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Iwi involvement in our Shoreline Management Plans (SMP) and find out more about what’s happening in your neighbourhood in our weekly wrap-up

16 October 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:

  • Iwi involvement in our Shoreline Management Plans (SMP)
  • Our Coromandel magazine out now
  • Rainwater collection options
  • Create The Vibe Thames
  • Other work happening in your neighbourhood
  • Wharf Ambassadors jobs advertised
  • Upcoming meetings
  • Have your say on our five public consultations
  • Microchip Monday in Whangamata next week
  • What's on in the Coromandel
  • Our Council road and resealing work continues
  • Chorus public drop-in session in Whangamata

If you missed last week's update, read it here.

Shoreline Management Plans (SMP) meetings underway

Our first co-governance committee for our Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) project was held this week, involving our Council and the Pare Hauraki collective. You can watch the full unedited recording of the meeting here.

This is a milestone, three-year project to prepare adaptive SMPs for large sections of our coastline by 2022.

“The project is all about helping our communities and coasts adapt to coastal hazards through site-specific plans for the entire length of our coastline, including our offshore islands,” Mayor Sandra says.

Mayor Sandra Goudie welcomed the co-governance relationship with iwi and the guidance for this long-term project.

“This is an important journey we are embarking on together - one that will be made up of many small steps along the way. I look forward to this committee getting involved and working together as we come up with community-led adaptive solutions,” Mayor Sandra says.

“Our Council, together with Matamata-Piako and Hauraki district councils and the Pare Hauraki Collective will be working as a collective team,” Mayor Sandra says.

Co-governance through this SMP committee of Council reflects the importance of having iwi involved at all the various levels of the project, including the coastal panels that have been set up to cover our coastline in the following areas:

  • Kopu-Thames and the Thames Coast
  • Coromandel Town Coast to Kennedy Bay
  • Whangapoua Harbour and the Mercury Bay Coast
  • South-East Coast (Tairua through to Whangamata)

As the project progresses, the committee will meet bi-annually or as required.

Next week our Coastal Panels will be starting site visits in their areas, followed by an Assets of Values and Objectives meeting. They will then meet again in November for a Hazards and Adaptation Menu meeting.

You can read more about the project including the meeting agendas and minutes at tcdc.govt.nz/smp.

Back your backyard - Our Coromandel magazine out now supporting all things local

We are excited to share a new edition of our Council’s annual magazine ‘Our Coromandel’ – uniting all of us with hearts and homes in the Coromandel.

"Amidst the challenges of a global pandemic, this year’s publication is themed around ways to ‘back your backyard ’ and enjoy local tourism here in the Coromandel while supporting our local businesses," says our Mayor Sandra Goudie.

Targeted generally at our non-permanent ratepayers (which is around 50 per cent of you), the purpose of the annual publication is to let you know what we've been working on as a council, where your money is being spent, as well as promoting what local businesses and community groups are doing.

Our Coromandel 2020-2021 is now arriving in the mailboxes of our out-of-district ratepayers, while our residents can pick up a copy from one of our four Council service centres, district libraries or visitor information centres – and we encourage them to be quick as these get snapped up fast.

To find out more about the magazine or read it online, see tcdc.govt.nz/ourcoromandel.

Stock up on water ahead of a potentially dry summer

The rain we had this week is a good reminder to start thinking about collecting rainwater ahead of another potentially long, dry summer.

So why not look at installing a water tank on your property for outside use? It’s perfect for cleaning the car and boat or keeping the flowers, vegetables and lawns alive.

The process is simple:

  • Find a spot on your property where you would like to place a tank.
  • Talk to a tank manufacturing company about colour, size, cost and delivery.
  • Discuss your plans and get the right advice on whether or not you need a building or resource consent. A building consent is not required if the tank meets the requirements for capacity and height-above-ground. For example, the Building Act allows tanks that hold no more than 35,000 litres, and which are not plumbed into a house for drinking water supply, to be installed without a building consent as long as they are supported directly by the ground and sit more then 1.5 metres from the property boundary. For more information click here.

We can help with information to make it easier and save costs – contact our Duty Planner on 07 868 0200.

See our website for more information - tcdc.govt.nz/rainwatercollection.

Create The Vibe Thames

The mural commissioned by the Thames Community Board and created through community champion co-design sessions, is taking shape on Mary Street (on the Stirling Sports wall). We can't wait to see the finished mural by artist Erika Pearce. She'll follow this one up with a mural on the Baxters furniture shop adjacent to Thames Library branch on Mackay/Sealey St, at Rotary Park.

Also this week, a co-design workshop was held to refine the ideas from our community engagement at the Create the Vibe-Thames container HQ in September. We'll have a couple of concept designs ready for people to examine at the HQ in November, so keep watching this space. The HQ is now available for community use. The application form and user guide can be found on our website - tcdc.govt.nz/createthevibethames.

Other work happening in your neighbourhood

  • The Taputapuatea footbridge and walkway on Buffalo Beach Whitianga was officially opened with a karakia from Joe Davis (Ngati Hei) early last Saturday morning, (photo above). Cultural values assessment, development and management plan still to be developed with Ngati Hei for this sacred area.
  • Beach accessways improvement work following the erosion over the winter months will start on Monday in Whangamata and Tuesday in Pauanui - tcdc.govt.nz/coastal.
  • Tairua Refuse Transfer Station requires urgent repairs to the compactor pit floor. The new floor is aiming to be poured next Tuesday. To allow for concrete curing time the pit will remain closed over labour weekend.
  • Thames Centennial Pool - The large macrocarpa tree on the western side of the complex has been trimmed to help with limit debris entering the pool.
  • Thames War Memorial Civic Centre - The Thames High School Ball is taking place tomorrow, Saturday 17 October.
  • Shortland Cemetery, Thames - A volunteer working bee is planned for Saturday 31 October from 10am- 2pm. To register your interest email us you name and contact number - customer.services@tcdc.govt.nz. Please wear closed-in shoes and bring sunhats, gardening gloves and small hand tools such as brooms, hand brushes. Refreshments will be provided.

Whangapoua boat ramp improvements (pictured right)

Reconstruction of the boat ramp started in August 2020.  The priority work was to address the cracks that were appearing in the concrete of the existing boat ramp. This has now been fixed, along with rectifying the ramp levels, which was uneven and therefore inconvenient for users. The last concrete pour was finished on Thursday 15 October. Concrete curing takes approximately  7 days, so we plan to have the boat ramp open in time for Labour weekend (weather dependent).

Stage two – The addition of a pontoon, is scheduled for the 2022/2023 financial year.

The cost for redevelopment of the  boat ramp was $397,000 and an estimated $110,000 for the pontoon installation.

Mercury Bay skate park - (Pictured above) Drainage completed and services redirected. The bowl shape is being developed with compacted fill and quarter pipe steel reinforcing being fixed in place ready for the first pour next week. 

'Paddy' - The black Kopu-Hikuai dog

We have been contacted by several members of the community about Paddy. He was living next to the Kopu-Hikuai Road for at least a year, and our Bylaws Officers, Rebecca and Danny, spent a lot of time trying to gain his trust.

Eventually they were able to capture Paddy and get him to Chained Dog Rehabilitation & Rehoming NZ who have been working with Cassie's Canines to help him take steps towards his new life.

If you are interested in following Paddy’s journey, click here.

Microchip Monday in Whangamata

Now we're back in Alert Level 1, our Council can continue providing a low-cost ‘Microchip Monday’ service for dog owners in our district.

  • 19 October, 9am-12pm – Whangamata Office, 620 Port Rd

Microchipping helps us to promptly identify dogs that are roaming or lost so we can reunite dogs with their owners rather than take to them to the dog pound. We’ve noticed many dogs on our database don’t have a microchip number.

See tcdc.govt.nz/microchipping for more information.

Working together in emergencies

Our Council’s Emergency Management Unit has been working on strengthening partnerships with key stakeholders on the Coromandel. One of those is the pivotal relationship with Waka Kotahi/NZTA roading contractor Higgins.

In what could be a NZ first, on 8 October, following an earlier introduction presentation, 19 staff from the Higgins Coromandel team took part in a half-day Civil Defence foundation training workshop, understanding the functions and responsibilities of Civil Defence in an emergency.

Given the frequent severe weather that impacts our district and the subsequent damage that so often occurs to the State Highway roading network, broadening understanding and cementing relationships builds on resilience and response capability.

“Waka Kotahi NZTA and Higgins are key players in our 20-member Collaboration Response Team on the Coromandel, and while we only connect during emergencies the frequency of those ensure that at least four or five times every year we team up to inform, manage and keep people safe while we weather the storm” says Helen Flynn TCDC’s Senior Emergency Management Officer.

Wharf Ambassadors needed

We’re advertising to hire Whangamata and Whitianga wharf ambassadors to help over the busy Christmas New Year period from Boxing Day to Waitangi Day.
We will look to provide a roster of Wharf Ambassadors to guide wharf users and help with the safe use of the designated areas on the wharfs.
You will need to be confident in and around water, have excellent relationship building and communication skills along with a strong safety awareness.

If you are interested in this paid role then visit our website for more information and how to apply.  Please note you must be able to pass a full police check.

Upcoming meetings

  • Council meeting – 9am, Tuesday 27 October, Thames Council Chambers, 515 Mackay St.
  • Tairua-Pauanui Community Board meeting - 10am, Monday 2 November at the Pauanui Community Hub, 23 Centreway.
  • Whangamata Community Board meeting - 10am, Tuesday 3 November in the Whangamata Board meeting room, 620 Port Rd.
  • Mercury Bay Community Board meeting - 9am, Wednesday 4 November in the Mercury Bay Board meeting room, 6 Monk St.
  • Coromandel-Colville Community Board meeting – 9am, Tuesday 10 November in the Coromandel Board meeting room, 355 Kapanga Rd.
  • Thames Community Board meeting – 9am, Wednesday 11 November, Thames Council Chambers, 515 Mackay St.
  • Council meeting - 9am, Tuesday 8 December, Thames Council Chambers, 515 Mackay St.
  • Emergency Management Committee meeting - 9am, Wednesday 9 December, Thames Council Chambers, 515 Mackay 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.

Have your say on our public consultations

Don’t forget we have five items out for public consultation:

  1. Water Demand Strategy
  2. Gambling Policy
  3. Significance and Engagement Policy
  4. The draft Mercury Bay Reserve Management Plan
  5. Proposed Rates Remission and Postponement Policies

Go to tcdc.govt.nz/haveyoursay for more information and to make an online submission.

What's on in the Coromandel

Have you managed to get your hands on tickets for the Whitianga Summer Concert yet?  Concert Club members had access to pre-sale tickets yesterday and today, locals' tickets were released at the Whitianga i-Site, Pauanui Info Centre and Info Plus, Whangamata.  These tickets are limited to 1000 at each site, so make sure you get your early to avoid disappointment for the event on January 31.

Click here to see more about upcoming events across the Coromandel.

Our Economic Development Update

With Labour Weekend looming next week, we’re on the edge of the rapid slide into the busy summer season – set to be a bumper for the Coromandel this year.

However, local tourism and hospitality businesses are growing concerned about finding experienced staff to see them through.

We catch up with The Lost Spring chief executive Alanna Kline about the challenges they're facing on the staffing front and in finding service people locally.  More on this later in this newsletter

At Council, we also mark this time of year with the launch of our annual magazine Our Coromandel - posted directly to the more than 50 per cent of our ratepayers that live outside our district, as it’s a prime way we can engage them on Council projects and local events. Residents can collect a copy from council offices, libraries or visitor information centres.

Also in this Economic Development Update:

  • Marketview spending data for September
  • Economic intelligence - Waikato region
  • Free business advisor drop-in sessions
  • COVID-19 business support funding
  • Responsible Camping Fund assistance
  • Where Kiwis Holiday - Coromandel's summer marketing campaign
  • Events update
  • i-SITE and Visitor Information Centre hours

Click here to read.

Our Council road and resealing work continues

The road and resealing work on our Council roads across the district continues this weekend and next week. Please remember to park off the road on the scheduled day so work can proceed.

As it's dependent on weather, we're updating our website and Facebook page daily, also listen to the local radio stations.

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

Let Chorus shed some light in Whangamata

Chorus are building New Zealand’s ultra-fast fibre network in our neighbourhood and the new fibre network brings some of the best, most reliable broadband in the world right to your house with your own dedicated fibre connection.

The great news is that there is usually no cost to bring this all the way into your place.

You may have questions about the work they’re going to be doing or what the next steps will be so you can get connected.

They can tell you more at their upcoming public drop-in session on Wednesday 21 October. Pop in to the Whangamata Club (404 Port Rd) between 3pm and 7pm - www.chorus.co.nz/fibre.