Matapōuri meeting on facility improvements

Published on 17 April 2021

Matapouri facility improvements

Upgrades to the public facilities at Matapōuri this year may include eco-friendly, state of the art, waterless composting toilets.

This, plus sand replenishment on the foreshore and improved signs, will be funded by a grant from the Tourism Infrastructure Fund.

Matapōuri Sand Replenishment project 

An update for all of these initiatives will be provided at a public community update meeting on Saturday24 April 2021, from 1:00pm to 2:00pm at the Matapōuri Hall.

Council’s Infrastructure Planning and Capital Works Manager Shelley Wharton said every summer, the beauty and experience of Matapōuri Bay and Te Wai o Te Taniwha (the Mermaid Pools) draw thousands of people to the area to visit and stay.

The placement of a rahui on Te Wai o Te Taniwha, banning visits to the rock pools was an example of wider issues stemming from not having enough toilet capacity to meet the needs of locals and visitors over the summer.

In 2019, the Tourism Infrastructure Fund awarded $1,114,000 to Whangarei District Council to implement the “Restoring the Mauri of Matapōuri – Stage One” project. One of the project's key goals was to upgrade local infrastructure to cope with the demand for public facilities over the peak summer period.

The project also included carpark upgrades, beach and track restoration, provision of wayfinding and information signage.

“We have engaged with local community stakeholders via a number of methods including surveys, a local community meeting in February 2020, meetings with the local hapū, and by communicating directly with residents,” Mrs Wharton said.

From the consultation process, it was clear there was a desire for waterless composting toilets to be considered for the new toilet facilities. The Whangarei District Council project staff and local hapū representatives on the project have progressed the new toilet proposal based on that guidance, and would like to provide a project update to the local community on Saturday 24 April 2021 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm at Matapōuri Hall.

Matapōuri Community Meeting

“It has been a privilege to work with the people of the area. We are particularly excited by the opportunity to use new, modern, environmentally sound, composting technology in this project and eager to see how people respond to the plans."