Latest News & Public Notices

Last chance to pay your dog rego and apply for board grants

22 July 2022

Stay in the know with the weekly wrap-up of our latest Council project news, important dates and information about what's happening in our district.

Last chance to apply for our Community Board grants

You've got a few days left to put your application in for a Community Board grant. The grants provides a community service, activity or event that is not-for-profit, you could be eligible for one of our Community Board grants. 

Each Community Board area has a contestable grants pool to encourage and support not-for-profit organisations that have a positive impact on the community. 

The grants help local organisations pay for specific projects, events or the maintenance of facilities that benefit our communities. 

The grant values available in each area are: 

Coromandel/Colville Community Board - $25,000
Mercury Bay Community Board - $24,000 
Whangamatā Community Board - $60,000 
Tairua/Pauanui Community Board Grants - $37,000 
Thames Community Board - $75,000
 

Applications for our Community Board grants close 31 July 2022. See more here.

Get more community funding support 

We’ve partnered with Jenni Giblin from Funding HQ and will be hosting workshops around the district next week to help you diversify the range of funding options. 

This is so groups can look at what other avenues may be available for funding other than the Community Board grants.

  • Thames: Monday 25 July, 9am – 12.30pm at the Jack McLean Community Recreation Centre in the multi-purpose room.
  • Whitianga: Tuesday 26 July, 9am - 12.30pm at the Mercury Bay Service Centre, 10 Monk St. 
    Whangamatā: Wednesday 27 July, 9am – 12.30pm at Whangamatā Service Centre, 620 Port Rd. 

RSVP for Funding HQ workshop in your area by e-mailing Lisa at lisa.church@tcdc.govt.nz

Dog Registration: Pay now to avoid late fees

If you have a dog, you've got one week left to renew its registration before incurring late penalties.

The dog registration fee for the 2022/23 financial year is $85 for all dogs except guide dogs and dangerous dogs. Special rebates also apply to working dogs registered in groups larger than three.  

You can find more information on how to renew dog registration, or register a new dog at tcdc.govt.nz/dogregistration

Thinking of bringing a dog into your whānau? We have six beautiful pups and a friendly four year old who are waiting for their new homes. Click here to view.

Three Waters: Our Council’s Submission

Our Council has now made an official submission to the Water Services Entities Bill outlining our concern and those raised by our communities.

This includes:

  • that the proposed governance framework for delivering three waters infrastructure sets up a competitive environment in which it will be difficult for our communities’ needs to be appropriately recognised, weighted and funding decisions made to ensure projects are delivered.
  • we’re not convinced that the proposed water services entities will create an environment that will deliver infrastructure to communities more efficiently and equitably than local authorities currently do.
  • changes are needed to the current water services model to better serve our communities, however we believe that there will be little improvement to three waters infrastructure provision unless the proposed representation model is amended.

Our Mayor and Chief Executive have been appointed to speak to the submission at the Select Committee hearing.

Click here to read the full submission and for more information.

What do you think about rubbish & recycling? 

Got some great ideas about how we can continue to minimise our rubbish and improve recycling in the Coromandel, and our future waste service needs? Join us online on Thursday 28 July from 5:30-6:30pm to share your thoughts. 

There is an online chance for us to hear your ideas to help us develop next version of our Waste Management and Minimisation Plan. Now is the time to review it, as part of defining our future strategy for handling rubbish and recycling.

We’ve added this additional online meeting outside of working hours at popular request. To join, email us at solidwaste@tcdc.govt.nz and put Rubbish and Recycling online meeting in the subject line.

We’re working with consultancy Tonkin and Taylor on our review of the Waste Management and Minimisation Plan, and they’ll be hosting the online meeting.

We also have a survey which can be completed through tcdc.govt.nz/rubbishandrecycling, or ask at our Customer Service desks or district libraries for a hard copy.

Get your candidate nomination in early

Those considering standing for election shouldn’t ignore the need to submit their nomination form with ample time - before 12 noon 12 August 2022.

If there’s a detail in your paperwork that must be corrected, you’ll need time to do this and resubmit. You wouldn’t want to miss this chance to represent the community because of an administrative detail. Read more here.

Candidates received so far:

  • Terry Walker - South Eastern Ward Councillor
  • Peter Revell - Thames Ward Councillor
  • Robyn Sinclair - Thames Ward Councillor
  • Warwick Brooks - Tairua-Pāuanui Community Board
  • Dave Ryan - Whangamatā Community Board

Apply now for your rates rebate or attend one of our clinics

Applications for the 2022/2023 rates rebate year from the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) are now available.

Rebates are calculated by the DIA, dependent on the amount of your household income and rates payable for the year.

The maximum rebate this year has increased to $700.

Do you need help applying? We are holding rates rebates clinics again this year. 

For more information see tcdc.govt.nz/ratesrebate or call 07 868 0200.

Going boating? Find out about our new payment system 

We’re launching a new, easy-to-use payment system for boat ramps and trailer parking. From 1 August 2022, you’ll be able to pay by scanning a QR code at the boat ramp using your mobile phone.

We’ll have signage at the boat ramps to provide you with instructions, but rest assured, it’s easy to use.

Boaties can still pay fees at our Council offices and some supporting retail outlets around the district.

More details are coming soon, so watch this space tcdc.govt.nz/boatramps for updates on the new QR code system and outlets where you can pay in person.

Existing fees will remain in place until 31 July 2022.

Community Service Awards 2022

Nominations for the Thames-Coromandel District Community Service Awards 2022 are now open.

Our Council’s Community Service Awards are a way of giving some well-deserved recognition to unsung heroes of our communities.

Know someone who deserves to be honoured for their hard work? You can nominate a local hero by visiting our website and completing a nominations form at tcdc.govt.nz/csa

Rebel with a cause 

The Paeroa War Memorial Hall has been confirmed as the venue for the free Rebel Business School 10-day workshop.

We’ve partnered with the Mayors Taskforce for JobsGr8 Job HaurakiHauraki District CouncilMatamata-Piako District Council and the Ministry of Social Development to bring the Rebel Business School Aotearoa business course to Eastern Waikato as part of our economic and social development initiative in the wake of COVID-19.

The free, 10-day inspirational business workshop will be held from 22 August - 2 September (Monday-Friday) in Paeroa at the War Memorial Hall.

Find out more and register at tcdc.govt.nz/rebel

Kūaotunu compactor being repaired offsite

We've had to remove the compactor at Kūaotunu Boat ramp for repair. 

After only just being repaired due to misuse, it was then misused again by someone who put sheets of metal in the machine. This material is now stuck, causing the machine to jam and making it unable to operate.  It's also caused damage to the hydraulic pump. 

Our supplier is unable to fix this on site.  At this stage we’re unsure of how long the repairs will take, but Matarangi Refuse Transfer Station can accept your rubbish. Please refer to our website tcdc.govt.nz/rts for the opening hours.

Matarangi RTS also has after hours facility for general waste and recycling. 

Whangapoua playground

The Whangapoua playground on Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia Reserve makeover started this week.

In addition to the new BBQ area and basketball hoop, our contractors, Playground Creations, will be installing new natural play equipment including swings, slide, nets and logs to challenge all ages and abilities.

The works are expected to be complete by 26 August, depending on conditions. During this time, the playground and reserve will be fenced off with no access available as machinery will be operating. The toilets will remain open and signage will be in place to explain more about the project.

Tuateawa Road works extended 

The completion date for shoulder repair on Tuateawa Road (500m south of the Little Bay Drive intersection) has been extended to Tuesday 26 July. Wet weather and unfavourable ground conditions have extended the project duration.  

The road will be under rolling closures from Monday to Friday, with the following times: 

7.00am to 7.30am OPEN 
7.30am to 11.30am CLOSED
11.30am TO 12.00pm OPEN
12.00pm to 4.15pm CLOSED
4.15pm to 7.00am OPEN

These times will allow the bus to get through in the morning and afternoon. Emergency vehicles will be given priority if they need to get through the site. Access will be restricted for heavy vehicles.  

Dune plantings - We are very grateful for all the volunteers who have helped with planting over the school holidays. There are still more in the pipeline and we need your help.  Find out more and RSVP on Facebook.

Island View Reserve car park, Whangamatā -  Nearby residents will receive a letter next week asking for their feedback by Friday 12 August on the design to address congestion. You can view the design here.

Consent tracker - Currently offline while we do some much needed maintenance and upgrades. 

Other news

Want to work with us? We are currently recruiting a range of roles here.
Coastcare Waikato are also looking for an  East Coast Restoration Coordinator to join their team.
Registrations open for ShakeOut's 10th anniversary earthquake drill.

Meetings and Community Board updates

Tairua-Pauanui Community Board meeting highlights

  • Supply chain issues have delayed the delivery of fitness equipment for Kennedy Park. Previously scheduled to arrive in July, equipment is now expected to arrive in August with installation in early September.
  • Pāuanui Playground Replacement is on track with delivery of assets in August and installation programmed for 5 September.
  • Veros is currently working through nominations and recruitment of the Design Reference Group for the Tairua Skatepark. The first meeting of this group will take place in August.
  • The consultation process with local landowners and residents affected by the proposed Pāuanui Holland Stream Improvements has begun with letters being sent out this month. Initial works will be carried out as soon as general written acceptance by landowners is received.
  • A change to the material used for the Cory Park Tennis and Netball Court resurfacing was approved. This is expected to be complete by the end of the first quarter of this financial year.
  • Waikato Regional Council are currently processing a consent request which was lodged in the last week of June for Paku Boat ramp.

1.           Resolves to retain the current freehold unencumbered status of the land at 101 Lindsay Road, Whangamatā pending further consideration post receipt from the Whangamatā Community of a Business Case to retain the land for community use.