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Getting our loos in order for the peak summer period

04 December 2019

As we prepare to host more visitors for the holidays, we're making some final touches to improve a number of our public conveniences at parks and beach reserves around the district.

(Picture: The public toilets at Blackjack Reserve, Kuaotunu are getting a spruce-up in time for our peak visitor season)

In Hahei, the central toilets by the Hahei Community Hall have been removed to make way for a new, larger four-toilet block going in today.

While the new facility will arrive on site (see artist's impression below), it will be a few weeks before it's ready for use, as finishing works are carried out.

In the meantime, there are toilets nearby at Hahei Beach and at the Hahei Village Green. 

Our public toilets at Blackjack Reserve in Kuaotunu are also closed for an upgrade until 14 December. In the meantime, the closest 24-hour conveniences are at the Kuaotunu Domain. When the toilets reopen, they will have a new concrete skirting, new cladding and a wider path.

While new outdoor showers will be installed, these won’t be ready for use until the water supply is upgraded in the New Year. Also keep an eye out for new artwork on the outside walls, to be added by a local artist at later date and a fresh new front garden, which will be re-planted next winter. 

We apologise for any inconvenience this work may cause people over the next few weeks while these projects are finished.

Our contractors are all working hard at this busy time of year and we look forward to having the new, improved facilities ready for the busy summer season.

Next year, work will start on the public toilets at Pepe Reserve in Tairua after the Tairua-Pauanui Community Board approved the design of an eight-toilet complex to replace the current facility that needs upgrading. The design (see artist's impression below) will be similar to the Hot Water Beach toilet block and local artists will be invited to provide some creative flair.  

Our Council has received Tourism Infrastructure Fund (TIF) funding of $412,000 towards construction, which is scheduled for March 2020.  Replacement of the Sailors Grave toilets just north of Tairua will take place around the same time while contractors are in the area.

(Pictured above -  An artist's impression of the new Hahei central toilet block, which will be ready for use by Christmas.)  

(Pictured above: Artist's impression of the new toilet block planned at Pepe Reserve, Tairua.)    

A welcome cleaning boost 

We are pleased that we will be able to up the level of servicing at some of our busiest toilets this summer, thanks to central government funding to support responsible camping.

Our Council has joined the central government’s responsible camping campaign and we’ve received $721,774 in funding for increased service at 59 toilet facilities at visitor hotspots in the district, six ambassadors to provide information and advice to freedom campers on where they can and can’t camp overnight and best practice to dispose of rubbish and recycling.

This extra servicing comes at no cost to the ratepayer, but will be provided for the summer period only.

Whangamata skate park resurfacing starts early

Work has started early on the Whangamata skate park refurbishment. 

Our contractors managed to bring the work forward a week, and are now going full bore with resurfacing the old bowl (pictured above) on Martyn Ave. This is great news, as it means the new surface will be completed well before Christmas.

The construction team will be working between the hours of 9am-5pm when the facility will be closed, but it may be open for use outside those hours.

While we appreciate it's not ideal to have the work take place during the school holidays, the contractor is in high demand across the country and the next available date for the work was the middle of next year.

The resurfacing is just the first stage of wider works planned at the skate park, where the vision is to create a bigger 'skate zone'. Next year, construction will start on an adjoining street skate area next to the existing bowl on top of the bank on the park side.

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