Monday, 18 January 2021


There will be no immediate action to address coastal erosion in front of the Mercury Bay Boating Club building in Whitianga until more is known about the potential threat to the wider Buffalo Beach shoreline and where the site sits in terms of priorities across the Thames-Coromandel District.

The submission supporting the rescue helicopter petition presented to the House of Representatives earlier this years was lodged on Thursday last week, a few days after Northern Rescue Helicopter Limited (a joint venture between the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust and the Northland Emergency Services Trust) announced that they will base a rescue helicopter in Whitianga during January next year. The submission is taking a longer-term view on emergency care on the Coromandel.

The days are getting longer and the sea temperature is increasing, which means we’re getting closer to the start of what is commonly accepted as the busy part of our season.

Last weekend’s second “Double Trouble” multi-hull regatta hosted by the Mercury Bay Boating Club featured 34 boats from as far as Christchurch, Picton and Kerikeri. “It’s actually quite astonishing,” says Jonathan Kline, Boating Club commodore. “Last year we’ve had 13 boats in our first regatta, but the word started to spread around New Zealand and the competitors didn’t seem to mind towing their boats over the Kopu-Hikuai Road because of what they knew were was waiting for them this side.

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