On behalf of the Department of Conservation (DOC), I would like to thank all those who came together in an effort to refloat the pilot whales which stranded at Colville Bay earlier this month.
The stranding, which took place over two days and nights between October 17 and 19, demonstrated the great community spirit of the northern Coromandel, with local community members first on the scene in an immediate response which largely contributed to the successful re-floating of the pod that evening.
I would particularly like to thank Hauraki iwi, Dave Hamon, members of the Colville community and the area’s rural fire brigade, Colville Sailing Academy, MEG, Project Jonah, WRC Harbour Master, Massey University, James Drainage and the Mahamudra Centre for Universal Unity for their collective efforts during the stranding.
Marine mammal strandings are difficult and emotional events. People have a strong connection to these animals, and whales in particular. Pilot whales are notorious for multiple strandings, and with both tide and time against our efforts it was a remarkable achievement to save the majority of this pod.
I am continually humbled by the passion, commitment and dedication shown by those who support these efforts. The events that unfolded over course of the stranding became a superb demonstration of co-operation, and a commitment to conservation of wildlife.
Thank you all.
Coromandel District Operations Manager
Department of Conservation
Tuesday May 18th is INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM DAY and the theme for 2021 is “RECOVER and REIMAGINE”.
Just like all Museums around the world, Thames Museum has seen visitor numbers drop due to international travel restrictions. As we actively engage more with our community the response from Thamesites has been heart-warming. We really appreciate all the visits and encouragement we are getting from locals. Thank you, wonderful people! You are keeping us going.
“Reimagining” our museum spaces, we have set up activities for children and broadened our free family history research resources. Our displays are constantly evolving.
Thames Museum is run entirely by volunteers. If you would like to join our volunteer teams, please call in or phone 0278686072. We’re open Friday to Wednesday, 10am to 3pm.
Wednesday 19th May, with guest speaker. 9.30 am, St James Union Church Hall, Pahau St, Thames. Show your support for our family history research group by coming along, participating, voting and joining the committee.
We're very excited to announce Competenz as our new Neighbourly partner. Competenz is an Industry Training Organisation and helps people develop their skills on the job.
We truly believe in the work they do to help people gain apprenticeships, build their skills and work alongside New Zealand businesses.
Please join us in welcoming Competenz and stay tuned for job listings and other exciting content!