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Small business support in the Coromandel: this and other Council news

08 October 2021

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


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

If you missed last Friday’s Council news wrap-up, read it here. 

Here to support small businesses in the Coromandel

COVIDGRAPHICIt's still a difficult time for many small businesses across the Coromandel, especially those in the tourism and hospitality sectors. Te Waka are our regional economic development agency. They provide support services and advice for small business.

Right now it is more than likely that, along with your team, you will have a wide range of feelings and emotions to contend with. Taking the time to focus on your mental wellbeing and that of your team is important. So whether you are looking for help with your team or yourself, there are resources available to help.

It is easy to get overwhelmed by current events, and by the time it is finally all over, there will be very few of us indeed who won’t be affected in some way by recent events. The important thing is to take action if you're struggling - support is available. And remember: He waka eke noa – We’re all in this boat together.

You can find out what support is available to you by emailing 

Our Council also has an Economic Development Team who can assist with business inquiries. Contact our Economic Development Lead or call our line on 07 868 0200.

Tautiaki Wai Māori: Drinking water standards update

water plantWe're upgrading almost all our water treatment plants, which includes buiilding some new ones with state of the art filtration and treatment systems, in our drinking water standards project - Tautiaki Wai Māori. 

The Tairua, Pauanui, Whitianga, Coromandel Town and Whangamatā (Beverley Hills) plants have been completed.

The Wentworth Valley water treatment plant is well underway in Whangamatā and is expected to be completed by March 2022.

Enabling works for the Moana Point water treatment plant in Whangamatā have been completed. The building consent application will be submitted to our Council on Monday 11 October. 

All of these upgrades will ensure our drinking water quality complies with the current NZ Drinking Water standards.

‘Grasshopper’ play-piece reinstalled, and a new memorial seat at Porritt Park


The Grasshopper has been repaired and has returned to the playground at Porritt Park after suffering an injured hopping leg some months ago.  

A memorial seat to local boy Boston Rohrlach, who sadly passed away from a medical condition, has been donated by family for use by the public. The seat features additional concrete pad space for other children and caregivers who use wheelchairs 

Our Coromandel magazine is available online right now


We launched our annual Our Coromandel e-magazine last week. It is available to read online or download right now. 

This year's annual edition is all about the blue revolution and riding the crest of the aquaculture wave. We look at how much the industry contributes to our district and what infrastructure builds are supporting it to help our local economy thrive.

We also focus on what’s being done to manage our oceans sustainably with kaitiakitanga principles, so we can still keep on doing things like the good old Kiwi pastime of recreational fishing. We cast a line out with Mayor Sandra Goudie on the Coromandel Wharf as she shares what projects and issues our Council has been dealing with over the past year, while Clarke Gayford, TV Host of “Fish of the Day,” shares his experiences of Tairua’s best fishing and diving spots.

The Coromandel is a busy place, and you can find out more about what Council-related projects are happening in your neighbourhood (P28-39), as well as how we’re looking at the local government reforms – particularly the Three Waters - and the impact to our district.

Print magazines will be available in mid-October. Copies are being posted directly to our ratepayers who don't live in the district. Permanent residents can come into one of our Council service centes, libraries or visitor centres to pick up a copy.

Thames Airfield Development


Plans are underway to develop the Sir Keith Park Memorial Airfield.

Stage one of the development is open with six sites available to lease to build hangars.

In the future there will be more sites for hangars, residential hangars and commercial activity.

The airfield development plan, hangar design specifications, lease information and documents, and the Thames Airfield Master Plan are available on our Council website at

Works in your area

toiletsTe Puru Domain Toilet is being repainted 

Te Puru Domain toilets are closed temporarily for scheduled maintenance, including repainting. The work will take about three days, so we'll keep you updated. Alternative toilets are at Te Puru boat ramp.


Kauaeranga Toilet – Call Of Nature-Inspired Artwork by Kylie Gunn

Thames artist Kylie Gunn has kindly donated her time and talents to produce a ‘Call of Nature’ inspired mural on the Kauaeranga Valley Road toilets. It is hoped that the mural will be completed by Labour weekend when the toilet is due to be reopened for the summer season.

Unsealed road maintenance and grading
Port Jackson Road - Spot metal
Fletcher Bay Road - spot metal

Drainage Maintenance 
Kennedy Bay Road - Drainage repairs
Port Charles Road - Pavement repairs
The 309 Road - Dig outs
Grey's Avenue - Kerbs and channel
Pumpkin Flat - Kerbs and channel
Sailor's Grave Road - Drainage repairs
Area wide - Kerb sweeping

Coromandel and Thames Areas - Mowing and weed spaying
Coromandel and Thames Area - Road marking (re-marking)

Traffic services
Network wide - Streetlight mainintinance 

Pauanui and Tairua - Footpath repairs

Utility services
Whangamata and Tairua area - Ultra-fast broadband roll out

Whitianga Water Meters

 water meter project

Veolia started the enabling works this week and will be working through the town with completion expected by the end of March 2022. These works consist of getting water connections ready for meter installation.  
The contract for meter supply and installation is yet to be awarded and is currently in the negotiation phase.  
Meter installation is planned to start later this calendar year with completion by 30 June 2022. 

This project is through grant funding we've received from the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) of $4.8 million. You can find out more information here.

Dog poo bag dispenser stolen from Kenwood Drive

dog poo dispenserA dog poo bag dispenser has been stolen from the Kenwood Drive car park next to the toilets in Matarangi 
This unit comes at a cost of around $700 for the holder alone 
Please keep an eye out for the stainless-steel bag holder and contact us if you come across this unit.  
When it's found, we'll reinstall it at the same location.

School holidays in our District Libraries

Our shifting COVID-19 alert levels have made it difficult to plan our usual library school holiday programmes, but that doesn't mean our tamariki will miss out. Our libraries have brought back the popular school holiday activity packs for the October school holidays. There are three different packs to choose from, with heaps of cool hands-on activities for kids of all ages. Each pack will contain everything you need to get crafty at home.

The packs are available to pick up from your local branch of Thames-Coromandel District Libraries (Thames, Tairua and Whitianga).

Labour weekend Kerbside collections

Info icon There will be no Kerbside rubbish and recyling collection on Monday 25 October because of the Labour Day public holiday, so collections will be one day later for the rest of the week.

Please check the schedule for your area at, where you'll also find our Guide to Recycling on the Coromandel.

Our Council would also like to remind people only plastic types 1 and 2, tins, cans, paper and cardboard can go in your wheelie bin.

If you are leaving the district before your collection day, please take your rubbish and recycling to your nearest transfer station. All transfer stations will be open over the long weekend until 5.30pm, including on Labour Day.

Upcoming meetings and Community Board updates


Community Board meetings were held in Coromandel - Colville and Mercury Bay last week. Click your area to read our full report on each meeting. 

If you want to get in touch with your local Board, you can find information and contact details here.

Upcoming Meetings

To read the agenda for these meetings, please click the meeting name.

• 11 October 2021 - Shoreline Management Plan Governance Committee    
• 13 October 2021 - Audit and Risk Committee Meeting   
• 14 October 2021 - Emergency Management Committee