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Tairua-Pauanui Community Board backs Manaia Road Hub project for inclusion in our Council’s Long Term Plan

30 March 2021

The Tairua-Pauanui Community Board finalised its submission to our Council’s 2021-2031 Long Term Plan (LTP) at its meeting this week, agreeing to request that funding for the Manaia Road Hub library extension be switched from the ‘nice to have’ project list to the ‘must do’ list.

The Tairua-Pauanui Community Board finalised its submission to our Council’s 2021-2031 Long Term Plan (LTP) at its meeting this week, agreeing to request that funding for the Manaia Road Hub library extension be switched from the ‘nice to have’ project list to the ‘must do’ list.

The draft LTP proposals are open for public consultation now until Monday 12 April, and anyone or any group, including individuals, businesses, community groups and our Community Boards, are welcome to provide a submission.

The main issues we would like feedback on, plus updates on other important topics, are included in our consultation document, which is available on our website at or from our Council service centres. The ‘must do’ and ‘nice to have’ project lists are summarised in the consultation document and the full lists are available as supporting documents on our website.

In its submission, the Board also agreed that funding to upgrade Paku Boat Ramp and Pauanui CBD car park funding should also be moved from the ‘nice to have’ to the ‘must do’ project list.
These changes, plus some shifts in funding for minor reserves projects (such as walkway improvements and picnic tables), streetlight improvements and footpath construction would add a total of $493,000 in locally funded spending to the 2021/22 financial year, amounting to $12.51 per rating unit in the Tairua-Pauanui Community Board area.

“Our Board is serving our community to the best of our ability and with transparency,” says Tairua-Pauanui Community Board Chair Warwick Brooks.

Some points from the Board’s submission are:

  • The Board is supporting the reduction of rubbish and recycling collections in Pauanui and Whangamatā during the summer period from three times a week to two times.
  • Fees and Charges – The submission is in favour of option 2 - keeping the fees and charges as they are currently.
  • The Tairua-Pauanui Community Board supports reducing funding of the Whitianga and Thames i-SITEs. 

Find out more about our Council’s LTP and make a submission at

Read the meeting agenda, or listen to the recording of the meeting here

In the public forum:

A local Pauanui resident representing the more-than 700 members of the Pauanui Community Office (the Pauanui ratepayers' association) spoke on the tsunami siren pager disconnection. He asked the Board to discuss and convey to our Council's Emergency Management Committee that the sirens should be kept and included as part of the public emergency alerting system. Read more about tsunami sirens in this news release covering the Committee’s discussion of them on 4 March.

Tairua-Pauanui Community Board Work Programme 2020/21

(Above: Redevelopment of Pepe Reserve toilet block)

In the 2020/21 Tairua-Pauanui Board Work Programme:

  • Work has commenced at Pepe Reserve on a new toilet block with all foundation work completed including the plumbing and drainage work. Our Council received $412,000 from the Government's Tourism Infrastructure Fund (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 -
  • The Pauanui skate bowl upgrade has been completed and the safety issues have been addressed.
  • Royal Billy Point boat ramp and wharf – The project is on track and work is expected to start after Easter -

Reserve Reclassification - Tairua Library Site - 2 Manaia Road, Tairua

(Above: The current Tairua Library site)

The Tairua-Pauanui Community Board wants to change the reserve classification of the Tairua Library Site from Local Purpose (Library) to Local Purpose (Library, Information and Heritage).

This is so it can:

  • Develop a heritage facility in Tairua.
  • Create an information hub that encompasses the Library, Information and Heritage Centres.
  • Optimise the library site.
  • Create an affordable space for the Tairua Heritage Society.

There was one submission on the proposed classification and change in classification of reserve from the Heritage Society in support of the reclassification.

The Board will be recommending that Council approves this reclassification. 

Read the report here

Easement Request from Powerco over Kennedy Park, 85a Vista Paku, Pauanui

An easement has been requested by Powerco to install a new high voltage switch next to the existing transformer at the western entrance to Kennedy Park.

Their request to put the switch on Council road reserve was declined because it would affect the existing footpath alignment. Powerco then approached our Council's Community Facilities team to seek approval to place the switch towards the rear of the existing transformer located within Kennedy Park, which requires Council’s approval.

The Community Board agreed to recommend that Council approve the easement request. Read the report here

Proposed Road Name - 207 Paul Road, Tairua

There's been a request for a new road name that will service a development at 207 Paul Road, Tairua. The developer put forward three name options for the road. These are:

  • Koru Ridge Rise
  • Koru Road
  • Koru Rise

The Board has recommended to Council to approve the proposed road name – Koru Rise. 

Read the official report here

Tairua-Pauanui Community Board Action Schedule 

(Above: Option one for the proposed path)

Hoggin Path – The Pauanui community wants the path closer to the dunes on the main beach than to the houses and wants more information on the costs of the path. The Pauanui Community Office are holding a public meeting at 2pm, Saturday 3 April in the Southern Lounge of the Pauanui Club and our Coastal Management Team will be presenting for anyone that would like more information on the project.

Read more about this project on our website. 

Read the Board's action schedule here

Members’ Reports

The following Tairua-Pauanui Community Board Members and Councillors reported:

Anne Stewart Ball attended two ‘cup of tea with the Mayor” LTP information sessions and also met with a ratepayer group and a heritage group.

She has also been involved in community initiatives including a local creative arts group and has loved helping out local artists in the community.

Chris New has been talking to residents about the Gallagher Drive upgrade. He’s also been getting questions about the Pepe Bridge replacement. Ed Varley, our Council’s Roading Manager, said no final decision has been made yet by Waka Kotahi/NZTA on whether the replacement will be a one-lane or a two-lane bridge.

Warwick Brooks, Community Board Chair, thanked the Community Board for their work in supporting our Community. 

Barry Swindles has been approached by some members of the public who are upset about the disconnection of the tsunami sirens. 

Councillor Terry Walker wanted to encourage people to read the LTP Consultation Document and make a submission.