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Police have closed State Highway 25 between Hikuai and Onemana after a serious accident on the highway between a car and a motorcycle. The motorcyclist has received serious injuries and the road has been closed. Westpac rescue Helicopter in in attendance. The accident was reported at around 12:45pm and we understand is located about 250m […]

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 […]

Three houses were involved in a large fire at Cooks Beach today. Just before 1pm today a fire was reported at a beach front property in Cooks Beach. It quickly escalated when the severity and intensity of the fire threatened neighbouring properties. Brigades from Cooks Beach, HaHei, Hot Water Beach, Tairua, Pauanui and Whitianga were […]

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 […]

By John Freer Call it commonsense or maybe just people overcoming the grinch-like role, and instead just entering into the Christmas spirit. We are referring to Pollen Street, Thames, where the Christmas banners have appeared. There has been plenty of discussion on whether or not the banners would be in place for the coming festive […]

By John Freer Praise yesterday for the two men who controlled traffic on the Thames Coast Road after a lane was blocked – one of them being Hauraki District Mayor Toby Adams. For more than an hour in rain and miserable conditions, Mayor Toby and a friend kept the traffic flowing around a milk tanker […]

It is a feature which Hot Water Beach Top 10 Holiday Park owners, Grant and Sheree Webster, have been contemplating for the entire time they have owned the park. Their Christmas present to themselves, holiday park users and then hopefully the wider community, is a new swimming pool complex. Weather permitting, and a few other […]


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