Author: John Freer

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By John Freer In simple terms the Mercury Bay Business Association has been banging away for months endeavouring to get action on the reopening of land access to Cathedral Cove. So, when Conservation Minister, Hon Tama Potaka, announced on Friday that the track and cove would be open for next summer, people like Ray van […]

Conservation Minister Tama Potaka has stepped into the closed Cathedral Cove issue announcing today that the reinstatement of the walking access before next summer a priority. The track to the iconic beach – renowned for its natural rock arch feature – was severely damaged by extreme weather events in January and February 2023. The Department […]

The Waikato Regional Council will lift its rates six percent next year under its 10-year long term plan. The increase was signed off by councillors last week. The following is the content of a media release outlining the decision and the reasons for it. Regional council proposes resilience and efficiency-focused 10-year plan – Media Release […]

By John Freer The introduction of a curfew on young people is a suggestion to curb crime in Thames according to the local community board chairman Adrian Catran. This yesterday after four properties in Pollen Street had been hit in one night. Valley Toyota had five windows broken, the Gastronomics ornamental elephant was smashed, graffiti […]

By John Freer After being lost at sea for 12 days and being part of the type of drama, movies comes from, the Betty G is now safely under tow heading towards Tauranga. She is the 12 metre launch from which her owner and skipper parted company while out on a solo fishing trip near […]

By John Freer Salvaging the Betty G, the 12 metre launch which after losing its skipper overboard earlier this month, yesterday ended up on an East Cape Beach, is expected to get underway tomorrow. Skipper and owner, Will Fransen, made his way to Waihau Bay yesterday as did a salvage crew. Will spent 24 hours […]

By John Freer Any conversation about Cathedral Cove must be led by the key stakeholders responsible for the whenua, this according to Thames Coromandel Mayor, Len Salt, in response to a visit this week by the Minister for Tourism to the closed iconic tourism track. The Mayor yesterday provided this information to CFM when asked […]

By John Freer A champion may have been found for those wanting to get the Cathedral Cove reopened in the Minister for Tourism and Hospitality, the Hon Matt Doocey. He visited the site today, afterward being strong in his response to a question from CFM on where the closure of land access sat in terms […]

By John Freer As luck would have it, Claire Bett was a sober driver at a New Year’s Eve party. She noticed a small dog mixing with the partygoers which prompted her to check out a media website photo of a missing dog and its owner. Still not quite sure, at 10pm Claire messaged a […]

By John Freer The closed Cathedral Cove track, the Coromandel Peninsula’s leading tourist attraction, has had a surprise visitor in the Minister for Conservation, Tama Potaka. Local Member of Parliament, Scott Simpson, has confirmed the meeting saying it was an opportunity for the new minister to view area and get an understanding of potential solutions. […]

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