Have Your Say In Local Matters

There’s a few interesting things happening in the neighbourhood – Thames Coromandel District Council’s Shoreline Management Plan needs community input, Waikato Regional Council is reviewing the Waikato Regional Coastal Plan and the rejuvenated Opoutere Hall Society is soon having its AGM.

There’s even a chance to have your say on a bus service proposal!

TCDC Shoreline Management Plan online community meetings

From TCDC:

Our online meetings to update an initial group of our communities on our Shoreline Management Plans are underway.

These are important meetings to discuss how we propose managing the hazards from climate change and sea level rise in these areas. It is also to share specific plans for each of these stretches of coastline that have been developed over the three year SMP project. 

In some communities, we are discussing maintaining or improving the existing defences.

In others we have done a feasibility study on building new structures.

The proposed strategy in some of our communities is to retreat from the area in the future. 

It is very important that you understand what is being discussed in your area.

Links to online meeting recordings that have occurred so far.

Watch the recording of our Te Puru meeting – Tuesday 5 April.

Watch the Tararu meeting – Wednesday 6 April

Watch the Tairua meeting – Thursday 7 April

Whangamatā (south)Tuesday 12 April at 7pm   Click to join Whangamatā meeting 

Once you have attended a meeting or reviewed the adaptation pathways, you can provide your feedback by clicking on this link and using our feedback tool. 

Or you can email us at ourcoast@ tcdc.govt.nz”

Waikato Regional Coastal Plan

Getting it right for our coasts | Kia tika ai mō te takutai

Waikato Regional Council has been reviewing its Regional Coastal Plan with input from iwi, coastal residents and users, industry and other key stakeholders on the issues and gaps they’ve identified with the current plan.

The feedback focused on important issues like how we balance social, cultural and economic values with environmental requirements, how we can guard against the loss of public access, protect indigenous biodiversity and the historic heritage along our coasts, how we will respond to the impacts of climate change, and manage things like coastal erosion and coastal inundation.

We’ve used this feedback, along with statutory requirements, to inform our approach to sustainably manage our region’s coastal marine area which we’re now ready to test with you to make sure we’re on the right track.

This is your chance to have your say on key policy within the coastal plan. The feedback you share will help shape a full draft of the coastal plan which we anticipate will be notified for public submission in late 2022.

Feedback is being sought by the end of April 2022: https://yourvoicematters.waikatoregion.govt.nz/coastal-plan-review

This is a great opportunity for Opoutere to communicate to WRC our values and concerns – think about how the estuary has silted up, for example. This is a chance to draw attention to such problems.

The Opoutere Hall Society AGM

The hall has a “steering committee” that is getting ready for its first AGM on the 17th April where the official committee will be elected. Please see below for their inaugural report that includes the email list of the executive if you have any queries for them.

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The Opoutere Community Hall Report

Coromandel/Hauraki Bus Service Survey

This is from Denis Tegg, Thames Coromandel constituent member on Waikato Regional Council:

“Waikato Regional Council has proposals for new public transport bus services in Thames-Coromandel and Hauraki and is seeking public feedback.  These include return connections between Coromandel town and east coast towns to Thames and from Waihi Beach-Waihi-Paeroa-Ngatea to Thames.  There would also be a new service from Thames through Te Aroha to Hamilton (hospital).  

The regional council is also asking for comment on a proposal to take over rating for public transport from district councils. 

It would be great if you could provide feedback and maybe some group you belong to could participate also.  Feedback ends on 30 April. 

A quick feedback questionnaire is online here – 


More information is here – https://www.waikatoregion.govt.nz/council/policy-and-plans/long-term-council-community-plan-annual-plan-and-annual-report/ltp-amendment/ “

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