Latest News & Public Notices

Our weekly wrap-up: A busy week for our new elected members, construction begins on Kōpū Marine Precinct and work happening in your area

14 October 2022

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

The latest with our Mayor Len

It's been a busy week for our newly elected Mayor Len Salt, who was joined by new and returning elected members for inductions. 

The Mayor, Councillors and Community Board members will be officially sworn in at our Council's inaugural meeting in November, marking a new beginning for our district.

Mayor Len went to the 'Thames Business after 5' event, and this weekend he’ll be cheering on everyone at the Whitianga Half Marathon. Next week he’s off to Wellington as part of Local Government NZ’s Mayoral Induction programme, where he’ll meet all the Mayors from around the country. 

Photo: L-R Deli Connell and Rekha Giri-Percival (Mercury Bay Ward Councillors), Mayor Len Salt and Robyn Sinclair (Thames Ward Councillor).

Election results delayed

A huge volume of special votes was received over the last few days of the voting period. 

Therefore, final results will be delayed until tonight, 14 October, once we have received verification from the Electoral Commission on special vote validity. 

You can view the preliminary results here.

 

Construction begins on Kōpū Marine Precinct

Land-based work on the $15.3 million project to build a commercial wharf, commercial boat slipway, recreational boat ramp, parking and new access along King Street is underway. The first step is to form the King Street access road and associated culvert works.

Contractor Fulton Hogan has fenced off the site and begun to remove vegetation. The Hauraki Rail Trail through the site remains open, with safety gates and signage in place requiring cyclists to dismount to cross. The project ecologist, with representatives of Ngāti Maru and Ngaati Whanaunga, has conducted a survey of Banded Rail.

Construction of the wharf is expected to begin in March 2023 and the entire project should be completed around May 2024.

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

Dogs

We have three lost dogs in our pound waiting for their owners and one available for adoption.

All dogs unclaimed after seven days may be offered up for adoption. If you are interested in adopting a dog, please contact us on 07 868 0200.

Go to tcdc.govt.nz/pound for further details.

Matarangi boat ramp

The Matarangi jetty remains closed but the boat ramp and pontoon are open. Please do not access or fish off the jetty during this time as it is dangerous.

A preliminary inspection indicates at least three piles are not stable and the wharf is not safe for public use. A thorough engineering inspection will take place as soon as possible to confirm what repair work is required.

Water shutdowns

Onemana Township: Monday 17 October, 9am - 3pm. The entire township will be off so make allowances to store water in the fridge if water is needed during the day.

Coromandel Town: Residents may experience water pressure issues next week as we carry out repairs to Cadmans Reservoir. 

New bridge for Albert St, Coromandel Town

Our Council is replacing the existing bridge on Albert St, Coromandel Town, during November. The project has been awarded to Bridge It NZ Ltd and works are planned to start on site on Tuesday 25 October.

The removal of the existing bridge will start on 14 November and the road will be closed to vehicles from about 14 to 24 November. A temporary footbridge will provide pedestrian access at all times. Our contractor will aim to complete the project as soon as possible to minimise disruption. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Caution along Matarangi erosion scarp

Our Council has had a report of children digging into the side of the erosion scarp at Matarangi Beach. We’d like to remind our communities of the danger involved for children in a coastal environment, where erosion scarps can be unstable and collapse easily if undermined by digging. In the event of a collapse, there is a high risk of children suffocating.

The erosion scarp on Matarangi dunes has increased by about two metres in some parts – a natural, dynamic process that is caused by stormy weather and strong wave action, which act to reshape the coastline and push it inland.

With the steep dune scarp the way it is now, it is very difficult to get from the beach up to the reserve. We will reshape beach accessways before Labour Weekend so the community can walk easily and safely between the beach and the grass reserve.

For more information on the natural forces at work shaping out coastline, please watch the video below. Stay safe at our beaches everyone.

What's on in the Coromandel?

It’s all go and glitter for Art After Dark brought to you by the Whangamatā Arts Collective. Enjoy an evening of art, music, fun, prizes, canapés, wine and, of course, glitter.

Friday 21 October, 5-9pm at the Whangamatā Golf Club. Tickets are $25 and available from the Whangamatā Information Centre and Whangamatā Golf Club.

Go to tcdc.govt.nz/whatson for more on upcoming events.

2023 Census Regional Tour: Tatau Tātou – All of us count

Planning is well underway for the next Census, which will be held on Tuesday 7 March 2023.

The Census team will be at the Thames War Memorial Civic Centre next Thursday 20 October, from 10am-12pm, to provide you with all the latest information as they work towards delivering the 2023 Census to Aotearoa and our community.

Register here if you're interested.

Get Ready for NZ ShakeOut

It’s #GetReadymonth as we lead into the 10-year anniversary of ShakeOut.

New Zealand ShakeOut is our national earthquake drill and tsunami hīkoi and it’s happening on Thursday 27 October at 9.30am. ShakeOut takes place across the world to remind us of the right action to take during an earthquake: Drop, Cover and Hold. You can also practice a tsunami hīkoi (evacuation walk) if you're in a coastal area. If you haven’t already, sign up here to ShakeOut and go in the draw to win a Civil Defence wheelie bin or personal grab bag.
 

Disaster preparedness survey results a wake-up call to Kiwis

Only two in five New Zealanders feel well prepared for a disaster, says the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), and this should be a wake-up call to Kiwis who risk leaving it too late.

NEMA announced the results of the 2022 Annual Disaster Preparedness Survey, which shows a dip in Kiwis’ preparedness for disasters. The independent survey was undertaken by The Research Agency (TRA) on behalf of NEMA and was released this week to mark the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction.


Other news

• Changes to our services and rules over the upcoming long weekend
• Whangamatā planned power outage 26 October
• Hikuai River Bridge deck replacement - closures coming up
• First seaweed seedlings in Hauraki Gulf for new industry
• Work with us - Job vacancies