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Jun 25, 2024
Economy

EXCITING DEVELOPMENT FOR KOPU AND THAMES

The Right Honourable Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister; the Honourable Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Development, Oceans and Fisheries, and Minister for Resources; Mayor of Thames Coromandel District, Len Salt; and Casey Costello, Minister of Customs, Minister for Seniors and Associate Minister of Health, participating together in the official opening ceremony of the Kopu Marine and Business Precinct. Winston cut the ribbon. Unity on growth for the economy It truly is an exciting development and one could feel that all the speakers with their words, were believers. The pro…

Jun 18, 2024
Motoring

New light passenger sales continue steep yearly decline

Year-to-date, 2024 is 13.3% lower than 2023 (8,198 units) and 23.8% lower than 2022 (16,703 units). Toyota continue to be the leader overall year-to-date with 23.3% market share followed by Ford (14.4%) and Mitsubishi (10.8%). If the current sales slump continues, there are fears within the industry that some dealers around the country will simply not survive. There have already been reported closures and restructuring across the country and with little to no reprieve in sight, it appears there is every chance more drastic change will follow according to reports and rumours within the ind…

Jun 18, 2024
Environment

Community beachside building has to go

This week in Geraldton, West Australia, a Marine Rescue building which had been built in 2016 at the cost of $AU800,000, had to be demolished. The problem was high tides and beach erosion. At high tide, the water encroaches two metres from the structure. Last year, 2023, volunteers were out in force sand bagging the building – 2,000 bags. Their efforts were in vain and it was clear the building on that site was not viable. Residents with beachside properties in this same area face similar problems. It is expected that some of these homes may also have to go.

Jun 18, 2024
Environment

History of poisoning on the Coromandel Part Two

An explanation team was set up – an ever-expanding staff of scientists charged with finding the best way to spread 1080. They were based at “Landcare”. Later university professors jumped on the bandwagon and 1080 “experts” emerged from all of our universities. Their first challenge was to find an explanation for the dead native birds which was given to Eric Spurr. Eric did some “research”. His research showed that the poison would kill a lot of possums and rats which meant that the surviving birds would not be hassled by rats or possums come next breeding season so they would breed up so …

Jun 18, 2024
Environment

Let the facts be a part of the solution

The feather-like Caulerpa quickly smothers the sea floors. In January, a Tairua local, Will Fransen, was fishing solo out behind the Alderman Islands. Somehow he fell overboard and in little over 24 hours drifted in the currents to Mayor Island, over 55 km away. Incredibly for him and his family, he was found alive. If the currents and tides can carry a human this far, imagine the distance a small fragment of invasive seaweed can spread on the same currents, particularly because the tides and currents flow day in and day out. It may be easy to point the finger at boaties and blame vessel…

Jun 18, 2024
Environment

Water meters – some have them and some don’t

The key change is that everyone who has a meter will be charged on the basis of the amount of water they use. For a long time, instead of user payers, there has been a “fixed charge”. From 1 July 2024, that fixed charge will be reduced by about 50%. The other 50% will pay for the water treatment plant and process. The other portion of the charge which is no longer a fixed charge will be what you use. Water usage will be measured through existing meters. The new process commences 1 July. The cost per cubic metre is $1.62 for 1,000 litres. Comments from residents reveal confusion and conc…

Jun 18, 2024
Local Government

Message from Hon Scott Simpson

MP For Coromandel We campaigned on this policy because hardworking Kiwis deserve to keep more of what they earn, especially as households across the Coromandel and the wider country have been battling the cost of living. When I meet with people in our communities, conversation quickly turns to the struggle local businesses are facing to stay afloat, the pressure on families to pay their weekly bills, and the feeling that it is harder to get ahead. Our tax package targets relief to low and middle-income households. Families with young children are set to benefit most. It gives average inc…

Jun 11, 2024
Environment

Moving beyond throw-away cups

The move, driven by waste minimising trust Wāhi Tukurua, looks to phase out the plastic-lined take-away cups of which an estimated 250,000 end up in landfill each year from Mercury Bay alone. The cups, most of which appear to be cardboard, are not recyclable because of the plastic content and nearly all those which claim to be compostable, require a commercial composter not available in the Thames Coromandel region. Overflowing rubbish bins in Whitianga and surrounding streets in summer bear witness to the problem, with coffee cups a regular feature amongst the waste. Now the landfill tha…