Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Ode to Beach Hop

Ode to Beach Hop

With over 100,000 people in Whangamata for the annual Beach Hop over the next few days, remember to plan a little extra driving time to get around.

Parking in Whangamata will also be at a premuim, since Council reserves will be filled with displays and classic cars. Plan to walk some distance from your car and remember to keep valuables out of sight so you're not easy pickings for those who visit big events just to steal.

Whangamata Community Board is a massive supporter of the Beach Hop and earlier this year approved an additional $10,000 effectively taking over all the infrastructure costs associated with the event. Every year the Community Board pays between $6,000 and $8,000 to Council contractors Smart Environmental Limited to maintain rubbish, toilets, roadways and the parks for the visitors who attend the event at Whangamata, Tairua and Onemana. We also pick up the costs for barriers and portaloos for these venues.

Naturally, visitors have questions about freedom camping, things to see and do, moving here to live and, recently, Kauri Dieback. So we've set up a stall outside our area office in the main street with all the relevant information and will be joined by our Annual Plan team who will be able to answer questions about the big ticket items proposed in the Draft Annual Plan and can explain how easy it is to make a submission before the official closing date a week away (Friday 4 April).

We're also working with Beach Hop on a survey. If you're at the Beach Hop, jump onto the Beach Hop website and take our survey.

For those who have asked for a copy of our Chief Executive David Hammond's Ode to Beach Hop as delivered on the radio this morning, here it is:

Huge welcome to Beach Hop goers
From the Council who sponsors it, road makers and verge mowers;

Leave behind life's worries and fear
As you breath in Coromandel's clean air;

Enjoy the sound of a deep-throat chevvy
And don't cruise with one hand on a bevvie;

Wherever you are
Tell people, "You beauty, Whangamata!!"

Beach Hop Highlights

This year's Beach Hop runs until Sunday with the Grand Parade on Saturday.

Ultimate passes to the event sold out in 36 hours last October and special guests include Bill Haley Jnr (son of Rock'n'Roll legend Bill Haley) at the Repco Tairua Beach Party, V8 Supercar legend Greg Murphy with his classic Mopar (leading the Castrol Edge Thundercruise to Onemana Beach on Friday), and actor Shane Cortese (Outrageous Fortune, Nothing Trivial and Shortland Street).

There are also markets, drive-in movies, bands, classic car shows, retro beauty shows, a retro caravan show, a swap meet, Burlesque and Rock'n'Roll - and that's just scratching the surface.

For full details, event schedule and guest information, go to the event website here.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Perfectly-Timed Anniversaries:
Suffrage Day Is Last Chance To Enrol

If you’re not enrolled now, you need to hurry or you won’t be able to vote in this Saturday’s general election.

“Election day is almost here, and it’s your last chance to enrol,” says Murray Wicks, National Manager, Enrolment Services. “It’s not too late, but you need to do it right now.”

“The last chance to enrol is Friday 19 September. You can’t enrol on election day.” More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Gordon Campbell: On First Time Voting (Greens)

For the last two days, I’ve turned my column over to a couple of guest columnists who are first time voters… Today’s guest columnist is Ana Avia-O’Connor, who will be casting her first time vote on Saturday for the Greens. More>>

ALSO:

Big March: Call For An End To Domestic Violence

Hundreds of protesters marched down Lambton Quay to Parliament Monday calling for an end to domestic violence. Wearing white facemasks, waving banners and calling for “safety” for the women and children of New Zealand.. More>>

ALSO:

Meddling: Aussie Liberals Embroiled In Key Campaign

John Key needs to explain why Australia’s Liberal Party is interfering in New Zealand domestic politics and is encouraging Kiwi voters across the ditch to vote for National just days out from the election, Labour’s campaign spokesperson Annette King says. More>>

ALSO:

SURVEILLANCE:

Election Ad Soundtrack: Rapper Eminem Sues National Party Over Copyright Breach

US rapper Eminem is suing the New Zealand National Party for alleged copyright infringement over unauthorised use of the rapper’s ‘Lose Yourself’ song in an election campaign advertisement. More>>

ALSO:

Pre-Election Chartering: Four New Partnership Schools To Open

Education Minister Hekia Parata today announced the Government has signed contracts to open four new Partnership Schools in 2015. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf 50 Out Now - The Election Issue: Loss Leaders

Gordon Campbell: A third term requires a mature decision, with eyes wide open. It calls for a conscious vote of confidence… Without trying hard here are about 19 reasons, in no particular order, for not ticking ‘party vote’ National. More>>

ALSO:

Not-Especially New Plans: All Prisons To Become Working Prisons Under National

All public prisons in New Zealand will become full working prisons by 2017, and ex-prisoners will receive post-release drug addiction treatment if National is returned to government, says Corrections Spokesperson Anne Tolley. More>>

ALSO:

Māngere: "False Claim Of Matai Title" - Labour

National must explain why its candidate for Māngere Misa Fia Turner appears to be using a Matai title she is not entitled to, Labour’s MP for Māngere and Pacific Islands Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio says. A Matai title is a legally-recognised ... More>>

ALSO:

CPAG Report: No New Zealand Child Should Grow Up In Poverty

Child Poverty Action Group's flagship policy publication Our Children, Our Choice: Priorities for Policy calls for cross party political agreement to underpin an action plan to eliminate child poverty in New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On National’s Phantom Tax Cut Package

Hmmm. So National’s tax cuts package turns out to be one of those television advertisements that screams a headline promise – perfect skin! a youth tonic that works! – while in very small print there’s an out clause: special conditions may apply. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news