Tuesday, 02 June 2020

WHITIANGA WEATHER

Whitianga town upgrade moving into detailed design phase

Thames Coromandel District Council has commenced detail designs of the Whitianga town upgrade. The designs focus on both below ground infrastructure - storm water and wastewater pipes - and visual amenity, as well as planning for specific areas around the town.

In TCDC’s 2015 - 2025 Long Term Plan they have $3.4 million over the next four years allocated towards the town upgrade. Additional funding will also come out of existing budgets for infrastructure renewal works needed in Whitianga already.

Once the detailed designs are finalised, a report will go to a council meeting to approve the work to go ahead.   

The town upgrade will have a “navigation theme” based on the links between Kupe and Captain Cook. The upgrade will include the linkages between The Esplanade and the Albert Street shops to develop an integrated town centre.

The third stage of the upgrade work is planned to see the boat trailer overflow parking on The Esplanade moving further north, closer to the Whitianga wharf, and a progressive series of play areas along the Esplanade. While detailed plans have yet to be developed for these play areas, the possibility of a planted “dune playscape” is included.

TCDC wants to ensure the majority of work is completed by 2019 to tie in with the 250 year commemorations of Captain Cook’s arrival in Mercury Bay.

TCDC joined Waikato Building Consenting Group

Thames Coromandel District Council has now joined the Waikato Building Consenting Group, which provides consistent administration of building consents across the eight member councils.

The group is formed of eight Waikato councils that work collaboratively to bring consistency to the building consent process. The paperwork will be the same across the group, which will be better for building companies that operate across multiple districts in the Waikato.

There will be no change to the fees and charges currently in effect.

“We're looking forward to a great customer experience for people undertaking building projects in our District,” says Barry Smedts, TCDC's Community Environment Manager.

“Our Building Unit will maintain the autonomy it has always had - which means you can still come to our offices and talk to our local team and benefit from local knowledge. But because we know that many builders don't just operate in one district, now you'll have the assurance of consistent systems and processes across the Waikato.”

“Another advantage of joining the group is being part of a stronger national voice for building matters through group legislative submissions.”

Whitianga Police Report for Monday 4 July to Monday 11 July 2016

General

A neighbour who was keeping an eye out for the holiday home owners in his area helped Police catch a burglar who had been targeting the Hahei area by immediately contacting the owner when he observed suspicious behaviour.

Police were able to stop and arrest the suspect in Tairua as he towed a boat he had stolen from the property.

Please report suspicious behaviour so that we can make it as hard as possible for offenders to target our community.

Arrests

5th    - 1 x 50 year old Hamilton man for Burglary, Receiving, Unlawfully on Property and Possession of Cannabis.

11th  - 1 x 17 year old local man for Unlawfully Takes Bicycle.

Occurrences

No domestic incidents attended this week.

On the 4th keys and equipment were reported missing from a premises on Joan Gaskell Drive, while on the 5th underwear was stolen from a clothes line at a Hamilton Crescent address.

As per the arrest above a property on Pa Road, Hahei was burgled and the offender stole the property owner’s trailer boat. The offender was arrested in Tairua and enquiries have linked him to another burglary and theft ex cars in the Hahei area. 

Traffic

No drunk drivers apprehended this week.

Please remember that driver’s licensing staff come to the St Andrews Church hall in Albert Street on the second Friday of the month between 8:30am and 4:30pm. You are able to complete drivers licence renewals and theory tests, without having to drive to Thames or similar.

Four Mercury Bay businesses part of Coromandel Food Collective at this year's Auckland Food Show

The front yard of an iconic Coromandel bach will set the scene for the Thames Coromandel District’s artisan food producers when the Coromandel Food Collective takes its stand again at the Auckland Food Show from 28 July.
The Auckland Food Show is the highlight on any foodie’s calendar as the jam-packed four days provides the best opportunity to stock up on premium ingredients and equipment, keep up with the latest trends and learn to cook like a star at home.
"As part of the event Thames Coromandel District Council has updated its Coromandel Food Trail Guide, which will be handed out at the show. There is an expected audience of 35,000 people over the four days, including international and national media, the food, beverage and hospitality industry and the general public," says Laurna White, TCDC's Communications and Marketing Manager.
Six local food producers, four of them from Mercury Bay, have contributed financially to the promotion and marketing material and to be part of the stand, which is subsidised by TCDC as part of its Economic Development strategy. They are Hot Water Brewing Co (Mercury Bay), Coromandel Flavour, Omahu Valley Citrus, Wilderland Trust (Mercury Bay), Blackbeard Smokehouse (Mercury Bay) and Castle Rock Café (Mercury Bay).
"The Food Show is a fantastic way to showcase our local home-grown businesses and so if you're planning a trip to Auckland over those four days, come and visit us," says Mrs White.

Applications for Major Events Fund of TCDC open tomorrow

Applications for the 2016/2017 Major Events Sponsorship Fund of Thames Coromandel District Council open tomorrow (Friday 8 July).

If you have a major event that will boost economic growth and bring domestic and international tourists to the Coromandel, then your organisation could be eligible for one of TCDC’s major events grants.

The grants, which are available on a multi-year basis (the 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 financial years), are designed to support major events which fall outside the “peak” holiday season from 15 December - 31 January.

Previous grant recipients include the K2 Cycle Race and the Mercury Bay Music Festival.

TCDC says that funding is not available to individuals and the Major Events Fund is not for the payment of wages or honorariums.

To apply, you need to complete an application form and then either post it to the Major Events Sponsorship Fund, Thames Coromandel District Council, Private Bag, Thames 3540, or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The timeline for applications is as follows -
Friday 8 July - Applications to the fund open.
Friday 5 August - Applications due by 5:00pm.
Tuesday 6 September - Funding decisions will be made by TCDC's Economic Development Committee at their meeting on this day.

The following documentation are required for an application -

Cover letter.
Application form.
Supporting business case/marketing plan.

You can also refer to TCDC’s Guide to Event Planning on the Coromandel for handy tips and hints on how to make a success of your event on the Coromandel.

Whitianga Police Report for Monday 27 June to Monday 4 July 2016

General

On Sunday the 3rd the weather in Whitianga was pretty pleasant, however about mid-afternoon 2 motor vehicle crashes occurred on the Kopu - Hikuai Road hill due to ice on the road.

Please remember and tell friends and family returning home to drive to the conditions and consider slippery road surfaces in wet or cold weather.

Two men arrested on the 28th stole from numerous bottle stores between here and Paeroa that day. They were subsequently apprehended and arrested with the assistance of footage from excellent security systems installed at these stores.

Arrests

28th - 1 x 24 year old Hamilton man for Theft ex-shop.

28th - 1 x 30 year old Hamilton man for Theft ex-shop.

Occurrences

No domestic incidents attended this week.

On the 27th a car tyre was damaged overnight at a Banks Street, Cook Beach address with a knife or similar, while on the 28th a commercial building in Moewai Road was burgled with possum traps, a DeWalt battery drill and a 4hp Suzuki outboard motor stolen.

On the 30th a 43 year old local man was warned for threatening behaviour at a Wharekaho Road address.

Traffic

One drunk driver apprehended this week.

1st - 1 x 36 year old local man 468/250.

On the 27th a 26 year old Auckland woman lost control of the car she was driving on SH25, Coroglen and crashed through a farm fence.

Thankfully no one was hurt.

Bonnie Tyler, ICEHOUSE and Alan Parsons Live Project to perform at Whitianga Summer Concert

Greenstone Entertainment is pleased to announce its artist line-up for the annual Whitianga Summer Concert to be held on Sunday 29 January 2017 (Auckland Anniversary Weekend). The concert will feature ICEHOUSE, Alan Parsons Live Project and Bonnie Tyler, who will be bringing to Whitianga their unmistakable hits as part of a three date national Summer Concert Tour.

The tour will also play concerts in Queenstown and Taupo - hot on the tails of the successful 2016 Summer Concert Tour, which saw audiences nearing 40,000 across the three shows.

ICEHOUSE was formed by Iva Davies, the front man and musical creative force, which has led the band to 28 platinum albums. Albums such as Primitive Man, Icehouse and Flowers have spent 233 weeks in the New Zealand album charts, with hit songs including Can’t Help Myself, We Can Get Together, Hey Little Girl, Electric Blue and Great Southern Land having had 140 weeks in the New Zealand singles charts.

ICEHOUSE and Iva Davies have won many awards including the Countdown Award for the Most Popular Male Performer and ARIA Awards for the Best Album and Highest Selling Album for Man of Colours. The band was inducted in the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2006. In June 2013 Iva was made a Member of the Order of Australia for “significant service to the music and entertainment industry as a songwriter and performer and to the community.”

Legendary 11-time Grammy Award nominee, revered classic progressive rock producer, music engineer, songwriter, performer and icon on the music scene, Alan Parsons, joined forces with Eric Woolfson in 1975 as a songwriting and performing partner for what became known as The Alan Parsons Project. Alan’s current live band consists of Alan on acoustic guitar, keyboards and vocals, PJ Olsson on vocals, Manny Foccarazzo on keyboards, Guy Erez on bass, Alastair Greene on guitar, Danny Thompson on drums and Todd Cooper on sax, percussion and vocals.

Albums such as I Robot, Eye In The Sky and Pyramid have spent 196 weeks in the New Zealand album charts, which have included popular songs the likes of Eye In The Sky, Games People Play, Damned If I Do, I Robot, Don’t Answer Me, I Wouldn’t Want To Be Like You and Sirius.

In addition to Alan’s Grammy nominations, he has received the Les Paul Award in 1995 and The Diva Hall Of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award in Munich, Germany in June 2012.

Bonnie Tyler’s career spans four decades. With a voice instantly identifiable the world over, she’s the international first lady of rock. Bonnie’s hit songs include the unmistakable Total Eclipse Of The Heart, It’s A Heartache and Holding Out For A Hero.

Born in Skewen, Neath, South Wales, Bonnie grew up listening to, and being influenced by, the legendary female artists of the day, especially Janis Joplin and Tina Turner.

Bonnie’s work has earned her two Grammy Award nominations and three Brit Award nominations, among other accolades.

Amanda Calvert, CEO of Greenstone Entertainment says, “We’re excited to announce the 2017 Summer Concert Tour line up, being the first time that Alan Parsons Live Project has been to our beautiful country and two other amazing acts in Icehouse and Bonnie Tyler.

“Our ongoing philosophy is to provide great value for money to our fans with ticket prices remaining at $99, free entry to kids 14 and under with an accompanying adult and the ability for concert goers to bring along their own food and non-alcoholic beverages.

“We’ll again have bus transport options available as well, making it easy to get to and from the venue. These three legendary acts have a huge list of hit songs which will be sure to have everyone on their feet in January.”

Tickets are on sale from Monday 11 July. There are strictly limited local ticket sales at $89 per person (plus booking fee) at the Whitianga i-SITE, the Thames i-SITE, the Tairua Info Centre, the Pauanui Info Centre and Info Plus Whangamata. All other bookings are $99 (plus booking fee) through www.ticketek.co.nz (0800 TICKETEK).

Bonnie Tyler, ICEHOUSE and Alan Parsons Live Project to perform at Whitianga Summer Concert

Greenstone Entertainment is pleased to announce its artist line-up for the annual Whitianga Summer Concert to be held on Sunday 29 January 2017 (Auckland Anniversary Weekend). The concert will feature ICEHOUSE, Alan Parsons Live Project and Bonnie Tyler, who will be bringing to Whitianga their unmistakable hits as part of a three date national Summer Concert Tour.

The tour will also play concerts in Queenstown and Taupo - hot on the tails of the successful 2016 Summer Concert Tour, which saw audiences nearing 40,000 across the three shows.

ICEHOUSE was formed by Iva Davies, the front man and musical creative force, which has led the band to 28 platinum albums. Albums such as Primitive Man, Icehouse and Flowers have spent 233 weeks in the New Zealand album charts, with hit songs including Can’t Help Myself, We Can Get Together, Hey Little Girl, Electric Blue and Great Southern Land having had 140 weeks in the New Zealand singles charts.

ICEHOUSE and Iva Davies have won many awards including the Countdown Award for the Most Popular Male Performer and ARIA Awards for the Best Album and Highest Selling Album for Man of Colours. The band was inducted in the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2006. In June 2013 Iva was made a Member of the Order of Australia for “significant service to the music and entertainment industry as a songwriter and performer and to the community.”

Legendary 11-time Grammy Award nominee, revered classic progressive rock producer, music engineer, songwriter, performer and icon on the music scene, Alan Parsons, joined forces with Eric Woolfson in 1975 as a songwriting and performing partner for what became known as The Alan Parsons Project. Alan’s current live band consists of Alan on acoustic guitar, keyboards and vocals, PJ Olsson on vocals, Manny Foccarazzo on keyboards, Guy Erez on bass, Alastair Greene on guitar, Danny Thompson on drums and Todd Cooper on sax, percussion and vocals.

Albums such as I Robot, Eye In The Sky and Pyramid have spent 196 weeks in the New Zealand album charts, which have included popular songs the likes of Eye In The Sky, Games People Play, Damned If I Do, I Robot, Don’t Answer Me, I Wouldn’t Want To Be Like You and Sirius.

In addition to Alan’s Grammy nominations, he has received the Les Paul Award in 1995 and The Diva Hall Of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award in Munich, Germany in June 2012.

Bonnie Tyler’s career spans four decades. With a voice instantly identifiable the world over, she’s the international first lady of rock. Bonnie’s hit songs include the unmistakable Total Eclipse Of The Heart, It’s A Heartache and Holding Out For A Hero.

Born in Skewen, Neath, South Wales, Bonnie grew up listening to, and being influenced by, the legendary female artists of the day, especially Janis Joplin and Tina Turner.

Bonnie’s work has earned her two Grammy Award nominations and three Brit Award nominations, among other accolades.

Amanda Calvert, CEO of Greenstone Entertainment says, “We’re excited to announce the 2017 Summer Concert Tour line up, being the first time that Alan Parsons Live Project has been to our beautiful country and two other amazing acts in Icehouse and Bonnie Tyler.

“Our ongoing philosophy is to provide great value for money to our fans with ticket prices remaining at $99, free entry to kids 14 and under with an accompanying adult and the ability for concert goers to bring along their own food and non-alcoholic beverages.

“We’ll again have bus transport options available as well, making it easy to get to and from the venue. These three legendary acts have a huge list of hit songs which will be sure to have everyone on their feet in January.”

Tickets are on sale from Monday 11 July. There are strictly limited local ticket sales at $89 per person (plus booking fee) at the Whitianga i-SITE, the Thames i-SITE, the Tairua Info Centre, the Pauanui Info Centre and Info Plus Whangamata. All other bookings are $99 (plus booking fee) through www.ticketek.co.nz (0800 TICKETEK).

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