Wednesday, 20 November 2019

WHITIANGA WEATHER

From a qualified barber and a banker with a lovely wife and two children to a Catholic priest, Father Tony Delsink, the priest of St Patrick’s Catholic Parish in Whitianga and St Mary’s Catholic Parish in Tairua, has packed multiple lives and many experiences into his 75 years.

Living on the Coromandel has many pluses. Great beaches, friendly people and a real sense of community spirit. The Peninsula also has incredible emergency service staff available at the end of a phone call. It is often said that you can get to hospital quicker from the Coromandel than if you were to suffer an accident or medical event on the outskirts of Auckland and that’s something Auckland resident, Ian Robertson, was very grateful for back in January this year.

Former Mercury Bay resident, Alex Morcom, and his partner, Jacqui, travelled close to 10,000 nautical miles over the course of the past eight months, after leaving Finland with their new blue water cruiser, Coco. The couple set aside some time to update me on their big blue water sailing adventure. 

Whitianga residents, Reg and Julie Smith, were present when Scott Brown, the US ambassador to New Zealand, personally handed their daughter, Katie Munro, and her husband, Chris, their E2 visas to live and work in the US in Auckland on Tuesday last week.

Intrigued by what permaculture is all about, I popped into Te Moata Retreat between Tairua and Whenuakite last month and spoke to some of the people who were involved in the retreat’s annual two-week Permaculture Design Certificate course.

Well-known Whitianga artist and music teacher, Anita Prime, has been very busy of late, not only with her business, Prime Music Academy, but also in helping Te Rerenga School with their upcoming musical production and running a “Kids Club” at Crossroads Whitianga Church.

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