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Water conservation needed as a sprinkler ban is now in effect plus have your say on our Freedom Camping Bylaw review

08 January 2021

Welcome to the weekly wrap-up of our latest Council project news, important dates and information about what's happening in our District - all now in one easy-to-read email.

This week:

  • Water restrictions are in place
  • Dog rules
  • Extra Kerbside summer collections continue
  • Thames Airfield Development - Stage One cleared for take-off
  • Current items for consultation
  • Have your say at our Shoreline Management Plans community open days
  • Join us this Saturday for the official opening of the new Mercury Bay skate park
  • Other work happening in your neighbourhood
  • What's on in the Coromandel?
  • Staying safe at summer events
  • We’re in a prohibited fire season

If you missed the last update, read it here. 

Water restrictions are in place 

We love lots of visitors to the Coromandel in the summer, but unfortunately this puts a strain on our water supplies. Due to the high population in the district, we’ve had to put in place stronger conservation measures.

Even though we’ve had a bit of rain today, the long-term forecast is for mostly dry weather over the next few weeks, with the odd shower, so the pressure on our water supplies will continue.

A sprinkler ban is now in effect in all areas except Thames (which is 'conserve water' and Thames Valley - which remains on its permanent 'total watering ban'). For sprinkler ban areas, please only use a hand-held hose on alternate days: if your property address is an even number you can use your hose on even-numbered days, and vice versa for odd-numbered properties.

There are five levels of restriction to manage our water supply:

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Tankered water supply

In case you see private tankers filling up from Council’s water supply stations, this is being done with our Council’s knowledge. As you would be aware, there are a number of people in our district without access to reticulated water supplies. Under the prevailing weather conditions, they are facing some hardship gaining access to drinking water. To help our communities who are faced with this situation, Council has agreed to sell them water in a managed way such that it does not affect local supplies. This does not necessarily mean that we have spare water. 

Also, we are conducting repairs at the Coromandel water reservoir, and therefore authorised the provision of tankered water from Matarangi. Approximately the same quantity of water has been used during the month of December 2019 and 2020 at Matarangi. In other words, this a consistent demand at the same time across two years.

Our Council would like to thank everyone on public water supplies for the support they have provided thus far to use water carefully, so that we can all get over the peak period without any adverse impact due to water shortages.

Dog rules 

Otis and the team would like to say a big thank-you to the dog owners on the Coromandel this summer for complying with our dog restrictions so far. Keep it up until the end of January and remember the restrictions also take effect on all holiday weekends. If in doubt, check our website or nearby signage –

Extra Kerbside summer collections continue

We are still on our Summer Kerbside rubbish and recycling collection schedule, which continues until Saturday 30 January. You can see the schedule for your area here:


Our usual non-summer schedule resumes on Tuesday 2 February, with collections a day later that week and the following week because of the public holidays on 1 February and 8 February for Auckland Anniversary day and Waitangi Day.

You can find out more about our Kerbside collections, schedules, and what can be recycled in our district here.

Remember, we can only collect plastic types 1 and 2 for recycling. Check your plastic item for the number – if there’s no number, or it’s type 3 to 7, we can’t collect it for recycling. Put it in your blue rubbish bag instead, please.

Thames Airfield Development - Stage One cleared for take-off

Our Council is calling for expressions of interest from those in the aviation community who may be interested in leasing hangar spaces at Sir Keith Park Memorial Airfield in Thames.

We want to gauge the level of interest ahead of a formal tendering process to begin on 7 April next year.

Development at the airfield will be staged, with the first lease sites available  for hangars only.

The second stage will involve establishment of accommodation hangars and commercial activities.

In keeping with the airfield designation of the land under our Council’s District Plan, all activities in the airfield precinct, including accommodation hangars and commercial development, must be aviation-related.

Register your interest

Send your expression of interest in leasing space for an aircraft hangar by 22 January to or call on 07 868 0200.

Current Items for consultation 

Let's talk - How should we use our Whangamatā reserves?

It’s time to review our Reserve Management Plans (RMPs) for Whangamatā.

Reserves are much-loved features of our district, providing opportunities for recreation, as well as a general sense of open space where we can enjoy the simple things such as a picnic with family and friends.

Our Whangamatā RMPs were last reviewed in 2014 and we believe our communities’ needs and expectations of our reserves have changed over this time. For this reason, we are inviting your feedback.

Click here for more information. 

Have your say on our Freedom Camping Bylaw review

Our Freedom Camping Bylaw is being reviewed and we want your thoughts about a few changes we’re proposing to some of the current sites and the addition of one new site.

Our consultation runs  to Tuesday 2 February 2021.

To read the full proposals and to have your say online, go to Or, pick up a submission form from one of our Council service centres.

Or for more information click here.

We want to know what you think of the proposed hoggin path walkway in Pauanui

  • Do you want to continue to restore and enhance the resilience of Pauanui Beach dunes to protect against coastal erosion?
  • Do you want access for all members of the public across the reserve?
  • Do you like the proposed hoggin path design in line with the path created at the surf club?
  • What pathway position option (a or b, or other) do you like best?
  • If other, please describe and explain why, and any other comments.

You can view the proposed plan and complete a short survey at from 5pm Friday 11 December – Friday 8 January 2021.

(Pictured is proposed route of the path).

Have your say at our Shoreline Management Plans community open days

Join us this Saturday for the official opening of the new Mercury Bay skate park 

(Design of the park above)

Mayor Sandra is officially opening the Whitianga Skatepark at 9am on Saturday 9 January. Following the opening there will be the inaugural Coro Scooter Jam, an Ethic-DTC sponsored event.

This is a family friendly event for all ages. For more information visit

The design is separated into three main areas which should challenge and entertain skaters of all ages. There is a bowl, quarter pipes, obstacles – all the fun stuff that will keep our young people busy and keep them moving.

The skate facility isn’t hidden away – it’s tied into the centre of town with great connections to the plaza on Albert Street, from Carina Creek, from the town hall and from the Esplanade and the waterfront.

The skate park’s already been well used for a couple of weeks. There are some areas of work that we haven’t managed to finish. The shelters and deck work will be completed late January along with some landscaping planting put in when the weather’s cooled down later in April when the plants have a better chance of survival.

"This facility promises to be a great addition to the recreational assets of Whitianga and Mercury Bay, also a huge congratulations to the Mercury Bay Skate Park Trust for all their efforts," says Mayor Sandra.

For more information on our skate park projects around the district click here. 

Other work happening in your neighbourhood 

Whangamatā pontoon and ladder - The ladder on the pontoon in Whangamatā has been removed for repairs and will be reinstalled next week. There is also some damage to the deck of the pontoon which we are planning repairs for. 

Tairua northen beach access closed - The Tairua Surf Lifesaving Club has made the decision to close the northern beach access ramp in front of the surf club as it has deteriorated hugely over the past few weeks and the drop off is now unsafe for public access. The public, club guards, and vehicles still have sufficient access via the southern ramp and the undeveloped pathway adjacent to it.

What's on in the Coromandel?

Summer Concert Tour announces new artists

Three well-loved Kiwi acts - The Jordan Luck Band, Stellar* and Hello Sailor - will be performing at the Summer Concert in Whitianga on Sunday 31 January 2021 in place of several Australia-based groups that had been previously booked.

The Kiwi bands will be joining Gin Wigmore and Dragon for the tour, that includes stops in Taupō and Queenstown.

Greenstone Entertainment, promotors of the Summer Concert Tour, announced that due to the changing situation in Australia, The Angels, Pseudo Echo, and MI-SEX, are no longer able to come across to New Zealand but are committed to performing at the Summer Concert Tour in future years.

There are some great events being held in the first month of 2021, which are perfect for all the family to enjoy including; sports events, festivals, and concerts.

Click here to see what events are being held over summer.

Staying safe at summer events

Many of us will be travelling around New Zealand and going to big events this summer. Shops will be more crowded than usual, and we’ll be going to more social gatherings.

Here are some things you can do over our first summer under COVID-19 conditions:

  • Have your phone ready to make scanning QR codes quick and easy.
  • You could pack a summer essentials bag if you’re travelling, with hand sanitiser, face coverings, cleaning products and a booklet for contact tracing. You never know what facilities will be available at the places you’re visiting.
  • Keep some hand sanitiser in your pocket or bag. It’s a convenient way to keep your hands clean when you’re out and about.
  • Shops and events can be very crowded at this time of year, but try and keep your distance from people you do not know.
  • If you’re hosting a gathering for friends and whānau, create a QR code to help your guests keep track of where they’ve been.
  • If you’re hosting a gathering, consider holding your event outdoors. The more space people have, the harder it is for COVID-19 to spread if it is in the community.

Click here for more information. 

We’re in a prohibited fire season

A prohibited fire season means lighting fires in the open is BANNED.

Please remember if you're visiting the Coromandel - please no fireworks, Chinese lanterns or bonfires, so we can enjoy a safe summer.