Thursday, 09 July 2020


TCDC looking for Youth Library Champs

An exciting new youth volunteer programme invites young people aged eight and up to join the Thames Coromandel District Council library team, earn rewards and help their local library.

Young Library Champs is a volunteer advocacy programme designed to give young people the opportunity to contribute their skills and talents in order to enhance children's activities and programmes within their local library.

TCDC says the library is a fantastic place to learn new skills and young volunteers will learn many aspects of librarianship as they work their way through the programme. The TCDC children's librarians have designed a series of library-related challenges for youth to work through in their own time and at weekly club days in the library. Incentive rewards are earned for every task completed.

Reading is an essential part of the programme and participants in the programme will log, share and review their reading throughout the term.

Once the Young Library Champs have completed all their challenges, they may choose to be facilitators, helping the next group of youth volunteers, or they may go through the programme again.

If you know of a young person in the wider Mercury Bay area who has the potential to be a Young Library Champion, please have them contact their local TCDC library for more information, or they can go to the first Young Library Champion Club Day on Tuesday 28 April at 4:00pm at the Tairua and Mercury Bay Libraries.

Whitianga Police Report for Monday 6 April to Monday 13 April 2015


I attended the Matarangi Food and Wine Festival on Saturday and found a well run event being attended by people who were enjoying an excellent day out. There were no issues to report.

There have been a couple of thefts this week and I remind everyone to lock their vehicles and keep valuables out of site.

There have been a couple of noisy parties lately where the party-goers need to consider the people living around them.

If the noise is unreasonable, then your first call should be to Noise Control via the Council. The attending Noise Control Officer will then contact the Police if we are required to assist.




One domestic incident attended this week.

On the 9th a couple were arguing at their home address after consuming alcohol and sound advice was given.

On the 7th a cell-phone was stolen from a car parked on Lee Street, the owner subsequently locating the cell phone in Taylor's Mistake.

Then on the 8th a Camera and passport were stolen from a crashed vehicle that was left at the crash scene on the 309 Road while the driver went to get assistance.

A handbag containing an iPhone 4 was stolen from a Whenuakite work address on the 12th when left unattended. 


No drunk drivers apprehended this week.

There have been a couple of crashes lately on the 309 Road where drivers who have been unfamiliar with gravel roads have been driving too fast for the conditions. Reducing speed will allow the driver opportunity to deal with any mistakes they make.

A crash on the 8th related to a tourist who lost control on a moderate bend, while on Saturday night a local 309 Road resident crashed as a result of vehicle issues.

Hahei Holiday Resort up for sale

Earlier this week the owners of the Hahei Holiday Resort confirmed that the 6.79ha site, which is in private ownership and has a land capital value of $11.69m, is up for sale.

"We appreciate the Hahei Holiday Resort is a prestigious spot and we recognise the high public interest in this area," says Thames Coromandel District Mayor Glenn Leach. "However from a Council perspective we haven't got the resource to purchase the land outright.

"If there's a groundswell of support from the local community wanting to purchase the land, this could be considered through a targeted rate for an area of benefit.

"Another option could be the community approaching regional and/or central government for funding - however we have been down this road with little success.

"When you consider the Coromandel as a whole there are also other significant pieces of land, with high public interest, that's under development pressure.”

When it comes to any development, TCDC is bound by legislation under the Resource Management Act.

"What we want to encourage is for any developer to come and see us in the first instance so we can ensure we can help facilitate the best outcome for everyone," says Mr Leach. "This is also taking into consideration the fact that we have to follow and abide by the RMA process."

The Operative District Plan has a structure plan in place over the resort with an underlying zoning of Coastal Zone (Village Policy Area).

The Hahei Holiday Resort Structure Plan has specific rules for specific areas on the property, including -

  • The provision of a wider, more flexible range of tourism and traveller accommodation, which is responsive to changing tourism and travelling patterns and demands.
  • Development to a maximum height of 10m over central parts of the land.
  • The maximum number of visitors per day not to exceed 1,275 people.

While anyone buying the land has the right to apply for a subdivision, they will need to make sure that their development is in accordance with the Structure Plan and will still need to obtain resource consent under the District Plan.

In the event, anyone looking to purchase the land wanted to change the Structure Plan, this would require a change to the District Plan involving public notification, submissions and a hearing.

"Where public notification is not required under the RMA, but the area in question is of high public interest we would still be pushing for public notification," says Mr Leach.

SH 25 to be closed for short periods in April

A stretch of State Highway 25 will be closed twice later this month to allow contractors to resurface the approaches to the Hikuai Bridge.

The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) says the closures will take place for 45 minute intervals on the night of Sunday April 19.

The first closure will be between 11pm and 11.45pm, followed by a second closure from 1.30am until 2.15am.

NZTA advises motorists are advised to plan their journeys to avoid these closure times as no alternative route is available.

Mega Crossword Competition

Entries for the mega crossword competition in The Mercury Bay Informer 2014/2015 Summer Guide have now closed.

We will in the next few weeks announce the winner of the Scallop Festival weekend package in Whitianga comprising of two tickets to the Scallop Festival and a $100 dinner voucher at Salt Restaurant in Whitianga.

The crossword solution is posted herewith.

New Chum hearings to take place next month

The date for the hearings of the subdivision application at Wainuiototo Bay (New Chum) has been set for the first week in May.

The application has received high public interest across New Zealand and internationally with a total of 187 submissions received and over 80 submitters requesting to be heard. The hearing committee will be made up of three independent commissioners.

The hearings will start on Monday 4 May at 9:00am at the Council Chambers in Thames. Alan Dormer, a barrister at Shortland Chambers in Auckland - who specialises in public, environmental and local government law - will Chair the hearing panel.

The other hearing commissioners are Leigh McGregor, an RMA lawyer and independent commissioner and John Childs, a planning consultant and independent commissioner. Both these commissioners are also Auckland based.

Details of the hearings, which are expected to last the week and are open to the public, are as follows -

Monday 4 May 2015 - 9:00am Council Chambers, Mackay Street, Thames.
Tuesday 5 May 2015 - 9:00am Thames Bowling Club, Mackay Street, Thames.
Wednesday 6 May 2015 - 9:00am Thames Bowling Club, Mackay Street, Thames.
Thursday 7 May 2015 - 9:00am Thames Bowling Club, Mackay Street, Thames.
Friday 8 May 2015 - 9:00am Council Chambers, Mackay Street, Thames.

TCDC opts for status quo

Thames Coromandel District Council has voted unanimously that there should be no change to the District's representation arrangements.

At its meeting on 25 March, Councillors said they think there should be no change to the current system of eight Councillors plus the Mayor and five Community Boards with four members each.

Councillors also said the current ward and Community Board boundaries should remain unchanged ahead of the local body 2016 elections.

The Local Electoral Act 2001 (LEA) requires that every local authority undertake a representation arrangements review at least once every six years.

TCDC’s last review was in 2009.

TCDC says now that they have made their initial resolution in favour of the status quo, the public has a chance to have a say.

The public submission period runs from 2 April to 15 May.

After that, submissions are heard and on 24 June Councillors will adopt their final resolution. This is followed by a public objection period and then in August the Local Government Commission will review the outcome.

The LEA says the population that each councillor represents must be within the population range of 3,441 people plus or minus 10 per cent.

The Coromandel-Colville Ward falls outside that range, with a population of 2,950 and one Councillor.

However, a territorial authority - such as Thames-Coromandel District - can vary from that range if an isolated or island community exists.

TCDC says they believe the Coromandel-Colville Ward is a distinct community of interest isolated by geographical features. As such, it is not able to comply with the plus or minus 10 per cent range.

According to the LEA the decision not to comply with this population range must be referred to the Local Government Commission once the formal consultation process has been completed.

ANZAC Day in the wider Mercury Bay

HMNZS Manawanui will arrive in Mercury Bay on Friday 24 April to participate in the ANZAC Day celebrations the following day. The ship will anchor offshore.

The water at Whitianga Wharf is too shallow for the ship to tie up. On ANZAC Day members of the crew will visit Mercury Bay Area School and participate in Whitianga's Dawn Parade and service.

Depending on the weather and crew availability, members of the public will also be able to visit the ship on Saturday.

HMNZS Manawanui is the Navy's diving and mine counter-measures support ship. She is equipped with a compression chamber and a wet bell to enable deep diving. She has the range to undertake peacekeeping and security missions in New Zealand waters and in the South Pacific.

ANZAC Day in Whitianga will be celebrated with a dawn parade at 5:45am from the Mercury Bay Club to Soldiers Memorial Park. That will be followed by a dawn service at 6:00am

In Matarangi there will be a parade at 10:30am from Ake Ake Avenue to the Matarangi Fire Station, followed by a civic service at 11:00am.

In Tairua a dawn service will be held at 6.00am at the Tairua Ex-Servicemen’s Cemetery on Main Road, Tairua. At 11:00am a civic parade will take place from the Tairua Fire Station, followed by a civic service at the Tairua Community Hall.

A dawn service will be held at 5:45am at the Pauanui Lifesaving Club. A civic service will be held at 11:00am at the Pauanui Sports and Recreation Club.


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