Whangamata’s tourism information service on Port Road is now managed by the Whangamata Community Gardens Incorporated Society from October 2019. We would like to say a big thank you to Mauro Bender and Katrina (Kat) Millar who took on the temporary management until a slightly longer-term solution could be agreed on. Our Council received five registrations of interest to run the information service long-term. The Whangamata Community Board expressed its preference that the purpose-built building where the service is situated, continue to be used, rather than exploring options of integrating the information service into an existing business. “The Community Board has come up with a community-led initiative, that has resulted in a successful outcome for all,” says our Communications and Economic Development Manager Laurna White. “We also want to thank everyone who put in an Expression of Interest to manage the service, it’s wonderful to see such a commitment from so many groups around Whangamata to help out.” The Whangamata Community Board will review the levels of service and the funding model for the information service as part of its 2019-2020 Annual Plan work. For all enquiries around visitor related bookings before then please use Destination Coromandel's website www.thecoromandel.com or phone 0800 651 477.