Author: John Freer

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It was a New Year’s Eve where the weather failed to play its part, therefore keeping many revellers indoors, as 2024 chimed in. For both residents and holiday homeowners it was most probably a calendar rollover which came with a huge sigh of relief. Gone was the year which caused major lifestyle, community, business, and […]

Congratulations and appreciation have been extended to former Whangamata Medical Centre owner Dr Michael Miller, who in the New Year’s Honours list has been awarded a QSM for services to rural health. After arriving in the town, in 1995 Dr Miller developed Whangamata’s first purpose-built medical facility. He also founded the Whangamata Community Health Charitable […]

Following successful public Christmas events in Thames, Paeroa and Waihi, the holidaymakers have made a welcome return to the Coromandel Peninsula. Jeni  Ashman of Coromandel Town told us that the town was pumping, and it was the busiest she had seen it. Her comment about happy tourists all enjoying buying, eating, drinking, swimming, fishing and […]

People riding bikes around holiday spots and not wearing helmets is a recipe for a potential serious accident. As a result, authorities are calling on everyone riding a bike, even over short distances, to wear a helmet. Whangamata Community Board chairman, Dave Ryan, has witnessed several people riding through his town without helmets. He also […]

With Fire and Emergency NZ declaring a Restricted Fire Season for the Coromandel Peninsula through until early February, warnings are being issued as the region dries out. FENZ has also banned the use of private fireworks within Thames-Coromandel District during this period – it excludes already planned and approved public fireworks displays such as Tairua […]

By John Freer State Highway 25A – the Kopu-Hikuai Road, is open. It is the one Christmas present that everyone was quite happy to allow the gift wrapping to be ripped off early – today’s reopening and the opening of the new 124 metre Taparahi Bridge. The opening of the $43 million project comes three […]

By John Freer Off-duty fighters and firemen on holiday turned out on Saturday to fight a major house fire at Cooks Beach. The blaze involved four houses – one being destroyed two others being slightly damaged. More than 40 firemen were involved from Cooks Beach, Hahei, Whitianga, Tairua, Pauanui and Whangamata. Cooks Beach Chief Fire […]

Fire fighters from Whangamata, Pauanui and Onemana were being praised last night, saving a townhouse in Onemana during a car fire. The vehicle, parked in a carport, was fully ablaze when volunteer fireman arrived on the scene just after 10pm.  The quick action limited the house damage to a front wall and roof, the car […]

Kelly Austin has this thing that whenever she sees a person or animal in need, then she has to help. For the former Whitianga resident who now lives in Bali, this approach to life has led to the establishment of a pet rescue facility in her adopted homeland. Women’s Day has now captured and told […]

By John Freer Over recent days, CFM has spoken to several people who rely on the Cathedral Cove international tourism market. Hahei based, Phil Ander, holds real concern for the reputational damage being caused to the region’s international tourism product as a result of the on-going closure of the Cathedral Cove walking track. Phil quoted […]


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