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Long-Term Plans need input – Disagreement on ‘Nice to Haves’

As our Mayor, Len Salt has said, the best place to go for making a submission is the TCDC website. Reading background detail is well worthwhile and hard copies can be obtained in the few days left to make a submission. Long-term plans are just that – a ten-year plan which needs to change at budget time because some projects completed naturally drop-off and other items get dropped off because the planning is not ready or costs have increased, so delays are necessary. New items are added due to local and/or changing circumstances. Due to the cyclones of early 2023, the Long-Term Plan changed...

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What about if we have Oppose the Fast Track Bill, Threatening our Environment and Democracy

Double Jeopardy for Our Environment and Local Decision-Making: The Bill delivers a ruthless one-two gut-punch to Coromandel’s future. First, a clause dismantles the 26-year-old law passed by a previous National government, (strongly supported by TCDC) safeguarding Coromandel conservation forest land and our precious harbours and estuaries from mining. Countless people from Coromandel fought to win this protection, and 40,000 marched up Queen Street, Auckland in 2010 to successfully retain it. Second, another clause in the Bill trashes our local District Plan. Our Plan forged through decades...

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Leave social services to Wellington

By delineating these roles clearly, TCDC can enhance efficiency, improve service delivery (reduce cost), and ensure better outcomes for us, the local fee and ratepayers. That way, we all avoid paying more than is required for services we need, value and are prepared to pay for. Local New Zealand government entities are pivotal in delivering essential services to communities. The extent of their responsibilities, particularly concerning social services, is debatable. As ratepayers and fee payers, we fund local government. As taxpayers, we fund central government. I advocate a change in focus...

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Matters to be resolved

Cathedral Cove walking access, where to have the Boating Club, dust on and in the houses opposite Allied Concrete on South Highway, Operational Refuse Transfer Station for Mercury Bay; Wahi Tukurua (recycling centre) being more than a name; clearing the ponds at Cooks Beach, Buffalo Beach and Taputapuatea Stream; Water storage plan and a timeline for it, Coastal Protection Project turned into specific plans for specific areas; rubbish bin collection methods that work for the residents. All require work and a change of culture regarding relationships and possibilities between local Government...

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Where Mercury Bay is heading

Without question, we live in the best seaside settlements in New Zealand and Mercury Bay residents need to work hard to keep that distinction going. As an isolated region, I believe we must clearly establish Whitianga as the heart of Mercury Bay and move forward with a collective voice. I might add that after living and working in Mercury Bay for over 40 years I feel equipped to contribute in a meaningful way but wish to reiterate that the articles written are of personal options only. To look forward I feel we also need to look back and analyse some major achievements: • Roading network...

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Together forever – a good idea

Eventually I found the plan. It is in sections with headings such as, “Our People” and “Our Environment”. Upon reading the plan, one item came up in the section headed, “Our Iwi told us what they would like to improve.” There were various items in this section, but what grabbed my attention was one that stated, “We would like a Maori area set aside at the Kaimarama Cemetery.” While some may be against this, I feel it is actually a good idea and that other ethnic groups should also be given this opportunity. My reasoning is based upon two influences, the first being a trip my good lady and myself...

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Great about highway – what about our Cathedral Cove track?

The fact that State Highway 25A between Kōpū and Hikuai opened ahead of time, is being applauded by those on the peninsula, says Mercury Bay Business Association (MBBA) member Ray Van Beynen. But he says there’s “utter disbelief” amongst locals that “absolutely no progress” has been made to reopen the track to the Cathedral Cove recreation reserve. Both the highway and the cove track were badly impacted by Cyclone Gabrielle in January 2023.“It’s coming up a year since the closure of the track to the cove and the Department of Conservation, who closed the track without consultation citing...

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In support of commercial fishing – stating the case

The recent coverage of topics on trawl corridors and bottom trawling has been considerable and the view of the commercial fishing industry of which I am a part, needs to be heard. I started commercial fishing in 1976 in Whitianga and have recently retired from active commercial skippering of our 17-metre commercial bottom longliner. This vessel is operating on the northeast, and west coast of the North Island. I am also currently president of the Whitianga and Coromandel Peninsula Commercial Fishermen’s Association. I was also on the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Spatial Plan stakeholder...

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