Wednesday, 20 November 2019


More than 150 people attended a celebration of the life of Paul Kelly at the Matarangi Fire Station on Thursday afternoon last week.

The threat of rain did little to damper the enthusiasm from locals and visitors alike last Thursday as Whitianga’s newly upgraded town centre came alive to the beat of rock ‘n’ roll music and the arrival of around 600 classic American cars.

It seems Keith Skilling was born to fly. He’s been at it for the last 52 years and shows no signs of stopping just yet. He slowed down a little for sure in recent times, but the head and eyes are most definitely tilted towards the skies.

Matters around climate change were discussed as part of today’s full meeting of Thames-Coromandel District Council. The councillors agreed to take a broad view on how council can help mitigate the drivers of climate change and to look at how other councils are responding to carbon management and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Council was asked to consider signing the Local Government Leaders’ Climate Change Declaration - a document drafted by Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) that commits councils to plans to reduce greenhouse gases, increase resource efficiency, promote public and low-carbon transport and support the use of renewable energy.

Councillors Tony Brljevich (Coromandel-Colville Ward), Murray McLean (Mercury Bay Ward), Tony Fox (Mercury Bay Ward), Jan Bartley (South East Ward) and Terry Walker (South East Ward) as well as TCDC mayor, Sandra Goudie, voted against a resolution to sign the declaration. Councillors Sally Christie (Thames Ward), Strat Peters (Thames Ward) and Rex Simpson (Thames Ward) were in favour.

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.

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