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Have you met the new owners of the Kuaotunu Store yet? Kieron and Nicci Kerr (& dog Nero) took over the store recently and are already making exciting plans for its future. Their immediate focus is on extending the range and quality of the products that they offer, including having more fresh produce for sale (locally made where possible), so that locals can enjoy the convenience of being able to get the goods they need right here without having to travel over the hill. Reducing prices wher...

May 7, 2022

Community Newsletter

Traffic Calming Initiatives Gather Momentum It's not often that happenings in Kuaotunu make the front page of the Mercury Bay Informer, but in January the mysterious appearance of a zebra crossing in the village did just that (you can read the article here).The crossing and the temporary 30km signs that were subsequently installed by TCDC have had a significant impact slowing traffic down during what turned out to be a pretty hectic summer in the village, with unprecedented number...

February 13, 2022

Informer Article

Zebra Crossing Result of Stalemate in Kuaotunu Village CentreBrent Page, chair of the Kuaotunu Residents and Ratepayers Association (KRRA), is disappointed in Thames-Coromandel District Council’s response to what can only be described as an artistic zebra crossing that appeared the weekend before last in the Kuaotunu village centre....

December 30, 2021

Community Newsletter

Measuring Earthquakes in KuaotunuProbably not many local residents are aware that Kuaotunu is the home of New Zealand’s most advanced seismograph to measure earthquakes. Hidden deep in the Blue Fridge Valley is an old gold mining tunnel that has been the home for almost 40 years for one of these instruments that form the Geological and Nuclear Science’s ‘Geonet’ network.  These instruments measure minute earth tremors, which are uploaded in real time via a sophisticated data li...

November 16, 2021

Community Newsletter

Biosphere Working Group Update At the end of May, an historic meeting was convened by the Biosphere Working Group in the Kuaotunu Hall between all the volunteer groups working around the Kuaotunu Peninsula - this was the first time they had all met together!Together with Scott Simpson, Joe Davis of Ngati Hei, and representatives from DOC, each group had the opportunity to outline their work, their successes and their long term aspirations for restoring and replenishing our environment. Over 50 ...

August 15, 2021

Community Newsletter

Have Your Say on the Proposed Scallop Harvesting Ban As mentioned in the December newsletter, the Opito Bay Ratepayers Association (OBRA) is spearheading an initiative to work with Ngati Hei to place a rahui on the scallop beds from Whangapoua to Opoutere until the beds recover, the objective being to have a sustainable scallop fishery for all to enjoy. In order to support the need for the rahui, OBRA engaged LegaSea to manage a scientific survey of the Opito Bay scallop beds. With the...

May 16, 2021

Community Newsletter

Happylocal Community Hub is Formally Launched A local Kuaotunu family, the Linnecars, have spent the past year setting up what has now been formally launched as the Happylocal Community Hub, handily located in Irishtown Rd (opposite the Kuaotunu Hall). Courtney and Matthew had a vision to create a community-focused meeting place where local people and visitors could connect in a relaxing beautiful place, to work in a shared co-working space and look after their holistic health. The idea was to c...

January 19, 2021

Community Newsletter

Kuaotunu FENZ Welcomes New Appliance Our wonderful local rural fire force was delighted to receive its first ever brand new appliance recently. According to Garrick Simpson, Chief Fire Officer, in the past Kuaotunu FENZ has always been allocated old fire appliances that are due for retirement, which means that they quickly become difficult and costly to maintain and service. "Getting a brand new appliance is amazing and is a reflection on the awesome crew we have here and the...

December 5, 2020

Community Newsletter

New AED in Kuaotunu Village Thanks to St John, our village now has a new AED which has been attached to the noticeboard next to the store, making it very prominent and easily accessible, 24/7. This AED is in addition to one kept at the Fire Station, but as the Fire Station is not always open this new device is much appreciated. Note that the AED Locations website lets you look up the location of the nearest available AED, no matter where in the country you happen to be.  Traf...

September 3, 2020

Kuaotunu Conservation Work Lauded

The Department of Conservation has issued two media releases this week acknowledging the work and success of some of our local conservation organisations, namely Project Kiwi, Rings Beach Wetland Group and Kuaotunu Bird Rescue. For a small community such as ours to be mentioned in the national media twice in one week is a great acknowledgment of the efforts of our local conservation heroes....

July 10, 2020

Community Newsletter

So what did you get up to during lockdown? We might have been locked down but the weather was wonderful, and hey we live in one of the most beautiful places in NZ! From enjoying the great outdoors to getting creative indoors, Kuaotunu locals seem to have made the most of lockdown as can be seen from the above photos. Top: the Goodall family building forts on Kuaotunu beach.Bottom left: Charlie modelling a baby hoodie knitted by Jose Kakebeeke.Bottom right: Rupert Nielsen's woodwork creations. Go...

June 20, 2020

Covid-19 Updates

Last updated 18 May - On 25 March, 2020, a state of National Emergency was declared across the country as the Government pulls out all the stops to curtail the spread of COVID-19, and the Kuaotunu Community Emergency Response Team has therefore been activated.   The purpose of this team is to coordinate local emergency and support services representatives to ensure that relevant and up-to-date information, communication and appropriate responses are delivered effectively to t...

March 26, 2020

Community Newsletter

Doesn't it look fabulous? KRRA is super pleased with how the mural on the toilet block at the Black Jack Reserve turned out, and we hope you agree that this was a great use of KRRA funds. Your Committee would like to thank TCDC for refurbishing this toilet and installing two new outdoor showers (note that the water storage has to be upgraded before the showers are operational). And of course huge thanks to the artist, Rebekah Pearson, who did a fantastic job incorporating our wish for ...

March 7, 2020

Community Newsletter

It's finally happening... If you've driven along State Highway 25 recently then you will have seen for yourself that work has finally started on the footpath to the east of the boat ramp. The contractors have now commenced their Xmas break, like all of us, and work will recommence sometime in the new year. Medical News The Mercury Bay Medical Centre would like to inform the community that as of April 1st 2020 they will merge with The Doctors Surgery and operate from both site...

December 21, 2019

Community Newsletter

A Testing Time for All Well, we got through it and demonstrated once again what a cohesive and supportive group our Kuaotunu Community is. From the very moment we all heard NZTA was having to close our bridge, conversations began and help was offered from all and sundry. Your Committee was blown away by all the positive input, great ideas and keen desire to make sure no one was inconvenienced. Our heartfelt thanks to all concerned, too numerous to single out. My personal apologies for having to...

October 19, 2019

Closure of the SH25 Bridge at Kuaotunu

Monday 14 October Update from TCDC on the incoming weather event: https://www.tcdc.govt.nz/Your-Council/News-and-Media/News-and-Public-Notices/News-Articles/Severe-weather-warning-for-the-Coromandel1/ Of special note regarding the parking at Kuaotunu while the bridge is closed: "The reserves either side of the foot bridge will be boggy and may in fact flood so we’re asking these residents to relocate their vehicles to higher ground for the next couple of days if they’re parked in the current...

October 8, 2019

Community Newsletter

A New Owner for the Kuaotunu Store A warm welcome to Nina Hammond, the new owner of Kuaotunu Store.A long time resident of the area, Nina is well known to many locals, having started Nina’s Café and currently co-owner of The Cave in Whitianga.Nina is in the process of settling in and is not planning on any changes in the short term.  Watch for a takeaway menu later in the year.Pictured is Nina with Fran McCallum. Eve Russell is also on the staff. Calling all Local Creatives! Would y...

August 25, 2019

Community Newsletter

Proposed Spat Catching Farm Many of you will have noticed (on TV, in the papers, on Kuaotunu Katchup etc) the application, currently with Waikato Regional Council, to gain resource consent to establish 30 hectares of mussel spat farm off the Whauwhau.Your Committee has studied the application and is of the opinion that it insufficiently addresses environmental impact and does not specify social and economic advantages with a thorough cost/benefit case. On that basis, and following the brief disc...

June 1, 2019

Community Newsletter

Successful Public Meeting Held in February The Committee of the Residents and Ratepayers Association is delighted that so many members of the community took the time to attend the public meeting held at the beginning of February. The purpose of the meeting was to talk about how we might make progress in addressing some of the suggestions and issues arising from the recent Community Plan refresh survey (if you haven't already read them you can see them here), and the input received was posit...

March 31, 2019

Community Newsletter

The new Library is now open! The Kuaotunu Library Committee is delighted to report that the library building has been completed on time and within budget. We would like to thank TCDC, the Domain Board, Carters, Guthrie Bowrons, and our hardworking community, for their generous donations of money and time towards this project. Books from the existing hall library have been relocated along with donated books from Mercury Bay Library, local authors and residents. It is planned to hold a book s...

December 19, 2018

Community Newsletter

Community Plan Update - Have Your Say! It is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves(William Shakespeare)Earlier this year we promised to distribute the 2009/2010 Community Plan to everyone again and to seek your thoughts and ideas.We have condensed the original plan down to 20 main themes, and would love you to tell us whether these themes are still important to you now, ten years on.What matters?  What's important? What's needed to maintain the beauty of our ...

October 10, 2018

Community Newsletter

Reserve Management Over the last 12 months there has been renewed discussions over the use and management of our public reserve spaces. In Kuaotunu there are many more reserves than one would expect for such a small community. KRRA wishes to be faithful to the 2009 Community Plan, which indicates we need to protect our assets and preserve the natural spaces. We do this by communicating these ideals to the appropriate governing bodies.This focus on our reserves has coincided with the TCDC re...

July 26, 2018

Community Newsletter

Introducing the new KRRA Chairman, Brent Page Welcome to the first newsletter from the new Committee of your Residents & Ratepayers Association, freshly elected at the AGM in April. We know you will join us in thanking all the members of the previous committee. They put in a huge number of hours, worked tirelessly on our behalf and as the last year of newsletters has outlined, achieved a lot. We applaud their commitment to ensuring our Community’s voice is heard, where and when it matters!&nbs...

June 1, 2018

Community Newsletter

Proposed New Site for the Kuaotunu Library There have been concerns expressed recently about the proposed new site for the Kuaotunu library at the Domain, despite this proposal having been discussed fully at the recent public meeting in January with no dissent having been expressed.To ensure that everyone is fully informed of the steps, processes and decisions that have led to this choice, the Library Committee has provided some background information here.The Library Committee believe...

March 17, 2018

Community Newsletter

Successful KRRA Public Meeting held in January Our usual January public meeting was exceptionally well-attended this year, with the committee being joined by close to 65 members of the public together with representatives from TCDC. It was fantastic to see so many of you there.The minutes of the meeting have now been drafted (they will be approved at next year's meeting) and you can read them here. The next big event on the KRRA calendar is our AGM which will be held on the 1st of...

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