News and Notices

Alcohol Inglewood Combined Sports Club Renewal Club Licence Application 21 October 2019 INGLEWOOD COMBINED SPORTS CLUB INCORPORATED of 6A Karo Street, INGLEWOOD has made an application to the New Plymouth District Licensing Committee for the grant of a Renewal Club Licence for the premises situated at 6 A Karo Street INGLEWOOD 4330 known as INGLEWOOD COMBINED SPORTS CLUB. The general nature of the business conducted (or to be conducted) under the licence is a Class 3 Club - Club Licence. Days and Hours: Monday to Thursday 7pm to 10pm Friday 7pm to Midnight Saturday 1pm to Midnight Sunday 1pm 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 21 October 2019
Alcohol Nag and Noggin Renewal On Licence Application 20 October 2019 NAG & NOGGIN LIMITED of 25 Manadon Street, NEW PLYMOUTH has made an application to the New Plymouth District Licensing Committee for the grant of a Renewal On Licence for the premises situated at 57 Tukapa Street NEW PLYMOUTH 4310 known as NAG & NOGGIN. The general nature of the business conducted (or to be conducted) under the licence is a Tavern - On Licence. Days and Hours: Sunday to Wednesday 9am to 10pm Thursday and Friday 9am to Midnight Saturday 8.30am 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 21 October 2019
Alcohol Nag and Noggin renewal Off Licence Application 20 October 2019 NAG & NOGGIN LIMITED of 25 Manadon Street, NEW PLYMOUTH has made an application to the New Plymouth District Licensing Committee for the grant of a Renewal Off Licence for the premises situated at 57 Tukapa Street NEW PLYMOUTH 4310 known as NAG & NOGGIN. The general nature of the business conducted (or to be conducted) under the licence is a Tavern - Off Licence. Days and Hours: Sunday to Friday 9am to 9.30pm Saturday 8.30am 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 21 October 2019
News David Bublitz NPDC final election results released 18 October 2019 The final results are in for the NPDC elections with David Bublitz elected as a councillor following the counting of special votes. The preliminary count revealed a too-close-to-call result with Anneka Carlson, Phil Quinney and David Bubblitz all within a few votes of each other. The Electoral Office has confirmed David Bublitz received more votes than Phil Quinney and has been elected to the NPDC governance team.  The voter turnout is expected to be 45.3%. This was above the national turnout of 44%. The Elected Members for the next three years are confirmed as: Mayor:  Neil Holdom New Plymouth City Ward Councillors:  Stacey Hitchcock Gordon Brown Harry Duynhoven Murray Chong Sam Bennett Richard Handley Amanda Clinton-Gohdes Dinnie Moeahu Anneka Carlson David Bublitz North Ward Councillors: Tony Bedford Colin Johnston South-West Ward Councillors: Marie Pearce Richard Jordan Mayor Neil Holdom and Councillors will make the strategic decisions for NPDC’s $3.3 billion worth of assets and decide what the long-term priorities are and how to keep rates affordable. By-elections will be held for the Inglewood and Clifton Community Boards within the next three months. In Inglewood, Mel Cook and Graeme Sykes are elected unopposed, with two positions to fill. In Clifton, Ken Bedford and Warren Peterson are elected unopposed, with two positions to fill. Elected to the Waitara Community Board are Trevor Dodunski, Joe Rauner, Andrew Larson, and Jonathan Marshall. The Kaitake Community Board members, elected unopposed, are Graham Chard, Paul Coxhead, Doug Hislop and Paul Veric. View the full results.
News Water tanker in Inglewood Inglewood water incident being fixed 16 October 2019 Update 1:40pm 18 October The water tanker has been removed from the Inglewood railway station after further testing today has found no health risks with Inglewood water. The water became discoloured after part of the network was interrupted by a contractor on Wednesday while working on the town’s $2.5 million water pipe upgrade project. We thank people for their patience as we worked hard to fix this and apologise for any inconvenience or confusion. We worked closely with the TDHB through this issue and the water was not considered a health risk. If you do experience discoloured water please contact us on 06 759 6060. Update 8am 18 October We apologise for any inconvenience and our team are working hard to fix the problem. The water is fully treated before it leaves the plant and as a precaution we advise against drinking discoloured water. We’ve been in touch with the Taranaki District Health Board and it’s not considered a health risk. There’s a tanker at the Inglewood railway station with clear, free water. Please bring your own container to fill up. Part of the network was interrupted by a contractor on Wednesday while working on Inglewood’s $2.5 million water pipe upgrade project. Update 4:30pm 17 October The tanker will stay onsite at the railway station overnight for affected residents. Please bring your own containers for filling. Update 12:30pm 17 October NPDC staff and CityCare are working on fixing the cause of discoloured drinking water in Inglewood. On Wednesday a valve in the town’s water reticulation was turned off by contractors working on the $2.5 million pipe replacement project, cutting water to part of the town. When it was reopened, the water stirred up gritty particles in the pipes. We apologise for the inconvenience and advise anyone affected to not use their taps until we give the all-clear. We will update this webpage as more information becomes available. A water tanker is onsite at the railway station and will be refilled this afternoon – please bring your own containers for filling. Original 5:00pm 16 October NPDC is sending a water tanker to Inglewood to help out residents currently experiencing discoloured drinking water. A valve in the town’s water reticulation was turned off by contractors working on the $2.5 million pipe replacement project, cutting water to part of the town. When it was reopened, the water stirred up gritty particles in the pipes. We apologise for the inconvenience and advise anyone affected to not use their taps overnight, to let the water clear again. The tanker will be onsite at the railway station from 5pm – people are asked to please bring their own containers for filling.
Alcohol Lemonwood Eatery Application 16 October 2019 Sale and Supply of Alcohol 2012
Alcohol The Dept Application 16 October 2019 Sale and Supply of Alcohol 2012
Alcohol THE FITZ Application 15 October 2019 B & M LIMITED of 601 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 21 Normanby Street FITZROY, NEW PLYMOUTH 4312 known as THE FITZ. The general nature of the business conducted (or to be conducted) under the licence is a Tavern - Class 1 On Licence. Days and Hours: Monday to Saturday 8am to 1am the following day Sunday 8am 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 16 October 2019
Alcohol VIET CHEFS Application 14 October 2019 THIEN KHOI NOODLE LIMITED of 31 E Ada Street, Palmerston North, has made an application to the New Plymouth District Licensing Committee for the grant of a New On Licence for the premises situated at 53 Devon Street East NEW PLYMOUTH 4310 known as VIET CHEFS. The general nature of the business conducted (or to be conducted) under the licence is a Restaurant - Class 3 On Licence. Days and Hours: Tuesday to Thursday 12 Noon to 2pm Tuesday to Thursday 6pm to 8pm Friday and Saturday 12 Noon to 2pm Friday and Saturday 6pm 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 15 October 2019
Public Notice Road Closure December Exhibition Opening Govett-Brewster Art Gallery 14 October 2019 Govett-Brewster Art Gallery has requested the closure of the following road to conduct the December exhibition opening. Date and period of closure: from 12pm noon Saturday 7 December 2019 to 9am Sunday 8 December 2019. Road to be closed: Queen Street from Devon Street West to King Street. The application is being considered under the Transport (Vehicular Traffic Road Closure) Regulations 1965. Submissions to the closure should reach New Plymouth District Council by 4pm on 1 November 2019. 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 roads.
Public Notice Road Closure Rogan Street Road Closure Public Notice for BDO around the Mountain Cycle Challenge 14 October 2019 Events Taranaki has requested the closure of the following roads to conduct BDO Around the Mountain Cycle Challenge: Date and period of closure: from 6am to 5pm Saturday 25 January 2020 Roads to be closed: Rogan Street from Gover Street to Coronation Avenue. Affected roads, resident access only, no thoroughfare: Gover Street between Rogan and Fillis streets. Ridge Lane between Pendarves and Rogan streets. The application is being considered under the Transport (Vehicular Traffic Road Closure) Regulations 1965. Submissions to the closure should reach New Plymouth District Council by 4pm on 6 November 2019. 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 roads.
News Neil Holdom Mayor, Councillors preliminary election results revealed 13 October 2019 NPDC’s new governance team has been revealed, with the preliminary results of the 2019 election released, including four female councillors and about a 45% voter turnout.  The preliminary results were released today (October 13) by the Electoral Office, with the official declaration due in the next week. The Elected Members for the next three years are: Mayor:  Neil Holdom New Plymouth City Ward Councillors:  Stacey Hitchcock Gordon Brown Harry Duynhoven Murray Chong Sam Bennett Richard Handley Amanda Clinton-Gohdes Dinnie Moeahu Anneka Carlson Phil Quinney North Ward Councillors: Tony Bedford Colin Johnston South-West Ward Councillors: Marie Pearce Richard Jordan The result is a preliminary result with several hundred special votes yet to be counted, which could affect the final make-up of the new governance team. NPDC Chief Executive Craig Stevenson welcomed the new and returning councillors to the table and thanked the outgoing Elected Members for their hard work and commitment over the last three years. He also welcomed the increased diversity of the new governance team with four women elected to council. Mayor Neil Holdom and Councillors will make the strategic decisions for NPDC’s $3.3 billion worth of assets and decide what the long-term priorities are and how to keep rates affordable. The Waitara Community Board has also been elected, with Trevor Dodunski, Joe Rauner, Andrew Larson, and Jonathan Marshall, elected. The Kaitake Community Board members, elected unopposed, are: Graham Chard, Paul Coxhead, Doug Hislop and Paul Veric. By-elections will be held for the Inglewood and Clifton Community Boards. In Inglewood, Mel Cook and Graeme Sykes are elected unopposed, with two positions to fill. In Clifton, Ken Bedford and Warren Peterson are elected unopposed, with two positions to fill. This was the first time Single Transferrable Voting was used in the district with the final voter turnout in the New Plymouth District sitting at about 45%. Almost 1,000 votes were collected at the central city drive-through during a three hour window yesterday morning. View full preliminary results.
News Our Work Boy mid air on a skateboard in a skate bowl Annual Report confirms strong financial management 11 October 2019 Sound financial management has enabled NPDC to step up investment in core infrastructure, according to its independently audited Annual Report adopted by Elected Members. NPDC managed assets valued at $3.3 billion on an operating budget of $144 million in the 2018/19 financial year. Revenues were up on the budget forecast with rates accounting for just 55 per cent of NPDC’s funding, and the Perpetual Investment Fund finished the year up $7.8m to $295.4m after payment of releases of $8.6m, which help offset rates. An accounting deficit of $3.32 million for the 2018-2019 financial year was due to the one-off events of suspending the Central Landfill project and releasing reserves to kick-start the Waitara Lands Act, which came into effect in March. Last month, international credit rating agency Standard and Poor’s confirmed NPDC’s financial rating of AA/A-1+, the highest possible ranking for local government in New Zealand, said NPDC Chief Executive Craig Stevenson. “That credit rating shows confidence in NPDC’s overall financial health and its plans for the future,” said Mr Stevenson. “We’ve been listening to our community with initiatives such as Let’s Korero and they’ve told us they are happy with a step-change investment in core services and infrastructure,” he said. “We’re making significant investments to bring our infrastructure up to scratch as part of an extra $44 million allocation in the Three Waters network. We’re nearly a year into the major project to replace 7 kilometres of pipes in Inglewood and we’re making progress sorting out water supply issues in Ōākura and Ōkato. We’re preparing the groundwork to fix long-running stormwater issues in Waitara.” NPDC provides core services such as roads, water and waste, as well as dynamic arts, cultural and recreational opportunities for both locals and visitors. New Plymouth Airport, Brooklands Zoo, Venture Taranaki, commercial property and a crematorium are all part of the varied portfolio. Other highlights over the past year include: NPDC hosted the Just Transition Summit to a low-emissions economy and the announcement that the government will invest $27 million to create a National New Energy Development Centre in the region. Zero Waste investments, including new bins to improve our kerbside collection service, and the introduction of electric collection trucks. We trialled an innovative plastic roading material on part of Liardet Street. The New Plymouth District Council (Waitara Lands) Act was passed in December and took effect in March, paving the way to free up $90 million to invest in Waitara. The opening of the Mangapouri Cemetery. New skate parks and destination playgrounds in Inglewood and Ōākura. Another Green Flag award for our world-class Pukekura Park. A top Summer at the Bowl including a great crowd to see Toto and Jefferson Starship.
News Events and Exhibitions Six60 NZ's hottest band Six60 to play TSB Bowl of Brooklands 11 October 2019 New Zealand’s ultimate summer party starters Six60 will play at the TSB Bowl of Brooklands on Saturday 1 February, as part of a six-date nationwide tour.  The Kiwi legends are headed to the Bowl after their record-breaking show at Western Springs Stadium next February sold out, for the second year in a row, prompting the band to add an extra five dates around the country. It’s the third big name-act to be announced for the premier outdoor venue this summer, after American icons Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals were confirmed last month, and just earlier this week, A Summer’s Day Disco concert featuring disco legends KC and the Sunshine Band, Earth Wind and Fire Experience featuring Al McKay, Boney M and The Australian Bee Gees Show was announced. Six60 brings some of New Zealand’s hottest talent along for the ride, with support by Kiwi music royalty Dave Dobbyn, singer-songwriter Mitch James, and RnB-pop up and comer Paige. NPDC Recreation and Culture Manager Teresa Turner said Six60 were nothing short of Kiwi legends and the region’s music lovers were now spoiled for choice, with three top-class evenings of entertainment locked in. “Six60 is a perfect band for the Bowl, a unique Kiwi sound for a unique Kiwi venue,” Ms Turner said. “Having the country’s favourite band at one of the most iconic settings in New Zealand is going to be fantastic and it’s sure to be a great night.” Ms Turner paid tribute to NPDC’s Venues team for the work they’d done securing the summer line-up. “We’re always on the lookout for the next big act to bring to the TSB Bowl of Brooklands,” she said. “It can take months or years of working with promoters to secure acts, so when we manage to bring in three crackers in one year, that’s a real reason to celebrate.” Six60 hold records for the combined album sales of 15 x platinum and selling over 1 million singles in New Zealand alone. They’ve also won a total of five NZ Music Awards. ‘The Greatest’ (Gold) is up for the prestigious ‘Single Of The Year’ Tui at this year’s Music Awards, while sophomore album SIX60 (2) (5x Platinum) has spent an unbelievable 239 weeks in the NZ Top 40 Album Chart. Their latest single ‘Please Don’t Go’ is out today and is sure to dominate radio this summer. With a new album just around the corner, ticket holders can expect to see fresh tunes debuted alongside fan favourites.  With all 50,000 tickets to the Western Springs Stadium show being snapped up within just two months, fans are advised to get in quick.  Presented by Eccles Entertainment, tickets go on sale Friday 18 October at midday through ticketek.co.nz.  A limited number of presale tickets will be available online for 24 hours only from midday Thursday 17 October. These will be available for those signed up to receive New Plymouth Event Venues e-news updates before the presale start time. Anyone who hasn’t yet signed up can do so at npeventvenues.nz. 
Alcohol KDJ Catering Limited Renewal On Licence Application 10 October 2019 KDJ CATERING LIMITED of 6A Maratahu Street WESTOWN, 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 6A Maratahu Street WESTOWN, NEW PLYMOUTH 4310 known as YARROW 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 Sunday 8am to 12.30am 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 October 2019
Alcohol Ngamotu Cafe Renewal On Licence Application 09 October 2019 NGAMOTU CAFE LIMITED of 24 Golf Course Lane, BELL BLOCK 4312 has made an application to the New Plymouth District Licensing Committee for the grant of a Renewal On Licence for the premises situated at 24 Golf Course Lane BELL BLOCK, NEW PLYMOUTH 4312 known as NGAMOTU CAFE. The general nature of the business conducted (or to be conducted) under the licence is a Restaurant - Class 2 On Licence. Days and Hours: Sunday to Thursday 8am to 11pm Friday and Saturday 8am 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 October 2019
News Events and Exhibitions KC & the Sunshine Band A Summer's Day Disco comes to TSB Bowl of Brooklands 09 October 2019 NPDC is bringing the boogie to the TSB Bowl of Brooklands with A Summer’s Day Disco on Saturday 11 January.  The Summer at the Bowl concert features KC and the Sunshine Band, Earth Wind and Fire Experience featuring Al McKay, Boney M and The Australian Bee Gees Show. NPDC Recreation and Culture Manager Teresa Turner said the concert will have a party atmosphere as the Bowl becomes a Boogie Wonderland.  “Rumours about disco’s death have been greatly exaggerated and these iconic bands will get everyone up and dancing,” said Ms Turner. “There will be so many great songs for people to groove to from ‘Get Down Tonight’ to ‘Daddy Cool’ to ‘Staying Alive’ – it’s going to be an awesome night. “Our Venues team works hard to bring a wide range of acts to our district and it’s going to be another great Summer at the Bowl with A Summer’s Day Disco on 11 January and Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals on 21 February.” KC and the Sunshine Band chart-topping hits include ‘That’s The Way (I Like It)’, ‘(Shake Shake Shake) Shake Your Booty’ and ‘Get Down Tonight’ while the Earth Wind and Fire Experience featuring legendary guitarist Al McKay will perform hits including ‘Let’s Groove’, ‘September’, ‘Shining Star’ and ‘Boogie Wonderland’.  With original member, the legendary Maizie Williams, Boney M have sold more than 100 million records worldwide and topped the charts with ‘Daddy Cool’, ‘Ma Baker’, ‘Sunny’, ‘Rasputin’ and ‘Rivers of Babylon'. With more than 20 years performing 6,000 shows in 50 countries around the world, The Australian Bee Gees Show has performed to more than one million fans. They will be performing the Bee Gees’ biggest hits including ‘Staying Alive’, ‘You Should be Dancing’ and ‘Jive Talkin’’. A Summer’s Day Disco is presented by Neptune Entertainment and The Breeze. Tickets go on sale at 7.00pm Wednesday October 16 from www.neptuneentertainment.co.nz or from ticketek.co.nz.  A limited number of discounted early bird tickets will be available online only on Tuesday 15 October from 7pm for 24 hours only. These will be available for those signed up to receive New Plymouth Event Venues e-news updates by 7pm on Tuesday 15 October. Anyone who hasn’t yet signed up can do so at npeventvenues.nz.
News Have Your Say Civic Centre voting Snooze, you lose, so get out and vote today 08 October 2019 Time is running out for New Plymouth District residents to “Give A 💩 And Vote” and have their say about who sits around the next NPDC governance table.  With just four-and-a-half days left to vote and, as of Monday, 7 October, just over 17% of people in the district have returned their voting papers. This is about 5% down on 2016 when about 22% had voted by the same date. Nationwide, voter turnout is mixed with Wellington City Council on just 13.09% and Christchurch City Council on 19.8% while smaller councils are seeing better turnout with Timaru District Council on 36.66% and Waitomo District Council on 37.44% as of 7 October.  External Relations Manager Jacqueline Baker says: “Mayor, Councillors and Community Board members make the big strategic calls about our little piece of paradise, what the future priorities are and how we’re going to keep rates affordable. So make sure you have your say on who our elected leaders will be. Get those voting papers filled in today and pop down to any of our NPDC venues where we have ballot boxes.” Think a humming central city, roads, water, parks, buying tickets for Ben Harper or Zero Waste. It’s a long list as NPDC manages assets of about $3.3 billion and has an annual operating budget of about $155 million. Residents can drop their vote at the TSB Showplace, TSB Stadium, Ōākura Library, the Mobile Library, Todd Energy Aquatic Centre, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and Puke Ariki until noon this Friday, 11 October. Ballot boxes are also at the Civic Centre and the Bell Block, Waitara and Inglewood Library and Service Centres until noon on Saturday, 12 October. NPDC is holding another Drive-Thru voting booth on 12 October from 9am till noon where residents can stop and drop their votes on Liardet Street, outside the Civic Centre. We’re also bringing ballot boxes to the people with events at Ōākura Skate Park from 12-1.30pm on 9 October, Bell Block’s Hickford Park from 12-1.30pm on 10 October and at the Merrilands Domain from 12-12.45pm and Westown Saunders Park from 1-1.45pm on 11 October. There are also limited free ‘vote cones’ with the Tinkle Bell icecream truck. For more information about the elections, head to here
Alcohol Wai Iti Cafe Application 03 October 2019 WAI-ITI CAFE of 831 Pukearuhe Road, URENUI has made an application to the New Plymouth District Licensing Committee for the grant of a Renewal On Licence for the premises situated at 30 Beach Road WAIITI, URENUI 4377 known as WAI-ITI 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: Thursday 10am to 9.30pm Friday and Saturday 10am to 11pm Sunday 10am 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 October 2019
News Our Work Local Korena Birss and Morgan Harrison Casting your vote as easy as grabbing a burger on Vote Day 03 October 2019 Casting your vote’s about to get as easy as grabbing a burger, with a novel drive-thru voting booth set up by NPDC for Vote Day. Saturday, 5 October, is National Vote Day and we’re pulling out all the stops with 17 public spots for people to drop in their voting papers, between 9am – 3pm, including the district’s first ever drive-thru booth on Liardet Street. There will be ballot boxes at: Bell Block Warehouse, New World Merrilands, Countdown Spotswood, Pak n’ Save and the 4 Squares in Urenui, Okato and Ōākura for residents to drop in their vote as they shop.  For youth, there is a Vote Day Skate competition at East End skate park, from 1-5pm. We’ll also be at the city market at Huatoki Plaza where we’ll have a limited supply of “Vote Cones”, with the help of the Tinkle Bell Ice Cream Truck, for eager voters. “We’re taking the Ballot Box to the people and making it easy to drop in votes while people are out and about this Saturday. We know people have busy lives so there are ballot boxes in shops and supermarkets for you to drop off your voting papers as you do the weekly shop, while you’re returning a library book or buying tickets to a show. Or you could drop your vote into the district’s first ever drive-thru on Liardet street near the Civic Centre,” says NPDC External Relations Manager Jacqueline Baker. The Mayor and 14 Councillors make big decisions about our future which touch our everyday lives. Think a humming central city, roads, water, parks, buying tickets for Ben Harper or Zero Waste. It’s a long list as NPDC manages assets of about $3.3 billion and has an annual operating budget of about $155 million. As well as the Vote Day ballot box locations, residents can continue to drop their votes inside the Civic Centre for special votes, at the Bell Block, Inglewood and Waitara Library and Service Centres, Puke Ariki (Library and Museum), the Todd Energy Aquatic Centre, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, TSB Stadium and the TSB Showplace until 12 noon on the 11 October. The last chance to vote will be at the Civic Centre Liardet street, and the Bell Block, Inglewood and Waitara Library and Service Centres on the morning of the 12 October, from 9am- noon. For more information about the elections, head here