Friday, 20 September 2019


Revered as the first Polynesian voyager to discover the islands of Aotearoa over a thousand years ago, Kupe is acknowledged by Māori and Pakeha alike as a great rangatira, charismatic and tough and deeply schooled and experienced as a sailor and navigator.

This year marked a significant change in the creative direction of the Mercury Bay Art Escape. A much expanded format resulted in greater public engagement and a richer, more fulfilling experience for visitors and locals alike.

More than 200 people gathered at Soldier’s Memorial Park in Whitianga last Saturday evening to show their support for the Muslim community of New Zealand after the horrific mosque shootings in Christchurch on Friday last week.

The Whitianga Art Group is inviting every school on the Coromandel Peninsula to be participate in an art exhibition that will form part of this year’s Tuia 250 commemorations, featuring the themes of navigation, first encounters and a shared future.

Six murals reflecting the Tuia - Encounters 250 themes of “Navigation” and “First Encounters” have been completed throughout the Whitianga CBD during last week’s Tuia 250 Street Art Festival.

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With the squad that was announced last month, do you believe the All Blacks have what it takes to win the 2019 Rugby World Cup?

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.