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Mary Street public space coming to Thames next week and find out what projects are happening in your area

19 February 2021

Welcome to the weekly wrap-up of our latest Council project news, important dates and information about what's happening in our District - all now in one easy-to-read email.

This week's wrap-up:

  • Thames civic heart public space to open next week
  • Get into our Parks Week 2021 events
  • Council and Community Board meeting highlights and upcoming meetings
  • Shoreline Management Plan update
  • Coromandel state highway resurfacing works get underway this weekend
  • Project news
  • Water conservation 
  • Reminder: We’re still in a prohibited fire season
  • Kerbside rubbish and recycling collections
  • Coromandel InterCity Services
  • Biodiversity and Heritage Strategies Survey
  • What's on in the Coromandel?
  • Be in to win with our communications survey

If you missed the last update, read it here. 

Thames civic heart public space to open next week

(Map showing trial Mary St closure and alternate routes (above) and artist's impression of the civic hub public space)

Our new civic space in the heart of Thames will be in place on Mary Street from 7pm Monday 22 February.

Creating this people-friendly place will involve the temporary closure of Mary St at the intersection with Pollen Street for the half block running west to the service lanes towards Queen St. Access to the ANZ car park will be maintained from Mary St.

Improved road marking and signage at the Pollen and Queen St intersections will improve everyone’s safety around the new layout.

The length of the trial public space and the Mary St closure will depend on how the space is used, its effects on traffic flow and the feedback we receive on it. It is a pilot and we’ll be monitoring use of the space and how the street closure affects vehicle traffic.

We’re planning to leave it in place for two months and then will review how it’s working and make any changes in layout based on the review and the feedback.

The materials being used for the public space are temporary and can be easily removed.

The new space will incorporate seating and tables, shade, greenery, lighting, bike racks, road art and designs from Thames artists on concrete planters. It will be ready in time to host the Thames Food and Buskers Festival on 5-6 March. See the artist’s impression above.

Other events coming up are the Beach Hop cruise to Thames on 25 March, the Steampunk Festival from 22-24 April, and the Solarpunk Aotearoa festival on 8-9 May.

The new public space, which is part of our range of Create the Vibe Thames activities to add vibrancy to the town centre, is 90 per cent funded ($320,125.50) by Waka Kotahi/NZ Transport Agency as part of its Innovating Streets pilot programme, with the remaining 10 per cent ($35,569.50) from Thames Community Board.

More information on this project:

Get into our Parks Week 2021 events

There are lots of activities planned on some of the many reserves around our District in Parks Week 2021, running from 6-14 March.

Cycle awareness workshops, cemetery tours, children’s activities, selfie frames and much more have been organised to promote the value of our wonderful parks and open space reserves and to encourage people to get outside and use them.

“We want to get children active in our parks and off the couch by promoting events that we have going on in our reserves," says our Thames-Coromandel District Mayor Sandra Goudie.

We would also like to invite local organisations and communities to arrange events or activities in your local park or reserve that you would normally do inside.

Free community events will have the booking administration free waived for that period. Note: other normal application processes and fees may still apply. 

Here are some of the Council supported events: 

  • Cycle awareness in Whangamatā, Whitianga, Pauanui and Thames. Details to be confirmed.
  • Shortland Cemetery Guided Walk - 20 Danby Street, Thames. Shortland Cemetery. Contact Paula Carr on
  • Fairy Door Finding - Thames Library and Victoria Park. Library at 505 McKay Street and Victoria Park - 405 Brown Street. Popsicle packs can be picked up from the library from 1 March. Kids are to glue together, decorate, and return to the library before 4pm Friday 5 March. Maps can be picked up from 8-14 March to start the discovery.
  • Pics and Portraits in a Park - Painted Frames and Selfie Stands at Thames Museum, Kuranui Bay Reserve and near Thames Small Gauge Railway. From Saturday 6 to Sunday 14 March. Contact Jane Wright on Supported by Menzshed and The Underfoot Gallery.

For more information click here. 

Council and Community Board meeting highlights and upcoming meetings

Our first Community Board meetings for the year kicked off this week to read the highlights from the meetings click here. 

  • Coromandel-Colville Community Board meeting – 9am, Tuesday 23 February in the Coromandel Board meeting room, 355 Kapanga Rd.
  • Mercury Bay Community Board meeting - 9am, Wednesday 24 February in the Mercury Bay Board meeting room, 10 Monk St.
  • Special Council Meeting – 9am, Tuesday 2 March in the Council Chambers.
  • Audit and Risk Committee – 9am, Wednesday 3 March in the Council Chambers.
  • Emergency Management Committee – 9am, Thursday 4 March in the Council Chambers.
  • Shoreline Management Plan Governance Committee – 1pm, Thursday 4 March in the Council Chambers.

Copies of agendas, reports and minutes are available on this page or at Council offices, two days before the meeting.

Members of the public and media are welcome to attend the public part of the meeting. If there’s a report you wish to speak to, register for the public forum of the meeting. See our website here for more information on how to register.

Shoreline Management Plan update

The draft Coastal Erosion Hazard Lines and Coastal Inundation Maps for all areas that were shared at the open days are now available to download on our website -

We’re extending our survey until 5pm Friday 26 February to give you a chance tell us what you think. Complete our online survey here.

If you have any questions or would like to get in touch with us about this project, email:

Coromandel state highway resurfacing works get underway this weekend

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency advises resurfacing works on State Highway 25 in Thames and Kopu and on State Highway 25A on the eastern side of the Kopu/Hikuai summit gets underway this weekend.

Nightworks will be undertaken between MacKay Street and Grey Street in Thames and between Kopu Road and the entrance to Smart Environmental in Kopu on Saturday 20 February. Stop/Go traffic management will be in place during these works with a temporary speed limit of 30kmh.

Nightworks will also be undertaken on the eastern side of the Kopu-Hikuai summit between Sunday 21 February and Tuesday 23 February. Stop/Go traffic management with short durations of Stop/Stop traffic management will be in place, with a temporary speed limit of 30kmh, then 50kmh until the line markings are reinstated.

It is important motorists adhere to the relevant temporary speed limits during these works to avoid damage to their vehicles and ensure their safety and that of other road users and road workers.

These works are part of the Waka Kotahi spring/summer road maintenance programme, which will see repairs and reseals on state highways across the Waikato to ensure the safety and resilience of the network

For more information click here. 

Project updates 

Pauanui skate bowl (pictured above) - Contractor Grind King started grinding and sealing work on Wednesday 17 February and will take approximately a week to finish (weather dependant). They’ll be roping off sections at a time so skaters can still use the areas once completed.

Whangamatā surfborad on Port Road (pictured right) - The surfboard on Port Road has been replaced after being damaged on New Year's Eve.

Whangamatā water treatment plant at Beverly Hills - The retaining wall at the Beverly Hills drinking water treatment plant construction site has been completed. Unlike the other ward areas, there is not just one new treatment plant building, there are small individual treatment plants being built and upgraded at each of the bores. Wentworth and Moana Point will follow -

Whangamatā Harbour Renewals - Structural repair work on the wharf has been completed and the detailed scope of work required to refurbish the adjacent concrete floating pontoon is being finalised. Site works are tentatively planned to take place over one week during May/June 2021 to avoid disruption over the summer.

Whangapoua Meri Te Tai Reserve toilet - The new toilet is open and the old one is being removed at the end of this month.

Tairua skate park - Cory Park Domain has been committed to as the site for a skate facility, as endorsed by the Tairua-Pauanui Community Board at its first meeting of the year. 

A Certificate of Compliance has already been obtained for the Cory Park Domain site from an independent commissioner, stating the facility would comply with our District Plan's rules for the site. Also, most of the feedback received from the community consultation (which was carried out prior to Christmas) supported the Cory Park Domain proposal.

An assessment carried out by Marshall Day Acoustics confirms that the skate park can be constructed and operated to comply with the District Plan noise performance standards at Cory Park Domain, providing that their recommended mitigation measures are put in place in the final detailed design. Marshall Day also state that “no acoustic amenity impacts would result."

Meanwhile, the community is making good progress with fundraising, and currently holds $114,620 in the Tairua Sports and Recreation Trust’s bank account. The Trust is also awaiting the outcome of community grant applications. Once their full contribution of $150,000 is confirmed, and the design has been amended and finalised, construction can commence.

For more information click here. 

Thames park bench upgrade – Tararu South Reserve

One of the two park bench seats on Tararu South Reserve has been removed as it was beyond repair. This will be replaced with the new standard reserve bench type.

Coastal gardening working bees

Join our partners Coastcare - Waikato to help care for the Mercury Bay dunes and coastal reserves this month:

  • Buffalo Beach -  26 February from 8am-10am at 91 Buffalo Beach Rd, Whitianga.
  • Kuaotunu - 17 February from 8.30am - 10.30am at Kuaotunu Black Jack Reserve.

Bring your favourite little spade or garden tool and gloves. Don't forget your water, hat and sunscreen. Click here for more information.

Water conservation 

Please remember to continue conserving water and check our Facebook page for any changes to water restrictions.

Recent rain has given our reservoirs a chance to recover, allowing us to ease restriction levels.

All areas, except for Thames Valley, are now back to Level 1 - no restrictions.

Thames Valley remains on a permanent Total Watering Ban: Hoses, sprinklers and garden irrigation systems are not permitted at any time. This includes a ban on watering lawns and gardens, washing cars, boats, houses, and decks, filling paddling pools and playing under sprinklers. Essential watering of plants, such as vegetable gardens using a hand-held watering can is permitted.

Should demand increase significantly for an extended period, or the water sources fall to an unacceptable level, then it may be necessary to reimpose higher level conservation measures.

Find out more here.

Reminder: We’re still in a prohibited fire season

A prohibited fire season means lighting fires in the open is banned.

Please remember if you're visiting the Coromandel - please no fireworks, Chinese lanterns or bonfires, so we can enjoy a safe summer -

Kerbside rubbish and recycling collections 

We have now moved to our regular schedule of once weekly blue rubbish bag collections and fortnightly recycling wheelie bin and glass crate collections. You can check your recycling week using our Smart Maps portal here.

You can find out more about our Kerbside collections, schedules, and what can be recycled in our district here.

Our extended summer hours at our seven Refuse Transfer Stations (RTS) end on Sunday 21 February. And our regular hours begin on Monday 22 February. Check hours and locations for your RTS at



Coromandel InterCity Services

InterCity is cancelling its services around the Coromandel due to low passenger numbers. Without the international passengers helping to pick up the passenger numbers, these services just aren't financially viable for their operators anymore.

The last day of operation for the 6331, 6332, 6344 and 6345 Thames-Whitianga services will be this Sunday, 21 February 2021.

Biodiversity and Heritage Strategies Survey


We’re sounding out public attitudes towards biodiversity and heritage issues as part of a review of our Biodiversity and Heritage Strategies. These were adopted in 2008 and combine to meet our obligations under various pieces of legislation. The information from the survey will be reported back to the Council mid-2021 as part of the evaluation process.

You can find out more and take the survey here.

What's on in the Coromandel?

Click here to see what events are being held this weekend.

Communications survey

Whether you're a permanent resident, own a holiday home, operate a business or you're a visitor to the Coromandel, we want to make sure our Council is communicating with you the best way we can.

Fill in our short survey for a chance to win a $500 petrol voucher here.