Sunday, 20 October 2019


Peter Sheehan, patron and life member of the Mercury Bay Bowling & Sports Club (MBBSC), celebrated his 96th birthday on Saturday last week with a bowling tournament he sponsors every year. Peter is a loved and respected member of the MBBSC. He joined the club in 1984, at a time it was still located on the corner of Albert Street and Hannan Road in Whitianga.

Former banker and long-term Mercury Bay resident, David Langdon, has a passion for maritime history.  He has written a book on scows, “A History of New Zealand Scows and Their Trades,” and has helped the Mercury Bay Museum put together some of their maritime displays.   

According the date released for April by real estate website,, the residential property market on the Coromandel Peninsula is heating up with the average asking price increasing to an all-time high of $786,037. That was an increase of 12.1 per cent over March this year.  Nationally the average asking price decreased by 4.1 per cent to $649,662.

This month, ecological consultancy Wildlife Management International Limited (WMIL) will begin tracking 10 flesh-footed shearwater chicks as they depart the breeding colony on Ohinau Island, east of Opito Bay, and set out on an extensive migrating journey.

In addition to being Mother’s Day, last Sunday (12 May) was also International Nurses Day. On Thursday evening last week, more than 20 members of the Northern Coromandel Rural Nurses Forum celebrated International Nurses Day with a swim and dinner at The Lost Spring in Whitianga.

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