Sunday, 23 February 2020


According the date released for April by real estate website,, the residential property market on the Coromandel Peninsula is heating up with the average asking price increasing to an all-time high of $786,037. That was an increase of 12.1 per cent over March this year.  Nationally the average asking price decreased by 4.1 per cent to $649,662.

This month, ecological consultancy Wildlife Management International Limited (WMIL) will begin tracking 10 flesh-footed shearwater chicks as they depart the breeding colony on Ohinau Island, east of Opito Bay, and set out on an extensive migrating journey.

In addition to being Mother’s Day, last Sunday (12 May) was also International Nurses Day. On Thursday evening last week, more than 20 members of the Northern Coromandel Rural Nurses Forum celebrated International Nurses Day with a swim and dinner at The Lost Spring in Whitianga.

The Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage chief executive, Bernadette Cavanagh, announced today the core vessels that will take part in the Tuia - Encounters 250 national commemorations.

The Mercury Bay Community Board has recently agreed to recommend to Thames-Coromandel District Council the adoption of a cycling strategy for the Mercury Bay Area. The strategy was developed by a steering group made up of Mercury Bay community members, TCDC staff and independent consultant, Geoff Canham. The strategy suggests the need for improved cycling facilities and infrastructure in Mercury Bay, as well as increased safety measures and the promotion of cycling as a recreational activity.

Peter Jones, the owner of Grace OMalley’s Irish Inn in Whitianga, has family ties to HMS Buffalo. His great, great-grandfather, able seaman William Porter, was a member of the Buffalo crew for just over a year. One of Peter’s first cousins who still shares the Porter surname, also lives in Whitianga.

Over the past summer, Coromandel Outdoor Language Centre (COLC), with the help of Damian Percival from Percival Construction and Joe Reece from PlaceMakers Whitianga, has been working hard to give a new lease of life to the big outline of a kiwi situated on the hills above Wharekaho/Simpsons Beach. A report on the restoration progress was published in The Informer of the 17 April.

No organisation hands out a life membership easily. They are usually well-considered and awarded in recognition of a person’s significant and lengthy voluntary contribution to a particular cause. In almost every case, the recipients never look for recognition. They unselfishly just get on with the job at hand and commit many unpaid hours for the greater good of the organisations they are involved with.  

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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.