Latest News & Public Notices

Enjoy your long weekends in the Coromandel

29 January 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 email.

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. 

This week:

  • What you need to know for the next two long weekends - water restrictions, kerbside collections, road safety, dog rules and alcohol bans
  • Let’s continue to make this summer unstoppable (COVID-19)
  • Shoreline Management Plan open days
  • Communications survey 2020 – Win a $500 petrol voucher
  • Work happening in your neighbourhood
  • Biodiversity and Heritage Strategies survey
  • Freedom Camping Bylaw review
  • Whangamatā Reserve Management Plans
  • What's on in the Coromandel?
  • We’re in a prohibited fire season
  • Upcoming meetings

If you missed the last update, read it here.

What you need to know for the next two long weekends

Our Council Offices and District libraries will be closed on the public holidays, Monday 1 February (Auckland Anniversary) and Monday 8 February (Waitangi Day Observed).

If you’ve got any general non-urgent issues, you can fill out a request for service online www.tcdc.govt.nz/rfs.(Please note these are only monitored during office hours).

If your matter is urgent please contact us on 07 868 0200.

Water conservation measures now in place - Friday 29 January

Coromandel Town, 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.

Our Council would like to thank all the residents and visitors in our District for their positive and proactive response to the water conservation measures that’s been in place over the extended holiday period.

Water conservation awareness is something we’ve been sharing since Labour Weekend last year, and thanks to everyone’s cooperation we haven’t needed to go to Level 5 anywhere (A Total Watering Ban). That’s the first time since we’ve been keeping records of peak period restrictions (2017).

While our water supplies are still under pressure, due to the lack of rain, the reduction of population has resulted in the decrease of demand. The spells of rain we’ve also been fortunate enough to receive means we’re easing off water restrictions for now.

We’re aware with two long weekends ahead of us that demand may increase, but if everyone keeps up the good work and continues to conserve water, we’ll get through and enjoy this incredible summer we’re having.

Should demand increase significantly for an extended period, or the water sources fall to an unacceptable level, then it may be necessary to reimpose higher level conservation measures.

Conversely, if the demand remains low and water sources remain as they are, it may be possible to further ease the conservation measures.

Click here to read more on how to stay up to date.

Kerbside Collections

Our summer schedule of extra Kerbside rubbish and recycling collections ends tomorrow, Saturday 30 January, and we will resume our usual once-weekly blue rubbish bag and fortnightly recycling wheelie bin and glass crate collections.

Collections are one day later than usual in the weeks following the public holidays on Monday 1 February (Auckland Anniversary) and Monday 8 February (Waitangi Day Observed).

See our webiste for further details on your collections - tcdc.govt.nz/kerbside.

Missed your collection or have extra rubbish or recycling to dispose of? Our seven Refuse Transfer Stations (RTS) are open every day until 21 February. For hours and locations for all RTS: tcdc.govt.nz/rts.

When it's Kerbside collection day in your area, put out your blue Council rubbish bag, and if it's your area's turn for recycling collection, your crate for glass bottles and jars and your wheelie bin for other recyclables - by the kerb at the side of the road. Please don't hang your from trees or poles, or inside a cage.

Slow down and plan ahead on our roads

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 during the long weekends until traffic eases (typically early evening):

  • From 12pm today and next Friday (5 February)
  • From 8am Saturday (30 January and 6 February)
  • From 8am and Monday (1 and 8 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.

Dog rules

A friendly reminder that our dog restrictions are in place on all holiday weekends. This means dogs are prohibited in some areas, like popular beaches, between 9am-6pm.

It is important to remember that 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 tcdc.govt.nz/dogrules.

Alcohol Ban

Throughout our District, alcohol bans will be 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.

Let’s continue to make this summer unstoppable

While we can’t control the weather, we can do our bit to control COVID-19.

“It’s been lazy, hazy days of summer where visitors have taken a whiff of the Coromandel and gone into relax mode, which has been really laid back with hardly any issues over Christmas/New Year,” says our Mayor Sandra Goudie.

“We’re looking forward to hosting more people over the next couple of long holiday weekends, but want to remind everyone not to be complacent about COVID-19 and we’re encouraging everyone to remember to support contact tracing, particularly through the app, to avoid community transmission,” she says.

For more information visit covid19.govt.nz

Shoreline Management Plan open days

SMP open day in Kuaotunu on Monday 25 January.

Thanks to everyone who came along to our Shoreline Management Plan open days this week. There has been a great turn out across Mercury Bay, Thames and Coromandel Town with some valuable information shared with our communities on the project so far and 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.

Next week’s sessions:

  • Tuesday 2 February

Pauanui Community Hub, 10am-2pm
Tairua Golf Club, 2pm–4pm

  • Wednesday 3 February

Whangamatā Board room, 620 Port Rd, 9.30am-12pm

The content of the sessions will:

  • Provide an update on progress.
  • Show predicted coastal erosion and inundation extents from the coastal hazard assessments.
  • Get feedback on what you value most.
  • Set out what’s next and how you can input.

For more information visit tcdc.govt.nz/coastal.

Work happening in your neighbourhood

Whitianga Town art work - We're progressing with the 10 Pou as part of the final art work that was proposed with the Town Centre Upgrade (pictured above). The pole height and the wingspan are staggered in size upwards from each end, from 5m x 2m, to the centre two pieces, which are 9m x 2.4m. Our engineers are checking the supports and we hope to install them late next month.

Thames Centennial Pool closure extended – The pool will remain closed beyond Tuesday 26 January because a mechanical issue has been identified during the current maintenance shutdown period. The good news is that the problem was identified while the pool was already empty, and has been fixed. We’re working very hard to open the pool as soon as possible. tcdc.govt.nz/swim

TCDC Communications survey 2020

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.

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 strategies 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.

Freedom Camping Bylaw review

Our Freedom Camping Bylaw is being reviewed and we want your thoughts about a few changes we’re proposing to some of the current sites and the addition of one new site.

Our consultation runs  to Tuesday 2 February 2021.

To read the full proposals and to have your say online, go to tcdc.govt.nz/freedomcampingreview. Or, pick up a submission form from one of our Council service centres.

Or for more information click 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 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. 

Whats on in the Coromandel 

Heading to the Summer Concert in Whitianga this weekend? There is a free loop shuttle bus service throughout Whitianga to get you to and from the venue quickly and safely. The buses will run continuously between 10am and 1pm and 4pm and 8pm, stopping at the bottom of Centennial Rd, Buffalo Beach Reserve, Whitianga Wharf and outside the Information Centre on Albert St. If you have an early entry pass you can catch the early bird bus which will be leaving the Whitianga Wharf at 9am.

Click here to see what events are being held over summer.

We’re 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.

Upcoming meetings

  • Council meeting – 9am, Tuesday 9 February, Thames Council Chambers, 515 Mackay St.
  • Tairua-Pauanui Community Board meeting - 10am, Monday 15 Februaryr at10am 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 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.