Tuesday, 22 January 2019


It is approximately 10 weeks after Kerry and Sara Stanley, the new owners of New World Whitianga, have moved to Mercury Bay with their three children - Piper 12, Victor 10 and Marlon 7. It was a busy 10 weeks settling as a family into their new environment and coming to grips with a business undergoing significant renovations. 

Warren Lee, son of well-known Whitianga residents Shirwin and Judy Lee, has been based in southeast Alaska for the past 25 years, where he works as a full-time firefighter in the town of Ketchikan on Revillagigedo Island.

Warren was passionate about becoming a firefighter from a young age and joined the Whitianga Volunteer Fire Brigade once he graduated from Mercury Bay Area school in 1989. Three years later he relocated to America where he continued pursuing a career as a firefighter. 

It’s an exciting year for Whitianga resident and retired teacher, Paul Blackman. He will next week launch a children’s books he wrote and has received some time ago a generous grant for a ground-breaking neuroscience project that will help children learn to read. 

The book launch, to be held on Wednesday 12 December from 7:30pm to 9:00pm in the Kauotunu Hall, will include a PowerPoint presentation on ways to help children learn. The book, the first in what will eventually be a series of four books, includes elements of neuroscience that can help children to achieve their potential.

One of the elements is to make children laugh. Paul says laughter is an emotion that helps people remember. 

This coming weekend, En Pointe Dance Studio of Whitianga will once again wow the Mercury Bay community with their yearly dance show. On Saturday 8 December at 4:00pm and Sunday 9 December at 2:00pm approximately 140 students will take the stage in The Whitianga Town Hall to perform everyone’s favourite fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel.

It’s a warm, sunny day last week and pohutukawa in bloom welcomes the band White Chapel Jak to Teal Park opposite Mechanics Bay, the Auckland home of the Auckland and Coromandel Westpac Rescue Helicopters. With the occasional breeze sailing in from the Waitemata Harbour, this year’s New Zealand Covers Band Award winners are keen to chat about their upcoming headline gig at Concert in the Vines 2019. 

A nationwide test of the Emergency Mobile Alert system will be happening this weekend on Sunday 25 November between 6:00pm and 7:00pm.

The alert is a vital way to keep our communities safe in an emergency and it’s particularly important in the Coromandel given our diverse terrain.

Kiwibank will establish a standalone Kiwibank branch in Whitianga. The company is at the moment working towards creating the environment for a more specialised banking service, an innovative customer experience and a strong brand presence locally. 

By Jack Biddle

The Thames Valley Rugby Union had plenty to celebrate in 2018 with their premier side, known as the Swampfoxes, pulling off a remarkable and unexpected come-from-behind 17 - 12 away win over South Canterbury to clinch the Mitre 10 Heartland Championship on Saturday 27 October.

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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.