Wednesday, 19 September 2018


Most Mercury Bay residents know HMS Buffalo as a ship that transported people all over the world to begin new lives and create new communities. The ship ran aground in Whitianga on 28 July 1840. Her wreck is resting in the water just of Buffalo Beach, approximately 200m east of Whitianga Continuing Care. 

The main road into Whitianga was named after her. Suzanne Hansen took a closer look at the life of Joan Gaskell and her role in shaping Mercury Bay into the community it is today.

The Keep New Zealand Beautiful Awards 2018 have just been announced with two finalists coming from the Coromandel - the Plastic-Free Coromandel Town group in the Community Group Award, along with the new Hot Water Beach toilet in the Best Loo Award.

By Stephan Bosman and Jordan Gower

After the front page editorial in The Informer of 1 August about the recycling crisis at SMART Environmental’s recycling plant in Kopu, we’ve tried to obtain more clarity on what is acceptable recycling and what should, for the moment at least, rather go into general waste, destined for landfill.

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Do you like the way the completed phase one of the Whitianga town centre upgrade (Albert Street between Blacksmith Lane and Monk Street) is looking?

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.