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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 […]

Waikato Police have launched Operation Smelter, targeting a group of prolific offenders responsible for multiple aggravated robberies and commercial and retail burglaries in the district. The operation has had immediate success, with arrests made, charges laid, and stolen goods have been recovered. On Wednesday 10 January Police executed a series of warrants in Hamilton and […]

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 […]

A Tairua fisherman left Tairua on his 40ft launch to do some game fishing had logged his trip with Coastguard and expected to spend at least a day enjoying great fishing conditions, instead just after hooking a marlin, he fell into the water and had to watch while his launch that was in gear and […]

Probably one of the luckiest survival stories for some time comes from a fisherman from Tairua who spent 23.5 hours in the water. The 61 year old from Tairua was out fishing by himself  on his 40 foot boat when he hooked a fish he though to be a Marlin. What then happened is still […]

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. […]

A surprise visit to Cathedral Cove yesterday by the Minister for Conservation, Tama Potaka, gave him a chance to see the closed track and talk through potential solutions. Coromandel MP Scott Simpson deflected criticism that business representatives were not invited to the meeting because of the short time frame of the meeting. He did assure […]


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