Monday, 20 January 2020


On Tuesday last week the Mercury Bay community awoke to the sad news that Senior Constable Pat Doak, known to everyone as “Policeman Pat,” passed away. He was 62 years old.

The Thames-Coromandel District Licensing Committee (DLC) has approved an application by Kaloti NZ Limited to for an off licence premises at 23 Albert Street, Whitianga on Thursday last week. The premises will be Whitianga’s ninth off licence premises and fifth bottle store.

In a decision released on Monday, 30 September the Thames-Coromandel District Licencing Committee (DLC) refused to grant a new liquor licence to The Whitianga Hotel in Blacksmith Lane. “The decision was like a bucket of cold water, totally unexpected,” says Tony Dowse, who owns The Whitianga Hotel, and neighbouring Salt Restaurant and Bar with his wife, Lisa.

Thames-Coromandel District Council mayor, Sandra Goudie, formally opened the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association’s new motorhome and caravan park in Whitianga on Saturday morning last week.

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