Monday, 16 September 2019


For 40 odd years, Whitianga-based telecommunications technician, Maurice Muir, has been the main go-to person when it came to the installation and maintenance of the telecommunications network around Mercury Bay. It’s a network he repeatedly refers to as being basically made up of only two very critical pieces of wire.

Mercury Bay Area School students Petra Fisher and Nikita Russell have recently been notified that they both have been awarded an Otago Museum Tuia 250 Lotteries-funded Mercury Rising project internship. Ten other students from around New Zealand have also received internships.

I will soon be travelling to Greenland, the least densely populated territory on earth, with only 55,000 inhabitants. Eighty per cent of the island is covered in ice. My destination is dogsled land, Greenland’s far north. I will be joining the bridge team on board the superyacht Rosehearty for a 45-day expedition into the Northwest Passage. I will be away for two months.

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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.