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Hahei Sewage Treatment Plant – “Significantly non-Compliant”
Action needed by TCDC

Waikato Regional Council (WRC) Review.

During most of 2018 HR&RA committee members were aware that the Hahei Sewage Treatment Plant was not operating in accordance with its Resource Management Act discharge standards. In particular, the levels of E Coli were consistently above the allowable limits.

In response to our requests, WRC conducted a review of the plant. You can read the WRC reports here


Site compliance report Hahei WWTP

These reports state that the Overall Site Compliance is considered to be “Significant Non Compliant“. The report contains a number of actions for TCDC to undertake.

We recommend you read the reports in detail.

Action by TCDC.

Since the compliance report was issued on 7 March 2019, we have asked TCDC to  tell us what action they are taking to ensure that the plant operates in compliance with its discharge standards.

Disappointingly, TCDC staff have not provided an update, so we have written to the Mercury Bay Community Board requesting an update. See our letter here Hahei Water Sewage.

The letter is to be considered at the Mercury Bay Community Board Meeting 28th August 2019 at 10.00 am. If you are interested in the performance of our sewage treatment plant, we recommend you attend the meeting.

Hahei Walk and Toilet Upgrade – Latest News

Meet TCDC Project Manager, Ross Ashby.

When: Saturday Jan 5 at Community Hall from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm

TCDC would like your feed back on the new Village walks and the Hahei Centre Toilet.

The walks will go from the Visitor Car Park to the beach and on to the DoC Cliff Walk to Cathedral Cove. The new toilet will replace the toilet block near the children’s playground.

Here are the current concept designs and form for feed back. Hahei Tourist Walkway Feedback Form V2

This your chance to comment on how the TIF – Funded Walk and Toilet upgrade will be implemented.

Please come and tell Ross what you would like to see implemented

Traffic Survey Results and TCDC Response

Traffic Survey

Firstly, we would like to thank the 265 people who completed the survey. This a fabulous response is and very powerful statement of what the Hahei community wants. Below is summary of answers to the questions. If you would like to read all responses (45 pages) click here. Completed Survey

Next Steps – TCDC Decisions

Over the passed few months, your committee has been working with TCDC Staff and elected members to improve traffic and visitor management in Hahei. Recently the TCDC Infrastructure Committee had a workshop and at the TCDC 26 June Council meeting, staff delivered a paper for Council to consider. You can read the paper here.Hahei Parking Council Paper or here. It is item 3.4

Your committee was very disappointed with staff recommendations – do nothing/prepare a report – and so we decided to give a presentation to Council. The presentation explains that we need to get on top of traffic management in Hahei and doing nothing was the least supported option in Traffic Survey. You can read the presentation here.Council Meeting 2018 6 26 Hahei Presentation

In response, the Mayor and Council resolved at the meeting that

  1. Receives the “Amendments to the Parking Control Bylaw 2014 – Hahei Report dated 6 June 2018
  2. Approves out of cycle funding to expand the Visitor Car Park as soon as possible, up to $175,000 of council funding
  3. Instruction staff to schedule Council workshop to discuss the Hahei parking issues and options for a bylaw change with any bylaw change to be adopted by 30 October 2018 for 1 December 2018 implementation.

What this means is that the Visitor Car Park will be expanded to 500 vehicles prior to Christmas, and Council will consider our traffic survey and recommendations in detail, and do something, by 1 December 2018.

This is great result of Hahei and we thank the Mayor and Council for their leadership in moving ahead decisively.

Your responses to the survey identify numerous details that need to incorporated into any changes to parking in Hahei. However, there are some areas were we have overwhelming agreement. For instance, 90% agree traffic controls must be seasonal.

We will continue to work closely with Council and make sure your views, as expressed in the Survey, are incorporated in any changes to traffic management in Hahei