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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.

Whitianga's local voice, The Mercury Bay Informer provides a wide range of information and services to Mercury Bay residents and visitors, including community news, human interest stories, sport results, regular columns from a variety of local charities and community groups, useful information to tourists and visitors and regular and coming events. We also welcome contributions from readers, including guest articles, letters and photos.

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New toilet facility for Whitianga beach hot spot

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

A new toilet facility will be built at an increasingly popular swimming and picnic spot on Buffalo Beach Reserve in Whitianga.

More and more people are using Taputaputea Stream (also known as Mother Brown's Creek) on Buffalo Beach Rd, and the site is particularly popular with young families who swim at the stream during summer and groups using the BBQ and picnic facilities.

The Mercury Bay Community Board has approved development of a new toilet and changing facilities near the stream  to provide for the growing use of the area.

The board's chairperson Paul Kelly says the council has been speaking to the community about possible locations for a new toilet since late last year.

The majority of submissions were in support of this location.

"The site near the stream is considered to be the spot to best meet existing and future demand for users of Taputapuatea Stream and its barbeque area, and to limit visual impacts ... Read more

Do's and dont's for your blue rubbish bag

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Residents have been asking TCDC why they don’t collect official blue Council rubbish bags if they are hanging from trees or lamp posts, so they thought it was time for a friendly reminder about their Kerbside collection policy.

TCDC still require rubbish to be placed on the kerb for collection on the designated collection day for your area.

They've been receiving phone calls from residents who have been unhappy to find stickers on their rubbish bags that weren’t collected because they were hung in a tree.

TCDC say they recognise the reason for hanging the bags in trees is usually to prevent seagulls or dogs from ravaging the rubbish.

And in the past, the team at their solid waste contractor Smart Environmental has made an effort ... Read more

Chorus confirms Ultra-Fast Broadband schedule for the Coromandel

Friday, 16 March 2018

Coromandel communities now have more certainty as to when they can expect faster broadband to arrive to their homes and businesses.

Telecommunications company Chorus has today confirmed timings for its programme to roll out ultra-fast broadband fibre cable (UFB) across the country.

The UFB rollout began in Thames last year, but Chorus had not revealed timings for the other communities in our district.

The newly-announced completion dates for fourteen towns in Coromandel are outlined below. This includes  work as part of the UFB2+ extension, which affects eight towns in our district.

The Government's original UFB programme didn't apply to the Coromandel, but six communities were added under the second phase (UFB2).

Then, ... Read more

The Gathering 2018

Thursday, 15 March 2018

The Gathering of 700 Harley Davidson motorcycles and riders from around New Zealand in Whitianga for a  weekend of organised events, live bands, markets and comradeship proved so popular, they've booked to return in 2019.

This year's tour which was held last weekend had riders starting their day lined up at the Taylor's Mistake reserve. The Whitianga Sea Scouts held a bike wash as a fundraising opportunity for their new Scout Den and collected $6500. 

The bikes then headed to the Coroglen Tavern for lunch and an afternoon of fun games.

The Gathering organisers confirmed their return to Whitianga as a 3 day event of music, food, friends and riding for 2019 and plan to increase the numbers of entrants to 1500.

"This is a ... Read more

Top result for TCDC's building team

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

TCDC's building team has received top marks for the way they carry out their business in their latest building accreditation audit, having just had the country's accreditation body International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ) on site assessing their process for issuing building consents and making sure they meet the standards required as a registered Building Consent Authority (BCA).

IANZ had high praise for their team, who achieved the best result for a BCA since the new Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) rules were introduced in July 2017.

The auditors found TCDC had no serious non-compliances with the new standards. Just one general non-compliance was identified, but swiftly resolved on site.

The national average for ... Read more

Your money, your community, your future - have your say

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Take part in local democracy by giving TCDC feedback on their proposed Long Term Plan for the next 10 years. "Whether or not you agree or disagree about any of our projects and expenses in the plan - let us know what you think," says our Mayor Sandra Goudie.

TCDC today adopted the Consultation Document for the Long Term Plan 2018-2028 (LTP). Public consultation on the LTP opens on Friday 16 March and closes on Monday 16 April.

The LTP sets out project and spending priorities for the next 10 years and includes information on their financial position and the assumptions underlying the proposals.

The Consultation Document is your guide to the proposed LTP - it contains details including costs, timeframes and rating implications.

It can be ... Read more

Apply now for commercial concessions on our reserves

Friday, 9 March 2018

If you are looking to run a business on one of our parks and reserves, now is the time to get in touch with TCDC.

They are currently taking expressions of interest from people and businesses wanting to operate a concession on a public reserve.

Commercial concessions give you the right to exclusive use of part of one of our parks or reserves.

Businesses with concessions usually operate from mobile premises such as a coffee cart or a trailer-based bike or surfboard-hire shop.

Current concessions are due to expire, so it's time to send in an expression of interest if you want to keep operating your business in this way, or you want to start doing so.

To apply, email customer.services@tcdc.govt.nz or phone 07 868 0200 and ask ... Read more

Get your kids involved in Magical Parks Week 2018

Thursday, 8 March 2018

TCDC is proud to be part of Parks Week this year and have set up two magical parks at Rhodes Park in Thames and Mercury Bay Sports Park to celebrate.

"Magical Park is a geo augmented reality game like Pokemon Go that children can play on a smart phone using an app that you can download for free," says TCDC Parks and Reserves Manager Derek Thompson. "Children typically cover from 700 metres to 2km to play a 30-60 minute game."

Last year there were over 200 Magical parks in Australasia with over 24,063 visitations.

"Sadly, we were hit by storms during Parks Week in March last year and Rhodes Park was pretty muddy," says Mr Thompson. "However, we registered 55 visitors and those, both young and old, enjoyed the ... Read more

Coromandel property market will take a hit

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

The Coromandel property market will take a hit if Government plans to ban foreigners buying residential property goes ahead, says Coromandel MP, Scott Simpson.

“There are many overseas nationals who buy holiday homes here. They come and visit for several months each year and then head back to their home country.

“They have the means to enjoy a lifestyle that follows summers. The properties they buy here tend to be at the top end of the market.

“Labour’s plan to change the rules means they will no longer be able to buy. The pool of potential purchasers will reduce and so will property values.

“These overseas based people usually stay here for five or six months of the year. They contribute to our local economy. Often ... Read more

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