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Our weekly wrap-up: Soft plastics recycling extending to Whangamatā and Whitianga, creative communities and more

02 September 2022

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

Soft plastics recycling extending to Whangamatā and Whitianga

Eight weeks since the July launch of the Packaging Forum’s soft plastics recycling scheme in Thames - at The Warehouse and Pak’nSave, our Council’s office and Thames Refuse Transfer Station - over 500kg of soft plastics has been collected and turned into the equivalent of 45 fence posts.

The scheme will now also be rolled out in Whangamatā and Whitianga.

This scheme promotes soft plastic recycling using community collection bins at participating retailers and council sites. The soft plastics will then be turned into fence posts or building materials.

Smart Environmental will collect the soft plastics and bale the plastic ready to transport either to Future Post in Waiuku (where the product will be made into plastic fence posts) or saveBOARD in Hamilton (where it will be made into building materials).

While this is not a Council-provided service, our Solid Waste team have worked closely with the Packaging Forum to introduce the scheme to our district, and they continue to play a key part in this initiative. 

Lyn Mayes, Scheme Manager says: “Following the successful launch in Thames, we have worked with our retail partners, Council and Smart Environmental to develop a collection service for Whangamatā and Whitianga in time for summer. This will help divert 1 tonne of soft plastic waste or around 150,000 bags or wrappers from landfill every month.”

Where can I find these community bins?


  • New World Whangamatā
  • Council office Whangamatā 
  • Refuse Transfer Station Whangamatā


  • New World Whitianga 
  • Countdown Whitianga 
  • The Warehouse Whitianga
  • Council office Whitianga
  • Refuse Transfer Station Whitianga

Bins should be in place by Friday 9 September. 

Funding for local arts groups and projects

If you are part of a local art group or creative project within the Coromandel, you could qualify for a helping hand with funding from the Creative Communities Scheme. 

Applications open Monday 5 September and close on Friday 30 September 2022.

Nearly $35,000 is available in this funding round for projects and activities that will take place between 1 November 2022 and 1 November 2023.

The scheme, backed by Creative New Zealand, aims to increase participation in the arts, broaden the range and diversity of the arts available to communities, and enhance and strengthen the local arts sector.

Funding is awarded to projects rather than people undertaking the project and applications must meet one or more of the scheme’s criteria:

  • Broad community involvement - The project will create opportunities for local communities to engage with and participate in arts activities.
  • Diversity - The project will support the diverse arts and cultural traditions of local communities, enriching and promoting their uniqueness and cultural diversity.
  • Young people - The project will enable and encourage young people (under 18 years) to engage with and actively participate in the arts.

Our Council administers the funding based on decisions made by the He Mana Toi Moehau Trust/Creative Coromandel Board, made up of representatives from across our district. They will assess the applications on Tuesday 25 October 2022. 

Applications forms and more information can be found at

It’s a wrap for SMP

Our Shoreline Management project wrapped up this week with the final committee meeting chaired by co-chair Paul Majurey of Ngāti Maru.

The three-year project has defined the flooding and erosion risks to our people and assets over the next century and beyond. It has been a valuable opportunity to understand each section of our 400 kilometres of coastline more holistically, including the connections between people, catchments and waterways, landscapes, estuaries and beaches. A co-governance structure with the Pare Hauraki Collective has been critical to the project’s development and execution.  

Each section of the Coromandel shoreline now has a specific pathway that sets out how our communities want to manage the risks from sea level rise. The pathways are the major outcome of the project and will be presented to Council at the September meeting for discussion and adoption.

Go to for more.

Tairua skatepark design development is underway

The second stage of the Tairua Skatepark Project, involving detailed design and construction phases to completion, is progressing.

Our Council has appointed Veros to project manage while Acid NZ are designing the skatepark.

Our Council is completing an assessment of the existing exercise and play equipment currently located on the site, Cory Park Domain. This includes identifying alternative locations in Tairua for the equipment. Some of this equipment will undergo reconditioning prior to being reinstalled. Some equipment may be beyond its usable lifespan.

A Skatepark Reference Group is being formed and will review the design before construction of the skatepark begins. The group is in the final stages of being confirmed, with representatives from:

  • Protect Cory Park Domain Society
  • Tairua Sports and Rugby Club
  • Tairua Recreation Sports Trust
  • NZ Police
  • Fire and Emergency NZ
  • St John NZ
  • A skater
  • An adjacent resident

A Skatepark User Group is also being formed. This group will review the skatepark design for usability.  

For more information go to

Whitianga cycleway options survey

Thanks to the 196 people who responded to our survey on options for a cycle path in Whitianga. Our Roading Team will now take the results to the 21 September Mercury Bay Community Board meeting.

The Community Board, working with Council staff, local cycle groups and members of the community, identified two options for a cycleway in Whitianga. Both would run from Joan Gaskell Drive along Cook Drive to Mercury Bay Area School. The second option would then continue from the school on South Highway East and then Kupe Drive to Joan Gaskell Drive.

Both options would help provide a safe commuting path to and from Mercury Bay Area School but would narrow vehicle lanes on some roads and affect parking in places.

The Cycling Strategy for Mercury Bay, adopted by our Council in 2019, identified the strong desire in the community to improve the safety of cycling and to increase the number and quality of cycling opportunities in the area. So far work has focused on cycling opportunities and projects for the Whitianga township.

Cycleways also align with our Council’s vision of a vibrant, connected and sustainable district.

See for more.

Elections 2022: Meet your candidates

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 information session which are being arranged around our district by different ratepayer groups and organisations. 

Saturday 3 September: Thames 11am - 1.30pm in the Civic Centre hosted by Thames Business association.

Saturday 10 September: Coromandel 10am in the Coromandel Citizens Hall and Colville 2pm in the Colville Hall.

Sunday 11 September: Pāuanui 10.30am in the Pāuanui Sports & Recreation Club and Tairua 2pm in the Tairua Hall, both hosted by the Pāuanui Community Office and Tairua Ratepayers association. 

Saturday 17 September: Whangamatā 11am in the Whangamatā Memorial Hall hosted by Whangamatā Ratepayers Association.

Sunday 18 September: Thames 5pm in the Civic Centre Conference room hosted by Transition Town Thames.

Sunday 25 September: Whitianga 2pm in the Whitiainga Town Hall hosted by Mercury Bay Greypower and Whitianga Residents/Ratepayers Association.

Rebel Business School Eastern Waikato Trade Show

The 24 budding entrepreneurs taking part in the Rebel Business School Eastern Waikato workshop, an initiative supported by our Council, held a Trade Show this week to showcase and sell their products and services.

We will have more on how it went and the awards ceremony next week.

 To find out more go to

Whangapoua playground  - Thank you to Te Rerenga School, Whangapoua Store, Ngāti Huarere ki Whangapoua, Playground Creations, Steve Tull Building, Ground Prep Civil and Recreational Services who joined us today. A special thank you to Debra Reihana-Ruka, a descendant of Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia, who spoke about the significance and history of the reserve.

Working beesAlthough the official dune planting season has come to an end, we still need volunteers at various working bees being held across the district. Join us for a cuppa; make new friends, while helping care for our environment. The first at the Matarangi Village Green, 9am on Tuesday 13 September. Find out more here.

Whangamatā public toilet upgradesThe installation of three public toilets have been affected by COVID-related delays, however demolition of the Island View facility is complete with plans to install the new facility in the second week of September. Facilities at Martyn Road and Beach Road are estimated to begin construction in late September.

Whangamatā water meters 

The investigation (enabling) phase of the Whangamatā water meters project is ongoing.

Contractors have completed initial investigation on approx. 3700 homes.
Approx. 670 tobies could not be located and will need to be rechecked.

This phase is due to be completed by the end of September.

Installation of the water meters will be negotiated with the successful contractor. The plans are to complete by “zones” (with zones based on the number of meters that can be read in a day / week.)

Our water services team is now starting to prepare tender documents, with a view to going into the tender phase in late October.

Meter installation is programmed to start in February 2023.

The project team have a draft letter ready to send out to affected residents, which will be sent out once we can confirm how the zones will be rolled out.

The situation with properties that have bore water is also being finalised, and depends on whether they only have a bore, or they have dual water (i.e. bore + mains.) However, anyone with a bore will still be able to use bore water. Anyone with dual water will have to ensure that there is a “backflow preventer” at the council connection. A decision on whether our Council will absorb with additional cost is still undecided.

What's on in the Coromandel?

If you’re looking for a fun, mainly flat, coastal course with stunning views based in the heart of The Coromandel, then the Whitianga Marathon is for you.

An event for everyone ranging from a 5km fun run right up to the premier 42km marathon. New to the event for 2022 is the Cooks Beach Half Track and Trail 22.5km, for those that enjoy off-road or trail running. Get your group together and choose your distance. Set a goal and race at your pace.

Find out more information and what else is happening in the Coromandel here.

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

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Meetings and Community Board updates

This week our Shoreline Management Plan Committee met. (See summary above).

Next week, Thursday 8 September at 9am in the Thames Council Chambers, our Emergency Management Committee will meet. You can read the agenda here.

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