Week 1 begins Monday 16 July 2018
A severe weather system has arrived in the region bringing heavy rain and north-easterly gales. Combined with the king tide cycle peaking from Saturday to Monday, there is the possibility of localised inundation of low-lying coastal areas, particularly on the Kaiaua Coast and Pūkorokoro-Miranda, but potentially on Coromandel’s east coast too
MetService has issued a severe weather outlook for the weekend. Waikato Regional Council (WRC) is monitoring the weather system which has the potential to affect some of the region’s low-lying coastal areas on Sunday.
A reduction in Councillor numbers could result in greater diversity around the Council table and a more efficient council overall says Hauraki District Mayor John Tregidga.
“It’s a bit of a paradox, but because Councillor's salaries are to be paid as a percentage of a fixed overall pool, reducing numbers would mean the remaining individual Councillors would earn a little bit more, which we hope might make it affordable for more people to consider standing,” he said.
Describing herself simply as a mother and worker who cares, Ngatea woman Marie Holtham is on a mission to see her home town lead the way in the war against plastic.
Every six years we have to look at how many councillors we have in each of our three wards (Paeroa, Waihi and Hauraki Plains), and across the district overall. This is to make sure we have the right amount of people around the Council table to fairly represent the number of people that live in each of our communities.
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There was a feeling of accomplishment around the Council table this week as the Hauraki District Long Term Plan was finalised.
OceanaGold (NZ) has lodged resource consent applications with Hauraki District Council and Waikato Regional Council for further mine development in Waihi. The applications, which will be processed jointly by the two Councils, cover the proposed Martha Project announced by the company in March this year.
A tomo that opened up on Trig Road South, Waihi, last Tuesday evening (19 June) also opened a can of worms that the Council has spent the last week investigating and repairing.
The Paeroa Domain public toilets will be re-opened for general use on weekends from this Saturday (23 June), following feedback from the community.
Trig Road South, Waihi, is closed near the intersection with Mathers Road due to a large tomo which has caved in underneath the road leaving a hole...
Pursuant to Section 37 of the Dog Control Act 1996 the Hauraki District Council by Resolution of Council on 28th March 2018 fixed the dog control fees for this Registration Year 01 July 2018 to 30 June 2019.
Public toilets at Paeroa Domain will be closed from Tuesday 5 June 2018, except for special events.
More people can now sit up and take notice of Paeroa thanks to separate donations from Paeroa community identity Norm McMillan, and Paeroa Rotary.
The reality of having your home flooded is difficult to understand unless you have been through the experience. Know how to prepare before what never happens, happens.
The Waihi community will be the first in Hauraki to be able to connect to Ultra-Fast Broadband as Chorus begins rolling out their fibre network next week.
The Hauraki Coromandel Business Awards are an acknowledgement of excellence in all sectors of business within the Hauraki and Thames-Coromandel districts. Applications now open.
We’re concerned some of our ratepayers could be missing out on hundreds of dollars of savings on their rates bill per year because they haven’t applied for a rates rebate.
Over the last little while we’ve been chatting with you about where we’re heading over the next few years and how much it will cost.
We’re very grateful for Waihi Lion’s Club's generous offer to support the rocket park project as part of their centennial celebrations this year.
The Morgan Park Recreation and Community Centre rolled a step closer last week when the netball pavilion was moved
from its former site to greener pastures.
Due to Wednesday 25th April 2018 being a holiday collections scheduled for that week will be carried out a day later than normal, with the exception of Whiritoa which remains unchanged.
Please see the attached schedule showing the dates of your collection day for the week of April 23rd to April 29th.
In Whiritoa, road lighting in general is being assessed, along with the LED upgrade. Council Engineering Services Group Manager Adrian de Laborde says road lighting in the area is due for review. The Council is seeking feedback from the community on how well positioned the current lighting is and where additional lighting might be needed from a road safety perspective.
The future looks brighter than ever for Hauraki District thanks to a funding boost from NZ Transport Agency. Over the next few months most street lights in the District will be converted to new state-of-the-art LED lights.
The Hauraki Rail Trail Charitable Trust welcomes the Government’s announcement of co-funding to complete the Hauraki Rail Trail.
Skills Highway Roadshow Breakfast. Find out about high-quality literacy and numeracy programmes that are customised for local workplaces and discuss the funding and opportunities available.
Ten years ago he was made to scrub his drawings from the old Paeroa skate bowl. Today he’s being paid to paint a mural at the town’s new skate park at Railway Reserve.
The Waihi community will be the first in Hauraki to be able to connect to Ultra Fast Broadband as Chorus begins the roll out of their fibre network in May this year.
Over the next ten years and beyond we are facing a major increase in the cost of delivering our services. This will mean rates increases for our ratepayers. We’ve got some hard decisions to make. Help us choose which route we should take. We have a number of events in our local communities with councillors and staff available to answer your questions and take your feedback.
Mining company OceanaGold shared its proposed plans for a further development in Waihi at a Council meeting in Paeroa this morning.
The cost of providing the things we all need (drinking water, wastewater, maintaining roads) is going up. We want to know what you think we should do.
Applications for 2018 inscriptions on the Hauraki Plains Memorial Wall close on Friday March 16.
When it comes to business activity, Councillor Ross Harris predicts an exciting ride for Hauraki over the next few years. Recently taking the wheel as Economic Development Subcommittee Chair he’s keen to build on progress made by Deputy Mayor Toby Adams, who held the position for six years.
Property owners considering raising the floor level of homes or buildings following coastal flooding in the Kaiaua Coast area in January now have one less thing to worry about.
The Council has asked the new government to consider home owners in Waihi before finalising its proposed Overseas Investment Amendment Bill.
The Mangrove Management Bill proposes Thames Coromandel District Council, along with Hauraki District Council may prepare a draft mangrove management plan in relation to our coastal area and maintain acceptable levels of mangrove vegetation in order to restore, protect or enhance the amenity values and/or ecosystems of the coastal area.
The Mayor paid a surprise visit to Waihi East School last week to present Deputy Principal Rachael Coll with a special award for her contribution to local Matariki Celebrations.
On 10 and 11 March Chief Executive Langley Cavers will lead hiking team of four, the Hauraki Thrill Sneakers, on a 100km trek through the back-blocks of Whakatane to raise money for Oxfam.
Waihi’s Gold Discovery Centre has new owners, but its core purpose remains the same.
While there is no quick fix for the brown-tinted drinking water periodically on tap in the Hauraki Plains, the Council is investigating a possible long term solution.
The Government will pitch in and pay $215,830 towards toilet and wastewater improvements at Karangahake Reserve.
Applications for funding assistance to local arts projects and initiatives within the territory of the Hauraki District Council are now being received for projects that take place between 26 March 2018 and 22 March 2019.
Civil Defence Minister Kris Faafoi announced today that the Government will contribute $15,000 to the Hauraki District Council Kaiaua Coast Disaster Relief Fund.
Latest predictions from MetService and Waikato Regional Council show the effects of the approaching storm are unlikely to have a significant impact in the Waikato Region. However, the combination of rain, wind and king tides could still cause some issues and people are advised to take a precautionary approach and be aware of possible effects in low-lying coastal areas and alongside rivers.
There's still time to apply for financial support.
The construction of a new pedestrian bridge over the Ohinemuri River at Karangahake Gorge Reserve carpark will begin in January 2018.
A disaster relief fund has been set up by the Council following last week’s Kaiaua coast storm event. The fund follows an overwhelming response from people wanting to donate money to help devastated coastal communities, including Kaiaua, Waharau, Whakatiwai and Pūkorokoro/Miranda, get back on their feet.
Be prepared and stay informed about the current weather event
Hauraki District Council has signed up for Local Government New Zealand’s CouncilMARK™ excellence programme in 2018.
Fire and Emergency urges people to take action now ahead of a hot, dry summer
A new road safety campaign – 'Stay Alive On 25' – has been designed to try to prevent serious injury and fatal crashes on this highway.
From 20 December 2017 all open air fires must have a permit.
Fine tuning required with Waihi and Paeroa's specialised UV peroxide water treatment systems to remove taste and odour.
It’s hoped new signs and road markings installed at the Waitawheta Bridge in Karangahake Gorge will help improve traffic flow and safety at the busy intersection.
Traffic is flowing smoothly through a former bottleneck near Paeroa’s big bottle, thanks to the installation of a temporary roundabout.
A recently released government drinking water report has been welcomed by Hauraki District Mayor John Tregidga, who says supplying safe drinking water is essential and a matter of public health and safety.
Tired changing rooms at the Waihi Community Swimming Pool will receive a new lease on life as part of an overall upgrade planned for next year.
The holiday season will affect processing timeframes for building consents and LIMs
One of only a small number of elected members aged under 30 in New Zealand, Austin Rattray recently attended a special retreat designed to connect our most youthful decision makers.
The Council building, Hauraki House, is undergoing earthquake strengthening work, roof replacement, exterior painting, and some interior renovation work.
If your life, health or property is in serious danger, an Emergency Mobile Alert could be sent to your mobile phone.
Some ground movement has been detected near a sinkhole that was discovered in Waihi earlier this year on Council reserve between the Waihi Rugby Club and the Martha open pit.
The changes to the Alcohol Control Bylaw have been approved by Council and comes into effect 10 Nov 2017.
A review of the District’s gambling rules has resulted in some changes, including an additional rule to allow businesses with pokie machines to move premises in some circumstances.
A proposed year round alcohol ban in public places in Whiritoa has been canned by the Council following an overwhelming response from the community. The existing seasonal ban during traditional Christmas and New Year periods will remain in place.
Presentations were made at an awards evening to celebrate the contributions and achievements of people in our communities.
Join in the fun at the opening of the Pūkorokoro-Miranda to Thames section of the Hauraki Rail Trail
The news that Countdown and New World’s single use plastic bags will be phased out has been welcomed by Hauraki District Council.
Council’s noise control officers are now able to issue fines for excessive and unreasonable noise.
We’re supporting Get Ready Week 2017 (9-15 October)
Celebrating excellence in business – that’s the aim of the new Hauraki- Coromandel Business Awards taking place in September.
The Council is proposing some changes to its Alcohol Control Bylaw, which outlines rules around alcohol use in public places.
Free driver refresher courses available for the 65+ aged drivers.
Alcohol bans and gambling policy changes for Hauraki.
An arson attack at Victoria Park toilets in Waihi is pointless and infuriating says Waihi Ward Chair
DOC advises contractors will be undertaking work on 16 tracks in the Hauraki, Whitianga and Tauranga Districts to prevent the spread of kauri dieback
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Earlier this morning a sinkhole associated with historic mining and approximately 20 metres in diameter was discovered on council reserve between the Waihi Rugby Club and the Martha open pit.
Resource consent to create 43 residential lots on part of the former Paeroa Racecourse has been granted.
The upgraded Paeroa Water Treatment Plant received a Merit Award for Excellence in Collaboration and Design
The Waikato Plan, adopted by the Waikato partner councils including the Hauraki District Council, is all about pooling resources and working collectively to provide the best outcomes possible for everyone in the greater Waikato area.
Bird watching at Pūkorokoro-Miranda is now wheelchair friendly and accessible in winter thanks to a major upgrade of a walking track from East Coast Road to a bird viewing hide.
An application to create 45 residential lots on part of the former Paeroa Racecourse is currently being processed by Council.
Join Paeroa Streamcare Trust for their first Community Planting Day Sunday 23 July
Guest speaker, recently retired double Olympic rowing champion Eric Murray, to reveal secrets behind success.
Several problem sections of the Hauraki Rail Trail will be sealed following a successful funding application to Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE).
The Council will question wastewater discharge requirements set out in the government’s National Policy Statement on Freshwater (NPSFW) and seek a more affordable and environmentally beneficial solution.
A plan to reduce waste has been adopted by Council.
We’ve made some small changes to existing fees and charges for the coming year and included a couple of new fees in our fee schedule.
Council will cover a funding shortfall of $120,000 for stage one of Waihi Sport `n’ Action Trust’s multi-million-dollar Recreation and Community Centre at Morgan Park.
You don’t have to live in a big city to create a thriving international company.
Work around Waihi includes: Rocket Park; Gilmour Lake Reserve parking; Waihi's crucible rubbish bins; Whiritoa playground; Bradford St
Seat installed at Karangahake Reserve carpark to celebrate 95 years of Women’s Institute in New Zealand
The 2017/18 Annual Plan comes into effect 1 July 2017
Rates will now be invoiced four times a year instead of three.
Working with, and listening to its community has made Hauraki District Council a finalist in the Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) EXCELLENCE Awards.
Highlights from the latest Hauraki District Council meeting on 31 May 2017
Pūkorokoro/Miranda to Thames section of the Hauraki Rail Trail nears opening. A One Stop Shop information evening (14 June) for the Pūkorokoro/Miranda to Thames section of the Trail, and separate day workshop (13 June) for entrepreneurs and business people to be held next week.
A welcome window of fine weather has been put to good use by Waihi Sport ‘n’ Action. The asphalt surface on 10 new netball and tennis courts at the back of Morgan Park has now been completed.
TCDC & HDC unite in seeking to reduce mangrove growth
Routinely boiling drinking water is now a thing of the past for people living in Karangahake and Mackaytown. This week the last few properties in the area were connected to the much superior Paeroa water supply and precautionary boil water notices have been lifted in both communities.
Hauraki District Council Group Manager Engineering Services Adrian de Laborde says the Council is on a mission to upgrade all of its drinking water supplies and the completion of the Mackaytown and Karangahake upgrades is a real milestone.
Preparing for an emergency is easier than you think
The 2017/18 Annual Plan is now adopted and comes into effect 1 July 2017
A new direct bus service between Coromandel town and Rotorua has arrived and Hauraki District Mayor John Tregidga is 100 percent on board.
A certificate of compliance has been issued to New Talisman Gold Mines Ltd for prospecting within old mine workings within Mount Karangahake.
Have your say about our most precious resource.
An overwhelming response to a post on a community Facebook page has inspired an exciting local initiative.
Support agencies and flood affected farmers came together to discuss a way forward following last week's weather event.
Free de-sexing and micro-chipping is now available for dogs classed as menacing.
When the Waihi street changes kicked in just over a year ago we anticipated and planned for quite a number of potential issues. Where are we now?
Council will spend around $640,000 on a new scheme to pump wastewater from the Karangahake Reserve toilets to the Paeroa Waste Water Treatment system to relieve the existing waste water treatment that is struggling to cope with the influx of holiday makers.
The decision whether or not to add fluoride to drinking water shouldn’t be shouldered by the Council or District Health Boards, the Council has agreed.
State Highway 2 between Waihi and Omokoroa looks set to see $60million worth of safety improvements over the next six years.
Hauraki residents welcome news ultrafast broadband is coming to their three main towns.
If the experts predicted a dismal future for regional New Zealand, no one told Hauraki. In a climate of expected population and economic decline, the district is booming.
Waikato Civil Defence is updating the way it educates people about tsunami preparedness in the wake of the recent Kaikoura quake and following subsequent tsunami alert.
NZ Transport Agency has announced it will fund a $1 million `clip-on' cycle lane attached to the downstream side of the Piako Bridge, which spans the Piako River on State Highway 25. This will provide a safe crossing for trail users and road cyclists and is a key piece of the Kaiaua to Kopu section of the Hauraki Rail Trail.
Council helps local businesses #GetDigital
Next winter Waihi netballers will be winning their games on six brand new courts at the back of Morgan Park, thanks to an $800,000 contribution from Council. The new courts will also service the tennis club.
Contractor Health And Safety Pre-Qualification Scheme
Changes to online banking details for payments made to Hauraki District Council
To avoid polluting our waterways, we need be aware of what activities introduce waste.
Many Waihi residents have changed their address without moving anywhere. The renumbering of 650 Waihi properties took effect on March 1.
Plans to build a community retirement village on the site of the Paeroa Racecourse was put to the Council meeting this morning.
The Paeroa Racecourse has been purchased from the Barbara Anderson Trust and the Auckland based property developer is putting forward a proposal to build a community retirement village there.