Thursday, 16 July 2020


Whitianga Police Report for Monday 1 June to Monday 8 June 2015


As per the arrest on the 4th we believe a man responsible for a number of burglaries in our area was apprehended as he decamped from the home he burgled in Cobham Lane.

This burglary occurred while a young family were at home and with the assistance of the public he was arrested and put before the Court.

The offender has been remanded in custody for sentencing in July and hopefully he will learn his behaviour is unacceptable in our society.

Our enquiries are continuing in relation to this man and anyone with information that may assist our enquiry is asked to come forward.     


4th - 1 x 33yr old local man for Burglary

8th - 1 x 26yr old local man for 3 x Warrant for Failing to Attend Court.


Three domestic incidents attended this week.

On the 2nd a young couple were arguing about their relationship at a Catherine Crescent address and they separated to consider their futures.

While on the 3rd alcohol consumption was a major factor in a couple arguing at an Albert Street address and sound advice was given.

We also attended an incident on Bryce Street where a mother and son were arguing and Police were called to calm the situation down. 

On the 2nd a towing A-frame was stolen from a Mill Road address, while on the 3rd a vehicle was broken into on Joan Gaskell Drive with physio equipment and 13 woollen cell phone holders stolen.      


Two drunk drivers to report this week.

5th - 18yr old local woman 308/0.

6th - 31yr old Taranaki man 319/250. 

On the 7th a 25yr old Te Puke man was apprehended on Buffalo Beach Road driving at 83km/hr, or 33km/hr over the speed limit and he was issued with a substantial fine and 40 demerit points for his stupidity.

Drivers are reminded to keep within speed limits, not just because of the penalties involved, but because excessive speed results in deaths and injuries on our roads.

Major event funding now open on the Coromandel

Thames Coromandel District Council's Major Events Sponsorship fund is now open for applications.

If you're looking to establish a major event on the Coromandel you could be eligible for money from the Major Events Sponsorship funding. The first round of applications for 2015 closes on Tuesday 30 June.

TCDC are looking for events that provide the best economic potential and have the potential to become an iconic event on the Coromandel.

The Coromandel has a number of iconic events such as the Beach Hop, the Whitianga Scallop Festival and the K2 Cycle Race and a number of other smaller events now beginning to grow.

TCDC says they understand that it can take a few years to get an event up and running and their Economic Development Committee will consider making funding available for up to three years with the aim that the event is sustainable beyond that time without Council funding.

The Economic Development Committee will make a funding decision at their meeting of 18 August.

Whitianga Police Report for the period 25 May to 1 June 2015


A male Caucasian driver of a white or silver van has approached children on two occasions around town in the last couple of weeks and we need everyone to keep a lookout and report anyone behaving suspiciously.

He has been seen on Moewai Park Road and South Highway and has tried unsuccessfully to get children to get into his car.

Please remind your children of stranger danger and note any registration details of suspicious vehicles.

A young woman also reported suspicion that someone had spiked her drink on Saturday night at a local licensed premises and again I remind people to watch their drinks and report any suspicious behaviour.  


30th - 1 x 25yr old Auckland man for Unlawfully Converts Motor Vehicle, Failing to Stop, Male Assaults Female, Theft x 3, 3 Outstanding Warrants to Arrest and Breaching Bail Conditions x 3.


No domestic incidents attended this week.

The arrest above relates to a driver who evaded Police at Coroglen on the 29th, however I am happy to report that with the assistance of the public, we were able to locate and arrest him on Saturday morning.

On the 27th two holiday homes were reported burgled on Owen Street with food having been stolen.

Then on the 29th a residential address in Nicholas Ave was burgled with alcohol, a jacket, a torch and a bag stolen.


No drunk drivers to report this week.

We had a number of reports of a man doing wheelies on the Buffalo Beach Reserve on the 1st and I am again happy to report that a 17 year old Auckland man had his blue Subaru car impounded and he will have the opportunity to explain his actions to a judge in the near future.  

Kuaotunu local honoured with QSM

Kuaotunu’s Vivienne McLean has been honoured with a Queen’s Service medal in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List for her services to conservation.

Vivienne has contributed to conservation for more than 15 years. She is a founding trustee and has served two terms as chair of the Kauri 2000 Charitable Trust, established in 1999. She played an integral part in the planning and plating of 40,000 kauri trees at more than 35 sites on the Coromandel Peninsula, most of them recovering from the impacts of historic logging, gold mining or failed farm development. This work has involved organising sit preparation and hundreds of planters each year, including the participation of four Coromandel schools.

Her more recent achievements include initiating discussions with the Kauri Dieback Programme that have resulted in Kauri 2000 playing an active role in raising public awareness of kauri dieback. This involvement has led to the formation of the new Coromandel Kauri Dieback Forum, an independent community-based organisation working with the national dieback programme, the Department of Conservation, Thames Coromandel District Council and Waikato Regional Council and local groups to protect kauri around the Peninsula and prevent the spread of the disease. She is chairperson of the forum's management group.

Police want to talk to van driver

Eastern Waikato Police wants to determine the intentions of a Whitianga van driver who asked a young boy to get into his van on Moewai Road yesterday.

Detective Constable Mark Leathem of the Thames CIB said that at about 5:45pm yesterday a man driving a white/grey coloured van stopped and spoke to a small boy on a bike on Moewai Road, Whitianga.

“The man tried to persuade the young boy to get into his van but was unsuccessful and the young boy rode home and alerted his parents.”

“The van was last seen heading south on South Highway.”

The driver is described as a Caucasian, late teens or early 20’s and may have had an accent.

“We are interested in speaking to this driver and anyone who may have witnessed this incident. If you have any information please call the Thames Police on 07 867 9600 or Crimestoppers 0800 555 111,” said Detective Constable Leathem.

Vital for Whitianga residents and ratepayers to complete Ultra Fast Broadband surveys

Thames Coromandel District Council is putting in a bid for some of the $360 million that central government has announced it will spend on improving broadband coverage around the country.

The money extends two programmes, the Ultra-Fast Broadband Initiative (UFB) and the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI), that have already helped improve internet speeds in parts of New Zealand.

TCDC says they have to compete against councils from across the country to get a piece of the action.

This means putting together the best bid possible to explain to the Government exactly how the Coromandel will benefit from better broadband and which parts of the Peninsula would be best suited for further investment in new broadband infrastructure.

To help them, TCDC is asking people to take a few minutes to fill out a survey about how fast their broadband connections are and how they would benefit from faster broadband.

There is one survey for people who use the internet for business - (closing date 7 June).

And another survey for individuals, community groups, schools, charities and everyone else (closing date 12 June).

You can test your broadband speed using or you can find other speed test web sites by searching "speed test."

The Government is not only asking local authorities to indicate which areas should have priority and why, but also to demonstrate that they are willing to support broadband rollouts in their areas.

Everyone can support TCDC’s bid for faster, more reliable broadband by filling out these surveys. It will only take a few minutes.

For Whitianga to get Ultra Fast Broadband, it is vital that as many residents and ratepayers of town complete the surveys and say they support faster broadband.

Our initial research indicates that Ultra Fast Broadband will not cost much more (if more at all) on a monthly basis than what businesses and individuals pay for broadband at the moment.

TCDC need to have their bid with central government by 3 July.

Whitianga Police Report for the period 18 May to 25 May 2015


Four drunk drivers apprehended this week, with one crashing his car into a house at Ferry Landing. Thankfully no one was injured but this number of people driving drunk on our roads is unacceptable and places all of us in danger.

If people are going out to drink alcohol, they need to plan how they are going to get home and to remember that driving drunk is not a logical option.   

Drunk drivers kill and injure people, including themselves, on New Zealand roads and these people need to consider all the consequences, so that hopefully they won't drive and our roads will be much safer.


20th - 1 x 37yr old local man for 5 outstanding Warrants to Arrest.

22nd - 1 x 28yr old local woman for Theft Ex-Shop.


Three domestic incidents attended this week.

On the 19th a young couple from a Catherine Crescent address were arguing about their relationship and they were encouraged to spend time apart to consider their future.

A verbal argument at a Moewai Park Road address on the 23rd calmed down prior to Police arrival and sound advice was given, while on the 24th a young man who was arguing with his parents went to his sister's address to consider his options.

On the 22nd a wallet was stolen from a work address on Buffalo Beach road while left unattended.

An address on Cook Drive was burgled on the 25th with music equipment, a Playstation and fishing gear stolen, while on the 26th a Tutaritari Road, Hahei building site was targeted again with a nail-gun being stolen.


Four drunk drivers apprehended this week.

20th -  1 x 19yr old Auckland man 114/0.

24th -  1 x 28yr old local man 360/250.

        -  1 x 49yr old local man 644/250.

        -  1 x 40yr old local man 511/250.

If you drink and drive you are a bloody idiot.

If you encourage people not to drink and drive, you help protect your community.

Mercury Bay Community Board update

Work on the Buffalo Beach rock wall in Whitianga has started. The wall will be extended by another 120m. This will take the wall past the toilets (opposite Halligan Road) to the Buffalo Monument. The extension will cost $633,100 and is expected to be completed by June.

The tender to install a sandbag wall at Brophy's Beach has been awarded and works will start mid-year.

Bluff Road between Kuaotunu and Matarangi has been closed indefinitely due to safety concerns around the Bluff overhang. The Mercury Bay Community Board has supported an option to blast the overhang and once a cut slope has been formed, install a rock fall mesh netting. The estimated cost of this work is $330k. The Board has requested the work be district funded and is a priority for year one of the 2015-2025 Long Term Plan.

The Board has allocated $17,000 to help with painting and finishing works at the Coroglen Hall and the old Coroglen Saleyards. The money is from the Board's Discretionary Fund which is currently unspent. “Heather McPhee and the Coroglen community has done some fantastic work in improving this area and it's a great example of our Community Empowerment Model," says Board chairman Paul Kelly.


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