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We want you to help us with our Long Term Plan, tell us what you think of the Tairua skate facility concept design and start conserving water now

06 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:

  • Our Long Term Plan (LTP) journey
  • Tell us what you think of the Tairua skate facility concept design
  • Please start conserving water now
  • Other work happening in your neighbourhood
  • Community Board meeting highlights and upcoming meetings
  • Win tickets to this year's Auckland Food Show
  • 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
  • Wharf and Responsible Camping Ambassadors needed
  • Powerco helicopter to inspect poles in our region

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

The LTP sets our Council’s financial priorities, key projects and levels of service 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, wastewater and stormwater services, rubbish and recycling, parks and reserves.

We’ll be holding a formal consultation on the details of the 2021-2031 LTP in 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.

In particular, we want your thoughts on:

  • Who pays? Fees and charges or rates?
  • Rubbish and recycling – Rubbish and recycling is one of the most important and valued services here on the Coromandel. But costs have been increasing rapidly and will continue to climb. We want to get an idea of what changes you would support to keep costs under control.
  • Tourism promotion – The Coromandel has long been a visitor destination. Should we continue to promote the district as a visitor destination in the way we currently are?
  • Increased rates for local projects – Would you support a rates increase to fund projects in your area?

To take our short survey on these topics from 6 November to 4 December, please visit our website tcdc.govt.nz/haveyoursay.

Tell us what you think of the Tairua skate facility concept design

Following discussions with key users, stakeholders and individual land owners, the new facility will have a high-quality concrete finish and be complemented by landscaping, earth bunding and seating and will doubtless prove to be a well-loved addition to the recreation opportunities currently at Cory Park Domain.

Pepe Reserve was also considered as an option, however the amount of land available and zoning did not make it the preferred site. You can view the comprehensive report here.

The new facility will be located where the existing fitness equipment is, which will be relocated elsewhere. The new facility includes a flat street skate area ideal for beginners and advanced skaters and scooter riders, as well as a flow bowl adjacent to the tennis court.  There is opportunity for landscaping around the park with some minor earth bunding (maximum of 1m) at the Mania Road end and coastal vegetation planting for screening and amenity. 

The proposal is estimated at $450,000 with community fund raising required for $150,000 before construction. Cory Park Domain is zoned for active recreation activities such as sports grounds, facilities for tennis and netball, cricket and rugby as well as skate parks. This zone anticipates noise from these uses as part of the intent and use of the park.

A certificate of compliance has now been lodged but in the meantime, please tell us what you think of the concept design by filling out the survey here before it closes on Friday 4 December. Hard copies can also be picked up and submitted from the Tairua Library from Monday 9 November.

See tcdc.govt.nz/tairuaskate for more information on this project.

Please start conserving water now

We experienced a heavy water demand over Labour Weekend and water levels in our sources are already starting to drop. For example, the Opitonui River flow (Whitianga source) is currently at about 80% compared to same time last year.

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

Although public water supply takes priority over other requirements, Waikato Regional Council is keeping a close eye on proactive actions our Council take to comply with the resource consent limits on water takes and manage demand.

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 - tcdc.govt.nz/water.

From today, all areas in our district are now on Level 2 'Conserve Water' - Residents are asked to keep using water carefully to ensure our supply continues - tcdc.govt.nz/waterrestrictions.

We’ve also been working closely with Hahei Water Supply Association (HWSA) to agree on some strategies to manage demand in the Hahei area, given both HWSA and our Council take water from the same aquifer. Funding has been requested in the next Long Term Plan to investigate new water sources for Whitianga and Hahei.

Other work happening in your neighbourhood

Proposed Ariki Tahi Sugarloaf Wharf Development - Ariki Tahi Sugarloaf Wharf Limited (a company comprising Coromandel Marine Farmers Association, our Council, and the Ministry of Business and Innovation and Employment) is proposing to redevelop 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 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.

Mercury Bay Skate Park - This week half of the first bowl and the back of the quarter pipe have been poured. 

Thames GBD pavement extension - The platforms have been removed and there will be a permanent solution with paving and bollards starting on Monday 9 November.

Creative Communities Scheme - The successful applicants from the September funding round can be found here.

Tairua Refuse Transfer Station - The pit floor and sections of the walls have now been replaced and is operational again.

Create the vibe - Thames

Wall mural completed by artist Erika Pearce.

The Stirling Sports wall mural is finished with lots of positive community feedback and preparation on the Baxters Wall by the Thames Library is underway ready for painting another mural in the first week of December.

Work to make the area around Pollen and Mary streets safer, more people-friendly, and more of a civic heart have been continuing.

This week we had a very successful second workshop with the same community champions (pictured right), to look at design ideas for the area. This workshop was all about the detailed design and how the space ‘works’. There were some fantastic ideas which we will take for our next community engagement session in the Create the Vibe Thames container HQ, from 16-21 November, when people can examine the designs, talk to Council staff, and vote on the designs.

The container HQ is available for use by community groups, with conditions and the application form online at tcdc.govt.nz/createthevibethames.

Opening of Thames High School art students mural

This week saw a new art piece for Thames go up. Thames High School students have been working on this mural over the last two years, encouraged by teacher Sam Rogers. 

Sam Rogers also proposed a signpost design as part of our open sculpture competition held three years ago. A poem by senior student Kelly Chang was selected to go on the signs. Maori teacher Rawinia McLean translated to te reo. The signs are in English on one side and te reo on the other, big enough to be read as you walk or cycle along. Getting these two pieces on the trail will be a tribute to the school’s involvement in public art.


This video captures the recent improvements in Coromandel Town. The two major projects were the Coromandel main road upgrade and the Coromandel Citizens Hall - tcdc.govt.nz/coromandeltownupgrade.

Community Board meeting highlights

This week three of our Community Board's 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:

Upcoming meetings

  • Coromandel-Colville Community Board meeting – 9am, Tuesday 10 November in the Coromandel Board meeting room, 355 Kapanga Rd.
  • Thames Community Board meeting – 9am, Wednesday 11 November, Thames Council Chambers, 515 Mackay St.
  • Special Council meeting – 1pm, Tuesday 12 November, Thames Council Chambers, 515 Mackay St.
  • 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.

Win tickets to this year's Auckland Food Show

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 the products on the Coromandel Food Collective Stand.

The  exhibitors representing the Coromandel Food Collective this year are Blue Fridge BreweryMercury Bay Winery, The Cheese Barn at MatatokiUncle Dunkle’s Chilli Sauces, 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. 

To enter our competition, simply subscribe to oure-newsletter,follow us onFacebook and Instagram, and tell us where your favourite place to eat on the Coromandel is, and why. You can email your answer todana.little@tcdc.govt.nz. The winner will be announced Friday 13 November.

Tickets are also on sale and can be booked online at www.foodshow.co.nz. For more information on the five exhibitors our Council is supporting this year click here.

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.

Wharf and Responsible Camping Ambassadors needed

We’re advertising to hire Whangamata and Whitianga Wharf Ambassadors to help over the busy Christmas-New Year period from Boxing Day to Waitangi Day.

We’re also advertising for Responsible Camping Ambassadors to cover the district.

These are all paid positions.

The Wharf Ambassadors will guide wharf users and help with the safe use of the designated areas on the wharves. You will need to be confident in and around water, have excellent relationship-building and communication skills along with safety awareness

The Responsible Camping Ambassadors will provide freedom campers and visitors with information on correct places to camp and identify relevant facilities to enable people to camp conscientiously in our district.  Addressing campers’ queries and the collection of statistical data will also be part of the role.

If you are interested in these roles then visit our website for more information and how to apply.  Please note you must be able to pass a full police check.

Powerco has an exciting project about to get underway across the rural Coromandel region.

It is inspecting all our lines and poles in your region using light detecting and ranging (LiDAR) technology and hi-resolution photography.

This will provide us with information about the condition of our lines including identifying any vegetation or possible hazard issues.

From the 17 to 26 November, low flying helicopters will be used to take photos of all our power poles in our rural region.

Powerco is conscious that low flying helicopters can disturb some animals, plans or events. If you have any concerns please register your interest at powerco.co.nz/helicopter.

The project will be advertised through social media and newspapers (print and digital) over the coming weeks.

If you have any further queries please contact Powerco.