Thursday, 13 August 2020


In addition to Pat Doak’s family, members of the police, Whitianga Volunteer Fire Brigade and Whitianga Lions, as well as elected members from Thames-Coromandel District Council, attended on Saturday morning last week the dedication of a memorial bench in Pat’s name.

Eighteen years ago, Simon Buchanan and Sonya Corlett made a decision to open an art gallery with no idea of the journey that lay ahead. This week they will close that same gallery - Moko Artspace in Hot Water Beach - once again without too many plans for the future, their solitary goal, for now, to spend more time together.

The recent wild weather that lashed the Coromandel was reported as being a one-in-15-year storm.

While locals aren’t overly surprised anymore when roads are closed due to heavy rain combined with high tides, this recent deluge was particular severe. Floods and slips blocked several roads on the eastern side of the Peninsula, which impacted on many holiday makers heading home after Queen’s Birthday Weekend.

After the Mercury Bay Boating Club’s Polar Bear Series yacht race was cancelled on the Sunday of Queen’s Birthday Weekend to huge seas and gales, the racing fleets were thrilled as they took to the water last Sunday and heard the voice of Jackie Dagger in the club tower announcing the course for the day - a long, round-the-bay route that would take the fleet out to the Purangi River, across to Wharekaho and back to Buffalo Beach.  

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