Sunday, 01 November 2020


In The Informer of 14 July, we reported on the erosion of Whitianga’s Buffalo Beach in front of the clubhouse of the Mercury Bay Boating Club. The drop in height between the beach and what is left of the dunes in front of the clubhouse is approximately 2m. The front deck of the clubhouse is at the moment no further than 6m from the beach.

The completion of the Taputapuātea footbridges project in Whitianga is set to recommence in mid-August according to Andrew Scobie, Thames-Coromandel District Council project manager. He says that council now has formal Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga (HNZPT) consent and that he is seeking approval of the resource consent application to commence the required earthworks and complete the construction of the bridges without further delay.

“The past few years have been an ideal time to learn a trade and post the coronavirus lockdown, the opportunities are even more appealing,” says Caleb Jennings, the owner of Bayside Construction in Whitianga.

When Janine Thompson joins her daughter, Tayla, at the new mobile health clinic - a campervan - of Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki later this month, things would have come full circle in more than one way.

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