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Taranaki 2nd Best Region in the World to Visit in 2017 says Lonely Planet
25 October 2016
Taranaki’s civic leaders have welcomed the announcement that travel bible Lonely Planet has judged Taranaki the world’s second best region to visit in 2017. The world’s largest independent guide book publisher officially announced Taranaki as the 2nd best region in the world to visit in its Best in Travel 2017 publication, launched simultaneously around the world at 9pm (NZST) on 25 October. Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2017 yearbook says, “From dairy farms to legendary surf breaks, the region’s natural assets have long been envied. But in recent years a powerful arts and cultural set has elbowed its way to the fore, sustaining New Plymouth’s notable Puke Ariki Museum and Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, and one of the world’s finest music festivals – WOMAD – held in pretty Pukekura Park. Now that New Plymouth has its own answer to the Guggenheim – the hard-won and community funded Len Lye Centre – the stage is set for Taranaki’s star to shine.” While Taranaki being ranked in the top 10 regions in the world to visit in 2017, let alone at number 2, may come as a surprise to those outside of the region, it’s no surprise to the collective leaders of the region, commonly known as Team Taranaki; Mayor of South Taranaki Ross Dunlop, Stratford District Mayor Neil Volzke and New Plymouth District Mayor Neil Holdom, along with the Chairman of the Taranaki Regional Council David MacLeod. “We are delighted with this tribute and thank our Taranaki community - residents, organisations and businesses – for supporting us. The vision and sustained investment shown by all the councils in this region, is reflected in this accolade. We look forward to continuing to welcome visitors and promoting ourselves around exceptional natural beauty as well as exciting arts and cultural attractions,” say the region’s civic leadership. “It also recognises the work that Venture Taranaki does on behalf of the region, promoting Taranaki to the world.” It’s anticipated this award will boost the region’s tourism sector and build on the strong visitor numbers over the last 12 months. The region’s official tourism organisation Venture Taranaki will be charged with promoting the accolade to the visitor market both domestically and internationally. Specific attractions that are highlighted by Lonely Planet include: Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre Mount Taranaki, Egmont National Park, and specifically the Pouakai Crossing one-day walk Puke Ariki Museum Pukekura Park New Plymouth shopping and dining Surf Highway 45 WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance festival), 17 – 19 March 2017 TSB Bank Festival of Lights, 18 December 2016 – 5 February 2017. Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2017 publication will promote Taranaki to an unprecedented global audience by being printed in English, French, German, Italian and Russian. Taranaki was evaluated by an independent team of international travel experts who shortlist in line with criteria such as topicality, excitement and wow-factor.
Lone Star New Plymouth Application
25 October 2016
WESTCLOUD GROUP LIMITED of 206E Heta Road, Merrilands, NEW PLYMOUTH has made an application to the New Plymouth District Licensing Committee for the grant of a New On Licence for the premises situated at 54 Gill Street NEW PLYMOUTH 4310 known as LONE STAR NEW PLYMOUTH. The general nature of the business conducted (or to be conducted) under the licence is a Restaurant - Class 1 On Licence. Days and Hours: Monday to Sunday 8am to 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 to District Licensing Committee at Private Bag 2025, New Plymouth 4342. This publication was made on 18 October 2016
Saving Money and Trees Digital Council Meetings for NPDC
21 October 2016
Councillors will be going fully digital for all Council meetings at NPDC. “Agendas will no longer be printed for Councillors or Council staff in an effort to lower costs and reduce the environmental impact,” says Councillor Shaun Biesiek. “We go through up to half a million A4 sheets of paper each year for printing agendas, so that alone will be a significant cost and environmental saving,” says Councillor Stacey Hitchcock. Going digital will give elected members the most up to date information more quickly than before and reduce staff time for producing agendas. Each Councillor will receive an iPad Pro for reading and annotating agenda reports. A handful of Councillors trialled the system last term. A limited number of printed copies of the agenda will still be available for the public in the Council Chamber before meetings start. The move to digital agendas is part of NPDC's Digital Council strategy, which aims to develop digital systems to integrate Council services. The first project in this programme was the launch of the Council's new website last month, newplymouthnz.com.
GUSTO New On Licence Application
20 October 2016
GUSTO 2005 LIMITED of 198 Breakwater Road 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 198 Breakwater Road NEW PLYMOUTH 4310 known as GUSTO 2005 LIMITED. The general nature of the business conducted (or to be conducted) under the licence is a Restaurant - Class 3 On Licence. Days and Hours: Monday to 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 to District Licensing Committee at Private Bag 2025, New Plymouth 4342. This publication was made on 20 October 2016.
Outdoor Pools Open Soon for the Summer Season
20 October 2016
The first sign of summer is almost here, with the Todd Energy Aquatic Centre outdoor pools opening this weekend! Doors open from 7am this Saturday (22 October), and the community pools in Waitara, Inglewood and Okato will open on 12 November. The Fitzroy Pool will open on 10 December (weather permitting). “It’s a really fun time of the year because we’ve come through winter and people are eager for summer, and swimming in the outdoor pools is part of that,” says Manager Venues and Events Ron Murray. “The weather looks like it’s going to be reasonably good for Labour Weekend too.” To mark the coming summer, the aquatic centre has a special three-month membership deal of $150 for adults or $120 for students and seniors, which gives full access to the pools, sauna and fitness centre. This deal is available until the end of December. Todd Energy Aquatic Centre
Request for Temporary Road Closure Egmont and King streets New Plymouth
19 October 2016
New Plymouth District Council has requested the closure of the following roads to conduct a community event, the Velo Deus 20 Retro Bicycle Race. 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 Friday 4 November. 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. Date and period of closure: from 5pm to 8pm on Friday 3 February 2017. Roads to be closed King Street from Queen to Brougham streets. Egmont Street from Devon Street West to Ariki Street. Affected road with no vehicular access: Brougham Street from Ariki Street to Devon Street West. Please note: these roads could reopen earlier than advertised.
New Governance Structure for New Plymouth District Council
19 October 2016
A new, simplified governance structure for New Plymouth District Council has been announced. A Performance Committee and a Planning Committee replace the previous Monitoring, Policy and Regulatory standing committees and the Finance Subcommittee. Other committees will focus on more specific areas of interest. “This new structure will keep things simple and help us as we look to demystify local government and encourage more community participation in council decision-making,” says Mayor Neil Holdom. “In selecting the members of each committee, I’ve tried to harness the diverse expertise and experience of the Councillors and place them where they will be the most effective.” The Performance Committee, which will be chaired by Councillor Richard Jordan with Councillor Marie Pearce as deputy, will monitor the Council’s performance and financial position and enable delivery of operational activities. The Planning Committee, which will be chaired by Councillor Roy Weaver with Councillor Stacey Hitchcock as deputy, will consider strategies, policies, bylaws and plans, and consider matters not provided for in the long-term plan, annual plan or other strategies or plans. Other committees are: Audit and Risk Committee chaired by Councillor Richard Handley. Community Funding and Investment Committee chaired by Councillor Harry Duynhoven. Accessibility and Aged Issues Working Party chaired by Councillor Murray Chong. Police Liaison Working Party chaired by Councillor John McLeod. Len Lye Committee chaired by Councillor Marie Pearce. The new structure and the appointments will be confirmed at the Triennial Meeting at 5pm on Tuesday next week (25 October).
Temporary Road Closure on Devon Street East
19 October 2016
In accordance with the tenth schedule of the Local Government Act 1974, the following road will be closed to ordinary vehicular traffic to enable Crowded House Bar and Cafe to hold a Hot Cars, Bikes and BBQ Night. Road to be closed: Devon Street East from Liardet to Gover streets. Date and period of closures: from 5pm to 9pm on Thursday 27 October. In the event of a situation necessitating the use of the road, contact must be made with the organiser on-site, on the day. The road 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 road will then be open to normal vehicle traffic and normal traffic regulations will apply.
Request for Temporary Road Closure Lions Parade Inglewood
17 October 2016
The Inglewood Lions Club has requested the closure of the following roads to conduct an International Lions Centennial Parade. Date and period of closure: from 1.30pm to 3.30pm on Saturday 4 March 2017 Roads to be closed: Matai Street (SH3) from Brookes Street to Rata Street (SH3). Rata Street from Rimu Street (SH3a) to Brown Street. Cutfield Street from Rata to Brookes streets. Kelly Street from Matai to Brown streets. Affected roads: Brookes Street. Brown Street. 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 Friday 4 November 2016. Submissions must be made on the road closure form or by contacting the Council on 06-759 6060 or email@example.com. Please note: these roads could reopen earlier than advertised.
Have Your Say on Draft District Plan
17 October 2016
Would you like to help shape our district’s working, living and environmental areas? Public comments open today (MONDAY) on the draft District Plan, the document that provides guidance and rules on how land is developed and used. “It’s through the plan that we manage things like how land is used and developed, where future housing areas will be, how vibrant our CBD is, and the effects and potential of industry,” says Group Manager Strategy Liam Hodgetts. “We’ve developed the draft District Plan with the help of key stakeholders and now we’re opening it up to the public for them to comment on the concepts of the plan. “Please look at our easy-to-read summary document and get back to us with your thoughts.” There are many elements within the draft District Plan, ranging from indigenous biodiversity and water bodies to traffic and transport and the rural production zone. However, the four key areas are: Central city and local areas: we want to keep these areas prosperous and attractive for businesses and the public. Residential growth: we want to provide enough housing to meet the demand for 1,000 more people per year for the next 10 years, and respond to our changing demographic profile. Managing industry: we want to ensure sufficient land supply and protect key industries from reverse sensitivity, providing certainty for investment. Coastal management: we want to make sure that activities do not affect the natural values of the coast, and that risk to activities from coastal hazards, such as storm surges, is managed. Mr Hodgetts says the current District Plan was written 15 years ago when the district wasn’t growing. “We’re a very different community from then and the new District Plan will reflect that. “We aim for it to be simple to use and easier to understand than the current one, and it’ll be digital so it’s easy to access for our community.” Have your say before 16 December by going to newplymouthnz.com/DPReview. Copies of the summary document are also available at the Civic Centre on Liardet Street, Puke Ariki and your nearest library and service centre.
OKURUKURU CELLAR DOOR Off Licence Application
13 October 2016
Tarcine Limited of 78 Plymouth Road, RD 4, 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 738 South Road OMATA, NEW PLYMOUTH 4374 known as OKURUKURU CAFE. The general nature of the business conducted (or to be conducted) under the licence is a Winery Cellar Door - Off Licence. Days and Hours: Monday to Sunday 7am to 11pm 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 to District Licensing Committee at Private Bag 2025, New Plymouth 4342. This publication was made on 13 October 2016
Kathakali On Licence Application
11 October 2016
NAMSTHE INDIA LIMITED of at 37 Devon Street East 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 37 Devon Street East NEW PLYMOUTH 4310 known as KATHAKALI. The general nature of the business conducted (or to be conducted) under the licence is a Restaurant - Class 3 On Licence. Days and Hours: Monday to Sunday 8am to 1am 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 to District Licensing Committee at Private Bag 2025, New Plymouth 4342. This publication was made on 11 October 2016
SNUG LOUNGE On-Licence Variation
11 October 2016
WHITE LADY LIMITED of PO Box 8182, NEW PLYMOUTH has made an application to the New Plymouth District Licensing Committee for the grant of a Variation On Licence for the premises situated at 124 Devon Street West NEW PLYMOUTH 4310 known as SNUG LOUNGE. 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 2am the following day 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 to District Licensing Committee at Private Bag 2025, New Plymouth 4342. This publication was made on 12 October 2016
Airport Manager Elected to National Board
11 October 2016
The manager of New Plymouth Airport now also has a national focus, with his election as a Director to the NZ Airports Board. Manager New Plymouth Airport Wayne Wootton is one of two members representing the country’s regional airports, with the rest of the board consisting of Directors from the five international airports and one non-airport representative. “It’s an opportunity to ensure that regional airports have a voice on the national stage regarding any issues that could benefit or adversely affect the industry,” says Mr Wootton. “I’m particularly interested in working with other board members to promote the role of airports in regional destination marketing, regional tourism and economic development.” NZ Airports is the not-for-profit industry association for New Zealand’s airports and related businesses. Its members operate 31 airports throughout the country, including air force bases. Directors serve for 12 months and are eligible for re-election.
08 October 2016
Voting has closed. The elections webpage will be updated over the weekend with the results: The preliminary result has been released. This result will be a combination of all posted and hand delivered votes. It excludes special votes. We expect the preliminary result represents 99% of the voter return. Special votes will be processed and counted early next week. An official declaration will be made by the Electoral Officer.
Draft District Plan Approved for Public Comment
07 October 2016
The public will soon be able to have their say on what New Plymouth District Council’s District Plan should look like. At today’s (Friday) Council meeting, the Draft District Plan was considered by the Council. The next phase will be to seek public comment, which District Planning Lead Juliet Johnson says will be the midway-point in the District Plan review process. The District Plan provides guidance and rules on how land is developed and used, and Mrs Johnson says the Council has so far been working with stakeholders on its development. “We now want to test the concepts within the draft plan with the wider community,” she says. “It’s an opportunity to discuss issues at this early phase and consider pragmatic solutions before we release the Proposed District Plan next year for formal consultation. We’re interested in feedback so we can shape the directions and start working on more detailed rules and zoning responses. “This draft plan is a comprehensive document with a lot of aspects to it. Most people in the district will be interested in or affected by the District Plan so when consultation starts, we want as many people as possible to read through our user-friendly summary guide and get their feedback to us. “They’ll be able to do this online or discuss any issues with a member of our review team.” The 30-year District Blueprint was approved last year, and 42 per cent of the initiatives in the blueprint will be achieved through the new District Plan. “The current District Plan was developed in the mid-1990s and became operative in 2005. We are a very different community from what we were back in 1995 and the new District Plan will reflect that,” says Mrs Johnson. The period for public comments will run from Monday 17 October to Friday 16 December.
New Railroad Crossing Being Considered for Calvert Road
04 October 2016
A proposal to build a formal pedestrian level crossing over the railway line at the end of New Plymouth’s Calvert Road will be considered by the Council at its meeting this Friday (7 October). A report to the Council recommends changing the 2017/18 Annual Plan to allocate $70,000 to build a suitable crossing at this site, following site inspections by KiwiRail and New Plymouth District Council. If the proposed recommendation is approved by both the Council and KiwiRail, for safety reasons the rail corridor will be fenced off until construction begins in 2017/18. Infrastructure Manager David Langford says the crossing would include pedestrian mazes, warning signs and an upgraded path from Calvert Road to Ocean View Parade. “There is no budget for this project and no external financial assistance available, so adjusting the Council’s Annual Plan is one solution for the funding,” says Mr Langford. Two other options are for the Council to approve the proposal with funding coming from the 2015/16 operating surplus, which would enable work to begin much sooner; or to permanently fence off the rail corridor at the end of Calvert Road. “The key issue here is the safety of the public, in particular those at higher risk such children or people with mobility issues,” says Mr Langford. “The submissions we’ve received from the public are overwhelmingly in favour of constructing a formal pedestrian level crossing and any new crossing will be designed to a high safety standard. “It is also important people take care when crossing any railway line. Only cross at a formal pedestrian level crossing, make sure you are free of distractions such as mobile phones or listening to music, and look for trains before you cross.” The detailed agenda report is on the Meetings webpage at newplymouthnz.com, and Friday’s Council meeting will be streamed live via the website.
Less than a Week Left for Local Elections Voting
03 October 2016
Voting in New Plymouth District is still the lowest it has been in 15 years – and there is less than a week left until polling day. After 10 days of counting, just 19.89 per cent of votes in the local elections have been returned, compared to 26.31 per cent at the same stage in the 2013 election and 33.04 per cent in 2010. Governance Lead Julie Straka reminds residents that postal votes must be in the mail by tomorrow (Tuesday) if they are to reach the Electoral Officer in Auckland in time to be counted. “From Wednesday, please hand-deliver them to either the Civic Centre in New Plymouth or a library and service centre in Waitara, Inglewood or Bell Block,” she says. All four Council buildings will be open this Saturday morning so that last-minute votes can be hand-delivered before the noon voting deadline. Voting stats after 10 days of counting: 2016: 19.89 per cent. 2013: 26.31 per cent. 2010: 33.04 per cent. 2007: 27.05 per cent. 2004: 33.34 per cent. 2001: 33.11 per cent.
Tuesday Deadline for Postal Votes in Local Election
30 September 2016
There is just one week left to have your voice heard in the local elections! However if you plan to post your votes in, the deadline is even earlier. “We strongly recommend that people have their votes in the post by Tuesday next week or they risk not having their votes reach the Electoral Officer in Auckland before the deadline at noon on 8 October,” says NPDC Governance Lead Julie Straka. “Any late votes can’t be counted.” After Tuesday, people can still hand-deliver their votes to the Civic Centre on Liardet Street, New Plymouth or to a library and service centre in Waitara, Inglewood or Bell Block. “However, we’d really like people to hand-deliver their votes by Tuesday so they are included in the progress result issued mid-afternoon on Saturday 8 October. “Hand-delivered votes received after Tuesday will be included in the preliminary results, which are expected to be released on Sunday 9 October,” says Ms Straka. The final election results will be confirmed later the following week. Special votes are available for people who: Are eligible to vote but their name does not appear on the electoral roll. Have their name on the unpublished roll. Did not receive their voting papers in the post. To arrange a special vote, please phone 0800 922 822.
Directors Named for PIF Guardians
29 September 2016
A broad range of financial expertise will feature on the new organisation that oversees the management of New Plymouth District’s Perpetual Investment Fund (PIF). On Tuesday (27 September) New Plymouth District Council confirmed the five Directors who will comprise New Plymouth PIF Guardians Ltd, which will begin operating in March next year. “We had a very high calibre of candidates – it wasn’t simple deciding on the five who have been selected,” says Chief Financial Officer Alan Bird. “We’re very fortunate to have people with significant national and international financial experience to guide our district’s ongoing investments, which will benefit residents for generations to come.” One PIF Guardians Director is current Taranaki Investment Management Ltd (TIML) Director Jamie Tuuta. Mr Bird says Mr Tuuta will provide valuable continuity between TIML and the new organisation. “We’re very pleased that Jamie has agreed to carry on with his role.” Between now and March the PIF Guardians members will write the Statement of Investment and Policy Objective for the fund, and select the outsourced agent for managing the PIF. The Directors of the PIF Guardians are: Mark Butcher (Chair) Mark is Chief Executive of the New Zealand Local Government Funding Agency, board member of Institute of Financial Professionals NZ (INFINZ) and director of Civic Assurance. His was previously Treasurer at Auckland Council, held senior trading and sales roles across derivative, interest rate and debt products at the National Bank of New Zealand and Westpac Institutional Bank, and also worked in the wealth management sector as Chief Investment Officer at Perpetual Capital Management and General Manager of Alliance Bernstein New Zealand. Kirsty Campbell Kirsty has broad experience in finance, regulation and law. She is currently a Non-executive Director of Simplicity NZ Limited (which launched the Simplicity Kiwisaver Scheme in August 2016) and Independent Chair of the Compliance Committee at Salt Funds Ltd. Her background includes leading or assisting on more than 20 initial public offerings on the AIM market while a corporate finance manager in London, and Head of Supervision on New Zealand’s Financial Market Authority. David Rae David is an experienced investor and director. Most recently he was Head of Investment Analysis for the New Zealand Superannuation Fund, the largest fund manager in New Zealand. He was responsible for assessing investment opportunities, economic analysis and employing responsible environmental, social and governance processes for investments. He has been a Director and observer on the Horizon Roads Group (which owns the Eastlink toll road in Melbourne); and has previously worked as an economist at the OECD, the National Bank of New Zealand and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. Tracey Jones Tracey was Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer for Tappenden Holdings Limited, being responsible for funds under management, property, finance and operations of one of New Zealand’s largest private investment portfolios. She is currently a family office consultant, Director of Tutanekai Investments Ltd, Non-executive Director and Audit Committee Chair of Harmoney Corp Ltd (NZ’s first licensed peer-to-peer platform) and a presenter for the Private Wealth Network. She is a Chartered Accountant, member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and a member of the Institute of Directors. Jamie Tuuta Jamie is a Director of TIML. His other current roles include being a Director of Taranaki Whanui Limited, Tamaki Makaurau Community Housing Limited, Wools of New Zealand, Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd, Te Ohu Kaimoana Trustee Ltd and Taranaki Iwi Claims Management Ltd. He is also the Chair of Te Ohu Kaimoana Portfolio Management Services Ltd, the Maori Trustee of Te Tumu Paeroa, a member of the Public Sector Advisory Board, a board member of Tourism New Zealand and a trustee of Venture Taranaki Trust.
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