Thursday, 20 September 2018


When the party starts for the end of the town centre upgrade, Sue Marceau, the local owner of Mainly Casual, is sure to have something festive to wear. Sue has owned and operated clothing boutique Mainly Casual for over 24 years and has grown the business to three stores in Whitianga, Whangamata and Thames. 

By Jordan Gower


Mercury Bay Area School NCEA Level 2 and 3 students are being given some very unique and exciting opportunities through a programme known as gateway. The programme is all about giving senior students inspiration, focus and even possible career pathways. Students choose an area of interest and spend some of their school time completing generic employment unit standards, upon which they are placed with local businesses or enrolled in practical courses to receive hands-on experience.

Coromandel Outdoor Language Centre (COLC) intern, Alicia Lose has recently come back from an Outward Bound course in Anakiwa in the Marlborough Sounds. Outward Bound is an organisation focused on showing people another side to themselves and challenging them to be a better person, using the outdoors.

On Mercury Bay Area School student, Caitlin Bird’s 10th birthday on 14 May this year, she made the absolute most of it and began her Junior Open Water Diver Course. You have to be at least 10 years old to start the course and Caitlin finished it within a week of her birthday.

By Jack Biddle

Vaughn Condon was born and raised in Whitianga, but now resides in Cooks Beach with his wife, Rahira and their three children.

Local knowledge with a little bit of “been-there-done-that” thrown in, has made Vaughn realise that while Cooks Beach is a great place to grow up in, at times there isn’t a lot to do for the young people of the Mercury Bay South area (Cooks beach, Hahei, Hot Water Beach and Whenuakite). That made him decide to offer Muay Thai classes in the newly renovated Cooks Beach Hall.

By Whitianga resident, Paul Blackman

Given the rapid growth of our small village, Whitianga, I thought it would be interesting to share our experience of moving here in 2001. It’s hard to believe now that we have lived here for almost 17 years.

By Stephan Bosman

The Whitianga Volunteer Fire Brigade AGM on Wednesday evening last week signaled the end of an era when Merv George stepped down as Chief Fire Officer. Merv was elected to the position of CFO on Sunday 20 May 1984, less than eight and a half years after joining the brigade as a volunteer on Wednesday 12 November 1975. 

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Do you like the way the completed phase one of the Whitianga town centre upgrade (Albert Street between Blacksmith Lane and Monk Street) is looking?

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