Here on the Coromandel we take environmental matters seriously and with good cause. Recently we’ve been impacted by weather that has bought more rain than we need. It’s meant we’ve had slips and road closures around the Peninsula, burst stop-banks on the Hauraki Plains and flooded farmland across much of the region. For some there has been a very real personal risk but for most the impacts have been largely those of inconvenience caused by not being able to do the things we usually do. Coromandel people were well prepared for Cyclone Cook’s threat. I think we dodged a “bullet” and the cyclone passed further east minimising damage in our region but causing havoc to our Bay of Plenty neighbours. Business operators missed out on extra Easter weekend sales as visitors changed their plans. TCDC were right to declare a state of emergency given the information they had and the old maxim of better being safe than sorry rang true.
Goldmine Re-Use Centre
If you haven’t visited the now formally opened Goldmine store up at the refuse transfer station then I recommend you do. I really enjoyed being there for the official opening. It’s a great initiative that helps reduce waste going to landfill. A big part of the funding came from the Government’s Waste Minimisation Fund and I can’t think of a better use of money from that fund. It’s often said that one person’s trash is another’s treasure and that’s the basis the Goldmine operates on. Well worth a visit and there’s bound to be treasure there if you do.
Predator Free Progress
The partnership between the Predator Free New Zealand Trust and the Holiday Parks Association of New Zealand (HAPNZ) will help in the battle to make New Zealand predator-free by 2050 and contribute mightily to the effort in our region.
This is an important contribution from the tourism sector which I hope will be the catalyst for other partnerships. Our outstanding natural landscapes are the reasons why so many local and overseas visitors holiday in New Zealand and why they choose to come to the Coromandel as well.
I’m a big supporter of the Predator Free New Zealand goal. Given our geography the Coromandel Peninsula is an obvious early starter for the project.