Open space a milestone in Marfell Park’s makeover
27 October 2017
The opening of a new community-led open space on Friday 3 November is the first major milestone in the transformation and regeneration of Marfell Park in New Plymouth. Work undertaken by New Plymouth District Council means the space in Cook Street has colourful new play equipment, including a flying fox, as well as a half-size basketball court and a concrete platform that can serve as a stage for community events.
It will also include improvements to the track through the park between Marfell Community School and Cook Street to encourage walking and cycling.
The open space was created in consultation with community groups and Marfell residents, with locals getting to vote on their preference for the new play equipment.
It was created on the site of two former Housing New Zealand homes, including one damaged by fire, that were scheduled for removal or demolition.
NPDC bought the homes in 2016 to create a welcoming new entrance to Marfell Park.
The completion of the project in partnership with the TSB Community Trust is an important milestone in the regeneration of the park, said NPDC Group Manager Strategy Liam Hodgetts.
NPDC is also starting a discussion with the community on the future of the BMX track, which has been unused since 2016.
“We’re considering two options for the site. They are an asphalt pump track or clearing the BMX track and returning the site to grass,” said Mr Hodgetts.
“However, we want to hear what the community says before we go ahead.”
Community Constable Nelson Pulotu helped organise the community consultation over the basketball court and arrange funding from the youth programme charity the North Taranaki Blue Light Ventures Trust and the Marfell Community Trust for the basketball hoops.
“A lot of the dramas with Marfell youth have a lot to do with a lack of facilities, but now we have one of the best sets of outdoor hoops in the New Plymouth District,” says Constable Pulotu.
“It’s great that NPDC is doing something for the locals and we want to encourage positive use of this facility and the playground.”
Marfell Community School Principal Janet Wilson said the new open space would help build community spirit in the area.
“There are a few up-and-coming basketball players who need the space and it’s a great playground for the kids who will be visible to their whanau,” says Mrs Wilson.
The project also includes a new home for Rangimarie Maori Arts and Crafts Society after NPDC approved a concessional land lease for a site just below the BMX track.
Inglewood's Water Pipes to Get a Scrubbing
19 October 2017
Phase one of resolving Inglewood’s occasional discoloured water is about to begin with the help of a specialised truck.
New Plymouth District Council will use the truck to flush out nearly all of the town’s water pipes, including the two trunk mains, to remove as much of a build-up of naturally occurring minerals (such as aluminium, manganese and iron) as possible.
Inglewood’s water consistently complies with the drinking water standards and is safe to drink.
The project will start on Tuesday next week (24 October) with preparatory work on the trunk mains. The flushing will run for about eight days between 8am and 6pm from Monday 6 November (excluding Sunday).
“It’s unlikely that the work will result in discoloured water coming out of taps but just in case, we encourage residents to store tap water before the work begins,” says Infrastructure Manager David Langford.
Phase two will involve replacing about 6.8km of old water pipes in the town, including the trunk mains. NPDC has put $2.1m in funding in the draft Long-Term Plan 2018-2028 for this work.
An independent report found that the intermittent discolouration of the town’s water is the result of a build-up of natural minerals in the water supply pipes. These deposits are stirred up during a large draw-down of water.
Show Your Backyard Some Love
17 October 2017
New Plymouth District Council’s (NPDC) Puke Ariki is bringing experts and locals together on Saturday 21 October to talk conservation with the focus on how looking after the environment can start in your own backyard.
Local and national conservation groups, along with NPDC experts, will be on hand during the Market Day Exchange in the museum’s foyer from 10am to 2pm to talk about recycling, pest control, how to live with a lower environmental impact and Zero Waste. The event, running as part of this year’s Conservation Week, offers visitors the chance to share and exchange ideas and pick up top tips for smaller living to boost conservation efforts.
NPDC’s Puke Ariki Manager Kelvin Day said: “It’s a great opportunity for everyone to share what projects/ideas they are currently working on and engage with the wider community.”
Wild for Taranaki, Purangi Kiwi Project, Let’s Go, the Department of Conservation (DOC), the NPDC Parks and Waste Management teams, Taranaki Mounga, Rotokare Scenic Reserve, Forest and Bird, Tiaki Te Mauri O Parininihi Trust, Brooklands Zoo, Taranaki Environmental Education Trust and Taranaki Regional Council will all have stalls.
The theme of this year’s Conservation Week is “show your backyards some love”. The DOC initiative wants Kiwis to get involved by protecting, growing, nurturing and caring for our nature. Meanwhile, NPDC is looking at becoming a Zero Waste district by 2040 and this idea was the most popular with locals in its recent proposed 10 Focus Area public conversation campaign.
Public Feedback Wanted on Jubilee Park Playground Options
03 October 2017
Plans to transform Inglewood’s Jubilee Park are taking a major step forward – and the community is leading the way.
From next week residents will have the chance to vote on a unique new playground design for the park, which were developed after input from Inglewood residents.
New Plymouth District Council has received seven designs from four companies for a new children’s playground, which were developed after input from Inglewood residents.
The designs will be on display in the Inglewood Library and Service Centre and posted to NPDC’s Jubilee Park–Inglewood Community Project Facebook page where people will be able to comment on the designs and vote on their favourite in a survey, says NPDC Group Manager Strategy Liam Hodgetts.
Feedback can also be given through newplymouthnz.com/HaveYourSay.
The designs will be open to discussion and voting until 19 October when a winner is expected to be chosen.
The plans were required to be suitable for kids aged three to 15.
A community consultation resulted in designers also being asked to consider a flying fox and a rope climbing tower.
The unique playground will be part of a project to make Jubilee Park a ‘destination’ park that will attract visitors from outside Inglewood as well.
This also includes proposals for a new skatepark, which is scheduled to be completed next year, and a public toilet near the play area by the end of this year.
The Inglewood Lions Club’s plans for an 18-hole mini-putt course are also a step closer with the Council drawing up a concessional ground lease for a site next to the play area.
The Lions will pay $1 a year for the lease and channel proceeds from the course back into community organisations.
“The aim is to provide a district-wide attraction for residents and visitors,” says Mr Hodgetts.
“We’re working with the Inglewood Community Board and local people to get the whole community participating and to raise a sense of stewardship for the project.”
NPDC is helping the Inglewood community in fundraising efforts for further improvements to Jubilee Park.
NPDC Surplus the Result of Sound Financial Management
25 September 2017
Sound financial management has given New Plymouth District Council (NPDC) a $13.6 million surplus for the 2016/17 financial year, according to its draft Annual Report which was independently audited by Audit New Zealand.
Revenues were up on the budget forecast and spending was on target at $130m.
NPDC managed assets valued at $2.5 billion, resulting in international credit agency Standard and Poor’s confirming NPDC’s financial rating as AA/A1 in October 2016, the highest possible ranking for local government in New Zealand.
Acting Chief Executive Alan Bird said the credit rating was one of three main highlights of the 2016/17 financial year.
“The award from travel publisher Lonely Planet announcing Taranaki as one of the top two regions in the world to visit was another, thanks to decades of sustained investments from councils,” says Mr Bird.
“And many hours of listening and conversation have resulted in the creation of Te Huinga Taumatua, our new iwi-NPDC governance partnership committee.”
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 even a crematorium are part of the varied portfolio.
Other highlights over the past year were: A comprehensive community discussion on proposed focus areas begins, as a prelude to engagement on the 10-year work programme, called the Long-Term Plan. Zero Waste journey: the Council decides to develop a waste reduction and education facility on Colson Road to reduce the district’s waste volume. Treasure our Water: the Water Master Plan, to manage the district’s water supply with a focus on sustainability, is adopted. Modernising through technology: a new website as a platform for developing more digital-based Council services is launched. The Entertainment Venue Association of New Zealand Awards names Yarrow Stadium the Large Venue of the Year, beating Eden Park and Hagley Oval for the accolade. The World Health Organisation reconfirms New Plymouth District as an International Safe Community, a title we have held since 2005. The government approves NPDC’s funding application for the next nationwide roll-out of ultra-fast broadband to include Waitara, Inglewood, Urenui and Okato. The Len Lye Centre wins the Best Creative Place Award from Local Government New Zealand. For all the details, read the draft Annual Report in the Audit and Risk Committee agenda here: newplymouthnz.com/meetings.
Have Your Say on Suburban Business Centres
22 September 2017
Visitors and businesses at four of New Plymouth’s suburban centres will be asked for their feedback from Monday next week (25 September).
New Plymouth District Council wants to find out how the business centres of Westown, Moturoa, Fitzroy and Bell Block are used and what could be done to attract more people to them.
“The information we get from the public will guide the Mayor and Councillors when decisions are being made regarding the future of these suburban business centres,” says NPDC Group Manager Strategy Liam Hodgetts.
One suburban centre will be the focus each week. NPDC staff and Councillors will be on the ground asking visitors and business operators to fill in the survey on an iPad, and the survey will also be online at newplymouthnz.com/HaveYourSay.
Each Friday, staff and Councillors will be present at a local venue with the information that has been gathered and ask for the public’s comments.
Everyone who fills in the survey at each suburban centre will receive a coffee voucher, to be redeemed at the Feedback Friday event.
The schedule of surveys is: Westown – 25-29 September (Friday venue Little Fed). Moturoa – 2-6 October (Friday venue Moturoa Cafe). Fitzroy – 9-13 October (Friday venue Piccolo Morso). Bell Block – 16-20 October (Friday venue Pekaren).
CROWDED HOUSE BAR and CAFE 2007 LIMITED
14 September 2017
CROWDED HOUSE BAR & CAFE (2007) LIMITED of 93-99 Devon STreet East, NEW PLYMOUTH has made an application to the New Plymouth District Licensing Committee for the grant of a Special Licence for the premises situated at 93-99 Devon STreet East, NEW PLYMOUTH known as CROWDED HOUSE BAR & CAFE.
The general nature of the business conducted (or to be conducted) under the licence is:
Crowded House 20th Birthday Celebrations
Extension to the licensed area - Encroachment Footpath Area
Days and Hours:
Friday 3 November 2017 5pm to 1am the following day
Saturday 4 November 2017 10am 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 12 September 2017
Design of New Plymouth Airport's New Terminal is Fit for Purpose
01 September 2017
Plans for a new terminal at New Plymouth Airport have been given an independent seal of approval.
The new board of directors for the airport company, Papa Rererangi i Puketapu (PRIP), spent much of July and August reviewing the terminal design and business case.
The directors say in a report to the Council that they have agreed the proposed design, including the cultural narrative created in partnership with the Puketapu Hapu, is fit for purpose.
They cited an independent report by chartered surveyor and former Auckland International Airport executive Peter Alexander.
“It is my opinion that users of the building will find it a memorable and differentiated experience that will positively contribute to the region’s tourism proposition,” Mr Alexander said in his report.
The PRIP board report also has cost comparisons with other regional airport terminal redevelopments.
It noted that the New Plymouth Airport project cost of $6,100 per square metre compared favourably with other recent or proposed regional airport terminal works.
“While the directors were specifically asked to maintain the cultural narrative, we did review it and we noted that it had no overall impact on the footprint of the terminal and that the approximate cost of the narrative was in the order of $1 million,” says board Chair Philip Cory-Wright.
The Council will consider the board’s report at its meeting on 5 September.
The proposed terminal cost is estimated at between $21.7 million and $28.7 million.
The new board will be responsible for ensuring it is completed on time and within budget.
The airport is moving from direct Council control to becoming a Council-controlled trading organisation, a commercial company owned by NPDC.
The company operates as Papa Rererangi i Puketapu (‘the airport at Puketapu’), but the name of New Plymouth Airport will remain.
The PRIP board is: Chair Philip Cory-Wright, who has worked in law and corporate finance for 30 years, advising companies including Air New Zealand, Auckland International Airport and Powerco. He is a Chartered Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and his specialties include infrastructure, airports and project management. Leading Maori lawyer Shelley Kopu, who is a trustee of the Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa Trust. Ms Kopu is a member of the Institute of Directors and has held senior management positions in large companies, law and accountancy over her 20-year career. Her father is Te Atiawa and from Waitara, and her mother, who is Pakeha, is from Hawera. Former Air New Zealand senior executive Chris Myers, who returned to New Zealand in 2016 after 10 years abroad in airline executive roles, including offshore governance experience. Business adviser and professional director Rachel Farrant, who has more than 20 years’ experience in chartered accountancy and as a business adviser. More than 420,000 passengers and about 150,000 ‘meeters and greeters’ a year currently use the airport terminal, which was originally designed for 50,000 passengers in the 1960s.
Tourism, Food and Energy Key Pillars of the Bold Tapuae Roa: Make Way for Taranaki Strategy
31 August 2017
The first step in furthering economic growth in Taranaki is here, with the launch of the Tapuae Roa: Make Way for Taranaki Strategy.
The vision of Tapuae Roa comprises three key things: attractive lifestyle, talented people and a modern high-value economy.
“To have any one of these on a sustained basis, you have to have all three. To have a great lifestyle, you have to have a modern high-value economy. To have a modern high-value economy you have to have talented people. Part of the attraction for talented people is the lifestyle,” says Lead Team Chair Peter Tennent.
“The strategy is a bold and Team Taranaki approach. This vision is our compass, the power of us all working together will mean we are unstoppable, so watch out New Zealand!” says Team Lead Chair Peter Tennent.
Tapuae Roa has two parts. Firstly, ‘showing the way’ by investigating how to develop the tourism sector further, how to build on the existing food products and processes, and how to build on the knowledge and expertise of the existing energy industry.
Secondly, ‘making way’ by progressing six areas that will enable the economy to move more efficiently: transport access; science, research and technology; talent and training; Maori; innovation; and investment.
“We are sitting on some real opportunities but we are also staring at some real threats. We have to make the most of the wealth above our feet – our people – as well as that beneath our feet. We can’t rely on energy and dairy to carry us through. They are both facing their own challenges. If we can’t provide jobs and especially good jobs, the quality of our community life will suffer,” says Peter Tennent.
The Lead Team is: Peter Tennent (Chair), Wharehoka Wano (Deputy Chair), Neil Holdom, David MacLeod, Bronwyn Muir, Dan Radcliffe, Robin Brockie, Scott Walls, Kevin Murphy, Sophie Braggins, Andrew Clennett, , Te Pahunga (Marty) Davis, Liana Poutu, Al Morrison.
Having set the strategic direction, the next step is an Action Plan that all parties can invest in such as local and central government, business and community interests. It will be completed by the end of the year.
Check out our great video here.
Public Feedback Wanted on Proposed Road Safety Improvements
30 August 2017
Plans have been released for a road safety project along a key arterial route in New Plymouth.
The upgrades are designed to improve the safety of pedestrians, cyclists and drivers on Devon Street West between Belt Road and Belair Avenue, as part of NPDC’s Let’s Go programme with funding from the NZ Transport Agency.
“It’s a state highway with a high volume of traffic and pedestrians, and our goal is to make better use of the space to make it easier and safer for people using it,” says Infrastructure Manager David Langford.
“We have the plans online and we’ve delivered information to residents along this section of road because we want to get public feedback on the proposals.”
Devon Street West has some challenges as both the road and footpaths are narrow, says Mr Langford.
“The six schools that are on or near this length of road say that safety improvements would result in more students walking and cycling along it, whereas right now the road is seen as more of a barrier to safe active travel.”
The proposed plans would provide enough road width for continuous cycle lanes on both sides, bus bays and inset parking areas. Where possible, the footpaths would be widened.
There would also be a right-turning bay into Calvert Road, and the Belt Road pedestrian crossing would be moved further away from the intersection.
The two-stage project, which would be funded by NZTA, follows the successful upgrading of South Road in 2015 to increase users’ safety.
Please have your say by 5pm on Friday 15 September by going newplymouthnz.com/DevonSt.
Hand-Deliver Your Vote for North Ward By-election
29 August 2017
There is just one week left to have your voice heard in the North Ward by-election!
All votes must reach New Plymouth District Council by noon on Wednesday next week (6 September).
“Given how much time it can take for the papers to go through the post, we strongly recommend that people now hand-deliver their votes to either the Waitara Library and Service Centre or the Civic Centre or they risk not having their votes reach the Electoral Officer in Auckland before the deadline,” says NPDC Group Manager Strategy Liam Hodgetts.
“Any late votes can’t be counted.”
A progress result of the by-election will be released on the afternoon of 6 September, which will be updated the following day once special votes and those votes received on the last two voting days are counted. The result of the by-election will be confirmed on 9 September.
So far, 24 per cent of the possible votes have been returned. About 23 per cent of possible votes had been returned at the same point of last year’s local body election’s voting period, and 29 per cent in the 2013 local body election.
Flood Damage in Popular Parks and Walkways
29 August 2017
Floodwaters during yesterday’s (Monday) deluge have caused slips on New Plymouth’s two main riverside walkways and scoured out walking paths in parks and reserves.
The Huatoki Walkway has been closed by a large slip, with diversions in place on Glenpark Avenue and Frankley Road (at the Maratahu Street intersection).
Smaller slips on the Huatoki and Te Henui walkways are being cleared by hand but the Council will need a fine period to dry out the soil before machinery can be brought in to clear the large Huatoki Walkway slip.
“The soil is too unstable for us to get heavy gear onto the walkway so we’ll need some dry weather before we can remove the slip,” says NPDC Manager Parks and Open Spaces Stuart Robertson.
“We’ve also had the streams flood onto the tracks and scour out the surfaces. It’ll take some time to fix them so walkway users should take care as the paths are very rough.”
Pukekura Park had small slips on Brooklands Park Drive and on some walking tracks. While all tracks are open, the paths were scoured out and some barriers made unstable when the lakes flooded, and the public is asked to take care.
Mr Robertson says the staff and contractors are inspecting parks and reserves throughout the district and he expects more issues to be reported. “However it appears that the worst of the damage was in New Plymouth and part of Oakura,” he says.
Keep an Eye Out for Rubbish Bag Delivery
28 August 2017
The next year-lot of rubbish bags are about to be delivered to New Plymouth District residents who receive a kerbside rubbish and recycling collection service.
The packs of 52 red rubbish bags will be delivered to letterboxes between 4 and 22 September.
“The next 12-month period for the kerbside collection service starts at the beginning of October so these bags will arrive in time for everyone,” says Infrastructure Manager David Langford.
“It will take time to deliver the tens of thousands of bags to each property so please be patient.”
Rubbish bag delivery 2017 All residential properties that are charged for a kerbside rubbish service will receive their bags by Friday 22 September. There will be 52 bags delivered to each property – one for each week for the 12 months from the start of October. Delivery trucks will follow a route mapped to be the most efficient. On some streets, the truck might deliver to properties on one side but not deliver to the other side until later. If the rubbish bags will not fit into your letterbox and there is no safe place to leave them, a non-delivery card with a unique ID number will be left. Please bring this with you to the Civic Centre, or a library and service centre in Waitara, Inglewood or Bell Block, to receive your rubbish bags. If your neighbours have received their rubbish bags but you have not, please wait until Monday 25 September to phone or email the Council – 06-759 6060, firstname.lastname@example.org – as your property’s delivery might be scheduled for another day. If you do not have a letterbox, please come into the Civic Centre or a library and service centre from Monday 25 September with proof of address to collect your bags. Taking rubbish bags from another person’s letterbox is theft. Please report any incidents to the police where you have evidence (e.g. a car registration plate) that would enable the police to follow up. Any missing bags should also be reported to the Council by the end of November. Up to that date, the Council will replace the bags if you have proof of address.
Voting Packs for Inglewood Community Board By-election Arriving Next Week
25 August 2017
Voting packs for the Inglewood Community Board by-election will be delivered by post to electors next week (from Tuesday 29 August).
A by-election is being held as the result of an extraordinary vacancy, following the resignation of a board member.
Voting will close at noon on Wednesday 20 September.
Candidates standing in the by-election are: Mel Cook. Megan Hale (Independent) Michael Self. Any elector who believes they are eligible to vote but hasn’t received a voting document by Friday next week (1 September) is advised to contact the electoral office for a special vote – telephone 0800 922 822.
Voting documents can be returned by post or hand delivered to the New Plymouth District Council’s Civic Centre, 84 Liardet Street, New Plymouth between Tuesday 29 August and Tuesday 19 September during normal office hours, and on Wednesday 20 September until noon.
For more information please contact the Electoral Office, New Plymouth District Council; telephone 0800 922 822.