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Our weekly wrap-up: Community Service Awards, Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day and work in your area

23 September 2022

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

Community Service Awards

Our Mayor Sandra Goudie presented recipients of the Community Service Awards for the Coromandel-Colville Community (pictured above) and Mercury Bay Community at their Board meetings this week.

A huge congratulations to the unsung heroes who make our communities better places to live.


  • Peter Pritchard for six years of service to the Coromandel-Colville Community Board (CCCB) as Chair.
  • Jan Autumn for six years of service to the CCCB as Deputy Chair.
  • Meryl Johnston, for 40 years of dedicated voluntary service to the Coromandel-Colville community including the Colville Rural Women’s Association and Colville Fire Brigade.
  • Bob Hale – for 30+ years of service to the Coromandel Rugby Club as a dedicated coach, committee member and President. Bob was honoured with a haka by members of the Coromandel Rugby Club and the children of Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Harataunga also performed a haka in honour of the occasion.

Mercury Bay:

Bill Stead for his long involvement in the Hahei Residents and Ratepayers Association and the Grange Road Water Association, and his contributions to key/objectives in Hahei, including:

  • 2014 Great Walks project
  • Parking at Catherdral Cove
  • Parking strategy for Hahei
  • Lees Road Sealing
  • Hahei walking village
  • Wastewater reticulation
  • Grange Road Water supply

Outgoing Community Board members:

  • Bill McLean - first elected in 2013, and again in 2016 and 2019 and was Deputy Chair of the Board for two terms.
  • Jeremy Lomas - elected to the Board in 2019. Jeremy is overseas and joined the meeting via video link. Deputy Mayor Murray McLean accepted the award on his behalf.

Next week the Whangamatā, Thames and Tairua-Pāuanui Community Boards will host their ceremonies. For more information see

Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day - Monday 26 September 2022

Our Council Offices, District Libraries and Thames Centennial Pool will be closed. For urgent matters please call our 24/7 after hours service on 07 868 0200.

Kerbside collections will remain on the usual schedule of services for the week.

All Refuse Transfer Stations that are usually open on Mondays will be open on their usual operating hours. Pāuanui and Coromandel Town transfer stations are not usually open on a Monday, however they will be open from 8.30am – 2.30pm to accommodate the public holiday.

Hikuai River Bridge deck replacement - closures coming up

Waka Kotahi will close the Hikuai River Bridge on State Highway 25 between Tairua and the Pāuanui turn-off to all traffic for a series of nights in October and November while the bridge deck is replaced.

From Tuesday 25 October the bridge will be closed to all traffic from 8pm to 6am, Sunday to Thursday, for an expected period of up to four weeks. The bridge closure is necessary while Waka Kotahi carries out this essential and significant maintenance work.

During this time the bridge will be open to traffic during the day with temporary traffic management and a speed restriction of 10km/h in place.

Read more from Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency here.

Single use plastic ban

Our Council would like to remind businesses and shoppers in the district that from 1 October the government’s ban on providing, selling or manufacturing key hard-to-recycle and single use plastic products comes into force.

For more guidance, check out the Ministry for the Environment’s website here 

Plastic is one of our greatest environmental challenges. It regularly ends up as waste in our landfills, our moana and whenua.  

Shifting away from hard-to-recycle and single-use plastics will help reduce plastic waste, improve our recycling systems and protect our environment.  

Please note that plastic types 1, 2 and 5 are still being collected at kerbside household recycling and at Refuse Transfer Stations. Check for the number inside a triangle on the plastic product. 

Vote now

Voting packs have been posted to registered voters. We have many candidates for the local elections, now it's your turn.

Voting for our next Mayor, Councillors and Community Boards for the three-year term closes at noon on 8 October.

The full list of candidates and the profiles they provided are here.

Whitianga meet your candidates session - Sunday 25 September at 2pm in the Whitiainga Town Hall hosted by Mercury Bay Greypower and Whitianga Residents/Ratepayers Association.

If you’re not registered to vote, it’s not too late. Enrol at and contact our Council to request a special vote.

Own a property in the Coromandel but don’t live here? Complete the ratepayer voter enrolment form on our website AND contact our Council to ask for a special vote.

Voting closes at noon sharp on Saturday 8 October. Preliminary results will be posted on our website on Sunday. Final results will be announced between 14 and 19 October.

Go to or call 0800 922 822 for more information.

Keeping Thames library beautiful

Rain didn’t stop our Council staff members from taking part in Clean Up Week -  Aotearoa New Zealand's largest clean-up event - this week.

Armed with rubbish sacks and pick-up sticks, our Council volunteers from the Library, Parks and Services and Solid Waste teams gathered to tidy up the Thames Library and car park areas, with the help of Dash the Jack Russell.

Matarangi Drive tree removal

Three pine trees have been identified as dangerous and will be removed the first week of October (Monday 3 - Friday 7 October, weather permitting). Please adhere to traffic management.

Tairua RTS after-hours drop-off closed

From Tuesday 27 September work will take place on the fence at the Tairua Refuse Transfer Station which means we need to close the after-hours drop-off for the week while the work is taking place.

Macrocarpa Reserve

We've replanted the grass at Macrocarpa Reserve in Whitianga so please pay attention to the temporary fencing that will be up for 6-8 weeks and keep off the grass while it becomes established. There is limited parking on the side of the road next to the footpath. Please use alternative walkways to access the beach.

Pollen Street, Thames

The upgrade of underground infrastructure on Pollen Street and connecting side streets will be carried out on a staged basis.

The first workstream will be a survey of the road and underground services using ground penetrating radar in October and November 2022.

Funding for the project is provided in the 2021-2031 LTP in 2023-24 and 2024-25 – which means any physical work won’t start until after June 2023.

There will be stakeholder meetings well ahead of the construction so we can talk through the proposed work programme and how it will proceed – and we can get feedback and input. 

Royal Billy Point (Pāuanui)

Work has finished on creating an all-tide channel from the Pāuanui jetty out into the main channel. This work was done over six days which cut a channel to approximately 8m wide and 1m deep at low tide.

We are working with Waikato Regional Council's Harbour Master and Coast Guard to correctly place channel markers. As the current channel towards the Tairua bar remains shallow, the public are encouraged to use this new channel. Signage with aerial imagery will be put out to help with navigation.

Matarangi boat ramp

Dredging  is planned to start Tuesday 27 September (delayed due to poor weather conditions), and will take approximately five working days (weather permitting). The pontoon will not be accessible during this time and the reserve will also be inaccessible for 6-10 weeks while the grass is re-established. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Most of the dredged material will be used to raise the land in the reserve to improve drainage issues and to nourish the beach adjacent to the ramp if suitable. 

Meetings and Community Board updates

Coromandel-Colville Community Board

 Te Kouma Road Intersection: A further meeting is required with Waka Kotahi to resolve geotechnical concerns with the current design. Negotiations with private landowners are on hold until Waka Kotahi approves the design, and a Plan B option will be investigated if approval can’t be reached.

 Coromandel Town Bypass: The Roading Manager presented a progress report on the Coromandel Town Bypass. In response to feedback, the Board supported a request for our Council to:

  • Investigate alternative alignment options for the proposed design, to accommodate keeping the Rugby Club on its present site.
  • Provide a report on the potential costs of a redesign.

Mercury Bay Community Board

At its meeting on Wednesday, the Board resolved that design options, costs and funding for a walk/cycle bridge to bypass a section of Bluff Road that is prone to rockfall be explored in a business case that will then be presented to the new Community Board after the local elections. Bluff Road has been closed to vehicles for several years, with signs up warning of rockfall danger. The agenda report is here.

The Board approved the final design for Kaimarama Cemetery, view here.

The Board meeting agenda for the 21 September meeting is on our website at where you can also watch a video recording of the meeting.

Work on the new Whitianga Refuse Transfer Station site is progressing well, with the office building being built offsite and expected to be delivered in October along with the rubbish pit compactor. The two weighbridges and number-plate recognition system are on order and expected to be delivered in November. The new transfer station is expected to be open for business this coming summer and will include the Mercury Bay Resource Recovery Centre that will be named Wāhi Takurua, after a public competition. The name translates as ‘place to recycle’.

Next week, Whangamatā, Thames and the Tairua-Pāuanui Community Board will meet. You can read the agendas here. 

Please note: The Tairua-Pāuanui  meeting has been moved to Friday 30 September due to the Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day

What's on in the Coromandel?

Every year, on the first two weekends of October, nearly 40 artists from in and around Coromandel Town, open their studios for you to visit. Find  out more about the Coromandel Open Arts Tour here.

For more upcoming events go to

Closing soon:


Other news:

• Daylight saving starts on Sunday 25 September 2022.
• Nominations for Waikato Sport & Active Recreation Awards closing soon 
• Work with us - Job vacancies