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Everything you need to know this Easter long weekend on the Coromandel

31 March 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 place. We normally send our weekly wrap-up out every Friday but this week we are sending it out a day early because of Good Friday.

This week's wrap-up:

  • What you need to know this Easter long weekend
  • Easter Kerbside collections
  • Dog rules
  • Be a good egg this Easter on Waikato roads
  • Alcohol Ban
  • What's on in the Coromandel this Easter?
  • Have your say on our Long Term Plan proposals until 12 April
  • Other work happening in your neighbourhood
  • Recreational Services takes on our District’s parks and reserves management contract
  • Lease land for aircraft hangars at Thames Airfield
  • Meeting highlights and upcoming meetings
  • Repco Beach Hop a roaring success
  • NZ Banks are phasing out cheques - what does this mean for us?

If you missed the last update, read it here. 

What you need to know this Easter long weekend

Our Council offices and District libraries will be closed on the public holidays, Friday 2 April (Good Friday) and Monday 5 April (Easter Monday).

If you’ve got any general non-urgent issues, you can fill out a request for service online here or you can send us an email: customer.services@tcdc.govt.nz (please note these are only monitored during office hours).

For urgent enquires you can contact us on our 24-hour service line: 07 868 0200.

Easter Kerbside collections

There will be no Kerbside rubbish and recycling collection on Easter
Monday (5 April). So collections across the district will be one day later that week.

Check the Kerbside schedule for your area at tcdc.govt.nz/kerbside.

Refuse Transfer Stations (RTSs)

Our Refuse Transfer Stations are closed Good Friday (2 April) and are open to their Sunday hours on Easter Monday (5 April).

See tcdc.govt.nz/rts for locations and hours.

Dog rules

A friendly reminder that our dog restrictions are in place on all holiday weekends. This means dogs are prohibited in some areas, like popular beaches, between 9am-6pm.

It‘s important to remember that dogs need to be on-lead when walking around our local roads and town centres. We provide off-leash dog exercise areas which are sign posted and can be found on our website. If you're in doubt about when and where you can walk your dog, keep an eye out for signs and maps, pop into one of our Council offices or head to our website tcdc.govt.nz/dogrules.

Be a good egg this Easter on the road

Plan your holiday journeys in advance to make everyone’s Easter safer and more enjoyable by using the Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency holiday journey planner. This tool shows predicted traffic flow across popular journeys based on travel patterns from previous years which includes the Coromandel.

Every holiday period and long weekend we see large numbers of people heading to the Coromandel, which can cause queues and delays.

NZTA is predicting that State Highway (SH) 25 is expected to be busy at Tairua, with the heaviest traffic expected heading north on Thursday between 1.30pm and 8.45pm, and Friday and Saturday through the middle of the day. Southbound, delays are predicted to be heaviest between 12.15pm and 4.15pm on Sunday and 9.15am and 11.30am on Monday.

Three way stop/go traffic management will be in place at the one-lane Pepe Bridge in Tairua on Thursday, Friday and Monday to assist with the flow of traffic.

Please be patient when driving this Easter so everyone can relax and enjoy their holiday.

Long weekend driving tips:

  • Drive to the conditions, whether it’s the weather, the time of day or amount of traffic
  • Take regular breaks to stay alert and ensure fatigue doesn’t affect your driving
  • Keep a safe following distance from vehicles in front so you can stop safely
  • Be patient - overtaking is unlikely to make a significant difference to your journey time due to the amount of traffic expected over the weekend.
  • Allow plenty of time, remember you are on holiday and avoid the need to rush
  • Check your car is in good "health" before you head off.

Alcohol Ban

Throughout our District, alcohol bans will be in force during holiday periods, including long weekends.

Check out the maps - tcdc.govt.nz/alcoholcontrol. You can't consume or take alcohol into any public place where an alcohol ban is in force.

What's on in the Coromandel this Easter?

Planning what to do with your kids this Easter?

Have Easter themed play doh or lego challenges, decorate easter eggs, make toilet paper roll bunnies, do the bunny hop, or plan an outdoor easter egg hunt. 

Or head over to Colville for the four day Easter Festival. There will be singing, dancing, yoga, t-shirt decorating, a disco for the kids and much more. 

Click here to see upcoming events in the Coromandel.

Have your say on our Long Term Plan proposals until 12 April

We’re out for public feedback right on now on our Long Term Plan (LTP), which sets spending, infrastructure projects and levels of service for the next 10 years.

We’re  hosting our third LTP online forum on Thursday 8 April from 1pm – 2pm. The link to join will be posted on our website. If you have questions you want us to answer on the day email them through to dana.little@tcdc.govt.nz

Here’s a weekly break down of what you get for your rates based on our proposed budget for 2021/22.

In 2021/2022 we're anticipating average rates for the year of $3,222 per rateable property, or around $61.95 per week for the activities and infrastructure we propose in our plan. This is a proposed rates increase of 7.1 percent.

We’re taking submissions until Monday 12 April. Visit tcdc.govt.nz/longtermplan2021 and look at the consultation document available on that page. It outlines our proposals and options. Then follow the steps to have your say online. Or, pick up a copy of the consultation document from one of our Council service centres or District libraries.

Need help?

Just get in touch and we will help you through the process of making a submission. Phone 07 868 0200 or email consultation@tcdc.govt.nz

Other work happening in your neighbourhood

(Pictured above - location of road closure).

Black Jack Road closure, Otama – The Black Jack Road will be closed next Monday 12 April from 8am - 5pm to repair the entrance of the single lane bridge located on Black Jack Road at Otama Beach. There’s currently a speed restriction in place and temporary levelling works have been done. To complete the repairs the road will need to be closed.

There will be no access or detour throughout this period however provisions have been made for emergency services if the situation arises.  We apologise for the inconvenience, and have scheduled the works at a time where we anticipate the least amount of traffic.

(Pictured above - Tamaki Road remembrance poppy sign)

New remembrance poppy signs in Whangamatā - Eileen Hopping, our Council’s Whangamatā Area Manager, has been working with the Whangamatā RSA since early last year to get the information together to register streets in Whangamatā on the Poppy Places Trust website, which identifies roads and parks that are named after significant battles and those who gave their lives.

Whangamatā has several other streets that also qualify for the poppy places street name blades and Mrs Hopping will continue working with the RSA to progress these in the future. The street name blades were funded by the Whangamatā Community Board from  its Whangamatā Natural and Cultural Heritage Grant.

There are seven roads in Whangamatā that have the poppy street name  blades – Achilles Avenue, Ajax Road, Bellona Road, Exeter Road, Leander Road, Tamaki Road and Philomel Road. Get out and about this Easter weekend and check out the new signs.

Find out more about the Poppy Places project on their website poppyplaces.nz

Whangamatā boardwalk - The detailed designed has been completed and an application for Heritage Authority has been submitted, which we expect to hear back on in April.

Brophy's Beach geotech wall maintenance, Whitianga – A friendly reminder that sandbag maintenance will take place from Tuesday 6 April - Friday 16 April as required by the Waikato Regional Council  (WRC) consent. Signage has been installed for the duration of the work and fencing will be installed on Easter Monday. The area will not be accessible due to heavy machinery operating.

(Pictured above: Pepe toilets redevelopment, Tairua)

Pepe toilets, Tairua - The roof construction is well underway and we are expecting to start on the exterior cladding at the end of next week. Meanwhile local landscape company Land and Tree Works are sourcing the same local rock that is currently in the garden for the surrounding landscaping improvements.

This project is thanks to majority funding by the government’s Tourism Infrastructure Fund (TIF). Our Council received $412,000 from the TIF, the other half of the cost of the project came from a local Tairua rate. The project is on track to be completed by the end of April. For more information click here. 

(Pictured above - Artist impression of option two for the Pauanui proposed hoggin path)

Pauanui proposed hoggin path, Pauanui Community meeting 

  • 2pm, Saturday 3 April in the Southern Room of the Pauanui Club, 31 Sheppard Avenue.

Following the 77 responses received for the online survey on the proposed hoggin path and dune zone extension that ran over December and January, we would like to give everyone a chance to share thoughts and ask questions on this proposal.

The Pauanui Community Office and Council are holding a two-hour public meeting, and our Coastal Management Team will be presenting for anyone that would like more information on the project.

Click here for more information. 

Create the Vibe, Thames - The create the vibe space has two new wheelchair friendly picnic tables and a bike repair station.

Create the Vibe container days - Give us your feedback

Our staff will be at the Vibe container on Pollen St from 10am - 3pm every Thursday until 22 April for you to pop in and chat and give your feedback on the new Create the Vibe space.

We also have an online survey which is the best way to give us feedback for the new town hub. It's important to share your thoughts with us as it will shape the next stage of the project. 

Take the survey here.

(Pictured above: Brown Street toilet design)

Brown Street toilet, Thames - Work on the Brown Street toilet upgrade will begin after the Pepe toilet upgrade in Tairua is finished. We are hoping to begin in April. The Brown Street toilet upgrade is another TIF project. The current building will be replaced with a new structure to represent a heritage look and a roofline that allows the nearby titoki tree to remain. The budget for this project is $183,626, half is funded by the TIF and half from Council. For more information click here.

Removing summer annuals from entrance to Thames - Summer annuals and herbs/edibles are in the process of being removed from gardens at the entrance to Thames Town on the corner of Jellicoe and Pollen Street, the Thames Library, Council Buildings and Museum. Beds will be fertilised and conditioned and new Winter plantings will be arrive in a fortnight.

Te Puru Hall toilets and domain toilets, Thames - Much-needed improvements to the toilets in the Te Puru Community Hall is scheduled to begin in April now that the scope of the work has been established with the hall committee. The works include making the facility suitable to use for community events and weddings. The hall's septic system has already been upgraded. As part of the same project, the water supply to the nearby public toilets in the domain will be improved.

Replacement parks assets along Thames Coast -  A new seat will be inTararu South Reserve following the removal of an old seat that was removed earlier in the year due to health and safety concerns.

Road works - For a summary of roading activities programmed for our District next week see tcdc.govt.nz/roading.

(Photo, left to right: Recreational Services (RS) Quality and Improvement Manager Graham Norton, TCDC Operations Group Manager Bruce Hinson, RS Regional Manager Damon Brown, TCDC Chief Executive Rob Williams, RS Chief Executive Cameron Parr, TCDC Community Facilities Manager Derek Thompson, and RS People and Culture Advisor Micaela Parker)

After a competitive tender process, Recreational Services has been awarded the contract to manage and maintain our District’s parks, reserves, playgrounds and cemeteries.

Recreational Services is a Kiwi-owned and operated family business founded in 1992 and now tends more than 5,532 parks and reserves around New Zealand and has contracts with hospitals, schools, councils, stadiums and golf courses.

Click here to read more. 

 

Lease land for aircraft hangars at Thames Airfield

Our Council is calling for tenders to lease ground space at Sir Keith Park Memorial Airfield in Thames to build aircraft hangars.

Tenderers should complete the Request for Tender form, available on our website at tcdc.govt.nz/thamesairfieldhangars, and return the form by post no later than 4pm Friday 30 April.

Development at the airfield will be staged, with the first lease sites available for hangars only.

The second stage will involve establishment of accommodation hangars and commercial activities.

In keeping with the airfield designation of the land under our Council’s District Plan, all activities in the airfield precinct, including accommodation hangars and commercial development, must be aviation-related.

"This is such an exciting development for the airfield and for Thames,” says our Mayor Sandra Goudie. “Council staff have been working very closely with airfield users to get the conditions right for the airfield to be used to its maximum potential. We’re cleared for takeoff!”

Development plans for Thames Airfield

Six sites will initially be available to be leased with more to become available later, as will 20 residential hangar sites and land for commercial activity.

Infrastructure including a small internal roading network, parking, water, wastewater and stormwater control will be developed.

Meeting highlights and upcoming meetings

Meeting highlights:

Upcoming meetings:

  • Coromandel-Colville Community Board meeting - Tuesday 6 April, 9am at the Coromandel Town Service Centre, 355 Kapanga Road.
  • Mercury Bay Community Board meeting - Wednesday 7 April, 9am in the Board meeting room, 10 Monk Street.

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 meetings. If you wish to present during a public forum session, please see our website for more information on how to register.

Repco Beach Hop a roaring success

(Pictured above - Katikati students at Beach Hop)

Another outstanding success for the Repco Beach Hop, which celebrated its 21st year in Whangamatā. It was also the first time the Thames Power Cruise event was run, which saw around 800 cars line up on Pollen Street Thames, to showcase retro cars from the decades.

It’s an event for both young and old - students from Katikati College have visited Onemana for R Beach Hop for the last four years – using the event as part of their Geography NCEA Assessment.

The trips allows students to analyse a significant event from a geographic perspective for their assessment. Other schools choose events such as Rhythm and Vines and Auckland Pasifika Festival.

Our Whangamatā Area Manager, Eileen Hopping gave a presentation to students covering all the aspects of the event including the planning involved and impacts (positive and negative) on the social, economic and physical environments. It was amazing to see the students dress up and get into the 50's and 60's theme of the event.

“Beach Hop is a fantastic event for us to study because it is local. We have all seen the cars heading up there every year as they cruise through Katikati,” says Mike Mead, the student’s teacher.

"The field trip helps contextualise the learning and shows the students an aspect of what studying geography could lead to in the future - council work, event management etc. Students have told me in the past that it is the first time at school they can see a relationship between what they are studying and the real world," he says.

(Pictured above - Paeroa students at Beach Hop)

This year Year 13 students from Paeroa College also attended for the first time.

"We thought that it was an ideal opportunity to give them a new experience as only one student in the class had been to Beach Hop before,” says teacher Diane Watton.

"The class is very grateful to Eileen Hopping, who did a great job gathering together data that will be very helpful in their assessment. She was an inspiring speaker who was not at all phased by the rain. The rest of the staff on the ground marshalling the public were also amazing and we are grateful to them for looking out for us in Onemana,” says Diane.

"A special thank you to the Onemana Rural Fire Brigade for treating us to a drink and a delicious toasted sandwich. When the students do their assessment at the start of next term, they will be required to analyse the social, economic and environmental impacts of Beach Hop, and from this they will draw their own conclusions about the positive and negative effects," she says.

This type of learning helps the students understand their communities better and hopefully in the future encourage them to participate in such events as a volunteer or spectator.

NZ Banks are phasing out cheques - what does this mean for us

NZ Banks are phasing out cheques and after Thursday 20 May 2021, our Council will no longer be able to accept cheques as a form of payment. This is not our initiative but a bank-led directive.

For information on other ways you can pay things like dog registrations, LIMs or rates, visit tcdc.govt.nz/paymentoptions.