At its meeting today, held in a mix of in-person and online, the Thames Community Board gave its support to making the
Thames Connector public bus service permanent, and recommended that funding for it be included in the 2021-2031 Long
Below is a summary of the meeting. You can watch the unedited recording of the meeting and view the agenda at tcdc.govt.nz/meetings
.Community Liaison Representatives Terms of Reference
At its 26 February meeting, the Board chose representatives to liaise with community groups in a range of areas and
issues, such as the Sir Keith Park Memorial Airfield, youth, creative industries, sports and recreation, public
transport and more.
The full list of activity portfolios and their Board representatives as well as the terms of reference are on the
meeting agenda here
The Board also requested that terms of reference be drawn up that clearly define the roles of the representatives and
how they should relate to internal and external stakeholders, such as being the initial point of contact for an
organisation on behalf of the Board, developing an effective working relationship between the Board and the organisation
if necessary and liaising with Council staff. The Board adopted the terms of reference.Thames Business Association - Request for Funding for Automatic Number Plate Recognition Camera
The Board decided to defer the decision, pending further discussions with the Association on overall funding and the
provision of a final quote for purchase and installation of cameras and ongoing maintenance costs associated with them.Public Transport in Thames
The Board agreed to support the popular Thames Connector moving from a trial basis to a permanent service, and
recommended that funding for the bus be included in the 2021-2031 Long Term Plan. The Board has drafted a letter to
co-funders Waikato Regional Council and NZ Transport Agency in support of the move. tcdc.govt.nz/thamesconnector
Commercial Operators Licenses on Council Reserves
The Board approved Commercial Operators Licenses for mobile catering businesses to operate on two Council reserves. The
application of Treats food and beverage caravan for a license to continue to operate at the Danby Field car park in
Thames on Queen Street was approved.
A license for a similar business at Te Mata Reserve was approved. Other applications for food and beverage trailers to
operate at other locations were turned down on the grounds that either there are similar businesses nearby already in
operation, or it was an inappropriate activity at the location suggested.District Sports Plan
The Board endorsed the draft Thames-Coromandel District Sport and Active Recreation Plan and requested that Council
adopt the Plan when it goes to them at their next meeting on 23 June.
The Plan, the first of its kind for the district, would align our district with the Sport Waikato Regional Facilities
Plan and other councils in the Waikato with similar plans. The Plan was developed with the input of about 75 per cent of
the sport and recreation clubs in the district. It looks at gaps in the provision of facilities as well as opportunities
to grow sport and recreation in our communities. See the draft plan here
The Board voted to recommend that Council renew Veolia’s lease on its premises at 102 Burke Street in Thames for five
years at a market rate being determined now by Registered Valuers.Open Space and Community Facilities Strategy
The intent of the Strategy is to enable our Council to rationalise its approach to reserves, open spaces and community
facilities to ensure that our services in these areas are being delivered in the manner that is most efficient for
ratepayers. It is also intended that the Strategy would inform our District Plan, Long Term Plan and Development
The Board agreed to provide staff with additional comments individually via email for consideration by Council at its 23
June meeting. You can view the draft here
Board members Cherie Staples and Peter Revell were chosen to be the Board’s members on the Coastal Panel for the Thames
Board Work Programme
Thames to Tararu speed limit: The Board discussed the speed limit on SH25 from the north end of Thames to Tararu and
agreed that they would like it lowered from 70kmh to 50kmh for safety reasons. Moanataiari School is nearby, there are
several businesses and other organisations fronting the road and in the middle of that section is a popular beachfront
reserve with a covered BBQ/picnic area. The Board is drafting a letter of request to NZ Transport Agency to request the
lower speed limit and will be canvassing the businesses and clubs in the area to ask for their support.
Patui Avenue, Ngarimu Bay, footpath construction: Work began this week and consultation is ongoing with Chorus
contractors to ensure ultra-fast broadband fibre installation is conducted at the same time with minimum disruption.
Thames Centennial Pool: Council approved the installation of heat pumps to replace the failing boiler used to heat the
pool’s water. Work is expected to place in July.