees were uprooted (landing in at least one instance on a boat) and more worrying beach ersosion occurred. At least no-one suffered significant injuries.

Let's not forget our emergency services, mostly volunteers, who were up most of the night to ensure our safety.

The photos sent in by our readers tell the story of a day most of us will remember for some time to come.

Normality returning to Mercury Bay

Normality is returning to Mercury Bay. Power is restored in most areas, cell phone service is up and running again and the roads are all open.

But there will be a cost. Some properties suffered significant damage - roofs blew off houses and shops (with at least one shop in Whitianga suffering major water damage), big trees were uprooted (landing in at least one instance on a boat) and more worrying beach ersosion occurred. At least no-one suffered significant injuries.

Let's not forget our emergency services, mostly volunteers, who were up most of the night to ensure our safety.

The photos sent in by our readers tell the story of a day most of us will remember for some time to come.

Normality returning to Mercury Bay

Normality is returning to Mercury Bay. Power is restored in most areas, cell phone service is up and running again and the roads are all open.

But there will be a cost. Some properties suffered significant damage - roofs blew off houses and shops (with at least one shop in Whitianga suffering major water damage), big trees were uprooted (landing in at least one instance on a boat) and more worrying beach ersosion occurred. At least no-one suffered significant injuries.

Let's not forget our emergency services, mostly volunteers, who were up most of the night to ensure our safety.

The photos sent in by our readers tell the story of a day most of us will remember for some time to come.

Normality returning to Mercury Bay

Normality is returning to Mercury Bay. Power is restored in most areas, cell phone service is up and running again and the roads are all open.

But there will be a cost. Some properties suffered significant damage - roofs blew off houses and shops (with at least one shop in Whitianga suffering major water damage), big trees were uprooted (landing in at least one instance on a boat) and more worrying beach ersosion occurred. At least no-one suffered significant injuries.

Let's not forget our emergency services, mostly volunteers, who were up most of the night to ensure our safety.

The photos sent in by our readers tell the story of a day most of us will remember for some time to come.

Update on the conditions in Mercury Bay

Power is still out in the entire Mercury Bay area, from Whangapoua to Whenuakite and also in Cooks Beach, Hahei and Hot Water Beach. Power is expected to be restored by 5:00pm today.

State Highway 25 between Whitianga and Tairua and the Tapu-Coroglen road are both now open. State Highway 25 is still closed at Hikuai.

Both the Telecom and Vodafone mobile phone networks are still out, but repairs are underway.

The storm last night caused widespread damage across Mercury Bay. Some properties lost their roofs, trees were uprooted and Buffalo Beach and Brophy’s Beach in Whitianga suffered significant erosion damage.

Massive Company acting and directing workshops coming to Mercury Bay

Aspiring actors and directors from the Mercury Bay community will from 27 - 29 June get to participate in three days of workshops with actors and directors from Massive Company. The workshops, which have been organised by Creative Mercury Bay, will be held in the performing arts area at Mercury Bay Area School. They will focus on devising and directing theatre, using Massive’s innovative and collaborative techniques.  

The aim of these workshops is to further develop directing and acting skills in the Mercury Bay community, building on the extraordinary experience of The Brave, brought to Whitianga in August last year by Massive Company. People of all ages were deeply moved by The Brave and these workshops are a special opportunity for the community’s actors and aspiring directors to learn from amazingly talented tutors.

The workshops will be run by Sam Scott, Jonny Moffat and Neil Amituanai, all three of whom were in Mercury Bay last year to present The Brave. Sam is the company’s artistic director, and Jonny and Neil both act and direct.

“Creative Mercury Bay is very pleased to be offering acting and directing workshops for youth and adults led by Massive’s brilliant directors. Mercury Bay has a decades-long history of really talented and active amateur theatre groups - both actors and directors - and we hope these three workshops will build on the drama skills already evident in our community, said Jan Wright, chair of Creative Mercury Bay.

Although the acting spaces in the Friday acting workshop are already filled with MBAS students, there are still a couple of spaces left in the workshop for people who are interested in learning about directing.

The Saturday workshop is for both actors and aspiring directors

The Sunday workshop is purely for aspiring directors

Workshop dates - Friday 27, Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 June

Times: Friday 9am - 3pm (for both actors and aspiring directors), Saturday 10am - 4pm (for both actors and aspiring directors), Sunday 10am - 2pm (purely for aspiring directors).

Numbers: Workshops are each limited to about 25 people.

Age: 14 years plus.

Venue: Performing Arts area at MBAS for all workshops.

Cost: Adult - $25 per workshop, student $15 per workshop.

Registration and enquiries to Jan Wright on telephone 027 224 1927 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Mercury Bay author among 2014 LIANZA Childrens Book Awards finalists

Mercury Bay author, Des Hunt are among the 2014 Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) Children’s Book Awards finalists announced today.

The LIANZA Children’s Book Awards acknowledge excellence in junior fiction, young adult fiction, illustration, non fiction and te reo Māori.

Judges were delighted to see publishers backing non-fiction in the print form. Quality productions and a usefulness derived from good research and compilation has resulted in a list of finalists that are a pleasure to take home, to refer to constantly and to share in a way that supersedes an online experience.

The finalists are -

LIANZA Esther Glen Junior Fiction Award

  • Dunger by Joy Cowley, (Gecko Press)
  • Brave Company by David Hill, (Penguin Books)
  • Project Huia by Des Hunt, (Scholastic New Zealand)
  • Felix and the Red Rats by James Norcliffe, (Random House New Zealand)
  • A Winter’s Day in 1939 by Melina Szymanik, (Scholastic New Zealand)

LIANZA Young Adult Fiction Award

  • Recon Team Angel, Book 3: Ice War by Brian Falkner, (Walker Books Australia)
  • Dear Vincent by Mandy Hager, (Random House New Zealand)
  • When We Wake by Karen Healey, (Allen & Unwin)
  • Bugs by Whiti Hereaka, (Huia NZ Ltd)
  • Mortal Fire by Elizabeth Knox, (Gecko Press)
  • Cattra’s Legacy by Anna Mackenzie (Random House New Zealand)

LIANZA Russell Clark Illustration Award

  • Bruiser and the Big Snow by Gavin Bishop, (Random House New Zealand)
  • Flight of the Honey Bee by Raymond Huber, illustrated by Brian Lovelock, (Walker Books Australia)
  • Taka Ki Ro Wai by Keri Kaa, illustrated by Martin D. Page (National Treasures Design Ltd trading as Tania & Martin)
  • The Teddy Bear’s Promise by Diana Noonan, illustrated by Robyn Belton, (Craig Potton Publishing)
  • Henry’s Map by David Elliot (Random House New Zealand)

LIANZA Elsie Locke Non Fiction Award

  • Wearable Wonders by Fifi Colston, (Scholastic New Zealand)
  • Flight of the Honey Bee by Raymond Huber, illustrated by Brian Lovelock, (Walker Books Australia)
  • The Beginner’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing in New Zealand, by Paul Adamson, (Random House New Zealand)
  • Anzac Day, The New Zealand Story, What it is and why it matters by Philippa Werry, (New Holland Publishers (NZ)

LIANZA Te Kura Pounamu (te reo Māori)

  • Taka Ki Ro Wai by Keri Kaa, illustrated by Martin D. Page (National Treasures Design Ltd trading as Tania & Martin)
  • Meariki by Helen Pearse-Otene, illustrated by Andrew Burdan, (Huia NZ Ltd)
  • Pūao (series) Te Pātiki, Te Mānawa, Te Whai, Te Tāmure by Huia Publishers, (Huia NZ Ltd)
  • Tāhoe: He Pakiwaitara mō Hinemoa rāua ko Tūtānekai by Chris Szekely and Andrew Burdan, (Huia NZ Ltd)
  • Ngā Kaitiaki a Tama! By Kawata Teepa and Jim Byrt, (Huia NZ Ltd)

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