Tuesday, 22 October 2019


After 28 years, the Mercury Bay Speedway Club’s lease of their track at the Whitianga Airport is coming to an end at the end of this month. Last weekend, the club - with the help of past members and an influx of visiting race cars and supporters - gave the track a well-deserved and fitting farewell.

During summer, there can be up to 1,500 holidaymakers staying at the Hahei Holiday Resort on any given day. Grant Kilby, general manager of the resort, says that there’s a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes to make sure that everyone’s holiday is as idyllic, happy and healthy as possible.

Have you bought your tickets yet for the 2019 edition of A Taste of Matarangi? My husband and I have and we will again be joined by an energetic group of friends visiting from Auckland. The attend the festival with us every year because we all love the community spirit imbued on the day.

About 100 people attended the formal unveiling of Alf Simpson Drive in Whitianga as the first “Poppy Place” on the Coromandel Peninsula last Sunday afternoon. Among those who attended the unveiling were Alf Simpson’s daughters, Sherri Simpson and Vicki Borowicz, Mercury Bay RSA president, Bruce Collier, Thames-Coromandel District Council mayor, Sandra Goudie, and several of Alf’s family members.

In his younger days, Whitianga resident Rob Riedstra was a passionate golf player and also caddied for some of the world’s golfing giants when they visited New Zealand. “Caddying was a great way to learn from the best and improve my own game,” says Rob.

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.

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