Hauraki Herald

Business is back in Whitianga

People packed the sidewalks of Albert Street to watch the Santa parade, which also was officially reopened as part of a ...

One business owner can't believe their cafe financially survived the seven months of works.

Hauraki explore smoking ban

The Hauraki District Council are seeking feedback on smoking and vaping in public areas.

The council were identified as one of only six districts in New Zealand without any smoke-free policy.

$50k sought to protect beach

A group are seeking $50,000 to hire experts for their case in protecting New Chum beach from development.

A Coromandel group are seeking $50,000 to save New Chum beach from development.

Touring at 69 years

Supertramp's Roger Hodgson says he's excited for his Summer Concert tour of New Zealand

The voice of Supertramp is nearing 69 years old, but touring still gives him a thrill.

Tree-hanging rubbish forbidden

Seagulls ripped into a rubbish bag of Neisha Rhind's friend on a Tairua street.

Hanging rubbish for collection in trees now a no-go in the Coromandel.

Man versus mountains

Dan Cosgrove, 28,, will climb eight Waikato mountains in 24 hours, to raise funds for Lifeline.

Dan Cosgrove will now set his sights on eight summits in 24 hours.

No junk for Sport Waikato

Matthew Cooper said Sport Waikato's new Food and Nutrition Policy will guide food and drink choices for meetings and ...

Sport Waikato said they were not only responsible for promoting physical activity, but healthy eating as well.

Coromandel set for alcohol-free holiday

Alcohol will be banned on all beaches and scenic reserves on the eastern side of the Coromandel Peninsula this summer ...

The local council voted for a complete alcohol ban this holiday season despite suggestions for just a night-time ban.

Anglers caught out over comp cash

Bobbie Opperman hauled in a 17.2kg Kingfish in the Kings of the Coromandel Fishing Competition, but walked away without ...

They came for the big money but the only prize was a fish.

TCDC buys land for sports hub

Thames Centennial Pool might have a new home after TCDC purchased land near Totara.

The $1.04 million site will combine with neighbouring council land to be a near-15 acre site.

Mangrove management bill recommended

Mangrove management in Whangamata Harbour has been singled out in a select committee report.

The select committee report recommended TCDC get control over mangrove management from the regional council.

NZ Post to close more branches

Thames' New Zealand Post branch is set to close, along with Whitianga, whilst Kiwibank will open standalone branches in ...

Post offices will be replaced by postal outlets, whilst Kiwibank will open standalone branches.

Pain service turns away majority

Jayne Smith has been on methadone for more than 15 years to treat the pain from her multiple sclerosis.

Bed ridden for three years, Margaret Jayne Smith is just one 70 per cent of patients not seen by the Waikato service.

Vandalised campground set to reopen

A DOC ranger surveys the damage at a Kauaeranga Valley campground in August.

DOC ranger says they are lucky to reopen before summer after 4WD vehicles ruined the grounds in August.

Plenty to celebrate for Thames Valley

The Thames Valley Heartland team with the Meads Cup.

The Swampfoxes had plenty to celebrate after winning the Meads Cup in this year's Heartland Championship. 

First micro-credential awarded following NZQA change

David Hall (left) received his certificate of achievement from BCITO chief executive Warwick Quinn and his employer Tony ...

Changes were made in August to recognise qualifications that were less than the traditional 40 credits.

Thames Coastguard launch new boat

Thames Coastguard launched a new $420,000 boat on Saturday, replacing their 17-year-old one.

Thames Coastguard officially launched $550,000 of new equipment.

Raising awareness for rare condition

Christina Stilwell will take part in the Queenstown Half Marathon with her son George (not pictured), raising awareness ...

A mum and son are raising awareness for Williams Syndrome, a condition only 200 people in New Zealand have.

Domestic tourism winter spending increases

Destination Coromandel are trying to change perceptions of the region being a summer-only holiday destination (file photo).

The Coromandel had a 13 per cent increase in visitor spending on the previous year, with $69 million in domestic visitor spending.

Tree vandals ruin restoration project

Sally Cruickshank thinks it is sad to see any tree killed.

Forest and Bird and local council were working with nearby properties to crown lift pōhutukawa as part of the project.

Thieves target floodgates

Two service beams like the one pictured have been stolen from floodgates in the Hauraki Plains. Thieves also tried to ...

Thieves made off with two steel walkway platforms.

Jumping on cycling tourism

Peter Cranch taking part in the Taniwha on the South Waikato's Waikato River Trails (file photo).

The cost of bringing the Waikato's cycle trails together will cost millions but experts say it's worth it.

Beach parking ban dropped

Hahei is the gateway to the popular Cathedral Cove.

Parking ban at beach town dropped - but it'll could still be a trek to get to the beach.

Tahuna men fight fires

Greg Balme and Iain McDonald have received Gold Stars for their 25 years of service at the Tahuna Fire Brigade.

Iain McDonald and Greg Balme both joined the brigade on the same day in 1993.

A&G Price 'a healthy business now'

A&G Price staff worked 24/7 for three weeks to repair a trunnion for Golden Bay Cement.

Liquidation last year saw them lose 100 staff- now they're securing international contracts.

Historic win for Swamp Foxes

Thames Valley head Coach Matt Bartleet and captain Brett Ranga celebrate with the Meads Cup after defeating South Canterbury.

The team received a simple message from the coaches for the final – work harder and for longer.

Car crashes onto beach

The woman was "jovial and chatty" when helped from the crashed car.

A woman heading to Thames crashed four metres off the Thames Coast Rd onto a beach on Friday.

Dog survives mine shaft fall

Anthea Lowry hangs out with Harlow and her two youngest daughters, Arabella and Georgia (8), and puppy Bowie.

Harlow's owners say the fall changed her and she is lucky to be alive. 

Thames Valley in Meads Cup final

Thames Valley during last weekend's final in Whanganui.

Thames Valley meets South Canterbury in Timaru on Saturday.

Storm stifles summer

Diane Willcocks, manager of the Sunset Motel, said the motel was prepared if another storm came but "you can't stop ...

The January storm is still impacting some businesses in the Coromandel.

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