Tuesday, 14 July 2020

WHITIANGA WEATHER

Keep calm and carry on is the clear message to local communities as some Coromandel schools, businesses and travellers are forced to grapple with the restrictions and uncertainty arising from the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

As the Coroamndel remains in the grip of a severe drought, members of the public, including those who hold consents to take water, are being reminded to comply with all restrictions as a matter of urgency.

The mosaic surfboard recently installed outside an otherwise ordinary looking Tairua property is hard to miss. The fun statement piece is vibrant and welcoming, and features some intricate skills, suggesting to a curious passer-by that there could be something rather interesting to be discovered at the top of the driveway.

The Hahei Village Community Hall is the epicentre of community social interactions in the beautiful small village. Opened in April 1991, the venue was funded and built by local volunteers and plays host to various community activities including weddings, funerals, birthdays for the young and young at heart, church services, play groups, yoga and much more.   

In early November 1986, New Zealander Ross Norman was crowned world squash champion. He wasn’t the first Kiwi ever to win a world sporting title and he wouldn’t be the last, but his crowning as world squash champion was a first for the game in this country. His hard-earned victory would go on to raise the interest in and profile of the sport nationally and take it to new heights.   

Watching professional golfer, Hee Young Park, sink the winning putt in the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Victoria Open tournament (known as the ISPS Handa Vic Open) that was held in early February in Geelong Australia, was a moment Whitianga resident and successful former businessman, Rob Riedstra, will never forget.

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