Wednesday, 24 April 2019


Hot Water Beach local, Bob Noe, is no stranger to Hollywood. He spent many of his younger years in the mid-1960s appearing as an extra in various television shows and movies in and around Los Angeles.   

Driving into Whitianga from the south, the Whitianga Airport, owned by the Mercury Bay Aero Club, is one of the first and biggest landmarks that attract the eye of people entering our patch of paradise. And while there is a regular flow of air traffic all year round, the summer months certainly see an increase in numbers on or above the grassed runway.

A group of friends from the USA, the UK, Australia and New Zealand played for the “Tin Cup” at the Mercury Bay Golf Club on Saturday last week. Among the friends was well known Kiwi businessman and philanthropist, Sir Owen Glenn.

The Te Whanganui-A-Hei (Cathedral Cove) Marine Reserve is a great place to see fish in the marine environment. However, as more people visit the reserve, a problem is emerging that can cause serious issues for the fish, for swimmers and for snorkelers.

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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.