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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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Latest Features 

Common water supply problems and simple remedies

Thursday, 14 December 2017

There have been a number of water shutdowns today across the District, here are some tips if you are experiencing issues with your water supply:

Water is a dirty brown or black colour

The experience of “dirty water” is due to the presence of very minute amounts of soluble compounds of iron and manganese that gradually build up as a coating on the pipe wall.  When the normal flow of water is disrupted for any reason – such as during a maintenance shutdown, a sudden break in the pipeline, or use of the street fire hydrant - the iron and manganese is re-suspended in the water, causing a brown discoloration.

The water is still completely safe even though its appearance might suggest otherwise.

Usually the discoloration will gradually clear of its own accord, but in severe instances our contractors may need to assist residents by flushing the mains in the street to restore clear ... Read more

Whitianga Police Report for Monday 4th to Monday 11th November, 2017

Tuesday, 12 December 2017


A 25yr old man tragically drowned at Crayfish Bay, Opito on the 9th and our sympathy is offered to his family.

Please stay within your ability whether it be in the water or playing one of adventure sports and stay safe this summer.

We have had another incident of disorder on Blacksmith Lane after the licensed premises closed and participants in this type of disorder can expect to explain their actions to a judge if the behaviour continues.

Council boat ramp signs and the honesty box were ripped out at Cooks Beach over the weekend and any identified offenders will be prosecuted.


No arrests this week.


Three domestic incidents attended this week.

On the 7th an adult man ... Read more

TCDC District Plan appeals - good outcomes for appellants

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

According to TCDC, the majority of the 72 appeals submitted to the Proposed District Plan have been resolved, either fully or partially, with agreements reached between many of the appellants and Council.

The Environment Court has issued Consent Orders that have fully settled 31 appeals, with 19 other appeals resolved in part. Some appeal resolutions are partial because appellants are involved in a number of topics.

The Court has directed a number of appeal topics to be set down for a hearing and the parties to these appeals are exchanging evidence with hearings expected to begin in May 2018.

The Proposed District Plan manages land use in the district, including subdivisions, and it contains controls on special features that should be ... Read more

Water savings campaign launches ahead of hot, dry summer forecast.

Friday, 8 December 2017

We could be in for a long, hot, dry summer so TCDC are starting out now with early water conservation messages.

From this weekend they've started a radio campaign on Coromandel More FM about ways to save on water, and you'll also notice some water conservation signage going up over the next few days in places where they often need to put in sprinkler and hose restrictions like Tairua, Pauanui and Whangamata.

Currently there are no water restrictions in place, but Council are seeing quite high usage in several of the Eastern Seaboard supplies like Whangamata, as visitors and holiday-makers start to arrive.

Council is asking everyone to think about water use and not waste it. If water restrictions need to be introduced they'll be ... Read more

Popular Cathedral Cove park and ride shuttle returns for summer

Thursday, 7 December 2017

The popular Cathedral Cove park and ride shuttle will be operating over the busy 2017/18 summer holiday season, along with longer opening hours at the Hahei Village Entrance car park.

TCDC has joined with Go Kiwi again this summer to provide the park and ride and shuttle bus services, through the peak holiday period. Last summer they carried more than 29000 people up the hill from the Hahei Village Entrance car park to the start of the Cathedral Cove walking track.

The Park and Ride shuttle service is now operating daily until the end of Easter, with some possible exceptions on days when the weather is inclement.

The regular peak summer period service starts on Wednesday 27 December 2017 and runs every day from 9:30am - 6:00pm, until Tuesday 6 ... Read more

Stage 2 of Havelock North drinking water inquiry and impact on the Coromandel

Thursday, 7 December 2017

The release of Stage 2 of an inquiry into Havelock North's drinking water contamination has been released and will continue to have ramifications for TCDC to spend more on compliance, monitoring and infrastructure, which will be a cost to ratepayers.

The Government inquiry was sparked by the 2016 Havelock North gastro outbreak, which has been linked to four deaths, and calls for a major overhaul of water supplies, including mandatory treatment.

"The Government is now asking Councils like ours to check the water we're supplying to our residents, meets the 2005 (2008) Drinking Water Standards," says our Mayor Sandra Goudie.

"The fact is some of our treatment plants and distribution zones didn't reach overall compliance for a ... Read more

New signage standards now in effect for the Coromandel

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

TCDC's new Advertising and Signs Bylaw is now in force and it contains some provisions about the placement, size, content and type of advertising and signs which many businesses and community organisations will be interested in.

After a public consultation in May and June this year, Council adopted the bylaw in September and it took effect from 1 December.

The bylaw was written to ensure that advertising signs do not present a hazard, obstruction or danger to public safety.

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

The bylaw applies to all publicly visible signs, regardless of purpose.
The bylaw recognises the need to advertise businesses and promote commerce, activities and events and balances this with the need to ... Read more

Temporary roundabouts to be installed in Paeroa and Kopu for busy summer season

Monday, 4 December 2017

The NZ Transport Agency is trialling a new approach to reduce holiday traffic congestion in Paeroa and Kopu.

Temporary roundabouts are to be installed this week at the intersections of State Highway 2 and State Highway 26 at Paeroa and State Highway 26 and State Highway 25A at Kopu.

NZTA Transport System Manager, Karen Boyt, says the aim of the trial is to see if the temporary roundabouts reduce delays over the summer period.

“The trial will be monitored during peak times and if the roundabouts do not improve the situation for road users they can be removed,” Ms Boyt says.

Plan ahead, avoid delays and stay safe on our roads is the message from the NZ Transport Agency, this summer.

“Planning ahead and knowing what is ... Read more

Population increase and more visitors boost Coromandel economy

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Retail spending was up 8.3 percent in our district over the year to September, driven by a rise in the population and by increasing visitor numbers.

The lastest Quarterly Economic Monitor from independent economic analysis firm Infometrics says the Coromandel economy expanded at a healthy rate over the winter - 3.3 percent GDP growth for the September year, higher than the national average of 2.5 percent . Our district's Gross Domestic Product, or GDP, rose to $1.036B as of September.

Most indicators are expanding, says Infometrics, with vehicle registrations, visitor activity and homebuilding particularly strong.

Infometrics says population growth is a key factor in pushing up demand. Statistics New Zealand estimates our district's population grew ... Read more

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