Latest News & Public Notices

Our weekly wrap-up: Have your say on three of our bylaws - Dog control, activities in public places, and advertising and signs

28 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 was a busy long weekend for, taking in the sights and activities, and meeting many of you to chat about what is going on in your communities.

This short week has been filled with more inductions for elected members and briefings on projects and work our Council has on the go. I will continue to meet communities and stakeholders to hear what they are focusing on, and this will help me, and my new Council, formulate our strategic vision for the next three years. That plan will come together over the coming months and help inform our budgeting and work programme for our next Long Term Plan, which we’re already starting to build."

len.salt@tcdc.govt.nz

Photo credit Ken Hansen: Mayor Len at 10 Artist Exhibition in Kūaotunu.

Dog Control 

We’re reviewing our Dog Control Policy and the associated Bylaw which balance the rights of dogs and dog owners while preventing any potential harm dogs could do to people or wildlife.

Our analysis shows our Policy and Bylaw are working well and no major changes are needed; most dog owners are responsible and considerate. Our revised Policy and Bylaw aim to clarify a few points and update specific details, particularly about locations, times and restrictions on dogs in public places such as beaches and public recreation areas.

For more information, and to have your say visit tcdc.govt.nz/dogsreview

Activities in Public Places 

The Activities in Public Places Bylaw manages activities such as busking, outdoor dining on a footpath, damage to public places and Council property.

It seeks to avoid conflicts between people or activities using the spaces, risks to health and safety, public nuisance or damage to land or property. Key proposed changes include:

 large assemblies: must notify the Council at least two working days prior to the planned date of the assembly
fireworks displays: require landowner permission, compliance with all relevant rules and regulations, management by a licensed pyrotechnical technician
• vehicles: deleting reference to the use of bicycles and motorised vehicles.

For more information, and to have your say visit www.tcdc.govt.nz/publicplaces

Advertising and Signs: Public Information or Distraction?

Advertising and signs are an integral part of our landscape and help inform people about activities, events and businesses. But making sure they do not become a blight, pose a safety hazard or contain hateful or inflammatory content is the intent of our Advertising and Signs Bylaw.

We’ve reviewed the current bylaw and now we’d like your feedback on the proposed amendments. Our consultation is open from 28 October to 2 December.

Find out more at tcdc.govt.nz/signsbylaw and make a submission online. Or, visit one of our Council service centres or District Libraries and ask for a submission form.

Important dates for building and planning consent applications

The building industry remains very busy out there, and going on seasonal trends, we expect that to continue well into summer.

To avoid disappointment, make sure you get your consent application in early and don’t forget to book your inspections.

If you want your Resource or Building Consent to be processed before Christmas (barring any further information requests which stops the processing clock) please submit your application prior to Tuesday 22 November 2022.

The statutory processing clock stops over the Christmas and New Year period for both the Building Act 2004 and the Resource Management Act 1991. 

The 20 December to the close of 10 January period is excluded from the 20-working day timeframe.  This means that any Building or Resource Consent submitted on or after Tuesday 20 December 2022 will not be processed until Wednesday 11 January 2023 due to the Christmas/New Year break.

You are welcome to contact us if you have concerns with your project or want to discuss ways that we can work better together.

The statutory processing clock stops over the Christmas and New Year period for both the Building Act 2004 and the Resource Management Act 1991. 

The 20 December to the close of 10 January period is excluded from the 20-working day timeframe.  This means that any Building or Resource Consent submitted on or after Tuesday 20 December 2022 will not be processed until Wednesday 11 January 2023 due to the Christmas/New Year break.

You are welcome to contact us if you have concerns with your project or want to discuss ways that we can work better together

Draft Future for Local Government Report released

This document released today for public feedback recommends and asks questions on five key topics to address the shape of local government – and provoke discussion and submissions. 

The five areas of focus are:

  1. Strengthened local democracy
  2. Authentic relationship with hapū/iwi and Māori
  3. Stronger focus on wellbeing
  4.  Genuine partnership between local and central government
  5. More equitable funding

Read the draft report here. The submissions portal is open until 28 February 2023.

Mobility transport available in Thames

If you’re in Thames and you’ve got a disability and want reduced-cost transport, help is now available through Total Mobility.

They're hoping to extend the scheme to other parts of the Coromandel by next year.

Find out more here.

Deceased sperm whale beached on Matapaua

The flensing process of the deceased sperm whale at Matapaua beach has now been completed by the Department of Conservation and iwi, and the rāhui lifted.

The materials flensed from the whale, named Puhiwai Rangi, will be used for traditional Mātauranga Māori and cultural practices, with the remainder of the whale being buried.

Information on sperm whales can be found on the Department of Conservation website here: Sperm whales: New Zealand marine mammals. 

Road works

Colville Road

A retaining wall project on Colville Rd started this week, 1km East of Waitete Bay Road. Work will take place between 7am-6pm, Monday to Friday, and possibly 7.30am-1pm on Saturday’s. It is expected to be finished early December. Speed will be restricted with stop/go traffic management in place.

Albert Street, 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 work started on site this week.

The removal of the existing bridge will start on 14 November and the road will be closed to vehicles from about 14-24 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.

Water Shutdown associated with Albert Street bridge work

Tuesday 1 November 9am-3pm
From 175 - 880 Albert Street
And all of Kauri Grove

Kennedy Bay Road

See map below for location 

The damaged culvert will be replaced on Wednesday 2 November and should be finished the following day. To do this safely, road stops will be in place from 9am-5pm, with traffic allowed through every hour for 10 minutes as follows:

  • 10am – 10:10am
  • 11am – 11:10am
  • 12pm – 12:10pm
  • 1pm – 1:10pm
  • 2pm – 2:10pm
  • 3pm – 3:10pm
  • 4pm – 4:10pm

Read our weekly road report here

State Highway road works 

Following the Labour Weekend holiday period Waka Kotahi crews are back working across the state highway network. However, the recent fine weather is not predicted to continue, and road users should be aware that road conditions can change at any time, whether due to roadworks or weather. 

  • SH25 Coromandel: The Coromandel state highway chipseal programme continues, and crews will be on the network until late November. Expect delays due to multiple sites under stop/go traffic management, one-way detours and/or temporary speed limits.  
  • SH25 Kaimarama: Road rehabilitation work at the intersection of Kaimarama Road commences Monday 7 November. Work will take place between 8am and 5pm, with stop/go traffic management in place and a temporary speed limit through the site for the duration of the works. 
  • SH25 Hikaui Bridge: The bridge is closed to all traffic from 8pm to 6am, Sunday to Thursday, until late-November. This closure is necessary while essential and significant maintenance work is completed. During this time the bridge will be open to traffic during the day with temporary traffic management and a speed restriction of 10km/h in place.More information.
  • SH2 Karangahake Gorge: Road resurfacing will be undertaken from Sunday 30 October for one week, between 8pm and 5am each night. Stop/go traffic management and a temporary speed limit will be in place on Sunday 30, and the road will be closed each night from Monday 31 October to Thursday 3 November. Plan ahead, as the detour route via SH27/SH24/SH29, adding more than two hours to travel time.  

Read more from Waka Kotahi here.

Beach Rd, Whangamatā: The new toilet at Beach Road playground will be open early next week.

Brenton Place, Whangamatā: The staircase  to improve access to the existing natural path is completed.

Coromandel Town water shutdownAs part of some scheduled work in this area, the water supply will be shut down on Tuesday 1 November from 9.00am-3pm to 175-880 Albert St, and all of Kauri Grove, Coromandel Town.

Paku Boat Ramp upgrade

The newly upgraded Paku Boat Ramp in Tairua opened late Friday 21 October just in time for Labour Weekend.

Contractors removed the sheet piling – the final stage of the ramp construction – last Friday afternoon. The concrete was left to harden until the last possible moment, ensuring that it was safe for the heavy machinery that was needed to remove the sheet piles. The new concrete ramp replaces the old sand ramp and our Council expects it to be well used by the community.

“The upgraded ramp is a welcome improvement for the Tairua community, making the ramp safer and more accessible for users, and preventing the problem of cars becoming trapped in the sand,” says Ellen Cooper, our Council's Technical Support Officer, Coastal Management. “We are sure it will be well used over the busy Summer period."

What's on in the Coromandel?

The 24 Hour Walk-a-thon is happening next weekend at Rhodes Park (Thames), with all proceeds to go towards this amazing Kaupapa.

You can enter a team, or do as long as you like on the track. There will be other fun activities happening as well as giveaways.

Click here for information on how to enter or sponsor this incredible event.  

For more on upcoming events go to tcdc.govt.nz/whatson.

Council and Community Board meetings

The Inaugural Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday, 2 November 2022 at the Thames Civic Centre, 200 Mary Street at 9.00am.

You can read the agenda here.

Volunteers wanted

Thames Citizens Advice Bureau is desperately seeking volunteers so it can extend its services.

No special skills or knowledge are needed, just good communication skills and a non-judgmental attitude. Full training and support will be given. Volunteers always work in pairs, so no one has to deal with the public alone.

If you’re interested, contact them here.

Work with us

View our job vacancies here.