The Hauraki Coromandel is full of characters - people who influence the lives of those around them, strive to fulfil almost impossible dreams, or just put smiles on the faces of strangers.

 Reporters from local newspaper The Hauraki Herald have been gathering and publishing the stories of these 'characters'.  The newspaper has kindly allowed these stories to be reproduced here ... enjoy!


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Laurie Brunt at Yesteryear Barn.
ENTER the Yesteryear Barn and you enter another world, a world with a vast collection of old fashioned kitchenware, stock
Maureen McCollum.
MAUREEN McCollum was born in Paeroa in 1938, the granddaughter of former mayor William Marshal. Her story, as told to
Paul Heffernan.
THAMES resident Paul Heffernan is a man of many talents. The former primary school principal has dabbled in a variety
Peter Blakeborough.
SITTING at the kitchen table with his latest piece of fiction within reach, author Peter Blakeborough says it is important
Vicky English.
THERE’S definitely more then meets the eye to Thames bed and breakfast owner, novelist and awardwinning carriage driver Vicky English.
Rose Spinks.
Hauraki Herald reporter Gillian O’Neill meet the mother of what is believed to be the first set of triplets born
Tui Frew.
Hauraki Herald reporter Gillian O’Neill meets a retired Thames woman who enjoys life out on the open road.
Jim Green.
Hauraki Herald reporter Jill Cleave talked with Whiritoa man Jim Green, who has developed an extraordinarily strong bond with the
Jean O'Brien.
Hauraki Herald reporter meets a woman who is moving on after two decades of being there for new mums. This
Moe Stevens.
Hauraki Herald reporter Jill Cleave talks with charismatic Waihi Fire Chief, Moe Stevens. Her story appeared in the Hauraki Herald
Perry Dovell.
Perry Dovell, dedicated advocate for the rights of our furry friends, talked to Hauraki Herald reporter Gillian O'Neill about his
David Rushforth.
Hauraki Herald reporter Gillian O’Neill meets a first-time novelist whose life journey has taken him all over the world but
Kerry Doherty.
Hauraki Herald reporter Gillian O’Neill meet a long-time Thames resident and business owner who is keen to dispel a few
Ernie Martinovich.
Hauraki Herald reporter Jill Cleave meets a Ngatea identity and finds out the reason behind his collection of old cars
Gwneyth Wright.
Hauraki Herald reporter Marilyn Molloy meets a Thames woman who is passionate about organic farming and sustainability. Her story appeared

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