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News Public Notice tap Low Water Pressure in Welbourn 25 September 2020 Some residents in Welbourn, Vogeltown and Brooklands are experiencing low water pressure. We are sorry for any inconvenience this disruption is causing. We are on-site working hard to get a fix in place as soon as possible. We are aware of the low pressure, but if you experience anything else unusual with your water please get in touch at 06 759 6060.
Events and Exhibitions Our Work News Puke Ariki Homework A+ for Taranaki artists' Home Work exhibition at Puke Ariki 24 September 2020 The amazing talents of 57 home-grown artists are being showcased in a new exhibition opening tomorrow (26 September) at NPDC’s Puke Ariki Museum.  The final pieces, which showcase the works of Taranaki artists, were selected by Puke Ariki curator Laura Campbell alongside renowned artists Ngāhina Hohaia and Reuben Paterson and range from paintings, sculptures, ceramics, photography, jewellery and textiles. “It’s the third time Home Work has been on show, so for this iteration we wanted submissions of new and unseen pieces that interpreted the theme of ‘Tuku Iho’, which means celebrating traditions that are passed down through generations,” says Ms Campbell. David Le Fleming’s submission, right, is based on astronomer Beatrice Hill, who left New Plymouth for the United States and went on to become a leading expert in the evolution of galaxies. Le Fleming painted Beatrice’s image on to a 1940’s car bonnet and the piece acknowledges the achievements of Taranaki people who have come before us.  Le Fleming says the exhibition highlights the strength of the arts scene in the region. “Being far from famous art schools and renowned artistic centres is a gift, and allows the scene to develop its own sense of identity.” Puke Ariki Museum Manager Colleen Mullin says: “Our creative community frequently puts Taranaki on the map and the number and diversity of artworks in Home Work are testament to the growth and importance of the arts sector.” The exhibition runs until 8 February and will feature artist workshops, virtual reality experiences, floor talks and a blank mural canvas by artist Dside which is available as a colouring-in activity for children during the September-October school holidays. Home Work fast facts: This is the third Home Work exhibition by Puke Ariki. 140 pieces were submitted by established and emerging local talent. 57 pieces were selected and cover a wide range of media - painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, jewellery and textiles. The largest piece is MiSun Kim’s Birth painting (measuring 1900 x 1500mm) and the smallest piece is Belinda Lubkoll’s delicate diamond and sterling silver necklace  Artworks not sold in the exhibition will be returned to artists. Exhibition will run until 8 February 2021 and is complimented by a series of workshops, floor talks and virtual reality experiences. Puke Ariki fast facts: It first opened on 15 June 2003 and is the world’s first purpose-built, fully integrated museum, library and visitor information centre. Puke Ariki Museum is free entry and open daily 10am – 5pm (closed only for Christmas Day). Puke Ariki has three long-term galleries (Te Takapou Whāriki, Taranaki Naturally and Taranaki Life) and components of these get changed out regularly. There are currently three exhibitions on show – Home Work, Redecorating and Therapeutic Agent. Te Pua Wānanga O Taranaki/Taranaki Research Centre is also housed at the site.
Alcohol Application Countdown Spotswood Re-definition of Licensed Area 23 September 2020 GENERAL DISTRIBUTORS LIMITED of 16 Manadon Street SPOTSWOOD, NEW PLYMOUTH has made an application to the New Plymouth District Licensing Committee for the grant of a Variation for re-definition of licensed area for the premises situated at 16 Manadon Street SPOTSWOOD, NEW PLYMOUTH 4310 known as COUNTDOWN SPOTSWOOD. The general nature of the business conducted (or to be conducted) under the licence is a Grocery Store - 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 23 September 2020
Alcohol Application - Variation of Name from Little Glutton to State Pasta 23 September 2020 GILL AND BEAK LIMITED of 162 Devon Street East NEW PLYMOUTH has made an application to the New Plymouth District Licensing Committee for the grant of a Variation of trading name for the premises situated at 162 Devon Street East NEW PLYMOUTH 4310 known as LITTLE GLUTTON. The general nature of the business conducted (or to be conducted) under the licence is a Restaurant - Class 3 On Licence. Days and Hours: Monday to Sunday 8am to 2am the following day You may also inspect the application at the New Plymouth District Council, Liardet Street, New Plymouth. If you would like to object to the application, in accordance with the Act, please write to us within 15 working days of this notice District Licensing Committee at Private Bag 2025, New Plymouth 4342. This publication was made on 23 September 2020
News Have Your Say Lifestyle Marina Top 10 Marina idea floated as part of Top 10 public conversation 22 September 2020 Could you get on board with plans for a marina to make the most of New Plymouth’s Breakwater Bay?  NPDC’s Top 10 Kōrero is asking for people’s feedback on creating the marina as part of planning how $2 billion of public funds is invested in the next 10-year plan. New Plymouth has the only deep water port on the West Coast and is the only coastal city in the country without a marina. Keen boatie NPDC Councillor Murray Chong wants to know if we are making enough of our seafront. “A previous report by research company Berl found that a marina could have huge economic benefits to the District, bringing investment, jobs and visitors to the area to stimulate the economy in these tough Covid-19 times,” he said. Similar developments near ports like Picton, Nelson, Napier and Whangarei have generated new leisure and shopping precincts, creating revenue that could help offset rates in the long run. A marina would attract vessels of all types, such as commercial and tourism operators, along with recreational and game fishing operators, as well as vastly improving an area of our Coastal Walkway. Any marina would be a commercial venture and a user pays model. Head to newplymouthnz.com/TopTen to have your say on the marina. Those filling out the short survey will go into the draw to win an iPhone 11.
News Our Work Lifestyle Car free day Let's Go Kids get active on World Car-Free Day 22 September 2020 More than 4,000 students around New Plymouth District will be grabbing their scooters, bikes or getting their walking shoes on for World Car-Free Day! Twelve primary schools are promoting walking, biking, scootering, busing or ride-sharing for Tuesday 22 September, and for those who a car journey is a necessary part of their trip, they can park a few blocks away, and ‘park and walk’ instead. “It’s fantastic to see so many schools encouraging parents, whānau and students to talk about fun and active ways to get to and from school,” says NPDC’s Let’s Go’s Kym Smith. “This is what World Car-Free Day is about: resetting our thinking about better ways to travel – ways that benefit our environment, our community and our own health.” 2020 is the 20th anniversary of World Car-Free Day, which has its origins in Europe. Workers are also encouraged to take part in the day by leaving the car behind for their commute. As a bonus, Taranaki Regional Council has its urban buses running for free all day. “It’s a great time of year to rethink our travel habits. Spring is here, the days are warming up and getting longer, and we’ve got summer ahead of us. “Try just one day of active travel and see how much better you feel,” says Kym. NPDC is encouraging its staff to also take part, with one manager committed to cycling in to work from his home in Urenui. Chief Operating Officer Kelvin Wright says this time of year is when he gets back into routine cycling. “It’s about 40km from my place to work, and I take back-roads and the Coastal Walkway. “I like to use the time to just chill out, enjoy the scenery and fresh air – it’s a great way to start the day fresh and alive, or equally a great time to relax, unwind from a busy day and reset the mind,” he says. And if you enjoy World Car-Free Day, get your colleagues on board for Let’s Go’s Fresh Air Challenge throughout October. The more kilometres of active travel that your organisation racks up during the month, the more chances you have to win a prize – including an e-bike! Registration and more details are here.
Alcohol Application Pikopiko Eatery On Licence 21 September 2020 Aaron Durham BIRCH of 532 Mangorei Road 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 532 Mangorei Road NEW PLYMOUTH 4312 known as PIKOPIKO EATERY. The general nature of the business conducted (or to be conducted) under the licence is a Restaurant - Class 3 On Licence. Days and Hours: Monday to Sunday 9am to 10.30pm 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 21 September 2020.
Public Notice Road Closure Christmas Parades Inglewood Waitara Bell Block 2020 16 September 2020 Local Lions Clubs have requested the closure of the following roads to hold Christmas Parades. Bell Block: from 1pm to 5.30pm on Saturday 5 December. Roads to be closed: • Bell Block Court. • Tahana Lane. • Wynyard Street from Bell Block Court to Murray Street. • Chesney Street. • Murray Street from Wynyard Street to Nugent Street. • Jeffery Lane (service lane). Affected roads: • Murray Street from Wynyard Street to Antonia Place, and Antonia Place. (Antonia Place remains open to residents.) • Nugent Street between Bell Block Court and Murray Street. • The Henwood Road/Pohutukawa Place/Bell Block Court roundabout (one lane only). Waitara: from 8.30am to midday on Saturday 12 December. Roads to be closed: • McLean Street from Cracroft Street to West Quay. • Queen Street from McLean to Whitaker streets. • Whitaker Street from Queen Street to West Quay. • West Quay from Whitaker to McLean streets. • Memorial Place from Whitaker to McLean streets. Affected adjoining roads: Courthouse and Wrights lanes (service lanes). Inglewood: from 11am to 2pm on Saturday 12 December. 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. The application is being considered under the Transport (Vehicular Traffic Road Closure) Regulations 1965. Submissions to the closures should reach NPDC by 4pm on 30 September. Submissions must be made on the road closure form, which is available online at newplymouthnz.com/submissions, or by contacting the Council on 06-759 6060 or enquiries@npdc.govt.nz. Emergency vehicles will have unrestricted access at all times. During the proposed period of closure, an approved traffic management plan will provide for ordinary vehicular traffic which would otherwise use the roads.
News Have Your Say Our Work Let's Korero Coffee, rubbish and gigs @ the Bowl - NPDC wants to know what you think 15 September 2020 With 2 billion reasons to speak up, New Plymouth District residents are being asked if they have enough chances to be heard, as part of the Top 10 Kōrero. NPDC is putting the word out that it’s ready to listen as people have their say on the issues facing the district and how to spend around $2 billion in public funds for next year’s 10-Year Plan. With people leading busier lives, it’s easy to think that local government is irrelevant, but NPDC provides about 82,000 residents with essential services, like water, roads and rubbish collection, as well as things like libraries, swimming pools and 1600 hectares of parks and walkways, so it’s important to make it easier to give feedback. We partner with mana whenua through Te Huinga Taumatua committee, discuss wider environment and water issues with Ngā Kaitiaki and He Puna Wai working groups. “Our 16 different business units are responsible for an operating budget of about $175 million and a capital budget of around $50 million for the next year. So from your first coffee of the day to when you put your rubbish out at night, NPDC is impacting every part of your life. When it comes to listening, we’re all ears, whether you want to talk from home via phone, email or social media, or come in and speak at a council meeting or working party, or talk to our front-of-house staff,” says Cr Carlson. What residents think and say helps NPDC make decisions, says Cr Dinnie Moeahu. “We work closely with Zeal to help give our young people a voice on a huge range of issues and we use our digital platforms to connect with everyone from the very young to the elderly,” says Cr Moeahu. “But are you hearing us? Can we do more to connect with vulnerable young people or with isolated elderly? Tell us what we can do to hear you better.” Head to newplymouthnz.com/TopTen to have your say on how we kōrero. Those filling out the short survey will go into the draw to win an iPhone 11. Other topics up for debate in the Top 10 Kōrero over the next four weeks include the multi-sport hub and creating a marina.
News Our Work People Maori Language Week Kia Kaha te reo Māori! 14 September 2020 If you’ve ever wanted give te reo Māori a go, NPDC has a packed programme for Te wiki o Te Reo Māori/Māori Language Week.  Events will be taking place at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Puke Ariki and Brooklands Zoo while the TSB Showplace is hosting a kōrero to learn, share and understand te ao Māori featuring keynote speakers. NPDC Chief Executive Craig Stevenson says Te wiki o Te Reo Māori from 14 to 20 September helps to highlight the importance of te reo Māori and encourages the District’s residents to improve their mātauranga (knowledge) of the language, culture and history “Aotearoa has come along way in the last 20 years with te reo Māori used across the community and right across all of NPDC’s ‘family’. The language is a permanent part of the fabric of our nation and I would encourage everyone to give it a go,” says Mr Stevenson. “If you’ve never tried it before, don’t worry as we can help. There’s free te reo Māori and waiata events at our world-renowned Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, and the popular Crackerjacks story time at Puke Ariki Library will be in te reo Māori. The kōrero at the TSB Showplace is a great opportunity to hear from some of our distinguished te reo Māori advocates.” The Showplace event runs from 12pm to 1pm on 15 September and features Dr Ruakere Hond, Puna Wano-Bryant and Elaine Rollins. Dr Hond has taught Māori language immersion programmes for more than 30 years while Ms Wano-Bryant is involved with Te Reo o Taranaki and mentoring young Māori. Govett-Brewster Art Gallery’s Ms Rollins will bring an international perspective to the importance of upholding language and culture. Other Te wiki o Te Reo Māori events include: Waiata at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery on 16 September. Free te reo Māori lessons at the gallery on 15 and 17 September. Crackerjacks in te reo at Puke Ariki Library on 16 September and Bell Block Library on 17 September. A special Te wiki o te Reo Māori Toyota Kiwi Garden medal at Brooklands Zoo. A quiz at Puke Ariki to help with te reo Māori and pronunciation. For more, head to newplymouthnz.com/kiakaha
Alcohol Marinovichs Seafood Restaurant and Cafe On Licence Variation of Hours Application 09 September 2020 MARINOVICH'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & CAFE of 42 Devon Street West 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 42 Devon Street West NEW PLYMOUTH 4310 known as MARINOVICH'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & 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: Current hours Monday to Sunday 10am to 11pm Variation of hours Monday to Sunday 10am 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 10 September 2020.
Alcohol Bell Block Four Square Renewal Off licence Application 08 September 2020 BUTTAR BROTHERS LIMITED of 19B Gardenia Avenue, BELL BLOCK, NEW PLYMOUTH 4312 has made an application to the New Plymouth District Licensing Committee for the grant of a Renewal Off Licence 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 September 2020
News Have Your Say Our Work Mt Taranaki hero shot Is NPDC's climate response enough, asks Top 10 Kōrero 08 September 2020 Is NPDC doing enough to respond to the climate challenge or should more money be spent for the District to have a cleaner, greener future? That’s the question residents are being asked as part of NPDC’s Top 10 Kōrero, looking at the big issues facing the District ahead of planning how $2 billion of public funds is spent in the next 10-year plan. Cr Amanda Clinton-Gohdes says a huge amount of work has already started on how NPDC can cut emissions across all parts of Council after the Mayor and Councillors committed to an urgent response to climate change late last year. “Our Climate Action Framework looks at how we can cut emissions and adapt our planning and infrastructure to the changes in weather and sea level, and how, as a Council and a community, we prepare for the challenges ahead,” says Cr Clinton-Gohdes. “We already have a string of initiatives to help ensure our transition to a sustainable future. Behind the scenes we’re investigating how to better manage our transport and water networks, and encouraging inner-city living and development. “More visibly, we’re investing in the Zero Waste 2040 goal, stepping up planting on NPDC land, and trialling electric vehicles, including rubbish trucks. These changes go right to the grassroots of what we do – even to getting rechargeable power mowers and tools for our Parks staff.” Cr Richard Handley says while the focus of the next 10-year plan looks at investment in the District from 2021 to 2031, NPDC’s commitment to a meaningful climate change response is long term. “We’re still looking at ways to be more energy efficient and we’re helping our residents create more environment-friendly homes through our Back on Our Feet Covid-19 response. “But what more can we do at home, at work and elsewhere? Can we make our roads safer and easier for emissions-free transport like cycling and buses, for instance? Some of these things will cost us, but the longer we wait, the greater the cost.” Head to newplymouthnz.com/TopTen to have your say on the climate response. Those filling out the short survey will go into the draw to win an iPhone 11. Other topics up for debate in the Top 10 Kōrero over the next four weeks include the multi-sport hub and creating a marina.
Alcohol Toret - Cucina Italiana Oakura New On Licence Application 07 September 2020 Borgofranco Limited of 43 Cumming Street, OKATO has made an application to the New Plymouth District Licensing Committee for the grant of a New On Licence for the premises situated at 1151 South Road OAKURA 4314 known as TORET - CUCINA ITALIANA. The general nature of the business conducted (or to be conducted) under the licence is a Restaurant - Class 2 On Licence. Days and Hours: Wednesday to Sunday 11.30am to 10.30pm 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 September 2020
Alcohol India Today New Plymouth Renewal On Licence Application 07 September 2020 INDIA TODAY LIMITED of 40 Devon Street East, 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 40 Devon Street East NEW PLYMOUTH 4310 known as INDIA TODAY. The general nature of the business conducted (or to be conducted) under the licence is a Restaurant - Class 3 On Licence. Days and Hours: Monday to Sunday 11am 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 08 September 2020
Alcohol Gusto Restaurant Cafe and Bar New Plymouth Renewal On Licence Application 06 September 2020 GUSTO 2005 LIMITED of 198 Breakwater Road NEW PLYMOUTH 4310 has made an application to the New Plymouth District Licensing Committee for the grant of a Renewal On Licence for the premises situated at 198 Breakwater Road NEW PLYMOUTH 4310 known as GUSTO RESTAURANT CAFÉ AND BAR. The general nature of the business conducted (or to be conducted) under the licence is a Restaurant - Class 3 On Licence. Days and Hours: Monday to Saturday 8am to 2am 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 07 September 2020.
News Local Waitara overflow Health warning after blocked pipe at Waitara school 04 September 2020 A sewage pipe blocked by tree roots has caused an overflow in Waitara, onto a section of the playing fields at Waitara Central School. The blockage on Browne Street was discovered on Thursday and has now been fixed, the site cleaned up and we have been working with the school, hapū, health officials and other agencies. “We’re sorry this has happened and we’re working with the school, hapū, health officials and other agencies. The blockage has been fixed and we’ve put precautionary health measures in place,” says NPDC Spokesperson Jacqueline Baker.  Please note the following precautionary health warnings: Part of the Waitara Central School fields will be cordoned off and out of use for the next two weeks. A warning against swimming and food-gathering on both sides of the Waitara River from West Quay to the river mouth will be in place until 1 October. Upgrading the District’s ageing water infrastructure is being considered as part of the next 10-Year Plan and is open for public feedback at newplymouthnz.com/TopTen.
News Our Work Local CBD trees Central city trees set for the chop: NPDC meeting top takeaways 01 September 2020 Alder trees on their way out Italian alder trees in New Plymouth’s central city are to be given a major pruning, before they are eventually axed. The Mayor and Councillors at the 1 September Full Council meeting have voted to give all the trees a major prune in the next year, costing about $30k, and to then replace them with a more suitable tree when NPDC’s CBD Strategy is implemented. Business owners have been calling for the removal of the alders because of concerns they weren’t appropriate for the central city. A report said the central city strategy, feedback from the CBD 2050 Forum for a greener city and continued calls from businesses provided a perfect opportunity to rethink the alders. Culvert fix-it work approved The Mayor and Councillors have approved urgent repair work to fix a damaged stormwater culvert near State Highway 3. Independent engineers WPS says the 40 year old culvert on Waiwaka Terrace needs fixing to get it up to scratch. The culvert has partially collapsed and there is a risk it could collapse further and be a danger to people and property. The work is estimated to cost about $2.45 million and this is not budgeted in the current 10-Year Plan so will be paid for out of renewals reserves. New charter for HMNZS Aotearoa The newest and largest ever ship the Royal New Zealand Navy has ever operated, HMNZS Aotearoa, will have its home port in New Plymouth and NPDC is set to create a Charter to bind the ties between the ship and the District’s people. The Aotearoa replaces HMNZS Endeavour and is a Polar-class support ship with a crew of 64 and 11 flight crew who can operate a helicopter from the vessel. The Charter, approved by the Mayor and Councillors, is a formal declaration of the relationship between the HMNZS Aotearoa and the citizens, and allows the crew the freedom to parade through the district “with drums beating, colours flying, and bayonets fixed”.
Public Notice Road Closure Bikes BBQ and Hot Cars event temporary road closures 01 September 2020 Crowded House Bar & Eatery has requested the closure of the following road to conduct six Bike, BBQ & Hot Car events. Date and period of closure: from 5.30pm to 11pm on Thurday 26 November and 17 December 2020; and 28 January and 4, 11 and 18 February 2021. Road to be closed: Devon Street East between Liardet and Gover streets. The application is being considered under the Transport (Vehicular Traffic Road Closure) Regulations 1965. Submissions to the closure should reach NPDC by 4pm on 30 September. Submissions must be made on the road closure form, which is available online at newplymouthnz.com/submissions, or by contacting NPDC on 06-759 6060 or enquiries@npdc.govt.nz. Emergency vehicles will have unrestricted access at all times. During the proposed period of closure, an approved traffic management plan will provide for ordinary vehicular traffic which would otherwise use the road.
Have Your Say News Our Work Waitangi Day CBD Have your say on future of towns and city centres in Top 10 Kōrero 01 September 2020 Residents are being asked how NPDC can keep town and city centres humming and at the heart of communities as part of its Top 10 Kōrero, seeking feedback on the major issues across the District. Ahead of next year’s 10-Year Plan, NPDC is going out to residents to get their views on how $2 billion of public funds should be spent and what should be done to meet the challenges ahead. NPDC put in place a $20 million Back On Our Feet recovery plan to help local businesses still feeling the effects of the Covid-19 lockdown. The measures include rates holidays and an hour of free parking to encourage shoppers. Our main street building funds can be accessed by Waitara and Inglewood building owners and retailers looking to spruce up their shop frontages, and we’re helping the hospitality sector by cutting food licence renewal fees, dropping fees for on-street dining, and temporary road closures. We’re also backing the Buy Local campaign to support Taranaki businesses. Cr Tony Bedford says the city centre and heartland town centres including Ōkato, Ōākura, Urenui, Waitara and Inglewood are the barometer of our economic and social wellbeing.  “When their tills are ringing, they lift us all with jobs, visitors and more spending. The flip side is empty shops and for lease signs. In an age of big box stores on the outskirts of town and Internet shopping, we need a plan to keep them vibrant,” says Cr Bedford. “That’s why we’re keen to work with retailers and business on a strategy to keep our central city humming for the next 30 years and beyond.” Cr Stacey Hitchcock says the purchase of the Metro Plaza and the plans to open up the Huatoki Stream shows NPDC is already thinking about long-term ways to keep the city centre vibrant.  “Our residents have told us they want a central city that has more green spaces, arts, culture and welcomes families, where they want to visit and hang out. We’re working on revamping Devon Street East with a plan for a new outdoor zone but what else should we doing to keep the city centre a destination for locals and visitors?” says Cr Hitchcock. Cr Marie Pearce says it’s vital to keep rural heartland centres thriving. “Over the last year our community boards have been seeking feedback on what residents would like to see. This could be sprucing up Waitara’s main street or doing up the railway station in Inglewood. It’s vital people tell us what they want so we can all work together to make the centres more vibrant.” Head to newplymouthnz.com/TopTen to have your say on towns and city centres. Those filling out the short survey will go into the draw to win an iPhone 11. Other topics up for debate in the Top 10 Kōrero over the next five weeks include the multi-sport hub, climate and creating a marina.