Tuesday, 22 January 2019


After hosting a four-day youth sailing camp in Whitianga during January this year, the Waikato-Thames Yachting Association (WTYA) is returning next month with a larger team for two youth sailing camps, from Wednesday 9 January to Saturday 12 January and from Sunday 13 January to Wednesday 16 January.

Whitianga residents Don and Marilyn Jessen are no strangers to the world of publishing. Between them they have written and provided the photographs for several best-selling books, including “Vintage and Retro Caravans Downunder,” “Vintage Boats,” “Vintage and Iconic Aircraft,” “Retro Caravans” and “Her Space.”

Mercury Bay residents and visitors were treated on Saturday last week to probably the best Whitianga Santa Parade ever. After a week of unpredictable and wet weather, thousands of people lined Albert Street and The Esplanade to admire more than 40 floats and classic cars in fantastic sunshine.

The Thames-Coromandel economy is still a strong performer when we are compared with the rest of the country, but waning house prices is something to watch out for, an economist warns.

The latest quarterly economic data release from economic development agency Infometrics reveals Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Thames-Coromandel grew 3.8% in the year to September 2018, slightly above the 3.5% growth rate for the wider Waikato region and well above 2.9% growth rate nationally.

A large group of Mercury Bay locals took on the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge on Saturday 24 November. 

From small beginnings in 1977, when a small group of just 27 riders set out to cycle the almost 160km one lap circumnavigation of Lake Taupo, the event has grown to attract more than 7,000 cyclists every year. 

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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.