Tuesday, 19 January 2021


The disappearance of “Robinson Crusoe” in mid-1890 did not set off any alarm bells at Mercury Bay. For the past year or so, the 65-year-old had kept to himself as he tirelessly searched for gum in the area. He preferred to be alone, hence the nickname, and thus the lack of concern when he dropped from view.

With warmer water closer to shore and 18°C at the Aldermen Islands, fishing is improving with large schools of kahawai and trevally on the surface behind Slipper Island in the vicinity of South Reef. Crayfish are also about in good numbers.

Residents and holidaymakers enjoying all that the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula has to offer can rest easier knowing the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust (ARHT) will have a rescue helicopter and crew based at the rescue helicopter hangar in Whitianga during the upcoming summer holidays.

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