Monday, 16 September 2019

WHITIANGA WEATHER

We are all aware that last week was a remarkable time in our education sector. For the first time in more than 30 years, teachers in schools across New Zealand (primary, intermediate, secondary and area school teachers) took direct industrial action - ie we were “on strike.”

As reported in The Informer of 15 May, ecological consultancy, Wildlife Management International Limited (WMIL), began tracking 10 flesh-footed shearwater fledglings as they departed the shearwater breeding colony on Ohinau Island (east of Opito Bay) last month and began their long migration journey to the Northern Hemisphere.

Mercury Bay - specifically Cooks Beach and the ocean immediately behind Centre Island, opposite Hahei - was the past few weeks a focus point of Operation HIKI ANO, a period of significant training within the Royal New Zealand Navy.

On Wednesday 29 May, the limelight will shine on New Zealand’s education staffing crisis. In the largest industrial action ever taken in our country, teachers from all schools across New Zealand will strike en masse.

Last Saturday’s Whitianga Half Marathon was promoted as being a “fast and flat scenic loop.” The event certainly lived up to the expectations of the record number of entrants who took part and was exceeded even further by being held in perfect weather conditions. 

On Saturday last week, more than 50 people joined Coromandel Outdoor Language Centre (COLC) owners, Kim and Robyn Lawry, for a BBQ to celebrate the many years the well-known Whitianga language school was in operation. The school was established by a previous owner in approximately 1993.

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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.