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Alcohol Lepperton Cafe On Licence Application 17 June 2021 LEPPERTON DEVELOPMENTS LIMITED of 250 Carrington 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 534 Richmond Road LEPPERTON, NEW PLYMOUTH 4373 known as LEPPERTON CAFE. The general nature of the business conducted (or to be conducted) under the licence is a Restaurant - Class 3 On Licence. Days and Hours: School Holidays Monday to Sunday 8am to 8pm School Terms Monday to Friday 4.30pm to 8pm Saturday and Sunday 8am to 8pm Additional: Extension of hours to 10pm, for no more than 3 special events per calendar year. 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 June 2021
Alcohol Manukorihi Golf Club Application 16 June 2021 MANUKORIHI GOLF CLUB INC of 20 Wills Road WAITARA 4383 has made an application to the New Plymouth District Licensing Committee for the grant of a Renewal Club Licence for the premises situated at 20 Wills Road WAITARA 4383 known as MANUKORIHI GOLF CLUB. The general nature of the business conducted (or to be conducted) under the licence is a Class 1 Club - Club Licence. Days and Hours: Monday to Sunday 8am to 12 Midnight You may also inspect the application at the New Plymouth District Council, Liardet Street, New Plymouth. If you would like to object to the application, in accordance with the Act, please write to us within 15 working days of this notice District Licensing Committee at Private Bag 2025, New Plymouth 4342. This publication was made on 16 June 2021
Alcohol Begin Distilling Limited On Licence Application 15 June 2021 BEGIN DISTILLING LTD of 16 Sunley Street WESTOWN, 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 16 Sunley Street WESTOWN, NEW PLYMOUTH 4310 known as BEGIN DISTILLING LTD TRADING AS JUNO GIN. The general nature of the business conducted (or to be conducted) under the licence is a Cellar door - Distillery. Days and Hours: Monday to Thursday 10am to 8pm Friday and Saturday 10am to 9pm Sunday 10am to 5pm 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 16 June 2021
News People TSB Showplace Operations Supervisor David Liggett Wicked talent dazzles at TSB Showplace 14 June 2021 Normally he runs the show, but this time David Liggett’s *in* the show. From Thursday, the TSB Showplace Operations Supervisor takes a different role at his workplace, playing Dr Dillamond in New Plymouth Operatic’s Wicked. The Wizard of Oz prequel fills in the back stories of several much-loved characters and will be one of the biggest shows this year at our premier performance venue. Looking forward to taking to the stage again, Liggett says he’s extremely excited that Wicked is finally here. Auditions were held in 2019, then the show was cancelled because of Covid, then it re-started in February. “This is the longest show I’ve ever rehearsed in my life!” Run by NPDC and originally built in 1925, around 52,000 people visit the former New Plymouth Opera House each year to see comedy, musicals, plays, classical concerts and more. When Liggett first started in 2006, the small Showplace team ran around 90 events a year. Now it’s close to 300. He says they’ve branched out to cover meetings, conferences, product demonstrations, and just catered two 300-guest dinners. Liggett says the extra activity has come from word of mouth, marketing and building relationships with promoters. “We’ve got an excellent reputation nationwide in delivering what we promise to a high standard.” He says they also reinvest back into the venue so each time clients come through they can see something’s been improved. In 1998 the building was renovated and extended, and in 2013 underwent extensive earthquake strengthening. Day to day, Liggett’s busy making sure the Showplace keeps humming, dealing with everything from maintenance and technical upkeep through to supporting the team putting programmes together. “Every event, performance and meeting is unique and everybody has a different vision for what they want, with different challenges,” he says. “I love it, it’s a passion – not a job, it’s a hobby.” He’s been able to weave one hobby into another, appearing in 16 shows with New Plymouth Operatic since 1987, and he draws on that understanding to meet the demands of the ever-changing events and entertainment landscape. While he’s quick to give due credit to the talented TSB Showplace team, David’s in-depth industry knowledge and experience on stage and behind the scenes have played a huge part in the venue’s reputation for excellence. And that’s pretty wicked.
Alcohol Kawaroa Park Squash Club Renewal and Variation of hours Club Licence Application 10 June 2021 KAWAROA PARK SQUASH CLUB INCORPORATED of PO Box 526, NEW PLYMOUTH has made an application to the New Plymouth District Licensing Committee for the grant of a Renewal and Variation of hours Club Licence for the premises situated at 16 Tisch Avenue NEW PLYMOUTH 4310 known as KAWAROA PARK SQUASH 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 Thursday Noon to midnight Friday and Saturday 8am to 1am the following day Sunday 8am to midnight You may also inspect the application at the New Plymouth District Council, Liardet Street, New Plymouth. If you would like to object to the application, in accordance with the Act, please write to us within 15 working days of this notice District Licensing Committee at Private Bag 2025, New Plymouth 4342. This publication was made on 11 June 2021
Alcohol Waitara Town and Country Club Renewal Club Licence Application 10 June 2021 WAITARA TOWN & COUNTRY CLUB INCORPORATED of 33 West Quay, WAITARA has made an application to the New Plymouth District Licensing Committee for the grant of a Renewal Club Licence for the premises situated at 33 West Quay WAITARA 4320 known as WAITARA TOWN & COUNTRY CLUB. The general nature of the business conducted (or to be conducted) under the licence is a Class 2 Club - Club 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 10 June 2021
Alcohol TSB Stadium Renewal On Licence Application 09 June 2021 KDJ CATERING LIMITED of PO Box 8195 NEW PLYMOUTH 4342 has made an application to the New Plymouth District Licensing Committee for the grant of a Renewal On Licence for the premises situated at 130 Coronation Avenue WELBOURN, NEW PLYMOUTH 4310 known as TSB STADIUM. The general nature of the business conducted (or to be conducted) under the licence is a Function Centre - Class 2 On Licence. Days and Hours: Monday to Saturday 8.30am to 12.30am Sunday 8.30am to 12midnight 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 09 June 2021
Alcohol Kaitake Golf Club Renewal Club Licence Application 08 June 2021 KAITAKE GOLF CLUB INCORPORATED of 1340 South Road KAITAKE 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 1340 South Road KAITAKE, NEW PLYMOUTH known as KAITAKE GOLF CLUB. The general nature of the business conducted (or to be conducted) under the licence is a Class 2 Club - Club Licence. Days and Hours: Sunday to Thursday 8.30am to 10pm (Extended to 11pm during any period of daylight saving) Friday and Saturday 8.30pm to 12midnight 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 09 June 2021
Alcohol Bell Block Four Square Application Variation - Name change of Business 07 June 2021 BUTTAR BROTHERS LIMITED of 5-11 Bell Block Court BELL BLOCK, NEW PLYMOUTH has made an application to the New Plymouth District Licensing Committee for the grant of a Variation Off Licence – name change of business- for the premises situated at 5 - 11 Bell Block Court BELL BLOCK, NEW PLYMOUTH 4312 known as BELL BLOCK FOUR SQUARE. The general nature of the business conducted (or to be conducted) under the licence is a Supermarket - Off Licence. Days and Hours: Monday to Sunday 7am 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 08 June 2021
Alcohol Pak N Save New Plymouth Application Variation - Re-definition of Licensed Area 03 June 2021 PLYMERSTONE HOLDINGS LIMITED of 53 Leach Street NEW PLYMOUTH has made an application to the New Plymouth District Licensing Committee for the grant of a Variation for the premises situated at 53 Leach Street NEW PLYMOUTH 4310 known as PAK N SAVE NEW PLYMOUTH. The general nature of the business conducted (or to be conducted) under the licence is a Supermarket - Off Licence. Days and Hours: Monday to Sunday 8am 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 03 June 2021
News Our Work Cath Yateman Keeping on top of 25 million litres of sewerage 03 June 2021 Did you ever wonder where the water goes when you flush your loo? Processing wastewater or sewage in our water, and making sure it’s treated to the highest possible standard, is the job of the 19-strong team at NPDC’s Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) in New Plymouth. Every day about 25 million litres of sewage passes through 630km of pipes to reach the WWTP. Once it arrives at the Rifle Range Road plant from around the District, it’s rigorously treated and comes out well within our resource consent requirements for the treated water to be discharged out the marine outfall into the Tasman Sea. At the heart of the operation is NPDC’s Laboratory Coordinator Cath Yateman who’s proud of the plant’s stringent processes, independently accredited by International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ) “We’re at the forefront of keeping our residents safe by the daily testing of millions of litres of sewage to make sure we can continue to swim safely in our rivers and gather kaimoana. The quality of the water leaving the plant is among the cleanest in New Zealand and we work hard with all our partners to keep it that way,” she says. In Cath’s 10 years at the NPDC plant, no two days have ever been the same. There’s constant rigorous testing to ensure our wastewater is being treated to the highest possible standards and on top of that, other projects to factor in. For example, work is already underway on a $37m project to upgrade the plant’s Thermal Dryer and significantly reduce the carbon footprint of running the facility by 25% to 40%. The Dryer will run on a hydrogen/natural gas blend to produce the Bioboost® fertiliser and reduce sludge going to landfill. NPDC collects and treats sewage from urban areas of New Plymouth, Bell Block, Waitara, Inglewood and Ōākura and returns clean water to the environment, as per central government environmental policies and guidelines. The Wastewater Treatment plant was built in 1984, and reuses 500,000 litres of treated effluent every day to run its operations, instead of using regular drinking water.
News People Aubrey painting Aubrey painting found in Tongaporutu 02 June 2021 A painting with a history almost as intriguing as Christopher Aubrey himself has been unearthed in the tiny North Taranaki settlement of Tongaporutu. The nomadic 19th century watercolourist eventually vanished from New Zealand without a trace, but was known to be in Taranaki during 1896, with his work from that time the focus of an exhibition in NPDC’s Puke Ariki Museum. After hearing about the exhibition, Tongaporutu’s O’Sullivan family stepped forward to let Puke Ariki researchers know they were in possession of an Aubrey work, depicting the Tongaporutu Ferry House in 1896. The painting has been proudly on display at the site of the old boarding establishment, which was a popular stop for drovers and travellers from the north when their journeys were still determined by the tides at the Tongaporutu River crossing. Puke Ariki pictorial curator Chanelle Carrick was delighted to be contacted by Emma O’Sullivan, whose family has been connected to the region more than 130 years. She says the Aubrey painting was lucky to survive a fire which destroyed the original Ferry House in 1937. “For some reason it was taken down from the house and given to a family down the road for safe keeping. We’re not entirely sure why that happened but very thankful it was,” she says. O’Sullivan’s great-grandfather, James McKoy established the boarding house with his wife Mary Jane and while the area was meant to be alcohol-free at the time of provincial prohibition, there has been plenty of evidence to suggest the law was bent a little at the elbow. “When some of the nearby paddocks were excavated they found hundreds if not thousands of whisky bottles buried in underground trenches,” Jono O’Sullivan says. “Whether or not that had something to do with why the painting was put in safe keeping, we can only speculate.” While the painting has been touched up and re-framed in New Plymouth at the now closed Wayne’s Gallery, it shows a lot of the features Aubrey used in his other work depicting scenes around the district as he headed north. “The two figures he has used in this are almost identical in the painting we have of him in Inglewood,” Carrick says. She remains hopeful other people will come forward with knowledge of other Aubrey paintings as the exhibition, titled 1896: Christopher Aubrey's Taranaki, runs through until August 15 in Puke Ariki’s Lane Gallery. As well seven of the nomadic painter’s artworks, the exhibition also features a number of interactive elements which are proving popular with visitors.
News Local People set up for WOMAD Womad underwrite keeps the party pumping 25 May 2021 Womad underwrite keeps the party pumping A one-off underwrite of nearly $2 million has been approved to allow TAFT to run the 2022 WOMAD festival, the Mayor and Councillors decided at their full council meeting on Tuesday.The underwrite is separate to the five-year host city agreement between New Plymouth District Council and WOMAD’S parent company in the UK. Covid-19 put a stop to WOMAD going ahead this year, stopping an annual influx of nearly 11,000 visitors to the region who inject almost $6 million into our economy. Covid comeback as consents surge Prudent financial management and a surge in building and resource consents is helping us to finish the year ahead of budget. When Covid struck we had projected a deficit of $5.4 million but the latest Quarterly Performance Report instead shows we’re on track for a $10.5 million surplus. The Performance Report to the end of 31 March 2021 showed a $2.7 million increase in revenue in consents while there was also a $2.9 million increase from fees and charges. Our Getting Us Back on Our Feet (GUBOOF) recovery initiative, which included slashing fees for businesses, has injected $1.7 million injected into our local economy while 33 grass roots groups have benefited to the tune of half a million dollars in funding. Meanwhile, our Perpetual Investment Fund (PIF) has had a $43.6 million boost for a current balance of $334 million. Already, $2.5 million has been released to off-set rates for the first nine months of the financial year, and a further $4.5 million was received in April. For more information, you can head here
News Local People NPDC staff wear pink shorts against bullying NPDC staff wear Pink shirts against bullying 21 May 2021 NPDC staff were proud in pink as they stood together with people across the country on Pink Shirt Day. They also joined their colleagues around New Zealand in a campaign to call for respect for frontline workers who often bear the brunt of social media abuse and threats. “Our staff are your neighbours, friends and even family members. They stand beside you and your kids at sporting events, belong to the same clubs and organisations as you do and stand beside you in the supermarket queues. They are proud to serve their communities so please stop and think before you type,” said NPDC Chief Executive Craig Stevenson. Click here to check out the campaign video
News Our Work Waiwhakaiho River 2018 Water meters and multi-purpose hub voted in for $3.3 billion budget 19 May 2021 Water meters and a multi-purpose hub are a step closer for the New Plymouth District after the Mayor and Councillors recommended they become a priority for the next 10 years. The draft 10-Year plan was debated by the Mayor and Councillors at a marathon full council meeting today and they voted in favour of introducing water meters, expected to save tens of millions of dollars in the future. Households will be given a substantial period of time to assess their water use before adjusted charges start. And, planning for a multi-purpose hub at New Plymouth Raceway will continue with the Mayor and Councillors’ backing. The hub was a focal point during the feedback process and Councillors voted to Pay it Forward for our kids by contributing to the Sport Taranaki-led project. The investment for building the hub will now be budgeted for Year 4 of the plan, two years earlier than originally recommended. Nearly 5000 people gave feedback on the plan, which recommended investing $248 million to Fix the Plumbing on our water network, and this investment was approved by the Councillors. The cost of the proposals included in the draft means an approximately $231 rates rise in the first year for the typical urban ratepayer. That rise will be followed with an average of 6% increases over the following nine years. Other items recommended for inclusion were: Extending our globally recognised Coastal Walkway from Bell Block to Waitara while continuing to build on the Taranaki Traverse, connecting Maunga to Moana. Investing $20 million to start fixing the Waitara stormwater problem. Continuing to invest in upgrading the NPDC fleet by switching to electric vehicles. The adoption of the final plan will take place at a public hearing on June 16. The final plan must also be given the green light by Audit New Zealand. To check out the full details of what the councillors discussed, head: here.
News Local Inglewood pond Inglewood oxidation pond stops overflowing 18 May 2021 Heavy rainfall over the last 12 hours has overwhelmed Inglewood’s oxidation pond, a settling pond where sewage is treated, causing an overflow of partially treated wastewater into Kurapete Stream which flows into the Maunganui River. It’s been estimated approximately 335,000 litres per hour of partially treated wastewater is being discharged. Staff are onsite monitoring the situation and working hard to stop the overflow by pumping as much through to the New Plymouth treatment plant as possible but it’s only likely to stop when the heavy rainfall abates. “We regret and apologise for this incident. The majority of the overflow is rainwater, but we urge caution and we’ve alerted the Taranaki Regional Council and the Taranaki District Health Board as regulators, and been in touch with iwi and hapū and other recreational users,” says Mark Hall, NPDC’s Water Manager. Warning signs have been erected and nobody should swim in the Manganui until the signs are removed. Keep up to date with the latest information on the Can I Swim page on our website. While the cause of this incident was the heavy rainfall the overflow is impacted by limitations to the region’s wastewater infrastructure, with Councillors set to deliberate tomorrow whether to invest $248 million over the next decade in upgrading the District’s water network.
Local Our Work News Womad guest party next to the bowl lake NPDC WOMAD deal puts the Bowl of Brooklands back on the world stage 18 May 2021 WOMAD is back in business at New Plymouth’s iconic Bowl of Brooklands, thanks to a five-year host city agreement between New Plymouth District Council (NPDC) and WOMAD’s parent company in the UK. In addition to the host city deal, NPDC’s Mayor and Councillors are also set to consider a proposal to underwrite the festival for almost $2 million at a meeting next week (Tuesday 25 May). The host city deal puts the Bowl back in the international spotlight as WOMAD’s New Zealand home and provides a major economic boost for the Taranaki economy after Covid derailed this year’s festival, says New Plymouth District Mayor Neil Holdom. “This is awesome news for music lovers, local business and visitors as the country emerges from our Covid bubble. WOMAD is part of our district’s DNA as a Sustainable Lifestyle Capital, bringing in about 11,000 out-of-region visitors and adding more than $6 million a year to the Taranaki economy in recent years,” said Mayor Holdom. The news comes after a red-hot summer of events at NPDC’s Bowl of Brooklands in the lake-filled Pukekura Park. About 60,000 people attended a summer of magic entertainment over five special nights while the rest of the world was largely in lockdown, including sell out gigs by L.A.B and Six60, and Synthony attracting its largest ever crowd to its first outdoor show. For full details of the proposed WOMAD underwrite deal, check out the agenda report here.
News Local Cut down tree Lake Rotomanu tree vandalised 17 May 2021 Vandals have attacked a pohutukawa tree on the banks of New Plymouth’s Lake Rotomanu with a chainsaw. Most of the tree’s large branches were cut and left in the lake’s water during the weekend and the police have been notified. “The damage was discovered on Sunday,” says Manager Parks and Open Spaces Stuart Robertson. “We’ll monitor the tree to see how it recovers from the vandalism but it’s fair to say that it’s been butchered. “Anyone who takes it upon themselves to cut back a tree on public land is doing vandalism. We’ve reported this one to the police so please get in touch with them if you can help identify who did it.” NPDC looks after 1,600ha of parks and reserve land and nearly 5,000 notable and street trees. In the last 12 months there has been nearly $40,000 worth of vandalism in New Plymouth District's parks and reserves, including recycling stations burned-out and playground equipment stolen, plus $60,000 spent on getting rid of graffiti. NPDC pruned Lake Rotomanu’s trees during summer. No complaints or requests for further work have been received from the public.
News Have Your Say Children need fresh water Time to step up and fix the plumbing says Mayor Holdom 13 May 2021 Overhauling our aging water network to make sure our kids have safe drinking water and unpolluted rivers to swim in should be the priority in NPDC’s draft $3billion work programme for the next 10 years, recommends New Plymouth District Mayor Neil Holdom. The draft plan will be debated on May 19 and a Mayoral report is included in the 700 page agenda which has just been released publically. The draft 10 year plan which nearly 5,000 people have given feedback on proposes to: Fix the Plumbing, including upgrading the three waters network, water meters for every home and improving the stormwater system in Waitara. Green our Place, which covers taking the Coastal Walkway from Bell Block to Waitara, as well as the planting urban forests and investing in cleaner vehicles. Pay it Forward for our kids by contributing to a Sport Taranaki lead project to build a multi-purpose hub. Introduce a $231 rates rise in year one for a typical urban ratepayer with an average of 6% over the following nine years. Mayor Holdom has made a number of recommendations for Councillors to debate, as they decide what’s in and what’s out of the substantial work programme. “Water is life. It is time to step up and invest in water for our people and the environment. This plan has the provision of safe drinking water, cleaner rivers, streams and coastal areas, at its core. We must ensure our children can swim in our waterways and eat kaimoana without fear of becoming sick due to pollution finding its way into our water network,” says Mayor Holdom. The Mayoral report acknowledges rates rises will be tough on some residents. “We realise that nobody likes increases in taxes but we have systems in place to support vulnerable and low income households. We need to balance the desire to keep rates to a minimum with our duty to reverse the deterioration of an inadequate water network we are entrusted with maintaining along with our desire to pay something forward for future generations,” he said. Mayor Holdom’s other recommendations include: $300k for a Te Kohia Pa feasibility study in the early years of the plan. $400k to be shared equally among Community Boards to fund minor projects. $100k for an independent review of procurement . A report into solutions for fixing Urenui and Onaero’s sewerage sooner. Proposing any unallocated surplus from the last financial year to be ring-fenced in a reserve for NPDC to play its part in tackling the housing crisis. Head here to read the full agenda report The public meeting where the draft 10 year plan will be debated starts at 9am, Wednesday 19th May, Liardet Street New Plymouth.
News People Lifestyle Kaddy Smale, one of our Local Legends. On the hunt for Local Legends 12 May 2021 Kaddy Smale is an everyday hero despite most of her work going undercover. The sprightly 77-year-old grandmother is at the forefront of choosing books for the Housebound Readers Service and her experience and instinct has made her a favourite to many who can’t make it to one our district libraries. Her 45 years of service to a range of volunteer groups, including Puke Ariki, was recognised last year when she was named as one of NPDC’s Local Legends and now she wants to see other people’s good work recognised. “The award opened my eyes to other sections of our District and how people are pulling together,” says Kaddy. “We’ve got so much here with the Maunga and the coast and we have a very supportive residents. So many people contribute in so many different ways and I couldn’t think of a better place to live.” New Plymouth District Mayor Neil Holdom says Local Legends are about people who go above and beyond to make a real difference to our home.  “They’re total legends who help us keep our Sustainable Lifestyle Capital moving. Tell us if you know an everyday hero who’s been working hard behind the scenes? Who’s the rock in your world? Help us recognise them with an NPDC Local Legend award,” says Mayor Holdom. The Local Legends – or Citizens Awards – have been given to up to 12 people annually since 1979. Previous winners have come from across the District, representing environment and conservation causes, volunteer and charitable groups, rescue services, the arts, health and other fields. They include David Chadfield – better known as “Chaddy” and former owner of Chaddy’s Charters – who has been a champion for our coastal environment, as well as Suzanne Smithers, whose Body & Soul charity has helped feed thousands of struggling Taranaki families. The winners are named and presented with their awards at a ceremony in New Plymouth. Nominations are open until 16 June and can be submitted in an online form or in writing, with nomination forms available from the NPDC Civic Centre, Liardet Street, New Plymouth: 06 759 6060 or email enquiries@npdc.govt.nz