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The Mercury Bay Informer is a Whitianga based print and online community newspaper, publishing the latest news and events for the Coromandel Peninsula's wider Mercury Bay area, including Whitianga, Pauanui and Tairua.

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Kerbside rubbish and recycling schedule changes

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

TCDC's kerbside rubbish and recycling collections have now moved to the non-summer schedule, with one rubbish pick-up per property every week and recycling collected fortnightly.

This week is Week 1 in the fortnightly recycling collection, so if the address label near the top of your wheelie bin says "Tue 1", put out your bin and your crate for glass this week. Next week is Week 2.

The non-summer schedule runs until the week before Christmas. Download the schedule for your area  from www.tcdc.govt.nz/kerbside.

Please put your rubbish in official TCDC blue bags, available from any dairy or supermarket.

Glass will be collected in any council-issued crates. This is because they all use a similar design which the runners can clip to the side of the trucks and have both hands free to sort the glass.

Glass left in non-council crates will not be collected. If you need an extra crate they cost only $15 from any of ... Read more

TCDC's stance on animal pest control methods

Monday, 12 February 2018

Where possible, the use of trapping, hunting and using non-residual poisons to manage animal pest control in our District is a strategy our Council continues to advocate to central government.

"This is a stance our Council has taken since 2009, and it has not changed," says Thames-Coromandel District Mayor Sandra Goudie.

In December last year TCDC was presented with several petitions calling for stopping aerial 1080 drops as a form of pest control used by the Department of Conservation (DOC) and the Waikato Regional Council (WRC). The are equally other parts of the Coromandel community, including prominent conservationists and conservation organisations, that support aerial poisoning as an important conservation tool for pest control.
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Beachgoers warned not to touch puffer fish

Friday, 9 February 2018

Dog owners are being warned about taking their pets on Whangamata and Whitianga beaches after a number of dead pufferfish were found washed up today.

"We advise people and pets to keep a safe distance and not touch the fish as they could potentially have a neurotoxin in their skin and intestine and they have sharp spines," says Brian Taylor our Compliance and Licencing Manager.

TCDC's Environmental Health team have found a number of the fish at Whangamata and Whitianga beaches, which they have since removed and taken for testing.

"As it will be several weeks until we get results on whether these pufferfish are poisonous, we are putting out a precautionary message to the public now to play it safe," says Mr Taylor.

"As ... Read more

Mangrove Management Bill open for public submissions

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

TCDC has put in a submission in support of the Thames-Coromandel and Hauraki District Council Mangrove Management Bill.

The submission supports the bill in its entirety, stating that the current regime is not working because it is time-consuming, costly, divisive and has damaged relationships between communities and local authorities. 

The bill, which would allow communities in the District and Hauraki District, to draft their own mangrove management plans is before a Parliamentary Select Committee and you can put in a submission on it.

The bill is in the name of Coromandel MP Hon Scott Simpson and is proposed to be the tool to provide for a community-based process, allowing both councils to implement a plan that reduces mangrove growth to acceptable ... Read more

Former All Black captain, Richie McCaw to compete in Coromandel adventure race this weekend

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Former All Black captain, Richie McCaw in action in a previous adventure race. Photo by Godzone.

Former All Black Captain, Richie McCaw has size, strength, a cool head, quick hands and a soft spot for charitable causes.

No better man than this to navigate the Coromandel Peninsula’s gorges, rivers, harbours and rhyolitic domes that exploded form calderas millions of years ago, in the ARC Adventure Race that will take place this Saturday.

Organised by the Spirit of Coromandel Trust - Keith and Rita Stephenson and Andy Reid - the ARC Adventure Race is a trailblazer for having pushed the extremely adventurous to their limits longer than any other race in the country.

With sights set on a charitable goal of providing an outdoor pursuits centre for Coromandel youth, the event is in its 18th year and features a different course each time. Competitors ... Read more

TCDC adopts revised climate change assumption for Long Term Plan

Monday, 5 February 2018

(Graph: Ministry for the Environment sea-level rise projection scenarios)

A potential sea-level rise of up to 1.88m by 2150 will be taken into account for all major infrastructure projects proposed as part of TCDC's 2018-2028 Long Term Plan (LTP).

At its meeting last week, TCDC approved revised government guidelines based on forecasting assumptions the Ministry for the Environment published in December 2017.

The document, Coastal Hazards and Climate Change Guidance for Local Government 2017, is available from the Ministry for the Environment website.

"Central government needs to take the lead and set the direction, including providing mechanisms to help local governments financially," says Mayor Sandra Goudie.

"So much of this type of risk is directed and controlled through a national ... Read more

Matarangi ratepayers overwhelmingly in favour of The Dunes Golf Course being designated "Open Space"

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Matarangi ratepayers voted overwhelmingly at the Matarangi Ratepayers Association Incorporated (MRAI) AGM that was held on Monday this week (29 January) to support the MRAI’s position that the Dunes Golf Course in Matarangi should be designated as “Open Space” in the new Thames Coromandel District Council District Plan.

The MRAI’s position corresponds with the decision version of the new District Plan that was released last year.

Golf (2012) Limited, the owner of The Dunes Golf Course, has appealed the Open Space designation to the Environment Court. The company says in their appeal that the designation will mean that the golf course is incapable of what is termed “reasonable use” in section 85 of the Resource Management ... Read more

Whitianga Police Report for Monday 22nd January to Monday 29th January, 2018

Tuesday, 30 January 2018


We have had a pretty busy week with domestic incidents this week with more than 10 couples arguing about their relationships to the extent that police attended.

Most were after the Summer Concert on Sunday night and all these involved excess alcohol consumption, thankfully none involved serious violence.

Most people seemed to enjoy the concert with only three men asked to leave due to intoxication levels.

We have had a couple of instances recently where criminals have advertised “Cheap Fishing Gear” on Facebook for sale that have resulted in the purchase of stolen property or money being paid without items being forwarded.

If it is too good to be true, make thorough enquiries to establish who you are buying from and ... Read more

Sandbags for our vulnerable communities

Friday, 26 January 2018

TCDC have distributed approximately 10,000 sandbags to coastal communities around the district ahead of potential coastal flooding ahead of king tides which are forecast between 1-5 February.

They received a number of enquiries from residents on the Thames Coast regarding the availability of sandbags after the 5 January storm tide.

At this stage the wind direction for early February is forecast to be north to north-east, which means that some of the vulnerable properties on the Eastern Seaboard may also like to collect bags just in case.

"We have identified vulnerable areas to be properties close to the coastline and particularly those who were recently affected by the January king tide weather event," says our Civil Defence Controller, Garry ... Read more

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