Latest News & Public Notices

Our weekly wrap-up: These dogs need you, Community Board highlights and more

26 August 2022

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

These dogs need you

We have eight (two female and six male) American Bull dog x Greyhound pups. They are about 5 months old and all looking for their forever homes.

Two other dogs are also still in our pound waiting for their owners to collect them.

If you are interested in adopting a dog, please contact us on 07 868 0200. A Dog Control Officer will be in contact with you to discuss the adoption and carry out the appropriate checks.

For more information go to

Elections 2022

For our local body elections, the full list of candidates and their profiles are now on our website.

If you would like to meet your candidates, head along to your local session (listed here).

Are you registered to vote? The more people who vote, the more likely Council decisions and actions will reflect community needs and aspirations -

Own a property in the Coromandel but don't live here? You can likely vote here if you register as a Ratepayer elector. Find out how at

Rebel Business School Eastern Waikato

24 budding entrepreneurs started the 10-day Rebel Business School Eastern Waikato workshop this week, an initiative supported by our Council.

A Trade Show will be held on Tuesday 30 August, 1pm - 2:30pm at the Paeroa War Memorial Hall, to showcase and sell their products and services. Help get their businesses off to a glowing start.

See for more.

Book a pre-application meeting for non-residential (commercial) building consent applications

The benefits to a pre-application meeting for non-residential projects include:

A smoother, personalised process so you can put a face to those who you’ll be working with at our Council.
Helping reduce the number of Requests for Information (RFI), which can slow down consent processing times.
We’ll include other departments such as planning, infrastructure, health and alcohol licensing, to discuss relevant legislation and requirements applicable to your project, so there’s no surprises later in the process.
Providing a better prepared application with smoother processing and granting timeframes.

Please call our Customer Services Team on 07 868 0200 to book your pre-application meeting.

Find out about Caulerpa – an invasive pest seaweed

Caulerpa is an aggressive pest seaweed. It’s been found at Ahuahu Great Mercury Island. 

It forms vast, dense beds or meadows, smothering native species. It can be spread by wave action or when anchors and fishing gear are moved into or through weed beds.

An information meeting on Caulerpa is being held in Whitianga on Monday 5 September, 5pm - 7pm at the Mercury Bay Boating Club, 90 Buffalo Beach Road. This is so people in the boating community can learn about what’s happened, what measures are in place to help control its spread, and what’s next.

Find more information on Caulerpa at


Scheduled water shutdown: OnemanaWater will be turned off between 9:00am and 3:00pm on Wednesday 31 August 2022 for maintenance repairs. The entire water supply for the township will be off so please make allowances to store water in the fridge if water is needed during the day.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and every effort will be made to restore your service as soon as possible.

Dune planting - Our final session for the season will take place at Buffalo Beach, Whitianga (Macrocarpa Reserve) this Saturday, 27 August at 9am. See here for details.

Whangamatā Harbour planting - Saturday 27 August, 10am at Hetherington Rd Reserve (behind Firth). Click here for more.

Whangapoua playground - (pictured below) Please join us for the official opening of the playground on Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia Reserve at midday on Friday 2 September.  

Matarangi Courts

Last year we trialled one of the courts at Matai Place as a shared space for tennis and pickleball with temporary nets. Pickleball can be played by most ages and abilities, therefore its popularity has increased substantially in the community. The Mercury Bay Pickleball Club have received funding for permanent nets to be installed. Going forward pickleball can be played at any time, and the other court will remain only for tennis. For more information see Mercury Bay Pickleball Club Inc. 

Meetings & Community Board updates

This week our Tairua-Pāuanui, Whangamatā and Thames Community Board's met to discuss important topics and projects in their wards.

Tairua-Pāuanui Community Board meeting

The Board approved a grant of $5,020 from the Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund to the Tairua Heritage Society. The grant will cover most of the cost of producing and installing two interpretative history panels, and to produce and print a new 80-page publication in the form of a decade-by-decade timeline based on newspaper clippings about Tairua.

The Whangamatā Community Services Trust will retain the previous year’s unspent discretionary funding of $6,450.00 to continue a Youth Wood Carving Programme that was postponed due to COVID-19.

The Board drafted a Submission to the Freedom Camping Bylaw consultation. This submission reflected the community’s concern that Pleasant Point Reserve and Te Karo Bay should be prohibited for freedom camping.

The Draft Tairua-Pāuanui Reserve Management Plan was endorsed by the Board. They recommend that our Council adopt the final Reserve Management Plan.

In the works programme, it was reported that the Pāuanui Playground Replacement project has been moved to October due to supply chain issues.

Design work for the Tairua Skatepark project has started. Our Council has confirmed the ‘Terms of Reference’ for the ‘Skatepark Design Reference Group’ and nominations have been received for the skatepark “User Group” who will review the skatepark design for usability.

Consenting for the Paku Boat Ramp remains in the hands of Waikato Regional Council. No further progress can be made yet.

Our Council is working to obtain a long-term resource consent for improvements to Holland Stream in Pāuanui that will allow us to undertake proactive maintenance of the stream to reduce the risk from flooding. This consent is for work to regrade/reshape the stream to increase capacity. We are also designing a high-flow bypass stormwater system along Mount Avenue. Feedback is pending from local landowners.

Whangamatā Community Board meeting

The board acknowledged the passing of Ted Shaw of Ngāti Pū on Friday 19 August and recognized his assistance with Council projects.

The board approved the retention of the Whangamatā Dog Park $180.46 unspent grant into the 2022/2023 year, as well as approving a request from the Whangamatā Resource Recovery Trust to retain their unspent $5,000 Discretionary Fund grant into the 2022/2023 financial year.

Board members discussed making a submission to the Freedom Camping Bylaw consultation. They resolved to make their submission after further investigation into their community’s opinions.  

Construction started on the Onemana Water Treatment Plant which is estimated to be completed by December. Following this, the construction of the facility at Moana Point will recommence after a land property issue halted works.

The installation of three public toilets have been affected by COVID-related delays, however demolition of the Island View facility has now been completed with a view of installing the new facility in the second week of September. Facilities at Martyn Road and Beach Road are estimated to begin construction in late September.

Thames Community Board meeting

The Board was updated on projects in the Thames Ward. Work to extend and improve our Council’s roading and three waters infrastructure (water supply, wastewater and stormwater) up Totara Valley Road to enable housing development is continuing. The stormwater culvert under Ngāti Maru Highway (State Highway 25) has been expanded to address potential flooding issues. Chorus has relocated its infrastructure and Powerco is currently moving its infrastructure underground ahead of work scheduled to begin in early October to install a turning bay on Ngāti Maru Highway into Totara Valley Road. The work on the intersection of Ngāti Maru Highway and Totara Valley Road will involve stop-go traffic management and potentially brief road closures to allow heavy machinery to work. Negotiations with landowners along Totara Valley Road are underway to acquire slivers of land needed to widen the road and allow three waters services to be installed or upgraded. Later stages of the project will see the road widened and the three waters infrastructure installed or upgraded.

Related to the Totara Valley Road project is the Thames and Surrounds Spatial Plan [link to], which has identified areas in the wider Thames area where housing and commercial development could occur. Our Council has asked for feedback on an earlier draft of the plan, and now there’s another chance to have your say until 8 September. Go to to look at the Draft Thames Spatial Plan and provide your feedback through a short survey.

Next week our Emergency Management and Shoreline Management Plan Committee's will meet. Click here for details and agendas.

What's on in the Coromandel

Limited ‘locals’ tickets  for the Greenstone Summer Concert are available now from Tairua, Pāuanui and Whitianga Information Centres for a reduced cost.

Also, come along and meet your local food producers on Tuesday 30 August, 6pm at the Espy Cafe, The Esplanade, Whitianga.

Find out more here.

Have your say: 




Our Council staff have put in a submission to the draft new Freedom Camping Bylaw, requesting that two reserves, Ariki Tahi Reserve on Te Kouma Road next to Te Ariki Tahi Sugarloaf Wharf, and Patukirikiri Reserve on Wharf Road in Coromandel Town, be added to the list of reserves where we’re proposing freedom camping be prohibited. Read more here.

Other News

If you have questions for Chorus about ultra-fast fibre in Whangamatā pop in to the Whangamatā Club,  404 Port Road, between 3pm and 5pm on Wednesday 31 August.
• Clean up week 2022
• Nominations are open for the 2023 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards Ngā Tohu Pou Kōhure o Aotearoa across seven categories.
• Work with us - Job vacancies

Scheduled water shutdown: Onemana Township


Water will be turned off between 9:00am and 3:00pm on Wednesday 31 August 2022.


The entire township will be off so make allowances to store water in the fridge

if water is needed during the day.