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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 Have their name on the unpublished roll.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. Probable Old Wellsite Exposed in New Plymouth 28 September 2016 What is probably an historic wellsite in New Plymouth has been exposed by a digger. Taranaki Regional Council, New Plymouth District Council and other regulatory authorities are investigating.  Initial assessment shows there are unlikely to be environmental issues with the site. Further investigation is under way. NPDC Customer and Regulatory Solutions Manager Katrina Brunton says it appears to be the Devon-1 well on Seaview Road that was drilled in 1942 and abandoned as dry in 1943. “The digger has exposed what looks like the old well’s cellar,” she says. “Initial investigations show some drilling mud in the concrete sump and no apparent gas leaks.” The site is being cleared for development and NPDC will advise the developer on the process of developing a site with an abandoned well-head. Disruption to Traffic During the New Plymouth Half Marathon 27 September 2016 The New Plymouth Joggers and Walkers Club Half Marathon is taking place on Sunday 2 October. Details are as follows: Date and time: from 8am to noon on Sunday 2 October. Affected roads: Rogan, Gover, Fillis, Liardet, Leach, Vivian, Morley, Barrett, Tukapa, Carrington, Upjohn and Somerset streets; Cutfield, Frankley, Hurworth, Carrington and Brooklands roads; and Coronation Avenue. Affected intersections: Liardet and Leach streets. Brougham and Vivian streets. Dawson and Vivian streets. Brooklands Road and Carrington Street. Traffic controllers and marshals will be at all intersections and along the route. Please show patience and courtesy when travelling on the above roads during this event. Please direct all queries to Traffic Management Solutions, Greig Bosley 027 254 0912. Request for Temporary Road Closures Americarna Waitara 27 September 2016 Waitara Alive has requested the closure of the following roads to hold Americarna Waitara. Date and period of closure: from 10am to 5pm on Thursday 23 February 2017. Roads to be closed: Mclean Street from Cracroft Street to West Quay. Warre Street from Mclean to Parris streets. Queen Street from Wrights Lane to Parris Street. Dowding Place. Bank Street. Watson Lane. Domett Street from Ogle to Parris streets. Grey Street from Ogle to Parris streets. Browne Street from Mclean to Parris streets. Memorial Place. Detours will be in place. 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 21 October 2016. Submissions must be made on the road closure form, or by contacting the Council on 06-759 6060 or enquiries@npdc.govt.nz. Please note: these roads could reopen earlier than advertised. Submissions Called On Waitara Lands Bill 26 September 2016 Now is the time to send your comments to Parliament’s select committee on the New Plymouth District Council (Waitara Lands) Bill. The Maori Affairs Committee has called for submissions on the Bill, which aims to broaden the purposes for which the income from land leases and sales can be used and enable the freeholding of leasehold land. The Bill will also enable the transfer of the underlying titles of three Council reserves (totalling about 30ha) and the freehold titles to 13.2ha of residential land to Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa Trust, plus the first right of refusal on Ranfurly Park and the Waitara Golf Club (totalling about 33ha). Most of the land involved is on the Peka Peka Block. Mayor Andrew Judd urges hapu, iwi, leaseholders and the wider community to get involved in the select committee process. “This Bill is a chance for people to have their voices heard directly by Parliament,” says the Mayor. “Please make sure to participate by making a submission.” Submissions close on Monday 7 November. Information on how to make a submission are online at www.parliament.nz, or through the Maori Affairs Committee’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MaoriAffairs. Following the select committee are three more Parliamentary stages: the Bill’s second reading, the Committee of the Whole House, and the third reading of the Bill. These stages could take about two months. Council to Consider New Airport Terminal Building 26 September 2016 A bold new plan to create a striking architectural statement for New Plymouth Airport’s new terminal building will be considered by the Council at its meeting tomorrow (TUESDAY). The report to the Council includes the original plan to revamp the existing building as well as the new proposal for an entirely new terminal. Manager New Plymouth Airport Wayne Wootton says a new build would be quicker than redeveloping and enlarging the existing building, and there would be less inconvenience for airport users during construction. “There are other benefits that are worth considering too,” he says. “We’d be able to establish an architecturally iconic design that integrates the local cultural narrative. “We also wouldn’t be constrained by the shape and size, or the earthquake performance, of the existing building and we’d be able to make the best use of the terminal’s space for commercial leases – which will benefit the airport’s income. “Overall, the potential of a new build makes it worth having a hard look at.” Regardless of whether the new airport terminal comes from redeveloping the current building or building a new one, the cost will be met by the airport’s revenue through landing charges, car park fees, retail leases and advertising.  Construction of either the new or revamped building is likely to begin in mid-2017. Temporary Road Closure on Maratahu Street 26 September 2016 During Taranaki v Canterbury rugby match at Yarrow Stadium. Eligible Voters Urged to Get Involved in Election 26 September 2016 A record low voter turnout is on the cards for the New Plymouth District Council elections unless the early trend changes significantly. The first five days since counting began on 19 September have resulted in just 6.69 per cent of voting papers being returned, about half the amount of votes at the same time of the 2013 election. "2013 had a low voter turnout - just 51.11 per cent of eligible voters overall - but this election is looking to set a new low unless people get their votes in," says Goup Manager Strategy Liam Hodgetts. "Where I worked previously in Australia, voting turnout for local Council elections was above 70 per cent. "Local government, way more than central government, plays such an important role in people's everyday lives, directly influencing the liveability and sustainable of communities, so it is surprising for me to see such poor turnout numbers in New Plymouth so far. "We've also got some vital work coming in the next three years, including the review of the District Plan and writing the 2018-2028 Long-Term Plan. Who do you want to represent you at the Council table and on community boards when the future of our district is being mapped out?" Mr Hodgetts reminds people that the voting papers come with a booklet of information on all the candidates. "Vote for your preferred representatives and send your voting papers in as soon as you can, to make sure you don't miss the voting deadline." Voting closes at noon on Saturday 8 October. If you are posting your votes in, have them in the mail by Tuesday 4 October to ensure they are received on time. Voting papers can also be dropped off at the Civic Centre on Liardet Street, New Plymouth and at the Waitara, Bell Block and Inglewood library and service centres. Previous elections: 2013 election: 12.63 per cent return after five days; 51.11 per cent total vote. 2010 election: 16.33 per cent; 57.70 per cent. 2007 election: 12.77 per cent; 50.85 per cent. 2004 election: 16.66 per cent; 55.13 per cent. First Reading of Waitara Lands Bill in Parliament 22 September 2016 Mayor Andrew Judd has welcomed the first reading of the New Plymouth District Council (Waitara Lands) Bill in Parliament yesterday (Wednesday). The Bill has now been referred to the Māori Affairs Committee. “It was particularly pleasing to see the Members of Parliament make a strong call for people to make submissions to the select committee,” says the Mayor. “I encourage people to keep an eye out for when the select committee calls for submissions so they can be involved in this process.” Mayor Judd described the reading of the Bill as a watershed moment for Waitara and New Plymouth District. “This Bill will help bring together hapu, iwi and the wider Waitara community for the benefit of generations to come,” he says. Select committees generally have six months to consider Bills. Following the select committee are three more Parliamentary stages: the Bill’s second reading, the Committee of the Whole House, and the third reading of the Bill. These stages could take about two months. Key parts of the Bill include: Leaseholders will receive a right to purchase the freehold title to their property, for the unimproved land value and administrative costs, with no time limit imposed. The freeholding right will continue even if the lease is sold. Leaseholders who do not exercise this right will be able to continue to rent their land. The funds from the leasehold land – both rents and proceeds from sales – will be put back into the Waitara community. The money will be divided between New Plymouth District Council and Taranaki Regional Council, and both councils have committed to investing the money back into the Waitara community. Some land in Waitara will be transferred to Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa Trust, and the trust will have the right of first refusal on other blocks of Waitara land. SENTRY HILL WINERY - Off Licence Application 21 September 2016 Sale and Supply of Alcohol 2012 Proposed Donation Strategy for Len Lye Centre 21 September 2016 A proposal to increase revenue to the Len Lye Centre without affecting visitor numbers will be considered by the Council as its meeting next week (27 SEPTEMBER). A report to the meeting recommends the Council adopts a proactive fundraising strategy by encouraging visitors to the centre to make a donation via Paywave and eftpos. Manager Recreation and Culture Teresa Turner says an independent report on revenue generation by the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre found that cultural facilities in Australia and the UK had a substantial drop in the number of visitors once they brought in entrance fees. However, there was significant potential for the gallery to develop its revenue through donations. “The Len Lye Centre has proved to be a magnet for visitors in the 12 months since its opening – 57 per cent higher than predicted – which has knock-on benefits for the wider regional economy,” says Ms Turner.  “Our goal is to increase the centre’s revenue while also maintaining and growing its visitor numbers.” The gallery’s donation box received about $11,000 from visitors through passive donations in the 12 months to the end of July. Ms Turner says by actively promoting donations through Paywave and eftpos, donations are expected to rise to up to $100,000 per year. “That figure is based on the experience of charities, who find that people are more generous when they donate via eftpos, as well as on the number of visitors through the centre and an average contribution of $2 per visitor,” she says. In the first 12 months since opening in 2015, the Len Lye Centre had 151,000 visitors. The majority of visitors were from outside Taranaki (53 per cent), with international visitors comprising 12 per cent of the total. King and Queen Hotel Suites General Manager Daniel Fleming says: “Weekend business has never been busier and we’re seeing a lot more people visiting New Plymouth as a result of the Len Lye Centre, many of whom wouldn’t have come otherwise. “It is a fantastic addition to the city.” Data from Statistics New Zealand show that for total accommodation guest nights: Nationally, guest nights grew 5.3 per cent in the year to June 2015, and 5.8 per cent in the year to June 2016. In Taranaki, guest nights shrank 3.5 per cent in the year to June 2015 (before the Len Lye Centre opened) and rose 8.5 per cent in the year to June 2016 (after the centre opened). In comparing July 2015 to July 2016 in Taranaki: Guest nights went up 17.7 per cent to 43,122. International nights were up 36.4 per cent. Domestic nights were up 15.6 per cent. Average length of stay rose to 2.08 nights. Also, the growth in visitor numbers in Taranaki (17.7 per cent) is above the national average (6.9 per cent). Note: Paywave allows people to make payments of up to $80 through contactless payments. Dog and Horse Restrictions During Daylight Saving 20 September 2016 When Daylight Saving starts on Sunday (25 September), seasonal restrictions for dog and horse owners also come in. Horses may not be on Oakura, East End and Fitzroy beaches from 9am to 6pm during Daylight Saving, or on Ngamotu Beach at any time. Also, dogs are not allowed in the following beach areas from 9am to 6pm during the Daylight Saving period: Oakura Beach and foreshore area - the area directly in front of the surf club between the motor camp entrance and Wairau Road. Fitzroy and East End beaches - in the area between imaginary lines drawn directly to the sea from the western (city) end of the East End Surf Life Saving Club building and the eastern (Waiwhakaiho) end of the Fitzroy Surf Life Saving Club building. Oakura River/Corbett Park - Oakura River and bank including the grass area up to the main road bridge and down to the concrete amenities building. Onaero Domain and adjoining beach - All of Onaero domain (except the area occupied by the baches) including the campground on both sides of the Onaero river adjoining the beach and foreshore. “These areas are especially popular with people during Daylight Saving so we require dog owners to keep their pets away during the busiest times of the day,” says Customer and Regulatory Solutions Manager Katrina Brunton. “It’s about striking a balance for beach users during the busiest season. “Dogs are welcome there before 9am and after 6pm, and at many other places in the district, so we ask owners to respect these restrictions for the benefit of everyone.” In addition, dogs must be on a lead in the following areas until the end of April, when the bird breeding and nesting season is finished: Bell Block Beach – at the end of Mangati Road, between the toilet block and the beach access ramp. Wai-iti Beach between Beach Road and the start of the cliff face to the north-east. Tapuae Marine Reserve – between Tapuae and Herekawe streams. Parininihi Reserve – from Waipingau Stream to the Clifton Road boundary. The Council’s website has more information about where dogs can be walked in the district, the areas where dogs must be on a lead (such as the Coastal Walkway), and areas where dogs are banned year-round (such as children’s playgrounds and Ngamotu Beach). Just go to newplymouthnz.com and search for the Walking Your Dog webpage. “We also want to remind people that beaches aren’t a place to drive up and down in a vehicle,” says Mrs Brunton. The only exceptions are emergency and surf lifesaving vehicles, and when a vehicle is used to take a boat to or from the water (via the shortest distance to the sea). Request for a Temporary Road Closure Americarna Inglewood 20 September 2016 Inglewood First has applied for a temporary road closure to hold Americarna in Inglewood. CAFE TURQUOISE - On Licence Application 20 September 2016 Sale and Supply of Alcohol 2012 WAI-ITI CAFE - On Licence Application 19 September 2016 Sale and Supply of Alcohol 2012 Car Free Challenge Coming 16 September 2016 Have you wondered what it would be like to leave your car at home for the day? Next Thursday (22 September) is World Car-Free Day – with New Plymouth district and Taranaki regional councils joining cities around the world in encouraging residents to use alternative transport for one day. “The great thing about World Car-Free Day is that it encourages people to reconsider their travelling habits, and hopefully set up a new habit around more active travel as we head toward summer,” says NPDC Manager Transportation Carl Whittleston. “If you had to do without a car, how would you manage? Would the kids cycle or scooter to school? Would the adults walk or bus to work? “World Car-Free Day is a great opportunity for families to work out how they could use their car less often, and for us to see how our towns would look and feel if there were fewer cars on the road and more people walking, bussing or cycling.” To mark the day, Taranaki Regional Council will run its Taranaki Citylink and Connector bus services for free (except for school services).  “Taranaki people are very car-dependent so maybe this one day they can think about trying the bus, walking or cycling,” says TRC Transport Services Manager Chris Clarke. The free bus promotion is being organised by TRC, which provides the New Plymouth Citylink and Hawera-New Plymouth Connector services through its contractors. Similar promotions have previously boosted bus patronage by more than 50 per cent. “It’s a reward to existing customers and hopefully it will encourage more people to try the buses,” says Mr Clarke. Bus timetables are available online at taranakibus.info, and as well as at the Civic Centre on Liardet Street, the Bus Centre on Ariki Street and at i-SITES. Many schools are encouraging their students to participate in World Car-Free Day, and their parents to check their children’s active-travel routes. Mr Whittleston says people who would find it impossible to go without a car for the entire day can still do their bit. “Try switching out at least one car ride by walking, bussing or cycling,” he says. “If you have to travel quite a distance or have very young children, consider parking further away from your venue and walking the last distance.” Voting Papers Coming to Letterboxes from Tomorrow 15 September 2016 Keep an eye on your letterboxes: voting papers will be sent to everyone on the electoral roll between tomorrow (Friday) and Wednesday next week. Group Manager Strategy Liam Hodgetts says people have until midday on Saturday 8 October to get their votes to the Electoral Officer. “Don’t miss this opportunity to get involved in the local democratic process – local government plays an important role in our communities and elections give individuals the opportunity to help shape the place they live,” he says. “Anyone who is posting their voting papers back should get them in the mail by Tuesday 4 October to make sure they reach the Electoral Officer in Auckland on time. “Voting papers can also be hand-delivered to the Civic Centre on Liardet Street or a library and service centre in Waitara, Bell Block and Inglewood up to the midday deadline on 8 October.” Voting for New Plymouth District Mayor, Councillors of New Plymouth district and Taranaki regional councils and members of the Inglewood and Waitara community boards is by first-past-the-post (with preferred candidates being ticked). Voting for Taranaki District Health Board members is by single transferable vote (with candidates ranked in preference). Special votes are also 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. Note: there is no election for Kaitake Community Board as the number of candidates equalled the number of available seats. The two candidates for Clifton Community Board are automatically elected, and a by-election will be held to fill the two remaining seats. Ngamotu Cafe Limited On Licence Application 13 September 2016 Sale and Supply of Alcohol 2012 Bell Block Four Square Off Licence Application 13 September 2016 Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012
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