Royal New Zealand Summer Lottery supports local Coastguard work.
You will find our local coastguard members outside of Countdown in Joan Gaskell Drive, Whitianga selling the lottery tickets. They cost just $10 each and if you buy your ticket locally, $7 out of every $10 goes to the local Coastguard. The funds raised will go towards uniforms and annual cadet training.
People can purchase a pack of five or ten tickets which means more prize money and increased funding for Coastguard. First prize is a Isuzu D-Max LS, Plus Haines Hunter SF545LE plus Boating Safety Package. Total prize is worth $185,000.
The fact is that the more people who buy tickets, the greater the financial support for the local Coastguard. This is an essential service for the Coromandel Peninsula organised and run by a large number of volunteers. They Coastguard volunteers are sitting outside Countdown entrance from Monday to Saturday 8am to 4pm.
Tickets will also be on sale at the Emergency Services Expo near the Town Plaza, Friday 30 December commencing at 9am. The emergency service vehicles will be on display near the Christmas Tree and the Fair will take place at Taylor’s Mistake. The money earned here in Whitianga goes toward uniforms and annual cadet training.
Everyone relies on our emergency services being available when we need them.
Late Night Shopping.
It was a good night for those who shopped, but rain and more rain did wash away some enthusiasm in shoppers and in retailers last Thursday evening in downtown Whitianga. Still it was reasonable trading for those who opened their doors.
Lynda Grant, Chairperson of Whitianga Business Association and Clare Tod, the Co-ordinator for the Association are working on engendering greater input from the retailers. With the development of businesses in Joan Gaskell Drive, Christmas shopping next year will need to be a real village affair in the town streets to have everyone participating.
The display and involvement with Santas workshop is so very beautiful. Penny Murray have done one amazing job of putting together in shining tinsel, ornaments, decorations, and lighting so much of Christmas. 77 Buffalo Beach Road is worth a visit and bringing friends. Entry is a gold coin koha, but it is so much more value. Every dollar goes toward the Mammogram project. This is the Murray family’s gift to their community. It is open every night from 7.30pm to 9.00pm until Saturday 24 December.
From Friday Flash – Mercury Bay Fishing Club
Sorry but (mostly) due to the poor weather conditions, I haven’t heard any fishing reports. We have a few good days forecast for next week so fingers crossed we’re able to get out for a look. The recent catches of yellowfin tuna and shortbill spearfish were in sponsors grid area Kubota NZ so you’d be silly not to run over that square at some stage if you get out there.
Highlights of the season from Tairua Game Fishing Club
Seen here are Bradley Scott with his children, Ryan (9), Timothy (6) and McKenna (3) buying a lottery ticket off Pete Hari, Coastguard and Graham Caddy, Operations Manager for the local Coastguard, who sell tickets outside Countdown Whitianga.