Wednesday, 20 March 2019


Purangi - Plans for Purangi Reserve and changes to boat ramp permits

The pine trees on the south end of the Purangi reserve, close to the playground, toilet block and neighbouring properties have been identified as senescent (overly mature) and as posing a risk to these amenities.

"We're proposing 15-20 pine trees within this reserve be removed in July and in the future all senescent pine trees be removed as part of the Reserve Management process, taking into consideration coastal erosion, wind, view and the Cook 250 celebrations," says Thames Coromandel District Council Community Facilities Manager, Derek Thompson.

TCDC have advised that they will also seek advice from their Coastal Engineer around any potential coastal erosion issues.

"We would like to re-plant the area with more suitable vegetation, and as part of the upcoming review of the Reserve Management Plans for Mercury Bay and we will consider input from the community on future uses of the reserve," says Mr Thompson.


Changes to boat ramp permits 

From 1 July 2018 there will be a recreational boat launching/trailer parking permit fee at the Purangi boat ramp following the facility upgrade.

The implementation of the fee was postponed due to vandalism of the previously installed honesty box.

A new honesty box, along with signage and a camera will be installed at the boat ramp and anyone caught vandalising the equipment will be prosecuted.

With a new pontoon also now in place at the Matarangi boat ramp, parking fees will also be implemented from 1 July 2018. 

Payment can be made at the honesty box on-site, $70 for an annual fee or $8 for a day permit. 

For a list of where permits can be purchased and more information visit 



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