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Local News Inglewood intersection Inglewood Community Board by-election results revealed 19 February 2020 The results are in for the Inglewood Community Board by-election with Phill Hird and Jono Burrows elected to the board. They join Mel Cook and Graeme Sykes, who were elected unopposed in October last year, as the four members on the board. The Electoral Office said 29.18% of Inglewood voters took part in the election. The unsuccessful candidates were Mary Amor-Barnard, Robert Brown, Nathan Ferry and Sonja Barrett. Read here for the Full Results.
Public Notice Road Closure Americarna New Plymouth 2020 17 February 2020 In accordance with the Transport (Vehicular Traffic Road Closure) Regulations 1965, the following roads will be closed to ordinary vehicular traffic to enable Taranaki Vehicle Events Trust to conduct the Americarna events in New Plymouth. Friday Night Cruise Date and period of closure: from 4pm to 9.30pm on Friday 21 February 2020. Roads to be closed: Devon Street between Robe and Eliot streets. Egmont Street between Devon and King streets. King Street between Egmont and Brougham streets. Brougham between Powderham and Ariki streets. Currie Street between Powderham and Gill streets. Liardet Street between Courtenay and Gill streets. AmeriCARnival Date and period of closure: from 7am to 4pm on Saturday 22 February 2020. Roads to be closed: Devon Street between Robe and Eliot streets. Egmont Street between Devon and King streets. King Street between Egmont and Brougham streets. Brougham Street between Powderham and Ariki streets. Currie Street between Powderham and Gill streets. Liardet Street between Courtenay and Gill streets. Ariki Street between Brougham and Currie streets. Emergency vehicles will have unrestricted access at all times. The road/s 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 It is an offence under the above regulations to drive on the closed roads during the period outlined above, unless authorised to do so by the event organiser. In all other situations necessitating the use of the road, contact must be made with the site traffic management coordinators on-site, on the day. Alternative routes will be available and signposted.
Public Notice Road Closure Americarna Inglewood 17 February 2020 In accordance with the Transport (Vehicular Traffic Road Closure) Regulations 1965, the following roads will be closed to ordinary vehicular traffic to enable Inglewood First to conduct Americarna Inglewood event. Date and period of closure: from 1pm to 9.30pm on Thursday 20 February 2020. Roads to be closed: Matai Street (SH3) from Brookes Street to Rata Street (SH3). Rata Street from Rimu Street (SH3a) to Brown Street. Kelly Street from Brown to Matai streets. Richmond Street from Rata to Carrington streets. Cutfield from Brookes to Carrington streets. Emergency vehicles will have unrestricted access at all times. The roads 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. It is an offence under the above regulations to drive on the closed roads during the period outlined above, unless authorised to do so by the event organiser. In all other situations requiring the use of the road, contact must be made with the site traffic management coordinators on-site, on the day. Alternative routes will be available and signposted.
Public Notice Road Closure Americarna Waitara Leg 17 February 2020 In accordance with the Transport (Vehicular Traffic Road Closure) Regulations 1965, the following roads will be closed to ordinary vehicular traffic to enable Waitara Alive to conduct Americarna Waitara Leg. Date and period of closure: from 10am to 5pm on Thursday 20 February 2020. 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. Emergency vehicles will have unrestricted access at all times. The roads 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. It is an offence under the above regulations to drive on the closed roads during the period outlined above, unless authorised to do so by the event organiser. In all other situations requiring the use of the road, contact must be made with the site traffic management coordinators on-site, on the day. Alternative routes will be available and signposted.
Alcohol Plymouth International New Plymouth renewal On Licence Application 16 February 2020 AUTO LODGE MOTELS LIMITED of 220 Courtenay 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 220 Courtenay Street NEW PLYMOUTH 4312 known as PLYMOUTH INTERNATIONAL. The general nature of the business conducted (or to be conducted) under the licence is a Restaurant - Class 2 On Licence. Days and Hours: Monday to Sunday 8am to 2am the following day Sunday 9am to 10pm 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 17 February 2020.
News Lifestyle Close up of some black, blue, white and green patterned fabric painted with glitter Local artist Reuben creates colossal cake for gallery birthday bash 14 February 2020 Celebrated local artist Reuben Paterson’s piece - a colossal, glittery cake – is set to take centre stage for the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery’s 50th street party. Reuben, best known for his giant tree The Golden Bearing which has previously been a huge hit at the gallery and the TSB Festival of Lights, has worked on the cake for two months. The two-metre tall behemoth uses 5kg of glitter and will be the centrepiece of the party on Saturday 29 February marking 50 years since the NPDC-owned and operated gallery first opened its doors. “I don’t want to spoil the surprise but all I can say is once the cake is activated people will be blown away,” says Reuben. “Fifty years is a significant milestone for a gallery, and to help celebrate this you have to have a monstrous two-metre tall cake covered in glitter! “It is of course the second glittering centre piece after the perfection of our sparkling gallery as we acknowledge the history of Monica Brewster's legacy and the journeys the gallery has taken us all on, in its golden 50th jubilee year.” The two-metre tall by 1.8-metre wide cake includes a number of tiers and includes fabrics and dresses dating from the 1970s to the present day in honour of the 50-year celebrations and of Monica Brewster . “We have all been on a beautiful journey with the Govett Brewster Art Gallery so the fabric patterns and floral designs, which are all painted in glitter, share their own genealogy of swirling curls that come to represent these journeys.” While Reuben’s artwork is not edible, there will be cupcakes to mark the anniversary and a brew created by New Plymouth firm Shining Peak, Mrs Brewster NZ Pale Ale, will also be served to party-goers. Co-directors Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh said: “It’s been anything but a piece of cake for local artist Reuben Paterson as there’s been a lot of hard work in creating this piece of art. Together the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and Reuben are celebrating an important milestone as we mark 50 years.” The party: All you need to know The party runs from 3pm to 9pm on Queen Street on 29 Feb. There’s live music from Dictaphone Blues, Hans Pucket, Serious Happiness, O Juliet & Charlotte Johansen. There’ll be food trucks as well as a bar. Party-goers can participate in an interactive art work The Cell by Brook Andrew and take part in workshops. The party will see the world premiere for Len Lye’s Sky Snakes kinetic sculpture. Photo credit: Pip Guthrie
Alcohol Moturoa Association Football and Sports Club New Plymouth Renewal Club Licence 12 February 2020 MOTUROA ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL AND SPORTS CLUB INCORPORATED of 136 Ngamotu 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 136 Ngamotu Road NEW PLYMOUTH 4310 known as MOTUROA ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL & SPORTS 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 Friday 7.30pm to 10pm Saturday 12noon to 10pm Sunday 12noon 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 13 February 2020
Alcohol Polpetta Renewal On Licence Application 11 February 2020 MUMBAI TRADING COMPANY LIMITED of 11 Winstone Place, Highlands Park, 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 170 Devon Street East NEW PLYMOUTH 4310 known as POLPETTA. The general nature of the business conducted (or to be conducted) under the licence is a Restaurant - Class 3 On Licence. Days and Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 4.30pm 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 District Licensing Committee at Private Bag 2025, New Plymouth 4342. This publication was made on 12 February 2020
Public Notice Clifton Community Board By-Election 11 February 2020 As a result of the recent bereavement of a community board member, an extraordinary vacancy has occurred in the Clifton Community Board of New Plymouth District Council. Under section 120 of the Local Electoral Act 2001, notice is given that on Wednesday 6 May 2020, a by-election will be held under the single transferable voting electoral system by postal vote for one member of the Clifton Community Board. Nominations Candidates must be nominated on an appropriate nomination paper obtainable during normal business hours from Tuesday 11 February 2020 from: Civic Centre, 84 Liardet Street, New Plymouth Waitara library and service centre, 17 Queen Street, Waitara by phoning 0800 922 822 Clifton Community Board By-Election Nomination Form Nominations of candidates must be in the hands of the electoral officer or an electoral official at the Civic Centre, 84 Liardet Street, New Plymouth no later than 12 noon, Tuesday 10 March 2020. Each nomination must be accompanied by a deposit of $200 GST inclusive (payable by cash, cheque or bank transfer). A candidate may submit a photo and a candidate profile statement with their nomination paper for inclusion with the voting document being sent to electors. An attachment to the nomination paper outlines rules and procedures governing candidate profile statements and photos. Electoral Roll The electoral roll to be used for this by-election closes on Tuesday 10 March 2020 and can be inspected during normal business hours from Tuesday 11 February 2020 at the locations above. Enrolment for inclusion on the Residential Electoral Roll is conducted through the Electoral Commission. Applications for enrolment should be made through your local postal agency. Enrolment for inclusion on the Ratepayer Electoral Roll is conducted through the electoral office of New Plymouth District Council. Applications for enrolment can be made on the prescribed form available from the above sources. Following closure of the roll, the electoral officer may, on application of any person who is or claims to be entitled to be enrolled or any other person or otherwise, make any necessary corrections to the names, addresses, abbreviations, or marks appearing in the electoral roll. Dated at New Plymouth 11 February 2020 Dale Ofsoske, Electoral Officer Independent Election Services Ltd for New Plymouth District Council
News Our Work Mangatete Stream Okato Tighter water restrictions for Okato and Inglewood 10 February 2020 High water use, low river flows and continuing dry conditions have led to a ban on using water outdoors in both Inglewood and Okato from today, while the rest of the District is asked to remain Wai Warriors to help save water. The ban means residents can’t use water in their gardens or for cleaning windows or cars and comes as the towns’ waters sources, the Mangatete and Ngatoro streams, continue to run very low. NPDC data for the week ending 2 February reveal Okato residents used one million litres more than for the same period in 2019, up from two to three million litres, and while Inglewood’s use is the same as last year, figures show the town had just 50mm of rainfall in January, that’s 37% of the average monthly rainfall for the township. “We need substantial rain over a decent period before the streams’ flows will rise again. With the long-range forecast predicting just a few showers coming our way it’s vital that Okato and Inglewood residents stop using water outdoors so we can conserve water,” says NPDC Infrastructure Manager David Langford. “The very low levels in the Ngatoro stream are leading to a rise in algae in the stream which affects the taste of water in Inglewood. It’s another key reason why residents should be Wai Warriors and cut down their water use. “For everyone else in the district, water restrictions mean using only hand-held hoses on the odds and evens system – no sprinklers, irrigation systems or unattended hoses are allowed. Even so, we encourage all of NPDC’s water customers to reduce their water consumption as summer continues.” Tips for using ‘grey’ water in the garden Okato and Inglewood residents can still use grey water from washing machines, baths or showers in the garden. Just be careful what detergents you use in your washing machine – read the back of the packet as it usually says if the product is greywater-safe. Putting a bucket in the shower when you use it can also capture water that would otherwise go down the drain. Read more water saving tips, or check out water saving advice from our Three Waters Education Officer Denise Rowland.
News Lifestyle Boy biking to school with his father and young brother Safety first on our roads as school year starts 09 February 2020 Fresh-faced students are on our roads this week as school gates open for the year. And there are heaps of them: up to 70 per cent of students who attend schools that are part of NPDC’s Let’s Go programme are active travellers – walking, cycling or scootering to class. “That’s a reverse of what we used to see before Let’s Go started, when most kids were arriving at school by car,” says NPDC Manager Transportation Rui Leitao. “Kids heading off to school for the first week will be excited and possibly distracted, so we ask all road users to help them get to and from school safely by watching out for them and giving them plenty of room on the road.” Drivers should also slow down to 20km/h around school buses that’s picking up or dropping off students, and park well away from school gates when dropping off or picking up their children. Whanau can help by discussing with their children the best routes from home to school, especially safe places to cross the road. Doing a ‘practice run’ with your children will help increase their confidence. Safety tips for whanau to share with children Discuss together the best route to school. Cross at crossing points or at the mid-block of the street. Be courteous by keeping left on paths. Ride slowly on shared paths and make room for people walking. Agree on a meeting point away from the school gates if you are collecting by car. Most of all, get some fresh air and enjoy the journey to school! Safety tips for people driving Remember school zones will be busy with children 7am to 9am and 2.30pm to 5pm. Avoid driving through them if you can. Slow down near schools. It’s about driving to the conditions, not the posted speed. Slow down to 20km/h when passing a stopped school bus dropping off or picking up students. Park well away from the school gates. You’ll avoid parking problems and congestion, and then can enjoy a short walk in to school with your child. Do not stop in bus parks or on cycle lanes, even with the engine running. Avoid distractions while driving and look twice. Children can be unpredictable!
Alcohol Sportys 2020 New Plymouth New Off Licence Application 07 February 2020 CYLINDER BEACH BREWING COMPANY of 21 Moorhouse Street, Taradale, NAPIER has made an application to the New Plymouth District Licensing Committee for the grant of a New Off Licence for the premises situated at 50 Sackville Street FITZROY, NEW PLYMOUTH 4312 known as SPORTYS 2020. 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 05 February 2020
News Our Work Denise Rowland NPDC pro tips: How to keep water use to 83 litres a day 07 February 2020 We all love those long, hot summers. It’s time for the beach and cricket and jandals and ice cream. It’s also time to think about how we use our water. This is the time of year when we use the most water but it’s also when the streams and rivers that supply us are running at their lowest. To keep our streams and rivers at a healthy level for fish and other animals and plants and to ensure we have enough fresh clean drinking water for our growing population, NPDC wants each of us to be a Wai Warrior.We have water restrictions in place from 1 January to 31 March every year. (You can find out more about them here.) Did you know that on average each person in our district still uses 292 litres of water every day? In my household we’ve managed to get our daily use down to 83L per person, so I’m sharing some easy tips that everyone can apply at home. Those drips add up! Sneaky leaks seem small but you could be losing more water than you realise. The double-flush on our toilet cistern was broken and water was running down the back, and the hot-water cylinder was also leaking (which also wasted money on heating excess water). Fixing them both means we aren’t wasting a precious resource. Underground leaks are harder to spot, so look for these signs outside your house: An unusual wet patch in the garden that that doesn’t dry up when it stops raining. An area that’s mouldy, soft, green or mossy that’s surrounded by dryer soil. Paved areas (such as driveways) cracking, rising up or slumping. Potholes or sink-holes appearing. A noticeable drop in the flow of water out of your taps. An ongoing sound of water going through a pipe even when no taps are running. A plumber will be able to identify the leak and get it fixed. However if a leak is on a road or footpath, please report it to NPDC. Make the water work A good place to start saving water is in the home. We only use the washing machine and dishwater when we have full loads, and we don’t let the tap run while brushing our teeth – it gets turned off until it’s needed. A running tap can waste a lot of water, especially if everyone in the household does it morning and night while teeth-cleaning. We also reuse water from the kitchen to water plants. No easy escape Gardens use up a lot of water – not just because of thirsty plants, but also because we lose a lot to evaporation (up to 70 per cent!). The key is to trap water in the garden, and the best way to do that is to mulch. There are heaps of different mulch you can use: wood chips or shredded leaves, grass clippings, compost, and straw or hay all return nutrients to the garden while reducing evaporation; black plastic sheets will keep the soil warm (great for crops like strawberries and melons but not so much for shrubs); and landscape fabrics are also useful. Short showers Did you know that showers can use between six and 20L of water per minute, depending on the shower-head? We get plenty clean with short showers, and we run shallow baths for our two-year-old. Keeping track We volunteered to have a water meter so we keep track of how effective our water habits are. Also, if the meter starts reporting a higher use we’ll know it’s likely there’s a leak somewhere – and the earlier we track it down and fix it, the less that gets wasted (and possibly the less damage that’s done to our property). Finally, I have a Wai Warrior tip for you: if you don’t have a half-flush button on your toilet cistern, try the milk-bottle trick! Fill an empty 1L milk bottle with dirt or sand, screw the lid on tight, open your toilet cistern and flush it. As the water drains out, pop your milk bottle in there (avoiding the flushing mechanism). Now every time the toilet is flushed, you save 1L of water. Our rivers and our fish life would approve! Denise Rowland NPDC Three Waters Education Officer
News water tanker in Inglewood located at the railway yards opposite New World Inglewood Water 05 February 2020 Update: 12pm, 5 Feb The water pipe has been fixed. Residents should notice their water begin to clear up. In the meantime the tanker remains in place at the Inglewood Railway Yards. Inglewood’s water is treated before it leaves the plant. But as a precaution we suggest you don't drink discoloured water until it is clear. We apologise for any inconvenience this is causing people, after contractors working on the town’s $7 million pipe upgrade project accidentally broke a pipe, stirring up sediment. Update: 9am, 5 Feb Work to repair a broken water pipe in Inglewood, which is causing some residents in the town to experience discoloured water, is progressing well. Teams in the field are finalising repairs as they recommission the pipe and carrying out final tests before giving the all clear. Once the fix is complete, residents should notice their water begin to clear up. In the meantime, a tanker is on site at the railway yards for residents to use – please bring your own container for filling. Inglewood’s water is treated before it leaves the plant. But as a precaution we suggest you don’t drink discoloured water until it is clear. 4pm, 4 Feb We are sending a water tanker to Inglewood with some residents in the town expected to experience discoloured drinking water. We apologise for any inconvenience this is causing people, after contractors working on the town’s $7 million pipe upgrade project accidentally broke a pipe, stirring up sediment. The tanker will be located at the railway yards from about 5pm – people are asked to bring their own containers for filling. We’re working hard to get this issue resolved as soon as possible. Inglewood’s water is treated before it leaves the plant. But as a precaution we suggest you don't drink discoloured water until it is clear.
News Our Work Lifestyle TSB Festival of Lights 2020 TSB Festival of Lights smashes visitor record 04 February 2020 This season’s TSB Festival of Lights has smashed the record for visitor numbers with more than 150,000 attending the NPDC-run event.  The seven-week spectacular in our Green Flag-award winning Pukekura Park finished on Saturday 1 February with about 9,000 people enjoying the lights as the TSB Bowl of Brooklands hosted the sold-out Six60 concert. NPDC Recreation and Culture Manager Teresa Turner says the record-breaking season, 20,000 more visitors than the previous record of 130,000 in 2015/16, was a fantastic achievement. “We always try to make each season bigger and better and we well and truly delivered this year,” says Ms Turner. “To get more than 150,000 visitors is absolutely fabulous and down to the hard work of our staff as well the fantastic support from our volunteers and sponsors. “Those visitors are great for our economy as well. They keep the tills ringing right across the District and hotels and motels full over the summer.  “We’ve now got our work cut out for us to make 2020/21 even better! But we’re not resting on our laurels and the team is already looking ahead to next season.” The Powerco Lights Up The Night New Year’s Eve celebration proved a major drawcard with 9,000 visitors seeing in 2020 in the park. This season’s Festival included 14 new light features and crowds packed out the Hatchery and Fred Park lawns to see some great local, Kiwi and international artists. There was also great attendance at Summer Scene Kids and Summer Seniors events and the first Woofstock for dogs was a major hit. The post-event analysis will look into how many of the 150,000 visitors were from outside of the region and also look into the economic benefits. Previous studies from Venture Taranaki found the Festival boosted the economy by about $5 million when there were 125,000 visitors in 2017/18.
Alcohol Sportys 2020 New On Licence Application 04 February 2020 CYLINDER BEACH BREWING COMPANY of 21 Moorhouse Street, Taradale, NAPIER has made an application to the New Plymouth District Licensing Committee for the grant of a New On Licence for the premises situated at 50 Sackville Street FITZROY, NEW PLYMOUTH 4312 known as SPORTYS 2020. 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 05 February 2020
Alcohol Vin Bar New Plymouth New On Licence Application 04 February 2020 AMB LIMITED of 11 George Street, 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 558 Devon Street East NEW PLYMOUTH 4312 known as VIN BAR. The general nature of the business conducted (or to be conducted) under the licence is a Restaurant - Class 2 On Licence. Days and Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 12noon 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 District Licensing Committee at Private Bag 2025, New Plymouth 4342. This publication was made on 05 February 2020
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News Our Work Laura George On predator patrol with NPDC 30 January 2020 Laura George is calling for people power to help NPDC eliminate predators and bring native birdsong back to the streets of New Plymouth. Our new Parks Volunteer Officer manages a network of about 1,300 traps in public parks and reserves from Bell Block to Paritutu with a growing team of volunteer helpers. She wants more people in the district to help protect native plants and animals by removing rats, possums and stoats, as part of the Towards Predator-Free Taranaki programme. Laura and her volunteers check and reset traps regularly, catching 319 rats and 105 mice and four stoats from October to December. “It’s great to be working with the community, caring for our environment. People are very keen to help protect our native plants and wildlife, especially areas near their own homes,” says Laura. “NPDC manages about 1,600 hectares of parks and reserves, so our volunteers are a massive help in setting and clearing our traps. The more volunteers we have, the faster we’ll see more native wildlife and healthier plants as we work Towards a Predator-Free Taranaki.” Laura, 24, studied art history and education at Victoria University and has wanted to work with kids – something her new job allows. “We’re getting a lot of interest from schools and scout and guide groups, as well as individuals – it’s a great way for all ages to give back to the community,” said Laura. If you’re interested in becoming a trapping volunteer, you can contact Laura on laura.george@npdc.govt.nz or phone 06-759 6060. Fast Facts: Towards Predator-Free Taranaki was launched in May 2018 with the aim of making Taranaki the first predator-free region in New Zealand. Removing rats is the focus in urban New Plymouth District, but possums, stoats and hedgehogs have also been caught by some trappers. The region-wide project is currently focused on New Plymouth district, but will soon expand to other North Taranaki urban and rural areas before heading south. Ōākura, Merrilands and Westown are New Plymouth’s top trapping communities, with the most predator catches recorded, in backyards. NPDC has 1,319 traps in public parks and reserves, with almost 1,700 rat catches recorded by the end of December.
News Our Work Lifestyle Charlie the cockatoo on a branch at Brooklands Zoo Charlie Cockatoo, born circa 1980, died January 2020 29 January 2020 It’s a tribute to Charlie that almost everyone remembered his name – despite the fact that he didn’t always start to chatter as he was expected to. From his perch in a corner of Brooklands Zoo, he would often look quizzically at visitors and silently decline offers of crackers. But he still projected personality. A major feature of a zoo cockatoo’s daily routine is the endless cajoling to just say a few words. Charlie’s response was usually a resolute gaze or a cock of the head. He was sometimes seen to give a squawk when a particularly persistent visitor had finally given up and turned their back. Charlie’s keepers knew his moods clearly, with cuddles when he was happy and chasing staff boots on an off day. Although ill health had forced him to retire away from public view in recent weeks, Charlie was one of the zoo’s most popular characters over almost two decades. Charlie was the grand old gentleman of the zoo. His exact age was unknown, but it was estimated at 38 to 40 years. Little is known of his early life. It is thought he was born a pet sometime around 1980 to 1983. He came into the public eye in 1983, when he took up residence as a pet at the Pukekura Park Tea House. He remained there by the main lake until he moved to Brooklands Zoo in April 2002. He was about 20 at the time. While it is well-known that cockatoos in captivity can live beyond 70, in the wild their lifespan ranges from 20 to 40 years. By that standard, he was middle-aged at the time. Charlie enjoyed his habitat, perching on his tree in the open. He had never learned to fly and his flight muscles had never developed to enable him to. He never gave the impression he was confined by that and he remained curious and hospitable to his many fans till the end.