Thursday, 21 March 2019


Only four fire service volunteers have been awarded the Queen’s Service Medal in this year’s New Year’s Honours and Warwick Brooks of Tairua is one of them.

Warwick’s award acknowledges his time in the fire service and also his services to the community. He is currently on Tairua-Pauanui Community Board as well as the Waikato Regional Council Catchment Committee.

The Mercury 250th Anniversary Trust extends an open invitation to our community’s frequent visitors and non-resident homeowners to take part in Te Pōwhiri, the regional commemorations honouring Tuia - Encounters 250 throughout this year. Tuia 250 marks the 250th anniversary of the first onshore meetings which took place between Maori and Pakeha when the Endeavour sailed into Te Whanganui o Hei/Mercury Bay in 1769. 

Legislation requiring lawyers to verify the identity of their clients came into force in the middle of last year. From the beginning of this year, real estate agents are also required to confirm the identity of the vendors (and in some cases the purchasers) they work with. The public needs to be aware that these anti-money laundering requirements will impact on the way real estate agents deal with their clients, most notably with regard to the time it may take to establish a client’s identity in terms of the legislation.

On first impressions, it almost looks like a house that has arrived from another planet with its protruding legs and feet landing perfectly in one of the most idyllic settings in the country.  

Out-of-this-world in design and build quality the house certainly is, but this Otama landmark was built by local building company Percival Construction, which is owned by Whitianga resident and passionate builder Damian Percival and his wife, Rekha.

Mercury Bay Boating Club’s annual New Year’s Day Race took place on Tuesday last week with a slight twist as there were two fleets. Fleet 1 had nine local keelers pitted against four visiting yachts from Auckland and Tauranga. Fleet 2 was made up of five smaller yachts, four Hobie 16 catamarans and a Laser. They were racing a shorter course better suited to these exciting little boats.

The simple steps you take to clean your gear will help protect our kauri forests and could mean the difference between the ultimate survival and extinction of this iconic species. That’s a message the Kauri 2000 Trust hopes everyone visiting forests on the Coromandel Peninsula will take personally and by observing simple hygiene precautions do their bit to prevent kauri dieback disease spreading among Coromandel Peninsula kauri.

The kaupapa/purpose of Tuia - 250 Encounters is woven throughout the extensive programme of activities that will be taking place in Te Whanganui o Hei/Mercury Bay from March 2019. Tuia - 250 Encounters is all about telling the stories, histories and voyaging traditions of the Māori communities who had been established in Aotearoa/New Zealand for hundreds of years, as well as marking the first onshore encounters between Māori and Europeans during the first voyage of James Cook and the HM Bark Endeavour in 1769.  

Ruben Arriola arrived in Whitianga in September last year to study English for four weeks at Coromandel Outdoor Language Centre (COLC). He hails from Eibar, a city in the Basque Country of Spain, where he grew up and worked for two years as a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner, specialising in tuina (a Chinese medical massage) and acupuncture.

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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.