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Our weekly wrap-up: We farewell Queen Elizabeth II, Clean Up Week, voting begins soon, and more

09 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.

We farewell Queen Elizabeth II

The flag at our Thames office was flying at half-mast today, as we joined people around the world to mourn the death, and honour the memory, of Queen Elizabeth II.

Our Council offices and libraries also have memorial books available to sign.

“The Queen has been an enduring, guiding force for both our Commonwealth and the realms of the world, and we join the nations in mourning a remarkable woman,” says our Mayor Sandra Goudie. “On behalf of our district we pass on our regards and condolences.”

Read more here.

Get involved in Clean Up Week

Our Council is proud to be a member of Keep New Zealand Beautiful and supporting Clean Up Week again this year, starting on World Clean Up Day, Saturday 17 September, running through to Friday 23 September 2022.  

"We’re pleased to support this national initiative and we appreciate our community members who are able to get involved with this great opportunity to help clean up our beautiful district. Everyone’s contribution helps,” says Anna Stevens, our Council’s Solid Waste Manager.

Register here and be part of New Zealand’s largest movement against litter.

Once you’ve received your registration details from Keep NZ Beautiful, please forward this to Council’s Solid Waste Team at SolidWaste@tcdc.govt.nz who can help you dispose of the litter you collect.

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 

Our Council is joining people across Aotearoa in celebrating Te Wiki o te Reo Māori | Māori Language week, starting on Monday.

This year’s a special one, marking 50 years since the Māori Language Petition, which called for official recognition of te reo as a living language.

Taking part in the week can be as simple as greeting people in te reo, learning a new word or listening to waiata in te reo. Have a look at these ideas.

We’ve got a wealth of beautiful te reo place names in Thames-Coromandel, find out more here. 

Kia kaha te reo Māori. Let‘s make the Māori language strong. 

Voting begins soon in local elections

Voting packs will posted to registered voters starting Friday 16 September.

Use the return, postage-paid envelope provided to send in your votes for Mayor, Councillors and Community Board Members. Or, drop off your ballots at one of our Council offices.

If you’re not registered to vote, it’s not too late. Ensure you’re enrolled now at vote.nz and contact our Council to request a special vote. 

Own a property in the Coromandel but don’t live here? Complete the ratepayer voter enrolment form on our website AND contact our Council to ask for a special vote. 

Voting closes at noon sharp on Saturday 8 October. Preliminary results will be posted on our website later that day. Final results will be announced between 14 and 19 October.

The full list of candidates and the profiles they provided are on our website here. 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. View the list here.

For more information go to tcdc.govt.nz/election or call 0800 922 822.

Speed Management survey extended

Many thanks to over 500 people so far who’ve taken part in our survey on setting safer speed limits on the district’s roads under Council control, providing a valued contribution to road safety.

The survey is now being extended until 25 September in order to ensure as many people as possible have the chance to participate.

As well as completing the survey online here, people can fill in a hard copy of the survey at Council offices and public libraries.

After the survey results are analysed, changes will be made to our Speed Management Plan and reviewed by Council. The plan will then go to Waikato Regional Council to become part of a regional Speed Management Plan to be submitted to Waka Kotahi for final review before being entered into the new National Speed Limits Register.  

Rebel Business School 

Twenty-four budding entrepreneurs graduated from the 10-day course last week.

There were tears and laughter as they all celebrated their journey and anticipated the next stage for their business. Thanks to Gr8 Job Hauraki, Mayors Taskforce for Jobs, Ministry for Social Development and our neighbouring councils Hauraki and Matamata-Piako for making this happen.

To find out more go to tcdc.govt.nz/rebel.

Meetings and Community Board updates

Photo: L-R, Back: Terry Walker (South East Ward Councillor), Robyn Sinclair (Thames Ward Councillor), Martin Rodley (Thames Ward Councillor) Aileen Lawrie (Our Council’s Chief Executive), Garry Towler (Civil Defence Controller) Front: Pamela Balt (Emergency Management Officer), Sally Christie (Chair and Thames Ward Councillor) and Helen Flynn (Senior Emergency Management Officer).

The Emergency Management Committee recommended to the incoming Council that the committee be re-established as a full committee of Council.

A tearful goodbye was given by outgoing Chair Sally Christie, Thames Ward Councillor, who will also be retiring from her role as a representative on the Regional Civil Defence Emergency Management Committee.

Since May the district has experienced seven significant ex-tropical storm events, five of them within six weeks during July and August, which resulted in widespread disruption, numerous roading network slips and surface flooding. The Emergency Operations Centre was activated on three occasions with at times 20 staff working both in-house and remotely.

As part of the Tsunami Evacuation Project, 104 tsunami information boards have been erected around district. These boards are targeted at people visiting who aren’t aware of the risk and includes inundation maps and where to go to be safe.

TCDC Emergency Alerts is currently going through controlled testing with select community groups.

July to October 2022 seasonal climate forecast for the Coromandel.

  • Temperatures are very likely to be above average
  • Rainfall levels will most likely be normal.
  • The Coromandel and North Island continues to sit in the elevated risk category of tropical cyclone activity.
  • Soil moisture levels and river flows will likely be normal.

Our Council will meet next week, Tuesday  13 September at 9am, in the Thames Council Chambers.You can view the agenda here.

Matarangi timber wall removal

The small timber seawall (pictured above) on the reserve adjacent to the Matarangi boat ramp will be removed on Tuesday 13 September. This seawall requires budget to continue to occupy the coastal marine area, and it is not significant enough to remain in place. Instead, the slope of the existing beach will be mimicked to provide a recreational area. This will also help slow down the erosion occurring to the east of the current seawall.

New sculpture graces Thames

The Thames Public Art Trust has erected a sculpture by artist Jay Hogan (pictured left) on the reserve at the north end of town where Campbell and Pollen streets join. The sculpture remains owned by Jay Hogan and the Thames Public Art Trust paid for the plinth it sits on and its installation. The old picnic table at the reserve has been removed and will be replaced by around mid-October with a wheelchair accessible table.

Working bees

We still need volunteers at various working bees being held across the district. Join us for a cuppa and make new friends while helping care for our environment.

The first working bee will be at the Matarangi Village Green, 9am on Tuesday 13 September.

Find out more here.

What's on in the Coromandel?

The newly formed Rangatahi Ora Hauraki is set to host a 24-hour walkathon at Rhodes Park in Thames, Friday 4 - Saturday 5 November, to raise funds for I Am Hope’s Gumboot Friday. If you're a business and keen to get on board to donate prizes, please get in touch. Further deatails here.

For other events happening in our district, go to tcdc.govt.nz/whatson.

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Other News:

 Conservation Week/Te Wiki Tiaki Ao Tūroa
• Nominations open for Waikato Sport & Active Recreation Awards 
• Work with us - Job vacancies
• Wintec have two essential hospitality courses available in Thames, December 2022: Food safety for Food Operators and Licence Controller Qualification Seminar.