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Mercury Bay History Series – Coromandel Peninsula Geology

Our Coromandel Peninsula is well known for its spectacular scenery and its past volcanic activity is largely responsible for much of this.

This connection is often not evident. The wind, rain and sea have taken their toll on what once must have been a dramatic and fiery landscape of distinctive volcanic cones, pumice, ash and lava.

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Mercury Bay Athletics Club

Mercury Bay Athletics Club Looks Forward to Start of New Season

The Mercury Bay Athletics Club had such a positive response to last years athletics season that it has extended its programme to older age groups for the much anticipated start of its second season and muster in September. 

The Athletics club has built on the success of last year and will be offering a continuation of the Junior programme 3-7 years, and a new Senior programme for ages 10-18 years. 

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Mercury Bay Historical Society

Mercury Bay History Series – Box Net Fishing

In this article from the Mercury Bay Historical Society, the topic of Box Net Fishing, a Marine Enterprise of the 70's is explored. 

Recent discussions in Mercury Bay about the successful application of Ngati Hei to establish a mussel spat farm along a portion of the northern side of our beautiful bay bring to mind another similar type enterprise, back in the 1970's.

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Weather warning

TCDC Emergency Operations Centre activated

The Heavy Rain Warning, Severe Thunderstorm Watch and Strong Wind Watch in place for the Coromandel Peninsula and particularly the eastern seaboard between Whitianga and Whangamata is likely to see impacts occur over Thursday, 25th June.

TCDC Emergency Operations Centre was activated from 1.30 pm today, 24 June, to monitor the weather and the impact in the district. The EOC will remain open until late tomorrow afternoon.

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Rachel Klaver

Free online webinars for Whitianga Businesses

Business owners in the Whitianga area are invited to join free online business workshops hosted by the Te Waka Business Growth team.

Its easy to sign up for workshops which cover a variety of topics led by industry experts and tailored specifically for businesses. Te Waka’s Business Growth Team are contracted by Government to deliver free support to local businesses in the Coromandel and the wider Waikato area and use local business experts to do this. 

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TCDC Kerbside Collection Changes

Kerbside rubbish collections set to resume with a major change

With the move to COVID-19 Alert Level 2 the Thames Coromandel District Council will resume full Kerbside rubbish and recycling collections on the 18 May, with one major change.

When regular collections resume  Council will accept blue Council bags, recycling in wheelie bins and glass in crates. However, Council will only take plastic types 1 and 2 in kerbside wheelie bins and at Council Refuse Transfer Stations for recycling. Any plastic types numbered 3-7 in a recycling triangle will now need to go into the blue rubbish bag.

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Creative Mercury Bay Bubble Bites

"Bubble Bites" Showcasing our Creative Mercury Bay Artists

Get ready to tune in this Thursday 14th May for the next instalment of "Bubble Bites" which includes four talented Mercury Bay Artists bringing you everything from Shakespeare, the Blues to Indie Pop. 

Creative Mercury Bay have established a YouTube Channel where you can enjoy the latest weekly episode of 'Bubble Bites". This weeks session starts at 5.30pm and includes a great local line up of stage artists, singers and songwriters. 

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Anzac Day –Standing together, even while apart

For the first time in history, Anzac Day Services across New Zealand have been cancelled due to COVID-19. While public Anzac Services are unable to go ahead New Zealanders are invited to continue the tradition of remembering and commemorating our veterans and service personnel from the safety of our lockdown bubbles. 

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Creative Mercury Bay Bubble Bites

Creative Mercury Bay launches 'Bubble Bites'

Mercury Bay performance artists and audiences stay connected online.

Creative Mercury Bay launches innovative online video series ‘Bubble Bites’ to help local Coromandel Peninsula performance artists and their audiences stay connected during the Covid 19 coronavirus lockdown and bubble restrictions. Bubble Bites is a weekly series of 30 minute pre-recorded shows, featuring three artists each performing ten minute bites of their creative practice.

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Whitianga Rainbow

Support local — share our local profiles!

Photo: Dmitri Kotelevski

Here at All About Whitianga we're 'all about local'. And a great way to 'support local' and help promote our business and community organisations, is by sharing local profiles on major social media platforms.

With our share buttons you can show your support toward local businesses and organisations, and help promote them by increasing their social media presence – here's how ...

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Te Waka

Free support for Whitianga business owners

Government have put a $4 million regional support package in place for SMEs in response to COVID-19 which is being delivered using the Regional Business Partners Network. 

As part of this package Te Waka’s Business Growth Team are contracted by Government to deliver free support to local businesses in the Coromandel and the wider Waikato area and use local business experts to do this. Business owners in the Whitianga area can get free advice from business advisors, join online workshops and have access to resources. 

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Covid-19 coronavirus faqs

Covid-19 coronavirus lockdown faqs

Not sure what you can and can't do during the Covid 19 coronavirus lockdown period?

New Zealand is currently at Alert Level 4. Some of the Governments key messages to the public are to stay at home and keep a physical distance when you are outside of your home. So how do we apply this to how we go about everyday lockdown lives? Below is a summary of Government guidelines to some of those frequently asked questions covering the topics of staying home, stopping movement, exercising, public spaces, self isolation and using your car.

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Changes to Council services during lockdown

The Thames Coromandel District Council have made some changes to how some of their services are operating during the Covid 9 coronavirus Level 4 lockdown. 

This applies to kerbside rubbish and recycling, council meetings and governance, excercising dogs, public toilets, building inspections and consents, playgrounds, parks and reserves, road works and water restrictions.

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Countdown to A Taste of Matarangi Festival

Foodies and music lovers purchase your online tickets quick and get ready as we are on the countdown to A Taste of Matarangi on the 6th April! This years music programme offers a fantastic line up of four popular New Zealand music acts including The Monroes, Lock & Load, Loou'ana Whitney and Crimson Coast.

A Taste of Matarangi music, wine and food festival

Festival organisers recommend that you come to the festival ready to groove.  Also bring an empty stomach so you can sample everything from the fabulous food stalls! The festival programme runs from 10am until 4.30pm and includes live performances from the talented bands who will get you up and dancing on the Village Green. 

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Whitianga Summer Concert 2019 Artists Announced!

Greenstone Entertainment Ltd. has announced the artist line-up for the annual Whitianga Summer Concert Tour for Sunday 27th January 2019.

Whitianga Summer Concert 2019 -Toni Childs, Supertramp's Roger Hodgson, James Reyne and Mark Seymour formerly Australian Crawl and Hunters and Collectors

Another sizzling hot summer of music will be hitting Whitianga in January with Greenstone Entertainment announcing its line-up of four international acts for the annual Summer Concert Tour. The concerts will feature Supertramp's Roger Hodgson - James Reyne and Mark Seymour formerly Australian Crawl and Hunters and Collectors - and Toni Childs. All of the artists will be bringing their unmistakable hits as part of their Whitianga concert!

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Whitianga Summer Concert 2018

New Artists Announced For Summer Concert

Due to a serious family illness George Thorogood & The Destroyers will no longer be able to perform at next year's Summer Concert Tour. Greenstone Entertainment, promoters of the upcoming sold out Summer Concert Tour, have today confirmed two new artists as part of the annual Whitianga Summer Concert Tour for Sunday 28th January 2018.

In a statement from George Thorogood & The Destroyers management, “Due to a family illness, George Thorogood and The Destroyers will be unable to perform at the upcoming Summer Concert Tour. The Summer Concert Tour will proceed as planned. We sincerely appreciate the support of our loyal fans during this difficult time.”

Greenstone Entertainment are pleased to announce that taking the place of George Thorogood & The Destroyers will be The Orchestra starring former members of Electric Light Orchestra (ELO).

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A Taste of Matarangi 2020 Tickets On Sale

The date for the annual A Taste of Matarangi festival on Saturday 4th April 2020 is set - and tickets are now on sale!

A Taste of Matarangi food and wine festival is held in the picturesque seaside village of Matarangi at the local Village Green. It's a great relaxed day out to enjoy with friends and family. Listen to fantastic local live music, feast on delicious food and sip fine wine and the best craft beers in the region. Don't be slow, festival tickets sell out fast so get in quick!

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Beach Hop Returns to Whitianga 23rd March

Beach Hop has captured the imagination of the young and old for many years on the Coromandel Peninsula– and this year is lining up to be no exception. Car enthusiasts and rock and roll lovers get ready as the Beach Hop Repco Beach Party returns to Whitianga on the 23rd March!

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Funding secured for local Coromandel artists to continue performing online

Thanks to the Creative New Zealand Arts Continuity Grant, Creative Mercury Bay is now able to continue producing the pilot series of Bubble Bites. Six more episodes featuring exciting local performance artists, will be released every Thursday for the next six weeks.

Creative Mercury Bay have established a YouTube Channel where you can enjoy the latest weekly episode of 'Bubble Bites". This weeks session includes a great local line up of stage artists, singers and songwriters. 

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Business cashflow loan scheme

Government business cash flow loan scheme

Government announced they will provide loans of up to $100,000 to help small to medium sized businesses, including contractors and self-employed.

The scheme provides a one-off government loan for businesses and organisations impacted by COVID-19 to help with cash flow. Applications are open until the 12 June 2020. Small to medium sized businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employee equivalents can apply. The scheme is also open to sole traders and self-employed businesses. 

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TCDC Coastal Panels

Call for volunteers to join Coastal Panels

Are you interested in the Coromandel Peninsula coastal environment and keen to see how solutions can be found to help our communities adapt to coastal hazards and risks? 

Thames Coromandel District Council are seeking expressions of interest from local volunteers to join local Council Coastal panels. Establishing coastal panels is part of the Council's major coastal management project. The project defines flooding and erosion risks to people,  and the social, cultural, economic and natural environment across all parts of the Coromandel Penisula coastline over the next century and beyond.

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Mobile Breastscreen Clinic

Mobile Breastscreen Clinic due in June

The free breast screening mobile clinic has been rescheduled to visit Whitianga, Coromandel, Whangamata and Thames during May, June and July.

The BreastScreen Aotearoa programme offers a free mammogram for any women aged 45-69 who are eligible for free healthcare in New Zealand. The programme advocates that early detection is your best protection.

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Te Waka support centre

New Support centre for Coromandel businesses

Te Waka's Business Growth team has announced that Whitianga businesses will benefit from a new phone-based support centre servicing the Waikato. The centre will target small to medium sized firms and will provide free advice and assistance to organisations affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

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Houseparty on Mobile App

Lockdown Hacks

Having to stay at home has brought about cool lockdown hacks – using apps to connect, work out and learn from home. 

Houseparty, for example is the face-to-face social network that some Mercury Bay Area School students are using to connect with their friends while still at home in their family bubble. The app makes connecting face to face easy, alerting you when your friends are “in the house” and ready to chat so you can jump right into the conversation. Your friends will know you’re in the app and ready to chat, so they can join you for the next best thing to hanging out in person. The app has games built in that you can play with up to eight people.

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Annual Poppy Appeal Day Postponed

The 2020 Poppy Day appeal has been postponed until later in the year due to Covid 19 coronavirus.

The annual Poppy Appeal raises funds for the RSA's support services to war veterans and the ex-service community. Poppy Appeal collectors will be in Albert Street  and Monk Street all day and would appreciate any donation you are able to give!

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TCDC Kerbside Refuse and Recycling

Kerbside Refuse and Recycling Collection Changes – Covid 19 coronavirus

Starting from next week, Monday 30 March, your Kerbside refuse collection will need to be placed in your recycling wheelie bin and will be collected fortnightly. 

Because we’re in a National State of Emergency due to the COVID-19 Alert Level 4, TCDC is now following directives from central government and Civil Defence that radically change the way they deliver services to Mercury Bay residents.

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Unite against Covid-19

What Whitianga Businesses are considered essential services through COVID-19 Level 4 Shutdown?

Do you need to understand which businesses are considered an essential service during the COVID-19 Level 4 shutdown? 

The New Zealand Government has stated that only businesses that are essential to the provision of the necessities of life may remain open during the Level 4 Alert period. The New Zealand Government has provided a list of essential businesses that can operate over this period.

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Whitianga Summer Concert Announces Huge Lineup For 2020!

Greenstone Entertainment has hit a milestone, it's 10 years old! To celebrate this anniversary in style they have announced they are bringing 5 massive acts to Whitianga as part of the Whitianga Summer Concert on Sunday 26th January 2020.

With music spanning the decades, from the late 60s through to early 2000’s, the 2020 line up at Whitianga Summer Concert will star BILLY IDOL, GEORGE THOROGOOD AND THE DESTROYERS, ANASTACIA, CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVISITED and SMASH MOUTH. All of the artists will be bringing their unmistakable hits as part of their Whitianga concert!

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International Music Acts Arrive In New Zealand

It’s only just over a week away until Whitianga will come alive to the sounds of the annual Whitianga Summer Concert on Sunday 27th January (Auckland Anniversary Weekend). Get your friends and family ready for a great day out!

Roger Hodgson from Supertramp

The international acts headlining the tour have started arriving in Queenstown for the Gibbston Valley Winery Summer Concert on Saturday the 19th, the first of three shows to be held across the country. The tour then heads north for the sold out Taupo Summer Concert on Saturday 26 January, followed by the Whitianga Summer Concert on Sunday 27 January (Auckland anniversary weekend)

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Countdown to A Taste of Matarangi Festival

A Taste of Matarangi food, wine and music festival has been a favourite event for friends and family, young and old to attend each year on the Coromandel Peninsula. This years programme of musicians, demonstrations, food and beverage stall holders are guaranteed to offer a special day out on the Matarangi Village Green!  Foodies and music lovers get your tickets quick and get ready as we are on countdown to A Taste of Matarangi on the 7th April!

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A Taste of Matarangi 2018 Tickets On Sale

The date for the annual A Taste of Matarangi festival on Saturday 7th April 2018 is set - and tickets are now on sale!

The festival has all of the favourite elements that makes this a standout event to attend on the Coromandel Peninsula. Located in the picturesque seaside village of Matarangi at the Village Green A Taste of Matarangi offers a day for friends and family to enjoy delicious seafood, local produce, fine wines, craft beers and crowd pleasing entertainment. On top of all that the event has to offer it is also a major local fundraising event to support the Westpac Rescue Helicopter service and Kuaotunu Land Search and Rescue.

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Whitianga Summer Concert 2018

Whitianga Summer Concert Artists Announced!

Greenstone Entertainment Ltd. has announced its exciting artist line-up for the annual Whitianga Summer Concert Tour for Sunday 28th January 2018.

The concerts will feature George Thorogood & The Destroyers, Alanis Morissette and Colin Hay of Men At Work fame. All of the artists will be bringing all their unmistakable hits as part of their Whitianga concert!

At the Whitianga concert you will be able to enjoy the hard driving powerful rock and blues of George Thorogood & The Destroyers, the multi-talented and one of the most influential singer-songwriter-musicians in contemporary music- Alanis Morissette, along with the unmistakable voice and lead singer of one of the most successful Australian Bands - Colin Hay of Men At Work.

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