Sunday, 23 February 2020


As parents, one of our favourite sunny afternoon outings was grabbing a lazy coffee on The Esplanade in Whitianga while keeping an eagle eye on our young boy as he entertained himself climbing all over the playground at the water’s edge. A favourite was searching for pirates and other dangers from a vantage point on the Jolly Roger, the quirky playground boat. 

Nine students and three adults from Mercury Bay travelled to Auckland last Sunday to participate in the departure ceremony for the yacht Maiden, the recently refitted Whitbread Round the World boat. The boat is currently on a global tour, advocating girl’s education and welfare. 

Whitianga parents, Jeff and Vanessa Mills, are extremely proud of their 14-year-old daughter, Sally’s participation in field athletics. She has become a champion and recordholder in javelin throwing with little specific training and knowledge around technique.  

Dr Dorothy Cochrane Logan was a “doctor with a difference” who shifted to Whitianga in the early 1950s. Born in Dublin in 1888 to a military family, Dr Logan was an educated woman. She studied medicine in London in the early 1900s. She later set up a practice in Kent and then in Harley Street in London by 1920.

We are all aware that last week was a remarkable time in our education sector. For the first time in more than 30 years, teachers in schools across New Zealand (primary, intermediate, secondary and area school teachers) took direct industrial action - ie we were “on strike.”

As reported in The Informer of 15 May, ecological consultancy, Wildlife Management International Limited (WMIL), began tracking 10 flesh-footed shearwater fledglings as they departed the shearwater breeding colony on Ohinau Island (east of Opito Bay) last month and began their long migration journey to the Northern Hemisphere.

Mercury Bay - specifically Cooks Beach and the ocean immediately behind Centre Island, opposite Hahei - was the past few weeks a focus point of Operation HIKI ANO, a period of significant training within the Royal New Zealand Navy.

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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.