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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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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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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!

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

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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New Zealand Conservation Week

It’s Conservation Week and the Department of Conservation theme for this year is “Healthy Nature Healthy People”. The week aims to get New Zealanders into the natural environment and to be more aware of the link between a healthy natural environment and their own health and wellbeing.

Project Kiwi Kuaotunu

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Kumara Horopito Soup

Kumara Horopito Soup

Our family love this recipe because it is a great winter warmer. There is a touch of spice to gently warm you up on a cold winter day. Fresh corriander on the top of this soup really makes it vibrant and fresh to taste. We also like to add warm bacon on the top as an added bonus. Hope you enjoy. Cheers, Andy

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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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Commemorating James Cook in the Mercury Bay

On November 3 in 1769 Lieutenant James Cook arrived in His Majesty's Bark Endeavour in the Mercury Bay and observed the transit of the planet Mercury. Fast forward into the future and November 2019 will mark 250 years since he stepped ashore.  Across New Zealand and Mercury Bay planning is underway to commemorate this sestercentennial. There will be a range of events in Whitianga and the wider Mercury Bay to celebrate Captain Cook's visit to the area.

Commemorating Captain James Cook in the Mercury Bay

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Scallops on Black Pudding Discs with Cauliflower Puree, Crispy Pancetta and Chilli Lime Chutney

Scallops on Black Pudding Discs with Cauliflower Puree, Crispy Pancetta and Chilli Lime Chutney

We are mighty pleased that our talented Chef Dylon brought this recipe back from Melbourne with him. This is just simply the perfect dish to try as we approach the scallop festival. The only way that I can describe this dish is that it is a fiesta in your mouth! There is a full blend of flavours and textures that compliment each other. You just need to try it to believe it. Cheers, Andy

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