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Your Thames, Tomorrow takes off, Council achievements under COVID-19 - this and more Council news.

10 December 2021

Find out about these important Council projects and activities and other goings on in our district.

Welcome to the weekly wrap-up of our latest Council project news, important dates and information about what's happening in our District.

If you missed last Friday’s Council news wrap-up, read it here. 

Your Thames, Tomorrow takes off 

We held three well-attended public meetings on our Spatial Plan this week, and our communities were eager to discuss how they want our town and surrounds to grow over the next 30 plus years. 

spatialThe meetings at the Civic Centre, Golf Course and Kauaeranga Hall set out where the Plan is up to and how it fits with our Shoreline Management Plans and our Infrastructure Acceleration Fund application.  

There was focused discussion and lots of relevant questions and insights, especially around the speed, scale and cost of what we are trying to achieve. There’s no question housing is a priority for our businesses and working families, and our residents showed a good understanding of the significant constraints and challenges to achieving affordable and quality housing quickly. Their feedback will be critical to the final iteration of the Plan. 

A final online meeting, open to the public, will be held on Monday evening. All the details and the live link to join are at tcdc.govt.nz/yourthamestomorrow 

COVID-19 case confirmed in Pāuanui

The Ministry of Health today confirmed a positive case of COVID-19 in the Pāuanui community. 

sickThe case is believed to be low risk and is currently isolating at home under the care of their GP. 

People in Pāuanui should ensure they are fully vaccinated, comply with the current ‘traffic light settings’ requirements, and get a COVID-19 test and self-isolate pending its results if they are unwell.

Testing is available from Pāuanui Medical Centre, Pauanui Village Shopping Centre, 52 Jubilee Drive, Pāuanui on Saturday 11 December from 10am to 12pm.

No locations of interest have been identified.  

Vaccinations are available at the Pāuanui Medical Centre, phone to book an appointment.

Much achieved in 2020/21 despite COVID disruptions 

In a challenging environment, our Council achieved a great deal in the 2020/21 financial year, as our Annual Report for the year shows.  
 
councilThe ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to rising costs of materials, especially steel and concrete, disrupted labour availability and delayed delivery of materials needed for many of our projects. Despite these challenges, much has been achieved. 
 
Our Council formally adopted the Annual Report at its meeting yesterday. 
 
Some highlights from the Report: 
 
• We signed off on our Long Term Plan having had a very high level of public feedback;  
• We’ve continued our drinking water standards upgrade programme with new plants completed in Coromandel Town, Tairua, Pāuanui and Whitianga and more underway;  
• We completed upgrades to several public toilets in busy areas with assistance from the government’s Tourism Infrastructure Fund;  
• We made significant upgrades to a number of boat ramps;  
• The government committed $8.2 million to build marine-servicing infrastructure at Kōpū project;  
• The ArikiTahi/Sugarloaf Wharf project received an additional $2 million from the Waikato Regional Council regional development fund, on top of the $19.95 million already granted from the Provincial Growth Fund; 
• We delivered $18.2 million in road maintenance and renewal with a Waka Kotahi/NZTA subsidy of $10.4 million;  
• We made significant strides with our Shoreline Management Plans – the first co-governance committee was held in October 2020 involving Council and the Pare Hauraki collective;  
• And we won an award from Recreation Aotearoa for our fantastic programme encouraging our community to enjoy our local parks during Parks Week 2021.  
 
Financially, our Council is in good shape, ending the financial year in a surplus position, in part because of higher-than-budgeted revenue in some areas combined with lower spending in some activities.    
 
The Annual Report describes what our Council has achieved over the previous financial year. It forms an integral part of Council's planning and reporting cycle. While Council's annual and long term plans set out and communicate to the public what Council intends to do, the annual report closes the loop by conveying whether Council did what it said it would. 
 
The Annual Report will be uploaded to our website once it is signed by the Mayor and Chief Executive now that our Council has adopted it. 

Tairua Skatepark Site Selection Survey closes 22 December

Our council endorsed the final criteria that will be used to select the site for the Tairua Skatepark at its meeting this week.

skateThose criteria were shaped through a public consultation process in October and November that saw more than 500 people respond to a survey on the site selection criteria, attend a public meeting and held video or phone meetings with project team members. 

The site selection criteria are detailed in the report from Veros, our contractor carrying out the site selection community engagement process, here

The next phase of community engagement to select a site is now underway, and we want to know what people think about the three sites shortlisted for the skatepark. All three sites (Cory Park Domain, Pepe Reserve - Harbour side, and Tairua School) meet the 700m2 site size requirement.

Visit our project web page for background information on the project and a link to the online survey: tcdc.govt.nz/tairuaskatepark. Or, pick up an information pack on the project, including the survey, from our Tairua Library.

This survey closes 22 December.

Works in your areas

RTSWhitianga Refuse Transfer Station update

The project has experienced several delays, and is currently behind schedule by approximately three months, however good progress is being made. Construction and operational plans are underway, structural drawings are nearing completion, and the weighbridges and compactor unit have also been ordered, due for delivery by mid-2022.

An Expression of Interest went out on the 7 December 2021, and we are following up with contractors regarding their interest in the project.

Detailed ground conditions and earth-moving quantities are yet to be fully determined, with earthworks, drainage and security fencing commencing in early 2022. The construction of retaining walls and buildings will follow, with installation of weighbridges and the compactor unit after that.

While timeframes are somewhat dependent on tender responses from the market; the site is scheduled to be operational by December 2022.

kennedyKennedy Bay Road temporary closure - Monday 13 December

Kennedy Bay Rd will have temporary alternating one-hour closures on Monday 13 December to undertake essential road resealing works. The work is expected to take four hours with two half-hour openings through this period. 

Location of works: 4km – 6km Kennedy Bay Rd. Residents will have access from each end of closure if they live before the site.

Set times: 

  • Stop/Stop closure will be – 9am to 10am
  • Road open from 10am to 10.30am
  • Stop/Stop closure from 10.30am to  11.30am
  • Road open from 11.30am to 12pm
  • Stop/Stop closure from 12pm to 1pm 
  • Road back open from 1pm.   

If weather impacts the proposed programme the postponement date will be Tuesday 14 December. 

coneSH25 at Kereta Hill temporary road closure - Tuesday 14 December

Please be advised that SH25, Kereta Hill (Kereta – Manaia) will be closed for a vehicle recovery operation on Tuesday 14 December, 10am – 3pm.

The work involves a high priority vehicle recovery in a narrow section of highway. 

Detour routes are significant, and it is suggested motorists delay travel.

These high priority works are being delivered on behalf of Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.

 

Water meters project

Water meter Investigation work will be starting in Whangamatā in the New Year. This work involves locating each property's water connection and recording what work is required (enabling works) to enable water meter installation.  

Once the investigation is complete the enabling works will be tendered, and work will start once we have a contractor.

Enabling works are planned to start in 2022/23.

Veolia will be completing the investigation survey and more information will be provided before they start. 

Installation of water meters in Whitianga began last week and will continue through summer with a short break over the peak period.

Please ensure you stay 2m social distance from any work crews to protect them and yourselves. 

Enabling works to prepare for the installation continue to progress smoothly with over 1011 connections upgraded to date including Cook Drive, Captain Wood Avenue, Clipper Place, Marlin Street, Pacific Place, Dotterel Place, Springbok Avenue, Wells Place and Whitby Avenue. 

Ex-tropical cyclone heading for the Coromandel next week

It’s going to be wet and windy next week, so keep connected to the official information channels.

weatherThe first of summer's ex-tropical cyclones, with very low pressure, will make itself known on the Coromandel from Tuesday evening, culminating on Wednesday as it passes over.

“While the exact path and intensity levels are yet to be fully locked in by MetService, the cyclone will pack a punch, deliver a considerable amount of rain and cause huge seas,” says our Civil Defence Controller Garry Towler.

“Take these next few days to prepare. Clear gutters and drains. Check the stormwater drains closest to your property on the street and assess travel plans, not only your own but friends' and family from other regions, as this event coincides with the Auckland border opening.”

“Keep connected to MetService announcements and our Facebook page for the most up to date information”.

Tairua Harbour NYE fireworks display cancelled

Due to the newly introduced COVID-19 framework, Tairua Pāuanui Promotions has canceled this event due to the inability to sight My Vaccine Passes from the thousands of people expected to gather for the event.

fireworksIf you have donated funds to this event, you have the choice to allow Tairua Pāuanui Promotions to retain this donation for contribution to a future event or have your 2021 donation refunded to you. To get a refund, simply visit the Information centre in Tairua or Pauanui and complete an Application for Refund with a proof of payment attached (a bank statement or deposit receipt.) Cash donations can not be refunded.

Tairua Pāuanui Promotions Chairperson John Hindmarsh says that “we are very disappointed there will be no fireworks display at New Year's Eve this year. It is only the second time the event has had to be cancelled in over 25 years.”

“We look forward to 2022 when, it is hoped, the event will be unaffected by COVID-19 restrictions.”

Early January Whitianga Art, Craft and Farmers Market cancelled

The Whitianga Art, Craft and Farmers market has been cancelled due to the possibility of overcrowding while our district is host to holidaymakers from around New Zealand.

Markets that were scheduled to take place on 1, 3, and 8 January have now been cancelled.

Organiser Doreen Davies says that “by the 15th, we should be safer” and markets will be able to recommence.

 

Work with Council

Council has a range of opportunities available for the right applicants. You can find a full list of vacancies here. Click on the job descriptions below to be taken to the full listing on our website. 

Customer Services Manager – closes 12th December 
Building Control Cadet – closes 15th December
Building Compliance Officer – closes 4th January
Technical Support Officer – 3 Waters - closes 4th January
Communications Officer – closes 4th January

Health & Safety Co-Ordinator – closes 7th January
Senior Resource Consents Planner – closes 10th January
Building Control Officer – Processing – closes 10th January

 

Public consultations

We held three well-attended public meetings on our Spatial Plan this week, and our communities were eager to discuss how they want our town and surrounds to grow over the next 30 plus years. 

A final online meeting, open to the public, will be held on Monday evening. All the details and the live link to join are at tcdc.govt.nz/yourthamestomorrow 

The Plan is an evidence-based, future-focused (30-year plus) strategy that outlines an agreed vision and direction for Thames and surrounds.  

Community feedback at this stage in the project will help us plan for future prosperity, identify areas for growth and change, and support the aspirations of iwi.  

Early conversations with iwi, agencies and community and business focus groups have shaped the initial stages of the Plan. We’re now preparing to share progress with everyone and seek input. 
From the end of this month and through summer we’ll be asking for feedback on Your Thames, Tomorrow  Maiea ake - mai i te hiku ki te kauae, tō pito whenua, tō āpōpō. 

Ways we’ll be getting in touch to hear from you: 

  • An online survey is now available here
  • We will host an online meeting so you can chat to us from your home, link to the meeting is available at tcdc.govt.nz/yourthamestomorrow 
  • We’ll send letters to property owners within the Thames ward 
  • We've organised an online public meeting on Monday 13 December

Your feedback will guide us in our considerations for land use change, infrastructure development and delivery, environmental management and recognition of cultural values. Across all areas of planning, we are working to improve the four well-beings – social, economic, environmental and cultural – for Thames and surrounding areas.  

To this end, our Council has applied for $17.5million of funds from Kainga Ora/Housing NZ’s Infrastructure Asset Fund to pay for roading, water and waste-water infrastructure to unlock land for urban development to the south of Thames township. 

Our project team are aware of how difficult it is for businesses to find residential, commercial and industrial land in Thames and Kōpū that is free from natural hazards and commercially viable to develop.  

While the Spatial Plan is not a statutory document, it will inform changes to the District Plan, infrastructure planning and investment decisions made by our Council.   

If you’re unable to provide your feedback online or through the drop-in sessions, you can also contact project lead Mitch King directly on mitch.king@tcdc.govt.nz   

“All feedback will be received with an open mind and be given careful consideration in decision making,” says Mitch. “We are here to genuinely listen and incorporate what you have to say.” 

Adapting to Climate Change: We still need your input

We need your input so we can prepare for the impacts of climate change. Although our in-person and online public meetings for our Shoreline Management Project have now concluded, you can still give feedback on adaptation options like managed retreat or coastal protection.


You can send us your feedback online here. There are detailed instructions in the link on how to use the feedback tool and provide your comments alongside your section of coastline.

If you would prefer to simply email us, then please send any feedback to ourcoast@tcdc.govt.nz and include which section of coastline you are providing feedback on.

Find out more about this project at tcdc.govt.nz/smp