Wednesday, 20 November 2019


Events to mark the 250th anniversary of the arrival of His Majesty’s Bark Endeavour, under the command of Lieutenant James Cook, in Te Whanganui-o-Hei/Mercury Bay in November 1769 and, at the same time, reflect on the arrival centuries earlier of those intrepid Polynesian seafarers in their waka hourua who settled in the Bay, will take place from Friday 18 October to Monday 21 October this year.

The Cerinara Trust, the owner of the Kupe’s Crossing development in Whitianga (adjacent to New World in Joan Gaskell Drive), announced last week that work on a further building in the development will start soon. Kupe’s Carwash and Guthrie Bowron are already located within the development.

Well-known Flaxmill Bay resident and café owner, Dave Fowell, has sailing in his blood. He has a long and distinguished family history in the marine industry. His grandfather, Hugh McRae, was a naval architect and was commissioned by the New Zealand government to design and build the hand-fired steam ship TSS Earnslaw. The ship is still used on Lake Wakatipu as a popular tourist attraction. He also designed and built yachts which he sailed around the Otago area.

“Seal season” has started. Although seals are marine mammals, they spend a lot of their time on land, especially between June and September.

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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.