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Two American tourists on their honeymoon at Cooks Gate Lodge (above Cooks Beach) unexpectedly captured the bright light in the photograph below just after midnight on
Wednesday 3 May. Local astronomer, Alastair Brickell, the owner of Stargazers Astronomy Tours in Kuaotunu, provides an explanation of what the light might have been.
Cooks Beach is in the foreground. In the distance are the Whitianga suburb of Centennial Heights and Wharekaho/Simpsons Beach.
The wonderful photograph taken by
American tourists staying at Cooks Beach is
the only known one of a spectacular bright
light in the skies above Mercury Bay not
long after midnight on Wednesday 3 May.
There are reports of the light having been
seen around Auckland and at least as far away
as Whakatane, but no other photographs.
So… what was it?
Possibilities range from the boring
(a plane) or astounding (a UFO) to exciting,
but natural, phenomena such as a satellite
reflection, space junk or a meteor. Much as
I would love to see a UFO, especially one
with little green men (or women) inside,
I very much doubt that this was either a
UFO or a plane (planes have flashing lights).
So that leaves three possibilities… a satellite
reflection, space junk or a meteor.
The first can be ruled out as the event
occurred at about 12:30am, which is when
most satellites are in the earth’s shadow,
so thus invisible to us. However, earlier in the
evening or just before dawn, some satellites
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Truly a once in a lifetime experience
By Suzanne Hansen
I was lucky enough to catch up on Friday
last week with five out of the six Mercury
Bay Area School students who returned on
29 April from a life-changing adventure
to Nepal. Jessica Burton, Todd Neilson,
Nicolle McMurtrie, Ashlynne Pfister and
Taimania Hinds all gave up their lunch hour
to spend time talking with me about the
profound experiences they all shared as part
of their two week excursion on the Youth to
Everest Programme.
Youth to Everest was set up in 1988
by Nelson-based John Gully as a youth
development and leadership opportunity
where secondary school students travel
to Nepal to experience first-hand the daily life
of the Sherpa people.
The trek immerses the students into projects
giving back to the community, interacting with
local children, living rustically, challenging
themselves and leaving Nepal in a better state
than when they arrived. Out of the 18 total
participants on this trek, eight, including two
parents, were from MBAS.
My interest in talking to these kids
was to find out about what has changed
in their lives and how they see others as
a result of this experience. It was such a
refreshing conversation to have with a group
of adolescents and by all accounts they are all
richer for the experience.
Asked what their primary goals were
for making all of their efforts to fundraise
and get along on the trek, they pretty much
unanimously wanted to have new experiences
and learn about other cultures. Outside
of this, there was the desire to broaden
horizons from their life here in Mercury Bay,
kick off an adventurous life and for one,
to tick off a bucket list item.
When asked if they all achieved their goals,
it was fair to say that the trip pretty much
eclipsed their ambitions.
We moved onto what lessons they had
gained from the experience and the topic
became a lot more cerebral and almost
spiritual. There was a consensus that they all
learned to appreciate what they have more
and sweat the little things a lot less. Many
of the issues that had troubled the teens in
the past, such as their WiFi not working,
they came to recognise as trivial issues based
on their adventure. Social media dramas are
now a thing of the past.
Anyone who has raised a teenager knows
this is an amazing change. As a matter
of fact, the group even chatted about how
cool it was that they learned to simply do
without connectivity. They played card
games, enjoyed one-another’s company
and they just enjoyed looking at the beauty
of their surrounds for entertainment. Novel.
A few of the group called out their
development of new people skills, including
patience, acceptance of other cultures
and religions and, in general, just more
acceptance of others. All were looking at
their relationships with others with a new and
more flexible lens.
One of the more insightful comments
was that in spite of the poverty and lack
of resources, the people they met in the
Sherpa community were calm and at peace
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with themselves - a sort of peace which can
elude us in the Western world.
When we talked about whether the scenery
and atmosphere was what they expected
from their prior research, there was again
agreement that the sensations of being there
way exceeded their expectations. The poverty
was profound, but also the beauty they saw,
they all agreed, could not be captured properly
by any photos or words. Being there was far
better than any of them thought.
Patrick Pfister one of the parents along
on the trek said, “As parents we were delighted
by how our kids immersed into the foreign
culture. They were curious, courageous,
strong, respectful and open hearted! I believe
we can be proud how they presented New
Zealand’s ‘youth' and 'tourism' in a gentle and
sustainable way! For us it was an absolutely
amazing trip - challenging and beautiful.”
The team collectively wanted to thank
their families, friends and the wider Mercury
Bay community who helped them raise the
funds required and encouraged them to make
this trek.
This was truly a once in a lifetime
experience which will have a profound and
lasting effect on these young people.
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Some of the scenery a group of Mercury Area School students
experienced on their recent trip to Nepal.
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A spectacular bright light in
the skies above Mercury Bay
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can momentarily flash very brightly in the
sky as they rotate and their large solar panels
catch the sunlight. These have been the
source of many UFO reports as they can be
very bright and even occasionally visible in
the daytime.
So, that leaves space junk or a meteor.
Space junk is a piece of a satellite or even
a whole satellite re-entering the earth’s
atmosphere at about 8km per second and
burning up. Big pieces of space junk can be
very bright and look just like the photograph,
so this is a real possibility. Depending on the
type of sensor used in the camera that took the
photograph, it might even be possible using
spectroscopy to determine the rough chemical
composition of what produced the streak of
light. Any signs of titanium, aluminium or
gold would conclusively indicate a space
junk origin.
The last possibility is a meteor. This time of
the year, between mid-April to late May, and
also in October is when the Earth regularly
passes through different sides of a ring of dust
left around the Sun by Halley’s Comet. When
this happens, the Earth can actually collide
with some of this dust. Minute pieces are seen
as “shooting stars” and if we see a lot coming
from the same direction during the night,
these are referred to as a “meteor shower.”
The April/May meteor shower from
Halley’s Comet is called the Eta Aquarid
shower. Like most meteors, these can be seen
at any time of the night, but they are much
more common after midnight and especially
after about 4:00am. This is when the night
side of the Earth is facing in its direction
of travel around the Sun and can catch up
to pieces of space debris and actually run
over them. As they enter our atmosphere
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typically travelling at 25 - 75km per second,
they burn up at a height of 80 - 120km,
leaving a bright trail of plasma such as the
one in the photograph.
Most “shooting stars” we see are actually
caused by tiny bits of primordial dust,
much older than the Earth and usually only
the size of a grain of sand or perhaps a pea!
However, pieces slightly bigger than this
can burn very brightly and actually appear
brighter than Venus, the third brightest object
in the sky after the Sun and Moon. These
are termed “bolides” or “fireballs.” This is
probably what the object in the photograph
is… a piece of an ancient comet bigger than a
pea. If it had been very much larger than this,
it is likely that a delayed sonic boom would
have been heard and it is even possible that a
piece might have survived its journey through
our protective atmosphere long enough to
land as a meteorite, but probably in the ocean.
The stars in this fortunate photograph
can be identified and it would appear that
this bolide is coming at the wrong angle to
be a piece of Halley’s Comet. It is also the
wrong colour… the Eta Aquarids meteors are
usually yellowish, not the bluish green seen
in the photograph and reported in Auckland.
So, it is somewhat more likely to be a
piece of another meteor shower called
the Alpha Scorpids, which are thought to
belong to a different comet, although nobody
knows exactly which one, or it could
even be a sporadic meteor of completely
unknown origin.
So, sadly not an alien bearing spaceship,
but congratulations nonetheless to the
photographers for providing a fascinating
example over the Mercury Bay skies of our
never ending voyage through space.
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By Suzanne Hansen
As one concertgoer said at the end of the
Auckland Youth Orchestra (AYO) concert
in the Whitianga Town Hall last Saturday
evening, “I come every year, and these guys
[the AYO] blow my mind every time! They
always deliver so much more than I expect.”
Those who were at the concert would
understand and agree. The AYO presented
us with a fully instrumented orchestra of
82 musicians, complemented with the
sonorous rumbling of no least than 13 cellos,
four double basses and possibly the largest
bass drum I have seen. The orchestra literally
filled the town hall, both physically and with
their sound and their sound was superb.
We enjoyed an incredibly rich and
professional string section and one of the
best-blended woodwind sections I have heard
in a while, particularly the oboes and flutes.
They were a pure joy to hear.
The concert kicked off with the “Overture
from Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet,”
which evoked all of the drama and tension
of the story of star-crossed lovers, with the
thundering undertone of the cellos and basses
and a marvellously rich violin section.
Then our attention turned to the second
piece, “Cartoon: Fantasy for Oboe and
Orchestra,” where we were introduced to the
incredible talent of oboe soloist, Noah Rudd.
Originally written for soprano saxophone
by Kiwi composer Anthony Ritchie,
the concerto was later transcribed for oboe.
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As a result of Noah winning last year’s AYO
Soloist competition, Ritchie then specifically
re-constructed his concerto for oboe and
orchestra, to be played by Noah, for this
particular concert series. It was a real treat.
From the time Noah took the stage, it was
clear that we were witnessing a virtuoso.
He took an incredibly complex and whimsical
solo part and he played it like it was a dawdle,
lightly skipping over some amazingly difficult
notes, ranges and runs, all from memory.
As someone who dabbled playing the oboe
for eight years (in my youth), I can personally
attest that the oboe is one of the most difficult
instruments to master and Noah made it look
almost fun.
Noah’s stage presence was amazing and he
almost appeared like a “superstar jazz oboist.”
Yet when this “soloist superstar” joined back
with the orchestra in parts, he blended back
with the larger group seamlessly, sometimes
beautifully intertwining with the flute section,
to produce a pure and whimsical sound.
It was a performance of real personality,
but also technical perfection.
The final performance was of Stravinsky’s
“Firebird Suite,” a five-movement ballet,
which put Stravinsky on the map as a
composer. The AYO performed with
beautifully blending flute and oboe and
featuring some lovely bassoon soloes.
With sound effects made by the brass section
and viola, you could close your eyes and
almost be in the enchanted forest living in the
fairy tale. My personal favourite was the tuba
with the “mute” tool. I haven’t seen one of
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If music and the arts are a key measure
by which we judge our progress in a
country like New Zealand, then the AYO
demonstrates how lucky we are to live here.
Special thanks go to Creative Mercury
Bay chair, Jan Wright, coordinator Lesley
McCormick and the entire team at Creative
Mercury Bay for bring such talent to our
wonderful area. We are truly blessed.
Creative Mercury Bay chair, Jan Wright thanking the Auckland Youth Orchestra after their
performance last Saturday evening in the Whitianga Town Hall.
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Locals in Firefighter Sky Tower
Stair Challenge
three members of the local Whitianga
Volunteer Fire brigade will join more than
900 fellow firefighters from New Zealand,
Australia and other countries around the globe
to participate in the annual Firefighter Sky
Tower Stair Challenge. Their mission will
be to negotiate the 51 flights and 1103 steps
of the tallest man-made structure in New
Zealand while wearing around 25kg of full
firefighting kit. The breathing apparatus they
will carry includes a full face mask with
a hose connected to a tank worn on their back
and filled with breathable air.
Firefighters don’t tend to do things in half
measures, so most will have a challenging
finish time in mind, based on either previous
experience or their physical condition and the
amount of training done leading up to the event.
The current best time stands at a shade over
eight and a half minutes, but for the majority of
starters a sub 20 minute finish is considered an
extremely good effort.
For two of the locals, Milan Lukic and Sean
King, it will be their third and fifth ascent of
the Sky Tower respectively, while for the
third, Dallas Martin, it will be his first start.
While both Milan and Sean will be aiming for
personal best times this year (Milan around
17 minutes and Sean a sub 13), Dallas as
a newbie is more centered on pacing himself
and trying not to deplete the tank strapped
to his back of much needed oxygen before that
1103rd step has been taken.
Personal challenges put aside, the main
reason hundreds of firefighters take part
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The three Whitianga Volunteer Fire Brigade members who will be participating in the
annual Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge this coming Saturday.
From the left - Sean King, Dallas Martin and Milan Lukic.
in this event is to raise funds for Leukaemia
& Blood Cancer New Zealand. The charity
receives no government funding. In last year’s
challenge, more than $1.1 million was raised by
donations generated by participants.
For Dallas, who is the owner/manager of
Peninsula Auto Electric & Marine in Whitianga,
there is a personal reason and one which also
provides extra motivation for him to take
part in this year’s challenge. “I lost a very
close 36-year-old family friend to leukemia
in January this year, so I really want to do
the Sky Tower Stair Challenge for him and
his family and support this charity,” he says.
“Among other things, it provides funding
for future research into finding cures and
improved treatments. It also raises awareness
of the various blood cancers that can affect
so many people both young and old.”
According to Leukaemia & Blood Cancer
New Zealand, there are six New Zealanders
(including children and adults) who are
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diagnosed with a blood cancer such as
leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma or a related
blood condition every day.
The Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge
is one of Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New
Zealand’s largest fundraising events and
is now in its thirteenth year. Participation keeps
increasing with over 100 more entries this year
in comparison to 2016.
For all three of our local volunteer
firefighters, training and preparation over past
weeks have centered mainly on regular outings
tackling the long walk up Centennial Drive
in Whitianga and back.
Easy you may say, been-there-done-that.
OK then, visualize yourself doing it with the
full 25kg firefighter’s kit on and sucking air
from the tank on your back via a full face mask.
If the trio is not walking up Centennial,
then it was lots of repetitions up and down the
stairs at home or work.
The regular refill of their air tanks
is carried out, at no charge, by a long-time local
volunteer fire brigade member, Derek Collier,
the owner/operator of the Whitianga Sports
Centre in Albert Street.
It’s an event where that last step can’t come
quick enough, but the effort is rewarded by
contributing to such a worthy cause. And like
Milan and Sean, a high number of firefighters
return each year and do it all over again.
For those wanting to make a donation,
they can call into Whitianga Sports
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Stella B to remain in
Mercury Bay
The Stella B, Whitianga’s iconic ferry for many years, has been purchased by a Ferry Landing/
Flaxmill Bay resident who plans to keep the boat in the Mercury Bay area and use her as
a pleasure craft for his family.
The ferry has some time ago been retired by Whitianga Ferries Limited, the current Whitianga
ferry operator.
The Stella B spent the past month or so on the hardstand at the Whitianga Marina where
she has been refurbished. Last Saturday she was put back into the water and is now,
sporting “lushes” lips and eyebrows, moored at Flaxmill Bay.
The Stella B was purchased by Hugh Barrows, a former Whitianga ferry operator. He named
the boat after his wife, Stella. The Barrows family and the family of the boat’s new owner lived
for many years next to each other.
The new owner, who would like to remain anonymous, says that he purchased the ferry
for sentimental reasons and also because he would like her to stay in the Mercury Bay Area.
Pictured is the Stella B on her current mooring at Flaxmill Bay.
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Mother’s Day - a time to think about the legacies
that mothers and grandmothers pass on
By Debbie Wilton
Flowers and gifts, breakfast in bed, going out
for lunch, a trip to a day spa or something more
adventurous? The ways in which Kiwis like
to celebrate the tradition of Mother’s Day are
as many and varied as the mothers themselves.
Indeed, a woman's devotion to her own
family and the key role mothers have had
in building and maintaining connections across
generations are some of the things we have
historically recognised on this special day. And
while honouring this role of mothers is part of
the story behind Mother's Day, its’ not all of it.
Celebrations of mothers and motherhood
can be traced back to the ancient Greeks
and Romans, with the earliest Mother's Day
celebrations dating as far back as the spring
celebrations of ancient Greece in honour
of Rhea, the mother of the gods. People would
make offerings of honey-cakes, fine drinks and
flowers at dawn.
The Romans also had a mother of all gods,
Magna Mater or Great Mother. A temple was
Whitianga resident, Sue Bunting and her granddaughter, Greta Mae Bunting
enjoying the beach in Whitianga.
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built in Rome for her. In March of each year,
there was a celebration in her honour, called the
Festival of Hilaria. Gifts were brought to the
temple to please the powerful mother-goddess.
During the 1600s, the Christian tradition
celebrated “Mothering Sunday” on the fourth
Sunday of Lent (the 40 days leading up to Easter)
as a way to honour the mothers of England.
It was originally seen as a time when the faithful
would return to their “mother church,” the main
church in the vicinity of their home, for a special
service. On Mothering Sunday, servants were
given the day off to return home and spend the
day with their mothers. A special cake, called
the “mothering cake,” was often baked to add
to the festivities.
The story of modern Mother's Day, however,
began in the United States, with Julia Ward
Howe (1819 - 1910), a Boston writer, pacifist,
suffragist and author, who first suggested
a Mothers' Day in 1872 as a day for recognising
women’s social action.
Howe had been greatly distressed to see
Europe plunged into the Franco-Prussian
War so soon after her generation had suffered
through the American Civil War. For several
years she worked toward the recognition of
a “Mothers' Day for Peace” on 2 June. Although
her version of Mother’s Day never really caught
on, Howe went on to head the American branch
of the Woman's International Peace Association,
which observed a day dedicated to peace.
The actual American holiday of Mother's
Day began in 1908. It was the vision of Anna
Jarvis of West Virginia, who wanted to honour
the memory of her own mother, Mrs Ann Marie
Reeves Jarvis, a peacemaker and child advocate,
who died in 1905.
In 1908, Anna persuaded her mother's church
to celebrate Mother's Day on the anniversary
of her mother's death, the second Sunday of
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May. It was to be a day to honour all mothers
and also a day to remember the work of
peace-making, reconciliation and social action
against poverty started by her mother. Anna
contacted a wealthy local store owner, hoping
to gain financial backing and increase the reach
of the holiday. Within two years of the first local
celebration, the entire state of West Virginia
officially recognised “Mother's Day.” Anna
then embarked on a letter-writing campaign
to see the holiday added to the national calendar.
She contacted politicians and newspapers,
arguing that a holiday to honour mothers was
needed, given how many holidays were focused
on men and male achievements.
In 1914, this campaign resulted in President
Woodrow Wilson officially marking the second
Sunday in May as a national holiday. He stated
that mothers were, “The greatest source of the
country's strength and inspiration.”
Whilst the consumerist market may have
fuelled the commercialism around Mother’s
Day as we recognise it here in New Zealand
today and in many other parts of the world,
its roots are in celebrating the broader
networks, social ties and political concerns
of women past, present and future. In this
sense, Mother's Day is a time to think about the
legacies, personal and societal, that mothers and
grandmothers pass on. It’s a day for reflection,
appreciation and gratitude.
So, however you choose to celebrate the
mothers in your life this coming Sunday,
(and mothers on the Coromandel have
to be amongst the luckiest with the wealth
of pampering, wining and dining and
adventure experiences on offer), take
a moment to honour not only the women who
have acted on behalf of their own children,
but also those who have acted on behalf of
entire future generations.
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Dear Editor - Protecting our fisheries from overfishing
I applaud Alan Proctor of the Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club’s stance on protecting our
fisheries from overfishing (the front page feature in The Informer of 3 May).
World-wide most of the once abundant fisheries are nearing total collapse due to rampant
overfishing, in particular by Asian fishing fleets, who venture ever further from their home
shores and putting fisheries to the brink everywhere.
A good article in the New York Times summed the dire situation up just the other day,
“China’s appetite pushes fisheries to the brink.” Unless we act now, we will witness
the destruction of most sea life as we know it within the coming decades. According to
scientists, all that will be left for generations to come will be a soup jellyfish, which will
thrive without the fish that used to feed on them.
New Zealand needs to protect the ocean in our economic zone vigorously if we want to
retain our heritage for the future.
Thomas Everth
Reply from the New Zealand Police to the letter of John Whittles of Cooks Beach published
in The Informer of 3 May regarding an attempt to report a near-miss experience with a
truck to the Thames Police
The Police in Thames are available throughout the day to assist members of the public in
person and over the phone. From time to time, operational requirements may require the
Police to temporarily close the front counters for short periods, however there is an intercom
system available at the front door should the public require assistance immediately.
In instances like the one experienced by Mr Whittles where a driver has displayed
dangerous behaviour on the road, we encourage all members of the public to contact the
Police immediately by dialling *555 or 111 if the behaviour is potentially life-threatening.
By doing so, the Police can assess the information and respond immediately if required.
Inspector John Kelly
NZ Police Area Commander - Waikato East
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Mercury Bay Area School students in
BCITO Build-Ability Challenge
Its tools at the ready for five Year 11 Mercury
Bay Area School students as they head
into the annual Building and Construction
Industry Training Organisation’s (BCITO)
Build-Ability Challenge. The challenge is a
key part of BCITO’s strategy to attract new
apprentices and demonstrate the opportunities
of a career in the trades.
Teams from 15 secondary schools around
the country have taken up the challenge and
have already submitted a design and a plan of
the project of their choice. They now have 19
weeks to turn it into a reality and have it all
completed and ready for judging.
The competition is designed to put the
students’ building skills to the test and
also give them an idea of what it’s like to
work in the construction industry. As an
added bonus, they are also able to earn unit
and achievement standards towards their
Building, Construction and Allied Trades
Skills (BCATS) national certificates. Students
were also asked to consider the positive
difference they could make within their
own communities before deciding on what
their project would be. At the completion of
the challenge, their projects will be donated
to either their schools or an organisation of
their choice.
While the end goal for the challenge is
the construction and quality of the finished
project, judging will also take into account
other disciplines such as the initial planning
process, keeping of an updated builders log
and overall team work. The competition
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will be judged by a national panel from
BCITO headquarters. Projects will need to be
completed by Monday 11 September.
The overall winners will be awarded a
$1,000 voucher for their school’s technology
department, while a trophy will also be
handed out. All participants will receive a
“Certificate of Participation.” There is also an
online People Choice Award with the winners
awarded a BCITO team shout to the value
of $300.
The MBAS team’s community-focused
project is to build two benches for the
Whenuakite Country Kids Early Childhood
Education Centre. Des Bristow, the carpentry
teacher at MBAS who will oversee the
project, visited the centre to discuss their
needs and said the project was a win-win for
all concerned. “First up the building team has
to learn to work together, stick to a specific
schedule, fixed time frame, plan and budget
as well as allowing their building skills to be
judged by a panel of outside experts,” he says.
“At the same time Whenuakite Country Kids
will benefit from some much needed benches
that have been built to specifically meet their
The MBAS team consists of Miller Vincent,
Trinty McQueen, Te Rangi Tanoa, Jade Te
Manu and Daniel Macfarlane. The project
will be undertaken outside the normal school
carpentry programme while the materials
used will be partially funded by BCITO.
The Mercury Bay Area School Year 11 students who are participating in the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation’s
Build-Ability Challenge. From the left - Jade Te Manu, Daniel Macfarlane, Te Rangi Tanoa, Miller Vincent and Trinity McQueen.
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Rescue Helicopter Update
Sponsored by Dive Zone Whitianga - tel (07) 867 1580
Crikey, things have become a little quiet around
here - everybody must be behaving themselves.
However, while we are having quiet times on
rescue missions, there is plenty happening in
other areas.
With funds that have been very generously
donated by a wide range of entities, the GPS
approach for Whangamata, the northern
approach to Thames and Coromandel Town
and now a re-write of the Whitianga approach
are almost finished. Having been flown
successfully, it is just a matter of paperwork for
completion of these projects. A further step has
been taken to link all the fixed approaches by
way of direct flight patterns to further add safety
and save time getting to those in need.
All of these GPS approaches and a linked
system is somewhat unique in New Zealand
because of the geographic shape and layout of
the Coromandel Peninsula.
We are happy to come and give a talk to any
community group and explain our operation,
so if you would like to hear about our lifesaving
service, please contact us. Our details are below.
Once again a huge thank you to those who
have donated recently. The coin collection
boxes you see dotted around the Peninsula are
also working very well.
With winter approaching, please take care and
be assured that if, and when, you need a rescue
helicopter, it will be there as soon as is possible.
Walter Russell QSM JP
Chairman of the Coromandel
Rescue Helicopter Trust,
Phone (07) 866 5032,
PO Box 227, Whitianga 3542,
email crht@xtra.co.nz
Recently seen in Auckland - the two Auckland and Coromandel Rescue Helicopters,
together with a rescue helicopter from another region.
Auckland and Coromandel Rescue Helicopter missions into the Coromandel Peninsula for the
period 1 April to 30 April 2017
01.04.17Whitianga - Responded to Whitianga for a male patient in his teens suffering injuries after a bike vs
car accident. He was flown to WBH in a serious condition.
04.04.17Kuaotunu - Responded to Kuaotunu for a male patient in his 80s suffering a medical complaint.
Stood down en route.
07.04.17Coromandel - Responded to Coromandel Airfield for a male patient suffering a medical complaint.
He was flown to Thames Hospital in a moderate condition.
07.04.17Pauanui - Responded to Pauanui for a male patient in his 70s suffering a medical complaint. He was
flown to Waikato Base Hospital in a serious condition.
09.04.17Thames - Responded to Thames for a male patient in his 60s suffering a medical complaint.
He was flown to Waikato Base Hospital in a serious condition.
14.04.17Whitianga - Responded to Whitianga for a female patient suffering a medical complaint.
Sadly, she was pronounced deceased at the scene.
14.04.17Whangamata - Responded to Whangamata for a female patient suffering a medical complaint.
She was flown to ACH in a serious condition.
14.04.17Whangamata - Responded to Whangamata for a female patient in her 50s suffering a medical
complaint. She was flown to Waikato Base Hospital in a moderate condition.
14.04.17Thames - Responded to Thames for a male patient in his 50s suffering burn injuries as a result of
diesel catching fire. He was flown to Waikato Base Hospital in a serious condition.
14.04.17Manaia - Responded to Manaia for a male child patient suffering a medical complaint. He was flown
to Waikato Base Hospital in a serious condition.
14.04.17Paeroa - Responded to Paeroa for a female patient in her 50’s suffering medical issues after being
involved in a motor vehicle accident. She was flown to Waikato Base Hospital in a serious condition.
15.04.17Colville - Responded to Colville for a female patient in her 20’s suffering an injury after a fishhook
entered her eye. She was flown to Waikato Base Hospital in a minor condition.
15.04.17Whitianga - Responded to Whitianga for a male patient in his 70’s suffering a medical complaint.
He was flown to Waikato Base Hospital in a serious condition.
16.04.17Whangamata - Responded to Whangamata for a female patient in her 80s suffering a medical
complaint. She was flown to Waikato Base Hospital in a serious condition.
16.04.17Whitianga - Responded to Whitianga for a male child patient suffering a medical complaint.
He was flown to Waikato Base Hospital in a serious condition.
16.04.17Waihi - Responded to Waihi for a male patient in his 60s suffering a medical complaint. He was
flown to Waikato Base Hospital in a moderate condition.
17.04.17Whitianga - Responded to Whitianga for a female child suffering injuries after a motorbike accident.
She was flown to Waikato Base Hospital in a serious condition.
22.04.17 Cooks Beach - Responded to Cooks Beach for a male patient in his 80s who had choked on some
food while out at a restaurant. He was flown to Waikato Base Hospital in a serious condition.
To the
gentleman who,
on his own
accord, walked along
Brophy’s Beach on Friday
morning last week and
picked up all the rubbish
he could find.
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Politicians not concerned about
approval of exploration permits
By Stephan Bosman
The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has last week approved two applications
by Australian-Canadian company, OceanaGold to explore for a variety of minerals, including gold and
silver, on land in the Mercury Bay area. The first permit will allow exploration in an area covering
nearly 7,000ha, from just south of Wade Road (south of Whitianga) to Otama Beach, Kuaotunu and
Whangapoua. The other permit covers 9,600ha from Cooks Beach and Whenuakite to the Tairua Hill.
The permits have been granted for a period of five years from 1 May this year.
Augusta Macassey-Pickard, spokesperson for Mercury Bay-based environmental group, Greenspot
Guardians, is concerned about the approval of the permits. “Mining is just not right for the Mercury
Bay area,” she says. “We have thriving fisheries, tourism, farming and even a juvenile film industry
here, why would we want to threaten all of that, and our lifestyles, so that some foreign company
can get rich? We only need to look down the road at Waihi to see that it won’t do anything for us.”
However, local politicians see no reason for concern.
When asking for her reaction to the approval of the permits, Thames Coromandel District Council
mayor, Sandra Goudie said exploration permits is nothing new. “They keep happening periodically
and, as I understand it, their impact is minimal,” she said.
Councillor for the Thames Coromandel constituency of Waikato Regional Council, Dal Minogue
(who’s a Mercury Bay resident), said his understanding of the permits is that they represent
only an administrative rollover of previous exploration permits. “So nothing new has happened,”
he said. “Also, bear in mind that exploration permits are issued by the government, not regional
or district councils. Regional or district councils would only become involved if OceanaGold,
through activating the exploration permits, discovered a cache of economically viable minerals and
decided to apply for resource consents to mine those minerals.
“The environmental ‘hurdle’ established through both the WRC Regional Plan and the TCDC
District Plan would make such applications for resource consent unlikely, although not impossible,
with major difficulties being in attempting to establish an environmentally sustainable tailings dam.
Recent court action has determined that councils cannot prohibit mining in a “blanket” fashion,
but must allow for resource consent applications under the jurisdiction of the Resource
Management Act through regional and district plans. I would imagine any such application would be
publicly notified.”
Coromandel MP, Scott Simpson said people need to remember that exploration isn’t mining.
“My information is that the two permits that have been approved by MBIE are, in essence, renewals
of permits that have expired previously and the areas they cover have largely been covered by
previous permits,” he said.
Exploration permits are issued subject to work programme requirements. If a required activity isn’t
completed and approval of a change in the conditions of the permit has not been granted, the permit
holder will be non-compliant with regard to the required activity.
We will in a future issue of The Informer look in more detail at the work programme requirements
of the Mercury Bay permits granted to OceanaGold and to what extent that’s an indication of
OceanaGold’s commitment to explore for minerals in the Mercury Bay area. We will also obtain
comment from OceanaGold regarding their intentions now that the permits have been granted.
Still time to donate to
rescue helicopter appeal
Friday last week was Westpac Rescue Helicopter Street Appeal Day and the staff of Westpac
Whitianga didn’t hold back. “We’ve been selling rescue helicopter money boxes and toy helicopters
outside the branch and shook collection buckets in the street and in many of the shops,” says Donna
Reihana, the Westpac Whitianga staff member responsible for organising the appeal.
“Amanda Pepper, a local mum whose baby daughter, Willow had to be airlifted by the rescue helicopter
last year to Waikato Hospital with a serious medical issue, also helped us with the collection.
“People can be making donations for the whole of May as part of the appeal. We have collection
buckets available in our branch in Albert Street and they can also buy money boxes and toy
helicopters in the branch.
“Businesses and individuals are also welcome to donate $50 and, in return, we put their logos or
names up against a ‘sponsors wall’ we have in the branch. Quite a few businesses already have their
logos on the wall.
“It’s also possible for people to donate $3.00 by texting their postcode to 2449.
“We’ve received a further boost with the primary school at Mercury Bay Area School donating half of
the money they’ve collected during a ‘Star Wars Day’ they had on Thursday last week to the rescue
helicopter. The other half they’re donating to St John Ambulance. That’s extremely generous of them.”
Westpac has pledged to raise this year nationwide $1 million for the rescue helicopter.
Pictured are the members of the Westpac Whitianga team who helped with the street appeal on
Friday. From left to right - Chloe Wilson, Donna Manning (manager) Judy Leabourn, Rikki Young,
Kate Beauchamp, Amanda Pepper (mum of baby Willow), Donna Reihana and Pam Cussen.
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Very successful home brew
competition last Sunday
The Mercury Bay Home Brew Club hosted the first of their two competitions for 2017 at the
Mercury Bay Bowling Club last Sunday afternoon (7 May).
With 42 entries in the beer category, it was a very successful afternoon. Several entries were
also received in the spirits and wine category.
The three judges - Mercury Bay Senior A rugby player, Dan Gaskell, local business man,
Stu Macfarlane and former Mercury Bay Home Brew Club president, John McQuillan - had
a tough task. In the end, the best beer was brewed by Scott Kaska, another member of the
Mercury Bay Senior A rugby team.
“Scott entered a dark beer, which had all three judges sceptical, but when they tasted it, they
were pretty much blown away,” says Neil Reynolds, current club president. “I wonder, with a
dark beer winning, Scott may have achieved something that has never been done before.”
The spirits and wine category was won by Tom Adamson with a whisky entry.
Rounding out the award-winners were Mitch Main, yet another Mercury Bay Senior A rugby
player, who took away the trophy for most enthusiastically celebrating the Senior A team’s win
against Waihou last Saturday (see the Sport Results on page 31 of this issue of The Informer)
and Bob Forrest who won the “Achievers Award.” The Achievers Award is at every of the club’s
competitions awarded to the entrant who, in Neil’s words, “Didn’t get it quite right.”
Pictured are Neil (left) and Scott on Sunday afternoon.
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Commemorating William Samson’s death
175 years ago
By Alison Smith
A moving farewell, including a wreath laying
and a rendition of The Last Post by the Royal
New Zealand Navy, capped a weekend-long
series of events last weekend in honour of
a young sailor who drowned 175 years ago
north of Tairua.
Several hundred people attended events
throughout the course of the weekend to honour
Able Seaman William Samson who drowned
in the surf at Te Karo Bay (Sailor’s Grave)
in 1842. In the process they also learned more
about the rich history of Tairua, with events
organised by the Tairua Heritage Group.
From standing room-only performances
by the heritage group’s amateur dramatists in
the Tairua Hall on Friday and Saturday evening
to an official ceremony by the Royal New
Zealand Navy in honour of Samson at
his gravesite in Te Karo Bay on Sunday,
the weekend will be remembered for years
to come.
“Why do we come?” asked LTCDR Gerard
McGrath to the gathered crowd of approximately
200 on Sunday. “The answer is family.
When William joined the Royal Navy he became
part of another family. Families remember or
should remember those that have gone before.
“William was a young man, an experienced
sailor and seafarer, and a member of the Royal
Navy. We pay our respects to William as
a fellow member of our family.”
The crowd on Sunday were treated to a half
hour repertoire of songs by the Navy Quintet
with an unsurpassable backdrop of blue sky,
sunshine and gentle rolling surf.
LTCDR Garth Mathieson recited the
naval karakia, noting that the day was about
acknowledging not just Samson’s death but
those who have died in the service of others.
Tairua resident Bruce Gilberd, former
Anglican Bishop of Auckland and an active
member of the Tairua Heritage Group,
then gave a karakia to the ancestors of both the
Maori chief of the area at the time and to Samson,
whose death came when his jolly boat was
overturned in the surf.
Bishop Gilberd told the story of how Samson
would have arrived to a pristine environment
with hills clothed in kauri and abundant bird
and sea life.
Maori and Pakeha worked together in “mahi
tahi” (collaboration), following the arrival
of HMS Tortoise - the ship in which Samson
and the others on the crew had delivered a cargo
of convicts to Australia and were to collect
a cargo of kauri spars for the Admiralty.
“The beauty and solemnity all contribute
to our knowledge and understanding of people,
places and events right here,” said Bishop
Gilberd. “Alerted by [Captain James] Cook as
to the potential of the kauri and kahikatea forest,
there was a tragedy on this beach where the lad
Samson is drowned and there’s always a grief
when a young person dies far from home.”
Tairua-Pauanui Community Board Chair Bob
Renton acknowledged and congratulated the
Tairua Heritage Group volunteers who created
the weekend of events, which included the
performances in the Tairua Hall, an historical
walk and talk to neighbouring Otara Bay on
Sunday illuminated by performers in costume
and a seminar series with invited historians and
Three Tairua Heritage Group performers on stage in the Tairua Hall
on Friday evening last week. From the left - Nathan Midwinter, Rowena Brown and
Mercury Bay Area School student, Esther Colman.
archaeologists throughout Saturday.
“You bring so much to our community, skills,
advice, vision, leadership, inspiration and
most importantly, your time,” said Mr Renton.
“Congratulations Tairua and thank you.”
A storyboard that was put together by
Te Karo Bay resident, Ben Grubb and
Tairua Environment Society president, John
Drummond was unveiled on Sunday, ensuring
all future visitors to the bay can read a little
of the history for themselves.
It includes information on the fascinating
world of pioneering commerce with
local Maori.
“Our vision for Te Karo Bay is a pristine kauri
forest from mountain to sea with a forest full
of birds and the bay full of fish and kai moana,”
John said during the unveiling,
He outlined the work achieved by the Tairua
Environment Society over the past 30 years and
the challenges it has faced.
Highlights were kiwi protection work with
the Whenuakite Kiwi Care Group over 20 years
that has re-established kiwi from nil to 100 pairs
now, the planting of pohutukawa and kauri,
working with the local authorities to protect
stream life from pollution with a “sunny dunny”
toilet, the instigation of a zone change to prevent
a 200 - 300 property housing development at the
bay and, most recently, a programme to remove
wilding pines.
“Te Karo was once a pristine forest. I want
to acknowledge the Maori history, their love
and their care, their pain and their grief and
those people who care for Te Karo Bay now.
That includes the families that have tended
the sailor’s grave for generations, those who
care for the forests and birds, those who bring
their children here to plant trees - and to those
children, thank you,” said John.
The development continues to progress at a steady rate. The weather, whilst a bit
patchier and wetter, doesn’t impact on operations to much. The sand nature of the
site soon allows work to restart after a downpour.
As reported in last week’s informer, the 5th Wheelers and others spent a weekend
in the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association’s Park in Whitianga (which is on
Waterways land). What a sight to see all those rigs parked up. We have been thrilled
with the number of vans/buses that have made use of the park. It has provided yet
another accommodation option in town.
The “Pyramid”
Work this week started on the bottom layer of our new “pyramid” alongside State
Highway 25. We think you will agree it’s quite an impressive sight and certainly
went up faster than the ones in Egypt.
Just to clarify, we won’t be completing the rest of it (we have had a few calls
questioning what we are doing).
It is quite simply a preload over what will be the future bridge to the second island.
Preloads are put in place to consolidate sands many metres below ground level.
It will be removed once this process has taken place, which we expect to be around
four months.
Canal Excavation
Digging has continued this past week as we work towards the outer reaches of the
footprint. A focus has been on the west end of the canal near State Highway 25.
The canal takes a turn to the south near the site of the Hopper Construction Office,
then towards the “pyramid.”
No date has been set for flooding and opening of the canal. There is quite a lot of
work to still be completed before this can take place.
Rock Wall
The stonemasons continue to construct the wall at a great rate. Many areas
have been done. Their attention will soon shift to some beaches which will
need constructing on Endeavour Quay and other areas like the hotel site and
Marlin Waters.
Kupe Drive Extension
This part of the development is nearing completion. Berm reinstatement, footpath
and landscaping are underway or about to start. Good sales should see this area
become the next busy building spot in town.
Marlin Waters
This development is continuing to take shape, new units going up and new
residents moving in. Cove Construction and the local subbies are doing a great job
completing the units.
This unique neighbourhood is starting to develop nicely with a great bunch of
residents taking up residence.
Please stay out of places that are no-go areas. The site is always evolving, so what
was there yesterday probably isn’t now and what wasn’t there yesterday probably
is now.
Scallop Festival, 16 September 2017 - this is a must do event that brings a lot of
people into town. Tickets are now on sale - visit www.scallopfestival.co.nz
Offshore Power boats coming this weekend - Whitianga Waterways is getting
behind this event as it is quite a spectacle on the water.
Our sales office is open 7 days,
Weekdays 9:00am - 4:00pm and Saturdays and Sundays 10:00am - 2:00pm.
For further information please do not hesitate to contact our sales office on 07 866 0164.
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Free dental treatment for local
family carers on Lumino Day
For the past four years, Lumino The Dentists has been providing thousands of dollars of free
dental care to deserving people across New Zealand on the network of dental practices’ annual
Lumino Day.
More than 500 family carers benefitted from this year’s Lumino Day that was held last Saturday
6 May. All of the carers are affiliated to Carers New Zealand, the national body that provides
information, advice, learning and support to family carers around the New Zealand.
Lumino Whitianga was one of the 30 dental practices nationwide that participated in this year’s
Lumino Day.
Ryan Smagalski, a dentist at Lumino Whitianga, says Lumino Day is a highlight for him and the
team working in the Whitianga practice. “We know that good oral health has a huge impact
on our overall wellbeing, but visiting the dentist is low on the priority list for New Zealanders,
particularly for those people with major pressures on their time, such as family carers,”
he says. “Lumino Day is an opportunity for them to take the time to look after their own
wellbeing, at no cost, and our way of saying thank you to our local community.”
Practice Manager Elaine Lambert says, “This is our fourth annual Lumino Day and our first
supporting Carers New Zealand. It’s our way of giving back to our communities and saying
thank you to family carers for the selfless work they do. The day is simply about providing
carers with an opportunity to focus on themselves and their own self care.”
Ryan, Elaine and dental assistant Iris Wielputz-Schattevoy treated 10 patients on Saturday.
Pictured on Saturday, from the left (and spelling “Lumino” with their hands) are Ryan, patient
Helena James and Iris.
Airdrie Hamilton winner of
Art Escape’s People’s Choice Award
Founding Mercury Bay Art Escape artist member, Airdrie Hamilton was voted this year’s winner of
the People’s Choice Award of the annual Art Escape artist members’ “Showcase Exhibition” at Hot
Waves Café in Hot Water Beach.
Airdrie’s floral oil painting entitled “Sally on a Good Day” was a worthy winning entry. More than 300
votes were cast during the exhibition, which opened on 3 March (when the artists’ “Open Studios”
kicked off) and ran until Easter.
In second place was Becs Wood with a large-scale black and white work she called “Ecological
Weave.” Raewyn Hildreth’s flax-woven peace “Flaxi Girl” came in at number three.
The People’s Choice Award was sponsored by Gordon Harris the Art and Graphic Store.
Airdrie says she was surprised and pleased to win. “It was wonderful that my painting was so well
received by a wider audience, especially because the large botanical painting I did for the Showcase
Exhibition was a new direction for me which I now intend to pursue.”
Nex up for the Art Escape is the popular Coromandel Peninsula Art and Craft Fair, which will be held
on Saturday 15 July from 9:00am - 3:00pm in the Whitianga Town Hall. The event, a “winter warmer”
for locals and visitors alike, was a great success last year.
Pictured are Mercury Bay Art Escape People’s Choice Award winner, Airdrie Hamilton and Art Escape
chairman, Stuart Christie at Airdrie’s winning painting.
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What’s On The Next Few Weeks
Social Services Op-Shops - 2 Cook Drive, Whitianga. Open Monday to Friday, 9:00am - 4:30pm and Coghill Street
(west of Albert Street), Whitianga. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 9:00am - 1:00pm.
The Church Op-Shop, at St Andrews by the Sea Community Church, Owen Street, Whitianga. Open Wednesday to
Saturday 8:30am - 12:30pm.
St John Opportunity Shops, Coghill Street (east of Albert Street), Whitianga. Open Monday to Friday, 10:00am - 4:00pm
and Saturday 10:00am - 2:00pm, phone 869 5416. Furniture shop (18 Coghill Street, west of Albert Street) open Tuesday
to Saturday 10:00am - 1:00pm, phone 866 2154.
“Whitianga Movers & Losers” - Women’s Well-Being and Weight Loss (the old WW)
Every Wednesday 5:00pm - 6:00pm at the Whitianga Social Services meeting room, 2 Cook Drive, Whitianga.
Support Group for women passionate about their health. Making better food choices, moving more, towards a healthier
and fitter lifestyle. New Members welcome, $2 per meeting. For more information phone 869 5648.
SeniorNet Whitianga Incorporated
Classes held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at various times. We give older adults an opportunity to demistify their
computers and to learn more about new communications and information technology. Contact Lorna Russell on
866 4215 for more information or to join.
Mercury Bay Bridge
Every Wednesday from 1:00pm - 4:30pm at the Mercury Bay Bowling Club on Cook Drive. Phone Bob on 866 5831 for
more information.
Mercury Bay Indoor Bowling Club
Meets every Thursday at 6:45pm in the Whitianga Town Hall. Phone Doreen on 866 5237 or Alan on 866 4024 for more
information or just come along.
Matarangi Craft Group
Meet the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 7:00pm - 9:00pm at the Matarangi Fire Station. Phone Lesley
on 866 0788 for more information.
Mercury Bay Community Choir
Meets every Monday between 6:00pm - 8:00pm at the Mercury Bay Area School music room, 20 South Highway,
Whitianga. Trimester one under leadership of guest conductor John Mullon, with a concert on 29 April. New members
welcome, phone Kate on (027) 270 9058 for more information.
Whitianga Senior Citizens Club
Meets Mondays in the Whitianga Town Hall, 1:00pm - 4:00pm. Bowls, scrabble, card games, housie etc. Afternoon tea,
55 plus age group. Phone Adrian Telders (president) on 866 5377 for more information.
Scottish Country Dancing
Every Tuesday from 7:00pm - 9:00pm in the Whitianga Town Hall. Phone Anthea on 866 4516 for more information.
Whitianga Art Group
Meets every Thursday and Friday, 10:00am - 4:00pm, at the Art Centre and Gallery in School Road, Whitianga.
New members welcome. Phone Rose on 022 139 2968 or Maryanne on 866 4099 for more information.
Whitianga Serenity Al-Anon Group
Support offered to those affected by someone else’s drinking. Meet every Tuesday at 1:30pm. Phone Pauline on 866 5104
or (022) 122 4975 for more information.
Road Cycling and Mountain Biking
Road Cycling meets every Saturday at 8:00am at the Fire Station intersection, Whitianga. Phone Bryan on
022 155 8944 for more information.
Mountain Biking meets every Tuesday at 5:15pm and every Saturday at 7:30am at the Fire Station intersection,
Whitianga. Phone Paul on 021 605 230 for more information.
Whenuakite Area Playgroup
Every Wednesday 9:30am - 12:30pm at the Hahei Community Hall. Ages birth - six years. Visitors welcome. Tea and
coffee are provided.
Mercury Bay Woolcraft Group
Meets every first and third Wednesday of the month in the Whitianga Town Hall in Monk Street, from 10:00am - 2:00pm.
Phone Wendy Russell on 866 3225 or Anne Searle on 867 1778 for more information.
Launch of Intact Youth
Wednesday 10 May from 2:15pm - 4:30pm at the Whitianga Youth Space, 2 Cook Drive. For young people between
12 - 19 years of age. Providing Information about the sorts of things young people want to know about. Refreshments
will be available.
Whitianga Round of the 2017 NZ Offshore Powerboat Series
Saturday 13 May on Mercury Bay. Best viewing from Buffalo Beach Reserve in Whitianga. First race at 11:00am,
second race at 12:30pm.
Mercury Bay Senior Rugby
Saturday 13 May - The Mercury Bay Senior A team has a BYE. The Mercury Bay Senior B team has a home game at Lyon
Park in Whitianga against Paeroa Old Boys. Kick-off at 2:00pm.
Mercury Bay Area School First XV Rugby
Saturday 13 May - The MBAS First XV team has an away game against Waihi College in Waihi. Kick-off at 11:30am.
Jennian Homes Mother’s Day Fun Run Walk
Sunday 14 May at the Whitianga Waterways, Leeward Drive, Whitianga. Check in from 8:30am, 5km Fun Run Walk starts
at 10:30am. Part of a nationwide initiative to promote heart health among women. See www.jennianmothersday.com
for more information.
Welcome to Our World
Sunday 14 May at 5:00pm at the Monkey House Theatre, Coghill Street, Whitianga. For new residents of Mercury Bay.
Round One of the Thames Valley Netball Championships
Sunday 14 May at the Mercury Bay Multisport Park. From 9:00am - 3:00pm. Two Mercury Bay teams, Year 8 and Under
15, will be in action.
Whitianga Town Garage Sale
Saturday 3 - Monday 5 June (Queen’s Birthday Weekend). The ninth year this iconic event is being held, $15 registration
fee. Register at the offices of The Mercury Bay Informer, 14 Monk Street, Whitianga or email info@theinformer.co.nz.
All registration proceeds to charity.
Mercury Music Festival
Saturday 3 - Sunday 4 June (Queen’s Birthday Weekend). Outstanding music from top class performers. Tickets available
from www.eventfinda.co.nz. See www.mercurybaymusicfestival.co.nz for more information.
Regular Church Services
Mercury Bay Co-Operating Parish
St Andrews by the Sea Community Church, 9:30am every Sunday worship service and kids friendly Bible sessions,
Albert Street, Whitianga.
Anglican Services
St Peter’s at St Andrews, Albert Street, Whitianga. Sunday service at 11:00am.
Crossroad Encounter Fellowship
10:00am every Sunday, cnr Joan Gaskell Drive and Cook Drive, Whitianga.
St Patrick’s Catholic Church
Weekend Mass Saturday 5:30pm and Sunday 8.30am, Monday - Friday 9:00am (except Tuesday no Mass,
Wednesday 12:00 noon). Tairua Sunday 10:30am, Tuesday 9:00am, tel 866 2189.
Whitianga Baptist Church
10:00am every Sunday, children’s programme, 112 Cook Drive, Whitianga, tel 867 1234.
C3 Whitianga
10:00am every Sunday, children’s programme, 23 Coghill Street, Whitianga, email info@c3whitianga.org.nz.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons)
Meet on Sundays 10:00am - 11:30am at the Whitianga Social Services building, 2 Cook Drive, Whitianga. Children’s
programme. Phone 021 277 2126 for more information.
Seventh Day Adventists
Home study group. Phone Laurie/Lois on 866 2808 for more information.
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Issue 740 - 10 May 2017
Another successful dotterel breeding
season and a big thank you from DOC
By Nicki Munro, Coromandel marine ranger of the Department of Conservation
Another successful northern New Zealand dotterel breeding season has flashed by on the
Coromandel Peninsula. The Department of Conservation’s dotterel rangers and an extensive
volunteer network from the Dotterel Watch Programme have once again joined forces between
August last year and March this year. The aim? To see adult dotterel pairs successfully hatch and
raise their chicks to fledge and join the small, but recovering, national population of northern New
Zealand dotterel.
Northern New Zealand dotterel/tūturiwhatu pukunui are a threatened, endemic species that are
only found in the northern two thirds of the North Island. They have a national population of
around 2,175, that is less than some species of kiwi!
This season 55 dotterel nesting sites with 216 nesting pairs were monitored. This resulted in
131 chicks fledging - a very productive season! The Coromandel is one of only two regions that
provide an increasing contribution to the species’ population. “The productivity of our region
is put down to the coordination of community efforts with the support of the Department of
Conservation to protect and enhance survival rates,” says DOC dotterel ranger, Frouk Miller.
Frouk and fellow dotterel ranger, Lisa Kearney spent the season working with and assisting
beachside communities who have the privilege of sharing their backyard with dotterel and variable
oystercatcher pairs every year. Their involvement this season included monitoring the breeding
success of dotterel pairs, maintaining fencing and signage around nesting sites, predator control
and engaging with beach users to create awareness about the importance of sharing beach space
with protected wildlife.
The Dotterels in Schools programme was also incorporated into the season, with the aim to
involve younger people in an interesting conservation topic they could witness in their local area.
As part of the programme, students learned about the significance of native, endemic species
(in particular the dotterel) and had the opportunity to create a sign for their local beach to share a
special message they have learnt.
DOC would like to thank all minders, volunteers, students, organisations, and interested
parties who gave their time in one way or another to help protect dotterel as a conservation
dependent species this season.
There are still many beaches on the Coromandel that require minders (in particular Matarangi)
and DOC would strongly encourage anybody who is interested in being involved to get in
touch - a dotterel pair nearby could need your help!
For more information please phone (027) 660 2496.
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A dotterel on the beach in Kuaotunu in late October last year.
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Gold for two Whitianga Gun Club
members at Masters Games
Not be outdone by the achievements of the Mercury Bay Archery Club (among four club
members a total of eight gold medals, three fourth places and four fifth places) at the
World Masters Games that was held in Auckland during the last week and a half of April,
two members of the Whitianga Gun Club also returned home with an impressive haul
of medals.
Lindsay Arthur (pictured) won a gold medal in the Single Barrel event and two bronze
medals in the Skeet and Points events. Bill Smith won gold in the Skeet event and bronze
in the Trench event.
“For a small club, we punched far above our weight,” says Dean Horn, president of the
Whitianga Gun Club. “We’re very proud of Lindsay and Bill.”
Two big weekends for
Mercury Bay Netball Centre
WBOP Magic players visited netball centres throughout the Waikato Bay of Plenty netball area on
Saturday last week. The aim was to show support for and encourage netball at grassroots level.
The Mercury Bay Netball Centre was fortunate to receive a visit from goal keep and current Silver
Fern, Kelly Jury. The Mercury Bay netball players had a great time posing for photos with Kelly and
asking her to autograph a variety of keepsakes.
Pictured is Kelly (second from the left) on Saturday with Mercury Bay netballers (from the left)
Rebeka Harvey, Rita Harvey and Renee Schwenke.
This coming weekend is another big weekend for the Mercury Netball Centre. On Sunday (14 May),
the first of two rounds of the Thames Valley Netball Championships will be played at the Mercury Bay
Multisport Park. Representative teams from Mercury Bay, Morrinsville, Te Aroha, Thames, Matamata,
Hauraki Plains, Paeroa and Waihi will be in action over four grades - Year 8, Under 14, Under 15
and Under 17.
Year 8 and Under 15 teams from Mercury Bay will be playing.
The championships (the second round will be played in Morrinsville on Sunday 21 May) are also an
opportunity for selectors to consider who they would like to select for the various Thames Valley
representative teams.
“Games will be played on Sunday from 9:00am to approximately 3:00pm,” says Cher Adams,
a committee member of the Mercury Bay Netball Centre. “We’ll have a range of food on offer.
We want to encourage everyone to come to the sport park and see some great netball.”
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Car Talk By Jack Biddle
A question for Jack? Just email us or drop us a note.
New Mazda CX-5 sets a new standard
To remain at the top of the increasingly crowded mid-size SUV market, both globally and in
markets such as New Zealand, manufacturers cannot afford to sit on their hands for too long.
They are always aiming for continual enhancement and refinement to either retain
or improve their market share. If they don’t, then there are plenty of other
manufacturers working hard to improve their own market share by bringing improved
product to the showroom.
Mazda has certainly done just that and along the way no doubt made their opposition sit
up and take notice with the recent release of the New Mazda CX-5. Not to say the previous
model was bad, it was in fact, always a top seller in New Zealand, but the new arrival simply
raises the bar with refreshed exterior styling and enhancements in almost every part of
the vehicle.
The Japanese company’s ongoing focus on improving the connection between car and
driver has seen a number of enhancements made that will further improve the performance
and handling of the new CX-5, while at the same time delivering class-leading safety.
Reliability and driveability are pretty much givens these days with the modern motor
vehicle, which means one of the main focus points is now centred around passenger
comfort and reducing interior noise and vibration levels. Attention to detail in areas such
as reducing the gaps of both exterior and interior panels and lowering the levels of wind
noise by minimising turbulence around the body by
aerodynamically designing the shape of the mirrors
and A-pillars, are all improvements that both driver
and passengers will instantly recognise with the
new CX-5.
Managing director of Mazda New Zealand,
David Hodge believes the all-new CX-5 will further
enhance the company’s positon as market leader in the
SUV segment in New Zealand.
The SKYACTIV engine line-up of 2.0L and 2.5L
petrol plus the 2.2L diesel all deliver responsive
performance. The 2.0L petrol, with its high 13.0.1
compression ratio, offers powerful low-mid range
torque and excellent fuel economy. Its bigger brother,
the 2.5L petrol, has been modified to improve
engine response.
All the new CX-5 models come equipped with
SKYACTIV-DRIVE transmission. For petrol models,
this means the transmission now incorporates a new
shift logic that predicts the driver’s intentions based on
vehicle speed, throttle position, engine speed and other
factors to achieve smoother vehicle behaviour. In diesel
models, the transmission includes improvements to
enhance quietness and deliver improved fuel economy.
To help with improved vehicle control and ride
comfort, the new CX-5 features G-VECTORING
Control (GVC) as standard across all models.
The GVC system, which is unique to Mazda, provides
unified control over chassis and steering systems that
results in improved handling and ride quality for both
the driver and passengers.
Mazda’s unique i-ACTIV AWD system is fitted
standard on the 2.5L petrol and 2.2L diesel models.
Featuring 27 sensors, it monitors environmental and
vehicle conditions at a computation rate of 200 times
per second to predict traction requirements before
wheel slip occurs.
The suspension system on the new CX-5 has also
been re-tuned to improve ride comfort, while the
SKYACTIV-BODY’s torsional rigidity has increased
by approximately 15.5 per cent to help boost
driving performance.
Safety has not been left off the improvement
list either with a vast array of i-ACTIVSENSE
technologies and improved passive safety features,
which include Advanced Smart City Brake Support
- Forward (ASCBS-F), which is standard across the
range, Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) and Traffic Sign
Recognition on GSX and Limited grades. Limited
models also feature Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
and Driver Attention Alert (DAA).
Enhancements have also been made to passive
safety with the SKYACTIV-BODY featuring a new
multi path structure to disperse crash energy away
from the passenger area. Side impact safety has been
improved with the addition of side impact door bars
and there is improved passenger protection with new
frontal structures to effectively absorb impacts.
All CX-5 models now feature Secondary Collision
Reduction (SCR) that automatically applies the brakes
after a primary collision, thereby minimising the risk
of a secondary collision.
Overall there didn’t appear to be too much wrong
with the outgoing CX-5, but Mazda has just made it a
whole lot better in more ways than one and no doubt
made their competitors a little nervous.
Prices for the new CX-5 start at $39,995 and include
a five years unlimited kilometre new vehicle warranty,
five years unlimited kilometre Mazda On-Call
Roadside Assist and three years of Genuine Mazda
Scheduled Servicing at no extra cost.
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Race numbers down, but an enjoyable time all
around at Speedway championship meeting
By Jack Biddle
After all the hard work that went into all the
organising and preparing a very good race
track, the Dive Zone Mercury Bay Speedway
Club were disappointed more race cars from
around the Upper North Island didn’t attend
the championship meeting held last Saturday
in Whitianga as hoped. Late withdrawals
from competitors in some of the classes where
New Zealand and North Island championship
titles were up for grabs meant race numbers
were much smaller than anticipated.
However, it didn’t stop club president,
Peter Candy turning on a spectacular show for
the appreciative crowd in a borrowed race car
for all the wrong reasons. Competing in the
large and powerful modified class, Peter
managed to take to the sky’s and put on
an aerial show that even the neighbouring
Mercury Bay Aero Club would have been
proud of. “One of the rear wheels on the car
Kaikohe’s Darren Emm is a regular visitor to the Dive Zone Mercury Bay
Speedway track. He won his eighth Circle Track Racing Association of New Zealand’s national
quad bike championship last Saturday in Whitianga.
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dug itself into the track as I was halfway
into the corner, which sent the car flying
backwards and upwards. Luckily both the
car and the body survived without too much
major damage. Looks like I may have to
shout the car owner a drink or two tonight,”
said the sore but relieved race veteran.
That left a clear run to the line for young
Auckland driver Luke Brown to take out
his second national Circle Track Racing
Association of New Zealand (CTRA)
modified championship. At just 20 years of
age Luke is into his eighth speedway season
after competing in, and learning his trade,
in the age restricted novice ministock class for
five years before moving up to the no-holds
barred open modified ranks. His win rounds
out a very good season after finishing second
in the Speedway New Zealand North Island
championships and a third in the Auckland
title. “Although the race numbers were
smaller than expected, I have enjoyed the
day’s racing. The local club prepared a great
race track and made visitors very welcome,”
said Luke.
The man locals can almost claim as their
own, Darren Emm took out his eighth CRTA
New Zealand championship in the quad
bikes, a class which had one of the highest
number of visiting competitors on race day.
Darren, who is based in Kaikohe, has been
a regular visitor and keen supporter of the
Dive Zone Mercury Bay track over a number
of years and went through the day unbeaten.
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Second place went to Troy Hawkins from
New Plymouth, with Tauranga’s Craig
Pointon taking out third place.
In other classes, 17-year-old Ricky
Gladding from Mt Manganui won the
youth minstock title. After six years in
this class, Ricky has reached the upper age
limit and will need to move into the senior
ranks next year. Judging from his race car
presentation, friendly personality and allround professionalism, he should have little
trouble making the transition into open ranks
in whatever class of vehicle he decides to race
next year. Brett Aikin from Thames won the
adult ministock North Island title.
A handful of old stockcars from a past
era also made an appearance with owner/
drivers all happy to talk about their cars’ past
history. They certainly seem to appreciate
the opportunity to wind back the clock,
have a play on the dirt and provide some
crowd entertainment. The same can be said
for the local club members who turned up to
race in a variety of different machinery.
While race numbers were down, Mercury
Bay club members should take heart in
knowing those who did attend, including
spectators, had an enjoyable time.
“The time and effort put in by our committee
members and those who officiate on race
day are huge, regardless of race numbers.
A big thank you to them for their continued
efforts to keep the Dive Zone Mercury Bay
Speedway club up and running,” said Peter.
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The Bay is teeming with fish anchovies, kahawai, snapper and
kingfish are everywhere. I really
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get out there and enjoy what is at
the moment the abundance of the
ocean right here on our doorstep.
There’s still a lot of skipjack
tuna around wider out as well
and every now and again I get a
report from a fellow angler that
they’ve spotted a marlin. During
this past weekend, a few friends
and I hooked up on a black marlin
in about 45m of water. We were
targeting kingfish. Unfortunately
we lost the fish after two hours.
Congratulations to Thomas Boyd
(pictured) who landed last Sunday
a very nice 161kg broadbill
swordfish. It’s the second
swordfish caught by a Mercury
Bay Game Fishing Club member
in the space of a fortnight. Both of
the fish were caught during broad
daylight, confirming my view that
it’s a myth that you can only catch
broadbill at night time. Maybe let
your bait go deeper during the day
than what you would at night and
see what
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MBAS First XV kicks season off
with a win
Game report by team manager Stacey Bale
The Mercury Bay Area School First XV rugby team kicked their 2017 Thames Valley rugby season off on
Saturday last week at Lyon Park in Whitianga with a win against Te Aroha College.
The players were keen to get onto the field. Not many from last year’s players are in the team this year and
the boys have been training hard and placed a lot of focus on their team tactics.
The first half was very even. MBAS seemed to have more control up front with the backs getting some
good ball. Tackling from both teams was good and ball handling seemed to be controlled.
MBAS was the first to score with a great try under the posts. Te Aroha retaliated straight back by crossing
the MBAS line. The MBAS boys scored another try before halftime t o go into the break 12 - 5 in the lead.
MBAS played an excellent second half and showed how a team that work together can get the results.
Fullback Christian Fletcher was outstanding under the high ball and succeeded in winning a lot of ground
as well. Backline players, Cameron Richards, Callum Walker and Rewi Robertson all made an impact, while
the forwards were always in support to secure the loose ball and were always ready to push forward.
Among the forwards, James Arthur, Keegan Gunner and Austin Brear had some great runs. Mercury Bay
scored a further five tries to Te Aroha’s one.
The final score was 45 - 10 to Mercury Bay.
The team is playing next week an away game against Waihi College in Waihi. Kick-off is at 11:30am.
Pictured is MBAS second five eight, Callum Walker winning some ground on Saturday.
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Issue 740 - 10 May 2017
Powerboats guaranteed to provide plenty of action
during Whitianga Offshore 100
The 2017 New Zealand Offshore Powerboat series draws to a close
this coming Saturday (13 May) with the running of the Whitianga
Offshore 100, the seventh round in the series.
Organisers say Whitianga is the perfect place to wind up the season as it
is considered a world-class venue which offers both close racing and some
great spectator viewing.
There will be around 25 boats competing in seven different classes.
The power output from these boats can range from a staggering 1,000
horsepower plus to 200 horsepower, depending on boat size and the
specific class of racing.
Across all classes, competition points are tight, which means the final
round will be crucial for those teams vying for a place on the podium and
ultimately a championship win. Organisers are predicting some of the best
racing seen in Whitianga for many years.
Of particular interest to locals will be the appearance of a boat named
Chindit, which will be competing in the 225 Sports class. She first raced
in Whitianga some 30 years ago and with some ongoing tweaks and
upgrades over the years, is still competing and winning races to this day.
Driver Peter Wingate and crew member Kane Wingate will be hoping for
some local support and no doubt will be happy to chat with those spectators
with long memories and a past story to tell about their boat.
The past six rounds of racing this year have been predominantly on flat
water, which makes for high speed racing, but organisers will be hoping
for a lift in the wind speed for the final round to make conditions a little
more challenging for drivers and crews, while also making for exciting
viewing for spectators.
The organisers have also arranged a meet and greet on Friday evening
at Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill in Albert Street, Whitianga for those who
would like to meet some of the drivers and crew members on an informal
basis. They would also like to formally acknowledge the tremendous
support provided to them by Whitianga Waterways and race sponsor,
Coastal Refrigeration. Their support was instrumental in bringing the
event to Whitianga.
To work in with the tides, the first race will get underway at 11:00am,
with the second race starting at 12.30pm. Best viewing for spectators will
be from Buffalo Beach Reserve.
The FMI Racing superboat (pictured here in action in Whitianga last year) will be part of the
line-up competing in the Whitianga round of the New Zealand Offshore Powerboat series this coming Saturday.
Photo by Shot 360 Photography.
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Sport Results
Peter Sheehan Open Fours - Sunday 30 April
Sixteen teams gathered in Whitianga to contest this annual
event for club patron, Peter Sheehan’s birthday. This year
was Pete’s 94th birthday and the greens were full.
There were players from Invercargill, Te Kuiti, Omokoroa,
Pauanui, Tairua and Coromandel Town, but although
a great contest took place, no team was able to
wrestle the trophy away from the Sheehan family team
who once again defended and took home the trophy as
2017 winners.
Runners up were Henry Death and his team from Tairua
and third place went to Miha Mathews and her team from
Coromandel Town.
Ladies Nine Hole Golf Gross and Net Competition Thursday 27 April
Results Division 1 - Gross - Alison Goodlet,
Net - Merrin James.
Results Division 2 - Gross - Jean Hancock,
Net - Margret Coysh.
Alsion Goodlet scored two pars.
Hauraki Golf Club Competition - Monday 1 May
Merrin James and Jean Hancock each won a
stableford prize.
Ladies Eighteen Hole Golf Area Stableford Wednesday 3 May
Results Division 1 - 1 Munin Tonsri 34, 2 Dianne Eccles 31,
3 Debbie Holmes 30, 4 Chris Watson 30, 5 Sue Donovan
30, 6 Glenys Ebsworth 29.
Results Division 2 - 1 Yvonne Mehrtens 37, 2 Anne Blair
34, 3 Jane Deadman 30, 4 Chris Wight 30, 5 Maree Denny
30, 6 Jandy Morton 29.
Nearest the Pin on #4 - Audrey Vickers (sponsored
by Mainly Casual), Longest Putt on #9 - Anne Bayliss
(sponsored by Sheree Henderson), Twos - Jane Deadman.
Men’s Midweek Golf Two Man Ambrose Wednesday 3 May
Results - 1 Gary Morton and Bruce McLuckie 52, 2 Stuart
King and Roger Booth 55, 3 Graeme Eccles Peter Harden
55, 4 Wayne Malcolm and Graeme Heathcote 57, 5 Paul
Blackburn Kev Smith 57.
The pairs champions of the Cooks Beach Indoor Bowling Club for 2017 Alan Henry (left) and Norm Littin.
Ladies Nine Hole Golf Gross and Net Competition Thursday 4 May
Results Division 1 - Gross - Merrin James,
Net - Adele Conway.
Results Division 2 - Gross - Lindsey Rogers,
Net - Sandra Bushell.
Men’s Golf Scramble and Strokeplay Round 3 Saturday 6 May
Results - 1 Craig Hill 62, 2 David Cumming 65, 3 Glen
Clark 66, 4 Robert Wood 66, 5 Kelvin O'Leary 66, 6 Paul
Lupton 66, 7 Osman Emer 66, 8 Keven Clark 67.
Twos - Noble Mita, Bob Haase, Micky Henderson, Wayne
Kettle, Jeff Dixon, Kelvin O'Leary and Stuart King, Nearest
Pin (0 - 18) - Rod Stewart, (19 - 36) - Robert Wood,
Longest Drive (0 - 18) Jack Coldicutt, (19 - 36) - Craig Hill.
Strokeplay Championship - With one round to play,
each division is shaping up for an exciting climax. Osman
Emer holds a one shot lead over Bob Haase in Division 1.
Ken George leads by one shot from Keven Clark in Division
2, with Alan Henderson and Steve Tull within striking
distance a further shot back. Unless the wheels fall off
completely, Glen Clark should have a comfortable walk
in the park as he holds a commanding 18 shot lead and
should wrap up Division 3. Jack Skinner has taken a
twoshot lead in Division 4 ahead of Shane Hardy.
Nine Hole Mixed Scramble Net - Tuesday 2 May
Results - 1 Phil Costello 34, 2 John Hughes 35, 3 Tracey
Thornton 36.
Eighteen Hole Monthly Medal Stableford Saturday 6 May
Results - 1 Geoff Dalzell 40, 2 Richard Agnew 39, 3 John
Hughes 37, 4 Bob Walker 36.
4BBB - John Hughes and Richard Agnew 50.
Ladies Nine Hole Golf LGU Net - Tuesday 2 May
Results - 1 Diane Bruce 39, 2 Equal Lindsay Ison and Liz
Young 45,4 Ruth Hope 46.
Ladies Eighteen Hole Golf LGU Spoons, Latham Round
3, Putting Round 2 - Tuesday 2 May
Results - 1 Larraine Brooks 65, 2 Joe Feasey 68, 3 Jan
Collier 70, 4 Tina Larsen 71,5 Julie Day and Marine Horan
on count back 72.
Top Cats - Robyn Hunter and Larraine Brooks, Putting Joe Feasey 28.
Saturday 6 May
Year 5/6 - Whiti Warriors 25 v Stingers 2, Mini Ferns 13 v
Tairua Tornadoes 4.
Year 7/8 - Tairua Dynamite 28 v Hot Ones 13, G-Unit 46
v All Stars 5.
Wednesday 3 May
Best of three frames.
Brian Codyre took home the big chook with three straight
wins after a hard-fought final against Ken Gibson.
Brian won the match with an amazing searching shot on
the pink, which flabbergasted himself and those watching
when it went in the pocket.
Those with two wins were Ken Gibson (runner-up),
Barry Roach, Ian Pudney and Ian Baumgren.
Highest Break - Brian Codyre 21.
Drawn Fours Championship - Thursday 4 May
Players competed for the Hart Shield.
The winning team, who won all four their games,
were Pat Fisher, Keith Denney, Lyn Wilkins and Dot Codyre.
The runners-up were Alan Henderson, Cheryl Henderson,
Glynne Jackson and Neil Moore.
Pairs Championship - Wednesday 3 May
After qualifying rounds with eight teams, three teams
qualified for the semi-finals - Pixie Lacey and Ian Hulse,
Walter Posel and Roy MacDonald and Norm Littin and
Alan Henry.
Walter and Roy played Norm and Alan in the final,
with Norm and Alan the club’s pairs champions for 2017.
Monday 8 May
A roll-up night with three mats in play.
Winners - Joan Smith, Glenda Aitkenhead, Mike Jackson
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Classifieds and Public Notices
Bachcare is expanding our
team in three areas Whitianga, Kuaotunu and
Opito Bay.
If you live in any of these areas,
we would like to hear from you.
Look after our guests and our
owners’ homes like they
were your own.
Love meeting people,
have great attention to detail and
great at cleaning?
Email team@bachcare.co.nz.
Of the St Andrews
Opportunity Shop
will be held on
Monday 15 May 2017,
starting at 11:00am.
All welcome.
I am carrying out some
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need youR help.
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Where in Mercury Bay would you
like to see a mobile coffee cart?
Invite suitably qualified interested parties to tender for alterations
and extensions to the existing clubrooms at 12 The Esplanade, Whitianga.
The work entails a small amount of demolition work and
approximately 140m³ of new construction.
Tender documents will be available from the manager
of the club from 15 May 2017.
The closing date for tender will be 16 June 2017 at 4:00pm.
To register your interest and request tender documents,
please email alan@mbgfc.co.nz .
Lowest or any tender not necessarily accepted.
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Come in for a browse.
Mercury Bay Pharmacy
All clothing $1 each.
Tuesday - Friday this week,
9:00am - 4:30pm.
At Whitianga Social Services,
2 Cook Drive Op Shop.
Excellent condition - $280.00
Never used - $250
New condition - $150
Phone (0274) 944 805.
Prime location in Whitianga.
Close to beach and shops.
Phone Rob on (0274) 926 773.
Four bedrooms with
built-in wardrobes.
Study with separate entrance
(could be a fifth bedroom,
but would need a wardrobe).
Carport, but no use of the garage.
$440 per week.
Enquiries - Nicola (027) 383 0052 or
Kevin (027) 444 2454.
In central Whitianga. Including all outgoings.
Phone 027 477 0132.
CONTAINER IT SELF STORAGE, 17 Moewai Road, Whitianga. Ph: 0274 817 258
STORAGE SHEDS Whitianga Total Storage opposite Carters. Ph: 0800 944 660
STORAGE SHEDS, various sizes, dry and secure. Free trailer. Ph: 07 866 5147
STORAGE, Self storage/boat storage, Matarangi - Kuaotunu. Ph: 07 866 5693
This is a specialist business producing a
unique piece of artwork.
The sale encompasses the entire step-by-step process,
from raw materials through to the finished item.
Ideally you will be fit and able and have sound
attention to detail.
All equipment, band-saw, power tools and
work benches are included.
Can be set-up in garage or workshop.
Phone Lee (07) 866 0212,
email saxonlee433@gmail.com.
Quality late model trailer boats
needed for sale on behalf!
We have buyers waiting!
Call the team at Whitianga Marine
Centre today on 867 1182
or come in to
233 South Highway, Whitianga.
Anglican Worship
Every Sunday 11:00am
at St Andrews by the Sea
Community Church,
82 Albert Street
(opposite Z Service Station).
Enquiries phone 869 5577.
Vet nurse, warm, clean, secure,
outdoor run.
Phone 866 4724.
AVAILABLE. Ph: Tracy 021 462 554.
FIRST AID COURSE, Thursday 18 May,
space is limited. Ph: Tracy to book
021 462 554.
SATURDAY 13 MAY, 15 Mill Road,
Whitianga, 8:00am.
pony. Please text 022 040 1842 for all
Would like to thank
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That Curry Place,
The Lost Spring, Jandals Café,
Pacific Coast Marine, the Brown Family
and all of the Scouts, parents and
helpers on the day.
the BIG Easter Egg Hunt.
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Lawn Mowing & Gardening
Weeding • Pruning
Rubbish Removal • Spraying
Planting • Lawn Care
Section Maintenance
All lawns mowed with a catcher.
Phone Baz (020) 410 71555
for a free quote.
Free standing, open fire, coal range.
Cleanliness guaranteed.
Fifteen years experience.
Phone (021) 0824 7928.
Whitianga Property Care
For all your
Call Kevin
021 185 5533
Drainlaying, Public & Private,
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30 Years Experience.
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Call Dave 027 727 0348
All lawns/hedges/
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Phone 022 160 8368 (Ian)
or (027) 480 4579 (Erin)
$25 empty sections, fortnightly
or monthly mowing.
Free edge spraying. Free quotes.
Phone Mike or Deb
866 4678 or 027 320 1703.
Community Church
Albert Street, Whitianga
Come, join the
family of God!
Enquiries 869 5452
Tricky Trees
Stump grinding
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Hedge maintenance
Crown reductions
Difficult removals
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021 240 9909
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Sport Results
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and Eric Bartlett.
Runners-Up - Bruce Crawford, Ken Lowe, Celia Morrison
and Jenny Geddes.
Choc Fish Award - Bev Mancer, John Morrison, Bob
Geddes and Shirley Morris.
Raffles Won By - Eric Barlett, Terry Hefferan, Bob Geddes,
Glenda Aitkenhead and Shirley Morris.
Autumn Competition Round 6 - Wednesday 3 May
North/South - 1 Kate Palmano and Gavin Hedwig 68.75,
2 Augusta Canegallo and Bob Schibli 57.44, 3 David and
Diane Hayes 55.95.
East/West - 1 Giorgio Allemano and Robyn Hogg 63.99,
2 Doreen Harris and Dennis Price 54.17, 3 Val Lewis and
Mary Masters 51.19.
Hahei Pairs Week 3 - Tuesday 2 May
North/South - 1 David and Diane Hayes 61.46, 2 Dave
Dylla and Peter Hogg 55.90, 3 Maureen France and Robyn
Hogg 54.17.
East/West - 1 Judie Johnson and Ngaire O’Brien 60.71,
2 Sue Gill and Sheryll Roberts 57.1, 3 Jean Myles and
Vivienne Leigh 52.78.
Tuesday 25 April
With pool night falling on ANZAC Day, 10 players made
the journey to Cooks Beach to for another week of 8 ball
in the hall.
After all the preliminary games, only one player was
left unbeaten, Judith Castle taking one for the ladies.
A well-deserved win, just rewards for all the hard work
and organizing of every night, let alone organizing a few of
the guys from time to time! Well done Judith, you go girl!
Tuesday 2 May
Seventeen players turned up to play. With the world
championship snooker on television, a few of the players
with square eyes were keen to show the others that they
too could be a champion and walk away from the Cooks
Beach Crucible with the weekly trophy held high.
Laurie McMurtrie, Max Castle and newbie Hendry Tanish
went through unbeaten and after the play-offs, Max had
watched the most TV and claimed the night. A great
reward for getting through some great matches during the
night and a tight final against “Stephen” Hendry.
Another final was played, two winless players deciding
that two chocolate fish were better than one. Shane losing,
or should we say winning, and getting the double header!
Mercury Bay Senior Girls football player, Natalija Beck trying to get around her opponent
in her team’s win last Saturday against Thames. The score was 5 - 1.
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A stacked Table 1 then cleaned up in speed pool. Another
fun and social night done and dusted.
Patron’s Shield Hunt - Sunday 7 May
Results - 1 Hemi Lewis 50.7kg, 2 Craig Hodge and Steven
Prescott 49.1kg, 3 Jesse Mathers 47.1kg.
Saturday 6 May
Mini Kickers - A great first game and working well
as a team. Players of the Day - Annabelle Kline and
Shiloh Renner.
9th Grade - A friendly game. Players of the Day Tom Lindner and Noah Kline.
11th Grade - The team had a stunning day in Whangamata,
despite losing both games, 4 - 1 and 4 - 2. The goal
scorers were Harry Williscroft, Olivia McDonald and
Reuben Edwards. Player of the Day for brillant defence
was Tayze Gill.
13th Grade (game report by coach Hugh Fairweather) Whangamata came over the hill to joins us at the Mercury
Bay Multisport Park.
We played two games, drawing the first game. Mercury
Bay took the lead through a great bit of “up the guts” play,
with a lovely through ball to Ben Miller who scored the
first goal. Whangamata equalized 15 minutes later with
a great forward attacking formation. Our goal keeper,
Kelly MacFarlane could do nothing to stop them.
The second game was a little slower and much more
thoughtful, with much better play. The wingers saw the
ball far more and created some great opportunities.
However, all-rounder Sebastian Ross, who was playing
predominantly in defence, took the ball from our own
penalty box all the way up utilizing his speed and skill to
score the only goal in the second game.
Well done to both teams, they were evenly matched and
some great football was played.
Mercury Bay Player of the Match went to Max Davenhill
in the first game for outstanding midfield play and the
second to Sebastian Ross for his blinder of a goal and
outstanding play.
Senior Girls - The team played at the Mercury Bay
Multisport Park against Thames and won 5 - 1. Player
of the Day was Kloe Robinson, who scored a hat trick!
The girls played a solid team game with lots of
passing and good communication. Thanks to Carl Gubb
on the whistle.
Senior Boys - The team travelled to Thames and won
12 - 2. Player of the Day went to Quinn Richardson and the
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Most Improved was Nicholas Younchik.
Away Game in Te Aroha - Saturday 6 May
Senior A 22 v Waihou 17. Tries to Regan Crossland,
Kieran Ramage and Jayden Tegg. Jayden Tegg kicked
one penalty and two conversions. Players of the Day 3 Connor McVerry, 2 Eden McLean, 1 Ethyn Brear.
The team also won the Paul Herbert Challenge Cup.
Saturday 6 May
Ripper Rugby - Players of the Day went to Ella Adlam and
Lachlan Williams, Achievement Award went to Brax Smith
and Try of the Day was awarded to Zaan Mayo.
Under 8 Gold - The team played Ngatea in Ngatea.
Mercury Bay won with 14 tries to three. All but one of our
players scored a try. The team played with great team
spirit and are nailing those passes and tackles.
Player of the Day - Rio McQueen, Tackler of the Day Zinny Mataiti, Trainer of the Week - Brynn Ramage.
Under 8 Black - The team played Whangamata in
Whangamata and lost by 10 tries to two.
Under 11 Gold - The team played against Waihi in Waihi.
The first half was fairly evenly matched. A couple of
great runs up field saw tries awarded to Mercury Bay,
which were soon reciprocated by Waihi. The second half
was a lot more settled, the team getting the ball out of the
scrum and moving it out wide, along the backs. We are
seeing improved skills, everybody knowing their position
and with that, their job. This is really encouraging so early
in the season.
Waihi, as usual, are formidable opponents, but on the day
the game went to the Bay, six tries to four. A 100 per cent
success rate for conversions by Seth Smith and Colville
Green sealed the deal. Final score 42 - 26 to Mercury Bay.
Tries going to Macy Costello, Josh Reihana, Jacob Corley
and Colville Green (3).
Best and Fairest player chosen by Waihi was Bryn
Corley, Crunchie Tackler of the Day went to Quinn Smith,
Best Forward and Back went to Jacob Corley and Kayden
Troth respectively. Congratulations to all the team
members. It was an awesome match to watch.
Under 11 Black - The team played at the Mercury Bay
Multisport Park against Waihi Red. It was a nail-biting
game between two evenly matched teams. Waihi took out
the win by a small margin of one try, 24 - 19.
Waihi awarded Drew Casey Best and Fairest, we awarded
Zack Sloss Best Forward, Quinn McCleery Best Back and
Dylan Ray Best Tackler.
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