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Some 260 Post-It note comments (and supporting ticks) were left by residents on the Community Plan Review Group’s boards. Thanks to all who provided such a wonderful and thoughtful response.

Naturally, there were some “hot” topics:

  • Omokoroa Reserves (other than The Domain) (42)
  • Domain/Esplanade/Parking/Boat Ramp (30)
  • Provide for a secondary school (23) – A Ministry Of Education issue
  • Sort out SH2 and the Omokoroa intersection (20) – A NZ Transport Authority issue
  • Trees (14)
  • Rubbish and recycling (13)
  • Cellphone reception (13)
  • Water taxi / ferry to Tauranga (13)
  • Slips (11)

There were other issues raised that the Council, Community Board and Community Plan Review Group have no control over, e.g a Drycleaner and a Village Pub.

You can read the all the feedback here

 

Beachfront

For a small community, Omokoroa is extremely well serviced.  On the peninsula you will find:

Accounting services, aged care facilities, arborists, auto electricians,
Beauticians, bed & breakfast, bobcats, bricklayers, builders,
Cafes, cake bakers & decorators, campgrounds, carriers, carpet cleaners, chemist, churches, computer support, convenience stores, copy centre, Council service centre,
Dairies, decorators, dentists, denture repairs, doctors, dressmakers, drop-in centre,
Electorate clinics, electricians,
Ferry services, firewood suppliers, freedom camping, fresh fruit stalls,
Gardeners, gift shops, gas fitters, gated communities, green waste disposal,
Hairdressers, handymen, hire centre, hot pools, house cleaners,
Icecream sellers, Internet access,
Jam and chutney stalls, jazz sessions,
Kindergarten, kitchen makers,
Library, lawn care, lawyers, life history recorders, liquor store, lotto,
Massage therapists, midwives, motor mechanics,
Nail technicians, neighbourhood support groups,
Odd jobbers, opticians, osteopath,
Painters, panel beaters, paper hangers, picture framers, pest controllers, pet care, physiotherapists, plasterers, plumbers, podiatrist, post shop, pre-schools, printers,
Quilting supplies,
Real estate agents, restaurants, retirement village,
Supermarket, second-hand shop, storage facility,
Tailors, takeaways, tilers, tyre supply & repair
Utilities –  broadband, power, sewage, telephone, water,
Vacant lots, vacation accommodation, vaccinations, volunteer fire brigade,
Wall washers, WiFi, window cleaners, WoF agents,
Xeronema,
Yacht moorings,
Zipper replacers.

cooney

Omokoroa residents and visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to green spaces and reserves.

At the beachfront, the Omokoroa Domain is a large green space along the foreshore facing Matakana Island and there is a smaller area alongside The Esplanade facing Motuhoa Island. 

Other places to easily access the water are Beach Grove, Cooney Reserve (pictured above), Precious Family Reseve, and Hamurana Reserve.

The Gerald Crapp Reserve, at the end of the peninsula, provides wonderful views over the harbour, the islands, the foreshore and out to the Kaimai Ranges.

Godwits on the sandbar

Every summer around 3500 Godwits roost, at high tide, on the sandbar near the end of Tinopai Drive. The godwits feed around the harbour at low tide and, over the course of the summer, take on their beautiful brick red plumage indicating they are preparing to breed. In mid March they begin their 11,000km flight to the Arctic Tundra, with a stop over in SE Asia to rest and refuel.

The godwits give birth in Alaska and wait until their fledglings are strong enough to make the 8-day, or so, nonstop, flight back to New Zealand; returning around mid September, tired and hungry, to the sandbar in Mangawhai Bay.

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