Christmas greetings to all from Community Constable Paul Wrigley:
"Christmas time gives us all an opportunity to take a breather and reflect on the year. Traditionally the calls for Police service drop on Christmas day. Even if it is just one day. It seems even the criminals aren’t keen on spending Christmas day in the lock up. However Tauranga Police will be out in numbers for the run into New Year's Day and beyond - attending the various community, festival and music events. Our city will be full to the brim with tourists and out of towners, so there is bound to be congestion on the roads during the day and late-night celebrations at people’s homes. Please be patient, we will be doing our best to keep all happy.
One of the positive changes for New Years to note is that there will be more than one Fireworks show on this year. New Year's Eve celebrations will focus on creating a safe and enjoyable family-friendly vibe. Early evening events will take place in the CBD, Papamoa and Matua, featuring entertainment, music, food and 9:30 pm fireworks for the younger ones. There will be no organised event at the Main Mount Maunganui beach but there will be midnight fireworks at various locations across the city, so the days of parking miles away from the Mount and walking to the Main Beach are over. Spreading the locations is a great way to get your family to an local event and back home again with less fuss. I wish you all a safe and happy Christmas holiday, monitor your alcohol consumption, don’t let your friends or family drink and drive - and otherwise take care of the ones you love. The Police often hear positive comments from the general public and we appreciate your support at this time.
Santa's Grotto all set up for the children. 11-12 tomorrow at the The Lizard Market Omokoroa. Gold coin donation to the Omokoroa Sea Scouts, and parents, caregivers and whānau are allowed to take their own pictures 😀 🎅🎄 ... See MoreSee Less
The wooden Lizard statue at the State Highway 2 park and ride, at the end of Omokoroa Road, has been vandalised.
The Omokoroa Public Art Group tells Lizard News that one of the legs of the installation appears to have been deliberately smashed off.
Repair options will be considered. The matter will be reported to Tauranga police. Anyone with any information can call 07 577 4300 or can anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or use the web link.
Parents and caregivers please ask your children and young adults if they know anything.
The Western Ave Playground Project is really coming along and will be ready for use soon. The most important thing is that everyone stays out of the fenced area so that the concrete can cure and the construction team can get on and get it finished without having anything tampered with or broken. PLEASE STAY OUT OF THE FENCED AREA ! ... See MoreSee Less
The re-opening of the slip-damaged Ruamoana Place section of the Omokoroa Esplanade was marked today.
The walkway reserve between Bramley Drive and Ruamoana Place has been closed since the slips that occurred during the two cyclones in March and April 2017.
Today’s ribbon-cutting event was attended by the residents whose properties were impacted by the 2017 slip, along with Western Bay of Plenty Mayor Garry Webber, elected members, project staff and contractors.
The slip-damaged section was repaired using a trial method of drilling vertical chimney drains down the damaged cliff faces, linked with directional drilling, to channel groundwater out to sea from the multiple layers of the cliff.
Council commissioned specialist engineering consultants Tonkin and Taylor who created the innovative chimney drain method. This aimed to reduce the groundwater pressure in the cliff faces by channelling it to the bottom and out to sea.
While this method provided the best potential solution, there was no guarantee of its success. Council decided to trial the approach based on sound risk analysis.
The work was funded on a cost share basis between Western Bay of Plenty District Council and affected residents at 23, 24 and 25 Ruamoana Place. Each property owner contributed $100,000 toward the $600,000 cost and Council funded the 50 percent balance.
The initiative to encourage Council to fund the project with 50 percent from the most affected residents was led by John Roper.
Mayor Garry Webber says the success of the project justifies Council’s faith in attempting what was an unproven method of reinstatement.
“There were are no guarantees, but we understood the risks we were taking. I commend the property owners for taking this step of faith with Council and we are very grateful to Tonkin and Taylor for coming up with such an innovative solution – and to the residents for their generous contribution.
“This could be a method we may be able to consider in other parts of the District where coastal erosion leading to cliff-edge failure is becoming an increasing challenge.’’
Project Manager Peter Clark is delighted with the outcome.
“The contractors have performed both individually and as a team to produce an excellent outcome in particularly difficult conditions. The shape of the slope is great and the vegetation is now showing. It has been a rewarding project to lead.”
The project was completed within budget, but most importantly the property owners are delighted their assets are secure and that the walkway has been stabilised.
If you'd like to suggest changes to local speed limits or parking restrictions, you have until Friday next week to visit the District Council's website.
The speed limit bylaw review will be early in 2019. It doesn't include State Highway speeds, which are set by the Transport Agency.
The traffic and parking bylaw specifies restrictions on where parking is permitted and for how long; angle parking and mobility parking. It covers motorcycles, campervans, bus and taxi stands, loading zones and emergency vehicles, and lanes for boat mooring and ferry queuing.
Parking, boat ramp and ferry access were hot topics in the recent community consultation on the Ōmokoroa Domain redevelopment project.
The speed limits of Minden Road in Te Puna and Youngson Road in Whakamārama have been raised as issues by some locals in the past year.
Council also wants to know if it should consider any formal proposals for restrictions around the keeping of bees or roosters in urban areas.
Council has powers to make bylaws to manage nuisances, offensive behaviour and public safety. A range of bylaws regulates activities including dog control, freedom camping, alcohol bans, cemeteries, discharges to Council’s wastewater system and protection of the community’s water supply sources.
Compliance is monitored by Council staff or the police, depending on the bylaw. Penalties for breaches range from fines to court prosecution.
The Local Government Commission says it will consider an application to alter the boundary between Western Bay of Plenty District and Tauranga City at Tauriko West.
The proposal is to extend the city boundary, to include 189 hectares of rural land currently in Western Bay.
It's been identified as suitable for the future growth of the Tauranga urban area.
The District Council says it sought feedback from landowners, the community, hapū with an interest in Tauriko West and Tauranga Moana iwi authorities during July and August, with the majority supporting the proposal. Tauranga City Council and the Bay of Plenty Regional Council have also supported the proposal.
The Commission will formally publicly notify the application and invite alternative applications for the affected area in the New Year. ... See MoreSee Less
Kia ora, welcome. Tauriko for Tomorrow is a collaborative project driven by four key partners, Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Tauranga City Council and the NZ Transport Agency. Together we are implementing the vision of SmartGrowth for the wider region, start...
Food Drive sorting at the Omokoroa Community Church this evening. Well done team, with thanks to Rick and Ron, the Volunteer Fire Brigade and Church helpers. What a generous community. Matthew and Patrick tackled half of Prole Road and the new homes on Kaimai View. It was awesome to visit neighbours old and new - and to see such generosity from all. ... See MoreSee Less
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