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Council sponsorship enables EPro8 Challenge event in Thames, Create the Vibe Thames goes public and other work happening in your neighbourhood this week

11 September 2020

Welcome to the weekly wrap-up of our latest Council project news, important dates and information about what's happening in our District - all now in one easy-to-read email, sent every Friday.

This week:

  • Council sponsorship enables EPro8 Challenge event in Thames
  • Create the Vibe Thames goes public
  • Dune restoration and plantings
  • Other work happening in your neighbourhood: Whangapoua boat ramp, tree maintenance, Mercury Bay Sports Park, Pauanui skate bowl, Whanagamata boardwalk, Pepe toilets and more.
  • Road works
  • Upcoming meetings
  • What's on in the Coromandel
  • Save the date – $8.2million party time at Kōpū
  • Coromandel businesses show signs of resilience
  • Connect your business with Destination Coromandel's Summer Campaign
  • The Hauraki-Coromandel Business People's Choice Award
  • Funding available for local arts groups projects
  • Community Service Awards now open
  • Nominations are open for the Sport Waikato 2020 Waikato Sport & Active Recreation Awards
  • Sign up for New Zealand ShakeOut 2020
  • Free driver refresher courses

If you missed last week's update - Create the Vibe Thames prepares to go live, new exemptions to building consents and funding available for local arts groups projects in our weekly wrap-up, read it here.

Council sponsorship enables EPro8 Challenge event in Thames

School children from the Thames area got a taste of solving science and engineering problems at the EPro8 Challenge event hosted at Pārāwai School in Thames this week.

Teams from 11 schools (15 teams from years 5-6 and 17 teams from years 7-8) raced to assemble functioning structures such as vehicles and cranes or to solve engineering and logistical-type problems.

Our Council’s sponsorship of $1,400 plus funding from Rotary Thames allowed the event to take place, unlike other parts of Waikato Region with no sponsorship where school teams had to compete on their own by video link with judges. The Pārāwai event gives the teams that move on to the next round in Hamilton in the first week of Term 4 in October (exact date to be confirmed) an edge because they’ve already participated in the real-life competitive environment.

The participating teams came years 5-6 and years 7-8 from the following schools:

  • Thames South School
  • Manaia School
  • Hikuai School
  • Hikutaia School
  • Pārāwai School
  • Netherton School
  • Tairua School
  • Matatoki School
  • Moanataiari School
  • Te Puru School
  • Ngatea Primary School

Going through to the next round:

Years 5-6:

  • Hikutaia 1
  • Pārāwai Perfection
  • Pārāwai Toa
  • Te Puru 1
  • Hikuai 1
  • Netherton Electrical Masterminds

Years 7-8:

  • Tairua Tornadoes
  • Moanataiari 1
  • Netherton Nuts and Bolts
  • Parawai Engineers
  • Pārāwai Puzzlers
  • NPS Aces 1 (Ngatea School)

Create the Vibe Thames goes public

Our project to create a safer, more people friendly town centre space around the intersection of Mary and Pollen streets is getting a positive reaction from the Thames community, with about 50 people a day dropping into the Create the Vibe – Thames container HQ to share their ideas on how this can be done.

We have an opportunity to reimagine what the central area of Thames around the intersection of Pollen and Mary streets could look and feel like thanks to funding from Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.

Beyond the general goal of creating a people friendly public space in the heart of town that will keep residents and visitors coming back for more, what any changes look like is up to the people of Thames.
Drop in to our Create the Vibe Thames HQ at the corner of Mary and Pollen streets until 19 September to give us your ideas on low-cost, temporary or semi-permanent changes that can be made to create a buzzing civic heart that people will want to spend time in and return to again and again.

We're there from 10am-3:30pm Monday to Friday and 9am-1pm on the Saturdays over the two-week period.

To help get your thinking cap on, watch this short video on the project.

The project, which is part of a range of projects for Thames we're calling Create the Vibe – Thames, has received 90 per cent funding ($320,125.50) from Waka Kotahi. The remaining 10 per cent ($35,569.50) is coming from Thames Community Board budgets. It’s part of Waka Kotahi’s Innovating Streets pilot programme, which is funding projects across New Zealand cities and towns aimed at creating people-friendly spaces.

The projects are to involve cost effective, temporary interventions that the community has a large role in helping to design. The improvements can be tested and refined before being made more permanent if they’re found suitable.

tcdc.govt.nz/createthevibethames

For more information on the scheme, previous successful applicants and application forms see tcdc.govt.nz/ccs.

Dune restoration and planting

Photo above: We had a small group of volunteers on Sunday in Whangamata. It was great to see young families helping to restore the dunes and having fun. Thanks to Whangamata Harbour Care who also helped.

Community planting days dates for this season can be found here.

Buffalo Beach – Maintenance has also started on the rock wall as recent inspections identified damage and rock movement due to a series of easterly storms and large swells. Work will happen at low tide (weather permitting) over 10 days. We’re also reshaping a small dune area on Buffalo Beach in preparation for planting from 14- 25 September. This is an area that has been exposed to high foot traffic and will be restored and replanted before end of October 2020.

Photo above: Thanks to the local volunteers including Hikuai School and the Pauanui Community Office for their huge effort planting most of Beach Access 6 and the surf club access in Pauanui this week.

Other work happening in your neighbourhood

Whangapoua boat ramp –  (Pictured right) A crane breakdown has delayed progress by approximately three days. Driving of the sheet piling has now been completed and the contractor is preparing to pump the enclosure dry and start the foundation work for the boat ramp.  The outer pontoon piles have also been driven into place.

Tree maintenance - Powerco’s contractors have started pruning the pohutukawa trees at the base of Paku Drive as they're encroaching into the powerlines. And the pine tree removal in Gallagher Park has been completed.

Mercury Bay Sports Park – We are working with the Mercury Bay Athletics Club to complete the additional facilities required for the long jump pit, discus and shot-put arenas this weekend.

Pauanui Skate Bowl -  The tender process is finished with no suitable contractors bidding on the job. There is insufficient budget to undertake a worthwhile refurbishment as the facility was built as concrete slab construction that continues to move. Consideration is needed around a longer term solution for upgrading the bowl which can be factored into the Long Term Plan. An estimate has been provided for rebuilding the facility. Grinding and resurfacing could be undertaken before Christmas 2020 to address health and safety and improve use with the current budget.

Albert Street Reserve has been cleaned and prepped ready for the Coromandel 200 Commemoration on Saturday, 26 September 2020 at 2pm.

 

Whangamata boardwalk update:

  • The Certificate of Compliance for Waikato Regional Council's resource consent will be issued next week.
  • Draft copies of the detailed design (pictured above) have been completed for the Esplanade section and the full estimate of final costs is expected at the end of the week.
  • We expect construction will be after Christmas due to contractor availability and materials as we need to have kiln dried timber to prevent warping.
  • Another meeting will be held with the Department of Conservation next week to provide an update on the project and also to discuss the dune access issues.
  • We're still seeking feedback on the Whangamata trial boardwalk design. Click here for more information.

Pepe toilets, Tairua - Demolition of the old toilet block is scheduled for 27 October and construction of the new facility will follow (concept design below).

Road works

You can view a summary of scheduled weekly roading activities in our district on our website - tcdc.govt.nz/roading.

Wentworth Valley Rd, Whangamata - On Monday 14 September our contractor is starting on drainage works and kerbing works. There will be traffic control in place so you may expect some minor delays.

Station Rd, Puriri - Kerb and channel installation and road repairs are planned to start Monday 7 September. This work will take approximately seven weeks to complete (weather-dependant). Click here for further details.

Upcoming meetings

  • Council meeting, Tuesday 15 September at 9am in the Thames Council Chambers (515 Mackay St)
  • Tairua-Pauanui Community Board meeting, Monday 21 September at 10am at St Francis House, 248 Main Road, Tairua
  • Whangamata Community Board meeting, Tuesday 22 September at 10am in the Board meeting room (620 Port Rd)
  • Thames Community Board meeting, Wednesday 23 September at 9am in the Thames Council Chambers (515 Mackay St)
  • Coromandel-Colville Community Board meeting, Tuesday 29 September at 10am at the Colville Hall, 2310 Colville Road.
  • Mercury Bay Community Board meeting, Wednesday 30 September at 9am in the Board meeting room (6 Monk St)

Copies of agendas, reports and minutes are available on this page or at Council offices, two days before the meeting.

Members of the public and media are welcome to attend the public part of the meeting. If there is a report you wish to speak to, you may do so in the public forum of the meeting. See our website here for more information on how to register.

What's on in the Coromandel

September marks the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. This crucial battle, fought from 10 July until 31 October 1940, marked an important turning point in the war.

The Battle of Britain 2020 Commemorations begin on Saturday, a tribute to Thames-born war hero Sir Keith Park . To honour Sir Keith, a replica WW2 Hurricane has been erected at The Thames Airfield (pictured right).

Click here to read more about upcoming and postponed events in our district.

Click here for more information.

Coromandel businesses show signs of resilience

Our businesses are showing signs of resilience in the face of a challenging year, results from our recent survey show.
The online survey was held during August in partnership with our regional economic development agency, Te Waka.

Just 14 per cent of Coromandel businesses are forecasting sales for the second half of 2020 will be more than 50 per cent lower than the same time last year. Meanwhile, 65 per cent don’t expect to change the number of full-time employees over the next six months. In fact, 20 per cent of the businesses said they expected to increase full-time employees by up to five people.

“I’m proud of how tenacious our businesses and our people are as they continue to overcome the challenges life throws at them. We are optimistic, adaptable and resilient,” Mayor Sandra says. “You can see this reflected in the data and how many businesses have moved into developing the digital paradigm and more online offerings of their products and services.

“Confidence is going to be key over the next few months, and we are here to help businesses stay optimistic, particularly in the tourism, primary industries and services sectors,” she says. “Winter is always our quiet season, and we anticipate domestic tourism activity, which makes up a significant share of our market, to pick up heading into summer," Mayor Sandra says.

Key results:

Business confidence: When asked on a scale of 1-10 how confident they are about the future success of their business (10 being high confidence, 1 being not confident):

  • 6.1 was the average confidence score

Sales

  • 82% recorded same or decreased sales during March- May 2020, compared to the same time in 2019
  • 50% said their sales were lower by 20% or more
  • 77% forecast same or declining sales July-December 2020 compared to the same time in 2019

Staffing

  • 28% said they had decreased staff numbers due to COVID. 65% said there had been no change
  • 13% expect to decrease staff numbers moving forward
  • 23% expect to increase staff numbers moving forward
  • 48% believe there is a skills shortage when looking to hire a new employee
  • 4% have continued to adopt remote working post lockdown

Wage subsidy

  • 12% have not accessed the wage subsidy or its extension

Greatest challenges

  • COVID-19
  • Declining market
  • Wage rates/cost of staff
  • Weather-related challenges
  • Recruiting issues

tcdc.govt.nz/supportlocal

Connect your business with Destination Coromandel's Summer Campaign

Photo above: Digital billboard in Greenlane.

Share your stories, summer offers, packages and images with Destination Coromandel to promote your business and secure bookings. Click here for more information.

The Hauraki-Coromandel Business Awards have been postponed to next year, but you can still nominate who you think is the best local business for 'The People's Choice Award.'

Nominate and be in to win a $100 Visa Prezzy Card (and the winning business scores $1000 of advertising)

You have until Sunday 20 September to nominate here.

We're taking applications for the current funding round until 2 October - tcdc.govt.nz/ccs.

Click here for more information.

Nominations are open for the Sport Waikato 2020 Waikato Sport & Active Recreation Awards

This year the awards will acknowledge the innovation, the partnerships, the collaboration and the many different ways our community has managed to keep sport and active recreation a focus in this year of adversity. 

Along with the judged awards, there are two People’s Choice categories where you can upload your favourite sporting moment and local sportsperson for public voting.

Nominations close Friday 30 October 2020. Public voting for People's Choice categories is open from 2 November to 30 November 2020 - sportwaikato.org.nz

Sign up for New Zealand ShakeOut 2020

Over 400,000 people signed up for this year’s ShakeOut, our national earthquake drill and tsunami hīkoi.

On 15 October at 9:30am, New Zealand will have the opportunity to learn and practice the correct actions to take during an earthquake and tsunami by participating in ShakeOut drill day.

Wherever you are during New Zealand ShakeOut, you can take part in the drill. Just 'Drop, Cover and Hold' for up to one minute, and if you're in a coastal area practise your tsunami hīkoi.

Click here to sign up.

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  • Create the Vibe Thames prepares to go live
  • New exemptions to building consents for some works
  • Building Unit accreditation success
  • Funding available for local arts groups projects
  • Dune restoration and plantings
  • Other work happening in your neighbourhood
  • A reminder that masks must be worn on public transport
  • Road works
  • Economic development update
  • Upcoming meetings
  • What's on in the Coromandel
  • Community Service Awards now open
  • Sign up for New Zealand ShakeOut 2020
  • Free driver refresher courses

If you missed last week's update - Drinking water treatment plant upgrades on the go, making progress on our coastal erosion maintenance and what you need to know about moving around under Alert Level 2, read it here.

 

Create the Vibe Thames prepares to go live

 
   

The container HQ (pictured right) for the public engagement part of our project to create a more people-friendly space in the heart of Thames has arrived at the corner of Mary and Pollen Streets.

It’s branded with our ‘Create the Vibe Thames’ logo because that’s the name we’ve given to a range of projects we have underway and planned for Thames.

The current project that we’re seeking public input on is part of the Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency-funded Innovating Streets pilot programme. Thames is one of dozens of projects in towns and cities across New Zealand that are involved in the Innovating Streets programme. It’s aimed at creating safer and liveable spaces in our towns using cost-effective, temporary, or semi-permanent, physical changes that can test a permanent fix and prototype a street design.

Waka Kotahi is providing 90 per cent of the $355,000 project with the rest coming from Thames Community Board budgets.

 

 

 
   

From Monday 7 September to Saturday 19 September, we’re inviting people in Thames to come by the Create the Vibe HQ and help co-design improvements for the Mary/Pollen street area. The HQ will be open from 9am-4:30pm Monday-Friday, and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

Come on down and help Create the Vibe Thames.

tcdc.govt.nz/createthevibethames

(Pictured right) The new art piece 'Baron' by sculptor David McCracken is a temporary installation with no cost, positioned next to the container in the ANZ pocket park.

 

New exemptions to building consents for some works

 
   

A number of new or expanded types of building work no longer need a building consent, as of 31 August.

The changes add to the work that can already be done without a building consent, outlined in Schedule 1 of the Building Act.

Building consents will no longer be required for a number of projects, including certain-sized carports, sleepouts, sheds, ground-floor awnings, verandas and porches. More information is on the Building Performance website.

Some of the exempt work can be done without the help of a professional, while others require the involvement of a Chartered Professional Engineer or Licensed Building Practitioner.

Even if you don’t need a building consent, all works must be completed in accordance with the Building Code and other legislative requirements such as those under the Resource Management Act 1991, the Electricity Act 1992 and the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.

Always check with our Council to make sure your proposed building work does not have any planning implications (e.g. maximum site coverage, yard/setback requirements, daylight access planes or permitted activities). A resource consent may be required, and it is important that you obtain this before starting any building work. For further information please call 07 868 0200 and ask to speak to Customer Services.

Before carrying out exempt work, it’s important you follow the MBIE guidance correctly. 

To find out more, we've arranged meetings for staff to explain the new exemptions and answer your queries.

  • Monday 7 Sept: 3-4pm, Whangamata Service Centre, 620 Port Rd.
  • Tues 8 Sept: 4-5pm, Thames Council Chamber, 515 Mackay St
  • Weds 9 Sept: 3.30-4.30pm Mercury Bay Service Centre Board Room, 10 Monk St Whitianga.

Building Unit accreditation success

Our Council has retained its accreditation as a Building Consent Authority (BCA), enabling us to carry out building control functions.

Following the routine biennial reassessment of our BCA, the auditors reported the following aspects of our operations of particular note as good practice and/or performance which should be maintained:

  • The BCA’s systems were well structured and generally well implemented.
  • The BCA was generally maintaining a good level of records.
  • Staff at our BCA were seen to be technically knowledgeable and understood BCA requirements very well.

Accreditation as a BCA means that International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ) recognises that our Council complies with the regulations and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment accreditation scheme guidance documents, and this means our Council can undertake building control functions.
This highlights the continuing great work by our entire team. Our next BCA assessment is planned for March 2022.

 

 

 

Get a helping hand for your arts group or creative project through the Creative Communities Scheme.

We're taking applications for the current funding round from Monday 7 September - 2 October.

This round of funding is for projects that will take place between 5 November 2020 - 5 November 2021.

The Creative Coromandel - He Mana Toi Moehau Trust Board, made up of representatives from across the Coromandel, administers the Creative Communities Scheme funds on behalf of Creative New Zealand.

Funding is awarded to projects rather than the people undertaking the project. Applications need to meet one or more of the following criteria to be eligible for the funding:

  • Broad community involvement - The project will create opportunities for local communities to engage with and participate in arts activities.
  • Diversity - The project will support the diverse arts and cultural traditions of local communities, enriching and promoting their uniqueness and cultural diversity.
  • Young people - The project will enable and encourage young people (under 18 years) to engage with and actively participate in the arts.

For more information on the scheme, previous successful applicants and application forms see tcdc.govt.nz/ccs.

 

Dune restoration and plantings

 

Community planting days dates for this season can be found here.

Whangamata

Hinemoa Street – Beach access:

  • Earthworks have been completed in preparation for access improvement, and we will let the sand settle a couple of weeks before planting.
  • A planting bee will be scheduled. 
  • Temporary fencing and dune care signs have been installed. 
  • A new diagonal access has been constructed and replacement bollards and rope will be installed.
  • A windbreak fence will be erected next and beach access signs and a rubbish bin will be reinstated. 
  • The adjoining residents were consulted on the restoration works prior to the works commencing.

Island View Reserve - With some other cancelled planting bees, plants have become available and Island View Reserve will be prepared for a planting bee.

Come and join the Whangamata Community Planting Bee this Sunday, 6 September from 9am-11am at the Surf Club.

Pauanui

  • Earthworks were carried out during the last week of August.
  • Memorial Seats that were buried by sand blowing from the dunes were relocated and placed further back on the reserve and also to enable preparation for the restoration planting that took place today at beach access 6 at the Surf Club.
  • A follow-up planting bee at the Surf Club beach access way, access 6 and access 9 will be organised.
  • Planting and restoration of access 10 has been postponed due to the current erosion cycle and will be rescheduled for next season.

Mercury Bay

Brophys Beach (Ohuka Beach) - Maintenance work on the geotech wall scheduled for September 2020 has been deferred until 2021.

 

Other work happening in your neighbourhood

 
   

Mercury Bay skate park - We now have an approved experienced skate park builder ready to start on 15 September. We are requesting a budget change from Council to include the community raised funding. We expect a three-month construction period.

Whitianga Resource Recovery Centre - We now have a draft conceptual layout that we are working through with stakeholders for the new resource recovery centre and transfer station proposed to be built  next year in Moewai Road. In parallel with the layout, we’ll be working on further development of the consent, design and more detailed cost estimates. We are also working with community groups to establish a local trust that can occupy a portion of the new facility, which will include some areas of the existing bio composting site, that will actively be involved in reuse and recovery of items potentially going to landfill. As government levies increase for waste to landfill, the design of the site will attempt to divert waste from landfill. The infrastructure for these initiatives can be funded from the waste minimisation fund.

Sugarloaf Wharf - Installation of barriers and gates started this week and should be completed early next week. The wharf and boat ramp will remain open to the public.

 
 

Works are progressing on the BBQ facility at the Hauraki House Reserve, Coromandel Town. An official opening is being planned for the week of 14 September.

 
 
 

Work started on building the top level of the Onemana Surf Life Saving Club last week. A karakia and pre-construction meeting was held on Tuesday with builders, designers, archaeologists, iwi, council staff and surf club personnel.

 
 
 

We have resumed work on Taputapuatea Bridge this week with excavation works to allow archaeological investigation to be completed and we are planning to return to the site on 14 September to complete the works once we have complied with all necessary consenting conditions.

 

A reminder that masks must be worn on public transport

In our district, we have the Thames Connector public bus service within the Thames township and public ferries such as the Whitianga Ferry,the Tairua/Pauanui Ferry and the Fullers Auckland-to-Coromandel Ferry. Please remember to wear a mask when using these services.

A host of local mask makers have sprung up, many having first made masks for their families, before responding to community demand. Click here for a selection we've spotted, if you're keen to buy local.

To find out more see the links below:

A booklet to track your movements:
You can now download and print a booklet to help keep a record of your  movements. The booklet is designed for people who don’t use the NZ COVID Tracer app - we all need to keep track of our movements to stamp out COVID-19. Each booklet includes 30 pages, expected to last around a month.

The booklet is currently available in English, but it will be available in a range of languages in the near future. Organisations with a wide reach to New Zealanders who may need this booklet can order printed copies to distribute to your communities.

Find out more, or print your own here.

Thames Centennial Pool is operating under level two restrictions, see tcdc.govt.nz/swim for more information.

 
   

In our district, we have the Thames Connector public bus service within the Thames township and public ferries such as the Whitianga Ferry,the Tairua/Pauanui Ferry and the Fullers Auckland-to-Coromandel Ferry. Please remember to wear a mask when using these services.

A host of local mask makers have sprung up, many having first made masks for their families, before responding to community demand. Click here for a selection we've spotted, if you're keen to buy local.

To find out more see the links below:

A booklet to track your movements:
You can now download and print a booklet to help keep a record of your  movements. The booklet is designed for people who don’t use the NZ COVID Tracer app - we all need to keep track of our movements to stamp out COVID-19. Each booklet includes 30 pages, expected to last around a month.

The booklet is currently available in English, but it will be available in a range of languages in the near future. Organisations with a wide reach to New Zealanders who may need this booklet can order printed copies to distribute to your communities.

Find out more, or print your own here.

Thames Centennial Pool is operating under level two restrictions, see tcdc.govt.nz/swim for more information.

 

Road works

 
   

Station Rd, Puriri - Kerb and channel installation and road repairs are planned to start Monday 7 September. This work will take approximately seven weeks to complete (weather-dependant).

  • Every effort will be made to ensure both noise and dust are kept to a minimum with neighbouring resident’s health, safety and well-being of utmost importance to the staff working on site.
  • Temporary Traffic Management involving one-way continuous traffic flow or a stop/go will be in place whilst work is occurring.
  • Regular access to residential addresses will be maintained during construction and any temporary closures will be communicated directly to arrange suitable times.
  • Working hours will be between 7.00am-6pm Monday to Friday and possibly 7.30am-1pm Saturday.
  • An on-site meeting will be held for any residents that are interested in discussing the project further with the project manager from Pinnacles Civil and Schick at 1pm on 8 September at The Coach House Puriri car park on Station Road.

If you have any further questions, please contact:
Schick Civil Construction Ltd
Monique Schouten
Contract Manager – Roading
021 424414
0800 4 SCHICK
monique.schouten@schick.co.nz

You can view a summary of scheduled weekly roading activities in our district on our website - tcdc.govt.nz/roading.

 

Upcoming meetings

 
   
  • Council meeting, Tuesday 15 September at 9am in the Thames Council Chambers (515 Mackay St)
  • Tairua-Pauanui Community Board meeting, Monday 21 September at 10am at St Francis House, 248 Main Road, Tairua
  • Whangamata Community Board meeting, Tuesday 22 September at 10am in the Board meeting room (620 Port Rd)
  • Thames Community Board meeting, Wednesday 23 September at 9am in the Thames Council Chambers (515 Mackay St)
  • Coromandel-Colville Community Board meeting, Tuesday 29 September at 10am in the Board meeting room (355 Kapanga Rd)
  • Mercury Bay Community Board meeting, Wednesday 30 September at 9am in the Board meeting room (6 Monk St)

Copies of agendas, reports and minutes are available on this page or at Council offices, two days before the meeting.

Members of the public and media are welcome to attend the public part of the meeting. If there is a report you wish to speak to, you may do so in the public forum of the meeting. See our website here for more information on how to register.

 

Economic Development update

 
   
  • Local entrepreneurs mask up
  • Business profile - Greenhills Paradise Products
  • Your options to buy-local with face masks
  • Business sentiment survey - closing today
  • Free business advisor drop-in sessions
  • Business support from Te Waka
  • Waikato Economic Radar
  • Where Kiwis Holiday - summer campaign
  • Sports organisations offered support
  • Visitor Information Centre hours

Click here to read our latest Economic Development update.

 

What's on in the Coromandel

 
   

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment announced this week that 200 events across New Zealand will be receiving a share of a cash-injection of just under $10 million from the Domestic Events Fund.

Large parts of the events industry, including the critical supply chain, continue to experience COVID-19 related impacts due to reductions in sponsorship and trust funding, and Alert Level restrictions on gatherings. In response, the Government announced the establishment of a Domestic Events Fund in Budget 2020.

There were three recipients of the fund for our District, Mito-Q K2Repco Beach Hop and Whitianga Summer Concert.

Click here to read more aboout upcoming and postponed events in our district.

 

 

 

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Sign up for New Zealand ShakeOut 2020

 

Over 400,000 people signed up for this year’s ShakeOut, our national earthquake drill and tsunami hīkoi.

On 15 October at 9:30am, New Zealand will have the opportunity to learn and practice the correct actions to take during an earthquake and tsunami by participating in ShakeOut drill day.

Wherever you are during New Zealand ShakeOut, you can take part in the drill. Just 'Drop, Cover and Hold' for up to one minute, and if you're in a coastal area practise your tsunami hīkoi.

Click here to sign up.