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Kerbside collections, dog rules, summer office hours, fire and water restrictions - everything you need to know in our weekly wrap-up

24 December 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. Usually we send this on a Friday but we’re sending this special Christmas edition early.

This week:

  • Everything you need to know this summer in the Coromandel
  • Let's have a stunner, don't let COVID-19 stop the summer
  • Ride Coromandel bike park open day
  • Other work happening in your neighbourhood
  • Thames-Coromandel Shoreline Management Plans
  • Let's talk - How should we use our Whangamatā reserves?
  • Have your say on our Freedom Camping Bylaw review
  • Thames Airfield Development - Stage One cleared for take-off
  • What's on in the Coromandel?

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

Everything you need to know this summer in the Coromandel 

For everything you need to know this summer about our Council services, and more on the Coromandel, go tcdc.govt.nz/summerinfo.

We’re in a prohibited fire season

A prohibited fire season - means lighting fires in the open is now BANNED.

Principal Rural Fire Officer Matt Cook says the Coromandel is very popular with summer tourists and Fire and Emergency wants to reduce the risk of potential wildfires as much as possible.

“We are likely to see more people coming to the area from all over New Zealand this year, and we’d like them to be familiar about what they can and cannot do once they get here,” he says.

The Coromandel is still pretty dry from drought conditions over the past year - so if you're visiting here - please no fireworks, Chinese lanterns or bonfires, so we can enjoy a safe summer.

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How will I know what restrictions are in place?

There are five levels of restriction to manage our water supply:

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Our water on the Coromandel is taken from rivers, streams, and bores and treated to make it safe.  The amount of water our Council can take from any water source is limited by resource consents as well as the volume a source can provide. We do not have an unlimited supply of water.

During peak holiday periods, the population in our district can triple and this puts a high demand on our water supplies. Therefore, our Council sometimes has no option but to impose water restrictions to ensure customers have enough water for day to day essential purposes.

Our District is currently on a Level 2 - Conserve water. Residents are asked to keep using water carefully to ensure our supply continues.

A reminder that Thames Valley has a permanent total watering ban in place.

Please ensure you stay up to date with restrictions and conserve water where appropriate.

Changes to water restrictions

We'll continue monitoring water use in our nine urban and two rural water supply schemes regularly and reviewing our water restrictions daily. For updates on water restriction levels:

  • Check the signs around town and keep an eye out on your travels for updates displayed on our VMS trailers: 
  1. Whangamata Fire Station (pictured right)
  2. Hahei Fire Station
  3. Whitianga- Joan Gaskell Drive (near to the Warehouse)
  4. Coromandel Town – Tiki Road (near the Anglican Church)
  • See our website for more information on restrictions and tips on how you can conserve water – tcdc.govt.nz/waterrestrictions.
  • Sign up to our e-newsletter – tcdc.govt.nz/subscribe
  • Follow us on Facebook
  • We have ads in local newspapers across the Coromandel and regular spots on local radio stations – so stay up to date.

Please report water wastage and water leaks to our customer services team on 07 868 0200.

Residents and visitors are asked to comply with the water restrictions for the good of the community, but we will be looking at prosecuting where restrictions are continually ignored, despite warnings. People can be fined on conviction up to $20,000 for breaching our Water Supply Bylaw.

Weather predicted for next week 

There is no rain expected for the Coromandel until 6 January. The odd shower will swing through, but there is no value in any of it for the soil. 

Our Council summer office hours


Whitianga and Whangamata Offices

  • Thursday 24 December – Open – 8am – 3pm
  • Friday 25 December – Closed – Christmas Day
  • Monday 28 December – Closed – Boxing Day
  • Tuesday 29 December – Open – 9am – 3pm
  • Wednesday 30 December – Open – 9am – 3pm
  • Thursday 31 December – New Year’s Eve – Closed
  • Friday 1 January – Closed – New Year’s Day
  • Monday 4 – Closed – Statutory Public Holiday
  • Tuesday 5 January – Open – Normal opening hours resumes across all Council offices

Thames and Coromandel Service Centres - Closed

  • Closed from Christmas day untill 5 January.

Our Customer Services phone line will still be operating 24/7 over this period 07 868 0200.

Dog rules 

On the Coromandel we are lucky to be able to take our best canine buddies almost anywhere. At this busy time of year we want to make sure everyone can enjoy our public spaces and there's a safe environment for dog and non-dog people.

A friendly reminder that our summer dog restrictions are in place from Sunday 9am 20 December until Sunday 31 January, and on all other holiday weekends. This means dogs are prohibited in some areas, often the main beach, between 9am-6pm.

Knowing where you can take your dog on or off lead is easier now our local rules and signage are clear and easy to understand for both our residents and visitors. We have a new traffic light sign system (green = off lead, orange = on lead, red = no dogs allowed). We also simplified the message and created flip signs that change to give the right message for that specific period.

Please take note as dog owners can be fined $300 for having a dog off-lead in an area that’s not designated as off-lead, or failing to immediately remove their dog’s poop 💩 from a public place and disposing of it adequately. We have some great dog exercise areas where your dogs can be exercised off lead during this period. Check out our website for details - tcdc.govt.nz/dogs.

Kerbside summer collections

Our summer Kerbside collection service begins Saturday 26 December 2020 and ends Saturday 30 January 2021. Collections are not delayed after public holidays during this period.

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

We are now only collecting plastic types 1 and 2 for recycling. Plus tins, paper and cardboard as usual. Bags hung from trees or poles, or left in a cage, will not be collected. Our Refuse Transfer stations are currently open to extended hours until Sunday 21 February 2021. Hours and locations: tcdc.govt.nz/rts

Alcohol Ban 

Our Council's Alcohol Control Bylaw consists of year-round, 24/7 town centre alcohol bans, as well as Christmas/New Year and long weekend alcohol bans on many of our beaches and seaside reserves. From 4pm Wednesday 23 December - 4pm Wednesday 6 January 2021, an alcohol ban is in place, covering all places indicated on the maps - tcdc.govt.nz/alcoholcontrol.

You must not consume or take alcohol into any public place where an alcohol ban is in force.

Be safe on the roads this summer

At this time of year, we're joined by lots of visitors  - with many travelling by car or motorcycle on State Highway 25 to enjoy their summer break.

There are 270kms of winding and hilly State Highways in our district, with 983 curves, give or take a few.

We can all do our part to make our roads safer this summer. This means checking your car is safe before your journey, keeping your speed down, driving sober, watching for the signs of fatigue and sharing the driving.

Remember to use NZTA's handy tool that shows predicted traffic flow across popular journeys based on travel patterns from previous years which includes the Coromandel. It can be found here. 

Tips for safe driving on your summer holiday:

  • Drive to the conditions, allow plenty of time and take regular breaks to stay alert.
  • Be patient when driving this summer so everyone can relax and enjoy the holidays together.
  • Keep a safe following distance from vehicles in front so you can stop safely.
  • Drive to the conditions - whether it’s the weather, the condition of the road you’re on, the time of day or the volume of traffic on the roads.
  • Take regular breaks to stay alert.
  • Allow plenty of time. You’re on holiday, no need to rush.
  • Vehicle safety
  • Your vehicle must be safe to drive before you set off on your summer holiday.
  • There are basic checks you can do yourself, including:
  • Tyres – minimum tread is 1.5mm but the more tread, the better the grip.
  • Lights – check lights work so your vehicle is visible in poor light.
  • Indicators – ensure all indicators work so people know which direction you are moving.
  • Windscreen and wipers – check for wear and tear so you can see the road safely.

Plan before you party

We want people to reach their destinations safely and remind everyone to plan before you party. 

If you're going out and plan on drinking, organise a sober driver for the end of the night, catch a taxi home, or organise to stay where you are.

It is not just drinking that people need to be aware of either. Research has shown that drivers who are tired are also dangerous on the road.

If you are going to be out late, see if you can sleep there rather than driving. And if you are behind the wheel and start feeling tired, pull over and have a power nap for half an hour. 

If you see someone who isn’t in a fit state to drive, see if they can stay where they are or arrange some other way to get home.

Let's have a stunner, don't let COVID-19 stop the summer 

This summer will be our first under COVID-19 conditions. It’s important we look after ourselves and our whānau over the festive season and summer holidays.

The NZ COVID Tracer app keeps us one step ahead of the virus. Scan QR codes wherever you are, and turn on bluetooth tracing. 

Find out more here. 

Please remember:

  • To wash your hands
  • Stay home if you're sick 
  • Scan QR codes 

Ride Coromandel bike park open day 

(Pictured above - pump track.)

The open day for the Ride Coromandel bike park in Coromandel Town was held on Sunday 20 December with demonstration riding from Jayden Flemming and Bennet Greenough  - BMX racing team mates for Pure Bicycles who earlier in the year finished 2nd and 3rd at the Redbull UCI Pumptrack World Championship qualifier in NZ.

The grade 2, 3 and 4 descent trails were opened, with local riders enjoying the flow and the fantastic tracks now right in their backyard. Also completed was the skills area - this is a balance and coordination challenge trail, which has proved to be quite entertaining to watch as each rider nervously anticipates the obstacles - not just for kids, this is ready for everyone to try.

The Velosolutions Pump track has proved to be very highly regarded by the professionals - a very technical course and will prove challenging for riders and create the foundation for fast skill progression.

Spirit of Coromandel Trust – Keith Stephenson, was thanked for his tenacity over the last 10 years to bring the bike park together and reiterated the need for safety and wearing helmets whilst riding the bike park.

Paul Johnstone and Ally Davey (project managers) acknowledged the support of funders, the local community, iwi, our Council, DOC and contractors.

The Coromandel Foursquare supported the day with a well-received sausage sizzle and was expertly cooked by Lions Club volunteers Sue and Kerry Whittle.

A true community asset that is of world-class standards has so far been achieved.

To follow the progress of the bike park follow their Facebook page at facebook.com/RideCoromandel.

Other work happening in your neighbourhood

Rock revetment work on the coastal margin near Thames Coastal Pathway - Work starts Wednesday 30 December between 7:30am and 10:30am on the Thames Coastal Pathway adjacent to Brown Street just south of the Thames Small Gauge Railway station (see map above).

Our contractor will be doing essential rock revetment works to reinforce the area between the Firth estuary and the adjacent reserve land. Pedestrians, cyclist and other mobility users will be directed around a 100m long section of path for their safety during the works.

Whangamata Boardwalk project - Updated detail on the design incorporating some of the key points and features discussed over the last few Community Board meetings and hui can be found on our website - tcdc.govt.nz/whangaboardwalk.


Tairua skate facility project - We’ve approved a budget of $300,000 funded from the Tairua-Pauanui subdivision reserves  to pay towards the construction of a skate facility in Tairua at Cory Park. The Tairua Sports and Recreation Trust have raised $110,000 in pledges towards the $150,000 needed as community co-contribution. The total estimated cost to complete a skate facility is $450,000. Staff met with the Tairua skate park working group on Monday 21 December for further feedback on the design (pictured) and the design will be finalised in mid-January. More information is on our website.

State Highway bridge maintenance works

  • SH25 Moana Anu Anu - maintenance works completed on Friday 18 December
  • SH25 Hikuai SST Bridge – repair works completed on Thursday 17 December
  • SH 25 Pepe Stream Bridge – Works to repair the ply panels are started Wednesday 23 December and will be completed by Friday 25 December.

Mercury Bay skate park - The skate park was opened to users on Tuesday 22 December. 

There will be some areas of work that we haven’t managed to finish which include the timber decks, shelters and garden planting. We will make these areas safe and usable but are asking that the skate park users please keep off and away from the unfinished areas of the park. The shelters and deck work will be completed late January and the planting is scheduled for later in April when the plants have a better chance of survival.

Mayor Sandra is officially opening the Whitianga Skatepark at 9am on Saturday 9 January 2021. Following the opening there will be the inaugural Coro Scooter Jam, an Ethic-DTC sponsored event.

This is a family friendly event for all ages. To register for the event see snowandstreet.co.nz.

Thames Centennial Pool - The pool is closed until Tuesday 26 January 2021 for painting and other maintenance work. The work is scheduled over this time as the pool use is lower, and doesn’t disrupt the swimming programmes which run over the school terms.

We want to know what you think of the proposed hoggin path walkway in Pauanui


  • Do you want to continue to restore and enhance the resilience of Pauanui Beach dunes to protect against coastal erosion?
  • Do you want access for all members of the public across the reserve?
  • Do you like the proposed hoggin path design in line with the path created at the surf club?
  • What pathway position option (a or b, or other) do you like best?
  • If other, please describe and explain why, and any other comments.

You can view the proposed plan and complete a short survey at tcdc.govt.nz/pauanuihogginpath from 5pm Friday 11 December – Friday 8 January 2021.

(Pictured is proposed route of the path).

Let's talk - How should we use our Whangamatā reserves?

It’s time to review our Reserve Management Plans (RMPs) for Whangamatā.

Reserves are much-loved features of our district, providing opportunities for recreation, as well as a general sense of open space where we can enjoy the simple things such as a picnic with family and friends.

Our Whangamatā RMPs were last reviewed in 2014 and we believe our communities’ needs and expectations of our reserves have changed over this time. For this reason, we are inviting your feedback.

Click here for more information. 

Have your say on our Freedom Camping Bylaw review

Our Freedom Camping Bylaw is being reviewed and we want your thoughts about a few changes we’re proposing to some of the current sites and the addition of one new site.

Our consultation is starts today and runs  to Tuesday 2 February 2021.

To read the full proposals and to have your say online, go to tcdc.govt.nz/freedomcampingreview. Or, pick up a submission form from one of our Council service centres.

Or for more information click here.

Thames Airfield Development - Stage One cleared for take-off


Our Council is calling for expressions of interest from those in the aviation community who may be interested in leasing hangar spaces at Sir Keith Park Memorial Airfield in Thames.

The sites initially available to be leased will be H1 to H5, H7 and H8 on the development plan. Hangar sites H9 to H16 will later become available, as will 20 residential hangar sites and land for commercial activity.

Right now, we want to gauge the level of interest for the six hangars, along with potential ideas for development. A formal tendering process for the six hangars starts Monday 7 April 2021.

This is Stage One of development for the airfield, which is focused on lease sites 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 a highly 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!”

Register your interest

Send your expression of interest in leasing space for an aircraft hangar by 22 January 2021 to Erin Bates, our Council’s District Placemaking Manager and Thames Area Manager, by email via charmian.nell@tcdc.govt.nz or call on 07 868 0200.

What's on in the Coromandel?

There are some great events being held in and around the merry month of December in the Coromandel, which are perfect for all the family to enjoy including;  sports events, concerts and of course, Christmas.

We have another give away this week - we are going to reward a lucky reader with a double pass to the Coroglen Tavern for New Year’s Eve to see the Feelers and ELEMENOP. Tell us your  favourite Feelers and ELEMENOP songs and and go in the draw.  We will do the draw tomorrow afternoon, just in time for Christmas.

Click here to read more.