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Our Council road and resealing work begins and Microchip Monday is back

02 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.

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:

  • Our Council road and resealing work begins
  • Catch up on our Community Board meetings
  • Power outage in Coromandel Town on Sunday
  • Other work happening in your neighbourhood
  • Coromandel 200 Commemoration
  • What's on in the Coromandel
  • Our successful dune planting season has come to an end
  • Microchip Monday is back

If you missed last week's update - Be safe and have fun in the Coromandel these school holidays, read it here.

Our Council road and resealing work begins

As the weather fines up we're getting into our Council road resealing maintenance programme. Work will start early October and be completed prior to December (weather dependant) across all areas of our District including some carpark areas.

We’re sending letters to all affected households on urban streets before work begins so vehicles can be parked off road. Vehicles parked on roads following notification may be towed at the owner’s cost so work can proceed.

The planned programme can be found below or on our website each week, however this may change depending on conditions so please check our Facebook page and listen to the daily broadcast on local radio stations for updates.

Following the resealing, there will be speed restrictions and loose chip for a while, which will be re-swept if necessary.

We will do our best to minimise inconvenience to motorists, but please be patient and follow the directions of traffic controllers and temporary speed restriction signs.

Planned work for next week:

Monday 5 October

  • Whangamata - Hinemoa Street, Hetherington Road and Beverley Terrace

Tuesday 6 October

  • Whangamata - Beverley Terrace
  • Opoutere - Ngahere Terrace and Ohui Road
  • Hikuai - Hikuai Settlement Road
  • Cooks Beach - Captain Cook Road, Endeavour Drive, Endeavour Drive Hammerhead, Motukorure Pde (Eastbound), Charles Green Drive (Eastbound)

Wednesday 7 October

  • Cooks Beach - Morcom Drive (Eastbound), Morcom Drive (Westbound) and Purangi Road
  • Hikuai - Hikuai Settlement Road and School Road
  • Thames - Sealey Street and Court Street

Thursday 8 October

  • Thames – Beach Road, Dickson Street and Owen Street
  • Cooks Beach – Purangi Road

Friday 9 October

  • Hahei - Lees Road and Lees Road Extension
  • Thames - Cochrane Street and Richmond Street

Saturday 10 October

  • Thames – Mackay Street

You can view a summary of other scheduled weekly roading activities in our district on our website -

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency's State Highway 25 summer chipseal resurfacing programme also begins this week. Click here for more information.

Microchip Monday is back

As well as registering your dog (due date was 31 July), all dogs must be microchipped. 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.

  • 12 October, 9am-12pm – Thames Office, 515 Mackay St
  • 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.

Your assistance will be required to hold the dog.

  • Microchipping is a one-time procedure. It is a separate process from dog registration.
  • You must register your dog every year, but you only need to microchip your dog once.
  • A microchip, about the size of a grain of rice, is implanted under the skin behind the dog's neck.
  • A 15-digit unique number assigned to the microchip helps identify your dog through our registration records and the National Dog Database.
  • The microchip number will retrieve your contact details so if we find your dog, in most instances, we can notify you immediately.
  • If your dog isn’t microchipped it can be difficult for you to find your dog if it goes missing.
  • Under the Dog Control Act 1996 new puppies and dogs (except working farm dogs) must be microchipped within two months of first registration. Failing to do so may result in an infringement offence of $300.
  • Microchip Monday may be held again later in the year depending on customer demand at the upcoming sessions.

See for more information.

Catch up on our Community Board meetings

This week two of our Community Boards met to discuss important topics and projects happening in their areas.

You can listen to the unedited audio recordings of the meetings on our website or check out the highlights:

Upcoming meetings

  • Special Council Meeting - Tuesday 6 October, 11am in the Council Chambers, 515 Mackay St, Thames.
  • Audit and Risk Committee Meeting - Wednesday 7 October, 9am in the Council Chambers, 515 Mackay St, Thames.

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.

Power outage in Coromandel Town on Sunday

Powerco has a planned outage on Sunday 4 October affecting 2,889 customers in Coromandel Town from approximately 9.30am - 11:30am. 

During this time the Coromandel Town water treatment plant will be off. Our water services contractors Veolia, will aim to maximise reservoir levels before then, but please keep in mind the plant will not be producing any water so please use water carefully.

Click here for more information.

Other work happening in your neighbourhood

Photo: Onemana Surf Life Saving Club building (Pictured right) work is progressing well.

Tairua Refuse Transfer Station - (Pictured right) The pit at Tairua Refuse Transfer Station (RTS) is temporarily closed for repairs which will start on Monday, 5 October and take approximately six weeks. Items bound for landfill can still be dropped at the RTS. Please be patient and follow the traffic management instructions at the site. We’re hoping to have the pit back open within two months.

Thames Centennial Pool - Closed for reactive repairs on a leak in the pipework. We expect it will be open Sunday. Check their Facebook page here for updates.

Thames Airfield - There has been damage at the northern end of the main runway, most likely caused by a vehicle doing ‘donuts’. The matter has been reported to local police and repairs have begun.

Tairua skate facility - New concept designs will be presented to the Tairua-Pauanui Community Board at their next meeting (2 November) for consideration, community funding and next steps.

Pauanui skate bowl - Contractors have confirmed grinding and resurfacing of the skate bowl will start Monday 16 November.

Taputapuatea footbridge - Approaches are now completed with only the gates and signage needing to be installed for the resource consent. We expect to open the footbridge Saturday 10 October.

Whitianga boat ramp - Dredging was completed last week. The dredger removed approximately 260m3 of sand from the ramp area, this has been stockpiled for future use in beach replenishment projects around Mercury Bay.

Otama beach access - Upgrade of the beach access footpath at Otama Beach Rd is nearing completion.

Create the Vibe – Thames

Results from our two-week community engagement using the Create the Vibe – Thames HQ at the corner of Mary and Pollen streets have been displayed on the windows of the HQ in the form of “word clouds”.

Rules around use of the HQ by community groups have been drafted with the aim of releasing these in the beginning of the new school term.

“Funky” furniture has been obtained for the HQ via a forage through the Seagull Centre and is currently receiving the upcycling treatment.

Potential “community champions” have been phoned and emailed to ascertain their availability for the upcoming co-design workshops on 15 October and 5 November.  These will inform our design options which will be taken back to the HQ for public feedback in mid-November.

Spark has been contacted around use of the existing phone booth as a “book swap” space.

Quotes are being sought for revitalisation of the Civic Centre foyer with the aim of trialling at as a vibrant and welcoming art space in time for the Innovating Streets launch event on 6 March.  It is envisaged that this will initially be student artwork.

Work on the Baxters Furniture wall mural will begin on Sunday 11 October and will take much of the week. Wall prep will begin shortly to ensure readiness prior to the mural being painted.

Coromandel 200 Commemoration

Photo: (left to right) Coromandel-Colville Ward Councillor John Morrissey and Deputy Mayor Murray McLean.

The Coromandel 200 Commemoration artwork by Rebekah Pearson, situated at the Whangarahi Reserve, was unveiled by Deputy Mayor McLean on Saturday, 26 September.

A delegation from the Royal Navy, HMNZS Ngapona joined the community at the Albert Street Reserve to plant the remaining seven kauri trees to complete a stand of 107 kauri, this being the number of trees felled for ship spars taken by the HMS Coromandel in 1820.

The Commemorative Forest was then blessed by Archdeacon Michael Berry.

What's on in the Coromandel

An active weekend awaits visitors to the Coromandel.  Whitianga is hosting the inaugral Kiwi Fun Run and Walk, starting and finishing at the well-known Wharekaho (Simpsons Beach) campground. And in Whangamata the annual Whangamata Adventure Race will be held, commencing at the Whangamata Ridges Mountain Bike Park. 

Click here to see more.

Our successful dune planting season has come to an end

Photo: Completed section on Buffalo Beach, Whitianga.

This week we completed the last of the community dune restoration planting bees in Mercury Bay, Pauanui and Whangamata. A big thank you to everyone involved.

  • The Coastal Gardening Working Bees are now being scheduled and there will be an opportunity for the community to come and help with weeding and maintenance of the restored areas. See our website or Coast Care - Waikato for more information.
  • Pest plant management will commence after school holidays in Pauanui.
  • A meeting is scheduled between our Council's Coastal Scientist and the Deparment of Conservation regarding the dune erosion and beach accesses in Whangamata.

Have your say

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

  1. Water Demand Strategy
  2. Gambling Policy
  3. Significance and Engagement Policy

The draft Mercury Bay Reserve Management Plan will also be out for feedback from 4pm Monday 5 October -