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By John Freer Call it commonsense or maybe just people overcoming the grinch-like role, and instead just entering into the Christmas spirit. We are referring to Pollen Street, Thames, where the Christmas banners have appeared. There has been plenty of discussion on whether or not the banners would be in place for the coming festive […]

By John Freer Praise yesterday for the two men who controlled traffic on the Thames Coast Road after a lane was blocked – one of them being Hauraki District Mayor Toby Adams. For more than an hour in rain and miserable conditions, Mayor Toby and a friend kept the traffic flowing around a milk tanker […]

By John Freer Steampunk is not everyone’s cup of tea but those who are into it – they go the whole hog. After a successful three days the organisers of Steampunk Thames are already planning for next year. Gold Rush was the theme, which captured the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Thames Borough. […]

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 […]

By John Freer Get prepared to stay safe – this is the advice today from the Thames Coromandel Civil Defence team as the remnants of Cyclone Lola are being felt. After activating the emergency management office, Controller Gary Towler, told CFM the storm structure had changed in that the winds were now expected to be […]

A number of residents of the Coromandel Peninsula/Hauraki District have been acknowledged in this year’s Kings Birthday Honours List. They include Whitianga’s Dr Shirley Julich, Peggy Bariball of Thames, Whitianga’s Derek Collier, Shirley Gillard of Te Aroha and Wayne Smith of Waihi Beach. Details of their Honours are: Dr Shirley Jülich – New Zealand Order […]

The seventh of 10 new water treatment projects across the Thames Coromandel was opened today with Onemana residents enjoying the benefits of the latest new supply. The water upgrade programme started in 2018 with a very pleased District Councillor Terry Walker doing the honours in opening the new plant. The upgrades were a council initiative […]

Civil defence has now shifted its approach from storm responses on roading, to potential property damage. This came as three properties were today damaged by slips on the Thames Coast at Thornton’s Bay. One of the properties is understood to have mud and debris entering the building. No-one was injured and the residents are staying […]

By John Freer Mercury Bay Boating Club has given up trying to protect its clubhouse from the advancing sea, instead it will go ahead and work to move the building. Club Commodore, Jonathane Kline, confirmed the decision with CFM yesterday after the club had failed in an attempt to place concrete blocks in front of […]

At 12 noon this Friday nominations close for the 2022 Local Body Elections. As at 2:30pm Tuesday this is the current situation of the number of candidates and positions available. Thames Coromandel Coromandel/Colville Mercury Bay South Eastern Tairua/ Pauanui Thames Total Shortfall Mayor Nominations 4 Mayor Positions 1 0 Council Nominations 1 2 2 n/a […]


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