Saturday, 14 December 2019


Former Mercury Bay resident, Alex Morcom, and his partner, Jacqui, travelled close to 10,000 nautical miles over the course of the past eight months, after leaving Finland with their new blue water cruiser, Coco. The couple set aside some time to update me on their big blue water sailing adventure. 

Whitianga residents, Reg and Julie Smith, were present when Scott Brown, the US ambassador to New Zealand, personally handed their daughter, Katie Munro, and her husband, Chris, their E2 visas to live and work in the US in Auckland on Tuesday last week.

Intrigued by what permaculture is all about, I popped into Te Moata Retreat between Tairua and Whenuakite last month and spoke to some of the people who were involved in the retreat’s annual two-week Permaculture Design Certificate course.

Well-known Whitianga artist and music teacher, Anita Prime, has been very busy of late, not only with her business, Prime Music Academy, but also in helping Te Rerenga School with their upcoming musical production and running a “Kids Club” at Crossroads Whitianga Church.

Events to mark the 250th anniversary of the arrival of His Majesty’s Bark Endeavour, under the command of Lieutenant James Cook, in Te Whanganui-o-Hei/Mercury Bay in November 1769 and, at the same time, reflect on the arrival centuries earlier of those intrepid Polynesian seafarers in their waka hourua who settled in the Bay, will take place from Friday 18 October to Monday 21 October this year.

The Cerinara Trust, the owner of the Kupe’s Crossing development in Whitianga (adjacent to New World in Joan Gaskell Drive), announced last week that work on a further building in the development will start soon. Kupe’s Carwash and Guthrie Bowron are already located within the development.

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