New eco-friendly loos for Matapōuri

Published on 21 July 2021

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New waterless, composting toilets are being installed at one of Whangārei’s most popular beaches.

The new toilets will have 2 unisex single cubicles and 1 disabled cubicle and will be located on Matapōuri Road, on Matapōuri Hall Society land, beside the tennis courts.  The existing public toilets at Wehiwehi Rd, beside the beach, will remain open.

The current two cubicle public toilets at Matapōuri struggle to cope with extra use during summer and were regularly becoming blocked. Council also received complaints about people toileting in the sand dunes and long toilet queues.

Manager Infrastructure Planning & Capital Works, Shelley Wharton says community members asked Council to investigate using waterless composting toilets instead of a regular septic system.

“Composting toilets offer some great benefits for areas that are not connected to main sewer lines. They don’t use up precious water supplies or need the installation of a large septic system in precious natural landscapes.”

Ms Wharton says the new toilets are environmentally friendly and have been used successfully for many years in other parts of the world.

More information can be found on the project page:

Matapouri Public Toilets - Project page

Local residents have been kept involved in the process via public meetings and a survey earlier this year showed 67.5% in favour of a new toilet block. The site was picked from 15 sites investigated by Council.

The new public toilets are being funded by a Tourism Infrastructure Grant and are part of a wider project, Restoring the Mauri of Matapōuri, being worked on since 2019 by local hapū Te Whānau ā Rangiwhakaahu and Council.

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