We marked 1,000 issues of The Informer with several initiatives the wider Mercury Bay community were invited to participate in. There was the photo competition referred to on page 6 of this issue of The Informer, there was a Buy Local draw and on Wednesday this week we’re hosting former ANZ Bank chief economist, Cameron Bagrie, for breakfast and lunch presentations where he’ll be providing some insights into the economic outlook for Mercury Bay.
In addition, we’ve launched The Informer’s new website (read more on page 14) and we’ve also given away a hamper worth more than $500 to one of our advertisers.
The photo competition winners were chosen by well-known artist, Wendy Walls. The winners of the Buy Local competition were drawn by Wendy’s husband, Joe, a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit and chair of New Zealand Bloodstock. Wendy and Joe have been Whitianga residents for many years.
In order to go into the Buy Local draw, people had to buy from a Mercury Bay-based business and drop proof of their purchase/s into The Informer office in Whitianga. Congratulations to the five winners, Bill Charman (who supported Whitianga Butchery), Anna Cross (who supported Pinky’s), Christine Whibley (who supported Whitianga Hardware), Harriet Mokaraka (who supported The Warehouse Whitianga) and Helen Parkinson (who supported the NZ Post outlet in Whitianga). They will each receive a $100 voucher to spend with one of our advertisers.
The hamper winner was drawn from among all our regular advertisers by Amy Bosman, the 17-year-old daughter of Informer owners, Stephan and Petra Bosman. Congratulation to Nathan Bell and Vanessa McKay, the owners of Coastline Pool and Spa.
Pictured: Nathan and Vanessa when they picked up their hamper (the wheelbarrow and all the things in it) on Saturday.