Waitangi Day long weekend in the Coromandel news: Conserving water is a big issue we’d like to remind you about 05 February 2021 Welcome to our weekly wrap-up of Council news and business. We’ve got a whopper of a Waitangi Weekend, with lots of information to share with you. Remember we’re closed on, Monday 8 February (Waitangi Day Observed). If you’ve got any general non-urgent issues, you can fill out a request for service online. If your matter is urgent, please contact our 24-hour service line on 07 868 0200. This week's wrap-up: Water conservation, restrictions and leak detection programme information Kerbside public holiday rubbish and recycling collections COVID-19 updates Stay safe on our roads this long weekend Dog restrictions and alcohol bans Complete our Shoreline Management Plan survey Thames Centennial Pool re-opening next week Promoting responsible camping in the Coromandel Coromandel wharf fuel pump outage Coastal gardening working bees Our first Council and Community Board meetings for 2021 Have your say: Biodiversity and Heritage Strategies Survey and Whangamatā Reserve Management Plans What's on in the Coromandel? Reminder: We’re still in a prohibited fire season Be in to win with our communications survey Gr8 Job Hauraki ‘Job Market’ Diesel contained at site of sunken vessel in Coromandel Harbour If you missed the last update, read it here. Conserving water is a big issue we’d like to remind you all about Coromandel Town moves to Level 4 water restriction Coromandel Town’s supply levels are lower than we hoped, and with more people coming into the district this weekend we’re moving Coromandel Town to Level 4 - Sprinkler ban - Hand-held hoses only: A total ban on the use of all sprinkler, unattended hoses and garden irrigation systems. Hand-held hoses can be used on alternate days. This means, if your address is an even number you can use your hose on even numbered days, and vice versa for odd numbered houses. The water reservoir levels will be reviewed daily over the long holiday weekend, however if they don't improve we may have to impose a Level 5 - total watering ban restriction until the reservoir levels recover. Other water restrictions in place: Whitianga, Tairua, Pauanui, Whangamatā and Onemana: Level 3 - Alternate Days: Hoses, sprinklers and garden irrigation systems can only be used on alternate days. If your address is an even number you can use your hose on even numbered days, and vice versa for odd numbered houses. Hahei, Matarangi and Thames - Level 2 - Conserve Water: Residents and holidaymakers are asked to keep using water carefully to ensure our supply continues. A reminder that Thames Valley has a permanent total watering ban in place. Click here to read more on how to stay up to date and what you can do to conserve water. Water leak detection programme This week, and over the next four weeks, you may see our contractors doing leak detection assessments of our water reticulation network in the Tairua area. This includes checking fire hydrants, as well as our water network and water shut-off valves in domestic and commercial properties. Leak detection and repair is a routine procedure to minimise unaccounted for water losses in our network. It’s also a tactic endorsed in our Water Demand Strategy. Kerbside rubbish and recycling collections next week Monday 8 February is Waitangi Day (observed) and there will be no Kerbside rubbish and recycling collections that day. Collections for the rest of the week are one day later.We have now moved to our regular schedule of once weekly blue rubbish bag collections and fortnightly recycling wheelie bin and glass crate collections. Next week is Week 1 in our recycling schedule, so if the address sticker near the top of your wheelie bin has a 1 next to your collection day (eg Tue1), you’re in a Week 1 area and put out your recycling. Or, you can check your recycling week using our Smart Maps portal here. You can find out more about our Kerbside collections, schedules, and what can be recycled in our district here. Our seven Refuse Transfer Stations (RTS) are open late throughout the Waitangi Day long weekend. Check the opening hours at tcdc.govt.nz/rts. Keep united against COVID-19 Whether you’re travelling or staying local this Waitangi Day long weekend, if you are unwell or worried about the health of any family members, stay at home and don't travel. You can stop the spread of illness. COVID-19 affects us all differently and those around you're at your destination, may be more at risk from COVID-19. Check in with your hosts before you leave and do your bit to keep all our communities safe. If you become unwell while on holiday, call Healthline who can tell you whether you should be tested. If you are advised to get a test, please do so; don't wait until you get home to get tested. Testing will be available throughout New Zealand this long weekend. The Healthpoint website or Healthline can help you find your nearest testing location. Continue to sign into places using the NZ COVID Tracer app or keep a record of where you’ve been. It helps you protect your friends, whānau and community by enabling faster contact tracing. Turn on Bluetooth. This will allow people to be quickly alerted if they have been near someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Businesses have a role to play in contact tracing – display the QR codes where people can see them and easily scan and encourage everyone who enters to scan or record their details. Travel safely by washing and drying your hand regularly, wearing a mask on transport in Auckland and on flights throughout New Zealand, and sneeze into your elbow. These easy to do measures are tried and tested and we know they are effective. Stay safe on our roads this long weekend Plan your holiday journeys in advance to avoid delays. Waka Kotahi/NZ Transport has developed a tool that shows predicted traffic flow across popular journeys based on travel patterns from previous years which includes the Coromandel. It can be found at nzta.govt.nz/holidayjourneys. Every holiday period and long weekend we see large numbers of people heading to popular holiday destinations, like the Coromandel, which can cause queues and delays. In Tairua, the one-way Pepe Bridge will have traffic management in place this Waitangi long weekend until traffic eases (typically early evening): From 12pm today, Friday 5 February And from 8am Saturday 6 and Monday 7 February Long weekend driving tips: Drive to the conditions, whether it’s the weather, the time of day or amount of traffic Take regular breaks to stay alert and ensure fatigue doesn’t affect your driving Keep a safe following distance from vehicles in front so you can stop safely Be patient - overtaking is unlikely to make a significant difference to your journey time due to the amount of traffic expected over the weekend. Allow plenty of time, remember you are on holiday and avoid the need to rush Check your car is in good "health" before you head off. Our weekly roading report which summarises roading activities programmed on our local Council roads can be found at tcdc.govt.nz/roads. Dog rules A friendly reminder dog restrictions are in place on all holiday weekends. This means dogs are prohibited in some areas, like popular beaches, between 9am-6pm. Remember dogs need to be on-lead when walking around our local roads and town centres. We provide off-leash dog exercise areas which are sign posted and can be found on our website. If you're in doubt about when and where you can walk your dog, keep an eye out for signs and maps, pop into one of our Council offices or head to our website here. Alcohol Ban Throughout our District, alcohol bans are in force during holiday periods, including long weekends. Check out the maps - tcdc.govt.nz/alcoholcontrol. You can't consume or take alcohol into any public place where an alcohol ban is in force. There's still time to complete our Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) survey SMP open day at Harataunga Marae. Over 200 people attended our Shoreline Management Plan open days across the district this week, where some valuable information was shared with our communities on the project so far, including the latest coastal hazard information. If you missed the open days, you can still find out what’s next and tell us what you think by completing our online survey here before Friday 19 February. The latest factsheets and posters from the open days to help you in completing the survey can be found at tcdc.govt.nz/smp. For more information visit tcdc.govt.nz/coastal. Thames Centennial Pool After extensive maintenance, the pool will re-open on Tuesday 9 February at 6am. Bookings are no longer required but please be aware there’s limited lane space during our Learn to Swim lessons and squad training. Public opening hours: Monday 6am - 6pm Tuesday 6am - 6pm Wednesday 6am - 6pm Thursday 6am - 6pm Friday 6am - 6pm Saturday 11am - 6pm Sunday 11am - 6pm Click here for further details. Promoting responsible camping in the Coromandel A few of our Freedom Camping Ambassadors and staff from our Bylaws Compliance Team joined New Zealand Motor Caravan Association (NZMCA) members in Coromandel Town last week to share information on responsible camping in the Coromandel. This was a very positive step in the relationship between our Council and NZMCA - tcdc.govt.nz/freedomcamping. We’ve just finished our public consultation on our Freedom Camping Bylaw, which will now go to Council for hearings and deliberations. Coromandel wharf fuel pump outage The fuel stop (gas pump) on Coromandel Wharf is getting a retrofit from Wednesday 10 – Friday 12 February. During this time, the fuel pump will be unavailable and the end of the wharf, from the wharf shed (ex-Harbour Master office), will be barricaded off. Coastal gardening working bees Join our partners Coastcare - Waikato to help care for the Mercury Bay dunes and coastal reserves this month: Buffalo Beach - 12, 19 and 26 February from 8am-10am at 91 Buffalo Beach Rd, Whitianga. Kuaotunu - 17 February from 8.30am - 10.30am at Kuaotunu Black Jack Reserve. Bring your favourite little spade or garden tool and gloves. Don't forget your water, hat and sunscreen. Click here for more information. Create the vibe - Opportunity for Thames-area artists Would you like to be involved in painting the concrete planters for our new civic plaza on Mary Street in Thames? We want those planters to have artistic designs on them that blend in with the area and match the colour scheme on the new mural on the wall of Stirling Sports. For more information please email email@example.com. We want to paint the planters the week of Monday 15 February to Sunday 21 February. The planters are 1000mm diameter x 500mm high. Paint and brushes will be supplied. Council and Community Board meetings The first meetings for 2021 are coming up this month: Council meeting – 9am, Tuesday 9 February, Thames Council Chambers, 515 Mackay St. Tairua-Pauanui Community Board meeting - 10am, Monday 15 February at 10am St Francis Church, 200 Main Road, Tairua. Whangamatā Community Board meeting - 10am, Tuesday 16 February in the Whangamatā Board meeting room, 620 Port Rd. Thames Community Board meeting – 9am, Wednesday 17 February, Thames Council Chambers, 515 Mackay St. Coromandel-Colville Community Board meeting – 9am, Tuesday 23 February in the Coromandel Board meeting room, 355 Kapanga Rd. Mercury Bay Community Board meeting - 9am, Wednesday 24 February in the Mercury Bay Board meeting room, 10 Monk 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’s a report you wish to speak to, that’s in the public forum of the meeting. See our website here for more information on how to register. Biodiversity and Heritage Strategies Survey We’re sounding out public attitudes towards biodiversity and heritage issues as part of a review of our Biodiversity and Heritage Strategies. These were adopted in 2008 and combine to meet our obligations under various pieces of legislation. The information from the survey will be reported back to the Council mid-2021 as part of the evaluation process. You can find out more and take the survey here. Whangamatā Reserve Management Plans 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. Consultation closes soon - 4pm, Monday 15 February. 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. What's on in the Coromandel? Click the poster above for more. The Coromandel is host to numerous events this Waitangi Day long weekend. Whether you’re into the arts, live music, markets or carnivals, there is something for everyone. Click here to see what events are being held this weekend. Reminder: We’re still 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 - fireandemergency.nz. Communications survey Whether you're a permanent resident, own a holiday home, operate a business or you're a visitor to the Coromandel, we want to make sure our Council is communicating with you the best way we can. Fill in our short survey for a chance to win a $500 petrol voucher here. Diesel contained at site of sunken vessel in Coromandel Harbour Photo: RNZ. An oil slick is being dealt with off Woolshed Bay. Waikato Regional Council’s oil spill responders have been at the scene of a sunken vessel on the Coromandel Peninsula since first light this morning. Regional On Scene Commander Richard Barnett said staff have been using sorbent material to soak up diesel which has continued to escape from the 47-foot fibreglass launch overnight. “The rapid deployment booms we set up last night around the site of the launch have done the job and helped to stop the spread of any further diesel,” Mr Barnett said. “There’s very little sign of yesterday’s 5km slick, and it would appear the majority of it has naturally evaporated or dispersed. “There is a small line of contaminant that has washed ashore in Woolshed Bay. We haven’t been able to confirm what it is, so it’s difficult to know right now the best way to deal with it. “We’ve got our marine experts assessing any risk to wildlife, but we do know already that this is not a significant wildlife area,” Mr Barnett said. It’s understood 2000 litres of diesel was on board the launch that caught fire and sunk in the early hours of yesterday morning in Woolshed Bay, Whanganui Island. It’s unknown how much diesel might have leaked from the launch. See Waikato Regional Council’s website here for updates. Gr8 Job Hauraki ‘Job Market’ Are you an employer ready to showcase your business to local job seekers Or are you a job seeker looking for opportunities? Then you won’t want to miss Hauraki District Council's free networking event on Tuesday 23 February from 1pm – 4pm at AgriSea NZ Ltd, 7446 SH 2, Paeroa (between Paeroa and Karangahake). For all the event information and to register please click here.