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Find out more about our Long Term Plan consultation and other work happening in your neighbourhood in our weekly wrap-up

12 March 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:
  • Long Term Plan - the consultation starts today
  • Water Meters project update
  • It's time to snap a selfie - Parks Week 2021
  • Other work happening in your neighbourhood
  • Thames Create the Vibe latest update
  • Kerbside waste audit
  • Waka Kotahi Boost Programme
  • Shoreline Management Plan meeting
  • What's on in the Coromandel?
  • Creative Communities Scheme – Funding available for local arts groups and projects.

If you missed the last update, read it here.

Long Term Plan - the consultation starts today

Our consultation on the draft Long Term Plan (LTP) for 2021-2031 starts today and runs until 4pm on Monday 12 April.

“This is a big one,” says our Mayor Sandra Goudie. “We’ve signalled for some time that we’re facing challenges around things like dealing with peak summer demand and affordability, increasing costs with rubbish and recycling, meeting national drinking water standards, planning for sustainable growth, addressing climate change - all under the lens of COVID-19."

Our consultation document has examples of what’s happening with rates for different property types broken down by our Community Board areas. The consultation document is available on our website at - you can put in a submission online through this website, or, pick up a hard copy at one of our service centres

We'll also be holding online forum sessions and 'have a cup of tea with the Mayor' sessions to answer any questions, find out more here

Read our media release here

Water Meters project update

The water meter installation project will be completed in two stages; Whitianga as Stage 1 and Whangamatā will follow as Stage 2. The meter installations for Whitianga will be completed using the Tranche One funding which has already been approved by the Government, as part of the water reforms that are underway. Council has received 50 per cent of these funds ($2.4million) already.

For Whitianga (Stage 1):

  • On-site work is planned to start next month (April 2021) with enabling works, which involves the identification of water pipelines to properties and making any necessary changes to those pipelines so that the meters can be easily installed later.
  • Following the enabling works, meter installations are expected to start later this year and be completed by 31 March 2022.
  • Tenders for the supply and installation of water meters are scheduled to be invited by April 2021.

There will be letter drops and media releases to notify affected residents, prior to work starting on or outside their property. This applies to both enabling works as well as meter installations.

For Whangamatā (Stage 2), work is likely to commence in early 2022 with further information on the programme for Stage 2 to be provided closer to the time.

It's time to snap a selfie - Parks Week 2021 

Parks Week ends this weekend but there are still lots of activities planned on some of the many reserves around our District for you to be involved in.

Photo right: one of the new selfie frames outside the Thames Museum. 

Portrait frames for pictures and selfies in Thames are now installed at Kuranui Bay, Victoria Park near the Small Gauge Railway and Thames Museum. Get a good shot of your family and friends and share it on Facebook.

Don't forget: Send us your best photo of activities in your local park or reserve in our District by Sunday 14 March to and be in to win a Stirling Sports voucher. There will be six winners (1st, 2nd, and 3rd) for our junior section (16 years and below) and open section (17 years and above).

Please note: One entry per person. When sending in your photos please supply date of birth, contact number and reserve/park location (where the photo was taken).

More information can be found on our website here.

Other work happening in your neighbourhood

(Picture above: Work started at Pepe toilets, Tairua)

Pepe toilets, Tairua - Redevelopment of the toilets started Monday 8 March and will be completed mid-April 2021 (weather dependent) –

Pauanui Skate Bowl - The grinding of the bowl has been completed. 

Mercury Bay Skate Park - The steel shade shelters will be installed later this month and the remaining landscaping is scheduled to be completed in April -

Jacks Point boat ramp, Coromandel Town - Works to make the boat ramp safe are progressing. Design and consenting have started.

Widening of Te Kouma Road intersection, south of Coromandel Town - Site investigation is complete and preliminary design is underway.

Seaview Road, Whangamatā – The existing swale drain has been scraped out to allow the drain to function correctly and we will install a permanent concrete access to provide improved disability access. We expect this to be completed after Easter.

Thames Centennial Pool - This week sees the pool being utilised for school swimming sports.

Jack McLean Community Recreation Centre - A fault with the large blinds in Court One has been fixed.

Road works - For a summary of roading activities programmed for our District next week see

Ride Coromandel Bike Park, Coromandel Town - The concrete wash down area will be poured during the first week of March, along with the storm water/drainage areas and kauri dieback wash stations. DOC will be installing its own wash stations, signage and guidance gates later in March. The pump track was finished at the end of last year and the car park has also now been completed. Read more about the Bike Park here.

Photo right: New Coromandel pump track.



Thames Create the Vibe

Create the Vibe launch event is happening next Friday 19 March. Come and support this community event and see the space in full action. There will be great food and good music all locally sourced.

It's fantastic seeing the space already used by families and those enjoying their coffees and lunch. 

Do you want to share your feedback on the space? We are starting container days every Thursday starting next week, Thursday 18 March. Our staff will be there from 10am-3pm to chat and write down your feedback.

Find out more here. 

Kerbside waste audit 

We've contracted Waste Not Consultants to carry out a waste audit in our district under the Solid Waste Protocols from Ministry for the Environment. The team will be collecting rubbish from the kerbside to analyse the composition of the contents, so we have a better idea of what makes up our waste, and help us find ways to minimise what goes into the rubbish and recycling.

The waste audit will be carried out over three consecutive weekdays and you may see a team of workers taking bags or emptying private wheelie bins:

  • Monday 22 March – Whangamatā
  • Tuesday 23 March – Whitianga
  • Wednesday 24 March – Thames

Waka Kotahi Boost Programme

While traffic volumes are lower on these roads, the risks for people travelling on them are real. Many deaths and serious injuries can be avoided by making relatively simple, but effective, improvements.

Waka Kotahi/NZ Transport Agency will soon start work on safety improvements such as rumble strips, better roadside signs and long-life line markings at six high-risk locations in central and east Waikato.

For our District:

SH25 – Waitakaruru to Kōpū

Other areas include:

  • SH2 – Mackaytown to Waikino
  • SH27 - SH26 Tatuanui to Waharoa
  • SH29 - Matamata-Piako Boundary to SH28
  • SH5 – Waiohotu Road to Oturao Road
  • SH5 - Webster Road to Waiohotu Road

Shoreline Management Plan Governance Committee meeting

The Shoreline Management Plan Governance Committee meeting was postponed to 1pm, Friday 26 March. However, the project is still well on track with our four coastal panels meeting in February to discuss the latest hazard information/risk acceptability and this month they will be meeting to provide feedback on how the assessment of hazards has feed into the assessment of risks and risk tolerance and to hear from key stakeholders – the insurance sector, Waka Kotahi/NZ Transport Agency and Waikato Regional Council. You can view the coastal panel meeting agendas and minutes at

Other upcoming meetings:
  • Council Meeting - Tuesday 23 March, 9am in the Thames Council Chambers, 515 Mackay St.
  • Tairua-Pauanui Community Board meeting - Monday 29 March, 10am at the Pauanui Community Hub, 23 Centreway.
  • Whangamatā Community Board meeting - Tuesday 30 March, 10am at the Whangamatā Service Centre, 620 Port Rd.
  • Thames Community Board Community meeting - Wednesday 31 March, 9am in the Thames Council Chambers, 515 Mackay St.
  • Coromandel-Colville Community Board meeting - Tuesday 6 April, 9am at the Coromandel Service Centre, 355 Kapanga Road.
  • Mercury Bay Community Board meeting - Wednesday 7 April, 9am in the Board meeting room, 10 Monk Street.

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.

What's on in the Coromandel?

Many event organisers are now either cancelling or postponing events including:

  • Mercury Bay Museum - HMS Buffalo Re-examination Project was postponed and now taking place this weekend, Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 March. 
  • The Mercury Bay Art Escape Opening Gala Night has been postponed until Thursday 1 April, 6pm.
  • The Mito Q K2 road cycle race is postponed until 10 April.

Click here for more information on upcoming events in the Coromandel.

Could your arts group or creative project use a helping hand?

Applications for the Creative Communities Scheme are open until Friday 26 March. This is for events/projects that will take place between 28 April 2021 and 28 April 2022.

Each year Creative New Zealand provides funding to city and district councils for distributing in their area. The scheme supports more than 1,800 projects every year.

Funding is awarded to projects rather than people undertaking the project and applications must meet one or more of the scheme’s criteria:

  • Broad community involvement - The project will create opportunities for local communities to engage with and participate in arts activities.
  • Diversity - The project will support the diverse arts and cultural traditions of local communities, enriching and promoting their uniqueness and cultural diversity.
  • Young people - The project will enable and encourage young people (under 18 years) to engage with and actively participate in the arts.

Application forms, criteria, and relevant guidelines can be found on our website.

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