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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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Thames-Coromandel District Broadband Data Consumption Soaring

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Thames-Coromandel District households are consuming 30% more broadband data than last year, an increase driven by surging demand for streaming services such as Netflix, according to new statistics from Chorus.

The average Thames-Coromandel District home used 86GB of broadband data on Chorus’* copper and fibre networks in April 2017 compared to 66GB in April 2016.

“Typically, homes now have several connected devices at any one time, so we’re all using far more data and many of us are demanding faster and more reliable broadband speeds,” says Chorus network strategy manager Kurt Rodgers.

On an average day in Thames-Coromandel District, data usage on the Chorus network is at its lowest at 5am and begins to rise between 6am and 8:30am. Usage remains consistent during the day and jumps sharply from 3:30pm.

“It is unlikely to be a coincidence that it’s the same time certain data-hungry members of the family ... Read more


Tairua School students win Best Community Action Project

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

THEIR efforts to help their community take action against marine pollution have earned two Tairua School

students the chance to snorkel the infamous Poor Knights Islands, one of the best diving sites in the

world.

Inspired by the Experiencing Marine Reserves education, snorkel and action programme, 11-year- old

Emily Ryan and her classmates Natasha Woolley and Sarah Ellis decided to take action to improve the

water quality around our coast. By presenting their idea to Thames Coromandel District Council, the girls

were given the go-ahead to roll out and promote the Yellow Fish Campaign across the town. This

involves spraying yellow fish next to the stormwater drains.

“The aim is to highlight the ... Read more


Online dog registration is coming

Friday, 19 May 2017

If you have a dog registered in the Thames Coromandel district, you will soon be able to renew your registration online.

The annual fees and charges scheduling is coming up in June, which means dog registrations are not far away.

To make things easier this year, TCDC is moving to an online payment system for dog renewal registrations with options to pay either bank to bank or by credit card.

Online renewal eliminates the need to fill in a dog maintenance form and your tag will be mailed out to you. This online service will be available from early July this year.

To avoid sending renewal notices for dogs that are deceased or have transferred ownership, TCDC is asking that dog owners update their dog’s details. 

Call ... Read more


Have Your Say on the TCDC Proposed Advertising and Signs Bylaw

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Public consultation TCDC's proposed Advertising and Signs Bylaw opens today and runs until 19 June.

The previous bylaw controlling advertising was revoked in 2014 while the District Plan was being reviewed. Now that a new District Plan has been adopted, TCDC have drafted this bylaw to ensure that advertising signs do not present a hazard, obstruction or danger to public safety.

The proposed bylaw would help Council regulate advertising and signs by nature of their placement, size, content, and type in different zones of our district.

The content of signs can't breach the Human Rights Act by being discriminatory or advocating discrimination and they can't incite or counsel anyone to commit an offence.

The proposed bylaw recognises the ... Read more


Searching TCDC District Plan made easy

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

TCDC now have an easy way to search their new District Plan and obtain property specific planning information using an address or a zone as a starting point - it's called Line of Enquiry.

"It's exciting to see the Line of Enquiry running off the new District Plan - it customises planning information for individual properties and projects," says our District Plan Manager Leigh Robcke.

It's accessible through the District Plan Portal, available on the main District Plan page on the TCDC website.

When you've found your property or zone on Line of Enquiry, through the simple search function, the relevant District Plan rules are extracted and provided in a printable document. This includes, for example, rules for building a house, ... Read more


A former TCDC Chief Executive launches one stop shop for freedom campers

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

First hand experience dealing with the significant challenge posed by illegal freedom camping has prompted a former Thames-Coromandel Chief Executive to provide expertise to organisations nationwide. 

Former TCDC Chief Executive David Hammond says with some 60,000 freedom campers travelling the country annually, freedom camping is both a sizable challenge, and an enormous opportunity.

He has teamed up with the former head of the Thames-Coromandel district’s Compliance team Steve Hart to launch services for managing freedom camping in New Zealand, including Bylaw review and development, the delivery of training programmes to Council’s compliance teams, strategic planning and advice on recovery of fines among a range of services.

“Many ... Read more


Proposed regional council rates rise stays under 3 per cent

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Waikato regional councillors have today kept the proposed rate rise for current ratepayers at under three per cent for the 2017-18 annual plan following consideration of new information from staff on cost increases.

The rate of increase proposed is 2.9 per cent compared to an earlier suggested annual plan figure of 2.6 per cent made public in February. It is due to be formally adopted next month.

The 2.9 per cent enables the maintenance of essential services and accommodates new cost pressures, particularly for increased depreciation in flood protection assets as a result of asset revaluation increases, chairman Alan Livingston said after the council meeting.

“Councillors worked hard to keep the overall rate of increase at a reasonable level. ... Read more


Calling all Coromandel-based food producers and establishments

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Coromandel-based food producers and establishments are being offered the sought-after opportunity to showcase their fare at the biggest food show in the country in late July.

TCDC will once again set up its hugely popular Coromandel Food Collective ‘Beach House’ stand at the Food Show in Auckland and their Communications and Marketing Manager, Laurna White, says it’s not too late to be involved.

An impressive roster of top celebrity chefs front up to big audiences at The Food Show and cook signature recipes 'live'. As well as media, potential business investors and people from the hospitality and food industry, tens of thousands of the general public flock to the Food Show, with many passing through our beach house stand last year to get a ... Read more


First Hauraki-Coromandel Business Awards being launched

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Celebrating excellence in business - that's the aim of the new Hauraki - Coromandel Business Awards taking place in September.

The Hauraki and Thames-Coromandel Mayors, John Tregidga and Sandra Goudie, are very excited about the prospect of the awards, and even though there is still a lot of planning to do, they see this as a great oportunity for both districts to work together.

The districts have a combined tourism awards, so it is a no-brainer that business awards is added to the mix.

The awards are the first step to creating a business hub in both districts, providing start-ups and established business resources to help them grow.

What you need to know about the awards

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A ... Read more


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