Get ready to rock’n’roll for Repco Beach Hop 22 March 2021 Thousands of people with their classic vehicles and retro outfits are starting to pour into our District for the annual Repco Beach Hop event this week. Photo above: Mayor Sandra Goudie welcomes everyone to the Hop. “A warm welcome to those joining us for New Zealand’s biggest and best celebration of all things rock’n’roll - A toe-tapping, hip-swinging, eye popping extravaganza,” says our Mayor Sandra Goudie. “Beach Hop is celebrating 21 years, so happy birthday and congrats to our main organiser Noddy and his crew in creating its success year on year.” “Our Council is proud to be a sponsor of this iconic event and we hope both visitors and locals have a great time. Enjoy and please remember to keep using the COVID tracer app,” says Mayor Sandra. If you need anything from our Council check out our website, pop into any of our council offices including the Whangamatā service centre (620 Port Rd), or give us a call 07 868 0200 – 24/7. The schedule for the five-day festival is full of cars, music, culture, fashion, motorbikes and food: Wednesday 24 March - Go Waihi Warm Up Party Thursday 25 March - Repco Thames Power Cruise: Registered cars will assemble at the Ford Reserve (Williamson Park) in Whangamatā with a 10am departure time and arriving in Thames approximately 50 minutes later. The historic Main Street (Pollen St) with be closed for the car show with five areas of live entertainment, plus plenty of restaurants, cafes, bars and shops along the area. It's also exciting that both Repco and Ford have businesses in Thames, so they will be adding even more to the day's activities. Friday 26 March - Castrol Edge Thunder Cruise to Onemana Saturday 27 March - Grand parade, shows and markets in Whangamatā. Sunday 28 March - Final prize giving and Classic Cover Insurance Nostalgia Fair in Whangamatā. For further details see beachhop.co.nz or get the latest updates on Facebook here. Repco Beach Hop - what it means for our economy We’d like your help filling out the Repco Beach Hop survey, which gives us an idea of how important this event is to our local economy. The 2018 survey was completed by 948 enthusiasts, producing some significant data about who comes to the event, where they're from, why they come and how much they spend. As part of this 2021 study, we're gathering information from event participants and spectators to better understand how this event held over the summer shoulder period benefits our economy and communities. We would appreciate your participation in this survey by Friday 16 April. Click here to take the survey. Dogs We know many pooches also come and enjoy the Hop. A reminder to owners keep your dog on a leash in public places. There’s areas you can exercise your dog off-lead, see tcdc.govt.nz/dogrules. Road closures During Repco Beach Hop there's a number of road closures in Whangamatā and Thames. We apologise for any inconvenience and ask for your patience on our roads. NZTA also advise traffic delays are likely around the our district with large crowds expected to be visiting. For complete road closure and detour information see tcdc.govt.nz/roads. 24/7 temporary alcohol ban No alcohol can be consumed in any public place over Repco Beach Hop. The ban is in place from 4pm on Tuesday 23 March to 4am on Monday 29 March. You can get an instant fine of $250 or be arrested if you breach the ban - tcdc.govt.nz/alcoholcontrol. Washing your pride and joy We’re anticipating a huge number of visitors to Whangamatā, which in turn means a large increase in water use in the area. To help us manage our networks and make sure there is enough water for everyone, we need all residents and visitors to ensure they are conserving water where possible: Use a bucket to wash cars and don’t leave the hose running continuously, which wastes water. A reminder, Whangamatā is a coastal town, so any cleaning products, detergents etc. used for car washing have a quick and direct path to the ground and the sea via our stormwater network, including road cesspits. Please wash your cars on the lawn to soak up the water. For more information about our water restrictions and conservation tips visit tcdc.govt.nz/water. Please remember to keep using the COVID tracer app By signing up to the app, you're helping keep yourself and your family safer and supporting New Zealand to stop the spread of COVID-19. The faster the Ministry of Health can contact people who might have been exposed to COVID-19, the faster they can stop the spread of the virus. For more information on see tracing.covid19.govt.nz. Be prepared The tsunami warnings following the earthquakes at the start of the month are a timely reminder to get ready and be prepared – emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere. While you’re visiting for Repo Beach Hop, take note of our Community Response Plans, download the Red Cross Hazard app and check out the National Emergency Management Agency’s Get Ready website. For more information on how to stay informed in an emergency while in our District, see tcdc.govt.nz/emu.