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Update your dog rego details now and catch up on what happened at our meetings this week

13 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.

Meetings and Community Board updates

This week our Mercury Bay and Coromandel-Colville Community Board's met to discuss local projects.

Mercury Bay Community Board

The Board requested that a community consultation be held in Whitianga on two options that staff have identified for the course of a cycleway in the town. The staff report to the Board identified three options for a cycleway and the Board would like to hear from the community about options 1 and 2. Stay tuned to our Council channels for details of the consultation, which will be held soon, and how to provide your feedback.

The Board also approved a request for $4,110 from the Matarangi Ratepayers Association Inc to fund an archaeological survey of a substantial midden recently uncovered at Ōmara Spit, on private land occupied by the golf course. The spit, the walkway around it, dotterel breeding grounds and part of the golf course have been subject to considerable erosion recently and the ratepayers association is leading a community project to mitigate this. The funding will come from the Board’s Discretionary Budget. Read more on this here.

Coromandel-Colville Community Board

The Board supported a request for funding to weather-proof the Coromandel 200 Artwork on Whangarahi Reserve and for the Upper Coromandel Forest and Bird group to retain $3,000 of unused funds to plant the reserve above Torehina Bay. They also endorsed a rates remission of $1,027.16 for the Spirit of Coromandel Trust (Coromandel Bike Park).

The upgrade of the Te Kouma intersection is taking longer than expected, due to Waka Kotahi design requirements, and the likely completion date is June 2024.

Upcoming meetings:

  • Whangamatā Community Board - 10am, Tuesday 17 May
  • Thames Community Board - 9am, Wednesday 18 May

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.

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

Preparing for sea level rise 

Three more online meetings were held this week to update our communities in Kennedy Bay, Wharekaho (Simpsons Beach) and Cooks Beach on our Shoreline Management Plans (SMPs) to prepare for the impacts of sea level rise. 

Shoreline Management Plans

Residents and property owners provided insightful and valuable feedback on the project work that’s been done to date, and expressed a range of views around how their communities can best manage the expected hazards. 

The meetings were recorded and are available at 

Another round of in-person public meetings will be held in June to further update our communities on the project. The times and dates for these meetings will be finalised next week.

The SMP project is due to be completed in September 2022 and 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 communities in the short, medium and long term. This information will all be made available in an accessible online format. 

Dog registration reminder: Are your details correct?

Dog registration for the 22/23 year opens on Wednesday 1 June.

Now is the time to let us know if you have changed address or no longer require registration due to rehoming or farewelling your dog.

You can update us now by calling 07 868 0200 or email

A dog registration reminder letter will be sent to you in the coming weeks.

Find out more about dog registration here

Coromandel Food Collective workshop

Eric Pateman, one of the world’s leading consultants and strategists on culinary tourism, led a Coromandel food workshop this week, as part of a shared initiative between our Council and Auckland Council's Economic Development arms.


The purpose of the workshop was to bring together Coromandel food producers and providers to improve collaboration and networking between the local food, hospitality and tourism sector businesses and start to devise an action plan for food tourism opportunities.

This is part of our Council’s work in developing the Coromandel Food Collective. Find out more here.

Emergency Mobile Alert test next weekend


To make sure the system is working well, a nationwide test of the Emergency Mobile Alert system is happening between 6-7pm on Sunday 22 May.

An alert will be broadcast to all capable phones. Find out more at

For more information about steps you can take to be prepared see our Emergency Management Unit page here.

The Coromandel Town Bypass Consultation starts Monday

Starting Monday 16 May, our Council wants to hear what you think about our proposal to build a new road that will circumvent the centre of Coromandel Town.

Our research shows the need for a route to bypass the town centre to reduce delays and improve resilience and safety, particularly during the peak summer season. The proposed route crosses Council-owned land between SH25 and Woollams Ave instead of the original design which passed through land in private ownership and across prime developable land.

The Coromandel Town Bypass Consultation runs from Monday 16 May through to Monday 13 June 2022 and will be available from Monday on our Have Your Say page here. 

Farewell Tomo Baggs

A well-known and respected kaumātua of Pare Hauraki, Tomo Baggs sadly passed away this week.

Tomo was involved in the Hauraki claims and many Hauraki capacity building initiatives. He was from many iwi of Hauraki, all of the Marutūāhu Confederation, and was very prominent amongst Ngāti Tamaterā, Ngāti Hako, and Ngāti Paoa. His daughter, Herearoha Skipper, is a representative of Ngāti Tamaterā and Ngāti Paoa.

A tangihanga took place at Ngāti Hako to Tirohia Marae, and he was buried on Wednesday in Kerepehi.

Works in your area

Whitianga water meters project

Water metersOver 3200 water meters have been installed. Veolia and their subcontractor Hydracare Ltd continue with enabling works and meter installation for the remaining properties are planned to be completed by 30 June 2022. 

 To find out more see

Tuateawa shoulder repair work

On Monday 23 May the road shoulder on Tuateawa Road, 500m south of the Little Bay Drive intersection, will begin to be repaired.

This is estimated to take six weeks with rolling road 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 allow the school bus to get through and emergency vehicles will be given priority, however access will be restricted for heavy vehicles. 

Kerb and channel construction project, Ocean Beach Rd, Tairua  

Please follow the traffic management in place while Storms Contracting continue working between 7am-6pm, Monday to Friday and possibly on Saturdays from 7.30am-1pm.

Albert Street, Thames road closure

On Wednesday 25 May the upper section of Albert Street will be closed between 9am-3pm while NPE Tech and Downer install underground cables, streetlight poles and possum guards.

If any residents or road users wish to discuss one of the projects above further, please ring our Council’s customer services on 07 868 0200 or email

You can also view roading activities programmed for the week here.

Join us for the Pāuanui Plantathon  

Pāuanui Plantathon

We are excited to be planting about 10,000 native dune plants to help restore the dune health at the southern end of Pāuanui beach on Saturday 14 May.

Meet us at beach access #10 (in between Champion Place and Bonanza Place) for a briefing at 9am with planting to follow.

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

Check out the Facebook event here and head to for more information. 

Draft Maritime Bylaw public consultation 

Draft Tairua-Pāuanui Reserve Management Plan

What's on in The Coromandel

The Thames Music Group are thrilled to be holding their first concert in over nine months on Sunday 15 May at 2pm, hosting one of New Zealand’s finest chamber music groups - The Aroha String Quartet. Find out more including what else is happening in the Coromandel here.