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Clean-up and Beach Hop continues

20 March 2017

Beach Hop is revving ahead from Wednesday as planned.

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Beach Hop organisers stated that "there are rumours circulating that Repco Beach Hop 17 has been cancelled/postponed due to the recent bad weather the Coromandel experienced last week. This is simply not true! We'd be the first to know about it if the event was cancelled and you would read about it right here," says the event organiser Noddy Watts.

Pin up girlsThe much anticipated Repco Beach Hop 2017 is New Zealand's biggest Nostalgia Festival with 5 days of fun and entertainment beginning this Wednesday, 22 March with the 'Go Waihi Warm Up Party' followed by Rock'n'Roll Circus Tassles'n'Tease Burlesque show (R18).

On Thursday 23 March, the cruising continues to the Whitianga Beach Party,

In Whangamata the same night is the Snitch Classic Comedy Night at the Whangamata Woodstock tent (R18).

Friday 24 March Onemana hosts the Castrol Edge Thunder Cruise while Whangamata sets up for an evening of live music and Rock'n'Roll dancing.

Saturday 25 March is the big day in Whangamata with shows of various cars, caravans, motorbikes, pin up girls, and more.

Beach HopThe final day can be spent at the Nostalgia Surf Fest, the Classic Cover Insurance Nostalgia Fair and Car Show, or watching the Century Batteries Top 10 Shoot Out. Ending the week on a high and giving away a Mustang-GT, Retro Caravan, or $10,000 to a lucky Beach Hopper.

PosterSee or pick up a $5 festival programme to get all the details.

Last week our district had approximately 850ml of rainfall - which equates to what we normally get in one full year during the recent storm.

"This was one major weather event for us," says Garry Towler, our Civil Defence controller and Area Manager for Whangamata. "Despite the deluge Whangamata is open and ready for visitors this weekend, so if you've booked your accommodation to come to Beach Hop, you should just do a double check with your provider to make sure your place is ready for your stay," says Mr Towler.

One of the main holiday rental providers, Whangamata Real Estate says that they sent an alert to notify all their home owners, and the majority have been to check their homes, or Whangamata Real Estate went to check on behalf. Those that were damaged and unable to be used for accommodation over Beach Hop have been re-booked into other accommodation. If you are concerned about your accommodation over Beach Hop, please contact the agency or individual you booked with to check.

Meanwhile our Council has appointed a recovery manager, following last week's weather event, who is now out in the field assessing damage to the region - with the most affected areas being Tairua, Onemana, Opoutere and Whangamata. The priority is assessing all of public reserve land and infrastructure (toilets, water and wastewater pipes, roads) along with visiting private property owners who have been in touch to let us know they have been greatly affected.

Most of the damage that's occurred has been from slips and flooding.

Beach Hop Rubbish and recycling information:
If you're not sure about rubbish and recycling days over Beach Hop here's our calendar or download from our website here.

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