Friday, 20 September 2019


Some claim Mercury Bay local, Colin Harris, is a horse whisperer. After a lifetime involved with horses, he has much empathy and a strong understanding of them. 

“We are all immigrants to New Zealand.” The recent tragedy in Christchurch reminded us how we all got here and we love to share our stories. Local identity, Alan Hopping, visionary creator and proprietor of The Lost Spring in Whitianga, says he’s not really interested in his family history, but his mother, Beth, certainly is. Alan’s sister, Gaylene, is delving into their history and Beth is following her discoveries.

Something very special happened in Thames on Friday last week when a bronze statue of Sir Keith Park was unveiled at the Thames War Memorial Civic Centre.

Brando Yelavich, a 25-year-old Hahei resident, also known as “Wildboy,” is set to embark on his latest adventure that will see him cycle the entire width of Australia over a three-month period to promote mental wellness. No one else is believed to have attempted this feat.

I was excited to be one of the six senior Japanese language students who participated in this year’s Mercury Bay Area School study trip to Japan. We were accompanied by MBAS teachers Judy Evans (the MBAS Japanese language teacher) and Monique Taylor.

On Sunday 14 April, two Mad KOWS (Kuaotunu Open Water Swimmers) and two HOWS (Hahei Open Water Swimmers) completed their fifth swim to raise money for cancer support in Mercury Bay. They have between nine and 10 swims (from Whangapoua around the top of the Coromandel Peninsula to Coromandel Town) planned in total.

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With the squad that was announced last month, do you believe the All Blacks have what it takes to win the 2019 Rugby World Cup?

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.