Celebration party for Stage One of town centre upgrade weeks away. 13 November 2018 We're less than a month out from celebrations to mark the completion of Stage One of the Whitianga town centre upgrade. After the Whitianga Santa Parade on Saturday 8 December an official ribbon cutting will take place to "reopen" Albert St. Festivities will also include live music, face painting and entertainment for the whole family. "This is a celebration to thank the community and businesses for their patience throughout Stage One of the Town Centre upgrade which started in April and involved new stormwater and water supply infrastructure, modifications to the existing roadway, widening of the footpaths, new footpath paving, a new plaza area and landscaping," says Thames-Coromandel Mayor Sandra Goudie. "And what a great time to have a party, tying it in with the Santa Parade and the start of summer," says Mayor Sandra. helloworld coming to the party Every week we promote a local business that's been affected by the Town Centre upgrade. This week it's helloworld Whitianga, who opened its doors to new customers in January this year. It's owned by Paul and Sue Robinson and run by a talented team of four local women from Whitianga. helloworld is a revamped travel brand, with the credible and reliable history of Harvey World Travel, United Travel and Air New Zealand Holiday brands. Paul and Sue are travel enthusiasts and are kept busy with their four stores nationwide. The couple's business has been awarded ‘Best brand retail multi-location’ for 2017' while also recently taking out the title of ‘Best retail travel brand of 2018,' at the TAANZ travel and tourism awards. helloworld Whitianga encourage and inspire people to share their traveling stories through hosting Travel Club evenings. They provide special guest speakers and create an opportunity for people to share travel experiences and information about future destinations. "During the Whitianga Town Centre upgrade the business has definitely been affected,” says Tracey Tuinier, branch manager of the Whitianga store. “We weren't getting as much walk-in customers when the section of Albert Street where we are situated was closed to vehicle traffic. But since it has been reopened after Labour weekend, business has picked up.” So if you're thinking about booking a holiday, pop in to helloworld Whitianga, who have a committed, friendly team who would love to share their passion and be part of your next journey. They are also proud partners of Fly Buys. Contact helloworld Whitianga today or visit their website. Phase 3 - Albert St from Blacksmith Lane to Campbell Street The parking bays in this section are closed to public access to enable full completion of pedestrian footpaths. All work, including the parking bays, is expected to be completed by the end of November (weather permitting). Other works going on include: Continuing paver installation to east and west sides of Albert Street. Continue street signs installation. Install paving bands to asphalt foot path areas. Remove paving slab and start preparation for the new foot path between Frankie’s public house and Westpac Bank. For more information on the Whitianga Town Centre upgrade please visit our project page.