By John Freer It has been five months since the blue rubbish bags disappeared from outside homes around Thames Coromandel, in their place a new wheelie bin and a second bin for food waste. As expected the introduction of the new kerbside refuge and recycling collection service under a new contractor in Waste Management, in […]

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By John Freer Beach Hop returns for the 24th time in the coming week and the man behind it remains just as enthusiastic as ever. For the more than 200 volunteers who put on the five-day festival, organiser Noddy Watts said it was these people who ensure the event runs well and meets the expectation […]

By John Freer Five key points have been included in the promotional sheet which encourages residents and ratepayers of the Thames Coromandel District, to have their say on the 10-year long-term plan. The obvious one is managing rates, followed by investing more in future planning, investing in connected communities, increasing fees and charges to keep […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

By John Freer Local Coromandel Member of Parliament, Scott Simpson, heads back to Wellington this week as part of the Government, six years after sitting in the wilderness of the opposition. He told CFM he is excited and enthusiastic about being a member of government under the leadership of Christopher Luxon. We interviewed Scott covering […]

By John Freer Acceptance of the regional biking strategy across both the Coromandel Peninsula and Hauraki districts, will now enable a pathway to developing tracks and opportunities. This from Laurna White the Thames Coromandel District Council’s Group Manager Community Outcomes. During the past 12 months a number of organisations, clubs and community groups have had […]

By John Freer Concern and frustration at the Department of Conservation with Coromandel Peninsula tracks, huts and campgrounds not operating to full capacity for the coming holiday season. This on the back of information provided to CFM that a meeting is proposed this week regarding the future of Cathedral Cove, where only selected people are […]

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