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Hospitality Upgrade About to Begin at Yarrow Stadium 16 December 2016 A revamped Yarrow Stand and new food and beverage facility will be open ahead of this year’s All Blacks test match at Yarrow Stadium in September. The contract for the $2.35 million project has just been awarded and work is due to begin early in the New Year. “The upgrade makes the venue more appealing for big events and a wider range of customers,” says Yarrow Stadium Joint Committee Chairman Michael Joyce. “It means we’ll be in a stronger position to pitch for national and international events, and a wider variety of sport and non-sport events, due to the increased number of quality hospitality packages that we can offer.” The project includes converting the existing two food and beverage outlets in the Yarrow Stand into hospitality suites that can be configured into four spaces suitable for 40 people each, or two spaces for 80 people each. The new hospitality suites will have glass frontages facing the pitch, as with the Legends Lounge in the TSB Stand.  To accommodate the new suites, gate four will be relocated to the rear of a new food and beverage building constructed near the Star Gym. The facility will have 12 facings for food and drink purchases and provide a more efficient queuing system and workspace for staff. Construction is scheduled for completion in July. The All Blacks will face Argentina at Yarrow Stadium on 9 September. Yarrow Stadium is owned by TRC, which funds the facility’s maintenance and long-term development. It is operated by NPDC, which meets day-to-day staffing and operational costs. Major decisions about the venue are made by the Yarrow Stadium Joint Committee, comprising representatives of both councils. Ownership of the stadium is formally vested in the Taranaki Stadium Trust, whose two trustees are appointed by TRC. Water Restrictions Coming in the New Year 16 December 2016 New Plymouth District’s new three-month water restrictions will start on Sunday 1 January. There will be a ban on sprinklers, irrigation systems and unattended hoses, and hand-held hoses may be used only on the odds-and-evens system. The restrictions will apply throughout the district and will be lifted on 31 March. The three-month restriction is part of a suite of actions the Council is taking to reduce the district’s high water consumption. “By all benchmarks, our district’s water consumption is excessive and unsustainable in the long-term,” says Infrastructure Manager David Langford. “We’re undertaking a number of measures to lower the district’s water use, including to improve our water infrastructure, reduce water pressure where appropriate and encourage the voluntary adoption of water meters by residential customers. “However, the best way to safeguard a natural resource, regardless of whether the water’s sourced from a river or an aquifer, is to be smart about how much of it we use. “This blanket three-month restriction will cover the period of highest water use and also help us develop a new habit of better water conservation.” The current average residential water consumption within the New Plymouth supply area is 334 litres per person per day (L/p/d), placing New Plymouth in the top-third for water consumption among provincial councils. In comparison, the national average is 275 L/p/d, Australia’s national average is 195 L/p/d and the Netherlands’ is 119 L/p/d. For tips on how to reduce your water use, go to the Water Usage and Saving Water webpage. 100 Per Cent Pass Mark for District's Alcohol Outlets 15 December 2016 Alcohol outlets throughout New Plymouth District are getting a tick of approval after none sold alcohol to underage buyers during a controlled purchase operation (CPO) earlier this month. A controlled purchase operation is where young people under the age of 18 who are under police supervision are sent into licensed premises in an attempt to purchase alcohol. Ten off-license premises and 11 on-license premises were visited during the 3 December operation in Oakura, Bell Block, Inglewood, Moturoa and New Plymouth’s CBD. Manager Customer and Regulatory Solutions Katrina Brunton says none of the outlets would sell the two teens alcohol without first seeing ID to prove they were 18 or older. “To get a 100 per cent pass-rate from the outlets is superb – especially in the lead-up to Christmas and New Year,” she says. “Not only do few districts record a complete clean slate, but this is our third CPO operation in a row where no outlets sold to the minors. “These licensees, managers and their staff are to be congratulated because they stuck to their processes to ensure their businesses operated legally.” Mrs Brunton says the controlled purchase operation is a timely reminder that bottle stores and supermarkets should have clear processes in place, including till prompts, that require sellers to seek identification and record the date of birth of people who appear to be under 25-years-old before a sale can take place. Taranaki Councils to Consult on Easter Trading 14 December 2016 Taranaki’s three district councils have all agreed to consult with their communities early in 2017 about whether they want shops open on Easter Sunday. All three councils made the decision this week at their final meeting for the year. South Taranaki District Council Group Manager of Environmental Services, John McKenzie, says the councils decided to consult at the same time to make it less confusing for the public and reflect the collaborative relationship the three councils had. The move comes after the Government changed the law in August to allow territorial authorities to choose their own Easter Sunday trading policies. While Easter Sunday is not officially a public holiday in New Zealand, shops are required to be closed, although a number of shops like dairies, cafes, pharmacies, and service stations are already exempt from the rule. McKenzie says that Foodstuffs NZ, who own New World and Pak’nSave supermarkets and Retail NZ, have already written to the councils asking for public consultation on this issue. Each council will undertake consultation early in the New Year so decisions can be made in time for Easter 2017. New Local Alcohol Policy Adopted 13 December 2016 The joint Local Alcohol Policy (LAP) for New Plymouth and Stratford districts has been adopted by New Plymouth District Council. Most of the policy will come into effect on 28 February 2017 although the new closing hours, including hours for alcohol sales at off-licence premises – such as bottle stores and supermarkets – will not begin until 1 May. These new off-licence hours are 9.30pm in New Plymouth District and 10pm in Stratford District. Stratford District Council has also adopted the policy today. NPDC Group Manager Strategy Liam Hodgetts says the LAP enables the districts to regulate aspects of the sale of alcohol in their areas. “The District Licensing Committees will use their LAP as a guiding document for liquor licensing decisions in each district,” says Mr Hodgetts. “Having a consistent approach in both New Plymouth and Stratford will make it less confusing for businesses to operate and easier to manage the potential harm from alcohol.” The adoption of the LAP reflects the end of a thorough community-wide discussion regarding alcohol within New Plymouth and Stratford districts, including extensive research and community engagement starting in 2013, submissions and a hearing in 2014, and the resolution of appeals in 2015. Failing Tree to be Removed from Pukekura Park 12 December 2016 Work will begin tomorrow (Tuesday) to remove a large pine tree in Pukekura Park that is a danger to the public. The tree, on the side of Cannon Hill, has an 11m spiralling crack that goes 30cm into the tree’s trunk. “We’ve had three arborists inspect it and they all have significant concerns about the condition of the tree and say it should be removed as soon as possible because it could fail,” says Manager Parks and Open Spaces Stuart Robertson. “At a bit more than 47m tall, that’s a lot of unstable tree to have alongside public walking tracks. We can’t afford to take risks.” The removal, which is weather-dependent, will take three days to complete. During this time the public will be directed to alternative walking routes outside the work area. Mayor and Councillors Spell Out Top 10 Focus Areas for the Next Term 08 December 2016 New Plymouth District’s governance team has produced a top 10 list of focus areas Council will take out to the community in the New Year. Mayor Neil Holdom said many of the focus areas were already part of the Council’s long-term planning such as the 30-year Blueprint and the Water Master Plan. “The list is a conversation starter as the council looks to develop the next Long Term Plan to set the direction for the future of the New Plymouth District,” he says. “We have an excited and engaged team of councillors who have learned a lot through the electoral campaign.  “This top 10 doesn’t cover all of the issues people talked to us about as being important to them but it does capture many of the key focus areas. We think it’s a good starting point to have a conversation with our community, the people who employ us, as we consider the pros and cons of each of these areas.” The focus areas are: Treasure Our Water. Current residential water usage in the district is estimated at 336L per person per day which is significantly higher than the New Zealand average of 275L. The current Water Master Plan provides for investment in the necessary infrastructure over the next 10 years and looks at ways to reduce usage in our community. Central city. The Shaping our City Action Plan, which is already under way, will explore a mix of activities that continues to build on New Plymouth as a strong destination to draw visitors to the city and the region. Zero waste. Through the Waste Minimisation Plan, consider becoming a zero-waste district. This would require a significant shift in the community’s approach to managing waste, including the commercial sector. Iwi/Māori input. Working with iwi leaders, continue to consider the options for Māori to participate in governance decision-making. Flagship Projects. People-friendly city. Our district already has a good reputation for being friendly and welcoming. The new Councillors are keen to build on this by enhancing engagement, including building on the Council’s current digital strategy to connect with younger members of our district. Destination New Plymouth. Consider how the New Plymouth Destination and Taranaki Regional Economic Development strategies, which are being developed now, fulfil the district’s potential to grow the economy and position the district as a world-class gateway to the region. Coastal Walkway extension. Explore potentially fast-tracking the continuation of the Coastal Walkway from where it currently ends at Tiromoana Crescent, Bell Block, to Waitara.  Waitara stormwater. Continue to investigate solutions for the legacy issue of intermittent storm flooding in Waitara.  Port Taranaki development. Work with Port Taranaki on its future plan for development and how this links into the district’s transport network and community infrastructure. The Mayor says discussions with the community will help inform their thinking and most decisions will be made as part of the 2018/28 Long-Term Plan consultation process. New Bridge Feature Taking Shape 07 December 2016 Plenty of magic will be radiating from Poet’s Bridge at this year’s TSB Bank Festival of Lights, with more lights than ever being installed on the iconic feature. More than 1,000 dancing LED lights will make up the TSB Bank Tunnel of Light, designed by architectural lighting consultants Toulouse Group. Work began this week installing the bespoke archway structure that takes its inspiration from Mounga Taranaki.  Supported by TSB Bank, the new feature took about 150 hours to design and develop, 120 hours to programme, and is expected to take around 200 hours to install at Pukekura Park. New Plymouth District Council Venues and Events Manager, Ron Murray, says he is looking forward to seeing the TSB Bank Tunnel of Light come to life when the festival kicks off on 18 December. “Poet’s Bridge is always a focal point of the festival and we think this year’s feature will be a summer highlight. “It’s been great to work with TSB Bank, Toulouse and the guys from MJF Lighting to get something of this scale into the festival. It’s been a huge undertaking and we think the final result will be something quite striking.” TSB Bank General Manager of Marketing Brent Woodhead says it is exciting to play a part in a new lighting feature, as well as support the festival as a whole.  “We’re always excited to see what’s in store when the festival rolls around, but this year we’re particularly looking forward to seeing the tunnel light up. “This event is such a huge part of the Taranaki summer and we are continually impressed by the creativity and work that goes into developing such a fantastic seven week long community event.” This year’s light trail through Pukekura Park is set to cover the most ground of any previous lights festival in the park. The trail includes another great new feature along the Goodwin Dell Loop created by local electronic artist Ian Clothier, while some of the festival’s favourite lighting features will be back, including Tripping the Light, which brings the Fountain Lake to life with colourful LED globes. Yarrow Stadium Wins National Venue Award 07 December 2016 Taranaki is continuing to be recognised on the national and international stage, with New Plymouth’s Yarrow Stadium last night winning a major venue award. The stadium took out the Ticketmaster Large Venue of the Year award at the 2016 Entertainment Venue Association of New Zealand awards in Hamilton, edging out big players Eden Park and Hagley Oval for the accolade. The award recognised venues of more than 5,000 seats that had a clear vision, met their objectives, demonstrated growth and provided visitors and guests with an exceptional experience. New Plymouth District Council Events and Venues Manager Ron Murray says it was exciting and extremely satisfying to win the award as it recognised all the hard work that had gone into developing and executing a new strategic plan for Yarrow Stadium. “The team has worked very hard to deliver the plan of being a multi-sport venue that maximises the use of the stadium, as well as optimising the visitor experience and strengthening the connection our local community have with the venue.  “Looking back on the year, we’ve hosted some amazing events, and as we look ahead, we’ve got plenty more diverse and entertaining events on the calendar to look forward to.” Throughout 2016, Yarrow Stadium hosted an NRL match between the Vodafone Warriors and Canberra Raiders, the Investec Super Rugby clash between the Chiefs and Sharks, and will this weekend host McDonald’s Super Smash cricket. Team Taranaki’s home football matches were also hosted at the stadium in 2016, along with six Taranaki Mitre 10 Cup rugby matches, including a semi-final.  It was also revealed the stadium would host an A-League Football match between the Wellington Phoenix and Western Sydney Wanderers in February, along with extreme sports event Nitro Circus Live, while an Investec Rugby Championship match between the All Blacks and Argentina is being held in September 2017. However, Mr Murray said it wasn’t just the major events that had contributed to the recognition. “We also have a number of great function spaces which have been used on a regular basis by organisations for various events, awards, meetings and conferences. “We must thank both the local community and those who have come in from outside the region, for their continued support of the venue.” Yarrow Stadium will soon begin developing new hospitality facilities in the Yarrow Stand, which will offer fantastic opportunities for those looking to host events in the future. Work is expected to begin in the New Year. Safety Improvements for Busy Urban Road 02 December 2016 Road safety improvements are proposed for the section of Coronation Avenue outside Highlands Intermediate School, and the public is being asked for their comments. The changes to the road between State Highway 3 and Tarahua Road are designed to reduce confusion for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists, says Manager Transportation Carl Whittleston. The proposed improvements include widening the footpath from SH3 to the school’s gates, widening the cycle lanes, removing some car parking, shifting the pedestrian crossing away from the Evelyn Place intersection and shifting the bus stops. “This is a key urban road that becomes particularly busy before school starts and when school is let out,” says Mr Whittleston. “These changes will increase the safety of pedestrians and cyclists and make the road less confusing for drivers.” The project is partly funded through the NZTA Urban Cycleway Fund, with two-thirds coming from the New Zealand Transport Agency and one-third from New Plymouth District Council. More details about the project and a submission form are online at newplymouthnz.com/HaveYourSay. Feedback closes on Wednesday 21 December. New Plymouth District Officially a Safe Community 30 November 2016 New Plymouth District has been reconfirmed as an International Safe Community – a designation that is endorsed by the World Health Organisation. Chief Executive Barbara McKerrow says the reaccreditation is the result of the combined efforts of key community agencies. “Taking active steps to reduce harm in our community requires buy-in from a large number of organisations and individuals, and I’m proud that we’ve been able to do this for several years now. “The work is ongoing and we’ll keep aiming for an even safer environment for residents and visitors to live, work, and play,” says Mrs McKerrow. New Plymouth District has been an International Safe Community since 2005 – only the third in New Zealand at the time. To be reaccredited, the relevant agencies had to show the district is safe and that they are working on it becoming safer. This includes demonstrating safety leadership, data analysis, creating and delivering safety programmes, setting priorities and measuring the agencies’ effectiveness. The main agencies involved in the International Safe Community collaboration are New Plymouth injurySafe, the Council, NZ Police, NZ Fire Service, Taranaki District Health Board and the Public Health Unit, ACC, Tui Ora, Bishops’ Action Foundation, Kidsafe Taranaki, WorkSafe NZ, Taranaki Rural Support Trust and Be Safe Taranaki. NPDC is the lead agency for projects around road, pedestrian and cycle safety (e.g. road safety improvements and Let’s Go’s bicycle and scooter skills programmes in schools) and for alcohol harm reduction (e.g. the Alcohol Accord and Local Alcohol Policy). The reaccreditation process will be completed on 8 December in the Council Chamber with the Mayor signing the accreditation document. Council takes a Proactive Approach to Addressing Traffic Congestion at Popular Pouakai Crossing 23 November 2016 A potentially world-class one-day walk might get a dedicated car park to enhance safety for our community and visitors. Currently, users of the Mangorei Track – which forms part of the Pouakai Crossing – must leave their vehicles on the roadside at the top of Mangorei Road, which can cause safety issues for road users. “It’s a narrow road towards the end and there are some homes in that area, and increasingly more people are wanting to walk the Pouakai Crossing,” says Group Manager Strategy Liam Hodgetts. We’ll be making some small safety improvements along the last three kilometres of Mangorei Road over the next three years. “We’re also planning to build an off-road car parking facility that can accommodate cars and busses – not just for current users but also for the growth of visitor numbers that we’re expecting over the coming years as a result of the growing national and international profile of the route. “There would also be toilet facilities and a water supply on the site.” Mayor Neil Holdom says the facility will be a huge boost for development of the Pouakai Crossing. “The Mangorei Track currently has about 8,500 walkers a year but this is expected to increase if the Pouakai Crossing is developed to a one-day walk of international standard,” says the Mayor. “The Pouakai Crossing is getting more and more publicity, and Lonely Planet highlighted it when naming Taranaki the second-best region in the world to visit in 2017. This car park development would make the crossing much easier to access and more popular as a result.” The region is attracting an increasing number of international visitors – up 21.3 per cent in the last year (to September 2016) compared to the national growth of 9.9 per cent.  “Ensuring our tourism infrastructure meets their expectations will be important to ensure this growth continues,” says Mayor Holdom. The Council has an unconditional agreement for the purchase of a 1.15ha section of suitable land for $225,000 and is consulting with immediate neighbours regarding the car park’s development. However, the construction of the facility is subject to available funding. Says Mr Hodgetts: “Next year we plan to apply to a Government fund for regional tourism facilities.” The District Blueprint has a key direction of having New Plymouth and Taranaki become a world-class destination.  “Having the Council contribute to the development of the Pouakai Crossing as a whole will help build our reputation as a world-class recreational and environmental tourism experience,” says Mr Hodgetts. Clifton By-Election Nominations Open 22 November 2016 As a result of two extra-ordinary vacancies, under section 120 of the Local Electoral Act 2001, notice is given that on Friday 17 February 2017, a by-election will be held under the first-past-the-post electoral system by postal vote for two members of the Clifton Community Board. Nominations Candidates must be nominated on a nomination paper obtainable during normal business hours from Thursday 24 November 2016 from New Plymouth District Council’s Civic Centre, 84 Liardet Street, New Plymouth, phone 0800 922 822 or download one below: Clifton by-election nomination form Nominations of candidates must be in the hands of the electoral officer or an electoral official at Council’s Civic Centre, 84 Liardet Street, New Plymouth not later than 12 noon Thursday 22 December 2016. Each nomination must be accompanied by a deposit of $200.00 GST inclusive (payable by cash, cheque or bank transfer). A candidate may submit a photo and a candidate profile statement with their nomination paper for inclusion with the voting documents being sent to electors. An attachment to the nomination paper outlines rules and procedures governing candidate profile statements and photos. Electoral Roll The electoral roll to be used for this by-election closes on Thursday 22 December 2016 and can be inspected during normal business hours from Thursday 24 November 2016 at the above location. Enrolment for inclusion on the Residential Electoral Roll is conducted through the Electoral Commission. Applications for enrolment should be made through your local post shop. Enrolment for inclusion on the Ratepayers Electoral Roll is conducted through the electoral office of the New Plymouth District Council. Applications for enrolment should be made on the prescribed form available from the above sources. Following closure of the roll, the electoral officer may, on application of any person who is or claims to be entitled to be enrolled or any other person or otherwise, make any necessary corrections to the names, addresses, abbreviations, or marks appearing in the electoral roll. Dated at New Plymouth, 22 November 2016 Dale Ofsoske, Electoral Officer Independent Election Services Ltd for New Plymouth District Council Fun Road Safety Activities Launched for Students 21 November 2016 Taranaki schoolchildren will find it easier to ask themselves ‘What are you missing?’ when they are on the roads. A new school resource kit has been created as part of Let’s Go’s What Are You Missing campaign, which encourages all road users to be more aware of what is happening around them when they are driving, cycling, walking or scootering on our roads and footpaths. The kit was developed by New Plymouth District Council, New Plymouth Police, New Plymouth injurySafe and Roadsafe Taranaki with support from Shell Todd Oil Services. “These are fun activities that encouraging students to share responsibility for their safety and the safety of others on or near the road, and to look out for each other,” says Transportation Manager Carl Whittleston. “From 2004 to 2014 there were 119 fatalities and 653 serious injuries on Taranaki roads. If we can get children into the habit of being alert to their surroundings and aware of possible dangers when they use the road, they should be safer both now and when they’re older.” The school resource kit is designed to be used alongside curriculum-based resources on road safety developed by the NZ Transport Agency. The fun activities include word-finds, word scrambles, spot the difference and colouring in, and are designed around these four key messages: Look twice. When you scan the road quickly your brain picks up only what it is expecting to see, so take a second look. Be comfortable in bright colours when out walking and riding; it could be the difference in being seen or not. Share the road. Show courtesy and respect to all road users. Never assume you have been seen. Make good decisions when crossing the road. Joint Council Approach to Community Directory 21 November 2016 A new way for community groups to connect with residents is being launched by Taranaki’s three district councils. Groups.org.nz is a combined community directory that covers the entire Taranaki region, and community groups are encouraged to add their organisations to the directory.  “It made sense for the three district councils to work together to make things easier for community groups,” says New Plymouth District Council Group Manager Strategy Liam Hodgetts. “This new service makes it easier for people to find community organisations throughout the region, and gives groups more control over their listings. “It’s especially useful for groups who provide services in more than one district – they have only one place to go to keep their listing updated rather than keeping track of two or three separate community directories on the councils’ websites.” People can either go directly to groups.org.nz or click on links at stratford.govt.nz or newplymouthnz.com. South Taranaki District Council is currently contacting community groups in their area and will go live before the end of the year on southtaranaki.com. Community groups can set up their own login accounts that will enable them to update their own listings, load photos and logos and link to their websites, social media pages and YouTube accounts. New Plymouth Airport's Car Park Being Extended 18 November 2016 Work has started on providing more public car parks at New Plymouth Airport. The project will result in 56 more parking spaces, bringing the car park’s tally up to 380. “More spaces for car parking is definitely needed as the number of passengers through the airport keeps increasing year on year,” says Airport Manager Wayne Wootton. The new parking spaces are where a lawn used to be, between the current car park and the car park overflow area. Almost all of the pohutukawa trees alongside that space will remain where they are. The project, which is funded from airport revenue, is due to be completed by Christmas. Nominations for Clifton By-election Open Soon 17 November 2016 Nominations for the two vacant seats on Clifton Community Board open on Thursday next week (24 November). The vacancies are due to only two nominations being received for the board’s four seats in the lead-up to the October local election. Both nominees, Ken Bedford and Warren Petersen, were automatically elected. “We urge people who are interested in being involved in the future of the Clifton area to consider standing in the by-election,” says Group Manager Strategy Liam Hodgetts. “Community boards are the grass-roots of local government and board members can make a tangible difference in their community. In particular, township plans for Urenui and Onaero are going to be developed and the community board will play a key role in those projects.” Nomination forms will be available from Thursday 24 November at the Waitara Library and Service Centre and at the Civic Centre on Liardet Street, New Plymouth, and online at newplymouthnz.com. Nominations close at noon on Thursday 22 December. To be a candidate in the by-election a person must be: A New Zealand citizen. On the Electoral Roll. Nominated by two people who are on the electoral roll for the Clifton Community Board area. Voting papers will be delivered from Thursday 26 January, with voting closing at noon on Friday 17 February. Chiefs to face Reds at Yarrow Stadium in 2017 15 November 2016 The Gallagher Chiefs will be back at Yarrow Stadium next year where they will face the Queensland Reds in Round 11 of the 2017 Investec Super Rugby competition. The Super Rugby fixture, scheduled for Saturday 6 May, will mark the start of the winter calendar for Yarrow Stadium following a heavy summer line-up that includes an A-League football match between the Wellington Phoenix and Western Sydney Warriors, McDonald’s Super Smash cricket and Travis Pastrana’s Nitro Circus. New Plymouth District Council Venues Manager Nelita Byrne says the timing of the match was great for Taranaki and would add to the fantastic variety of events that had been locked in for the stadium. “We have a lot going on across the summer months and this will be a great way for the Taranaki public to kick off the winter sporting season. “With the All Blacks also scheduled to play here in September, it gives our rugby-loving community some fantastic, quality rugby matches to look forward to.” Byrne said while some may have been keen to see a repeat of the 2015 fixture between the Hurricanes and Chiefs at Yarrow Stadium, the Chiefs’ schedule still favoured Taranaki fans wanting to catch that clash. “That particular match is happening up in Hamilton on 10 March. Being Taranaki Anniversary weekend, we’re hoping that means those fans who enjoy that Chiefs/Hurricanes rivalry will be able to head up there for the game. “While the Reds have had a tough couple of Super Rugby seasons, they do play an exciting style of rugby which we know will entertain all of those who come along to the game.”  With five Port Taranaki Bulls in the Chiefs squad for 2017, the Hamilton-based team are hoping to provide the local community with plenty of opportunities to meet their Super Rugby heroes ahead of the match. Yarrow Stadium 2016/17 calendar 10 December 2016, 7.10pm – McDonald’s Super Smash Cricket, Central Stags v Northern Knights. 31 December 2016, 7.10pm – McDonald’s Super Smash Cricket, Central Stags v Canterbury Kings. 4 February 2017, 7.35pm – A-League Football, Wellington Phoenix v Western Sydney Wanderers. 12 February 2017, 6pm – Nitro Circus. 6 May 2017 – Investec Super Rugby, Gallagher Chiefs v Queensland Reds. 9 September 2017 – Investec Rugby Championship, All Blacks v Argentina Tips for Building Owners Following Earthquake 14 November 2016 New Plymouth District Council advises owners of buildings identified as being earthquake-prone to check their buildings, particularly at ground level, for any new damage following today’s big earthquake. Residents with old-style chimneys should check these at roof level, particularly those more than 1m high above the roof. “This is a precautionary measure,” says Customer and Regulatory Solutions Manager Katrina Brunton. “Due to the distance from the epicentre of these earthquakes, New Plymouth District has a very low risk for resulting building damage. The district has had more potentially damaging earthquakes from local fault lines in the last six months that have not resulted in any damage. “However if a building owner or occupier thinks they have found some new damage, we advise them to call an engineer to provide an expert opinion.” Early this morning, an experienced engineer and Council officer undertook visual checks of vulnerable buildings – those buildings most at risk to earthquake damage – in the community. These inspections found no visual damage. Water Main Repair in Inglewood 08 November 2016 Water Main Repair in Inglewood One of Inglewood’s water mains will be shut down tomorrow (WEDNESDAY) night to replace a section of damaged pipe.  Water supply to the town will not be interrupted during the repair as supplies are delivered via alternative water mains.  In order to minimise any disruption to the Inglewood community, the repair work will take place from 9pm tomorrow until 3.30am on Thursday (10 NOVEMBER). Infrastructure Manager David Langford says this is essential maintenance work that minimises water leakage from our reticulation network and is an important part of ensuring we do not waste a precious natural resource.  Water main breaks can also expose our water supply to potential contamination. Repairs, like this one, help ensure we are able to provide safe, clean water to the Inglewood community and continue to maintain our full compliance with the Drinking Water Standards for the Inglewood treatment plant and distribution zone. Our contractor will be using a process that minimises the chance of stirring up the particulates in the reticulation network, which are known to cause the water discolouration Inglewood has experienced in the past.  “We understand these discoloured water events are a concern and inconvenience to the Inglewood community and we will be working hard to try and avoid this happening as a result of this repair work,” says Mr Langford. “While discoloured water looks and tastes unpleasant, it is not unsafe. Water quality testing has shown that the water still meets the requirements set out in the Drinking Water Standards.  “However, as a precaution, we recommend that people do not drink the discoloured water and that they store a few litres of water before we start work on Wednesday evening so that if they do wake up to discoloured water they still have clean water to drink while we wait for the particulates to settle out and the water to return to normal,” he says.
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