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By John Freer To complete the construction of a new Whitianga Refuse Transfer Station is understood to cost an additional $9.9 million. This after an original estimate of $2.5 million. Thames Coromandel District Council halted work on the project earlier this year when it was agreed that the design was not fit for purpose. Since […]

An attempt to get the pulse of its town and use the information to meet the needs of residents, has struck a cord with Whangamata residents. The local ratepayer’s association has launched a survey of both residents and ratepayers and within a week, have received over 400 responses. Whangamata Ratepayers Association spokesperson, Amanda Stevenson, said […]

By John Freer Interviewing Rob Goldring is a very sobering experience. The discussion is about the recent wildfires in North America and how a similar scenario could be experienced on the Coromandel Peninsula. Rob is the Community Risk Manager for Fire and Emergency New Zealand in the Waikato. It is very easy to determine his […]

By John Freer A second Chinese sister city relationship could be on the cards for the Hauraki District. Local Mayor, Toby Adams, recently visited the Pinggu District on the outskirts of Beijing with the aim of repeating the existing relationship with the Shanghai based district of Jiading. Following the visit Mayor Toby said while the […]

By John Freer He has been in the job for 10 months – Thames Coromandel Mayor, Len Salt, chaired the August Council meeting yesterday and looked to introduce a committee which he believes will help him deliver his election promises. His council has deferred introducing his proposed Sustainability and Community Resilience Committee until its next […]

By John Freer Removing the Thames Create the Vibe will end a highly divisive scenario which has been experienced over the past two years. The Thames Business Association Chief Executive, Sue Lewis O’Halloran, made a submission to the Thames Community Board this week before the vote was taken to remove the pedestrian precinct. Sue, when […]

By John Freer The decision to terminate the Create the Vibe pedestrian precinct in Thames has met mixed reaction – this being the situation experienced by Thames Community Board members even just before voting on the matter. The board deliberated for an hour, which included hearing seven submissions on the $336,000 Waka Kotahi funded initiative, […]

By John Freer State Highway 25A will be open by the end of March next year – this announced today by Waka Kotahi. Work is underway for the construction of a bridge reconnecting the highway which closed in January after a significant road washout. Contract negotiations, according to NZTA are on-going with the preferred consortia […]

The controversial proposed Tairua Skatepark is now the subject of a judicial review. The action has been lodged in the High Court by Preserve Cory Park Domain Incorp, a society which represents the majority of property owners directly neighbouring the proposed skatepark site. The review is against Thames Coromandel District Council. The design plans for […]

By John Freer Firstly, CFM wants to say thanks to the 400 people who completed our survey on Cyclone Gabrielle impact. The results have provided excellent incites, including the very important feedback on our performance as your local information source during those extreme challenges experienced across the region. Besides ensuring that our audiences are entertained, […]


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