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A CLOSE CALL FOR LOCAL CONTROL

Case in point is a recent emotional claim that local environment advocates “played a significant role in sinking the proposal put forth by Glen Leach for the Coromandel to obtain World Heritage status”. The claim was that the proposal’s failure is to be regretted. For the interest of many new residents, it was actually Waikato Regional Council (WRC), not upstart locals, that put a stop within weeks to a ‘hare-brained tourism scheme hatched in 2015 by then-Mayor Glenn Leach and Florida-based travel consultancy, Miles Marketing Destinations. A quick look at what was to be, shows why stopping...

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Long Term Plan Four main submission areas

We have had about 2,000 submissions with 156 people indicating they wished to be heard. Contrary to the opinion of some, your submissions are heard and will be considered in the deliberations. It is a tough balance to keep the rates rise as low as possible recognising the current cost of living pressures, while also committing to levels of service under inflation pressures, plus the ever-increasing challenges in the biosecurity and biodiversity spaces. The feedback on the five main submission topics now drops to four with the imminent closure of the economic development agency Te Waka. This...

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Breakfast celebrates staff and volunteers

From left: Councillor Giri-Percival, Helen Rapana, Ms Sanerive-Pere, Peter van der Putten, Tony Marsters Among 45 invited guests were TCDC Acting Deputy-Mayor Rekha Giri-Percival, and Regional Public Service Advisor, Shelley Sanerive-Pere. The powhiri was given by WCST Community Co-ordinator Mike Bennett. In a surprise announcement, Whitianga Social Services Manager Tony Marsters said they would be honouring six of the longest-serving members of the WCST team with long-service certificates.  Two of those mentioned, Peter van der Putten (30+ yrs administrator) and Helen Rapana, (20+ yrs transport/driver)...

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Hahei speaks out on their choice for Cathedral Cove

Blocking off the walk hasn’t detered visitors from walking the track. Mautohe Cathedral Cove (MCC) is hugely significant economically for both the entire Coromandel Peninsula and the country. It is imperative that after some 18 months or more of closure the main track down to the cove itself be reopened by Christmas 2024. We support proceeding with the ‘temporary’ option (option 2a) where the track and steps down to the cove near the main slip are rebuilt and reinstated. We recognise that we are operating in a dynamic environment and ti may not be possible to have a highly resilient long-term...

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The fast-track bill? Slow-track led nowhere

These people marching most likely in good faith, have missed the crux of the matter. The environment has already suffered major damage and ‘slow tracking’ with lengthy debates on pros and cons of certain developments, have done not a thing to arrest damage to the environment. Last week’s issue of The Informer details a massive amount of deliberation about the Waikato–Waipa River systems, allowing an eighty-year time frame for improvement and demonstrated the futility of endless talk when ultimately somebody has to do something (p: 10). Eventually, somebody must climb out of bed and take action....

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Our MP out & about

Scott Simpson MP and Cherie Staples, President of Hauraki JP’s Assoc, present Noel (centre) with his 30 years achievement award as a Justice of the Peace. Speaking at Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club Our MP Scott Simpson spoke at a sponsors early breakfast organised and hosted by the Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club last Thursday. Scott introduced himself as part of the large clan of Simpsons of Simpson’s Beach but his main focus was on the state of the Hauraki Gulf waters and the coming legislation soon to be tackled in Parliament. He acknowledged that the Game  Fishing Club has written a submission...

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Unified and strong message from residents and rate payers

Let’s go back a little in time. Earlier this year, representatives of Residents and Ratepayers Associations on the Coromandel Peninsula had met to test out the viability of the associations working together on matters of district interest. The result of this was seventeen associations agreed to support this Alliance concept. That Alliance met with our Mayor, Len Salt and eight councillors in late March in the council chambers in Thames to discuss common concerns pertaining to ratepayers across the Peninsula. Seventeen Associations were represented. The issue in the words of Rob Boston, of...

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MILITARY EXERCISES IN WAIKAWAU BAY AREA DUE TO START TUESDAY, 14 MAY

The exercise will involve 30 NZDF personnel, low flying aircraft and small boats operating day and night. Blank ammunition may be used in a controlled environment away from public areas.” Source: Coromandel Town Chronicle. 3 May, 2024 There was no logo nor contact details and the advert was deemed vague and lacking by persons in the Waikawau Bay Catchment Residents Network (WBCRN): So a local person contacted the Coromandel Town Chronicle inquiring about this advert. The editor contacted the NZ Defence Dept. who replied. Following are excerpts from that statement, the full words to be  published ...

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