Tuesday, 18 February 2020


Volunteers from the local community in and around Matarangi have been credited for helping save the lives of seven pilot whales, including a calf, that stranded on the beach last weekend.

On Sunday morning, 26 January 1845, Welsh born Arthur Guyon Purchas, aged 24 years, disembarked from the 600-ton sailing ship, Slain’s Castle, in the port of Nelson. He had organised a free passage from England to New Zealand as the ship’s surgeon after resigning from his lucrative surgeon’s role in Liverpool.

It’s been a year of progress, reflection, celebration and loss in and around Mercury Bay. As 2019 draws to a close, we look back at some of the news that made the headlines over the past twelve months.

A call to action has been issued to communities the length and breadth of the Coromandel to once more rally against the withdrawal of the lifesaving rescue helicopter from its base on the Peninsula.

Whetu Paitai has always been good at building. In fact, he might still be a builder in Australia if it weren’t for two things - a broken leg and a promise kept. Thanks to life’s strange twists, he’s back home on the Coromandel, but instead of putting up houses, he’s reconstructing the world of his tāpuna (ancestors).

By Sergeant Andrew Morrison


We have had some good weather and plenty of visitors in town the past week and with the New Year rapidly approaching, we hope our incidents remain at the level outlined below or maybe even reduce.

Please don’t drink alcohol to excess and have nothing to do with illicit drugs and your chances of staying safe these holidays will greatly improve.

Numerous driving incidents have been reported recently with enquiry files created for drivers that weren’t apprehended at the time.

Some drivers have been cutting corners, overtaking dangerously and driving too fast or extremely slow without letting others pass. This puts everyone at risk and we ask drivers to concentrate on driving safely.               


27th - 1 x 31-year-old Auckland man for Disorderly Behaviour.


Two Family Harm incidents attended this week.

On the 25th a couple argued about their relationship at a Cholmondeley Crescent address and contacted Police when damage was caused to a car, while on the 29th a Police Safety Order was served when an ex-partner returned to a woman’s Owen Street address uninvited. 

On the 23rd a wallet and iPhone were stolen from a car parked on Centennial Drive, while on the 26th an offender attempted to steal an auxiliary outboard motor from a boat parked on Jackman Avenue.

A bank card was fraudulently used at a Hicks Place address on the 24th and enquiries are continuing, while on the 25th sunglasses and a water bottle were stolen from Hahei Beach when left unattended.

An offender breached bail on the 29th by contacting the victim and enquiries are continuing.

The golf club office was burgled on the 29th with golf club, balls, chocolate bars and sunglasses stolen.        


No drunk drivers apprehended this week.

On the 30th a large winch has fallen off a boat trailer being towed into Whitianga on SH25 near Kaimarama Road striking a following motor cycle and injuring the rider and passenger. The boat owner is still to be identified and enquiries are continuing.

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