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Temporary closure of Egmont Street Car Park
20 June 2018
New Plymouth District Council directs that the Egmont Street Car park will be temporarily closed to allow See It in the City Ice Skating to operate. Date and period of car park closure: from 9am on Tuesday 26 June to on 5pm on Monday 16 July. During the above timeframe there will be no public car parking available in the Egmont Street Car Park. Information on car parking options in central New Plymouth is on the Where to Park webpage at newplymouthnz.com. A temporary mobility park space will be available to all mobility card holders in site 8602, in the Ariki Street bus depot car park, during the period of the Egmont Street Car Park closure.
Request for temporary road closures to hold Sunday Farmers markets
20 June 2018
Farmers Market Taranaki Trust has requested the closure of the following roads to conduct weekley Sunday Famers markets: Date and period of closure: from 7.30am to 1pm every Sunday commencing on 4 November 2018 and concluding on 2 June 2019. Roads to be closed: Currie Street from Devon to Gill streets Huatoki Lane from Currie Street to James Lane The application is being considered under the Transport (Vehicular Traffic Road Closure) Regulations 1965. Submissions to the closure should reach New Plymouth District Council by 4pm on Tuesday 3 July. Submissions must be made on the road closure form, which is available online at newplymouthnz.com/submissions, or by contacting the Council on 06-759 6060 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Emergency vehicles will have unrestricted access at all times. During the proposed period of closure, an approved traffic management plan will make provisions for ordinary vehicular traffic which would otherwise use the roads.
The Mayfair Application
18 June 2018
WHITE RABBIT ENTERTAINMENT LIMITED of 69 Devon Street West, NEW PLYMOUTH 4310 has made an application to the New Plymouth District Licensing Committee for the grant of a New On Licence for the premises situated at 67 Devon Street West NEW PLYMOUTH 4310 known as THE MAYFAIR. 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 10.00am to 3.00am Sunday 10.00am to 12midnight 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 19 June 2018
Airport terminal contract keeps jobs in Taranaki
18 June 2018
Local construction firm Clelands Construction is to build New Plymouth Airport’s new multi-million dollar terminal, providing a major boost for the Taranaki economy. The board of the airport company, Papa Rererangi i Puketapu (PRIP), has confirmed the award of the contract after a competitive tender, with local suppliers and sub-contractors being used wherever practical. Clelands was chosen from three tenders, says New Plymouth Airport Chief Executive Officer Wayne Wootton. “In the end, after a rigorous tender evaluation process, the contract was awarded for professionalism and the best value for money. We’re on a journey to transform from a 1960s airport to a modern regional gateway, pivotal to our regional tourism strategy. Clelands will be working closely with the airport company and Puketapu hapu to build a distinctive terminal that celebrates Taranaki’s heritage,” says Mr Wootton. Clelands Managing Director Michael Braggins says the company is grateful for the opportunity to deliver the project and has an experienced construction team ready to go. “The timing of this announcement should provide a level of optimism for local subcontractors and suppliers following recent negative press related to potential restrictions being imposed on the oil and gas and dairy industries,” says Mr Braggins. “The new terminal building is a key part of the tourism infrastructure contributing to delivering on our regional economic development strategy's commitment to the visitor sector. Tourism isn't today's buzz word, it's real, and we are currently at the front end of several tourism and hospitality projects that will be delivered with local resources over the next few years." The current terminal was built in the 1960s to cater for 50,000 passengers a year but now has 440,000 travellers passing through annually. The terminal redevelopment project will be funded entirely from airport revenue at a cost of approximately $21.7 million to $28.7 million.
Wonderful Waitara set for Walkway and Water Works
15 June 2018
Waitara’s good times are continuing to gather pace with a number of high-profile NPDC projects in the pipeline from the Coastal Walkway extension to solving long-running water issues. The town has been on a roll this year with construction booming, the opening of the new Clifton Park Sports and Community Hub and now further major investment is on its way thanks to NPDC’s 10-year work programme. “It’s fantastic the Coastal Walkway extension from Bell Block to Waitara has received the green light. It will stimulate the local economy, encourage locals to be more active and attract visitors,” says NPDC Councillor Colin Johnston. Initial engagement with the Airport and hapu is underway and will inform the details of the project. Work on the long-awaited project to link Waitara to the district’s award-winning Coastal Walkway is set to start next year with $4 million from NPDC matched by funding from the NZ Transport Agency. The 10-Year Plan includes investment in the town’s water network including: • $14 million to renew ageing sewer pipes • $9 million to improve the town’s storm water systems • $6 million to improve wastewater pump stations across the district. Another area of focus is a new fishing area at Waitara’s Marine Park which will open up the river mouth to all anglers including those in wheelchairs. The project is planned for the 2019-2020 financial year and is expected to cost about $65,000. NPDC has also helped a Waitara history group to preserve three of the town’s oldest buildings thanks to a concessional ground lease. Two former jail buildings – the Harness Room built in the 1880s and the Jail House dating from early last century – sit on the Memorial Place site alongside Rose Cottage, which was also built in the 1880s. The lease of $1 a year was granted to the Waitara District History and Families Research Group by NPDC which guarantees the buildings will remain in the community until at least 2031.
Bogworks Brewery Off Licence
11 June 2018
BOGWORKS LIMITED of 109/113 Powderham Street, NEW PLYMOUTH has made an application to the New Plymouth District Licensing Committee for the grant of a New Off Licence for the premises situated at 59 Gill Street NEW PLYMOUTH 4310 known as BOGWORKS BREWERY. The general nature of the business conducted (or to be conducted) under the licence is a Tavern/Bar/Restaurant - Off Licence. Days and Hours: Monday to Sunday 8.00am to 12midnight 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 07 June 2018
Bogworks Brewery On Licence
11 June 2018
BOGWORKS LIMITED of 109/113 Powderham Street, NEW PLYMOUTH 4310 has made an application to the New Plymouth District Licensing Committee for the grant of a New On Licence for the premises situated at 59 Gill Street NEW PLYMOUTH 4310 known as BOGWORKS BREWERY. The general nature of the business conducted (or to be conducted) under the licence is a Bar/ Restaurant/Tavern - Class 1 On Licence. Days and Hours: Monday to Sunday 8.00am to 12midnight 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 07 June 2018
NPDC park project helping make Sugar Loaf Islands pest-free
08 June 2018
Predator traps built and laid by New Plymouth schoolkids and NPDC are helping to secure a safe home for native birds and reptiles on the Sugar Loaf Islands (Nga Motu). Students at Francis Douglas Memorial College made 26 traps and set them at NPDC’s Centennial Park. Together with NPDC’s 24 traps, they will create a barrier to help stop rats and other predators swimming out to the islands and assist in the goal of creating New Zealand’s first predator-free region. The project is being run with Taranaki Mounga, which aims to restore and preserve the native biodiversity around the mountain, the Pouakai and Kaitake ranges and the islands. The trapping programme is a major step towards growing community involvement in the work, says Liam Hodgetts, NPDC Group Manager Strategy. “This project focuses on sustainability and protecting our biodiversity for future generations,” says Mr Hodgetts. The islands are important for 19 species of seabirds and provide nesting grounds for about 10,000 birds. They’re also one of the last outposts for the nationally endangered Cook’s scurvy grass (Lepidium oleraceum), a New Zealand native herb. The area is also a home for the gold-striped Taranaki gecko, the region’s only native lizard. The students will lay another 22 traps in Centennial Park next year and other agencies plan to lay another 15 traps on steeper parts of the park. Taranaki Mounga is working with community groups, schools and iwi to restore and protect native wildlife around Egmont National Park and create an ecological corridor that extends from Mounga to Moana (Mountain to Sea). Last month, the Taranaki Regional Council launched the Towards a Predator-Free Taranaki project after receiving $11.7 million from the government’s Predator Free 2050 fund. The aim is to eradicate stoats, rats and possums from the region and is expected to cost $47 million in the first five years. NPDC and other Taranaki councils are partners in the project along with the Department of Conservation, Wild for Taranaki, Taranaki Mounga, iwi and other groups.
Request for temporary road closure to hold Soldiers Day commemorations
08 June 2018
New Zealand Army Association (Taranaki Inc) has requested the closure of the following roads to conduct Soldiers Day commemorations: Date and period of closure: from 10am to noon on Sunday 8 July 2018. Roads to be closed: Queen Street between St Aubyn Street (SH 44) and King Street. Young Street from 5 Young Street to Queen Street. Following the cenotaph service, a parade will take place along the following route departing the road closure area on Queen Street at approximately 11.15am: King Street, Egmont Street, Ariki Street and Gill Street, concluding at 53 Gill Street. The application is being considered under the Transport (Vehicular Traffic Road Closure) Regulations 1965. Submissions to the closure should reach New Plymouth District Council by 4pm on Friday 22 June. Submissions must be made on the road closure form, which is available online at newplymouthnz.com/submissions, or by contacting the Council on 06-759 6060 or email@example.com. Emergency vehicles will have unrestricted access at all times. During the proposed period of closure, an approved traffic management plan will make provisions for ordinary vehicular traffic which would otherwise use the roads.
NPDC 10-Year Plan takes Coastal Walkway to Waitara
07 June 2018
Extending the Coastal Walkway from Bell Block to Waitara, new measures to improve our Water Resilience and going Zero Waste by 2040 are the focus of the NPDC’s 10-year work programme. The $2.3 billion draft 10-Year Plan was yesterday approved by NPDC councillors and Mayor Neil Holdom, ushering in a major programme of works the highlights being the strengthening and upgrading of our drinking water network, boosting recycling and cutting waste, as well as the extension to the award-winning Coastal Walkway. Around $4 million has been set aside to fund the extension which will be matched by the NZ Transport Agency with work set to commence in 2019. A mayoral recommendation approved at the extraordinary meeting included removing the sale and development of any part of Peringa Park and removing the redevelopment of the TSB Stadium and the Todd Energy Aquatic Centre from the 2018-2028 Long-Term Plan. In terms of bottom-line rates, over the next three years the average residential ratepayer will pay: 2018 - 5.9%, 2019 - 3.9% and 2020 - 3.9%. Just some of the many projects in the 10-Year Plan include: • About $6 million for community libraries. • About $5 million for Let’s Go to boost road safety and improve infrastructure. • About $5 million for economic development including $350,000 a year to implement the Tapuae Roa action plan. • About $2 million in year three to provide Coastal Walkway rail safety improvements. • About $1 million for the Mangorei Road car park at the start of the Pouakai Crossing. • About $290,000 for improved Marfell suburb road connections. • About $200,000 to revamp the Bellringer Pavilion Changing Rooms in Pukekura Park. • About $60,000 for improvements to the East End Skate Park. The 10-Year Plan will now go to Audit New Zealand for review and then it will be adopted at a council meeting on 27 June.
Super Liquor New Plymouth
05 June 2018
WILSON LIQUOR GROUP LILMITED of 40 Leach 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 40 Leach Street NEW PLYMOUTH 4310 known as SUPER LIQUOR NEW PLYMOUTH. The general nature of the business conducted (or to be conducted) under the licence is a Bottle Store - Off Licence. Days and Hours: Monday to Sunday 9.00am to 9.30pm 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 05 June 2018
Masala Craft Indian Restaurant
04 June 2018
NMP HOLDINGS LIMITED of 132 Carrington Street, VOGELTOWN has made an application to the New Plymouth District Licensing Committee for the grant of a Renewal On Licence for the premises situated at 5 - 11 Bell Block Court BELL BLOCK, NEW PLYMOUTH 4312 known as MASALA CRAFT INDIAN RESTAURANT. The general nature of the business conducted (or to be conducted) under the licence is a BYO Restaurant - BYO On Licence. Days and Hours: Monday to Sunday 10.00am to 10.00pm 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 01 June 2018
Safety upgrade coming to Inglewood intersection
31 May 2018
NPDC and the NZ Transport Agency are redesigning the intersection of Miro and Rata streets in Inglewood to make it easier for all road users to see each other. A schoolgirl died after a pedestrian crossing accident at the intersection in 2017. As a result, NPDC and NZTA removed the pedestrian crossing in December last year and commenced a safety review of the intersection. NPDC Chief Operating Officer Kelvin Wright says the schoolgirl’s family as well as Inglewood Primary School have been included in discussions about the new intersection layout. The design would see car parking spaces removed near the intersection and the installation of a mid-road pedestrian safety island. Coloured pavers on either side of Miro Street would highlight to pedestrians that they are about to step onto a road. The crossing is located at the point where people are most likely to cross. A letter will be distributed to neighbouring properties advising them of new no-stopping areas that may be put in place to support the safety elements of the design. The parking prohibitions on Miro and Rata streets will be considered by the Inglewood Community Board at its meeting on 26 June.
Ice skating to take center stage in city this winter, says NPDC
31 May 2018
NPDC’s “See it in the City” has a feast of events to keep New Plymouth’s city centre buzzing over the cold winter days and nights. NPDC Councillor Shaun Biesiek says the “See it in the City” Ice Skating rink will open on 28 June and runs until 15 July. “We've got an exciting line up of family friendly entertainment to keep everyone warm this winter, funded from car parking revenue. The state of the art, eco-friendly rink at Egmont carpark is housed in a marquee of lights and features an upbeat sound system. We’ve also got the first ever restaurant week and the Right Royal Cabaret Festival,” says Councillor Biesiek. FEASTival starts on 5 June and is the first time the region has had a restaurant week to promote cafes and eateries. “See it in the City” is a founding sponsor for the event which promises unique mouth-watering menus from $20 per person. FEASTival creator Rachel Church thanked See it in the City for its help, support and funds to get the event off the ground and says she is delighted to be supporting the On The House charity through the Feast for All event next Thursday. “To create an event that helps such a wonderful charity in our first year is really meaningful to me,” says Ms Church. NPDC’s parks team has put seasonal vegetables in six planters and will put these in the CBD when FEASTival starts on Tuesday. These will then be given to On The House to distribute to families. NPDC’s “See it in the City” has also helped to fund the Right Royal Cabaret Festival which runs from 28 June to 1 July. The event, organised by TAFT, promises to be a wild weekend of cabaret, comedy and burlesque. NPDC’s “See it in the City” was set up in 2017 to boost New Plymouth’s city centre and has organised a number of fantastic free events, including a market day, the taste of the NZ Tattoo & Art Festival, the Waitangi Day celebrations, Americarnival, Velo Deus 20, Escapefest, Newtopia Multimedia Festival and Shape & Sounds. For more information, head to See it in the City’s Facebook page.
Manukorihi Golf Club
30 May 2018
MANUKORIHI GOLF CLUB of 20 Wills Road, WAITARA 4383 has made an application to the New Plymouth District Licensing Committee for the grant of a Renewal Club Licence for the premises situated at 20 Wills Road WAITARA 4383 known as MANUKORIHI GOLF CLUB. The general nature of the business conducted (or to be conducted) under the licence is a Class 3 Club - Club Licence. Days and Hours: Monday to Sunday 8.00am to 12midnight 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 30 May 2018
Facelift for famous Taranaki photo spot
29 May 2018
The deck on the Main Lake in NPDC’s Pukekura Park will be extended to enhance the awesome views towards Mount Taranaki. The work is part of a NPDC project to upgrade the landscaping between the Tea House On The Lake and the lake and will include a gazebo for shaded seating, new planters, the levelling of the tiled area and footpaths that are safer and easier to use. “This facelift will mean an even better experience for the 470,000 people who flock to NPDC’s free Pukekura Park each year, including the 130,000 who come for the annual TSB Festival of Lights. New Plymouth’s founders had the foresight to create such a fantastic project in 1876 and a great recreational hub for locals and visitors alike,” says Jacqueline Baker, NPDC External Relations Manager. The public may notice work in the area and NPDC thanks visitors in advance for their patience. The work programme is expected to be finished by the spring. Pukekura Park has flown the Green Flag, the international mark of a quality park, for five years running. Experts assess a park for a Green Flag award using eight criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability, community involvement and providing a warm welcome. The Tea House On The Lake, which opened in 1931, will remain unchanged.
Storms, rats and bad odours: Experience the 1840s journey to New Plymouth with NPDC's Puke Ariki
25 May 2018
Storms, rats and bad odours: Experience the 1840s journey from England to New Plymouth with NPDC’s Puke Ariki The sights, sounds and smells – dirty linen and vomit included – of the voyages of the first organised Pākehā settlers to New Plymouth are being brought to life in a new exhibition by NPDC’s Puke Ariki. The Plymouth Company exhibit, opening soon in the Taranaki Life Gallery, has taken two years of planning to put together and captures what it was like to make the long sea journey from England to New Zealand/Aotearoa. “The attention to detail put into the exhibition by our team of curators is just amazing,” says Puke Ariki Manager Kelvin Day. “We’re trying to tell the story of what that voyage was like for the 1000 or so settlers who came over from Devon and Cornwall to a new life in Taranaki. “What I love about this exhibit is it has given us the chance to experiment with new ideas and introduce new technology while working with experts from Taranaki, New Zealand and across the globe.” Some of the innovative ideas and displays in the exhibit include: Visitors will get the chance to sample some voyage smells via an interactive display. The odour experience will include rope and tar, dirty linen, musty and vomit sourced from AromaPrime in the UK. Taranaki videographer Keith Finnerty filmed rats which will be projected onto the floor – plagues of rats were a major problem for the settlers. And the rats had to be trained in Wellington to run in the right direction! Staff sailed on the R. Tucker Thompson in the Bay of Islands to recreate the movement of a sailing vessel. An Auckland company has replicated the meals the Pākehā settlers would have ‘enjoyed’, complete with a pewter dinner plate. The exhibit includes many artefacts from the Puke Ariki collection, including items brought over by the settlers such as a 200-year-old doll. Also on show is an enlarged copy of a significant artwork, housed in Germany, that shows the Ngāmotu foreshore in 1841. The settlers gave up everything for the chance of a new life, often driven by desperation and poverty as well as the promise of new opportunities away from England’s rigid class structure. The journey took months and the first brave souls who set off in 1840 faced storms, sickness and death. The William Bryan arrived at Ngāmotu on 31 March 1841, bringing 134 Britons who would lay the foundations for New Plymouth in a new land amongst Māori. A further five ships followed over several years. Plymouth Company fact file: To get free passage (free tickets) steerage passengers on the ships had to be vaccinated against smallpox and to provide ‘the most satisfactory testimonials as to their qualifications, character and health’. Rats ran riot in New Plymouth during the first years of the settlement. When the rodents swarmed people waged war on them using gin traps, snares and poison. Settler Josiah Flight recorded personal kills in his diary. His highest daily tally was 58. Once they settled in New Plymouth women began marrying earlier than in England, with nearly half married before they were 20. The new generation had a birth rate of an average of 10.4 children, rather than their mother’s average of 8.3. Puke Ariki fact file: It opened on 15 June 2003. It is the world’s first purpose-built, integrated museum, library and visitor information centre. Puke Ariki has three long-term galleries (Takapou Whāriki, Taranaki Naturally and the Taranaki Life) and components of these get changed out regularly. The temporary exhibition space shows touring exhibitions that are either curated in-house or brought in from other museums. Te Pua Wānanga o Taranaki/Taranaki Research Centre is also housed at the site. Sidebar: Visitors to the Thompson’s Hut can take a step back in history as the revamped attraction opens its door for the first time ever at NPDC’s Puke Ariki. The hut, which was built around 1920 and gifted to the museum in 1977, has had a makeover to create an interactive experience on what life was like in Taranaki in the 1930s. Situated in the Taranaki Life Gallery, visitors had previously only been able to stand at the entrance to check out the interior but the hut has now been opened up to the public. The refreshed interior includes a digital projection photo album. This interactive display allows visitors to read about local people and their stories. The hut also includes replicas of 1930s furniture built in-house by Puke Ariki staff based on items in the collection. The hut is made from tōtara and was built as a station-hand’s quarters on Bill Thompson’s farm in Tāhora. Caption: Puke Ariki exhibitions installer Tamara Lewis working on The Plymouth Company exhibit.
Your district needs you - Join the NPDC emergency response team
21 May 2018
If you can keep your head in an emergency, NPDC wants you to join its response team. Volunteers are being sought to be part of NPDC’s emergency operations centre (EOC) which responds to emergencies like cyclones and floods and coordinates recovery programmes. “We saw after ex-Cyclone Gita just how well our community works together during a crisis, and we expect a lot of people will put their hand up to be involved in the new EOC,” says NPDC Chief Operating Officer Kelvin Wright. “We’d like to hear from anyone who’s keen to help out during an emergency. You don’t need emergency experience to volunteer – we’ll train you. “We know that an emergency can happen at any time so let’s get ready for the next one.” From 1 July, the emergency response in Taranaki will be managed by the relevant local council. The Taranaki Emergency Management Office (TEMO) will have a region-wide coordinating role, if required. To volunteer, fill in the form on the Civil Defence page at newplymouthnz.com or contact NPDC on 06-759 6060 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bumper crowds and a $5 million boost to the economy: NPDC's TSB Festival of Lights shines even brighter
17 May 2018
Bumper crowds and a $5 million boost to the economy: NPDC’s TSB Festival of Lights shines even brighter A 20% rise in visitors from outside the region, a 95-year-old volunteer and two wedding proposals; this season’s NPDC-run TSB Festival of Lights dazzled. New figures from Venture Taranaki (VT) show a big rise in visitors coming to the region for the event from 7,845 in 2016/2017 to nearly 9,600 this season. The research shows the value added to the regional economy jumped from $4.6million to $5million. “Around $5million added to our economy and 9,600 outside visitors shows what a huge drawcard the TSB Festival of Lights is. This amazing free community event brings out people from all walks of life; locals, visitors from across Taranaki and New Zealand all enjoying this visual symphony funded by NPDC,” says Mayor Neil Holdom. The research on the festival, which last season ran from 16 December to 5 February in New Plymouth’s Pukekura Park, also found that 95.8% of people were either extremely satisfied or very satisfied with their experience at the festival. “The festival is a much-loved and long running event that adds to the experiences on offer to our tourism market, which grew 6% overall during the year to the end of February,” says VT’s General Manager Marketing Vicki Fairley. “We are delighted to see international guest nights up by 28% over the same period. Attractions and events such as Pukekura Park and the TSB Festival of Lights help to ensure Taranaki remains a fantastic place to visit.” Festival facts The lighting route is 3.5 kilometres of walkways through Pukekura Park. The TSB tunnel of Light on Poet’s Bridge this season includes 1000 LED light points and more than 150 hours of design and development time. The lights are on for about 50 nights. More than 20 staff and volunteers work behind the scenes each night at the festival. It takes about six weeks to install all the lights and cabling through the park for the festival. Highlights from this season’s festival included: A new Summer Seniors programme for older folk. Glow Yoga packing out the Fred Parker Lawn. Seven winners getting to put their names in lights over Poet’s Bridge. Two wedding proposals, including one written in lights. 95-year-old Dorothy Anderson doing her bit as a volunteer.
A trans-Tasman friendship at NPDC's Brooklands Zoo
16 May 2018
The newest resident at NPDC’s Brooklands Zoo has faced a tougher vetting test than most new housemates, including a trip across the Tasman. Three-year-old otter Takumi took more than a month to get from Mogo Zoo, in New South Wales, to New Plymouth’s free-entry zoo which is home to a diverse range of species from farm animals, to reptiles to amphibians. NPDC’s Brooklands Zoo brought Takumi in from Australia because no New Zealand zoos had any spare otters. On the way he had about four weeks in quarantine before leaving Australia and another four weeks in quarantine at Auckland Zoo before flying to NPDC’s Brooklands Zoo which is visited by 113,000 people each year. Then he had to be weaned gradually into his new surroundings while getting to know his new companion, Jemima. “It was certainly a long journey for him but he went first-class for otters all the way and he’s adapted wonderfully. He’s full of energy, gets on great with his new playmate Jemima and he’s made a splash with visitors,” says NPDC External Relations Manager Jacqueline Baker. The introduction to Jemima, who’s been at Brooklands Zoo for four years, was a private affair out of the public eye. It started with scent swapping between enclosures before they graduated to meeting each other through a mesh fence, and, after a couple of weeks, sharing an enclosure. “Otters are social animals so it was important the relationship began on the right footing and now they’ve bonded well,” says Ms Baker. Jemima, 15, has been living alone since her previous companion, Jala, died in April last year. NPDC’s Brooklands Zoo, which opened in 1965, works with partner zoos in Australia and New Zealand to select new animals.
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