Latest News & Public Notices

Things to do these school holidays and ANZAC Services in our District

16 April 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 place.

This week's wrap-up:

  • School's out for two weeks - things you can do these school holidays
  • What's on in the Coromandel
  • ANZAC Services in our District
  • Thank you to everyone who put in a submission on our Long Term Plan 
  • Create the Vibe Thames Town Square phase two
  • Duke of Edinburgh condolence book
  • Other work happening in your neighbourhood
  • Disconnection of tsunami sirens
  • Powerco inspecting power poles by helicopter
  • Upcoming meetings
  • NZ banks are phasing out cheques - what does this mean for you? 

If you missed the last update, read it here. 

School's out today for two weeks - things you can do these school holidays

Today is the final day of Term One which means that school is out for two weeks, so if you're not already here, why not take the time to come to the Coromandel with friends and family?

There are plenty of things for you to do and see while you're here like the Driving Creek RailwayWhiti Farm Park, local beaches, Cathedral Cove and other scenic walks in our District as well as the Hauraki Rail Trail that starts/ends in Thames. And for those that want to make the most of their visit and eat their way around our District, check out our Food Trail Guide

For more things you can do in the Coromandel over the school holidays, visit the Destination Coromandel website

Are you stuck with what to do with the kids for the school holidays? Our District libraries have some fun things planned so get in touch and book your spot, find out more below and on our website

What's on in the Coromandel? 

Steampunk 2021

Steampunk is coming to Thames next week. Find out more and see the programme on their website

On 24 April, road closures will be in place in Thames on Saturday 24 April at the following locations:

  • Pollen Street between Willoughby Street and Cochrane Street between 9.30am and 1pm
  • Pahau Street between Pollen Street and Mackay Street between 9.30am and 3pm
  • Cochrane Street between Kirkwood Street and Mackay Street between 9.30am and 1pm.

The Steampunk people will also be using our Create the Vibe Thames HQ container on the Mary Street town square for a Steampunk display all of this coming week.

Kauaeranga Hall is celebrating their upgrade

The Kauaeranga Valley Hall (pictured right) is celebrating its recent repaint, inside and out, with a good old traditional community fair.

The hall, built by the Kauaeranga Valley settlers in 1902 and leased by the Department of Education for use as a school until 1943, is the focal centre of a vibrant community.

To celebrate the completion of the work, the residents are holding a fundraising celebration on Saturday 17 April from 11am-2pm. 

Find out more on their Facebook page

There is also a car boot sale and a retro disco happening in Tairua this weekend, for more information on these events and what else is happening in our District, visit our website.

ANZAC Services in our District

Everyone is invited to attend ANZAC Parades and Memorial Services on Sunday 25 April 2021.

This year Parades and Memorial Services will be held in:

  • Coromandel Town - 10am
  • Hahei - 10.30am
  • Tapu - 5.45am       
  • Thames - 5.45am, 9.45am  
  • Pauanui - 6am, 11am
  • Tairua - 6am, 10.45am      
  • Whangamatā - 6.30am, 10.20am
  • Whitianga - 5.45am
  • Matarangi - 10.30am

For more information on Parades and Memorial Service times, visit our website tcdc.govt.nz/anzac.

All descendants of returned service personnel are welcome to participate in the parades. Returned service personnel are asked to wear their medals and decorations.

Descendants of returned service personnel marching in the parades are asked to wear medals on the right upper portion of their apparel.

(Above: Thames monument all lit up. Photo Credit - Craig Cassidy)

Thames War Memorial Light Up

The Thames War Memorial will be lit in red from 5:45am on ANZAC Day and for the rest of the week. Thanks to the Thames RSA for their initiative and SRE Electrical for their support in making this happen.

Thank you to everyone who put in a submission on our Long Term Plan 

Submissions on our draft Long Term Plan (LTP) for 2021-2031 has now closed.

We've had over 1400 submissions, which is a great response so a big thank you to everyone who took the time to put in a submission. Another thank you to everyone who joined our 'cup of tea with the Mayor' sessions and our online forums. For anyone who might still be interested, you can watch the online forums on our YouTube page

The submissions are now being sorted and hearings will be held from 5-7 May. Council will then consider all the feedback, discuss it and adopt the final LTP at the end of June. 

For more information on the LTP, go to tcdc.govt.nz/longtermplan2021

Create the Vibe Thames Town Square phase two

We held our final ‘container day’ on Mary Street (pictured above) to gather public feedback on the new shared pedestrian space on a section of Mary Street at the intersection with Pollen Street. Our online survey remains open until Saturday 1 May.

Phase one of the trial project is well established, with:

  • Vibrant planters painted by local volunteer artists and modular seating
  • Wheelchair-friendly picnic tables
  • Short and long astroturf
  • Courtesy crossings
  • Overhead patio-style lighting
  • Recycled heritage-style plastic bollards
  • Games, umbrellas and bean bags which are brought out on sunny days
  • Bike repair station

Creating a civic hub in the centre of Thames has been in the pipeline for several years, dating back to the Thames Urban Development Strategy.

This is a first step in making that a reality, and at a very low cost to local ratepayers thanks to the Waka Kotahi Innovating Streets pilot programme funding of 90 per cent of the total cost of about $350,000. Read more about the project here. 

We’ll fully assess all the feedback we’ve received once the online survey closes. The feedback will inform further tweaks to the space which will move us into phase two, which will include the following:

  • A mural by a Ngati Maru artist which will wrap around the Create the Vibe HQ container (that is bookable for community groups).
  • A mural by a local volunteer artist of the Coromandel on a nearby wall creating a ‘selfie stop'
  • New bicycle racks
  • Wayfinding post
  • Pavement wayfinding

As part of this project we are doing a lot of monitoring and evaluation on the effect this space has on Thames. We’ve assessed traffic before and during the trial closure of Mary Street. The results show total vehicle counts in the Thames CBD have not been affected. The street closure has displaced vehicles from Mary St to other streets to access Pollen St. We are monitoring people movements and numbers before and after the street closure. We are also working closely with the Thames Business Association and have approached nearby businesses to see if this space has had an effect on their businesses.

This is a pilot project, the materials used are temporary and can be shifted or removed very easily.

You can read our latest news release here which includes information about the traffic count. 

Duke of Edinburgh condolence books

Would you like to send a condolence message to the Royal Family on the passing of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh?

Our Council has a book you may a write a message of condolence in at our Thames and Whitianga Service Centres.

In Coromandel Town and Whangamatā people can use our Customer Service kiosks to post a message on the Royal Family's website royal.uk. Alternatively, you can email a message to condolences@dia.govt.nz.

Flag half-masting notice

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has requested that the NZ Flag be flown at half-mast on all Government and public buildings to pay tribute to the death of the Duke of Edinburgh on the following dates:

  • Saturday 17 April 
  • Wednesday 21 April

You can find more information on the NZ Flag and flying it at half-mast here

Other work happening in your neighbourhood

(Above: Progress on the development at Pepe Toilets, Tairua)

Pepe toilets upgrade, Tairua - The exposed aggregate concrete paths was poured on Thursday 15 April. Early next week landscaping and wooden cladding will start with the landscaping to be completed by the end of the week. tcdc.govt.nz/tif

Gallagher Drive upgrade, Tairua – Work has been progressing well and subject to good weather, substantial completion of the upgrade is on track for the end of April.

Waikawau toilet facilities - These toilets will be closed to the public for maintenance work on Tuesday and possibly Wednesday, 20 - 21 April. Portaloos will be on site for user’s convenience. There are other public facilities 6km south at Tapu (Wharf Road) and 14km away in Te Puru Domain and Boat Ramp if people would like to use other facilities as they travel. We thank people for their patience.

Brophy’s Beach maintenance - Routine maintenance on the Geotech wall has now been completed. 

Royal Billy Point wharf and boat ramp upgrade - The remaining works will be started in May. This includes the installation of the last section of the concrete access bridge and support piles (stage two). An out-of-cycle budget request for $256,731 to finish work on the Royal Billy Point wharf and boat ramp in Pauanui was approved last year. tcdc.govt.nz/royalbillypoint

Kaimarama Road (above) road closure - Kaimarama Bridge, Whitianga, needs some remedial work completed before winter. 

The road will be closed on Thursday 29 April from 8am - 5pm.

There will be no access or detour throughout this period, however, provisions have been made for emergency services if the situation arises. We apologise for the inconvenience caused by this closure and thank you for your patience.

Read more at tcdc.govt.nz/roads.

Colville Road emergency works - The tender for the work was awarded to Nick Pemberton Civil and a site walkover happened this week. 

Bluff Road works - Construction stopped due to unavailability of material. Contractors were back on site this week and it's expected that the work will be completed by the end of April. 

Road works - For a summary of roading activities programmed for our District next week see tcdc.govt.nz/roads.

Disconnection of tsunami sirens

Thank you to everyone who attended our public forums on the tsunami siren disconnection and other emergency alerting methods on the eastern seaboard of the Coromandel this week – they were well attended.

Similar forums will be held in west coast communities in May, dates and locations will be announced soon.

For anyone who missed the forums and would like more information, you can find the tsunami sirens FAQ document at tcdc.govt.nz/tsunamisirens.

Survey on the design of tsunami hazard maps

GNS Science, Massey University, and East Coast Life at the Boundary have launched a survey to see what the community thinks of the design of tsunami hazard maps.

Take the survey here.

Upcoming meetings

  • Wednesday-Friday 5-7 May, Council hearings on Long Term Plan. Council Chambers, Thames.
  • Monday 10 May, 10am. Tairua-Pauanui Community Board meeting.
  • Tuesday 11 May, 10am. Whangamata Community Board meeting.
  • Wednesday 12 May, 9am. Thames Community Board meeting. Council Chambers, Thames.

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 meetings. If you wish to present during a public forum session, please see our website for more information on how to register.

The Government is now consulting on proposals to improve freedom camping. Two public meetings have been set up in our District:

  • Wednesday 28 April, 10:30am in the Thames Council Chambers
  • Wednesday 28 April, 4pm in the Mercury Bay Community Board Room

Powerco looking at options to boost power supply in the Coromandel

Powerco is looking at options to shore up the power supply in the Coromandel and want to know what you think. Visit the Powerco website for more information and to provide feedback.

Powerco inspecting power poles with a helicopter inspection

Powerco needs to conduct a further inspection of power poles within the rural Coromandel region using hi-resolution photography.

This will provide information about the condition of the poles and lines including identifying any vegetation or possible hazard issues.

Until Monday 26 April, low flying helicopters will be used to photograph power poles in our rural region.

Powerco is conscious that low flying helicopters can disturb some animals, plans or events. If you have any concerns please register your interest here.

NZ banks are phasing out cheques - what does this mean for you?

NZ banks are phasing out cheques. From Thursday 20 May 2021, our Council will no longer be able to accept cheques as a form of payment. This is not our initiative but a bank-led directive.

For information on other ways you can pay dog registrations, LIMs or rates, visit tcdc.govt.nz/paymentoptions.