Latest News & Public Notices

Climate change, new Maritime Bylaw consultation, Bollards, Pauanui Plantathon, fun at the Wild Women's weekend and more.

06 May 2022

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

Sea-level rise in the spotlight

New sea-level rise information released nationally this week is already incorporated into our Council’s major Shoreline Management Plan project, which is due to conclude this year.

Shoreline Management Plans

The NZ SeaRise programme, comprising dozens of local and international scientists, launched a new website searise.nz this week showing how New Zealand's coastline will be affected by both rising sea levels and land subsidence. 

“We are very aware of vertical land movements, as well as understanding in detail the expected sea-level rise right across our 400 kilometres of Coromandel coastline,” says our SMP project lead Amon Martin. 

“We’ve included expertise on these land movements in our work already, alongside specific survey information. The land movement impacting Thames in particular has been given significant consideration by our Thames coastal panel,” he says. 

Our Council this week approved additional funding for the SMP Project after COVID-19 affected delivery of the programme in 2021 and earlier this year. 

Our Council supported including an additional $225,00 in the Annual Plan to cover additional online public engagement required during COVID-19 restrictions earlier this year, additional inundation hazard modelling in 20cm increments, a concept design for a defence structure north of the marina in Whangamatā and the production of an i-Report which will provide the SMP as an online document for public use. 

“This is a crucial piece of work that puts us three years ahead of government in terms of understanding the specific hazards and risks in our Coromandel communities,” says our Mayor Sandra Goudie. 

“Over the last few weeks, we’ve been having some difficult conversations with our communities about the action we will all need to take together if sea level rise happens as expected. We know that being prepared now will help ensure we have thriving communities tomorrow,” she says. 

The project is due to be completed in September 2022. It will provide an overarching shoreline management strategy for the Coromandel. This will include local coastal adaptation plans, supported by a coastal asset inventory and environment report, coastal inundation and erosion hazard modelling (with interactive online maps), a hazard risk assessment and recommendations for  management actions as decided by communitiesin the short, medium and long term. This information will all be made available in an accessible online format.  

For more information on the SMP Project go to tcdc.govt.nz/smp 

National Adaptation Plan 

Our Council will also be preparing a submission to the National Adaptation Plan, which is New Zealand’s first national plan to outline adaptation action in our changing climate. The consultation will help outline national proposals for flood insurance and managed retreat policies. 

Next SMP Public Meetings – Dates and details 

We will shortly be holding online public meetings in three more communities to discuss the specific plans for the coastline in these areas, and to answer any questions you may have. You can join the meeting by clicking the link at tcdc.govt.nz/smp 

Kennedy Bay Monday 10 May 3pm - 4pm  

Wharekaho (Simpsons Beach) Tues 11 May 7pm - 8pm  

Cooks Beach Thursday 12 May 7pm – 8pm 

We will also be holding public meetings in June and will publish meeting venues and times on the website when they are available. 

Equity of Three Waters Reform Entities Questioned

Thames-Coromandel and Queenstown Lakes councils are questioning the equity of the Three Waters Reform entities.

Three Waters

Districts such as Thames-Coromandel and Queenstown Lakes will be severely under-represented in the government’s shareholding scheme for the new water service entities and lose out in the financial support package – both of which are based on normally-resident population.

As the Mayors of popular visitor destinations, where the resident population increases significantly during peak times, Thames-Coromandel Mayor Sandra Goudie and Queenstown-Lakes Mayor Jim Boult say using resident population puts both their districts at a lasting financial disadvantage.

Read the full story and find out more about the Three Waters Reform on our website.

Ram raids and bollards

There has been a spate of ram raids on retail premises across the district, as well as the country.

As a result, our staff have been receiving calls and requests from businesses for bollards or other protection measures to be installed in front of shopfronts.

“Our Council recognises that there are issues with the security of retail premises across the district when dealing with ram raids” says Roading Manager Ed Varley. “While the security of business premises is the responsibility of the individual shop owners, our Council is committed to supporting businesses across the district and will work with business owners wherever possible to increase security.”

Procedures for businesses to follow if they want to apply to install bollards are here: tcdc.govt.nz/bollards

If your business is on SH25, SH25A or SH26 please contact Waka Kotahi for approval in the first instance.

DOC carrying out Moehau 1080 operation

The Department of Conservation (DOC) will be carrying out a pest control operation using 1080 poison baits in the Moehau Ecological Area over May and June. 

Moehau RangeThe operation is intended to control possums, rats and stoats to very low numbers allowing the forest canopy to flourish through reduced possum browse. 

The operation is dependent on local weather conditions. Phases for the programme are as follows:

• Non-toxic prefeed cereal baits will be sown over the treatment blocks at a rate of 1.5 kg per ha.  
• Toxic baits containing 0.15% sodium fluoroacetate (1080) will be sown over the treatment area at a rate of 1.5 kg/ha no sooner than 5 days following application of non-toxic baits.  

Both phases are weather dependent requiring 2-3 fine nights with minimal rainfall. 

DOC’s contractor EcoFX will be erecting signage throughout the Moehau Conservation Areas at key points such as track entrances and public access areas.  

Observe the following while the warning signs remain in place: 

• Do not handle bait  
• Children should not be left unattended  
• Carcasses are toxic and DEADLY TO DOGS 

For more information see DOC’s website: www.doc.govt.nz/our-work/tiakina-nga-manu/predator-control-programme  

Take a break at the Wild Women’s Weekend 

Gather your girlfriends for a weekend of fun events from kayaking to yog at Whangamatā from 13 - 15 May. 

Wild Women's WeekendHere’s your chance to get away with your friends, go hiking, take a kayak tour, catch some live music, join an art class, do yoga... all surrounded by the scenic beauty of Whangamatā. 

A great line-up of events includes Friday night with singer Glenn Carley, Walking Through Your Wardrobe with Mary Silverton, The Art Class with contemporary artists Heather Watt and Sue Jamieson; a guided kayak paddle with Surf’s Up to the Whangamatā Wild Life Sanctuary, the Wild 80s Party Night with DJ Honest Matt and more. 

For all event details and to purchase tickets, visit the Wild Women's Weekend website

The lowdown our district's latest economic news  

There's a tight job market out there with inflation outstripping earnings by a significant amount, making it a challenge to retain and recruit staff. 

Destination CoromandelEvents are back on the Coromandel calendar with more event organisers starting to plan for the 2022/2023 event season, and our Regional Tourism Agency Destination Coromandel is ramping up its tourism marketing now that international borders are reopening.

Plus we keep you in the loop on the Thames Spatial Plan, Ariki Tahi Sugarloaf Wharf, Kōpū Marine and Business Precinct, workshops and more. 

Read the full news here

Planned power outage next week for Coromandel Town

A reminder that Powerco will be conducting a planned electricity outage affecting Coromandel Town and the immediate surrounds next week on 11 May from 8.30am- 3.30pm.

Power Outage CoromandelPowerco contractors will be replacing overhead poles and cross-arms on the line between Coromandel and Whitianga.  

Our Council service centre at 355 Kapanga Rd will be closed as there is no back-up generator to power lights, heating or computers.

The CBD will remain on, along with the following schools, medical centres and rest homes: 

• Colville School 
• Colville Medical Centre (aka Colville Community Health Centre) 
• Coromandel Area School 
• Coromandel Community Preschool 
• Coromandel Family Health Centre 
• Coromandel Medical Centre 
• Coromandel Playcentre 
• Manaia School 
• Phoenix House Hospital Rest Home 
• Te Korowhai Coromandel Health Centre 
• Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Harataunga (aka Kennedy Bay School)  

If the weather is bad, the outage will be postponed until Wednesday 18 May.  

You can search your address on the Powerco website here to see if it’s affected and check out helpful tips to be prepared at powerco.co.nz/who-we-are/our-campaigns/coromandel.  

Join us for the Pāuanui Plantathon next week 

Lend a hand at our Pāuanui Plantathon on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 of May - the Coromandel's largest ever coastal planting restoration.  

Pāuanui PlantathonWe are excited to be planting about 10,000 native dune plants to help restore the dune health at the southern end of Pāuanui beach. 

Everyone's welcome! Bring the whanau and your spade, gloves, sun protection, suitable footwear, a snack box and drinking water. We’ll provide a sausage sizzle and refreshments.  

Meet us at beach access #10 (in between Champion Place and Bonanza Place). 

Planting times are as follows: 
Briefing Friday 10am: 10am-12noon and 12.30pm-3pm. 
Briefing Saturday 9am: 9am-12noon and 12.30pm-4pm 

This project is being done in partnership with Pāuanui Dune Protection Society and Waikato Coastcare. 

Check out our Facebook event here and head to tcdc.govt.nz/pauanui-planting-project for more information. 


Works in your area

Kerb and channel construction project, Ocean Beach Rd, Tairua  

Ocean Beach RoadStorms Contracting has begun work on the kerb and channel project on Ocean Beach Road, Tairua. Works are expected to take five weeks, however COVID-19 is having an impact for staff and suppliers, so the duration may be subject to change. 

Working hours will be between 7.00am-6pm, Monday to Friday and possibly on Saturdays from 7.30am-1pm. Speeds will be restricted during the works with traffic management in place. Access will be maintained during construction but there may be a temporary disruption when the concrete has been poured. If any residents or road users wish to discuss the project further, please ring our Council’s customer services on 07 868 0200 or email customer.services@tcdc.govt.nz

Asphalt Concrete Road Resurfacing Postponed

road resurfacingThe road resurfacing programme that was planned to restart next week on Monday 9 May has been placed on hold due to unforeseen circumstances.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused and we will update you when we have a new start date.

Tuateawa Shoulder Repair Works

Tuateawa RoadMS Civil Construction has been awarded the contract for works to repair the road shoulder on Tuateawa Road, 500m south of the Little Bay Drive intersection. Works will begin Monday 23 May 2022 and are expected to take about six weeks.

The road will be under rolling closures from Monday to Friday, with the following times:

7.00am to 7.30am - OPEN 
7.30am to 11.30am - CLOSED 
11.30am to 12.00pm - OPEN 
12.00pm to 4.15pm - CLOSED 
4.15pm to 7.00am - OPEN 

These times will allow the bus to get through in the morning and afternoon. Emergency vehicles will be given priority if they need to get through the site. Access will be restricted for heavy vehicles. 

If any residents or road users wish to discuss the project further, please ring our Council’s customer services on 07 868 0200 or email customer.services@tcdc.govt.nz.

Whangamatā Cycleway 

Whangamatā CyclewayWorks are in the draft design stage for Whangamatā Cycleway after an onsite review to identify issues and provide robust concept designs for pricing the projects. Discussions have also taken place with Waka Kotahi on those sections of the Cycleway within the state highway. The design phase is expected to take till the end of June. Following this, we should have sufficient information for a submission either as a variation to the Annual Plan, or as a new item for consideration in the new three-year Long Term Plan cycle. 


Public Consultations and Council hearings

Draft Maritime Bylaw public consultation begins today 

We're rewriting our current Maritime Bylaw to streamline regulations for our district's wharves and boat ramps, and we'd like to hear your thoughts.

Draft Annual Plan

Our wharves and boat ramps are used by commercial fishing operations, recreational boaties, boat tours, people fishing and kids doing bombs off a wharf. 

Consultation on our draft Maritime Facilities Bylaw opens today on 6 May and runs until 10 June 

Go to tcdc.govt.nz/maritimefacilitiesbylaw  or to any of our Council service centres to have your say. 

Draft Tairua-Pāuanui Reserve Management Plan

Now is the time to have your say on the management of reserves within our Tairua-Pauanui Community Board area. 

Draft Tairua-Pāuanui RMPThe draft plan provides information about the management of individual reserves within the Tairua-Pāuanui Community Board area, and proposes to categorise reserves based on the natural values, cultural heritage and recreational use.

This will help to identify how the reserve can be used and outlines a clear management focus. 

If you use the parks and reserves in the Tairua-Pauanui Community Board area, we'd like to your thoughts and suggestions on the proposed plan before 8 June 2022.

You can find out more and make your submission online at tcdc.govt.nz/rmp.

Organic waste consultation update

We had a very high response to our survey on household organic waste (food scraps and garden clippings) collection, with nearly 800 responses. Thirty-one people requested to speak to our Council about their submission in the hearings this week.

Organic Waste The survey response will feed into decision-making on the next solid waste contract/s, which is being considered now. A report on the survey findings will be presented to our Council at its 28 June meeting when our Council will consider the solid waste contract/s (to run Kerbside rubbish and recycling collections and our Refuse Transfer Stations). At the August meeting our Council will decide on the contract/s. 

At its 3 May meeting our Council decided to proceed with the inclusion of Refuse Transfer Station operations as part of the solid waste contract process.


Meetings and Community Board updates

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Upcoming meetings

Agendas, minutes and recordings of all meetings are on our website at tcdc.govt.nz/meetings or watch the recordings on our YouTube channel here

Please note the Tairua-Pāuanui Community Board Meeting due to be held on 16 May has been cancelled this month due to lack of business on the agenda.