Monday, 20 May 2019


By Suzanne Hansen

I am continually amazed and grateful for living in such a paradise as Whitianga. My husband and I chose to move to Whitianga for its combination of wonderful lifestyle, welcoming community and specifically for the infrastructure this lovely town provides, especially as we mature in age. 

The Mercury Bay Art Escape Trust has spent nearly a year planning a street art festival in Whitianga and their work has been rewarded. The trust is delighted that they have received a grant from the Tuia 250 Lotteries Fund for the Tuia 250 Whitianga Street Art Festival to be held in March in next year.

By Mercury Bay Boating Club youth sailing coach Jonathan Kline

For a few hours last Sunday, the waters just in front of the Mercury Bay Boating Club came alive with colour and movement. Juniors sailors from the Boating Club’s youth squad, together with a large group of volunteer coaches and supporters, participated in the first centreboard regatta of the 2018/2019 season. Eleven yachts - comprised of an open fleet as well as a multihull fleet - crewed by 17 junior sailors and four helm coaches competed in a two-race series. Conditions were just about perfect, with plenty of sunshine and a shifty northerly quarter wind that challenged the coaches and sailors alike. 

By Stephan Bosman

David Hall, a kitchen installer at Mastercraft Kitchens in Whitianga, has become the first person in New Zealand to obtain a micro-credential. Handing David his achievement certificate on Wednesday last week at the Mastercraft factory in the Moewai Park industrial area, Warwick Quin, the CEO of the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO), said David is the first of tens of thousands of New Zealanders who will obtain micro credentials.

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