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Repco Beach Hop ready to rock'n'roll – what you need to know and other work happening in your neighbourhood

20 November 2020

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, sent every Friday.

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, sent every Friday. 

This week:

  • Repco Beach Hop ready to rock'n'roll – what you need to know
  • Other work happening in your neighbourhood
  • Statutory timeframes, outdoor dining and displays
  • Upcoming Council meetings
  • Join us at the Auckland Food Show and other events in the Coromandel
  • Have your say on our Mercury Bay Reserve Management Plans and take our short survey for our Long Term Plan 2021 -2031
  • You’re invited to the Pauanui water treatment plant official opening
  • Our Council road and resealing work continues in Whitianga this weekend
  • Emergency mobile alert nationwide test cancelled

If you missed last week's update, read it here. 

Repco Beach Hop ready to rock'n'roll

Thousands of people with their classic vehicles and outfits will pour into our District for the annual Repco Beach Hop event next week.

“A warm welcome and a heartfelt thankyou to everyone who comes to enjoy the festivities, gets dressed up, has a boogie and drives around our district in your classic cars,” says our Mayor Sandra. “Our Council is proud to sponsor this iconic event and we hope both the visitors and locals have a great time. Enjoy and please remember to keep using the COVID tracer app.”

Washing your pride and joy

We’re anticipating another long, dry summer and Repco Beach Hop brings a huge number of visitors to Whangamatā, which in turn means a large increase in water use in the area.

To help us manage our networks and make sure there is enough water for everyone, we need all residents and visitors to ensure they are conserving water where possible:

  • Use a bucket to wash cars and don’t leave the hose running continuously, which wastes water.
  • A reminder, Whangamatā is a coastal town, so any cleaning products, detergents etc. used for car washing have a quick and direct path to the ground and the sea via our stormwater network, including road cesspits.
  • Please wash your cars on the lawn to soak up the water.

For more information about our water restrictions and conservation tips visit


  • We know many pooches also come and enjoy the Hop. A reminder to owners keep your dog on a leash in public places. There’s areas you can exercise your dog off-lead, see

Road closures

  • During Repco Beach Hop there's a number of road closures in Whangamatā and Whitianga. We apologise for any inconvenience and ask for your patience on our roads.
  • NZTA also advise traffic delays are likely around the Coromandel district with large crowds expected to be visiting. For complete road closure and detour information see

24/7 temporary alcohol ban

  • No alcohol can be consumed in any public place over Repco Beach Hop. The ban is in place from 4pm on Tuesday 24 November to 4am on Monday 30 November.
  • You can get an instant fine of $250 or be arrested if you breach the ban.

Other work happening in your neighbourhood

Whangamatā dunes - The signage (pictured right) is not only being ignored asking people to please stay off the dunes, but also repeatedly being vandalised. These signs remind people to stay off these fragile spots, and allows the dunes to stabilise. Trashing the signs is also a cost to the ratepayer. If you see someone damaging Council property please call us on 07 868 0200.

Dune plants - Seed collection workshop

  • Black Jack Reserve, Kuaotunu on Saturday 5 December from 2pm-3:30pm. 
  • Onemana, lower carpark on Sunday 6 December from 1pm-2.30pm. 

Coastlands Plant Nursery is visiting to show us how to collect seeds which is a crucial stage of the coastal restoration process.

Join us for an informative, interactive session and help us restore, maintain and protect our precious coastlines.

We will be looking at Spinifex, Pingao, Wiwi and some other species.

Bring a picnic to enjoy before the workshop and don't forget your hat, sunscreen and water bottle. -

Mercury Bay skate park - (pictured right) 

  • Last week the first bowl transitions were finished and we're hoping to pour the second bowl this week.
  • The box and quarter pipes are also finished and the slab pours are prepped.
  • The half basketball court civil work is also in preparation.

Refuse Transfer Stations (RTS) - A variety of renewal and upgrade works are being carried out at our Refuse Transfer Stations across the district including electrical health and safety work. This work will continue into the New Year, however they will all remain open to the public –

Hot Water Beach – Bull Paddock carpark  –The contractor is on site preparing the carpark area for sealing and expected to be completed this week (weather permitting).

Thames Centennial Pool - The facility will be shut while re-painting the pool along with replacing the capping tiles and re-grouting the tiles inside the pool and other maintenance takes place from approximately Saturday, 19 December. We will advertise this closure on our website -

Thames airfield - A sign advising the public that they are entering a restricted area to be installed on the airfield side of the fuel pumps.

Pauanui waterways playground - On Monday and Tuesday next week (23 & 24 November) we will be having a painting day sponsored by Resene with Pauanui preschool, Hikuai and Tairua school.

Tairua skate facility - Tell us what you think of the concept design by filling out the survey on our website before it closes on Friday 4 December.  You can also find out more information about sponsorship opportunities –

Pauanui skate bowl - The grinding and resurfacing has been delayed until Monday 18 January 2021 due to the contractors availability.

Kōpū marine servicing and business precinct project update

  • This week involved driving in some test piles to better determine final engineering design for the 80m wharf structure, that will provide in-water servicing for vessels at Kōpū (pictured right).
  • The piles have been welded in preparation for driving by Kōpū Engineering, with Kerepehi Transport carrying out the driving – both local contractors.
  • The outcome of vertical and lateral testing were very positive which means the ground conditions provide adequate friction to hold shallower and smaller diameter piles than originally predicted.
  • This information can now inform the detailed design of the wharf.
  • We are seeking expressions of interest for the construction work packages on Monday – this will be on GETS and TenderLink and the work involved is:

For more information see

Proposed Te Ariki Tahi/Sugarloaf Wharf Development

Te Ariki Tahi/Sugarloaf Wharf Limited (a company comprising Coromandel Marine Farmers Association (CoroMFA), our Council, and the Ministry of Business and Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is redeveloping Te Ariki Tahi/Sugarloaf Wharf to provide separate commercial, and recreational activities.

Earlier this week we held open days for the public to find out further information (pictured above).

If you were unable to attend the open days and would like to find out further information about this proposal, please contact Nicky Sedgley at Mitchell Daysh, 021 246 0330 or or see

Thames – Your Place, Your Choice

It’s time for Thames to vote on two design options to create a dynamic, people-focused, safer heart for Thames at the intersection of Mary and Pollen streets.

We had 270 responses to our survey, 480 visitors to Create the Vibe – Thames container HQ when we had it open for two weeks in September, feedback from 100 of our school students, and insights from a group of 20 community champions.

We’ve taken everything you’ve told us and there are now two design options to consider to create a people-friendly civic hub in Thames.

Some things to remember: this project is 90 per cent funded by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency; this is a trial that will utilise cost effective, temporary interventions to test what works and what doesn’t work; whatever we put in, we can move around or take out.

To check our the design options and vote on them come to the Create the Vibe – Thames container HQ at the corner of Mary and Pollen streets before 21 November, open Monday to Friday 10am – 3.30 and Saturday 9am – 1pm. Or vote online here.

Statutory timeframes

Statutory timeframes for processing applications for consents, Land Information Memoranda (LIMs) and alcohol licences pause over late December to early January. Make sure you get your application in on good time to have it processed before the Christmas holiday. See the relevant section of our website for the deadlines and more information.

Special Licence Applications for summer

If you’re looking to hold an event where you want to sell or supply alcohol over the Christmas and New Year period here’s some things you need to know:

Then here are some things you need to know:

  • We must receive your application(s) before Sunday 22 November 2020
  • Special licence applications must be received at least 20 working days* (preferably more) before your event date
  • For large events it's recommended you apply well in advance of the 20 working days
  • Late applications won’t be accepted

*Working days don't include public holidays, weekends and the period from 20 December to 15 January inclusive.

If your application is contested (opposed or objected to), it will go to a hearing in front of the District Licensing Committee and any decision about your application will take longer.

Need advice? Contact us if you have any questions, email or phone us at 07 8680200.

Outdoor dining and outdoor displays

We love to see our district flourish and wish to encourage ways to display its vibrancy. One such way is for our businesses to make use of our footpaths, not only does this aid in showing the diversity our districts hospitality and retailers have to offer but also enhances the rich and vibrant culture we wish to create.

It is important to maintain the balance between functionality and public accessibility and safety. We aimed to achieve this by the establishment of our Activities in Public Places Bylaw 2017 -Te Ture a-Rohe ki nga Wahi Marea, which states any outdoor dining and/or displaying of goods requires a licence.

If you wish to display goods outside or offer outdoor dining please visit our website here to download an application form. If you have already engaged council but do not hold a current licence, you will receive either a letter or phone call from us in order to restart the licencing process.

While there is a $100 application fee, we would like to offer our businesses a waiver of the lease fee ($20 per sqm).

If you have any questions or wish to know more please contact our customer service team at or on 07 868 0200.

Upcoming Council meetings

  • Council meeting - 9am, Tuesday 8 December, Thames Council Chambers, 515 Mackay St.
  • Emergency Management Committee meeting - 9am, Wednesday 9 December, Thames Council Chambers, 515 Mackay St.

Copies of agendas, reports and minutes are available on this page or at Council offices, two days before the meeting.

Members of the public and media are welcome to attend the public part of the meeting. If there is a report you wish to speak to, you may do so in the public forum of the meeting. See our website here for more information on how to register.

What's on in the Coromandel?

Photo: Uncle Dunkle’s Chilli Sauces

Join us at the Coromandel Food Collective stand at the Auckland Food Show this weekend showcasing homegrown food and beverage products. 

The  exhibitors representing the Coromandel Food Collective this year are Blue Fridge BreweryMercury Bay Winery, Uncle Dunkle’s Chilli SaucesThe Cheese Barn at Matatoki and Omahu Valley Citrus.

For more events happening and things to do, click here.

Operationally, our Council ran a deficit of $4 million due to unbudgeted increased operating costs in solid waste and roading, combined with the impacts of COVID-19 on Council activities.

We’re looking at getting back to a balanced budget moving forward through the Long Term Plan (LTP) for 2021-2031, which sets our budget, project and service priorities in detail for the next three years with a longer-term view out to 10 years.

You’ve already told us to pack light, so we’re planning a core business budget to build and maintain the essentials such as roads, water services, rubbish and recycling, and parks and reserves. We’ll be holding a formal consultation on the details of the LTP around March next year, but to help us prepare the LTP packing list, we want to hear from you about what you want to take on the journey. Go to to take a short survey on proposals we’re looking at around increasing user fees and charges,  generating other sources of revenue, changing service levels – to minimise rate increases.

The draft Mercury Bay Reserve Management Plan is out for your feedback until 7 December.

Go to for more information and to make an online submission.

Our Council road and resealing work continues

The road and resealing work on our Council roads across the district continues this weekend and next week. Please remember to park off the road on the scheduled day so work can proceed.

  • Work planned for tomorrow, Saturday 21 November is in Whitianga on Robinson Rd and Landel Pl.

As this work is dependent on weather, we're updating our website and Facebook page daily, also listen to the local radio stations.

You can view a summary of other scheduled weekly roading activities in our district on our website -