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Preparing for Cyclone Cody, celebrating a successful summer, and more heat to come - this and more Council news

14 January 2022

Welcome to the weekly wrap-up of our latest Council project news, important dates and information about what's happening in our District.

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Welcome to the weekly wrap-up of our latest Council project news, important dates and information about what's happening in our District. 


Preparing for Cyclone Cody

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Cody is due to bring gale force winds, huge seas, and heavy rainfall between Sunday night through to next Tuesday.

cody2Our Council’s Emergency Management Team is advising everyone to plan and be in a safe place by late afternoon on Sunday with supplies for last for 24 hours, including provisions if power is out for some time.

Campervans and motorhomes need to move away from the coast for the next two days and park up at two safe locations; the Mercury Bay Sports Park in Whitianga, or the Shoppers carpark next to Goldfields Mall in Thames.

Beach access to Cathedrel Cove may be restricted due to increased swell from the approaching cyclone. Rangers will make desicions on access on a day-by-day basis. 

"Travelling during the storm will likely be hazardous. Err on the side of caution and be in a safe place by Sunday evening” says Garry Towler, our Emergency Management Manager.

Updates will be posted here as they come to light, and will also be shared on our Council Facebook page, and sent to our e-newsletter subscribers as they come to light. Be sure to like or follow our Facebook page to receive notifications or sign up to our e-newsletter database (top right of this page) to remain up to date. 

We're in for a long, hot summer on the Coromandel

Despite the impact of Cyclone Cody, The Coromandel’s hot summer looks set to be a long one, continuing through to April at least, according to Niwa’s latest Seasonal Climate Outlook

hotsumemrLa Niña conditions are the key climate driver for the next three months, delivering higher-than-normal temperatures.  

The Niwa outlook also expects rainfall to be sporadic with long dry spells interspersed with intense downpours. The existing marine heatwave will intensify, adding up to 2.5˚C to sea surface temperatures. 

A key takeaway from Niwa’s report is the need for the people of the Coromandel to conserve water and guard against triggering bush fires.  

Stay up to date with water restrictions on our website, our email newsletters and our Facebook page.  

“Reports are coming in of bores drying up in the southern Coromandel which is impacting stock and farmers,” Mr Towler says. “This is something our Council is taking seriously and is working with the Regional Council to find solutions. 

“We got through the peak holiday period pretty well this time, but there is a long way to go, and the fire risk is increasing every day so everyone needs to play a part.”   

Please don’t set off fireworks or sky lanterns (also called Chinese lanterns) and don’t fire a flare unless you’re in trouble at sea. Check the Fire and Emergency NZ (FENZ) website for tips on fire safety. 

 

Celebrating a successful Coromandel summer 

Despite uncertainty over pre-season bookings, tourism businesses in The Coromandel have been relieved to see peak holiday visitors return in good number, with the busiest December in the last 3 years.  

Travel to the region following the easing of restrictions for Aucklanders in mid December provided a welcome respite to tourism, hospitality and retail businesses, with an increase in visitor numbers when compared to the previous year. There was an average of 39,132 domestic visitors for every day of December, compared to an average of 30,580 daily visitors in December 2020. The total population, including local residents, for each day in December was, on average, 93,388 compared to 78,858 the previous year. 

We’ve had fewer water restrictions put in place around the district this summer than previous years, and the kerbside collections were generally well-run with fewer complaints about missed collections.  

Event-wise it was a little more low-key than previous years. Most community events were cancelled with only three markets/fairs, some music gigs at the Coroglen Tavern and two major music festivals - both which were run out of Joe’s Farm in Opoutere. Both events had 3000 and 1500 people in attendance respectively at those two events, although the resource consent is for 10,000, so that gives an indication of the lower level of commitment from the public. 

This could possibly be down to people being a bit more hesitant to go to larger events due to the potential exposure to COVID.  

A high rate of compliance from visitors and our district residents has successfully helped to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Thank you to everyone who made sure to follow Government guidelines such as wearing a mask, maintaining social distancing, and using the COVID-19 tracker app.  

Meanwhile, Williamson Park in Whangamatā - which in previous years has attracted some anti-social behavior and crime - was relatively trouble free, with a really good police response on hand and only a handful of arrests. The number of young people milling around the park is also decreasing year on year. Our newly installed CCTV cameras undoubtly also helped to curb bad behavior in this space.

Greenstone Entertainment regrettably announces cancellation of 2022 Summer Concert Tour

The Summer Concert Tour had previously been postponed from the usual January dates to March dates for 2022.  

greenston“With much regret and after 12 consecutive years, we must announce that we are not going to be able to run our annual Summer Concert Tour in 2022," says Greenstone Entertainment CEO Amanda Calvert. "We understand that our loyal customers will be disappointed and we value your support. We always strive to deliver outstanding quality events, and great live music but unfortunately this year that was simply not going to be possible.”

‘There has been huge anticipation and enthusiasm from fans to find out more about our 2022 tour, and we’re saddened to have to make today’s announcement. With the current border restrictions, and the uncertainty surrounding the new Omicron variant, our international artists are not willing to spend 10 days in a managed quarantine facility.

Although this is disappointing news, Greenstone Entertainment are optimistic about the Summer Concert Tour taking place in 2023.

Summer Concert Tour dates for 2022

Taupo – Taupo Amphitheatre – Saturday 4 February 2023 (Waitangi Weekend)

Whitianga – Whitianga Waterways - Sunday 5 February 2023 (Waitangi Weekend)

Queenstown – Gibbston Valley Winery – Saturday 11 February 2023 

For further updates on the Summer Concert Tour visit www.greenstoneentertainment.co.nz

Vandalism at Waiomu domain playground

A slide, picnic area, and toilet have been vandalised at Waiomu domain playground.  

damageThe playground slide has been intentionally damaged, leaving a large crack at the base which makes it unsafe for use. The slide has been decommissioned indefinitely. This is a huge disappointment for local and visiting families who use the playground.  

At the same site, the ceiling in the sheltered picnic/porch area behind the toilet block that looks out to sea has been tagged with a lighter.  

The vandalism has been reported to police. 

If anyone sees anyone damaging or defacing public facilities, please to not hesitate to call the police in the first instance with details, and then advise our Council. 

Sherriff Block Development

A section of Council-owned land at 90 Moewai Road in Whitianga known as the ‘Sherriff Block’ is to be developed, largely for recreation purposes.

blockPublic consultation took place in 2021 on the long term concept plan for development of the site.  The first stage of this is to provide a designated section of the Sherriff Block for events and concerts from 2023.

This development is the first stage of a ten-year plan to develop the Sherriff Block.     

Click here to see a map showing the 1st and 2nd stages of development which will take place at Sherriff Block.

Our Council has signed a contract with Greenstone Events to have the Sherriff Block as the venue for their events over the next 10 years. This includes the Whitianga Summer Concert, which is usually held annually on Auckland Anniversary weekend.

The development of the Sherriff Block will include raising the level of the land using surplus fill from the Waterways development. In December, Council contracted Whitianga Waterways to provide fill and complete the needed earthworks to ready the site for it’s intended long term use.  Council’s contribution is limited to assisting with the management of stormwater from the site.

Works are expected to begin early in 2022 and extend over a 10-year period with the first stage completed in time for the Whitianga Summer Concert which will take place in February 2023.

Works in your area

 

Network local road resealing programme re-starts

The resurfacing maintenance programme on our Council's roads is has re-started following the busy holiday season. Here are the works planned for next week. 

Some of these plans will change due to weather and other contributing factors. Up to date plans will be released daily on our Council's Facebook page and local radio. 

Thames Moanataiari St, Centennial Ave, Sealey St, Grafton Rd, Tony Ave

Thames Banks St – Road Closure (expected Monday 17)

Puriri Wainui Rd, Puriri Valley Rd, Old Maratoto Rd

water2Notice of Planned Water Supply shutdown for Matarangi Drive

Water will be turned of from 5pm to 7pm on Monday 17 January to perform repairs. 

Locations affected are Matarangi Drive, from Kowhai Ave to Harbour Drive.

Thames-Coromandel District Council and Veolia apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and every effort will be made to restore your service as soon as possible

Public consultations

In all, about 200 people attended our public meetings (three in person, one online) on our Spatial Plan recently, and our communities were eager to discuss how they want Thames and surrounds to grow over the next 30 plus years. 

The Plan is an evidence-based, future-focused (30-year plus) strategy that outlines an agreed vision and direction for the area.  

Community feedback at this stage in the project will help us plan for future prosperity, identify areas for growth and change, and support the aspirations of iwi.  

Early conversations with iwi, agencies and community and business focus groups have shaped the initial stages of the Plan. We’re now preparing to share progress with everyone and seek input. 
From the end of this month and through summer we’ll be asking for feedback on Your Thames, Tomorrow  Maiea ake - mai i te hiku ki te kauae, tō pito whenua, tō āpōpō. 

An online survey is now available here.

Your feedback will guide us in our considerations for land use change, infrastructure development and delivery, environmental management and recognition of cultural values. Across all areas of planning, we are working to improve the four well-beings – social, economic, environmental and cultural – for Thames and surrounding areas.  

If you were unable to provide your feedback online or through the drop-in sessions, you can also contact project lead Mitch King directly on mitch.king@tcdc.govt.nz   

tcdc.govt.nz/ourthamestomorrow

Adapting to Climate Change: We still need your input

 

We need your input so we can prepare for the impacts of climate change. Although our in-person and online public meetings for our Shoreline Management Project have now concluded, you can still give feedback on adaptation options like managed retreat or coastal protection.


You can send us your feedback online here. There are detailed instructions in the link on how to use the feedback tool and provide your comments alongside your section of coastline.

If you would prefer to simply email us, then please send any feedback to ourcoast@tcdc.govt.nz and include which section of coastline you are providing feedback on.

Find out more about this project at tcdc.govt.nz/smp

 

Catch our Transport Survey

Our Council wants your thoughts on proposals to extend the existing Thames Connector public bus service and on a possible new public transport service from Coromandel Town to Thames.

About both proposals, we’d like to know:

  • How often you might use it?
  • What you would use it for?
  • If the service were not provided, how would you travel?
  • What times would you like the service to run?
  • How frequently?
  • How should it be funded?

Go to tcdc.govt.nz/transportsurvey to complete a short on both proposals, plus some general questions about transport options in the Coromandel.

We’ll be carrying out a separate consultation on a proposed service for Tairua to Whangamata to Thames and Waihi at a later date.

Cemeteries Bylaw revocation consultation

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The Cemeteries Bylaw 2015 is no longer considered to be the best way to manage the cemeteries activity in our district as we have other tools we can use, so we are proposing it be revoked.

  • Information about the days/hours of services and burials can be found on our webpage and staff work to ensure that providers of funeral services are familiar with it.
  • Public Behaviour is manged through the Activities in Public Places Bylaw 2017- Te Ture ā-Rōhe ki ngā Wāhi Marea.

We would like to hear what you think about this and we’re taking feedback until 18 February 2022, you can submit online or drop us a line.

If you’d like to learn more, come along for a chat in Thames where you can speak with our team.

  • Tuesday 18 January, 10am to 1pm - Container at Create the Vibe in Thames
  • Thursday 27 January, 11am to 2pm - Container at Create the Vibe in Thames

Find out more and make a submission online at tcdc.govt.nz/cemeteriesconsultation