Weekly bulletin - 19 December 2019  |  View online

Holiday period opening hours and services

Tauranga City Council offices, including our customer service centre, will close at midday on Tuesday, 24 December and re-open at 8am on Monday, 6 January. 

Our contact centre remains available 24/7 on 07 577 7000, every day including the statutory holidays. 

Some services like rubbish and glass recycling collection, libraries, transfer stations, pools and sports centres – will continue to be available, with some tweaks to opening hours. Visit our website for our holiday hours and services.

Event traffic management

New Year's Eve

The following traffic management will be in place over the New Year period.

Road closures

  • There will be nightly road closures on Marine Parade between Adams and Pacific Avenues from 8pm – 6am on 30 December 2019 and 1–3 January 2020.
  • The Strand between Devonport Road and Harrington Street will be closed on 31 December 2019 from 3pm until 1 January 2020 at 2am.
  • There will be no access to The Strand from Willow Street or Hamilton Street on 31 December 2019 from 3pm until 1 January 2020 at 2am.
  • Wharf Street will be closed to vehicles from Willow Street to The Strand.
Parking restrictions
Temporary 'No parking - tow away zones' will be in place on Marine Parade, between Adams Avenue and Pacific Avenue, from 6am on 31 December 2019 until 8am on 1 January 2020.

Surfbreaker Triathalon

On Friday 27 December there will be road closures in place:
  • Marine Parade from Adams Avenue to Tweed Street from 5.00am – 10.00am.
  •  Marine Parade from Adams Avenue to Tay Street from 5.00am – 12 noon.
  •  Adams Avenue from Maunganui Road to Marine Parade from 5.00am – 12 noon.
Roads may open earlier as event progresses.

Parking restrictions

Parking restrictions will be in place on Marine Parade to allow for cycle turnaround points at approximately 209 Marine Parade.

Fat Freddy's Drop, Wharepai Domain

On Saturday 4 January 2020 the following traffic management will be in place:
  • Cameron Rd between Hamilton Street and Monmouth Street will be closed between 9.30pm – midnight to allow safe egress for the event.
  • Temporary speed limits will be in place along Cameron Rd to support safe event operations.
  • There will be parking restrictions in place on Hamilton Street West and on Cameron Road between Hamilton Street and Monmouth Street on Saturday 4 January from 6am to 11.30pm.
Nagar Kirtain, Sikh Community Parade
On Sunday 5 January 2020 the following road closures will be in place during the parade:
  • Burrows Street - starting at Gurudwara Sikh Sangat Temple
  • Fourteenth Ave - from Burrows Street to Devonport Road
  • Devonport Road - from Fourteenth Ave to Eleventh Ave
  • Eleventh Ave - from Devonport Road to Fraser Street
  • Fraser Street - from Eleventh Ave to Thirteenth Ave
  • Thirteenth Ave - from Fraser Street to Burrows Street 
There will be a rolling road closure in from 11.30am - 1.30pm.

Roads will reopen as the parade progresses.

Soper Reserve Concert Series

The Soper Reserve Concert Series starts on Sunday 29 December at Soper Reserve. There are four concerts in total on the below dates (with rain dates the day following):
  • Sunday 29 December – Wilkinson (R18)
  • Friday 3 January – Ziggy Alberts
  • Sunday 5 January – Drax Project
  • Tuesday 7 January – Gin Wigmore and Tami Neilson
The following road will be closed to support the safe egress of the concerts:
  • Newton Street between approximately 94 Newton Street and Aerodrome Road
(8.30pm - 12.30am Sunday 29 December, 3 January, 5 January and 7 January 2020).

Parking restrictions

For each event there will be parking restrictions on both sides of Newton Street immediately outside the venue from 9am.

Mount Festival of Multi Sport

The below road closures will be in place to support safe event operations:
  • Salisbury Wharf Car Park - the entire car parking area
  • Salisbury Avenue - from Victoria Road to The Mall
  • The Mall - from Salisbury Avenue to Prince Avenue
(6am Friday 10 January 2020 – 10pm Saturday 11 January 2020)
  • The Mall - from Prince Avenue to Adams Avenue including the Pilot Bay Boat Ramp
  • Adams Avenue - from The Mall to Marine Parade
  • Marine Parade - from Adams Avenue to Oceanbeach Road
  • Oceanbeach Road - from Marine Parade to road end
  • Yale Street - from Oceanbeach Road to Maranui Street
  • Maranui Street - from Yale Street to Sandhurst Drive
  • Papamoa Beach Road - from Sandhurst Drive to Grant Place        
(4.30am – 5pm Saturday 11 January 2020)

Reserve works

Oceandowns Reserve

Work is underway to turn Oceandowns Reserve in Arataki into an active reserve with two football fields, irrigation, training lights, a playground, a toilet block, changing sheds and parking. However, work has been temporarily halted after finding three midden when excavating the carpark area. Works can only continue once Heritage New Zealand has issued an archaeological authority. The reserve will remain closed to the public until the works are completed. Full use of the sports fields is still expected to start in the winter of 2020.

Road closures

Cruise ships

To help manage extra activity whenever a cruise ship arrives at the port, a section of Salisbury Avenue and The Mall will be turned into a one-way traffic lane. The one-way section will start at Victoria Road and end at Prince Avenue. Each closure will be closely monitored and will probably last a few hours.

11 January 2020
With the Norwegian Jewel cruise ship in port Saturday 11 January 2020 there will also be road closures in place to assist cruise ship operations:
  • Rata Street port bound land closure: 6am - 7.30pm
  • Nikau Crescent closed: 6am - 7pm

Traffic report

City centre

  • Hamilton Street and Harington Street: Hamilton Street has re-opened while the Harington Street Transport Hub works are paused due to some design issues being identified. Harington Street will stay closed to both vehicles and pedestrians.

Beyond the city centre

  • 15th Avenue: traffic management will be in place while road widening and footpath widening works occur. Both lanes will remain open with pedestrian provisions in place. Cyclists and pedestrians are encouraged to use the Fourteenth Avenue and Sixteenth Avenue routes to bypass the works site. Read more.
  • Domain Road: reconstruction works continue on Domain Road between Gravatt Road and The Gardens Drive. The scope of works includes pavement reconstruction and resurfacing, traffic signals installation at Doncaster Drive and Wairakei Stream, concrete footpath construction, drainage improvements, streetlighting and landscaping. Traffic management will be in place. Motorists should expect delays and if possible use an alternative route or adjust travel times. Read more.
  • Waiāri works - road impacts: construction for the Waiāri water treatment plant is progressing well. In the run up to Christmas there will be some additional impacts to traffic in the area. We appreciate everyone’s patience and consideration for the safety of staff and other drivers when passing works.
  • Welcome Bay Road: pipeline construction for the Waiāri water treatment plant means that Welcome Bay Road, towards Welcome Bay roundabout, will be reduced to one lane for a 500m section, until mid 2020. Traffic is expected to be a bit slower at peak times and drivers should anticipate delays. Find out more
  • Te Puke Highway – detour for traffic into Te Puke: from 8 January 2020, work on Te Puke Highway hits a narrow section of the road. To be able to undertake this work and keep both motorists and construction staff safe, we will need to close off one lane of Te Puke Highway. Traffic coming from Tauranga towards Te Puke will be re-routed via Tara Road, Parton Road, Bell Road then back on to Te Puke Highway. This diversion will remain in pace for three months, to allow for construction of pipes alongside the road.
  • Matapihi: works on the new wastewater pipelines in road reserve in Matapihi, Puwhariki, Waikari, Hungahungatoroa, Matapihi Station and Waikari Roads is in progress. Please drive carefully through the area. 
  • 128 Gloucester Road to Oceandowns Reserve: vehicles are entering and exiting the reserve while earthworks and changing shed construction occurs. Traffic management is in place while works are carried out on the car park. Work has been temporarily halted after finding three midden when excavating the car park area.
  • Harbour Drive/Maxwells Road: coastal protection works on the corner of Harbour Drive and Maxwells Road is continuing. The works include timber and rock wall construction, sand replenishment and landscaping. Due to limited access and working space, Harbour Drive will be closed between Kulim Avenue and the railway bridge while contractors are working during the day. Access to residential properties will be available at all times. 
  • Ngatai Road Cycleway: construction of the shared crossings, shared pathway and two-way cycleway will commence between 14 and 21 January 2020. Works will commence at the Matua Saltmarsh crossing. Traffic management will consist of single lane stop-go operations and shoulder closures for the duration of the works.  Weather permitting, work is expected to finish in May 2020. 
  • Chapel Street/Nautilus Accessway: the shared footpath/cycleway between Chapel Street and the Nautilus Apartments (Sulphur Point boat ramp) will be closed for coastal protection works from 13 January 2020 for approximately six weeks.  The scope of works includes rock wall construction, new concrete footpath and landscaping. 
  • Truman Lane: the drilling of a borehole for supply of water for dust control is being undertaken in an area road reserve. No interruption to traffic or pedestrians expected. Work will be completed by end of January 2020.
  • Links Avenue/Concord Avenue/Farm Street intersection: safety improvements to the intersection will begin on 6 January 2020. This work includes the installation of pedestrian crossings, shared paths, 2 small roundabouts and resurfacing of the road in the immediate area. During this time temporary road closures will be in place at the intersection between 6am and 6pm and will affect Links Avenue, Concord Avenue and Farm Street. Spur Avenue will also be closed to traffic entering off SH2 (Maunganui Road). Please be aware that temporary bus stops will be set up on Concord Avenue, Oceanbeach Road and Golf Road to temporarily replace the bus stops on Links Avenue. Road closures and traffic management will be in place until the works are complete in early Feb 2020.

Council meetings

There are no more Council meetings in 2019.

Council live stream
You can watch most Council and committee meetings live at when in session, or you can view recordings on demand on the Tauranga City Council Youtube channel.

The following public meetings will be video-recorded:
  • Council
  • Urban Form and Transport Development Committee
  • Policy Committee
  • Projects, Services and Operations Committee
  • Finance, Audit and Risk Committee
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