Monday, 17 February 2020


The team at Paper Plus Whitianga are pulling out the all stops to collect as many signatures as they possibly can in the Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust/Informer/More FM-initiated petition to reinstate a rescue helicopter based on the Coromandel over the summer and other busy holiday periods.

Much of what renowned Otama artist, Michael Smither, has to say goes on the canvas. But just a short chat with the personable self-proclaimed greenie and it’s clear that words are also a comfortable medium.

Quietly in the background, in Peter Walton’s hangar at the Whitianga Airport, a replica Fokker Dr1 triplane has been taking shape.

His days are spent practicing his technique and tricks at the Whitianga skatepark. Now 13-year-old Seth Smith will showcase his scooting skills on a far bigger stage when he takes on some of the country’s best at the Australasian Scooter Association New Zealand Nationals in Christchurch.

With the busy summer season in full swing and the end of the 2019/2020 financial year less than three months away, rental property owners are reminded that it’s no longer possible to deduct residential rental losses against their other income.

The Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust (CRHT)/Informer/More FM petition to reinstate a rescue helicopter based in Whitianga over the busy summer season and peak holiday periods is off to a flying start. Accurate figures aren’t yet available, but anecdotal evidence suggest more than 7,000 signatures have been collected since the launch of the petition on Tuesday last week.

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