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02 April 2020
It’s time to show we’re all on the same team and that Taranaki means business! To show not only our neighbours but the rest of New Zealand and right around the world how our province pulls together to fight a global pandemic and cope with a nationwide lockdown. It’s time to take that Taranaki spirit and focus it sharply, to pull everyone together to smash a common enemy. We all need to be on the same team but how do we show a United Taranaki spirit when we’re in lockdown and confined to our homes? How we can pull together all the towns and suburbs around our mounga? We’ve been thinking it through and now we need your help. We’ve come up with four ideas we think will help our people band together and show solidarity, easy things we can do from our homes, whether we’re in Opunake or Patea, or Stratford or Waitara, things that will show everyone we are together as one to fight and beat Covid-19. We’d like you to help us choose, to make sure it’s something we’re all in behind, from the get go. So make sure you vote, or if you’ve got a better suggestion, we’re all ears. Bring some Cheer by decking out our homes with Xmas fairy lights. Let’s give our streets a bit of sparkle! Dust off the Christmas lights and bring them out 9 months early! They’ll puts smiles on the faces of your kids, neighbours and make the time spent at home gleam just a little. Brighten up our driveways with chalk art. Those walks around the block are hard to escape! How about we help brighten up our driveways with a bit of creativity and lay down some artwork of support to keep us strong. An instant message when people are walking about in your neighbourhood. Show Fighting Spirit with Amber & Black letter boxes. There are few things more Taranaki than the amber and black colours, and it would be a fitting symbol of our fighting spirit. Imagine if we all decked out our letterboxes yellow and black, the symbol of Taranaki showing the world we’re together to fight Covid-19. Show gratitude with Thank You signs for essential workers on our fences and gates. They’re our parents, our children, our siblings, and our friends, and they’re still out there in the forefront of the battle ensuring our community’s most essential services still function. They deserve our humble thanks and wouldn’t it be nice for them to be reminded of our gratitude whenever they’re out on the streets? We all need to be safe, stay home, and say lives but in the weeks and months ahead we’re going to need some Taranaki spirit to help us through it. A symbol of us that shows the world we’re up for this fight and we’ve got it. Voting closes 12pm Monday 6 April and we will announce Taranaki's chosen idea on Tuesday 7 April. What will it be? Unite Taranaki. Disclaimer: all activity will be undertaken while sticking to the Government alert level rules. Any decisions made by New Plymouth District Council in regard to any part of the promotion are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
NPDC heroes - keeping the water flowing to your taps
01 April 2020
Amid working remotely, keeping the kids occupied and supermarket trips, one thing you don’t have to worry about is drinking water and the loo continuing to flush. NPDC’s water and wastewater treatment team is on the job, continuing to deliver this essential service in unprecedented times. Each day it provides drinking water to around 28,000 homes/businesses and provides wastewater services to around 26,000 properties. We’ve divided our water and wastewater teams into two, with teams working week about. Often, these staff members won’t see each other for long periods. One person is on-site at the Treatment Plants, one is off-site looking after the other treatment plants or pump stations in Inglewood, Oakura and Okato. Then we’ve got people taking regular water samples to make sure our high water-quality standards are being met. We also have a staff member on-call overnight who can operate the plants from their laptop, if necessary. When they’re not on-shift, our technicians are isolating themselves at home, just like everyone else. Anyone who doesn’t have to be at the New Plymouth Water or Wastewater Treatment Plants isn’t allowed on-site – not even the cleaners. Our staff members are doing their own cleaning, including wiping down their computer keyboards each day. All staff have separate vehicles – no sharing allowed – and when materials need to be picked up at the plant the car driver opens the vehicle’s boot and steps away before a second staff member deposits the materials inside. Where practical, all hard surfaces – including those of deliveries and pick-ups – are wiped down between handling. “We keep our water technicians in their bubbles and minimise their risk of getting sick,” says NPDC Manager Three Waters Mark Hall. “They’re working longer hours than usual each day and with our new roster they don’t have to share the same space.” As much as the staff are keeping apart from each other physically, we keep in touch throughout the day virtually. The team’s coordinators, who are working from home, talk with the water technicians at the plants several times a day.
Flush only pee, poo and toilet paper
01 April 2020
Staying clean and healthy has taken on extra importance during the Covid-19 lockdown, but we still have to look after our sewage system. Wet wipes are becoming a problem in wastewater systems around the country and we’re seeing them gum up the works in New Plymouth District too, with four recent blockages at pump stations. “Wet wipes belong in the landfill bin – as do rags, paper towels, sanitary pads and tampons,” says NPDC Manager Three Waters Mark Hall. “These items don’t break down in water like toilet paper does so please don’t flush them. Only flush pee, poo and toilet paper.” NPDC’s wastewater crew are essential workers during the lockdown and while they are still working, NPDC wants to cut down how many callouts they have to attend. Cleaning the screen of rags and wet wipes at Te Henui pump station, requires three staff members to be on-site. “The fewer blockages we have to clear the better, as it means our emergency staff can avoid meeting in person at a time when we’re meant to be keeping our distance,” says Mr Hall. “We need our residents to do their bit by not flushing wet wipes and rags. We’d really appreciate your help with this by putting them straight in the landfill bin.”
Beat the lockdown boredom with Puke Ariki's digital library
30 March 2020
NPDC’s Puke Ariki and community libraries may be shut because of the Covid-19 lockdown but Taranaki residents can still get access to great content online. The Puke Ariki digital library gives users free access to thousands of eBooks, eAudiobooks, movies, newspapers and magazines and loads of content for kids. There’s a huge range of resources residents can use from keeping up to date with Covid-19 news across the world via PressReader to accessing more than 30,000 films and programmes for all ages through Kanopy and all content is available 24/7. Libraries Manager Dyane Hosler says signing up for the digital library is quick and easy and gives everyone in Taranaki access to fantastic content to educate and entertain. “Libraries are the heart of our communities and that doesn’t change just because our facilities aren’t open, we’re here to help people get through lock down with access to online resources that are suitable for all ages,” says Hosler. “Membership lasts for 12 months and you’ll get instant access once you’ve signed up. We’re also reviewing what other content we can provide for people so watch this space.” How to sign up: Head to the Puke Ariki website and select ‘Digital Only Membership’ when filling out the online form https://pukeariki.com/libraries/membership/ Take note of your temporary membership number and PIN as you will need this to sign-in to our online resources. If you already have an account but need to reset your pin, please contact us on 06 759 6060 or fill in our online form. What you get access to: Ancestry (available for use at home during COVID-19 closures) access the world's largest family history resource. Start searching billions of records and discover your family's story. BorrowBox brings a wide range of eBooks and eAudiobooks from Bolinda to your tablet, smartphone, PC and ereaders. Libby and OverDrive let you access a huge selection of eBooks and eAudiobooks from ePukapuka. Story Box Library gives access to stories being read by storytellers. Tumble Book Library has a great selection of children's story books. There are also puzzles and games accompanying each book, creating a fun learning experience. Encyclopaedia Britannica lets you explore thousands of articles, biographies, videos, and images. PressReader gives people access to thousands of newspapers and magazines from around the world. New Zealand Geographic celebrates our people, places, wildlife and environment. Newsbank has the complete full-text content of local, regional, and national newspapers from New Zealand. Kanopy has more than 30,000 films and programmes and unlimited kids content. BeamaFilm is a curated streaming collection of more than 500 award-winning documentaries, independent features and festival favourites.
The Devon Hotel and Conference Centre New Plymouth Endorsed Renewal On Licence Application
18 March 2020
DEVON LODGE HOLDINGS LIMITED of 390 Devon Street East, NEW PLYMOUTH 4312 has made an application to the New Plymouth District Licensing Committee for the grant of a Endorsed Renewal On Licence for the premises situated at 382 Devon Street East NEW PLYMOUTH 4312 known as THE DEVON HOTEL AND CONFERENCE CENTRE. The general nature of the business conducted (or to be conducted) under the licence is a Hotel - Class 2 On Licence. Days and Hours: Monday to Saturday 8am to 3am 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 19 March 2020
Lepperton Store and Cafe Renewal Off Licence Application
17 March 2020
CRAIG & DENISE MCGREGOR PARTNERSHIP of 534 Richmond Road, LEPPERTON has made an application to the New Plymouth District Licensing Committee for the grant of a Renewal Off Licence for the premises situated at 534 Richmond Road LEPPERTON, NEW PLYMOUTH 4373 known as LEPPERTON STORE & CAFE. The general nature of the business conducted (or to be conducted) under the licence is a Remote Sale Premises - Off Licence. Days and Hours: Monday to Sunday 7am to 8pm 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 18 March 2020
The big calls: What your Elected Members decided
11 March 2020
Infrastructure investment on the rise Investment into the New Plymouth District’s core infrastructure is set to be boosted following an Extraordinary NPDC meeting today (10 March). Elected Members voted for the extra investment, totalling about $2.6m when approving the proposed 2020/21 Annual Plan. The funding, which includes programmes such as extra bridge maintenance and a study into extending wastewater reticulation, means the required rates increase for the year would be 6.42 per cent, up from the 4.88 per cent forecast in the 10-Year Plan. The Annual Plan sets out our budget, any changes to what we do and how this is funded. A finalised Plan will be discussed and voted on before 30 June. Green light for extra borrowing Elected Members have voted to increase borrowing as major projects get under way to improve the resilience of the Three Waters network and other key investments across the District. The $18 million increase will be within Treasury policy and should have no impact on NPDC’s AA/A-1+ credit rating from global rating agency Standard and Poor’s, the highest rating a local government body can get in New Zealand. The changes will not have any impact on rates. Yes to Waitara Rugby League clubrooms funding An appeal for funding to help upgrade Waitara Rugby League’s clubrooms ahead of the start of the new season has been approved by Elected Members. The clubrooms are used by eight teams from March to October and are in need of urgent work to make them up to scratch. A request for $50,000 was approved and the funding, from the Agility Fund, will be used to improve the shower facilities, paint and clean the building and fix-up the kitchen. The clubrooms will eventually get a major makeover as part of stage two of the Clifton Park sports project. Read the full meeting agenda or minutes or watch a recording of the meeting.
PayMyPark issues fixed
10 March 2020
The PayMyPark app is temporarily down and we’re working with the company to get it up and running again as quickly as possible. We’d ask people to please use another payment method in the meantime. Our machines take cash and cards. Thanks for bearing with us and we’re sorry for any inconvenience. We’ll update this message when the system is working again. Update 12 March 2020: The PayMyPark app is up and running again. Thanks again for bearing with us while we worked with the company to restore the service yesterday. If you strike any issues, please let us know as soon as possible. Contact us on 06 759 6060 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Denise inspires next generation of Wai Warriors
05 March 2020
For NPDC’s Denise Rowland, no age is too young to become a Wai Warrior. As the Three Waters Education Officer, Denise goes out to schools and community events to teach kids about how everyone can do their bit to cut down on how much water we use. To help her get the message across, she brings along a working model where kids can get hands-on and pump water from a treatment plant to a home and onto the sea. “The kids absolutely love playing with the model. It’s great to easily explain where our water comes from, how it gets to our houses and then what happens to it when it goes down the plughole,” says Denise. “We always need a new generation of Wai Warriors who understand why it’s so important to cut down how much water we use. By going into schools, we’re hopefully educating young people and inspiring them to be water wise.” Water restrictions are brought in on 1 January each year and run until 31 March and are brought in for the dryer summer months when people generally use more water for things like watering the garden, but the rivers which supply the water are at their lowest. Lake Mangamahoe, the District’s main water storage, holds about 10 days’ worth of water. NPDC’s Wai Warrior campaign has been running for three years and Denise says the District’s water usage is trending in the right direction, dropping from 309 litres per person per day in 2017/18 to 292 litres in 2018/19. “We’d like to get that down to 275 litres, which is the national average, but even that is well above many other countries. I’m hopeful that the kids are getting the message and passing on to their mums, dads and guardians that we can all cut down on how much we are using.” Denise has so far taken her message to 12 schools and has reached more than 1000 people while at local events. A recent success was a collaboration with the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery called H20 art where kids got to play with the model and draw on toilet paper while sat on a toilet seat! “We know we’ve got a serious message but we try to make it fun so the kids learn how to be Wai Warriors,” added Denise. If you would like Denise to bring along the Three Waters model to your school, email email@example.com or call 06-759 6060. Water saving tips: Turn off your tap while brushing your teeth. Put the plug in your sink while washing vegies. Make sure washing machine or dishwasher is full before using it. For more water saving tips, head here.
Making the calls: What your elected members decided
03 March 2020
New carpark for base of Maunga Plans to build a new car park on Egmont Road to help manage traffic heading up Taranaki Maunga have moved a step closer. Elected Members voted to approve the purchase of land for $290,000 at their full council meeting on 3 March. The more than 9000-square metre section is on a dairy farm next to Te Papakura o Taranaki National Park. It will eventually become a car park where a shuttle bus will pick up visitors to the mountain and national park, easing parking issues and helping to protect our Maunga. Road works in good nick NPDC’s transport programme is well managed with good financial management procedures, according to an independent review by the New Zealand Transport Agency. The NZTA recently carried out an audit which looked into NPDC’s financial, procurement and contract management systems and checked risks were being managed as it funds 51% of road programmes which meet its criteria for investment. All focus areas of the audit report were graded as “effective” which is the highest rating achievable. The report was noted by the Elected Members.
Len Lye's Sky Snakes to premiere at gallery's 50th birthday party
27 February 2020
The Sky Snakes are coming – get set to be charmed. Len Lye’s kinetic sculpture is making its world premiere at NPDC’s Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre on 29 February. The seven swirling Sky Snakes are each made from 4.5 metres of ball chain – similar to the chain traditionally used for lamp or light switches – with a brass ball representing the head. “They hang from the ceiling and spin to create dancing harmonic wave patterns of light and movement. This is the international debut of the seven Sky Snakes, and it’s a great exhibition to help mark the Govett-Brewster’s 50th anniversary celebration,” said co-directors Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh. The construction of Sky Snakes has been funded by the Len Lye Foundation and donors through Team Zizz. Sky Snakes opens on 29 February, the same day as the Govett-Brewster’s 50th birthday street party, which runs from 3pm to 9pm in Queen Street. The street party will feature live music, participatory workshops, food trucks, a two-metre tall cake made by artist Reuben Paterson, who created the Golden Bearing tree sculpture, and more. “We’ll be taking over the street, so come on down, grab a beer or wine or coffee and get your art hit all in one go. It’s your gallery and it’s your party,” said the co-directors. Sky Snakes: Fast Facts A single-snake version was exhibited at two New York galleries in 1965 and last year at the Museum Tinguely, in Basel, Switzerland, as part of an exhibition of Lye’s work. The seven Sky Snakes debuting at the Govett-Brewster have been made in accordance with Lye’s instructions by the Len Lye Foundation. Lye referred to a group of Sky Snakes as a “rhumba”. Lye envisioned one installation with 46 Sky Snakes around a “storm chamber”, with a Storm King made from a hanging sheet of metal in the centre. In this exhibition, each Sky Snake chain is 4.5 metres long and hung from 9m above the floor. An electric motor drives each Sky Snake and creates wave patterns at a speed up to 190 revolutions per minute. Sky Snakes is programmed to start slowly, form figures, maintain each form for a time, then coast to a stop over an eight-minute programme. Set against a dark background, the moving Sky Snakes create an after-image of light playing on the metal. The party: All you need to know The party runs from 3pm to 9pm on Queen Street. 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 and interactive art work The Cell by Brook Andrew and take part in workshops.
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.
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
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
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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Last updated: 10 March 2020