Latest News & Public Notices

Highlights and challenges of an extraordinary year and other work happening in your neighbourhood

13 November 2020

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, sent every Friday.

This week:

  • Highlights and challenges of an extraordinary year – 2019/20 Annual Report adopted
  • Coastal Panels hit the road for our Shoreline Management Plan project
  • Other work happening in your neighbourhood
  • We need your support - Please start conserving water now
  • Outdoor dining and outdoor displays
  • Statutory timeframes - The clock is ticking
  • Community Board meeting highlights and upcoming meetings
  • Event’s happening in the Coromandel
  • Our Economic Development update focuses on Coromandel's construction boom
  • Have your say on the draft Reserve Management Plans (RMPs) for Mercury Bay
  • Our Council road and resealing work continues
  • Emergency Mobile Alert nationwide test
  • Congratulations to the Thames Seagull Centre -  finalists in the Beautiful Awards

If you missed last week's update, read it here. 

Highlights and challenges of an extraordinary year – 2019/20 Annual Report adopted

Drought and then COVID-19 challenged us in the last financial year.

Our Council has adopted the Annual Report for the 2019/20 financial year, closing the reporting loop on our planning and budgetary cycle.

The Annual Report focuses on what we said we would do for the year, comparing service levels and spending that were delivered to what was promised in the Annual Plan.

The final Annual Report will be available to view very soon, once the independent auditor’s report, which has been completed, is inserted.  The auditor’s report provides an opinion on the financial statements, the statement of service performance and other disclosure requirements presented in the Annual Report.

You can read the Annual Report, minus the auditor’s report, here.

“The summer months saw the district in drought, bringing hardship for some and a boom for others as visitors again flocked to our district,” our Mayor Sandra Goudie says. “We are now living in extraordinary times due to the impact of COVID-19 and are all adapting to the changes we have to make to the way we live, work and play.”

Our response to COVID-19 initially focused on public health and welfare, providing items such as emergency food parcels to more than 6,000 people in the district and surrounding areas, in collaboration with other agencies.

Our Economic Development team focused on connecting small to medium businesses to support agencies, launched a support local campaign, held online forums to connect and support industries such as construction, hospitality and tourism.

Some highlights of 2019/20:

Water Supply:

  • 10 water supply networks produce 5,923,640m3 of water a year – that’s more than enough to fill 2,369 Olympic-size swimming pools
  • Avg consumption per day per resident - 517 litres
  • 534km of water pipes – nearly the distance from Thames to Wellington
  • 19,709 water connections
  • $4.6 million spent on water treatment plant upgrades over the year to ensure compliance with current NZ Drinking Water Standards: Tairua completed, Pauanui begun. Whitianga completed in 2019. 

Solid Waste:

  • 16,481,620kg of rubbish collected and processed – equivalent to the weight of more than 200,000 people if they each weigh about 80kg

Roads and Footpaths:

  • We maintain 705km of roads and footpaths – about the distance by road from Thames to Blenheim
  • We delivered $18.2 million in road maintenance and renewals with an NZTA subsidy of $10.4 million
  • Coromandel Town’s main street was upgraded to reduce the road camber, improve traffic flow, make parking easier and safer and protect building verandahs

Wharves and Boat Ramps:

  • We maintain 13 wharves and 21 boat ramps.
  • We made significant upgrades to a number of boat ramps, including Robinson Road Whitianga, Royal Billy Point Pauanui, Pleasant Point Pauanui.

Public Toilets:

  • Successful applications to the Tourism Infrastructure Fund enabled us to upgrade a number of our more than 90 public toilets (nearly twice the number Hamilton has), including Onemana, Whangapoua and Hahei.

Operationally, our Council ran a deficit of $4 million due to unbudgeted increased operating costs in solid waste and roading, combined with the impacts of COVID-19 on Council activities.

We’re looking at getting back to a balanced budget moving forward through the Long Term Plan (LTP) for 2021-2031, which sets our budget, project and service priorities in detail for the next three years with a longer-term view out to 10 years.

You’ve already told us to pack light, so we’re planning a core business budget to build and maintain the essentials such as roads, water services, rubbish and recycling, and parks and reserves. We’ll be holding a formal consultation on the details of the LTP around March next year, but to help us prepare the LTP packing list, we want to hear from you about what you want to take on the journey. Go to tcdc.govt.nz/longtermplan2021 to take a short survey on proposals we’re looking at around increasing user fees and charges,  generating other sources of revenue, changing service levels – to minimise rate increases.

Coastal Panels hit the road for our Shoreline Management Plan project

(Pictured above: A site visit by the Coastal Panel for Coromandel Town Coast to Kennedy Bay)

Members of our new Coastal Panels have now toured our district, looking at areas of current and future risk of coastal inundation, erosion and sea level rise.

The site visits followed on from the initial orientation workshop last month, where coastal panellists came together as they start working as advisors on our Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) project, which is all about helping our communities and coasts adapt to hazards.

To read more, click here.

Other work happening in your neighbourhood

Flaxmill Bay toilet refurbishment – (pictured right) Interior and exterior painting is expected to be finished today and the new garden has been planted.

Thames Centennial Pool -  We plan to re-paint the pool along with replacing the capping tiles and re-grouting the tiles inside before peak usage over summer.

Tairua skate facility - Tell us what you think of the concept design by filling out the survey on our website before it closes on Friday 4 December.  You can also find out more information about sponsorship opportunities – tcdc.govt.nz/tairuaskate.

Pauanui skate bowl - The grinding and resurfacing has been delayed until 18 January 2021 due to the contractors availability.

Pictured above: Work continues at Whitianga skate park. 

Proposed Te Ariki Tahi/Sugarloaf Wharf Development

Te Ariki Tahi/Sugarloaf Wharf Limited (a company comprising Coromandel Marine Farmers Association (CoroMFA), our Council, and the Ministry of Business and Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is redeveloping Te Ariki Tahi/Sugarloaf Wharf to provide separate commercial, and recreational activities. Resource consent applications will be made in due course Please come along to one of our open days to find out further information:

  • Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 November, 2pm – 8pm in our Coromandel Town Office, 355 Kapanga Road.

If you are unable to attend the open days and would like to find out further information about this proposal, please contact Nicky Sedgley at Mitchell Daysh, 021 246 0330 or nicky.sedgley@mitchelldaysh.co.nz.

For more information on this project see tcdc.govt.nz/tearikitahi.

Thames – Your Place, Your Choice

It’s time for Thames to vote on two design options to create a dynamic, people-focused, safer heart for Thames at the intersection of Mary and Pollen streets.

We had 270 responses to our survey, 480 visitors to Create the Vibe – Thames container HQ when we had it open for two weeks in September, feedback from 100 of our school students, and insights from a group of 20 community champions.

We’ve taken everything you’ve told us and there are now two design options to consider to create a people-friendly civic hub in Thames.

Some things to remember: this project is 90 per cent funded by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency; this is a trial that will utilise cost effective, temporary interventions to test what works and what doesn’t work; whatever we put in, we can move around or take out.

To check our the design options and vote on them come to the Create the Vibe – Thames container HQ at the corner of Mary and Pollen streets between 16 – 21 November, open Monday to Friday 10am – 3.30 and Saturday 9am – 1pm. tcdc.govt.nz/createthevibethames.

Pauanui water treatment plant official opening


We need your support - Please start conserving water now

All areas in our district are now on Level 2 'Conserve Water' which means you need to keep using water carefully.  A reminder that Thames Valley has a permanent total watering ban in place.

We need everyone’s co-operation and support to use water wisely and pull through the summer peak period. Check out our website for water conservation tips including how you can start collecting your spring rainwater. 

Click to watch.

You can view the latest reservoir levels from October 2020 compared to October 2019 on our website here.

Outdoor dining and outdoor displays

We love to see our district flourish and wish to encourage ways to display its vibrancy. One such way is for our businesses to make use of our footpaths, not only does this aid in showing the diversity our districts hospitality and retailers have to offer but also enhances the rich and vibrant culture we wish to create.

It is important to maintain the balance between functionality and public accessibility and safety. We aimed to achieve this by the establishment of our Activities in Public Places Bylaw 2017 -Te Ture a-Rohe ki nga Wahi Marea, which states any outdoor dining and/or displaying of goods requires a licence.

If you wish to display goods outside or offer outdoor dining please visit our website here to download an application form. If you have already engaged council but do not hold a current licence, you will receive either a letter or phone call from us in order to restart the licencing process.

While there is a $100 application fee, we would like to offer our businesses a waiver of the lease fee ($10 per sqm).

If you have any questions or wish to know more please contact our customer service team at customer.services@tcdc.govt.nz or on 07 868 0200.

Statutory timeframes

Statutory timeframes for processing applications for consents, Land Information Memoranda (LIMs) and alcohol licences pause over late December to early January. Make sure you get your application in on good time to have it processed before the Christmas holiday. See the relevant section of our website for the deadlines and more information.

Special Licence Applications for summer

If you’re looking to hold an event where you want to sell or supply alcohol over the Christmas and New Year period here’s some things you need to know:

Then here are some things you need to know:

  • We must receive your application(s) before Sunday 22 November 2020
  • Special licence applications must be received at least 20 working days* (preferably more) before your event date
  • For large events it's recommended you apply well in advance of the 20 working days
  • Late applications won’t be accepted

*Working days don't include public holidays, weekends and the period from 20 December to 15 January inclusive.

If your application is contested (opposed or objected to), it will go to a hearing in front of the District Licensing Committee and any decision about your application will take longer.

Need advice? Contact us if you have any questions, email customer.services@tcdc.govt.nz or phone us at 07 8680200.

Community Board meeting highlights

This week the community boards for Coromandel-Colville and Thames met to discuss important topics and projects happening in their areas.

You can listen to the unedited audio recordings of the meetings on our website or check out the highlights:

And the previous week’s board meetings:

Upcoming meetings

  • Council meeting - 9am, Tuesday 8 December, Thames Council Chambers, 515 Mackay St.
  • Emergency Management Committee meeting - 9am, Wednesday 9 December, Thames Council Chambers, 515 Mackay St.

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 is a report you wish to speak to, you may do so in the public forum of the meeting. See our website here for more information on how to register.

What's on in the Coromandel?

Next week the Auckland Food Show will be running from 19-22 November and once again our Council will be supporting the Coromandel Food Collective and showcasing homegrown food and beverage products. 

The  exhibitors representing the Coromandel Food Collective this year are Blue Fridge BreweryMercury Bay Winery, Uncle Dunkle’s Chilli SaucesThe Cheese Barn at Matatoki and Omahu Valley Citrus.

We're offering Coromandel food lovers the chance to win two double passes to the 2020 Auckland Food Show, where some of our local artisan businesses will be showcasing their products on our Coromandel Food Collective stand. Keep an eye out on our Facebook page.

And don't forget, Repco Beach Hop is coming up (25 - 29 November). Alcohol bans and road closures will be in place. Further details will be on our website early next week - tcdc.govt.nz/events.

For more events coming up, click here.

Our Economic Development update

You can read our Economic Development update here which focuses on Coromandel's construction boom. It also looks at:

  • Learn more about the Te Ariki Tahi/Sugarloaf Wharf development
  • Create the Vibe Thames - design options to consider
  • Free business advisor sessions available
  • Economic intelligence - Waikato region
  • Fullers Ferry Coromandel service back-in-action 
  • COVID-19 business support funding
  • Looking for staff? These leads could help
  • Funding available for arts and culture recovery
  • Our Coromandel magazine - out now
  • Events update
  • i-SITE and Visitor Information Centre hours

Have your say on the draft Reserve Management Plans (RMPs) for Mercury Bay

The draft Mercury Bay Reserve Management Plan is out for your feedback until 7 December.

Go to tcdc.govt.nz/haveyoursay for more information and to make an online submission.

Our Council road and resealing work continues

The road and resealing work on our Council roads across the district continues this weekend and next week. Please remember to park off the road on the scheduled day so work can proceed.

As this work is dependent on weather, we're updating our website and Facebook page daily, also listen to the local radio stations.

You can view a summary of other scheduled weekly roading activities in our district on our website - tcdc.govt.nz/roads.

Emergency Mobile Alert nationwide test

National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has publicly announced the date of the Emergency Mobile Alert (EMA) nationwide test - Sunday 22 November between 6pm-7pm.

Emergency Mobile Alert is a way of receiving information about emergencies in your area. If your life, health or property is in danger, Emergency Mobile Alerts can be sent to your mobile, without needing to sign up or download an app.

Find out more here.

Congratulations to the Thames Seagull Centre

A huge congratulations to the Thames Seagull Centre who were finalists in the Beautiful Awards for the Community Environmental Initiative award.