Monday, 06 July 2020


ANZAC Day on Saturday last week was different this year, but the Covid-19 lockdown didn’t deter many Whitianga residents to decorate their mailboxes with poppies and to “stand at down” in their driveways at 6:00am.

Mercury Bay took its first tentative steps out of the Covid-19 lockdown on Tuesday morning this week as residents and businesses together began the long journey towards recovery.

Trying to beat the boredom, isolation and frustration created by the past month of the Covid-19 lockdown has become a challenge for most. Those jobs and chores that were parked away for that “rainy day” would have, in many cases, been ticked off pretty early, leaving some left to scratch their heads and think about what’s next. 

Early during the Covid-19 lockdown, while walking our dog, my husband, Mark, and I started to notice the odd teddy bear in the window with each bear encounter sparking a little joy in us.

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