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Works around the wards update

24 June 2019

It's been a busy year for Council staff and contractors with a range of projects on-the-go to bring you new and improved facilities across the district.

Here is an update on some of our major works underway, some of which may be happening in your neighbourhood. For more see

Thames ward

Thames Northern Gateway - The well-known Foundry building (pictured right) at the northern junction of Queen and Pollen streets in Thames is being tidied up thanks to some weekend working bees put in by a group of community-minded volunteers, support from our Council and the Thames Business Association, with paint and materials supplied by the building owner, Chris Reeve, who also owns nearby A&G Price. This aligns with our Thames Urban Design Strategy work. Read more here.

Thames Southern Gateway Project - This is a project that emerged from the Board’s vision to improve the southern entry to Thames on the south side of the Kauaeranga River Bridge. It ties in with Waikato Regional Council work to raise the spillway stopbank height in that area. The fence has been shifted and the next step is to remove kikuyu grass and replant.

Cafe patiosCafe patios - (Pictured right) We're working with several cafes in town and the Thames Business Association (Network Thames) to install streetside patios. They each take up two car parks. Reaction so far has been very positive - the cafe owners love it and so do the customers.

Thames Centennial Pool - Winter hours now apply:

  • Monday: 6am – 8am and 10am – 6:30pm
  • Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 6am – 8am and 11am – 6:30pm
  • Wednesday: 6am – 6:30pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: 10am -4 pm
  • Closed public holidays.

Check out the learn to swim programmes on offer over the winter here.

John William Hall Arboretum loop track John William Hall Arboretum loop track -(Pictured right) Construction of this new walking track is complete. The kauri dieback wash station is about to be installed and a boardwalk over kauri root areas is being constructed. To find out more about the Arboretum and walks around Thames check out our tracks and trail guide here.

Thames Valley water project - Starting on 1 July, water use on properties smaller than 4 hectares will be charged to the property owner according to the amount consumed.

Letters to property owners affected by this change have already been sent. The letters include a pamphlet with information (which you can download here) on the background of the project to improve the water services in the Thames Valley area of our district.

The charge for water use as of 1 July will be $1.27/m3, the same rate as the rest of the district. Thames Valley residents, however, will receive a 50% rebate on this charge because their water supplies are registered as rural and should be treated for human consumption at the point of use.

Charging by volume is a fairer way to pay for water services and is part of a wider upgrade to water services in the Thames Valley that began in 2014 and is expected to be completed by 2021.

Properties larger than 4 hectares are already being billed according to water use.

Coromandel - Colville ward

Coro Citizens HallCoromandel Citizens Hall - The new matai flooring is currently being laid and expected to be completed by the end of June. Both porches have now been framed and braced and the new double doors have been installed. Removal of the annex is expected to happen in July. 

Coro 200 - Local Coromandel Town artist Rebekah Pearson has been selected to create an art piece which will be revealed next year, when it is installed at Whangarahi Reserve, to mark the 200 year anniversary of the naming of Coromandel Town.  The commemorations will tie in with Coromandel Town's next Illume Festival on May 30 2020. A working group, "Coromandel 200",  has been established to help mark the commemoration. The Coromandel 200 group also have plans to establish a forest on the Albert Street Reserve, where the planting of 105 kauri trees will be planted in recognition of the spars that were taken from Coromandel Town.

Tuateawa walkway - The walkway is currently unsafe in parts  and work is planned to address this over the rest of June.

Coromandel bike park - The first draft of the feasibility plan, prepared by consultants, has been received by the Spirit of Coromandel Trust. The Trust is working towards building a pump track for cyclists by the end of summer 2020 on the former landfill site at Hauraki Road. It will be managed by the Spirit of Coromandel Trust and their volunteers, with support from our Council. The track is a component of a bike park that will be available for public recreational use and which has been a long-time goal of the Trust.

Jacks Point boat ramp - The concept design for stage two has been completed and will be presented to the Coromandel-Colville Community Board’s July workshop for discussion. As the Marine Gateway Project is currently being considered by the Provincial Growth Fund, potential development the boat ramp project has now been put on hold for the remainder of this financial year and will be carried forward to 2019/20.

Potae Bridge - We're currently consultation with the Kennedy Bay community to discuss ideas of how safety can be managed around jumping from the bridge. Appropriate signage to minimise any issues is being installed in the meantime.

CCTV - The Coromandel Town Business Association have indicated they will be applying to the Coromandel-Colville Board for a community grant to continue with the maintenance, management and monitoring of the  CCTV system in the town centre.

Mercury Bay ward

Kaimarama Cemetery  

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Kaimarama Cemetery - With the lifespan of the Ferry Landing Cemetery almost over, the new cemetery at Kaimarama, on SH25 is being established. Right now a landscape architect is working on designs for the first area (ashes section).

Commercial use of Ferry Landing Wharf - Our staff are currently working with the ferry owner and tour boat operators to see if it can come to a mutually agreeable solution for shared use of the wharf, as there has been a growth in the number of commercial operators dropping visitors at the wharf.

Whitianga Town Centre upgrade - Contractors Dempsey Wood, and other local sub-contractors have done it again, pulling off an amazing job - with the date for completing Stage 2 of the Town Centre upgrade being one week ahead of schedule.
The official celebration ceremony will be 11am, Saturday 13 July at The Esplanade playground, which has been part of Stage 2 of the upgrade. There will be a free sausage sizzle and ice creams for the kids, thanks to Coromandel's More FM. Click here for more information.

Blacksmith Lane toilet upgrade - The new roof and cladding is now completed and ready for the final layer of vitex to be fitted. This is scheduled to be finished by 5 July.

Street Flags - Whitianga Town - The Mercury Bay Community Board approved the concept of a new 40-pole flag track system and flags for Albert St and Campbell St in Whitianga’s CBD, which are estimated to cost $41,680.60 (excluding GST), and will consider the matter further following approval of the 2019/20 Annual Plan. The former street flag system was removed when new streetlights were installed as part of the Whitianga Town Centre Upgrade project, which did not include budget for a new street flag system.

Whitianga skate park - Following the recent re-establishment of a local skateboard and scooter riders group, a plan has been approved within Council's 2018-2028 Long Term Plan for a new facility to be built in 2020, supplemented by fundraising and sponsorship.

Joan Gaskell Drive - Roading improvement work to repair and improve parts of Joan Gaskell Drive in Whitianga was completed in May 2019.

Hahei tourism infrastructure project – Toilet replacement and walkways. Details for a safe pedestrian pathway from the Hahei visitor car park to the beach are being finalised with input from the community. We're also upgrading the public toilet near the shops.

Improvements to Hahei parking - To manage visitor parking in Hahei and to encourage walking in the village, a few changes earlier this year to car parking:

Hahei visitor car park extension - Our contractor has completed the subbase layer construction and has started the base course layer construction. The weather has delayed the progress on this site but it's expected to be completed by 30 June.

Hot Water Beach car park improvements - We've completed the installation of the concrete driveways and is working on the car parking pavement construction. There have also been delays due to wet weather and this work is expected to be completed by 30 June.

Whangapoua drainage - We're improving drainage and reduce surface flooding in Whangapoua by constructing a kerbside dish channel and soakage pits along a section of Tangiora Ave from the shops to Opera Place. While this won’t involve any road closures, there may be some interruptions for nearby property owners when the dish channel is poured. Our contractor, Schick Civil Construction will be in touch with those affected closer to the time. The project is due to be completed on 12 July.

Buffalo Beach fitness station - Congratulations to the Whitianga Lionesses, who raised $6000 for the new fitness station at Buffalo Beach Reserve through their fashion parade event last month. We're proposing to set up the station opposite Surf St, close to the toilet block and walkway. Residents living nearby have been asked to tell us what they think of the proposed location by July 1.The fitness station will have five pieces of equipment that will allow a range of activities for a complete outdoor workout.

Dune protection - Dune infill planting took place a few weeks ago at Buffalo Beach and was a success with approximately 1400 plants going into the dunes. 

A second delivery of dune plants have arrived for the next round of planting as per dates below:

  • 18 June - Hot Water Beach with Whenuakite School
  • 20 July - Opito Bay
  • Week of 22 July - Wharekaho
  • 24 August - Buffalo Beach / Taputapuatea Spit

(Cooks Beach Memorial Cairn artist impression pictured below)

Cooks Beach Memorial Cairn artist impression pictured above.

Cooks Bech Memorial Cairn - The memorial cairn at Cooks Beach is to be reinstated before the Tuia - Mercury Bay 250 Commemorations in November 2019 - along with work along the foreshore.

We're working with WRC on the design of the structures. As part of this package, we're investigating the potential of a trial groyne in the vicinity of where the cairn is to be placed, to support the re-establishment of the foreshore. A resource consent application is expected to be submitted 5 July. When complete, the track to the cairn will be entered from the playground end of Purangi Reserve, leading to a walkway through the pines.

Robinson road boat ramp Robinson road boat ramp - (Pictured right) All galvanised reinforcing is on-site and the site has been audited for environmental compliance with good results. The lowest section of the ramp below low tide level has been poured and the new precast wall sections are being installed between the old ramp and the new ramp profile. The timber delineation piles have also been installed.

Next week, work will include pouring the wall foundations before removing the sheet piling and demobilising the crawler crane. Then we will be in a position to continue with the ramp sections above the low water level towards the reserve.

Thanks to all the neighbouring property owners and local ramp users for their patience during the build process.


RBP concept 

Royal Billy Point update -  (Concept design above, click to expand) Work on the upgrade to the Royal Billy Point wharf and boat ramp in Pauanui is planned to start at the end of June. While the work takes place, the Royal Billy Point boat ramp and the Pauanui wharf will be closed to the public until 30 September. A further closure of the Pauanui wharf will also be required for approximately one week in October so we can install a floating pontoon and landing bridge. Fencing and signage will be put up advising the public and updates can be found here.

Stormwater - We've done initial to assess the flooding issues at Holland Close / Mount Avenue, which included the development of the stormwater model, that was validated against the April 2018 storm event, and used to identify and assess stormwater improvement options in the area. A meeting is being held in the next two weeks with affected parties and council staff.

Given Grove playground replacement - Consultation with stakeholders has been completed and orders laid with equipment providers and work will start on 24 June to install the playground equipment.


Tairua campgroundTairua campground - (Pictured right) Our Council will be seeking a new lessee through a tender process at the end of June/early July so that the campground can be open in time for Labour Weekend, and summer holiday makers. Updates on this process will be published at

Tairua Information Centre - The Tairua-Pauanui Community Board requested that Council staff determine costs of furniture and fixtures to enable the Tairua Library to function within the existing building configuration and enter into discussions with Tairua Information and Community Services Society Inc around funding these costs, in order to secure a further five-year lease for the Information Centre to 30 June 2025.

Tairua skate park - There is a budget of $21,079 for investigation in the next financial year 2019/20, and in 2019/2020 year there is $162,515 for this project.

Manaia Road Service Lane - The Tairua-Pauanaui Community Board's recommended to Council that Schedule 1 of the Traffic Control Bylaw 2017 is amended so that the one-way direction of the Manaia Road Service Lane in Tairua runs in a northerly direction from Manaia Road toward the public carpark.

Pepe Reserve toilet, Tairua - Subject of a Tourism Infrastrcuture Fund (TIF) application in March and awaiting a decision from central government for an upgrade to this facility.

Whangamata ward

Onemana toilets

Onemana public toilets - (Concept pictured above) Construction of the new toilet at Onemana is scheduled to start next month. The new facility will provide two new accessible toilets and will replace the old toilets at the Onemana Surf Club, which are being redeveloped by the Onemana Surf Life Saving Club. The new facility design and location has been in consultation with the Onemana Ratepayers Association, and will include shelter for school students, as well as space for community notice board. The design has been chosen to provide a high quality finish, and comprises of two individual toilets, to reduce the bulk of the building, along with a low profile roof.  This project has $108,352 of funding from central government that was awarded as part of the Tourism Infrastructure Fund.

Williamson Park - Last year an application for a comprehensive consent for 20 daytime and 7-night events per year, for 15 years for Williamson Park was approved by an independent RMA commissioner, but then held up following an appeal last December. This appeal has now been withdrawn following a mediation hearing. The consent is consistent with the Whangamata Community Board policy on use of Williamson Park. Find out more here.

If you would like to discuss your ideas for an event in our District, please contact our District Events Coordinator, Kirstin Richmond - or 027 201 7918.

Stormwater infrastructure upgrade - Work to optimise stormwater conveyance began this week and is expected to be completed by 30 August. This will primarily be within Williamson Park however, there will be traffic delays while some construction work occurs. This work is to ease increasing demand on this part of the network, highlighted in the 2017/18 storm events. Please stay outside of the working area and keep your distance from heavy machinery and concrete structures.

CCTV - Five cameras are currently being installed in Whangamata and one in Onemana. Installation of CCTV is expected to be completed to be completed by the end of June 2019.

Whangamata skate park - Staff have approached companies for refurbishment and repairs of the existing skate park (1265m2 approximately) and construction of a street skate area adjacent to the existing bowl on top of the bank on the park side. The idea is to create a better link and flow from the shelter area and create a street skate ‘zone’ focusing on the iconic nature of the skate bowl, as the first of its kind built in the country.


  • Concept and estimate by the end of June 2019
  • Feedback on concepts sought during July 2019
  • Construction commences before June 2020

Whangamata tourism information service - We’re looking for a credible provider (either not-forprofit  or commercial) who has the capability and enthusiasm to deliver tourism information services in the Whangamata community.  The Whangamata Community Board has also recommended Council staff work on an interim provision of services on the same site (616 Port Rd), until a new provider is appointed. The deadline for registrations is 5pm, 28 June.

Whangamata boardwalks – 

Whangamata boardwalks –  (Click map above to expand) A new walkway is to be constructed, approximately 970m in length, that will take people form the existing Surf Club boardwalk (access 9) through to Hunt Road.

This public walkway exists along the back dune edge from the northern end of Whangamata Beach starting at Hunt Road car park (access 4) to the new Surf Club boardwalk (access 9). There is currently an informal unformed sand track that meanders through the dunes from these points which is well used during peak periods. A formed walkway of either boardwalk or mulch would assist in protecting dune flora and fauna from this foot traffic damage.
Work to be undertaken in two stages to align with the Long Term Plan budgets:

  • 2019/2020 ($295,000) - Stage one: Esplanade Drive to beach access 9 – 8, approximately 330m. Stage two: Dune edge from beach access 8 - 6 approximately 297m.
  • 2020/2021($179k Year 2 (stage three) - Dune edge from beach access 6 - 4 approximately 343m.
District-wide projects

Drinking water standards Drinking water standards - We're well underway with our programme to upgrade ten water treatment facilities across our district.

The first plant to be upgraded was our Whitianga water treatment plant (pictured right), where Masons Engineers has built a new $2.8million water treatment facility on the current site. This is a brand new plant (pictured below), with the latest technology and methodologies for treating our water. This plant is now operating to supply the town with treated water. We hope you notice the difference.

Tairua: Masons Engineers has also been appointed for the works to replace the water treatment plant in Tairua and the design is complete, and the building consent application submitted. We are expecting Department of Conservation approval of a new lease site by the end of May and, pending this, site works will commence in earnest in June 2019 with commissioning due in September 2019.

Pauanui: Design is also well advanced for upgrade work at Pauanui and some enabling works are happening. The treatment plant expected to be commissioned later this year.

Reserve Management Plans (RMPs) – The Coromandel-Colville RMP and the General Policies, have been adopted by Council. The draft Thames and Thames Coast RMP will be presented to Council at its next meeting, 9 July. The aim is for public consultation to open 16 July and run until 6 September.

Community Plans – Following a series of focus groups held in February to March this year, the first round of consultation on the community plan review has closed and we are now collating what you have told us.

High level summary results will be presented to the upcoming Community Board workshops in July and August. 

We will then be seeking direction from the Community Boards on further rounds of consultation, building on what you have already told us.

Consultant appointed for milestone coastal project - Our Council has taken a major step forward in the delivery of our Coastal Management Strategy with the appointment of international consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV to support the development of our Shoreline Management Plans.

Royal HaskoningDHV (RHDHV), an independent engineering and project management consultancy, has been awarded the $1.9million contract, as part of the $2.6million total budget, for what will be a milestone three-year project for our Council and New Zealand more broadly.

While Shoreline Management Plans (SMPs) have previously been developed in a couple of other locations in New Zealand, the work our Council is doing is distinct in that we are developing SMPs across our whole district through active involvement of all key stakeholders along our beautiful yet fragile coastline.

These plans and subsequent action plans are a key outcome of our Coastal Management Strategy. SMPs will provide a large-scale hazard assessment on our flooding and erosion issues and identify subsequent risk to people and the environment for our coastline over the next century. SMPs also identify the possible interventions for managing those risks in a sustainable manner. Read more about what’s involved with our Coastal Management Strategy here.

Civil DefenceCivil Defence - As our Council moves into the its new Emergency Management structure, staff have been focusing on building up community resilience around the District.

Civil Defence Centre kits are being replaced at six centres - Thames, Te Puru, Coromandel Town, Whitianga, Tairua and Whangamata. They provide all the initial resources should the centres need to be opened during an emergency.

Photo: Staff loading the kits before taking them out to the communities.

Tsunami information open days were held this week for the west coast of the Coromandel to give our local communities an opportunity to learn about tsunami and the potential threat to the Firth of Thames. The aim of these open days is to create further awareness and a chance for more community input. 

"We've heard that alerting and evacuation are among the two biggest concerns locals have in a tsunami and so these open days we're holding provide an opportunity for the public to have the science explained so that they can be better prepared to respond," says our Council’s Emergency Management Unit Officer, Pamela Balt. "Community response plans are developed so there's better measures in place to help communities look after themselves. When a natural disaster hits, people may need to take care of themselves for up to three days before help can arrive."

The information from the open days can be found here.

You can also view our community guides to emergencies for other areas here.