Residents in New Plymouth, Bell Block, Waitara, Tikorangi, Lepperton, Onaero and Urenui please boil all drinking water.

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Temporary road closures for ITU and Oceania Triathlon events 19 March 2018 In accordance with the tenth schedule of the Local Government Act 1974, the following roads will be closed to ordinary vehicular traffic to enable Tri New Plymouth Ltd to conduct the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Cup Triathlon and Oceania Junior Triathlon Champion events in New Plymouth. Date and period of closure: from 7.30am to 5pm on Sunday 25 March 2018. Roads to be closed, forming the ITU Cycle Route: Paritutu Road from Centennial Drive to Portview Crescent Portview Crescent Centennial Drive from Paritutu Road to Ngamotu Road Ngamotu Road from Centennial Drive to Breakwater Road (SH 44) Breakwater Road from the intersection with Breakwater Road (Westgate) to Bayly Road. Bayly Road from Breakwater Road to Ocean View Parade (private road, Port Taranaki) Ocean View Parade (Private Road, Port Taranaki) Roads to be closed, due to intersecting with the closed roads and no alternative exit: Hakirau Street. Peace Avenue. Otaka Street. Affected roads, restricted access due to intersecting with closed roads Centennial Drive from Rangitake Drive to Paritutu Road Paritutu Road from Simons Street to Portview Crescent Ngamotu Road from Scott Street to Centennial Drive Findlay Street Catherine Crescent Pioneer Road Rawinia Street Moturoa Street Harbour Street Weston Street Bayly Road from Breakwater Road (SH 44) to South Road Breakwater Road from Bayly Road to Whitely Street. Pedestrian access through the road closure area will be available at all times. Emergency vehicles will have unrestricted access at all times. In all other situations necessitating the use of the road, contact must be made with the Traffic Management coordinators 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 roads will then be open to normal vehicle traffic and normal traffic regulations will apply. Boil water notice issued by NPDC 21 February 2018 Working on multiple fronts, Update 9am, Thursday 22 February All equipment for the pipe repair has arrived on site and our team is hard at work trying to fix the main water supply pipe near Hydro road, north of New Plymouth. The repair crew will be working 24/7 until the pipe is fixed, after which we’ll flush the pipes of sediment and refill the water system. We’re also investigating the feasibility of connecting to two alternative water supplies, as a back-up to the main repair. In the meantime, please boil and save water. If you have lost water, please turn off your immersion heaters and hot water tanks so that they don’t burn out. Situation to date We instruct people in New Plymouth, Bell Block, Waitara, Tikorangi, Lepperton, Onaero and Urenui to continue to save water as much as possible. Only use water for drinking (after boiling it for one minute) and flushing the toilet. Please use your emergency water supplies first. All big water users have been asked to stop using water. It is up to businesses and schools to decide if they should shut, however all water must be boiled first before being consumed. There is a total ban on using water for gardens or outside washing. All properties from New Plymouth to Urenui are on a boil water notice. The notice will remain in place for at least a week after the supply is reconnected while the supply is returned to the national drinking water standard. All water for consumption, including filtered water, should be boiled for one minute. Water from the tankers that have been provided in critical areas does not need to be boiled. The tankers are operating from 6am to 9pm at the following sites: Hickford Park Car Park (end of Smeaton Road), Bell Block. Bell Block Court, Bell Block (outside The Warehouse). Outside Waitara Memorial Hall, Memorial Place, Waitara. Clifton Park car park, opposite Waitara High School, Princess Street, Waitara. Outside Tennis/Bowling Club, Manutahi Road, Lepperton. Rimu Street Industrial Park, Rimu Street, Merrilands, New Plymouth. Outside Mangorei School, Mangorei Road, New Plymouth. Please take your own containers for filling. Information on personal hygiene and food safety is available from the Taranaki District Health Board here: http://tdhb.org.nz/news/documents/2018-02-21.shtml. Flyers with the latest information were distributed to more than 26,000 properties yesterday. Our latest information will be on newplymouthnz.com and our Facebook page. View the Emergency Water Map. 6pm update: The replacement pipe has arrived on-site from Auckland. The repair crew is doing as much as they can while the light lasts this evening and will be back on-site at first light tomorrow morning. We are aiming to have the pipe repaired as soon as possible. NPDC staff and volunteers are on the streets from New Plymouth to Urenui distributing letters to around 26,000 properties. The tankers are operating from 6am and 9pm at the following sites: Hickford Park Car Park (end of Smeaton Road), Bell Block. Bell Block Court, Bell Block (Outside The Warehouse). Outside Waitara Memorial Hall, Memorial Place, Waitara. Clifton Park car park, opposite Waitara High School, Princess Street, Waitara. Outside Tennis/Bowling Club, Manutahi Road, Lepperton. Rimu Street Industrial Park, Rimu Street, Merrilands, New Plymouth. Outside Mangorei School, Mangorei Road, New Plymouth. Please take your own containers for filling. 5PM update: NPDC staff and volunteers from the Taranaki Emergency Management Office have hit the streets to provide information letters to more than 26,000 properties from New Plymouth to Urenui during the current water supply disruption. Tankers are up and running at Bell Block (two sites), Waitara (two sites) and Lepperton. The tankers at Mangorei Road and Rimu Street in New Plymouth will be operational shortly. The tankers will run until 9pm and will be available again from 6am tomorrow. 3PM update: NPDC is working hard to fix the water pipe issue and we’re aiming to fix it as soon as possible. In the meantime we instruct residents in New Plymouth, Bell Block, Waitara, Tikorangi, Lepperton, Onearo and Urenui to boil water for one minute before being used for drinking. This includes filtered water. View the Emergency Water Map. Please use your emergency water supplies first. All big water users have been asked to stop using water. It is up to businesses and schools to decide if they should shut, however all water must be boiled first before being consumed. We’re working on getting a raw water supply to schools for flushing toilets, and for boiling for consumption, however the decision on whether to reopen remains with each school. Once the pipe has been repaired, the boil water notice will remain in place for at least a week while we work on decontaminating the system and refilling our water storage. There is a total ban on using water for gardens or outside washing. Ex-Cyclone Gita has caused a large tree to fall and destroyed a pipe bridge that carries one of our biggest water pipes near the New Plymouth Water treatment plant yesterday afternoon. This has cut off water supply to the eastern part of the New Plymouth District and will result in outages this afternoon. NPDC has sourced a pipe to use in the repair. For more information check out NPDC’s Facebook page, website or call us on 06 759 6060. Save water after storm damages pipe bridge says NPDC 21 February 2018 Save water.  That’s the message from NPDC as ex-Cyclone Gita has caused a large tree to fall and destroy a pipe bridge that carries one of our biggest water pipes near the New Plymouth Water Treatment Plant yesterday afternoon. This has cut off water supply to the eastern part of the New Plymouth District and may result in outages this afternoon. Only use water for drinking and cooking. All big water users have been asked to stop using water. There is a total ban on using water for gardens or outside washing, level 4 water restrictions apply. Our team is on the ground fixing it and we have sourced a new water pipe. For more information check out NPDC’s Facebook page, website or call us on 06-759 6060. Water supply interruption from ex-cyclone Gita 20 February 2018 8pm Tuesday 20 February: Ex-Cyclone Gita has arrived in Taranaki and strong winds have pushed a tree onto a water supply pipe just north of the New Plymouth Water treatment plant this afternoon. It’s affected three water reservoirs which supply properties in New Plymouth, Bell Block, Waitara, Tikorangi, Onaero and Urenui. Our repairs have been postponed overnight due to stormy conditions and our team will be back on scene at first light tomorrow. In the meantime, we are urging everyone, both residents and high water-use customers, to reduce their water consumption. Only use what you have to. For more information check out NPDC’s Facebook page or call us on 06-759 6060. *************** 6pm Tuesday 20 February: Ex-cyclone Gita has arrived in Taranaki and strong winds has pushed a tree onto a water supply pipe just north of the New Plymouth Water treatment plant this afternoon. It’s affected three water reservoirs which supply properties in New Plymouth, Bell Block, Waitara, Tikorangi, Onaero and Urenui. A repair crew is at the site, looking to fix the problem as a priority. In the meantime, residents are urged to conserve water until further notice. For more information check out NPDC’s Facebook page or call us on 06-759 6060. Road closures from ex-cyclone Gita 20 February 2018 Last updated - 12:30pm 22 Feb Please continue to take care on all roads as debris may be left behind. The following road closures are in place: Bertrand Rd Kiwi Rd Piko Rd Puke Rd Tarata Rd (from RP26.2 to the boundary) Temporary road closure on Devon Street East Crowded House event 20 February 2018 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 Café to hold a Hot Cars, Bikes and BBQ Night event. Date and period of closure: from 5.30pm to 11pm on Thursday 22 February 2018. Roads to be closed: Devon Street East from Liardet to Gover streets. Emergency vehicles will have unrestricted access at all times. In all other situations necessitating the use of the road, contact must be made with the Traffic Management coordinators 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 roads will then be open to normal vehicle traffic and normal traffic regulations will apply. Engineer Paula Wright brings world of experience to NPDC 15 February 2018 NPDC engineer Paula Wright’s last two jobs had 76 degrees of separation. Mrs Wright joined NPDC last year after working across the world – including the frozen wastes of Canada (-33 degrees Celsius) to the scorching deserts of Australia (+43C).  Originally from Opunake, she’s now bringing her wealth of experience to her role at NPDC as the manager for infrastructure projects like the Waitara stormwater. “In the Northwest Territories where I was working on a water treatment plant upgrade, we were in minus-33 degree Celsius temperatures,” says Mrs Wright. “When I wanted to go for a run, I would have to run up and down the airstrip, as the locals had warned me about the wolves in the bush if I ran out of town!” The temperature gauge shot the other way when Mrs Wright started her previous job in Western Australia on multi-million-dollar upgrades to wastewater treatment plants. However she still had to watch out for the local wildlife. “Commissioning on site, we had a lot of little small covered pits for underground valves. We would constantly would find baby brown snakes in them. These are one of the top 10 most venomous snakes in Australia!” Mrs Wright has also worked in Malaysia but her and husband Jonathan, from Perth, decided to come back to New Zealand to be closer to Paula’s family. “We are really loving the lifestyle here, being able to get home so quickly, going for lunch time runs in the park, surfing, hiking, mountain biking, kite surfing, and everything is so close and easy to do. Plus the commute is five minutes as opposed to 40 to 90 minutes.” Mrs Wright also finds it easier to get around in Taranaki. “Transporting one of the modular Water Treatment Plants to site in Canada required transporting it on ice roads (over a frozen lake). We had to make sure the water treatment plant was ready on time as there was only a short window when the ice is thick enough to drive over. “I also saw bison and lynx while driving to a site – it’s a bit tamer here where I’ve been working on the otters’ enclosure at NPDC’s Brooklands Zoo!  “The budgets here in New Plymouth District are smaller but the project requirements are the same as in northern Canada or the Australian desert: getting a good result for the community with close attention to budgets, keeping people safe and caring for the environment,” she says. “We were delighted that someone with Paula’s experience of working across the world joined us to bring her expertise to NPDC so we continue to deliver the best services for our community,” says NPDC External Relations Manager Jacqueline Baker. The Hourglass Application 13 February 2018 MUMBAI TRADING COMPANY LTD of 49 Liardet Street, New Plymouth, has made an application to the New Plymouth District Licensing Committee for the grant of a Renewal On Licence for the premises situated at 49 Liardet Street NEW PLYMOUTH 4310 known as THE HOURGLASS. The general nature of the business conducted (or to be conducted) under the licence is a Tavern - Class 1 On Licence. Days and Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 4pm to 2am the following day You may also inspect the application at the New Plymouth District Council, Liardet Street, New Plymouth. If you would like to object to the application, in accordance with the Act, please write to us within 15 working days of this notice District Licensing Committee at Private Bag 2025, New Plymouth 4342. This publication was made on 13 February 2018 Peringa Park Sports Club Application 13 February 2018 PERINGA PARK SPORTS CLUB INCORPORATED of 126B Seaview Road, New Plymouth, has made an application to the New Plymouth District Licensing Committee for the grant of a Renewal Club Licence for the premises situated at 160 Clemow Road FITZROY, NEW PLYMOUTH 4312 known as PERINGA PARK SPORTS CLUB INCORPORATED. 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 Wednesday 6pm to 11pm Thursday and Friday 6pm to 12 MIdnight Saturday 1pm to 12 MIdnight Sunday 12 Noon to 6pm You may also inspect the application at the New Plymouth District Council, Liardet Street, New Plymouth. If you would like to object to the application, in accordance with the Act, please write to us within 15 working days of this notice District Licensing Committee at Private Bag 2025, New Plymouth 4342. This publication was made on 14 February 2018 Mistreated Leo finds a happy ending thanks to NPDC 09 February 2018 Little Leo was in a pitiful state when he was dumped at NPDC’s dog pound. The maltese/jack russell cross had been horribly mistreated, his fur was completely matted and he was covered in fleas. It took two animal control officers to remove him from the holding pen because the abuse he had suffered had made him so aggressive. His condition was one of the worst officers had ever seen but his story has a happy ending thanks to one NPDC staff member who fostered him and then became his owner. “The first time I saw him, I couldn’t even touch him because he was so angry,” says Melinda Christensen, whose work as an administrator involves the dog pound. “So I sat outside his cage talking to him for an hour. He was grumbling and shaking.” Staff at the Rifle Range Road facility, who look after about 600 dogs each year, had asked Ms Christensen to be a foster carer for Leo because he could not be rehomed in the state he was in. “I went again and sat next to him in the cage. He came over and nudged my hand and then was happy to let me stroke him. It was quite a breakthrough.” The SPCA said they would have prosecuted if they had been able to track down Leo’s previous owners. Ms Christensen’s partner was initially reluctant to take in Leo as they already have two other small dogs, Winnie and Millie. “He said no at first but now Leo has become his dog!” The foster care eventually changed to permanent ownership and the transformation in Leo in the year since he was abandoned at the pound has been amazing. “He is still scared of grooming because of what his owners did to him but in every other respect he is awesome. He loves people, his home, our other two dogs and my partner.” NPDC External Relations Manager Jacqueline Baker says animal control officers have a difficult job, especially when dealing with animals which have been mistreated. “They do a great job not just in dealing with problem cases but also finding new homes for animals,” Ms Baker says. “Fortunately there are a lot of other success stories like Leo’s thanks to the public taking on animals they’ve seen on the pound’s Facebook page.”  • Members of the public looking to adopt a dog should check out the pound’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/NP-Pound-334371706921639/) or contact NPDC on 06 759 6060.  Dog pound fast facts • During 2017, 630 dogs were impounded. • Other impounded animals have included pigs, sheep, goats, horses, hens, cattle and even a cat (which was collected by the SPCA much to the relief of the cat). • The new section built in 2011 provided an extra 40 pens to the existing 25. • Because of the increased capacity dogs not claimed by their owners have a higher chance of being rehomed. Before that happens dogs have to be assessed to determine their suitability to be rehomed. • A lot of time and effort is put into the dogs. Their pens are cleaned daily and the dogs are moved into exercise pens. At times for could be as many as 30 dogs in the pound so the feeding and cleaning takes time. • If there are other animals at the pen like horses and cattle then they need to be checked daily and feed supplements like hay if required. Goats are tethered so need to be moved to fresh grass daily. NPDC gets people moving and grooving this summer 09 February 2018 NPDC’s See it in the City has a new and free event to get people moving and grooving in the central city called Shape & Sounds.  “It’s been a fantastic summer so far with thousands of people enjoying our free six-week TSB Festival of Lights and Shape & Sounds will keep the summer vibe going. See it in the City is all about creating a thriving central business district through events and connecting with retailers, to support the local economy,” says NPDC External Relations Manager Jacqueline Baker.  Shape & Sounds is running for the next two Saturdays and there will be free yoga as well as live music. From 11am-1pm on Saturday, 10 February there’s free outdoor yoga sessions with The Wellness Project NZ and Sanctuary Hill – Yoga & Retreats at Puke Ariki Landing. On the same day, songstress Tess Goodwin and the unique electronic/hip hop compositions of Yoko-Zuna will keep the entertainment going from 5.30pm-8pm at The Mayfair on Devon Street West.  The following Saturday (17 February), there’s another free yoga session from The Wellness Project NZ and Dubarray – prana session. From 5.30pm-8pm New Plymouth’s Stephanie Piquette will take to the stage followed by the uplifting, soulful and euphoric sound of Dubarray. These are both at Puke Ariki Landing.  Other See it in the City events have included the taste of NZ Tattoo & Art Festival, a market day and this week’s Waitangi Day celebrations. Upcoming city centre events include the Americarnival on 24 February, the Velo Deus 20 old-fashioned bike race on 2 March and the Escapefest street skate competition on 10 March. More information about events can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/seeitinthecity/ Boom times for Waitara house prices and construction 02 February 2018 Waitara is on a roll with house sales and construction booming; with no sign of slowing.  “The value of construction consented has more than quadrupled over the last financial year, with a total exceeding $20 million when only about $5 million was expected, based on the trend from 2013 to 2016,” says NPDC Chief Operating Officer Kelvin Wright. The work includes 82 new homes over the last two years, many of them in new developments on the eastern side of the river, near the new Clifton Park sports hub. House prices in Waitara are rising faster than many other places in the district. The median house value was up 7 per cent in the year to December to $281,100, according to Quotable Value. Median house values across the district were up 6 per cent, with rises of 4 per cent in New Plymouth city and 5 per cent in Bell Block. Another potential draw could be the proposed extension of the Coastal Walkway from Bell Block, creating a walk and cycleway between Waitara and downtown New Plymouth, if it goes ahead. “More people are recognising that Waitara is a great place to live and raise a family and it’s still very affordable. That’s helping to drive construction, grow businesses and create jobs in the town,” says Mr Wright. “The boom in Waitara also reflects the housing growth across New Plymouth District. The government has classified the district as a high growth area and our Draft District Plan includes zoning more residential land in Waitara, and residents are encouraged to have their say from 5 February to 16 March.” Mayor welcomes freedom camping discussions from Government 02 February 2018 New Plymouth District (NPD) Mayor Neil Holdom has welcomed Government moves to find a solution to the nationwide freedom camping problems. Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis has invited 22 Mayors from across New Zealand to meet him early next month to discuss this matter following a big rise in freedom campers and the negative impact this was having on some communities. NPD Councillors voted at an extraordinary council meeting on Tuesday to temporarily ban freedom campers at the Waiwhakaiho river mouth and restrict numbers at the East End Beach, Wind Wand and Kawaroa car parks. The Freedom Camping Bylaw will be reviewed at the end of April. “NPDC will be actively involved in these discussions to find a way to welcome freedom campers while ensuring they are not putting too much pressure on facilities in our most beautiful places. We’re looking forward to talking it over with the Minister and other Mayors,” says Mr Holdom. “We’ve already taken steps this week to protect local access and the environment in New Plymouth. We need a workable and long-term solution,” says Mr Holdom. The discussions are due to take place at the beginning of March. NPDC Draft Digital Plan goes digital 01 February 2018 From this Monday (5 FEBRUARY), the public will have a chance to explore the proposals in New Plymouth District Council’s Draft District Plan – and it’s fully digital and easy to use. NPDC is leading e-planning in New Zealand and has drafted its new District Plan directly into an e-plan.  Focusing on the user, any person will be able to use the online interactive tool. In a few clicks they can find information on their property anytime, anywhere – rather than looking through documents for the information they need – making the plan more accessible. District Plans guide how NPDC manages a variety of activities in our community.  Before the formal consultation process for NPDC’s new draft plan begins in June, the public is being asked to test how it’s being made available. “We also want to test the content of the draft plan with the public,” says NPDC Group Manager Strategy Liam Hodgetts. “This is your opportunity to start to know your zone, know where we are growing, know where to do business and to get to know our coastal story.” The draft plan focuses on four key areas of change: • Keeping our central city and local business centres thriving. • Providing enough housing for about 1,000 more people per year. The housing will be of various types for different needs as our community ages. • Providing enough land in the right locations for industry. • Managing our coastline activities so that natural values aren’t affected and risks (such as from storm surges) are minimised. “It’s about planning for the future,” says Mr Hodgetts. “We want to know what people think of these proposals, but we also want feedback on how people think the e-plan works.” The Digital District Plan will be online at newplymouthnz.com/DraftDistrictPlan. Landowners will be well-informed of any major changes in zoning that relate to their property and will have an opportunity to tell us what they think before the formal consultation process begins in June. None of the rules or zonings in the draft plan apply at this stage as NPDC is still at the early stage of the process but NPDC wants your feedback on the proposals. The Digital District Plan is part of NPDC’s commitment to becoming a digital council, making it easier for the public to do business with us. Sportys Cafe Bar Application - Off Licence 01 February 2018 SPORTYS CAFE BAR 2016 LIMITED of 50 Sackville Street, Fitzroy, 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 50 Sackville Street FITZROY, NEW PLYMOUTH 4312 known as SPORTYS CAFE BAR 2016 LIMITED. The general nature of the business conducted (or to be conducted) under the licence is a Tavern - Off Licence. Days and Hours: Monday to Sunday 9am 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 01 February 2018 Sportys Cafe Bar Application - On Licence 01 February 2018 SPORTYS CAFE BAR 2016 LIMITED of 50 Sackville Street, Fitzroy, NEW PLYMOUTH has made an application to the New Plymouth District Licensing Committee for the grant of a Renewal On Licence for the premises situated at 50 Sackville Street FITZROY, NEW PLYMOUTH 4312 known as SPORTYS CAFE BAR. 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 Sunday 9am 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 District Licensing Committee at Private Bag 2025, New Plymouth 4342. This publication was made on 01 February 2018 Mayor Calls for Stronger Freedom Camping Rules to Protect Access of Locals 29 January 2018 After listening to public feedback, including 42 complaints since 1 December, New Plymouth District Mayor Neil Holdom is calling for tighter controls around freedom camping and a special Mayoral report will be debated at an extraordinary council meeting tomorrow (30 January). The report (click here to read) recommends the temporary closure of the Waiwhakaiho River Mouth area to freedom camping, and the temporary restriction of freedom camping at East End Beach car park (six spaces only), the Wind Wand car park (two spaces only) and Kawaroa car park (15 spaces only) until 30 April 2018. At the end of April, the full Freedom Camping Bylaw will be reviewed. “At the heart of this issue is making sure locals can still use these popular and pristine areas that make us a Lifestyle Capital. In the last month, more than 700 freedom campers have enjoyed some of our best spots and while we always welcome visitors, these unprecedented numbers are putting pressure on our facilities resulting in overcrowding, littering, wasting water and the visual pollution that comes with having a large number of vehicles in our most beautiful places,” says Mr Holdom. “We welcome visitors to Taranaki but at Waiwhakaiho we have been overrun, our own people have been excluded from their favourite spots and we cannot wait until the end of summer to deal with the issue.  “I am recommending to my fellow councillors we take some immediate steps to reduce the concentration of campers at Waiwhakaiho, protect our environment and ensure ongoing local access to our favourite coastal spots within the urban area of New Plymouth.” NPDC has installed extra portable toilets, rubbish collection and security to help alleviate the impact. It is also working with a popular freedom camping app to provide alternative sites. If the Mayoral recommendation is endorsed, these temporary restrictions will begin on Saturday (3 February 2018). Jump on a Bike for the Aotearoa Bike Challenge 25 January 2018 Are you and your organisation ready to take on the Aotearoa Bike Challenge? Registrations are open now for businesses throughout the region to see who can rack up the most kilometres cycled during February.  “The challenges are by category depending on how many staff an organisation has, so it’s a fair competition,” says NPDC Let’s Go’s Liz Beck. “It’s a fun way to get people onto their bikes for leisure or commuting with the support of colleagues, and see how easy it is to travel by bike. “They only need to ride for 10 minutes or more to participate – just enough time to bring a smile to their face!” Last year more than 700 people from 46 organisations took part in Taranaki, and about 215 of the participants hadn’t been on a bike for at least a year. NPDC hopes to get 1,000 people to join in this year while the NZ Transport Agency is aiming for 10,000 participants nationally. NPDC has registered an elected members’ team with Mayor Neil Holdom and Councillor Richard Handley joining in. “This is a great chance to show the rest of the country that New Plymouth District is a place great to ride,” says Ms Beck. Everyone who takes part will have the chance to win prices, including a trip to Italy or San Francisco. Register now at www.aotearoa.bike. Applying for a LIM just got easier 23 January 2018 The process for buying or developing a property is now a whole lot easier thanks to a New Plymouth District Council initiative to put its services online. Prospective property owners can now order and pay for land information memoranda (LIMs) online at any time around the clock. The move is the start of NPDC’s Digital Council initiative to allow ratepayers and residents to access and pay for a wide range of services and review all their NPDC transactions from their computer, smart phone or tablet in future. Anyone wanting a LIM can now go to a new secure section of the NPDC website, where they can set up a personal dashboard and complete the whole transaction online within minutes. To go straight to the page click here. The move will complement NPDC’s existing online, phone and front-of-house services, says NPDC Customer and Regulatory Solutions Manager Katrina Brunton. “This will give people the added convenience of being able to complete a paperless transaction in their own time and at their convenience, from home or work or just out and about,” says Mrs Brunton. “We’re starting the Digital Council programme with LIMs because they are one of our most commonly used services. Eventually we plan to roll it out to include dog registrations, building and resource consents, alcohol licences and a range of other services.” The system has undergone comprehensive security testing, she says. The move caters for an increasingly connected community and a demand for greater convenience, but it will not replace the traditional contact points for customers. A LIM is a legally-binding document that states everything a council knows about the history of a property and issues that might affect it. NPDC processes about 700 LIM applications each year. Anyone previously wanting a LIM could access the application form online, order an email version and pay for it with online banking. However, a paper copy of the completed form had to be delivered to the NPDC, or faxed or emailed with payment. The new system allows customers to submit their application online and use other online payment methods including credit cards. Big jump in tourists caps NPDC's 2017 success stories 12 January 2018 A big boost in tourism to the region, a near sell-out crowd for Yusuf/Cat Stevens concert, creating a community space in Marfell Park and having a budget surplus were just some of the many success stories for New Plymouth District Council (NPDC) last year. The Lonely Planet had named Taranaki as one of the top two regions in the world to visit in 2017 and this helped to bring thousands of extra international travellers to the province.  Figures from Stats NZ for the year ending October 2017 show a massive 25.3 per cent rise in international guest nights in Taranaki. Overall guest nights in the region were up 4.5 per cent as well.  Lonely Planet had highlighted the NPDC-run Len Lye Centre, Puke Ariki and the TSB Festival of Lights as key attractions worth seeing as well as the Pouakai Crossing and Surf Highway 45. “It’s fantastic to see so many international and national visitors discovering what we all know so well – that our region is very special,” said NPDC Chief Operating Officer Kelvin Wright.  NPDC’s Venture Taranaki is building on the momentum created by Lonely Planet with its My Local Secret campaign to bring in more international and Kiwi visitors.  Notable success stories for the District also included the near sell-out of the TSB Bowl of Brooklands by Yusuf/Cat Stevens in December. About 16,000 packed out the venue for an unforgettable summer’s night.  Other NPDC highlights from last year included: • Marfell Park’s regeneration started with an open space featuring play equipment, a half sized basketball court and a flying fox. • A budget surplus of $13.6 million for the 2016/17 financial year. • NPDC’s drive towards Zero Waste 2050 came top in its Top 10 Focus Areas consultation.  • NPDC’s See it in the City team helping to keep New Plymouth’s CBD thriving with events such as the taste of the NZ Tattoo & Art Festival on Devon Street East. • The new QuickCheck system was installed in libraries to make borrowing books and other items even easier.
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