Thursday, 17 October 2019


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.

A coincidence, a planetary spectacle and a piece of history will merge together when a transit of Mercury is viewed in Cooks Beach at sunrise on 12 November.  The viewing will be open to the public, with telescopes placed at the Banks Street Reserve and astronomy experts on hand to explain to those present what is happening.

Tuia - Encounters 250 is a nationwide commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the first onshore encounters between Māori and Europeans. Through the commemoration, New Zealanders are encouraged to have conversations about our history. The Mercury 250 Trust (a trust established to coordinate the local commemoration activities), Ngāti Hei and the Mercury Bay community are together planning a series of formal and informal events - collectively known as “Te Pōwhiri” - in Whitianga, Te Whanganui o Hei/Mercury Bay and throughout the Coromandel Peninsula to mark this significant anniversary.

Well-known Coromandel aquaculture industry businessman, Peter Bull, and Joe Davis, on behalf of Ngati Hei, lodged on 20 February last year a resource consent application with Waikato Regional Council to develop a mussel spat farm in Mercury Bay approximately 1.6km from the coast between Whauwhau Beach and Matapaua Bay.

The music performed at the Mercury Bay Community Choir’s “Autumn Tones” concert in the Whitianga Town Hall last Sunday was as varied as the weather on the day. The large audience was treated to a lovely afternoon of music with an eclectic mix of genres performed by the choir and augmented by some wonderful numbers by guest performers, Mercury Bay Area School students Sarah Morcom and Gemma Louden, and individual members of the choir.

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