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Our first chat this morning to Coromandel MP Scott Simpson since his promotion to front bench in new Todd Muller lead National Party. Simpson continues to hold the Environment and Climate Change portfolios, with the addition of the Resource Management Act Reform and Planning portfolio. Calling from Wellington Airport after Parliament sat until midnight under […]

20 year old Matarangi swimmer, Ella Tomkins, was awarded Freshman Of The Year after a very successful first year at McDaniel College, Maryland, USA. Ayana caught up with Ella today about how COVID has impacted her, what US college life is like, and the hardest part of it all. Ella said it is really busy […]

Chance Taiaroa Wiari Haddon has the cool, the passion, and the talent to not just make great music, but to bring people together. Appearing on Episode 6 of Creative Mercury Bay’s Bubble Bites at 5:30pm this evening, he will be performing his original songs Say/Get and Life Goes On. Rick interviewed Chance this morning in […]

Bellyful Whitianga have completed their first post lockdown Cookathon to provide meals for those in need. Three hours in the MBAS kitchen with a small team of 7 volunteers resulted in 98 meals cooked, packaged and ready to fill bellies! Franziska Jack spoke to Brooke and said the meals will be delivered to families with […]

Low interest rates mean people have been queuing to view houses around the Coromandel Peninsula. Kerry from Trinity Network Thames said that they have been busy with interest from out of town and overseas due to the safe environment that Thames/Coromandel has to offer. “A lot of the buyers that are coming from out of […]

Rex’s friend recently came across a very upset and lost gentleman who had come into Thames and couldn’t work out how to get home. This is more common than you might think. Alison Choppin from Search and Rescue said that people going missing in a town are really difficult to find, and it takes a […]

Thames might be the first in the Southern Hemisphere to have pet and human crematoria under the same roof. It is one of 16 pet crematoriums in Aotearoa and is the only one where you can get same day cremations and have your pets ashes returned to you by 4:30pm the same day. Adrian Catrin […]

The funeral industry pushed the Government to increase funeral sizes from 10 to 50 people, but this Friday gatherings are leaping to 100 people. Adrian Catrin from Twentymans Funeral Directors in Thames chatted to Rex this morning about his concerns controlling numbers. “Some of the clusters, in fact most of the clusters which have broken […]

Sandra Goudie explained to Rick this morning how school kids, creativity, and a $500 prize from TCDC, could go a long way in positively helping local businesses. TCDC will award $500 to the school of the person who creates the best 60 second video of why people should visit their neighbourhood. “I think kids are […]

The Lost Spring is working hard to reopen for Queens Birthday weekend. The lockdown has proven tricky for this iconic Coromandel business, but they’ve still managed to do deep cleaning, landscaping and mechanical work and will be ready for eager clients this weekend. Rick interviewed CEO Alanna Kline this morning and she outlined the new […]


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