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Saturday Car Parking Charges to Benefit Central Business District 29 June 2017 Charges for parking in New Plymouth’s CBD on Saturdays will begin this weekend (1 July) – and the revenue will be used to benefit the central business area. Earlier this year the Council decided to not continue with free Saturday car parking once the 12-month trial finished at the end of June. Instead, the estimated $310,000 that will come each year from the Saturday car parking charges will be invested back into the city’s CBD as part of the Council’s effort to support the region’s major business and retail area. Councillor Shaun Biesiek says New Plymouth’s CBD is the district’s and region’s business, social and cultural hub, but it is facing challenges.  “Visitor and shopping trends are changing. To give the central city the support and energy it needs to thrive, we need to seize new opportunities and be more creative about how we do that,” he says. “The funding we get from Saturday parking revenue will help us entice local, national and international visitors, which will in turn bring jobs and business opportunities.” The funding will go towards more public events in the central city, enhancing the facades of selected heritage buildings, better management of CBD trees and the creation a Central City Liaison. Make parking easier The easy-to-use PayMyPark app enables users to pay for parking via their smartphone. Users can extend their parking time remotely, receive an alert when their paid parking is about to expire, or use the start/stop function and pay for only the parking minutes that are used. More information is available online at newplymouthnz.com/PayMyPark. Remember that the first 10 minutes in a paid parking space are free (so you can duck into a store quickly without feeding the meter – just be sure to return before the 10 minutes are up!) In addition, NPDC wants public feedback on whether reinforcing New Plymouth as a destination for leisure, events and cultural activities should be a key focus area of the Council. Just go to newplymouthnz.com/Top10 and fill in the Central City survey. National Award for Management of Infrastructure Contracts 29 June 2017 Saving Ratepayers More than Half a Million Dollars A new way of managing how engineering consultants design the district’s infrastructure is estimated to have saved New Plymouth District Council (NPDC) more than $600,000 in its first year.  The success of the first 12 months of the new process was capped off with an award from the Institute of Public Works Engineers Australasia (IPWEA) at their national annual conference in Dunedin last week. “The innovative approach we’ve taken means Council staff and consultants are incentivised to work collaboratively to be more efficient and reduce the cost of doing the work,” says David Langford. “Cost savings made by the consultants are shared with the Council, which is great news for New Plymouth’s ratepayers – and expect this new approach to continue to deliver savings for the community’s benefit.” Mr Langford says receiving this recognition from the IPWEA shows that the Council’s new approach to engineering design contracts is considered industry best practice and that New Plymouth District is starting to lead the way. “It’s also great recognition for our team, who have worked really hard to make these cost savings possible,” he says. A Home for Champions 28 June 2017 A Bell Block martial arts group has a new home thanks to a New Plymouth District Council community lease. >> Watch the video The Hurricanes Martial Arts Academy moved into the old Scout Hall earlier this year and have been slowly doing it up into a purpose-designed training base. The move was made possible thanks to a special NPDC lease on the land. Now the club with about 65 members – mostly kids – can grow with the community. “The Scout Hall has a long history from scout groups to the last occupants, Box Office Boxing, which produced some of New Zealand’s best boxers,” says Hurricanes founder Gavin Hughes. “The Hurricanes plan to add to the history by creating future champions both in the arena and in life.” The Hurricanes bought the building from Box Office Boxing for just $1 and NPDC approved a concessionary lease on the land for $1 a year for 10 years. Previously the Hurricanes had rented hall space in Bell Block. “Since moving to the Mangati Reserve site, we have been able to create a safer training area with fixed floor mats and permanently hanging boxing bags,” says Mr Hughes. “We are planning major internal and external upgrades over the next four years as we intend to grow and retain our membership base and upgrade the facilities and our equipment.” NPDC Property Management Lead Catherine Croot says the Council operates about 120 such community leases. “This is an example of the good that New Plymouth District Council community leases do, such as enabling the use of a run-down building for kids and adults to get together and keep fit and enjoy themselves,” says Ms Croot. Temporary Road Closure for the Taranaki Car Club Rifle Range Street Sprint 1 July 28 June 2017 In accordance with the tenth schedule of the Local Government Act 1974, the following roads will be closed to ordinary vehicular traffic to enable the Taranaki Car Club to conduct the Rifle Range Road Street Sprint motorsport event. Date and period of closure: from 6pm to 10pm on Saturday 1 July. Roads to be closed: Rifle Range Road. Vickers Road. Constance Street from Rifle Range Road to Burton Street. Smart Road for 50m from the intersection with Rifle Range Road. Struthers Place. Emergency vehicles will have unrestricted access at all times. In all other situations necessitating the use of the roads, contact must be made with the traffic management coordinators on-site, on the day. The roads may be reopened at an earlier time as decided by the organisers upon removal of all road closure signs and barriers at the venue. The roads will then be open to normal vehicle traffic and normal traffic regulations will apply. Temporary Road Closure: Dawson Street 27 June 2017 Installation of a stormwater manhole and associated pipework on Dawson Street requires the road to be closed to all traffic. When: From 7.30am on Monday 3 July to 4.30pm on Thursday 6 July or until works are completed (weather permitting). Closure: Dawson Street (between Devon and King streets). This closure is made in terms of Section 342(1)(b) of the Local Government Act 1974. The road will re-open without further notice. Contact Dave Read, City Care Ltd on 027 4349 517. MS WHITE Application 27 June 2017 Sale and Supply of Alcohol 2012 THE HAIRY DOG SPORTS BAR 27 June 2017 Sale and Supply of Alcohol 2012 Damaged Suspension Bridge to Reopen After Repairs 26 June 2017 The historic Bertrand Road Bridge is expected to reopen by the middle of next month. The bridge was damaged on 20 May when an oversized truck drove onto it and damaged the running planks, decking boards and handrails. The bridge has been closed for inspections since then.  Fortunately, these inspections have shown that no serious damage has been done to the structure of the bridge and its supports. As well as making repairs, the Council will replace the existing traffic bollards – which were in place to allow bridge access to only light vehicles – with larger ones.  “Over the years the previous bollards had been nudged aside as bigger vehicles tried their luck,” says Infrastructure Manager David Langford. “As well as bringing in these larger bollards we’ll install four more – two on either side – 10m away from the bridge as an additional warning to drivers. “This is a historic suspension bridge and it’s important that road users respect it. When it reopens, it will be for pedestrians, cyclists, motorbikes and light vehicles only.” The repairs will cost about $60,000, with the company that employed the truck driver paying the bill. The Bertrand Road Bridge crosses the Waitara River and connects the communities of Huirangi and Tikorangi.  It was closed in 1985 to vehicles and in 2004 to pedestrians due to safety concerns, then was reopened in 2016 after the Bertrand Road Suspension Bridge Trust raised $630,000 to have it restored. Temporary Road Closure Egmont Street Fredericks Marquee Event 25 June 2017 Haven Holdings Limited has requested the closure of the following road to conduct the Frederic’s All Blacks test marquee Party. The application is being considered under Schedule 10 of the Local Government Act 1974. Please send written submissions about the closure to New Plymouth District Council by 4pm on 7 July. Submissions must be made on the road closure form or by contacting the Council on 06-759 6060 or enquiries@npdc.govt.nz. Date and period of closure: from 7am Saturday 9 September to 9am Sunday 10 September. Roads to be closed: Egmont Street from King to Ariki streets. Emergency vehicles will have unrestricted access at all times. Temporary Road Closure Egmont Street Peggy Gordons Marquee Event 24 June 2017 Bannockburn Holdings Ltd has requested the closure of the following road to conduct Peggy Gordon’s All Blacks test marquee event. The application is being considered under Schedule 10 of the Local Government Act 1974. Send written submissions about the closure to New Plymouth District Council by 4pm on 7 July. Submissions must be made on the road closure form or by contacting the Council on 06-759 6060 or enquiries@npdc.govt.nz. Date and period of closure: from 7am Saturday 9 September to 9am Sunday 10 September. Roads to be closed: Egmont Street from Devon Street West to King Street. Emergency vehicles will have unrestricted access at all times. Temporary Road Closure Request NP City Band Central District Brass Band Contest 24 June 2017 The New Plymouth City Band Incorporated has requested the closure of the following roads to conduct the Central District Brass Band Contest – Street March. The application is being considered under Schedule 10 of the Local Government Act 1974. Please send written submissions about the closure to New Plymouth District Council by 4pm on 7 July. Submissions must be made on the road closure form or by contacting the Council on 06-759 6060 or enquiries@npdc.govt.nz. Date and period of closure: from 11.45am to 2pm on Sunday 27 August. Roads to be closed: Dawson Street between Devon Street West and Young Street. King Street from Dawson to Egmont streets. Queen Street from Devon Street West to Young Street. Emergency vehicles will have unrestricted access at all times. Temporary Road Closure: All Blacks Shuttle Buses 23 June 2017 New Plymouth District Council has requested the closure of the following roads for the use of shuttle buses in the CBD for the All Blacks game. The application is being considered under Schedule 10 of the Local Government Act 1974. Please send written submissions about the closure to the Council by 4pm on 7 July. Submissions must be made on the road closure form or by contacting the Council on 06-759 6060 or enquiries@npdc.govt.nz. Date and period of closure: from 3pm to 11pm on Saturday 9 September. Roads to be closed: Ariki Street from Currie to Egmont streets: bus entry from Gill and Currie streets only. Centre City entrance onto Ariki Street: exit left-only onto Ariki Street. Emergency vehicles will have unrestricted access at all times. Inglewood Community Board Member Resigns: Second By-election Coming 23 June 2017 A member of the Inglewood Community Board has tendered his resignation letter for personal reasons. Phil Rowe, who was Chair of the board during the 2013/16 term, has confirmed his resignation. Mr Rowe was first elected to the board in 2007, with his fourth successful election last year. Current board chairman Kevin Rowan says he regrets the resignation as Mr Rowe has brought substantial local knowledge to the community board. “However I wish him well for the future and I thank him for his service to the community over the years,” says Mr Rowan. “We’ll be opening nominations for election on Tuesday the 27 June. I really encourage people to stand for election as the community boards are a great way to make real changes in our community, especially with the Council’s draft long-term (10 year) plan coming up.” Nomination forms will be available online at newplymouthnz.com and at the Inglewood Library and Service Centre as well as the Civic Centre in New Plymouth.  Voting papers will be delivered to South-West Ward residents who are on the electoral roll by 29 August, with voting closing on 20 September. It is the second by-election that will be held by New Plymouth District Council following the resignation of former Deputy Mayor Craig McFarlane so that he can concentrate on recovering his health following a stroke. The by-election for Mr McFarlane’s North Ward seat will be held from 15 August to 6 September.  The by-elections for the Inglewood Community Board seat and the Council’s North Ward seat are being held separately as they involve different groups of electors. New Governance Partnership Between NPDC and Senior Iwi Leaders Created 22 June 2017 New Plymouth District Council (NPDC) and iwi leadership have created Te Huinga Taumatua Committee to bring the expertise of iwi leaders to the Council’s decision-making process. “This is a pleasing step forward and is about iwi leaders having a seat at the governance table,” says Mayor Neil Holdom. Te Huinga Taumatua Committee will consist of five iwi leaders and five elected Councillors to identify and discuss issues of cultural, economic, environmental and social importance to Maori in the district. Unlike the former Iwi Relationship Subcommittee, Te Huinga Taumatua will generate items for the Council to consider as well as make recommendations on Council issues. “The committee consists of iwi leaders with strong mana and governance experience. It will focus on issues of importance to Maori and provide strategic guidance to NPDC,” says Cr Gordon Brown. “It’s a pleasing step forward in our partnership and we’re looking forward to the future of this governance committee,” says Cr Marie Pearce. The committee consists of: Mayor Neil Holdom. Councillor Gordon Brown. Councillor Richard Handley. Councillor Stacey Hitchcock. Councillor Marie Pearce. Larry Crow (Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Tama Trust). Leanne Horo (Te Kāhui o Taranaki Trust). Glenn Peri (Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Maru Trust). Liana Poutu (Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa Trust). Colleen Tuuta (Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Mutunga). The committee’s name has two parts: Te Huinga, which has a dual meaning for a gathering of people and a gathering of leaders, and Taumatua, a place where birds gather high in the trees. The committee will meet every five weeks starting 17 August, pending Councillors’ confirmation of its terms of reference at their next meeting on 26 June. It will also help NPDC meet its statutory obligations relating to the Treaty of Waitangi/Te Tiriti o Waitangi under the Local Government Act 2002. The committee’s full terms and references are online at newplymouthnz.com in the 26 June Council Meeting agenda. MIKES TASTING ROOM and CAFE Application Off Licence 20 June 2017 Sale and Supply of Alcohol 2012 MIKES TASTING ROOM and CAFE Application ON LICENCE 20 June 2017 Sale and Supply of Alcohol 2012 KAURI COTTAGE CAFE BAR and BISTRO Application 18 June 2017 Sale and Supply of Alcohol 2012 Two Route Options Considered for Coastal Walkway Extension 16 June 2017 Planning has begun on potentially extending the Coastal Walkway from Bell Block to Waitara and two options for the route are being considered. One option is to go inland, possibly through newly rezoned residential land in Bell Block, and develop side-paths along streams down to the coast.  The second and harder option would be a potential coastal route. “We could create the walkway beside the sea but we would have to factor in coastal erosion, protecting numerous historical sites and consider airport security,” says Councillor Mike Merrick. Whichever route is eventually chosen as the favoured option, the extension would enable NPDC to tell the region’s story at important sites along the pathway while preserving areas that are important to iwi and hapu. The area has a rich history as the rohe of the Puketapu hapu and is believed to be the first area settled by Maori on this coast. “Extending the walkway would bring visitors to Waitara’s West Beach and Marine Park and link it to the Waitara River walkway,” says Councillor Colin Johnston. “The extension would bring more visitors to the town, support tourism growth and be an opportunity to tell more of our unique history. It would connect Waitara to the proposed Taranaki Traverse route, up the Waiwhakaiho River to Egmont National Park.” The walkway is currently 12.7km long. Depending on the chosen route, the proposed extension could increase the Coastal Walkway to 20km. “Imagine waking up in Waitara and cycling an eco-friendly and safe route to work in the city; free of cars, buses and trucks,” says Councillor Marie Pearce.  “You could stop in at New Plymouth Airport along the way for a bite to eat and a cuppa while watching the planes.  “Our award-winning Coastal Walkway is a great feat of imagination. Who would have imagined 20 years ago that we would have one of New Zealand’s best coastal attractions?” The proposal to extend the Coastal Walkway to Waitara is open for public comment through the Council’s proposed 10 Focus Areas discussion. The public are asked to share their thoughts on the proposal by filling in a survey form at newplymouthnz.com/Top10 – all participants will go in the draw to win an iPad. Top Ten Focus Areas Survey - Have Your Say! 16 June 2017 Developing our district as New Zealand's lifestyle capital will take a team effort - and here's how you can get involved! The Mayor and Councillors have 10 proposed focus areas they would like your feedback on. As a community, we want to have a conversation about these proposed focus areas for the next three years, which are underpinned by our 30-year plan called the District Blueprint. The 10 proposed focus areas are listed below and each week we'll be focusing on a different topic: Zero waste by 2040 survey Water sustainability survey Waitara stormwater survey Thriving central city survey People-friendly district survey Coastal walkway extension survey Breakwater Bay (East Port development) - survey coming 1 July Flagship Infrastructure; refurbish TSB Stadium and Todd Energy Aquatic Centre. Destination New Plymouth. Iwi/Maori governance input. >> Watch the videos and read the opinion pieces about each focus area Have your Say This week's focus is on extending the Coastal Walkway from Bell Block to Waitara. Have your say and be in to win an iPad! >> Coastal Walkway extension survey The next survey will be about the East Port development and will be here on 1 July. New-Style Water Quality Signs Coming to More Sites 14 June 2017 A new style of recreational water quality sign is being rolled out across New Plymouth District. Nine more sites will receive a version of the one trialled at Waitara’s Marine Park since December last year, which generated positive public feedback. “As a result of that feedback we’ve made some slight changes to the design but, overall, people find this style of sign informative and easy to understand,” says Infrastructure Manager David Langford. The large signs will replace various smaller ones so that the key information about water quality and any warnings against swimming or collecting shellfish are all in the one place. The design includes a ‘traffic light’ system to mark any warnings. On the marine signs the warnings are: Green – no health warnings. Orange – no shellfish gathering. Red – no swimming or shellfish gathering. On the freshwater signs the warnings are: Green – no health warnings. Orange – no swimming or food gathering. Red – no dogs or swimming. The district councils use Taranaki Regional Council’s monitoring and national health guidelines to notify the public if the water quality of a site becomes unsuitable for swimming and other water-based recreational activities. The signs have been developed through a collaboration involving hapu, the Taranaki District Health Board, Taranaki Regional Council and the three district councils in New Plymouth, Stratford and South Taranaki. The latest information about water quality is also on the district councils’ websites, including a map of the region that displays the information for each site where water quality is tested.
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