Annual Report 2021-2022

Positive progress for 2021/22 financial year

Over 2021/22, the effects of the COVID epidemic continued to be felt – particularly in the roading and construction industry – resulting in delays to capital works and cost increases for materials and labour that impacted the delivery of some projects.

Despite the challenging conditions, we’ve made positive progress, completing the first phase of our Shoreline Management Plans and progressing two wharf projects that will create news jobs and business opportunities.

Our Council formally adopted the 2021/22 Annual Report at its 26 April 2023 meeting:

  • Read the full Annual Report here.
  • Read the summary of the Annual Report here.

Some highlights from the Annual Report:

  • We made good headway on two wharf projects that will bring new jobs and business opportunities, not just to our district but the wider region:
    • The Kōpū Marine Precinct project consent, to build an 80-metre commercial wharf, a slipway capable of hauling out 150-tonne boats and a new recreational boat ramp and car park, was approved in March 2022. Construction began in October 2022 -
    • Our Council applied for resource consent to upgrade Te Ariki Tahi, using the Government's special fast track process -
  • After three years of work and extensive community engagement, our nation-leading Shoreline Management Pathways Project was completed in September 2022. It finalised coastal hazard modelling and the development of community-led coastal adaptation pathways for sea-level rise -
  • We adopted the Thames and Surrounds Spatial Plan after further community engagement in October 2022. This will help to inform our planning and development for land around Thames for housing, commerce and supporting infrastructure.
  • Our Council and local volunteers were part of the Coromandel’s largest-ever coastal-planting restoration in May 2022, planting 10,000 native dune plants at the southern end of Pāuanui beach.
  • We took significant steps to upgrade our water treatment plant facilities, with two new plants completed in Whangamatā, at Beverley Hills and Wentworth Valley.
  • After a robust tender process, we awarded the new contract for our district’s solid waste services to Waste Management Ltd. The contract will begin on 1 September 2023 and includes new food waste bins and rubbish wheelie bins.
  • Groups and volunteer organisations working to develop local communities received $220,954 in 94 local grants.
  • Our building consents team received an Outstanding Result from International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ) in our biennial reassessment in March. We were commended for our excellent performance, and singled out as one of the highest-performing Building Consent Authorities in the country to date.
  • Our Bylaws Compliance team continued its focus on responsible dog ownership, running a successful “Lead the Way” campaign before the busy 2021/22 summer season.
  • After extensive community engagement and an independent report, Cory Park Domain was chosen as the site of the new Tairua skatepark

Why do we need an Annual Report?

The Annual Report describes what our Council has achieved over the previous financial year. It forms an integral part of Council's planning and reporting cycle, and helps to keep us accountable to our ratepayers.

While our annual and long-term plans set out and communicate to the public what we intend to do, the annual report closes the loop by conveying whether we’ve achieved what we set out to do.