Sunday, 23 February 2020


In a decision released on Monday, 30 September the Thames-Coromandel District Licencing Committee (DLC) refused to grant a new liquor licence to The Whitianga Hotel in Blacksmith Lane. “The decision was like a bucket of cold water, totally unexpected,” says Tony Dowse, who owns The Whitianga Hotel, and neighbouring Salt Restaurant and Bar with his wife, Lisa.

Thames-Coromandel District Council mayor, Sandra Goudie, formally opened the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association’s new motorhome and caravan park in Whitianga on Saturday morning last week.

Kauri 2000 celebrated their 20th anniversary with a screening of the documentary, “Mauri o te Kauri,” to an invited group of friends and supporters at Mercury Twin Cinemas in Whitianga last Sunday afternoon.

By Sergeant Andrew Morrison


There have been a couple of thefts lately from honesty boxes in our area. Often there is a lot of work done by the produce stall owners that they aren’t well compensated for and their stalls are mainly a way of sharing with their community.

Another example is when a donation is requested by groups like the Whitianga Bike Park so that they can continue to upgrade the facilities they provide for the community and the money is stolen.

If criminals considered the wider implications of their actions, they would often realise who loses at the end of the day.


No arrests this week.


Two Family Harm incidents attended this week.

On the 2nd a couple argued about their relationship at a Dotterel Place address. They were given sound advice and separated to calm down.

A mother and her daughter argued at a Simpson Place address on the 4th and direct advice was given.

The surf camera at Hot Water Beach has again been damaged on the 1st and anyone with information concerning this or any other offending is requested to contact the Police.

On the 2nd offenders broke into a holiday home on Buffalo Beach Road and made themselves at home. Forensic evidence has been forwarded for analysis.

An offender stole petrol from an Albert Street premises on the 2nd and enquiries are continuing, while on the 3rd we attended an incident of threatening behaviour at an Albert Street address concerning a vehicle crash on the driveway of te address. We separated the parties involved to calm the situation.

Also on the 3rd an adult offender stole items from a Lee Street store and video surveillance has identified a local suspect for enquiries.

A gas califont was reported stolen from a Tarapatiki Drive address on the 5th and the owner suspects it was stolen within the previous month.

A produce stall honesty box at a Tairua-Whitianga Road address was burgled on the 6th with money stolen.

A “Deadline Ponies” handbag containing a laptop, jewellery and assorted items was stolen from a pram on Buffalo Beach Road while the owner was distracted on the 7th.


No drunk drivers apprehended this week.

A driver crashed into two parked cars on South Highway on the 4th when he was distracted lighting a cigarette. Thankfully no one was injured. 

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