Monday, 19 August 2019


Five well-known celebrity chefs are set show the crowds what they’ve got at this year’s Whitianga Scallop Festival on Saturday 21 September.

Sisters Karena and Kasey Bird, Ray McVinnie and Gareth Stewart and Aaron Gascoigne (the “master and apprentice”) will all put their talents on display as they whip up some delicious creations to delight the crowds on the live cooking stage.

The wider Mercury Bay cycling community came together in force last Saturday for what has become the annual Man of Steel (MOS) ride. It’s a social ride in memory of the late Kieran McCarten who passed away in May 2017 in his early 60s after a short battle with cancer. Kieran was known by many in the local cycling world as the “Man of Steel,” a tag that seemed to fit perfectly due to both his long established and successful engineering business in Whitianga and the way he went about his cycling.

In just a few weeks’ time, students in the central and northern parts of the Coromandel Peninsula - including students from Mercury Bay Area School, Te Rerenga School, Whenuakite School, Coroglen School, Coromandel Area School and Tairua School - will be heading to the classroom for another year of learning.

Driving into Whitianga from the south, the Whitianga Airport, owned by the Mercury Bay Aero Club, is one of the first and biggest landmarks that attract the eye of people entering our patch of paradise. And while there is a regular flow of air traffic all year round, the summer months certainly see an increase in numbers on or above the grassed runway.

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