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Mayor of New Plymouth Condemns Murray Chong's Social Media Comments
14 February 2017
The Mayor of the New Plymouth District Neil Holdom has asked Councillor Murray Chong to apologise for comments made on social media about Maori language. “I am deeply disappointed by these comments which were made personally by Mr Chong and do not reflect the view of the New Plymouth District Council. I conducted an urgent meeting with Mr Chong today and told him his behaviour is unacceptable. I’m working with Mr Chong to ensure this does not happen again.” Mr Holdom said the New Plymouth District Council was committed to developing partnerships with Maori in the district and building a stronger, more united community over the coming years. Mr Chong will apologise and that will conclude the Council’s formal disciplinary process. Four formal complaints have been received.
Let's Go Get Breakfast
13 February 2017
Would you like a free breakfast with your morning ride into work? New Plymouth District Council is holding a Let’s Go Breakfast this Wednesday (15 February) outside Puke Ariki’s library wing for everyone who is taking active travel to work or school. “If you’re biking, walking, taking the bus, on a skateboard or scooter, or even carpooling, pop by for free hotcakes and maple syrup,” says NPDC Integrated Transport Officer Nathaniel Benefield. The Landing Café will be providing $1 regular coffees and hot chocolates for all active travellers attending the breakfast, and local band Sonic Delusion will be keeping the morning moving with live music. The breakfast will run from 7.30am to 9am, weather permitting – any cancellation will be posted on Let’s Go’s Facebook page. Let’s Go is an NPDC and NZTA funded programme to encourage more people into active and sustainable travel, to develop New Plymouth into a model walking and cycling community.
Go Retro with Bicycle Race
02 February 2017
Have you got your retro bikes ready? The Velo Deus 20 bike race is on tomorrow evening (FRIDAY) in New Plymouth, where teams of riders race on pre-1990s bicycles. Teams can bring their own bikes or borrow a Raleigh 20 bike from the event organisers (numbers are limited). “We held this event the first time last year and it was hugely popular, so we’re looking forward to seeing people get into the spirit of it tomorrow,” says NPDC Integrated Transportation Officer Nathaniel Benefield. “Entrants are encouraged to dress in clothing of the era of these bicycles, say from the late 1970s and 1980s.” Velo Deus 20 is part of Let’s Go’s Ride Summertime Rolls series of cycling events, and is organised jointly by NPDC and JetCharm Barbershop and Gentleman’s Quarters. Competitors race over a 20-lap circuit of Egmont and King streets. The trophy is being defended by last year’s winner, Venture Taranaki, and there are also spot prizes up for grabs. Entrants can register at JetCharm on Egmont Street. The event is weather dependent; any cancellation will be posted on NPDC’s Facebook page. Let’s Go is an NPDC and NZTA funded programme to encourage more people into active and sustainable travel, and developing New Plymouth into a model walking and cycling community. Ride Summertime Rolls is an opportunity for people of all ages to get onto a bike in the company of others and try out new biking facilities or relearn old cycling skills. Event details are in the TSB Bank Festival of Lights programme.
Public Warned About Ticket Resale Sites
01 February 2017
New Plymouth District Council (NPDC) is urging the Taranaki public to steer clear of ticket resale sites following a number of cases where individuals have purchased overpriced and invalid tickets. With a number of events coming up around the region, NPDC Venues and Events Manager, Ron Murray, says it is a good time to remind people that purchasing tickets from sites such as global ticket marketplace Viagogo may not be all it’s cracked up to be. “There have been a few cases in New Zealand recently where people have paid beyond top dollar for their chosen event, only to be turned away at the door for having invalid tickets. More often than not, the ticket holder doesn’t realise they have bought from an unofficial site.” The TSB Stadium, TSB Bowl of Brooklands, Yarrow Stadium and the TSB Showplace all fall under the New Plymouth District Council Event Venues umbrella and contract Ticketek to provide all ticketing services. There are currently tickets for Jimmy Barnes’ show at the TSB Showplace listed on Viagogo at inflated prices, stating there are only a few tickets left. This information is incorrect, says Mr Murray. “We encourage all those buying tickets to events at our venues to purchase from either the TSB Showplace Box Office, Stratford i-SITE, South Taranaki i-SITE, or online through Ticketek. That way, they will avoid any risk of running into trouble at the event. “Often the venue and show promotor are not obliged to honour tickets that aren’t valid, nor are they in a position to assist with refunds or providing alternative options, particularly if the event is sold out. We want to try and eliminate any of our community members having to deal with that sort of unpleasant experience,” says Mr Murray.
Pedestrian Railway Crossing Closed in New Plymouths CBD
30 January 2017
A central-city pedestrian crossing over the railway line has been closed to improve public safety. From this afternoon (MONDAY) the crossing at Molesworth Street, next to the Len Lye Wind Wand, has been closed permanently. Two other safe crossings are available close by: the pedestrian underpass at Puke Ariki Landing and at the Egmont/Molesworth streets’ traffic lights. “The railway crossing at this site made sense when there was a controlled pedestrian crossing across Molesworth Street directly opposite, which stopped traffic to let people cross safely, but those lights were removed several years ago,” says New Plymouth District Council Infrastructure Manager David Langford. “Since then people have been faced with four lanes of busy State Highway whenever they use this railway crossing, which just isn’t safe – especially when there are two safe alternative crossings so close by.” This closed-off crossing point will eventually be beautified with landscaping.
Shingle Replacement Roof for The Gables
30 January 2017
The replacement roof for the historic Gables building in Brooklands Park will be made of shingles. New Plymouth District Council Infrastructure Manager David Langford says the decision to replace like-for-like came after investigating various possible materials. “We assessed various criteria and decided that shingles are the most suitable roofing material overall, and best preserve the heritage value of the building,” he says. “Our intention from the beginning has been to use the best roofing material to stop the leaking problems at The Gables without greatly changing its character.” Mr Langford says the leaks will continue to be managed until the new roof is in place, the timeframe for which will be established in the coming weeks. “There are only a certain number of specialist contractors who can do this work and the timing of the project will depend in large part on their availability,” he says. The roof is estimated to cost about $150,000 but the final price will not be known until after the tender process. The funds will come from existing budgets. Under NPDC’s Heritage Strategy, the Council plays a key role in developing a district that values, recognises and cares for its heritage resources.
Love to Ride in New Plymouth
29 January 2017
Jump on a bike this February and show how much you Love to Ride! This nationwide event is for workplaces to sign up and encourage their staff to cycle to and from work, and see for themselves how easy and enjoyable cycling is. New Plymouth District Mayor Neil Holdom says New Plymouth is a great destination for riding. “We have fantastic on-road and off-road cycling routes throughout the city so it’s easy to get on a bike before and after work,” he says. “We’ve been really impressed with the number of proactive Taranaki businesses who have already signed up. We encourage everyone to give cycling a crack in February and see for themselves how easy it is to incorporate cycling into their daily routines.” In addition, the Mayor will be hosting leisurely rides at lunchtime on Thursday 2, 6 and 23 February to encourage inner-city workers to get on their bikes. The first ride will leave from the Civic Centre, Liardet Street at 12.10pm for a trip to the Coastal Walkway, up Te Henui Walkway and back along Lemon Street. New Plymouth District Council Manager Transportation Carl Whittleston says Love to Ride is not about how many kilometres each business can tally up over the month. “It’s purely motivation to get more people onto bikes with a smile on their face,” he says. “We’ve had years of investment into cycling infrastructure from the Council and the NZ Transport Agency which makes New Plymouth very cycle-friendly.” The nationwide event is offering up prizes, including trips to Croatia and Vancouver as well as smaller giveaways. To register, go to lovetoride.net/np.
Ultra-Fast Broadband Coming to Local Towns
26 January 2017
Some of the fastest internet speeds in New Zealand will be coming to towns in New Plymouth District! A funding application by New Plymouth District Council has resulted in the Government including Waitara, Inglewood, Urenui and Okato in the next nationwide roll-out of ultra-fast broadband. NPDC Group Manager Strategy Liam Hodgetts welcomes the Government’s investment in the district. He says the Council worked with each community to draft up the bid to the Government, competing against other small towns across the nation. “We’re delighted these towns will receive funding to give them access to this cutting-edge technology and connect them more reliably to the world,” says Mr Hodgetts. “It will enhance business opportunities, provide more reliable internet access for education and encourage innovation.” This initiative is part of the Council’s long-term economic and digital strategy. The Government says this second phase of UFB installations throughout the country will start in 2017 and be completed between 2018 and 2024.
Record Number of Passengers at New Plymouth Airport
20 January 2017
New Plymouth Airport has hit a new high for passenger numbers in a calendar year. 2016 saw a 20.3 per cent increase on 2015’s numbers, rising from 342,185 passengers to 411,661. “During the last 10 years we’ve had an annual average increase in passenger numbers of 4.8 per cent,” says Manager New Plymouth Airport Wayne Wootton. “This latest jump is due in large part to Jetstar starting services from New Plymouth Airport in February last year. “On top of that, Air New Zealand has had a 4.4 per cent increase in passenger numbers through our airport last year.” New Plymouth Airport is the fourth-busiest regional airport in New Zealand, and the ninth busiest overall (including international airports). Plans are well advanced on the development of a new passenger terminal at the airport. Construction is expected to begin by the end of this year and completed towards the end of 2018. The five busiest regional airports are, in order: Nelson, Napier, Palmerston North, New Plymouth and Tauranga.
Proposed Easter Sunday Trading Shop Policy
17 January 2017
The Shop Trading Hours Act 1990 was recently amended to enable territorial authorities to decide whether to allow shops to trade on Easter Sundays. We are seeking your submission on a proposal to enable shops to open on Easter Sundays throughout New Plymouth District. If agreed, shops will be able to determine whether or not to open on Easter Sundays. There will be no compulsion for them to do so. Consultation opens on 18 January and runs until 20 February 2017. Late submissions will not be accepted. Submission forms and copies of the statement of proposal are available from the Civic Centre or service centres in Bell Block, Inglewood and Waitara and online at www.newplymouthnz.com/EasterTrading.
Adoption of Local Alcohol Policy
14 January 2017
New Plymouth District Council and Stratford District Council have developed a joint Local Alcohol Policy. On 2 November 2016 the Local Alcohol Policy was adopted by the Alcohol Regulatory and Licencing Authority. This policy will come into effect for all off-licence and on-licence holders on Tuesday 28 February 2017, with the exception of clause 6.7 – Maximum Trading Hours, which will come into effect on Monday 1 May 2017. Read the Local Alcohol Policy online or pick up a hard copy from: Civic Centre, Liardet Street, New Plymouth. Puke Ariki and district libraries. Library and service centres in Bell Block, Inglewood and Waitara. Service Centre, 61-63 Miranda Street, Stratford Stratford Library, Prospero Place, Stratford
Dangerous Building Notice Issued In Central City and Building Vacated
12 January 2017
New Plymouth District Council has made a decision under the Building Act 2004, to issue a Dangerous Building notice to 47 Currie Street in central New Plymouth. The Council has received advice the south wall of this building is structurally unsound and the building has been vacated. Safety is the Council's top priority. "Engineers have inspected the building over the last couple of days and say three of the columns which support the south wall of the building, are not structurally sound. As the regulator, public safety is our top priority, the building has been vacated and neighbouring businesses have been advised to take precautions," says Katrina Brunton, NPDC Customer and Regulatory Services Manager. The owner of 47 Currie Street has been given 20 working days to provide a plan for remediation to the Council and is installing hoardings over the windows as a precautionary measure. The laneway between this building and the neighbouring Taranaki Newspapers Limited (TNL) building has been cordoned off to the public. The damage to the building's columns were identified during renovations and may have been impacted during the Kaikoura earthquake.
Maintenance Work for Coronation Avenue, SH3
11 January 2017
The NZ Transport Agency and the New Plymouth District Council are co-ordinating the replacement of a water main with road maintenance on Coronation Avenue State Highway 3, New Plymouth, to minimise overall disruption to road users, residents and businesses. The work, which started on Wednesday 11 January, will take place between Tokomaru and Cumberland roads, and include the area directly outside the Coronation Avenue shops. Crews will be on site from 7am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. The road maintenance work is expected to be complete by the end of January, with the water main replacement project finishing by the end of March. Both projects are dependent on fine weather. “Coronation Avenue is a busy route into and out of New Plymouth, and work in this area may cause minor disruptions. We appreciate the patience of the people who live, work and travel through the area while we work with the New Plymouth District Council on these two important maintenance projects,” Ross I’Anson, Highway Manager, NZ Transport Agency says. “We will have traffic management in place to ensure that everyone, including pedestrians, can travel through the work site safely.” For more information about the water main replacement work, phone 06 755 2261. For more information about the road maintenance work phone 0800 4HIGHWAYS or visit www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/regions/7 www.facebook.com/nztacni twitter.com/NZTACNI
Proposed Parking Revisions
07 January 2017
After community feedback, the New Plymouth District Council proposes to make the following parking changes at its meeting on the 18 February 2017 as follows: New Plymouth Enhance the existing mobility spaces on the east side of Arawa Street, south of the Cumberland Street intersection. Create a P60 parking space on the west side of David Street, north of the Tukapa Street intersection. Exclude some parking on the east side of Arawa Street, south of the Cumberland Street intersection. Exclude some parking on the west side of David Street, mid-way between the Tukapa and Lorna Street intersections. Exclude some parking on Saunders Avenue and Webster Street around the corners of the Saunders/Webster intersection. Exclude some parking on the south side of St Aubyn Street, east of the Rainsford Street intersection. Exclude some parking on the east side of Dawson Street, north of the Bulteel Street Exclude some parking and create a P30 parking spaces on the north side of Bulteel Street, east of the Dawson Street intersection. Exclude some parking on both sides of Standish Street, south of the Bulteel Street intersection. Exclude some parking on the west side of Frankly Road, south of the Standish Street intersection. Waitara Change three P60’s to P120 parking spaces on the south side of McLean Street, east of the Browne Street intersection.
Proposed Revised Speed Limits for Public Safety
07 January 2017
In the interests of public safety and after community consultation, it is proposed that at an ordinary meeting of the New Plymouth District Council on 18 February 2017, the following revised speed limits will be adopted as follows: New Plymouth Create a 40km/h variable speed limit on Tukapa Street from No. 190 to No. 226 Tukapa Street. Create a 40km/h variable speed limit on Omata Road from No. 16 Omata Road to the Tukapa Street intersection. This 40km/hr variable speed limit will be in force on all school days: At the start for the day between 8.15am and 9.00am At the end of the day between 3.00pm and 3.30pm. At other times, not exceeding 10 minutes, when no less than 50 students need to cross the road.
Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and Len Lye Centre a Christmas Hit
30 December 2016
Lonely Planet, when naming Taranaki as the 2nd best region in the world to visit in 2017, said the Len Lye Centre was New Plymouth’s answer to the Guggenheim. And it seems holiday makers agree. Visitors from as far and wide as Frankfurt, Los Angeles, New York, and Zurich, have made the most of their Christmas visit to New Plymouth. More than 1,450 people visited yesterday (Thursday 29 December) and there was a queue of up to 50 people waiting for the doors to open. On Tuesday (27 December) more than 1,020 people enjoyed viewing the kinetic artwork. The Trilogy show is in hot demand and can be watched by 100 people at a time. Due to this interest and not wanting to turn people away, an extra daily show is being trialled. A New Plymouth District Council initiative, the Len Lye Centre is funded by both the Council and many community partners. For more information visit www.govettbrewster.com/len-lye/
Temporary changes for road users on Egmont Street New Plymouth
30 December 2016
The following areas will be subject to temporary traffic management to allow private works at 19 Egmont Street to safely take place: Affected areas: Egmont Street Car Park. Puke Ariki Car Park, sites at the rear of 19 Egmont Street. Egmont Street from the intersection with Molesworth and St Aubyn streets (SH 44) to Ariki Street. Ariki Street between Brougham and Egmont streets. Date and period: from 4 January 2017 to approximately 30 January 2017. For safety reasons, all or part of the Egmont Street Car Park will be closed to the public at times during the date and period outlined above. A temporary mobility car park will be available to all mobility card holders in site 8602 of the Ariki Street Bus Depot Car Park during times the Egmont Street Car Park is closed. All enquiries shall be directed to The Manager, Total Services 1998 Limited on 06- 758 8398.
Mercer appointed to manage New Plymouth District Council Perpetual Investment Fund
23 December 2016
The Guardians of the New Plymouth District Council Perpetual Investment Fund (PIF) are pleased to announce the appointment of Mercer (NZ) Limited (“Mercer”) as the Full Outsource Agent for the New Plymouth District Council’s (“NPDC”) Perpetual Investment Fund (“PIF”). The appointment of Mercer followed a rigorous process over the past two months by the newly appointed Guardians who were assisted by consulting actuaries, Melville Jessup Weaver. The agreement with Mercer will begin on 1 March 2017. The PIF Guardians are chaired by Mark Butcher.
Clifton By-Election Result
22 December 2016
Pam Street and John McLean have been elected unopposed to the Clifton Community Board. Nominations closed at noon on Thursday 22 December for two vacant positions. They will join Chairman Ken Bedford and current Community Board member Warren Petersen. The next meeting of the Clifton Community Board is 2 February where they are expected to be sworn in.
Public Feedback Wanted on New Water Quality Sign
22 December 2016
A new, more informative recreational water quality sign is being trialled in Waitara’s Marine Park. The sign will replace various smaller signs so that the key information about water quality and any warnings against swimming or collecting shellfish are all in the one place. Three temporary signs with the same look are also being trialled during the summer. These will be located at popular bathing sites if a warning is required based on the TRC monitoring results. The District Councils use Taranaki Regional Council’s monitoring and national health guidelines to notify the public if the water quality of a site becomes unsuitable for swimming and other water-based recreational activities. “If this trial goes well, we’ll roll out these signs in other locations throughout the region,” says Infrastructure Manager David Langford. “We’d like to hear from the public about whether they think this new sign format meets their needs, and whether it’s informative and easy to understand.” The new sign has been developed through a collaboration involving hapu, the Taranaki District Health Board, Taranaki Regional Council and the three district councils in New Plymouth, Stratford and South Taranaki. It includes a new ‘traffic light’ system to mark any warnings: Green – no health warnings. Yellow – no swimming. Orange – no shellfish gathering. Red – no swimming or shellfish gathering. The latest information about water quality will also be on the district councils’ websites, including a map of the region that displays the information for each site where water quality is tested. People can send in their feedback on the sign to firstname.lastname@example.org, facebook.com/newplymouthdistrictcouncil, twitter.com/NPDCouncil or phone 06-759 6060.
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