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Works around the wards update

10 May 2018

There's a whole range of projects going on around the Coromandel that we've been working on, some of which may be happening in your neighbourhood. Here's a snapshot of a few from each ward.

Thames SculptureThames

Thames Sculpture - Has been erected and blessed. The Thames Heritage Festival started with the dedication ceremony for the 150th Anniversary sculpture, commissioned from Ngati Maru by the Thames Community Board. The sculpture was designed by master-carver Darin Jenkins and constructed as a joint venture between Tapu stone sculptor, Jocelyn Pratt, with metal work by Thames local man John McKeowen, and wood carving by Darin Jenkins, with assistance from Jackson Jenkins, Jason Taana and Ty Hart.

(Picture left to right: The artists Jocelyn Pratt, John McKeown and Darin Jenkins.)

Jack McLean Community Recreation Centre - Declared officially open and ready for play, in February, the two-court indoor sports facility on Rolleston St in Thames is suitable for hosting senior-level tournaments for netball, volleyball, basketball, gymnastics and other sports. It is also available for non-sporting activities. The facility is available for use between the hours of 5.30am and 10.30pm. Click here for more information.

Thames Centennial Pool - Winter hours now apply.

  • Monday to Friday 6am - 8am, 11am - 6:30pm.
  • Wednesday open 6am - 6:30pm.
  • Saturday closed.
  • Sunday 10am - 4pm
  • Closed public holidays.

Thames South water project - A total of 4200m of pipe has been installed from Omahu Valley Rd to Townsend Rd and 1500m between Townsend Rd and Hikutaia. Approx 90% of the trunk main is completed. Final works have been completed between Matatoki and Puriri and we're now working on low flow gaugings for the Apakura consent.

Omahu to Hikutaia watermain replacement contract - Works are now targeted to be completed by the end of April 2018. Further emergency works were required as a result of the January storm event will further delay progress on the pipe laying contract works that form a part of this project.

Public conveniences - Cochrane Street toilet has had a temporary tidy up. Negotiations are underway with the landowner to re-configure this toilet as mobility friendly, allowing for a wheelchair turning circle, and providing an infant change table.

Coromandel - Colville

Barry Brickell stage

Barry Brickell Perfomance stage - The Coromandel-Colville Community Board have approved the design and budget.  Resource consent to be approved this month and construction is scheduled for the end of May/June with the expectation it wiill be completed before the Illume festival in July.

Coromandel Citizens Hall - A resource consent for the additions and alterations to the Coromandel Citizens Hall was granted by an Independent Commissioner on Tuesday 8 May.

Little Bay toiletsPublic toilets - Little Bay (photo right) and Tuateawa toilet murals have been completed, Herds Bay toilets will be next.

Samuel James Reserve - A new graffiti resistant table is being installed and new swings are to be installed and re-aligned further to the rear of the reserve.

Victoria Street - Footpath has been completed.

Waitete Bay - Installation of culvert and road repairs have been completed, the rip-rap wall is expected to be completed by the end of May.

Coromandel Wharf - Wheel stops have been installed.

Long Bay - Erosion section of the beach and walking access (Glenfern Dr to motor camp) has been cleared and track aligned, with the beach access stairs repaired.

Long Bay, Kauri track - Kauri walk access entry points will have railings installed to ensure the foot wash facilities are used. This is a precaution against kauri dieback, a disease which can be spread by just a pinhead of soil and kills most if not all the kauri it infects. We have been receiving many reports of dogs, both on and off the leash, on the Long Bay Kauri walkway. Dogs are not permitted on this track and we are asking for your help in protecting our beautiful kauri trees by not taking your dogs on this walk.

Colville Cemetery - A new gate has been installed.

Tairua - Pauanui

Tairua library - new desk

Tairua information and heritage centre - A proposal to have the Tairua Information Centre temporarily housed within the Tairua Library building has been supported by the Tairua-Pauanui Community Board.  The Board is now asking Council to approve an 'agreement to lease' over part of the land located at 4 Manaia Road for the purpose of an information and heritage centre when the current lease term expires on 15 July 2019. This is also subject to funding for the build being obtained by the Tairua Information and Community Services Society Incorporated prior to the commencement date and no later than 1 July 2020.

Tairua walkway - Contributions of $37,000 have been received for the Tairua walkway.

Hikuai District Trust - Consent has been approved for stage 3 of the board walk. Check out their website here for more information.

Royal Billy Point update - The resource consent for the proposed design of the Royal Billy Point boat ramp and pontoon project was lodged with our Council and Waikato Regional Council on the 21 March 2018. Read more here.

Gallagher Park flying fox - Completed.

Pauanui dune programme update - We have a specialist dune care contractor from Tauranga who will be operating in and around the dunes in Pauanui educating our local contractors and the community about dune care and planting from next week. Read more here.

Kennedy Park - Work has begun on the Kennedy Park reserve access in Pauanui. The access becomes a bit of a 'dust bowl' in summer due to the numbers using this access to Kennedy Park reserve.


Williamson Park

Williamson Park

Williamson Park resource consent - The Whangamata Community Board approved the lodgement of the Williamson Park resource consent application to be able to hold events for a 15-year period. The Board’s recommendation will now go to Council's next meeting for the final resolution. If approved by Council,the consent will then be lodged with full public notification which means you can have your say.

Williamson Park shade sails - The Board have considered a range of options and will identify the location and design over the next month. It is likely that local contractors will be used with installation scheduled before summer arrives.

Onemana toilets - The Board agreed to recommend to Council to approve the transfer of ownership of the existing toilet block and new ground lease to the Onemana Surf Life Saving Club Inc. so they can apply for a resource consent.

Mercury Bay

Purangi reserve

Purangi reserve - (photo above) The pine trees on the south end of the Purangi reserve, close to the playground, toilet block and neighbouring properties have been identified as senescent (overly mature) and pose a risk to these amenities. "So we're proposing 15-20 pine trees within this reserve be removed in July and in the future all senescent pine trees be removed as part of the Reserve Management process, taking into consideration coastal erosion, wind, view and the Cook 250 celebrations," says Derek Thompson, our Community Facilities Manager. Read more here.

Timed parking proposal - We’re looking to implement timed parking at the Ferry Landing Wharf and part of The Esplanade, Whitianga. 

"The proposal has come from concerns that vehicles are occupying the parking areas for long periods of time, sometimes over many days, preventing residents and visitors from using the parks closest to the ferry service and tourists boats for shorter term parking," says Allan Tiplady, our District Manager North.

For more information or to download a feedback form see You can fill out a hard copy at the Mercury Bay Area Office.

If you would like copies posted or emailed to you please contact us by emailing or phone 07 868 0200.

Whitianga Town Centre upgrade - We are putting out a weekly update with works going on relating to the town centre upgrade.Click here for the latest update or sign up for updates here.

Changes to boat ramp permits – From 1 July 2018 there will be a recreational boat launching/trailer parking permit fee at the Purangi boat ramp following the facility upgrade. Late last year we signalled this would be happening but delayed implementation until after the peak summer period. An honesty box, signage and camera will be installed at the boat ramp and anyone caught vandalising the equipment will be prosecuted. With a new pontoon also now in place at the Matarangi boat ramp, parking fees will also be implemented from 1 July 2018. See for more information.

Cathedral Cove car park Grange Road, Hahei - During the month of June, pay and display parking will be introduced at the Grange Rd car park, which is the top carpark for access to the Cathedral Cove walk. There will be a flat charge of $15.00 per vehicle with a four-hour time limit. Read more here.

Public toilets - Buffalo Beach, Brophy's Beach and Wharekaho public toilets have all been refurbished.


Brophy's Beach - Construction of a concrete surface on the beach access will be completed during the month of May.

'Welcome to Hahei' - Sign and landscaping has been delayed and expected to commence this week.

District news

SH25Reserve Management Plans - We are about to start a review of our reserve management plans for Coromandel-Colville, Mercury Bay, Whangamata, Tairua-Pauanui and Thames-Thames Coast.

These plans need to be updated every 10 years and so it's time to look at the overall policies and objectives for the management of our reserves. A review of Mercury Bay reserves will begin mid-2018 with consultation on drafts of plan updates likely to be available early-2019.

For more information including how you can have your say click here.

Coastal protection work programme - We now have a specialist coastal engineer employed to investigate and develop our coastal protection work programme.

Thames Valley Emergency Operating Area - We have been working with 15 Coromandel communities developing Community Response Plans and establishing Civil Defence Centres in 6 of those main communities.