Meri Te Tai Reserve Upgrade

Meri Te Tai Reserve in Whangapoua is due for a much-needed upgrade, but before we finalise plans we want to know what the community thinks. Have your say on the proposed upgrade until 3 May.

Click on the image to see the full concept plan. 

Why upgrade the reserve?
  • The reserve and the facilities on it are old and in need of improvement to meet the needs of the residents and visitors to Whangapoua.  
  • The improvements will look at the toilet, the playground, the barbecue and picnic area, improved dune protection planting, the storage shed and the rubbish facilities.
  • All these elements will be tied together in a comprehensive design that creates a revitalised reserve for all to enjoy. The design will be sensitive to the community’s aspirations and Whangapoua’s serene coastal setting. 
What’s being proposed?
  • The toilet block needs an upgrade and currently sits in a low point in the reserve, creating flooding issues. It is proposed to relocate it and replace the effluent field which does not cope with the usage over the summer period.
  • The playground is tired and needs an upgrade. More suitable play equipment with “nature play” and a natural look and feel is proposed, and the location shifted back from the dune edge.
  • The present location of vehicle parking close to the dune crest, limits the recreation space and dune protection planting opportunities. The draft concept proposes pulling it  back and formalizing it so that there is little loss of total parks.
  • Re-landscaping of the reserve so that there is better pedestrian connections with paths between the various parts of the area.
  • Planting of the dunes with suitable coastal plants to help mitigate ongoing erosion.
  • New planting with native coastal species throughout the reserve.
  • Upgrading the reserve furniture with robust, attractive and functional selections.
  • Relocation of the IRB shed and shelter area, which are in poor condition and will be replaced and shifted to an agreed area closer to the fire station.
  • Improve the visual environment of the rubbish facilities for residents and visitors.  Keeping in mind that Kerbside rubbish and recycling collection for individual properties in Whangapoua will remain.
Rubbish and recycling collections

Rubbish in Council’s official, pre-paid blue bags, glass in Council crates, and other recyclables in Council wheelie bins is collected weekly, with more frequent collections over the peak summer period. Kerbside collection schedules are available on our website at

If you’re leaving town before your collection day, blue Council rubbish bags and recycling can be left at any of our seven refuse transfer stations free of charge. Their hours and locations are at Four of them have after-hour drop-off facilities.

Next Steps
  • Formal public consultation process via our Council’s website and social media from 30 March - 3 May
  • Review of concept plan after the consultation
  • Further discussion with community
  • Plan finalised (integrating public feedback) 30 June 2019

To provide feedback, take our survey here.

Alternatively, download the hard-copy version of the survey available on the top right-hand side of this page and post to:

Thames-Coromandel District Council
Attn: Meri Te Tai Mangakahia Reserve upgrade
Private Bag 1001
Thames 3540
New Zealand

You can also drop-off your completed copy to our TCDC Whitianga Service Centre at 10 Monk St, Whitianga, or scan and email it to