Sunday, 26 May 2019


Mercury Bay residents and visitors were treated on Saturday last week to probably the best Whitianga Santa Parade ever. After a week of unpredictable and wet weather, thousands of people lined Albert Street and The Esplanade to admire more than 40 floats and classic cars in fantastic sunshine.

The Thames-Coromandel economy is still a strong performer when we are compared with the rest of the country, but waning house prices is something to watch out for, an economist warns.

The latest quarterly economic data release from economic development agency Infometrics reveals Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Thames-Coromandel grew 3.8% in the year to September 2018, slightly above the 3.5% growth rate for the wider Waikato region and well above 2.9% growth rate nationally.

A large group of Mercury Bay locals took on the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge on Saturday 24 November. 

From small beginnings in 1977, when a small group of just 27 riders set out to cycle the almost 160km one lap circumnavigation of Lake Taupo, the event has grown to attract more than 7,000 cyclists every year. 

It is approximately 10 weeks after Kerry and Sara Stanley, the new owners of New World Whitianga, have moved to Mercury Bay with their three children - Piper 12, Victor 10 and Marlon 7. It was a busy 10 weeks settling as a family into their new environment and coming to grips with a business undergoing significant renovations. 

Warren Lee, son of well-known Whitianga residents Shirwin and Judy Lee, has been based in southeast Alaska for the past 25 years, where he works as a full-time firefighter in the town of Ketchikan on Revillagigedo Island.

Warren was passionate about becoming a firefighter from a young age and joined the Whitianga Volunteer Fire Brigade once he graduated from Mercury Bay Area school in 1989. Three years later he relocated to America where he continued pursuing a career as a firefighter. 

It’s an exciting year for Whitianga resident and retired teacher, Paul Blackman. He will next week launch a children’s books he wrote and has received some time ago a generous grant for a ground-breaking neuroscience project that will help children learn to read. 

The book launch, to be held on Wednesday 12 December from 7:30pm to 9:00pm in the Kauotunu Hall, will include a PowerPoint presentation on ways to help children learn. The book, the first in what will eventually be a series of four books, includes elements of neuroscience that can help children to achieve their potential.

One of the elements is to make children laugh. Paul says laughter is an emotion that helps people remember. 

This coming weekend, En Pointe Dance Studio of Whitianga will once again wow the Mercury Bay community with their yearly dance show. On Saturday 8 December at 4:00pm and Sunday 9 December at 2:00pm approximately 140 students will take the stage in The Whitianga Town Hall to perform everyone’s favourite fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel.

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