Monday, 20 May 2019

WHITIANGA WEATHER

The Mercury Bay Community Board has recently agreed to recommend to Thames-Coromandel District Council the adoption of a cycling strategy for the Mercury Bay Area. The strategy was developed by a steering group made up of Mercury Bay community members, TCDC staff and independent consultant, Geoff Canham. The strategy suggests the need for improved cycling facilities and infrastructure in Mercury Bay, as well as increased safety measures and the promotion of cycling as a recreational activity.

Peter Jones, the owner of Grace OMalley’s Irish Inn in Whitianga, has family ties to HMS Buffalo. His great, great-grandfather, able seaman William Porter, was a member of the Buffalo crew for just over a year. One of Peter’s first cousins who still shares the Porter surname, also lives in Whitianga.

Over the past summer, Coromandel Outdoor Language Centre (COLC), with the help of Damian Percival from Percival Construction and Joe Reece from PlaceMakers Whitianga, has been working hard to give a new lease of life to the big outline of a kiwi situated on the hills above Wharekaho/Simpsons Beach. A report on the restoration progress was published in The Informer of the 17 April.

No organisation hands out a life membership easily. They are usually well-considered and awarded in recognition of a person’s significant and lengthy voluntary contribution to a particular cause. In almost every case, the recipients never look for recognition. They unselfishly just get on with the job at hand and commit many unpaid hours for the greater good of the organisations they are involved with.  

Senior Mercury Bay youth sailors Troy Aickin, Josie Fairweather, and sisters Tinca and Kizzy Samson were fortunate to be invited to join Avon Hansford on board his classic schooner, Windborne, last week for a day of “learning the ropes.” Avon and Mercury Bay Boating Club youth sailing coordinator, Jonathan Kline had been speaking about how to continue the development of the club’s older youth sailors once they have completed the standard learn to sail dinghy courses. 

Some claim Mercury Bay local, Colin Harris, is a horse whisperer. After a lifetime involved with horses, he has much empathy and a strong understanding of them. 

“We are all immigrants to New Zealand.” The recent tragedy in Christchurch reminded us how we all got here and we love to share our stories. Local identity, Alan Hopping, visionary creator and proprietor of The Lost Spring in Whitianga, says he’s not really interested in his family history, but his mother, Beth, certainly is. Alan’s sister, Gaylene, is delving into their history and Beth is following her discoveries.

Something very special happened in Thames on Friday last week when a bronze statue of Sir Keith Park was unveiled at the Thames War Memorial Civic Centre.

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