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Whangamata RSA Combined Services Day

There was a huge turnout at the Whangamata RSA Combined Services Day commemorations this year. This event is always on my calendar as it is a great opportunity to honor our veterans and and those that went before them.

It is also a great opportunity to acknowledge all those that serve in our Defence Forces today and the people that support them. I also got to catch up with some friends from the district including Whangamata RSA President Geoff March and the New Zealand Royal Navy's Rebecca Nelson.




Two Gold Stars in One Night 

A big crowd gathered when Kevin Hickey and Todd Sherburd of the Tahuna Volunteer Fire Brigade received Gold Star Awards for their service to the brigade. A Gold Star represents 25 years of dedicated volunteer service and is a huge achievement. Our volunteer firefighters are some of the most hardworking people in our electorate and their time, effort and dedication to their community is truly inspirational. I would like to once again congratulate both Kevin and Todd for their outstanding service. These awards were definitely well-deserved.



Around the Peninsula

We have a number of great local newspapers around the Coromandel electorate. 

The Mercury Bay Informer is a good example. I caught up with Editor Stephan Bosman in Whitianga for a chat about local issues and what Whitianga businesses are thinking. I look forward to catching up with him again sometime soon in Whitianga! 

Look out for my regular monthly column in The Mercury Bay Informer.



Scallop Festival

Delicious seafood is a hallmark of the Coromandel. Scallop Festival 2019 was fantastic! It was a beautiful classic Coromandel day and the scallops were superb. The festival had it all. Scallops cooked, raw, any way you could possibly think of and they were delicious.  Big thanks to the organisers, volunteers and vendors. It was wonderful to have a sold-out event in Whitianga with so many out-of-town visitors spending time and money in our patch.


Local Government Elections 2019

Local Government Elections are in full swing. Voting papers have been sent out and from the look of the various hoardings, brochures and flyers it’s shaping up to be an exciting election. If you haven’t already, please do post your vote. It’s such an important part of our democracy and if you don’t vote, you lose your right to complain about the outcome. Good luck and best wishes to all candidates offering themselves for election. Post your vote today!

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