Saturday, 20 July 2019


Mercury Bay Area School principal, John Wright, wrote to school parents and caregivers today, informing them that the school has received information that a 17-year-old male student has allegedly accessed, recorded, shown and possibly distributed footage of the Christchurch mosque massacre. The student has been arrested and charged with possession of offensive material.

From Thursday 21 March to Sunday 24 March, a team of local cyclists competed in the gruelling Tour of Northland. This year was the 19th edition of the event, with the route following part of the Twin Coast Discovery Highway. More than 270 cyclists participated in the event.

On the weekend of 23 and 24 March, two Mad KOWS (Kuaotunu Open Water Swimmers) and two HOWS (Hahei Open Water Swimmers) completed a further two legs of their swim from Whangapoua to Coromandel Town to raise money for cancer support in Mercury Bay. The two legs, from Little Bay to Stony Bay, were the third and fourth of the approximately 12 planned legs of the swim.  Legs one and two were completed a few weeks ago.

Whenuakite Country Kids (WCK) is a community-owned charity which provides an early childhood education (ECE) service for a rural area of the Coromandel Peninsula stretching from Whitianga and Cooks Beach to Tairua. 

On 17 December 1957 at 8:30 am, Jim Elder, a familiar face at Stephensons Unichem Pharmacy in Whitianga, started his career as a pharmacist in Tokoroa. And on Friday last week, just more than 61 years and three months later, at 5:30pm he dispensed his last prescription in Whitianga.

More than 150 people attended a celebration of the life of Paul Kelly at the Matarangi Fire Station on Thursday afternoon last week.

The threat of rain did little to damper the enthusiasm from locals and visitors alike last Thursday as Whitianga’s newly upgraded town centre came alive to the beat of rock ‘n’ roll music and the arrival of around 600 classic American cars.

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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.