Tuesday, 02 June 2020


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).

TCDC rates to go up and WRC rates to go down

Thames Coromandel District Council has agreed today to an average rates increase of 1.4 per cent across the Coromandel District.

At its meeting today, council adopted its work programmes and budgets for 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017.

"We've achieved a realistic Annual Plan, with a prudent eye on costs, that allows us to keep largely on track with the direction and priorities set in our 2015-2025 Long Term Plan," says TCDC Mayor Glenn Leach.

This is TCDC’s first Annual Plan drawn up under recent legislation that does not require local authorities to consult with the public if there are no significant or material changes in budgets and work activity from the last Long Term Plan.

According to TCDC, this is the case with this Annual Plan, so no formal consultation was held. Instead, the community boards of the district each held public information sessions to let people know what to expect for the new financial year in their area.

There are some small differences from the Long Term Plan, which reflects a change in circumstances. Seed funding of $250,000 for a medical centre in Whitianga and a $200,000 increase in the budget for the Tairua wharf upgrade are included in that.

Waikato Regional Council has also today adopted its annual plan for 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017 and agreed on a 1.3 per cent rates decrease in rates.

According to WRC councillors, they were conscious of the need to keep a tight focus on costs.

Tairua School students help with flood mitigation work

Finishing touches in the form of extensive restoration planting are being carried out at Grahams Creek, Tairua with more than 13,000 eco-sourced native plants taking root.

This is part of the comprehensive flood mitigation works programme due for completion at the end of July.

Students and teachers from Tairua School were so keen to get to get involved in the planting, they approached Waikato Regional Council’s catchment management officer, Rob Corkill. 

As a result, they and their supporters have helped put in 1,000 native plants. “It was a great effort the Tairua School team put in as well as a heap of fun. It was fantastic to see the enthusiasm of those involved, as well as a great opportunity for our team to partner with the school to deliver environmental education in action,” said WRC’s Coromandel zone manager Tonia Clarkson.

“This native planting will be a big asset to the area and we are now in discussions with the school about future learning-by-doing opportunities at the site.”

Contractors are expected to finish the remainder of the planting this week. The planting consists of 12 species that are found in similar coastal wetland and riparian areas on the Coromandel.

Ms Clarkson says the flood protection work is progressing well, despite challenging weather conditions. “Our thanks to Tairua school for supporting this work and for their positive contribution to this project. Our team was impressed with the kid’s knowledge of restoration planting, a real credit to the school and community."

Independent traffic report for Ferry Landing to Hot Water Beach area released

Thames Coromandel District Council announced earlier this week that an independent report into peak summer traffic flows and parking from Hot Water Beach through to Ferry Landing has confirmed the need for expansion and development of car park facilities around Hahei, a park and ride service to continue, as well as a regular summer shuttle bus service.

The recommendations are in the final version of the MWH Peak Summer Traffic and Parking Assessment Report. The report was commissioned as part of TCDC’s Walks Project to get an understanding of current and projected traffic and visitor volumes for the area where the first planned Walks route will go - from Hot Water Beach through to Whitianga.

"The report's findings show that even without the Walks project, additional parking is likely to be needed to accommodate demand by 2021," says Ross Ashby, TCDC’s project manager on the Walks Project.

The report's main recommendations are for the introduction of a new Walks car park at Lees Road outside Hahei and at the entrance to Hahei Village, along with the continuation of a Park and Ride Service.

Other recommendations included in the report include -

  • Traffic volumes need monitoring for the next five years.
  • Promotion and expansion of a Ferry Landing to Hot Water Beach shuttle bus, including 24/48 hour unlimited ride tickets.
  • The development of a parking strategy and a signage strategy that identify short and long term measures.
  • That the existing car park at the top of Grange Road in Hahei should become drop-off only.
  • Lees Road to be sealed and widened up to the proposed new Walks car parking site.
  • A clear direction for larger vehicles into the Lees Road car park is needed and warning signs should be used to deter larger vehicles continuing up beyond the car park.
  • By 2021 it is projected that sealing of upper Lees Road would be needed (subject to monitoring for traffic going beyond the car park).

"This is an independent report and it needs consideration by Council, along with an assessment of what the priorities are," says Mr Ashby. "And in some instances, there's work that the report recommends, which is already underway - including the development of the Hahei Entrance car park and a car park and roading improvements at Lees Road."

TCDC says they have programmed the sealing of Lees Road up to Stella Evered Reserve for the 2018/19 financial year. This work will, however, be brought forward to 2016/17 if TCDC is successful with obtaining resource consent for the Lees Road car park.

A parking and public transport strategy for the wider Mercury Bay South area is already underway and a report on its progress will be taken to the Mercury Bay Community Board meeting in August. A signage strategy will also be considered as part of TCDC’s Public Places Bylaw, which will be reviewed in August.

Whitianga Police Report for Monday 20 June to Monday 27 June


We are very grateful for the assistance of members of the public on the afternoon of Saturday the 25th who apprehended a man who had allegedly robbed a store in Hahei.

This is an excellent example of a community working together to stop crime in their area and because of their actions, this man is in custody as opposed to continuing his offending.

Most of the volunteer groups our community relies upon, for example St John Ambulance, Volunteer Fire Brigades and Fire Forces, Coastguard, Search and Rescue and Community Patrol are currently looking for new members. If you have any spare time, please consider joining.

We have had a few people this week advising us of telephone calls from a person claiming to be from IRD and threatening them with arrest if they don’t pay fines immediately. This is another scam and our advice is that you end the call without providing details or money.

The IRD will have corresponded with you on numerous occasions prior to any court action, so if you have any doubts please contact them personally.    


25th - 1 x 24 year old Hamilton man for Aggravated Robbery.


One domestic incident attended this week, on the 20th when a man telephoned threats and abuse to his ex-partner from a Cook Drive address and enquiries are continuing in relation to a named suspect. 

On the 22nd an orchard workshop was burgled at a Lees Road, Hahei address with chainsaws, a welder, Makita tools and other assorted tools stolen.

Also on the 22nd damage was discovered to the roof of a vehicle that had been on Springbok Avenue, outside the Whitianga Town Hall and on Cook Drive prior to the damage being noticed.   


One drunk driver apprehended this week.

25th - 1 x 19 year old local man 626/000.

On the 26th a driver lost control of her car on the 309 Road and crashed into a power pole. Thankfully no injuries resulted.

Community grant applications open on 1 July

If you are part of an organisation that provides a community service, activity or event that is not for profit, you could be eligible for one of Thames Coromandel District Council’s community grants.

TCDC is taking applications from 1 July and the deadline is 4:00pm on Friday 29 July.

Each Community Board area has a contestable grants pool to encourage and support not-for-profit organisations which have a positive impact on the community.

For the full criteria and application forms, go to www.tcdc.govt.nz/cbgrants2016.

The grants available in each area are -

In Mercury Bay $40,000 is available for grants and $37,000 in Tairua-Pauanui.

Dog owner disqualification lifted

A Whitianga dog owner has had her disqualification from owning a dog lifted.

At their meeting on 2 June, Thames Coromandel District Council's Judicial Committee lifted the person's disqualification, two years and eight months into her  five-year disqualification period.

"The Committee accepted that there had been a turning point with the offender demonstrating accountability for the circumstances leading to the offence involving her dog," says TCDC Community Environment Group Manager Barry Smedts.

"Given the changes demonstrated by the offender and that steps will be taken to ensure measures are in place to fully train and secure any future dog she owns, it was resolved to immediately lift the disqualification.”

The vote by the Judicial Committee to lift the disqualification was a majority vote, but not unanimous.

WWI Memorial Forest project nominated for LGNZ award

Thames Coromandel District Council's World War One Memorial Forest is up for a national award in recognition of the project's strong engagement with the communities on the Coromandel Peninsula.

The Memorial Forest Project is one of nine finalists in the Fulton Hogan Excellence Award for Community Engagement - one of five categories in the Local Government New Zealand's Excellence Awards.

"Being a finalist in the LGNZ awards is a tribute to the hard work a lot of people have put into the Memorial Forests in the Coromandel," says TCDC Mayor Glenn Leach.

"I'm especially proud of the contribution made by school children in getting involved in planting trees and doing research on World War I for school projects. If just shows, if you want to get something done, get the youth involved.

“I also want to thank the local RSAs, Lions Clubs and all the other community groups that are getting behind this project.

“And this project is ongoing. Thousands more trees are being planted this winter and we're looking for more sites for the next years while we're commemorating the sacrifices our soldiers made in the Great War.”


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