Latest News & Public Notices

Call out for operators for our Information Centres and other work happening in your neighbourhood

16 July 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:

  • Call out for operators for our Information Centres
  • Tairua-Pauanui Community Board by-election - last week to get your votes in
  • Recreation proposals for Whitianga’s ‘Sherriff Block’ – Have Your Say
  • SH25A, the Kōpū-Hikuai Road, will be closed on Monday 19 July
  • Other work happening in your neighbourhood
  • Pepe Stream, Tairua bridge replacement
  • Community Board Grants - get your applications in
  • Expression of Interest for commercial activity on a Council Reserve – Mercury Bay Ward only
  • More coastal restoration planting days coming up 
  • Meeting highlights and upcoming meetings
  • It’s time to RED-gister your dog
  • Applications now open for Mentees for pARTner Up 2021/2022
  • Deadline extended for 2021 Hauraki Coromandel
  • Get your entry in for the 2021 Beautiful Awards
  • What's on in the Coromandel?

If you missed last Friday’s Council news wrap-up, read it here. 

Call out for operators for our Information Centres

(Pictured above: Thames Information Centre)

We're calling for Expressions of Interest in running the information centres in Whangamatā, Thames and Whitianga.

The contract will run from 1 October this year until 30 June 2024, with our Council providing a set amount of funding through a Service Level Agreement.

Expressions of Interest close 5pm, Friday 27 August 2021.

If you want to chat to us about options or have some other ideas of how to offer the service, please contact Kirstin Richmond 07 868 0200, or email

Tairua-Pauanui Community Board by-election - last week to get your votes in

Next week is the last week to get your votes in for the Tairua-Pauanui Community Board by-election. 

Voting documents were sent out on 1 July and if you haven't received yours please contact our Electoral Office on 0800 922 822.

All votes must be received by the electoral officer or an electoral official by Friday 23 July 2021.

Voting documents can be returned by post or hand-delivered to Tairua Library, 2 Manaia Road, Tairua. Make sure you post your completed voting documents by no later than 5pm today, Friday 16 July, to make sure they are received on time.

If you own a property in the Tairua-Pauanui Community Board area but don’t normally live there, you may be eligible to vote as a ratepayer elector.

For more information please contact: the Electoral Office, Thames-Coromandel District Council, telephone 0800 922 822, or visit

Recreation proposals for Whitianga’s ‘Sherriff Block’ – Have Your Say

(Pictured above: the proposed development plan for Whitianga's 'Sherriff Block')

Click here to view a larger version of the image

A section of Council-owned land at 90 Moewai Road in Whitianga known as the ‘Sherriff Block’ is being developed, largely for recreation purposes, and we’d like to know what you think of our proposals.

There is potential for equestrian use, a speedway, a motorcross facility, concert venue, an outdoor entertainment area (for circuses, markets, fairs, festivals, competitions and more), walkways, stormwater management/wetlands area, water-based sports, and an extension to the adjacent airfield.

See the proposed concept plan above for an idea of what the layout could look like.

Existing users of the land, including the Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust and the Whitianga Scouts, would remain. Recent changes to government funding and location arrangements for rescue helicopter services don’t affect our Council’s lease arrangement with the Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust.

Our Council and Greenstone Entertainment Ltd have agreed a Licence to Occupy for a venue on the Sherriff Block for the Whitianga Summer Concert, which is held annually on Auckland Anniversary weekend. This would form part of the development.

An access road is included along the western boundary of the site where it borders the wastewater treatment plant.

Work to implement the finalised plan would take place over a 10-year period.

Feedback on the proposals should be emailed to before 5pm on Friday 30 July 2021.

SH25A, Kōpū-Hikuai Road, closure

Following a serious crash this week on SH25A, the Kōpū-Hikuai Road, Waka Kotahi/NZTA will close the road on Monday 19 July so it can be cleared. 

The road will be fully closed from the intersection with SH26/25 at Kōpū to the intersection with SH25 just south of Hikuai. The closure will take place from 10am to 4pm. 

If you are planning to travel this way on Monday, we suggest you delay your travels or find another route. 

Plan your journey with Waka Kotahi/NZTA's journey planner

Other work happening in your neighbourhood

Royal Billy Point wharf and boat ramp dredging works (pictured above) - Our Council has been given approval by Waikato Regional Council (WRC) to dredge the channel from the boat ramp out to the main channel from Monday 19 July to Friday 23 July. Approximately 770 cubic meters of sand will be removed from the current shallow channel and nourished along Royal Billy Point and the shoreline south-west of the jetty.

We ask the public to avoid the boat ramp if possible and be aware of the vehicles moving sand along the reserve south-west of the boat ramp during this period. Health and safety measures will be put in place just prior to the works beginning to alert the public while the works are being completed. 

Tairua - Manaia Rd shoreline nourishment – Our Council has also applied for WRC approval to nourish the shoreline along Manaia Rd using suitably clean sand dredged from the Tairua Channel. This work is proposed to be done between Tuesday 20 and Friday 23 July. Access by large trucks will be through Hapenui Reserve and the reserve entrance opposite Tokoroa Road.

There will be approximately 400 cubic meters of sand placed on the shoreline at 59 and 75 Manaia Rd and at 17 and 21 Manaia Rd to enhance both the beach amenity and provide short-medium term protection against storm erosion.

Road closure underway to repair the dropout on Colville Road, north of Coromandel Town - Work to repair a dropout on Colville Road began this week and is expected to take seven weeks to complete (weather dependent).

Works are going well, ground conditions are better than expected and our Council's contractor is ahead of programme.

To complete the repairs in a safe and timely manner, the road will be closed throughout the day to allow our contractors to complete the repairs.

Set times:

  • 7am to 8am – road closed
  • 8am to 8.30am - road open
  • 8:30 am – 12:30pm – road closed
  • 12.30pm to 1pm - road open
  • 1pm – 3:15pm – road closed
  • 3.15pm to 3.45pm - road open
  • 3:45pm – 5pm – road closed
  • After 5pm through to 7am the next morning – road open

The road closures will only be in place during weekdays (Monday – Friday) from Monday 12 July. A contingency plan is in place to allow emergency vehicles through if needed.

Our Council and our roading contractor Pinnacles Civil apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and every effort will be made to restore the road to two full lanes as soon as possible.

Vernon Street, Thames, road closure - The road will be closed next week to allow our Council's contractors to replace a damaged stormwater line and catch pit.

The closure will take place across two days - Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 July. The road will be closed from 7.30am to 5pm.

Residents will still have access throughout the closure but are asked to follow the directions of onsite traffic controllers.

The work is weather dependent and should it be delayed, we will let you know. We apologise for the inconvenience and will endeavour to have the road open again as soon as the works are completed.

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

Clean up works following the May storm (pictured right) - The majority of all storm recovery work has been completed. This includes reshaping and some realigning of beach accessways at Pauanui, Whangamatā and Buffalo Beach. Storm debris has been removed from Wharekaho and Brophy’s Beach reserve has largely been completed. Remaining work includes reinstatement of several geotextile bags and some sections of the hoggin path.

This week, contractors begun the removal of fallen trees at Matarangi Spit. Buffalo Beach toilet block wall repairs and repairs to the Purangi pontoon are to be completed within the next two weeks.

Water meters project, Whitianga - Tenders are open for contractors wanting to be involved in the supply and installation of water meters in Whitianga. The open tender is for the supply and installation of approximately 4000 mechanical meters with a smart meter add-on.

The smart meter add-on will enable an automatic meter reading (AMR) system, which allows meter readers to collect data from the road, rather than having to go on-site.

Tenders will close at 4pm on Wednesday 4 August. The tenders are being advertised on TenderLink and GETS. For more information read our latest press release here or visit

Pepe Stream, Tairua bridge replacement

(Pepe Stream, Tairua bridge pictured above)

Waka Kotahi/NZ Transport Agency wants to hear from you as they look at replacement options for Pepe Stream Bridge.

You can take part in this process by clicking here.

We encourage you to please forward the link to family and friends who use the bridge. Waka Kotahi wants to hear from as many people as possible.

Please submit your feedback before Sunday 18 July.

Community Board Grants - get your applications in

Applications for our Community Board Grants close Saturday 31 July. Make sure you get your applications in so that you don't miss out.

If you're part of an organisation that provides a community service, activity or event that is not-for-profit, you could be eligible for one of our Community Board grants. 

Each Community Board area has a contestable grants pool to encourage and support not-for-profit organisations that have a positive impact on the community. The grants help local organisations pay for specific projects or the maintenance of facilities that benefit our communities.

Event sponsorship funding applications for all Community Board areas are also to be submitted through this Community Board grant programme.

For the full criteria and application form, check out

Expressions of Interest for commercial activity on a Council reserve – Mercury Bay Ward only

We’re currently accepting Expressions of Interest from businesses or individuals who would like to obtain a licence to operate a commercial activity on or over a Council reserve in the Mercury Bay Ward.

Expressions of interest will close at 4pm Thursday 22 July. Late applications will not be accepted.

The licence to operate will run from the date of a successful application to 30 June 2022.

During this period current commercial operators can continue to operate under the conditions of their licence, and do not need to reapply.

The Expression of Interest Application form can be downloaded here, on the top right-hand side of the page. Please ensure applications are completed correctly and all required information is supplied.

Expressions of Interest will close at 4pm Thursday 22 July 2021. 

The Expression of Interest and Application Form with all supporting information can be mailed to:

  • Expressions of Interest – Mobile Commercial Activity on a Council Reserve
  • Thames-Coromandel District Council
  • Private Bag
  • Thames                                                                    

Or alternatively, email to: Any queries please call Customer Services on 07 868 0200.

More coastal restoration planting days coming up

(Pictured above - Coastcare planting day in June at Opito Bay)

The Coastcare planting season has started off with plenty of community involvement. We have more planting days coming up.

Upcoming dates and locations:

  • Buffalo Beach – Saturday 7 August, 9am-11am
    followed by a sausage sizzle (supported by the 5th Wheelers Group). 

Once the community planting days for other areas are confirmed we will post them to

Everyone is welcome to help out. Please contact our Council's Coastal Restoration Coordinator Tanya Patrick for more information or keep an eye out on the Coastcare Waikato Facebook page for event dates.

Upcoming meetings

Upcoming meetings:

  • Council meeting on Tuesday 3 August at 9am, Council Chambers, Thames. 

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.

It's time to RED-gister your dog

You have until 31 July to renew your dog's registration before the late penalty fee applies from 1 August.

The tag’s colour for the year is red, so please RED-gister your dogs.

If your furry friend has recently passed away or your details have changed, please advise us by filling out a Dog Maintenance Form. New dog owners can also now fill out the forms online.

You can renew your dog's registration online at

Or, you can pay at one of our offices: bring your completed and signed renewal form with you for over-the-counter payments.

For more information on dog registration, how to update your details and fees see:

Applications now open for Mentees for pARTner Up 2021/2022

Last year He Mana Toi Moehau Trust/Creative Coromandel created and successfully ran the first-ever artist mentoring programme for the Coromandel Peninsula and Hauraki rohe, called
pARTner Up.

pARTner Up connects creatives in mentor-mentee relationships that propel artists to build confidence, thrive and flourish with their art at the centre of their success.

Applications are now open for local creatives interested in being a mentee in pARTner Up 2021/2022.

pARTner Up is a six-month programme, starting at the beginning of August 2021 - mid April 2022, with a break over December and January, the programme costs mentees $500 to participate, payment options are available. 

Click here to read the full criteria, learn more about the pARTner Up programme and to download an application form.

Applications close Sunday 18 July, 5pm. Send your completed application to or mail it to 43 Park Lane, Whitianga 3510.

If you have any questions about pARTner please contact Heather Watt, Mentee Coordinator on or 027 3888 007.

Deadline extended for 2021 Hauraki Coromandel Business Awards

Businesses entering the Hauraki Coromandel Business Awards have more time to get their entries in now the deadline has been pushed out to Saturday 31 July. 

There are seven categories that businesses can enter:

  • Emerging Business
  • Hospitality
  • Manufacturing & Trade
  • Professional Services
  • Retail, Rural & Primary Industries
  • Tourism 

Entry forms can be downloaded from

For more information visit our website or email

Enter your environmental initiative in the 2021 Beautiful Awards

We all know how beautiful the Coromandel is – now’s the chance to remind the rest of the country by entering the national Beautiful Awards.

Projects, campaigns and initiatives which have been completed between 1 August 2020 and 4 August 2021, unless otherwise stipulated in the outlined criteria, are eligible to enter. This year entries are open until Wednesday 4 August 2021. Finalists will be announced on Friday 13 August 2021 and the winners will be celebrated on Thursday 28 October 2021 at The Domes, Auckland Zoo.

For more information and to apply visit or if you have any questions please email

What's on in the Coromandel? 

For events in the Coromandel over the coming weeks, visit