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Unique Taranaki Terminal Recommended for New Plymouth Airport at No Cost to Ratepayers 24 March 2017 A larger airport that shares our unique Taranaki story is being planned by New Plymouth District Council, to be funded by increased airport revenue. The original terminal was built in 1967 to cater for approximately 50,000 passengers per year and today’s passenger numbers are more like 420,000.  This week, NPDC’s Audit and Risk Committee recommended that the terminal’s footprint be enlarged from 1,430m2 to 4,092m2, following talks with commercial tenants who are expecting an increase in passengers numbers in the years ahead.  “After ongoing engagement and modelling, this larger terminal will meet commercial trends and will be paid for by increased airport revenue. It will be double the current size and also promote our cultural history, which has been developed with Puketapu Hapu as part of the Project Team,” says NPDC Chief Financial Officer Alan Bird. The price of the larger terminal is estimated to be between $21.7 million and $28.7m. “The terminal redevelopment is a commercial project that will be paid for by the users of the airport through airline landing charges, tenant rents and car parking fees – no money will be coming from rates,” says Mr Bird. An earlier and smaller design was costed at $19.3 million. This updated costing allows for potential building material cost increases during construction, the additional floor area and the inclusion of sustainability elements into the design. New Plymouth Airport is the fourth-busiest regional airport in the country and is the gateway to our region, supporting tourism and economic development. The new design came after in-depth passenger modelling as well as consultation with iwi, Puketapu Hapu, Air New Zealand, Jetstar, the Civil Aviation Authority and the owners of Airpresso café. The elected members of New Plymouth District Council will consider this approach at a Council meeting on 4 April and then public consultation will take place, as part of the Annual Plan or 2017/18 budget process. New Addition to Brooklands Zoo's Capuchin Troop 24 March 2017 Brooklands Zoo has welcomed a baby monkey to its capuchin troop, as part of an international breeding programme. The baby was born to Dixie in the early hours of Monday (20 March) morning. NPDC Brooklands Zoo Coordinator Eve Cozzi says Dixie is being a protective mother but visitors should be able to get a look at the two together. “We’ve been observing them from a distance – Dixie is an experienced mum and she knows what to do,” says Ms Cozzi. The gender of the baby will not be known until it is older. The zoo plans to hold a public vote between three unisex names for the infant. “Keep an eye on our Facebook page for the ‘name the baby’ poll, which we’ll put up in a week or two,” she says. Boo, the father, was born at Brooklands Zoo in 2001 while Dixie was transferred here from Hamilton Zoo in 2008. Brooklands Zoo is a participant in a managed breeding programme for capuchins through the Zoo and Aquarium Association (ZAA). This infant is the outcome of a recommended paired breeding and is beneficial for the Australasian programme. Brooklands Zoo reopened to the public this morning (FRIDAY) after the pack-out of WOMAD from Brooklands Park was completed. Temporary Road Closure ITU Triathlon 23 March 2017 The following roads will be closed between 10.30am and 4pm on Sunday 4 April to enable the ITU New Plymouth Sprint Triathlon event. Roads to be closed: • Ocean View Parade (Private Road, managed by Port Taranaki). • Bayly Road from Ocean View Parade to Breakwater Road (SH 44). • Breakwater Road from Bayly Road to the intersection of Breakwater Road, St Aubyn Street (SH 44), Lawry Street and South Road. • St Aubyn Street from Belt Road to the intersection of St Aubyn Street, Breakwater Road, Lawry Street and South Road. • Belt Road from St Aubyn Street to Devon Street West (SH 45). • Devon Street West from Belt Road to Calvert Road. • Calvert Road from Devon Street West to St Aubyn Street. All of the roads named above form the ITU event cycle route. Roads to be closed due to no vehicular access being available while the above roads are closed: • Whiteley Street. • Roy Terrace. • Birdwood Avenue. • Moulton Street East. • Moulton Street West. • Annandale Street. • Davies Lane. • Rainsford Street. • Calvert Road from St Aubyn Street to Roy Terrace. • Kingwell Street. • Bonithon Avenue. • Kitchener Terrace. • French Street. • Lynmouth Heights. No parking zone: The north and south sides of Devon Street West from Belt Road to Calvert Road from midnight to 4pm on Sunday 2 April. Vehicles still parked within this area after 6am on Sunday 2 April will be towed. Towed vehicles will be relocated to the Lynmouth Park carpark on Devon Street West. The no parking zone is required to create a clearway for emergency vehicle access. Emergency vehicles will have unrestricted access at all times. Detours will be in place throughout the road closure times. In the event of a situation necessitating the use of the road, contact must be made with Traffic Management Co-ordinators on site, on the day. These closures are made in accordance with the tenth schedule of the Local Government Act 1974. The road may be reopened at an earlier time than advertised 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. SHOUT BEER LIMITED Application 20 March 2017 SHOUT BEER LIMITED of 14 A Clawton Street, NEW PLYMOUTH has made an application to the New Plymouth District Licensing Committee for the grant of a Renewal Off Licence for the premises situated at 14 A Clawton Street NEW PLYMOUTH 4310 known as SHOUT BEER LIMITED. The general nature of the business conducted (or to be conducted) under the licence is a Remote Sale Premises - Off Licence. Days and Hours: Monday to Sunday 12 Midday to 12 Midnight You may also inspect the application at the New Plymouth District Council, Liardet Street, New Plymouth. If you would like to object to the application, in accordance with the Act, please write to us within 15 working days of this notice District Licensing Committee at Private Bag 2025, New Plymouth 4342. This publication was made on 21 March 2017 BUTLERS REEF Application 19 March 2017 BUTLERS REEF LIMITED of 1133 South Road, OAKURA has made an application to the New Plymouth District Licensing Committee for the grant of a Renewal On Licence for the premises situated at 1133 South Road OAKURA 4314 known as BUTLERS REEF. The general nature of the business conducted (or to be conducted) under the licence is a Tavern - Class 1 On Licence. Days and Hours: Monday to Saturday 8am to 3am the following Sunday 8am to 12 Midnight You may also inspect the application at the New Plymouth District Council, Liardet Street, New Plymouth. If you would like to object to the application, in accordance with the Act, please write to us within 15 working days of this notice District Licensing Committee at Private Bag 2025, New Plymouth 4342. This publication was made on 20 March 2017 Temporary Road closure Weet Bix Tryathlon 2017 17 March 2017 Interruption to Traffic: Weetbix Kids Triathlon SANITARIUM IS holding the Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids Triathlon. This event is based at Ngamotu Beach, New Plymouth and involves a cycle leg on public roads. Date and period: from 6am to 4pm on Wednesday 29 March. Affected roads: • Ocean View Parade (Port Taranaki private road). • Breakwater Road (SH45). • Roy Terrace. • Birdwood Avenue. • St Aubyn Street. • Hine Street. • Bulkeley Terrace. • Bayly Road. • Whiteley Street. • Calvert Road. • French Street. • Belt Road. • Morley Street. Bayly Road from Breakwater Road to Ocean View Parade will be reduced to one lane for the duration of this event. There will be no parking on the seaward side of Whiteley Street and in the Hakirau Street car parks. For further information please contact Series Manager Roy McKinnon on 027 584 8066. LEPPERTON STORE Application 16 March 2017 Sale and Supply of Alcohol 2012 Let's Love Our Trees says New Plymouth District Council 14 March 2017 New Plymouth District Council is urging the community to look after public trees, after another case of a pohutukawa tree alongside the Coastal Walkway at East End Beach being illegally cut during the last week. Periodically over the last five years, trees in the coastal area between East End and Fitzroy have been haphazardly interfered with and the Council is urging members of the public to instead get in touch if a Council tree is affecting their property. “Someone has used a handsaw and butchered this pohutukawa at East End Beach, cutting off several metres of branches and leaving them on the ground,” says NPDC Manager Parks and Open Spaces Stuart Robertson. “They’re probably trying to improve their view of the sea but what they’ve done instead is encourage the tree to bush out, be an even bigger visual nuisance and harder to maintain.  “By leaving the trees alone, they grow up and our arborists will trim them properly so that eventually people can see through the tree trunks to the sea.” Mr Robertson says there has been a spate of illegal prunings and poisonings lately, including behind Lynmouth Park and Findlay Street. “These trees are on public land are used for shade, wind protection and landscaping,” he says. Looking after the environment is part of NPDC’s District Blueprint (30-year plan), and the recent Lonely Planet accolade that names highlights Taranaki as the 2nd-best region in the world to visit, mentioned the beauty of our coast. “These incidents make it harder for us to maintain this high standard,” says Mr Robertson. THE DEVON HOTEL Application 14 March 2017 DEVON LODGE HOLDINGS LTD of 382 Devon Street East NEW PLYMOUTH, has made an application to the New Plymouth District Licensing Committee for the grant of a Renewal On Licence for the premises situated at 382 Devon Street East NEW PLYMOUTH 4312 known as THE DEVON HOTEL. The general nature of the business conducted (or to be conducted) under the licence is a Hotel - Class 2 On Licence. Current Hours Monday to Saturday 8am to 3am the following day Sunday 9am to 10pm Variation of Hours Monday to Saturday 8am to 3am the following day Sunday 9am to 12 Midnight You may also inspect the application at the New Plymouth District Council, Liardet Street, New Plymouth. If you would like to object to the application, in accordance with the Act, please write to us within 15 working days of this notice District Licensing Committee at Private Bag 2025, New Plymouth 4342. This publication was made on 15 March 2017 NEW PLYMOUTH OPERATIC SOCIETY Application 13 March 2017 NEW PLYMOUTH OPERATIC SOCIETY of 76 King Street NEW PLYMOUTH 4310, has made an application to the New Plymouth District Licensing Committee for the grant of a Renewal On Licence for the premises situated at 76 King Street NEW PLYMOUTH 4310 known as NEW PLYMOUTH OPERATIC SOCIETY. The general nature of the business conducted (or to be conducted) under the licence is a Theatres - On Licence. Days and Hours: Monday to Sunday 10am to 2am the following day You may also inspect the application at the New Plymouth District Council, Liardet Street, New Plymouth. If you would like to object to the application, in accordance with the Act, please write to us within 15 working days of this notice District Licensing Committee at Private Bag 2025, New Plymouth 4342. This publication was made on 14 March 2017 Trade Waste and Solid Waste Fees and Charges 08 March 2017 We are seeking your comments on a proposal to change trade waste and solid waste fees for 2017/18. The proposed changes to the trade waste fees are in line with the Trade Waste Bylaw. The proposed changes to the solid waste fees would see an increase in the waste disposal fee at the landfill and rural transfer stations to cover increased operating cost. Consultation opens today (Wednesday) and runs until Monday 10 April. Have your say online or pick up a copy of the submission form and statement of proposal from the Civic Centre and service centres in Bell Block, Inglewood and Waitara. Local Firms Shine in Love to Ride 08 March 2017 A nationwide bicycling challenge has ended with two Taranaki organisations among the leaders for the most kilometres travelled during February. Eagars Funerals were first in the national 3-6 Staff Category of Love to Ride, while New Plymouth District Council was third in the national 500+ Staff Category. NPDC Integrated Transport Coordinator Liz Beck says Love to Ride was designed to encourage people to start a new biking habit. “It was a fun way to get people onto their bikes for leisure or commuting with the support of colleagues, and see how easy it is to travel by bike,” she says. “What’s really great is the number of people who hadn’t bicycled for a year or more who took part. “In Taranaki alone there were 46 organisations registered with Love to Ride and more than 700 participants – about 215 of whom hadn’t been on a bike for at a least a year.” Eagars Funerals Managing Director Casey Martin says a big plus about Love to Ride was that the challenge did not involve riding hard or being the fastest cyclist. “It certainly made my husband and I go out with our children on our bikes, and encouraged us to do little journeys as well as longer ones out to the port or Te Rewa Rewa Bridge,” she says. “For us, it became a bit of a routine. “The staff at Eagars had a lot of fun. We have one staff member who did more riding than the rest of us put together, and if she hadn’t gone on holiday we would have done better!” The competition also had a regional category, with the following results: 500+ Staff: 1st New Plymouth District Council, 2nd Taranaki District Health Board. 200-499 Staff: 1st Mckechnie Aluminium, 2nd Shell Todd Oil Services, 3rd Powerco Limited. 50-199 Staff: 1st Tui Ora, 2nd Sacred Heart Girls’ College, 3rd BTW Company. 20-49 Staff: 1st Sport Taranaki, 2nd Opus International Consultants, 3rd Zelam Limited. 7-19 Staff: 1st Core Group Ltd, 2nd Venture Taranaki, 3rd Hardy Packaging. 3-6 Staff: 1st Eagars Funerals, 2nd Brake & Clutch Rebuilders 2015 Ltd, 3rd Riddlez Interactive. Through the Let’s Go programme, the Council encourages more people into active and sustainable travel such as bicycling. Let’s Go is an NPDC and NZTA funded programme that aims to develop New Plymouth into a model walking and cycling community. STUMBLE INN LIMITED Application 06 March 2017 Sale and Supply of Alcohol 2012 Easter Sunday Trading Policy Approved 06 March 2017 New Plymouth District Council has approved a policy that will enable shops in the district to open on Easter Sunday. The decision, made at today’s extraordinary Council meeting, gives businesses throughout the district the option to open or remain closed on the day. The Government has given councils the authority to decide whether or not shop trading on Easter Sunday will be allowed in their areas. NPDC’s decision will enable shops to open this Easter. Easter Sunday Shop Trading Policy New Plymouth District Council Chief Executive Resigns to Take Up New Role in Wellington 03 March 2017 New Plymouth District Council (NPDC) Chief Executive Barbara Mckerrow has resigned to take on the role of Chief Operating Officer at Wellington City Council. Mrs McKerrow, who has been the NPDC Chief Executive for nine years and has held a range of other management roles within the Council over the past 31 years, will move into her new position in the coming months. New Plymouth District Mayor Neil Holdom paid tribute to Mrs McKerrow and acknowledged her years of service to the district. “It’s with mixed emotions that we announce Barbara’s resignation. We will be sad to see her move on, having been a strong and visionary leader in the district, but we are also pleased for Barbara,” says the Mayor. “This new opportunity is clearly something she is excited about and New Plymouth’s loss is Wellington’s gain. We all wish her every success. “Barbara has made a significant and positive difference in our community. Barbara is a person with the clarity and courage to articulate a vision and the strength of character to go out and make things happen to achieve that vision.” NPDC has developed a transitional plan to appoint an acting Chief Executive and recruit a replacement for Mrs McKerrow, Mr Holdom says. “I will be making a recommendation to the full Council next week that we appoint our current CFO Alan Bird to the role of Acting Chief Executive. I will also be asking the Council to approve the proposed process to identify and recruit a new permanent Chief Executive for the organisation.” Mrs McKerrow, who grew up in New Plymouth, says it has been a privilege to be the CE of NPDC. She started her career in the libraries, moving through a variety of roles including District Librarian, the first Puke Ariki Manager, then Community Services Manager and the General Manager Customer Services.  “As a person who calls New Plymouth home, it’s been a pleasure to serve our community as the Council’s CE. “While I love my role here, I have learned a great deal as a leader and now wish to utilise those skills in a larger role, where I can experience new challenges. I have seen our community evolve over my time from a quiet provincial centre to New Zealand’s top town and Lonely Planet’s second-best region to visit in the world in 2017,” she says. “Memorable projects that I have played a strong leadership role in, include Puke Ariki and the Len Lye Centre, and it’s been wonderful to see how our growing arts and culture offering has helped to create these international accolades and economic prosperity. “What I am most proud of is the 500 staff at NPDC and the way in which we are serving our community by being a committed, agile organisation with strong leadership which is future-focused.” Mrs McKerrow is in her third term as the President of Society of Local Government Managers (SOLGM) and has represented the country at international local government conferences. Proposed Ground Lease Over Jubilee Park 02 March 2017 New Plymouth District Council intends to grant a land-only lease over 500m² of Jubilee Park (recreation reserve) [part of Section 230 and 231 Town of Inglewood]) under Section 54(1)(c) of the Reserves Act 1977. The Council is seeking submissions or objections from the public for the lease proposal. Anyone may make a submission on, or object to, the proposal. The lease, if approved, will involve an amendment to the Carnival/Jubilee Park Sports Management Plan identifying that an area of the park has been set aside for occupation by the Lions Club of Inglewood, for the purpose of recreation and to benefit the community (by the development of a mini-putt course). The proposed lease term is for 33 years. The lease approval is subject to a final decision following consideration of any objections received as a result of this public notice. The site The lease area is located at the corner of Jubilee Park between Rata and Elliot streets and the Inglewood Swimming Pool. A copy of the aerial plan depicting the lease area can be viewed at the Civic Centre on Liardet Street, New Plymouth or online at Submissions and objections Submissions and objections can be made on any aspect of the proposed lease. Submissions and objections must be received no later than 4pm on Wednesday 5 April. If you have any questions please call the Civic Centre on 06-759 6060. Merrilands Domain to Become a Magical Park 02 March 2017 Fairies, kittens and dinosaurs will be running around Merrilands Domain from March 4-12 and it’s up to our tech-savvy kids to track them down. As part of Parks Week 2017, New Plymouth District Council is turning Audrey Gale Reserve within the domain into a magical, virtual world where local kids can be part of the world’s first digital playground. Run through smartphones or tablets, the Magical Park app is aimed at six to 11-year-olds and designed to encourage the use of urban parks, along with promoting physical activity. Kids will be able to choose from two games that augment the real-world field of view with visuals on their device, turning the park into a fantasy world where the aim is to collect eggs while avoiding dinosaurs, or gather kittens without being caught by the bad fairy.  NPDC Parks and Open Spaces Manager Stuart Robertson says the reserve would be the only park in the region offering the Magical Park game. “We see the initiative as an exciting and interactive way to provide our community with a great opportunity to learn, exercise and have plenty of fun at one of our picturesque park venues,” he says. “We know this is going to be a lot of fun for the kids – and possibly a few adults – and we look forward to seeing the fairies and dinosaurs come to life in our own back yard.” Developed by Geo AR Games, safety was a key focus when developing the app and deciding which parks would be suitable to host the game. Each park has been vetted to ensure a positive play environment, while the app is geo-fenced – meaning as soon as a child leaves the pre-set boundary of the game, the content will disappear.  The New Zealand Recreation Association has been behind the push of the app into New Zealand, and Chief Executive Andrew Leslie said he was looking forward to seeing Magical Parks springing up around the country during Parks Week. “We believe combining outdoor play with technology can motivate kids to get off the couch and be more physically active.  More… “We can’t reverse technology or progress, nor should we try. What we can do is create healthy relationships with technology by using the screen to get kids outdoors and moving around.” The app is free to download, uses little data and is compatible with Android devices, iPhone 5 or newer and iPad 3. It will go live on Saturday 4 March and be available until Sunday 12 March.  For an example of what will be seen at Audrey Gale Reserve, check out the video here. Fitzroy Pool Stays Open for Belated Summer 01 March 2017 New Plymouth’s free beach-side city pool is staying open for another few weeks. Fitzroy Pool was due to be closed for the season last Sunday (26 FEBRUARY), but the late arrival of summer has prompted New Plymouth District Council to delay its closure. “We’ll be keeping Fitzroy Pool open until the end of Taranaki Anniversary Day,” says NPDC Manager Venues and Events Ron Murray. “The weather has improved markedly in recent days and we want to take advantage of it.” The pool is open from 2pm to 7pm from Monday to Friday, and from 10am to 7pm on weekends and public holidays. Children under the age of eight must be actively supervised by a caregiver 16 years or over, and children under the age of five must be within arm’s reach of a caregiver 16 years and over at all times. Have Your Say in New Plymouth Airport Survey 01 March 2017 Research by New Plymouth District Council will provide valuable experience for one of the region’s premier education institutions. From today (Wednesday), New Plymouth Airport will run a customer survey regarding travel habits and preferences, with the help of students from the Pacific International Hotel Management School (PIHMS). PIHMS Senior Lecturer Dr Robin Hill says it is a great opportunity for the two organisations to work together. “The survey is a win-win for New Plymouth Airport and PIHMS as they want the results to help shape the new airport terminal and our students need to complete a research module,” he says. The survey will run from 27 February to 19 March. Students will be in the terminal at various times of the day with iPads, or alternatively people can fill in the survey online at or NPDC Manager New Plymouth Airport Wayne Wootton says the survey’s results will reveal what customers want in the new terminal. “It will give us an insight into the terminal users – where they fly to and from, where they live, the split between business and the leisure travel, retail and café experience options and their choice of airline,” he says. The terminal development and the survey are part of NPDC’s District Blueprint key goals around economic growth and building partnerships with organisations. Road Safety Project Begins in Marfell 28 February 2017 Road changes to improve pedestrian and driver safety have started on Cook Street, New Plymouth. Work has begun on narrowing Cook Street’s intersections with Adventure Place and Omata Road, and installing raised thresholds at both sites. NPDC Manager Transportation Carl Whittleston says the Cook/Omata changes are the result of public requests to encourage slower traffic on the road, while the improvements at Adventure Place were planned as part of the development of a new entrance to Marfell Park. “The thresholds are similar to what was installed in Hobson Street to slow down traffic near New Plymouth Boys’ High School and the hockey turf,” he says. “The threshold at the Cook/Omata intersection will alert drivers that they’re entering a different environment where lower speeds are expected.” The project will take about eight weeks (weather permitting) There will be traffic delays during construction with either a stop-go in operation or a diversion down Banks Street in place. Drivers are asked to travel carefully through the worksite and the Council thanks the public for their patience.
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