Saturday, 17 November 2018



Applications for the 2018/2019 rates rebate year from the Department of Internal Affairs are now available.

The maximum rebate this year has increased to $630. Rebates are calculated on a sliding scale dependant on the amount of household income and rates payable for the year.

The fungal disease known as myrtle rust has recently been identified in two separate locations on the Coromandel Peninsula. Myrtle rust affects plants within the myrtle family, such as pōhutukawa, rātā, feijoa, mānuka and more.

While there's a lot of new works going on around the main street, one gem that pays tribute to bygone times is Epoch Antiques and Floristry at 25 Albert Street.

Steve and Maria Osborn started the business four years ago now it is heading into its fifth year of trading.  Steve and Maria saw an opportunity recently to really grow the floristry side of the business and have put a lot more focus on this over the last year.

At the commencement of school term 3 last week, Mercury Bay Area School reached a new milestone last week with more than 1,000 students enrolled in the school for the very first time.

The storm on Sunday 15 July, coupled with a set of king tides, caused significant damage to the Mercury Bay coastline. The Captain Cook memorial in Cooks Beach toppled into the water, the erosion at Flaxmill Bay, already threatening Purangi Road, worsened and some of the dune plantings at Buffalo Beach in Whitianga washed away.

Walter Russell and Brian Bowering of the Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust presented on Tuesday morning last week a petition to Scott Simpson, National Party MP for the Coromandel, and Jan Tinetti, Labour Party list MP, calling for the Coromandel rescue helicopter base in Whitianga to be retained.

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Do you agree with the realignment of the road at the corner of Albert Street and Campbell Street in Whitianga?

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.