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.
The All About Whitianga website has created a special takeaways section to make it easy for you to view menus and delivery options available from local businesses during Alert Level 3. If you need a takeaway or coffee fix in your lockdown bubble we have you covered!
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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.
Which businesses are providing essential services or deliveries in the Whitianga area during the COVID-19 Level 4 Lockdown?
Mercury Bay Area School have started the school year with a brand new cutting edge website that will cater more effectively for the needs of its growing online audience.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Children’s Day has been running since early 2000, and this Sunday 6 March is national Children’s Day. The purpose of the day is to provide a specific date in the calendar to encourage us all to take some time out as families, carers and friends to celebrate the children in our lives.
You probably know someone who volunteers, or you are a volunteer yourself. Saturday 5th December marks International Volunteer Day. It’s an opportunity to celebrate the many volunteers in our Coromandel communities and to say, “cheers volunteers”.
Halloween is getting ready to knock on your door this Saturday 31st October. There will be ghouls, ghosts, goblins, pumpkin people and scary fairies preparing to take to the streets for some fun, laughter and the promise of some prized sugar-laden treats.