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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 […]

This is CFMs week in news review with John Freer With news of SH25A reopening this side of Christmas, attention has moved to the next piece of critical tourism infrastructure and the possible reopening of Cathedral Cove’s land-based access. The Department of Conversation has continued to state the track to the cove will not be […]

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 Hot Water Beach, Hahei and Whitianga business owners are angered in being excluded from a meeting this Friday, called to discuss critical issues relating to Cathedral Cove by the Department of Conservation. Leading tourism operators such as Hot Water Beach Top 10, Hotties Eatery, Cathedral Cove Park and Ride and Cathedral Cove […]

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 […]

As advised in our story last week, NZTA has now officially confirmed the road will reopen on or before 20 December. The full release from NZTA follows. Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has confirmed that State Highway 25A between Kōpū and Hikuai will be re-open to traffic in time for Christmas – a full three […]

By John Freer Steampunk is not everyone’s cup of tea but those who are into it – they go the whole hog. After a successful three days the organisers of Steampunk Thames are already planning for next year. Gold Rush was the theme, which captured the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Thames Borough. […]

By John Freer & John Grant CFM believes progress on the new bridge has been so good and combined with clear indications including dates for sealing the bridge, that an opening before Christmas is very likely, and we believe a date of 18 December is a real possibility. If this happens it will be an […]

By John Freer Family members of 29-year-old, Jordan van Deursen of Waihi – who has been missing in the Wentworth Valley area for 10 days, are encouraging those walking or using the area to join the search. Jordan’s uncle, Mario Kerkhof, spoke to CFM today, asking people who are in the area, such as hunters, […]

By John Freer On the back of a difficult last 10 months, farmers and people working across the rural sector are now being advised to get their support networks in place for the coming summer. This from a man who has been chairing both the Waikato and National Rural Support Trusts for the past 20 […]

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