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Directors Named for PIF Guardians
29 September 2016
A broad range of financial expertise will feature on the new organisation that oversees the management of New Plymouth District’s Perpetual Investment Fund (PIF). On Tuesday (27 September) New Plymouth District Council confirmed the five Directors who will comprise New Plymouth PIF Guardians Ltd, which will begin operating in March next year. “We had a very high calibre of candidates – it wasn’t simple deciding on the five who have been selected,” says Chief Financial Officer Alan Bird. “We’re very fortunate to have people with significant national and international financial experience to guide our district’s ongoing investments, which will benefit residents for generations to come.” One PIF Guardians Director is current Taranaki Investment Management Ltd (TIML) Director Jamie Tuuta. Mr Bird says Mr Tuuta will provide valuable continuity between TIML and the new organisation. “We’re very pleased that Jamie has agreed to carry on with his role.” Between now and March the PIF Guardians members will write the Statement of Investment and Policy Objective for the fund, and select the outsourced agent for managing the PIF. The Directors of the PIF Guardians are: Mark Butcher (Chair) Mark is Chief Executive of the New Zealand Local Government Funding Agency, board member of Institute of Financial Professionals NZ (INFINZ) and director of Civic Assurance. His was previously Treasurer at Auckland Council, held senior trading and sales roles across derivative, interest rate and debt products at the National Bank of New Zealand and Westpac Institutional Bank, and also worked in the wealth management sector as Chief Investment Officer at Perpetual Capital Management and General Manager of Alliance Bernstein New Zealand. Kirsty Campbell Kirsty has broad experience in finance, regulation and law. She is currently a Non-executive Director of Simplicity NZ Limited (which launched the Simplicity Kiwisaver Scheme in August 2016) and Independent Chair of the Compliance Committee at Salt Funds Ltd. Her background includes leading or assisting on more than 20 initial public offerings on the AIM market while a corporate finance manager in London, and Head of Supervision on New Zealand’s Financial Market Authority. David Rae David is an experienced investor and director. Most recently he was Head of Investment Analysis for the New Zealand Superannuation Fund, the largest fund manager in New Zealand. He was responsible for assessing investment opportunities, economic analysis and employing responsible environmental, social and governance processes for investments. He has been a Director and observer on the Horizon Roads Group (which owns the Eastlink toll road in Melbourne); and has previously worked as an economist at the OECD, the National Bank of New Zealand and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. Tracey Jones Tracey was Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer for Tappenden Holdings Limited, being responsible for funds under management, property, finance and operations of one of New Zealand’s largest private investment portfolios. She is currently a family office consultant, Director of Tutanekai Investments Ltd, Non-executive Director and Audit Committee Chair of Harmoney Corp Ltd (NZ’s first licensed peer-to-peer platform) and a presenter for the Private Wealth Network. She is a Chartered Accountant, member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and a member of the Institute of Directors. Jamie Tuuta Jamie is a Director of TIML. His other current roles include being a Director of Taranaki Whanui Limited, Tamaki Makaurau Community Housing Limited, Wools of New Zealand, Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd, Te Ohu Kaimoana Trustee Ltd and Taranaki Iwi Claims Management Ltd. He is also the Chair of Te Ohu Kaimoana Portfolio Management Services Ltd, the Maori Trustee of Te Tumu Paeroa, a member of the Public Sector Advisory Board, a board member of Tourism New Zealand and a trustee of Venture Taranaki Trust.
Probable Old Wellsite Exposed in New Plymouth
28 September 2016
What is probably an historic wellsite in New Plymouth has been exposed by a digger. Taranaki Regional Council, New Plymouth District Council and other regulatory authorities are investigating. Initial assessment shows there are unlikely to be environmental issues with the site. Further investigation is under way. NPDC Customer and Regulatory Solutions Manager Katrina Brunton says it appears to be the Devon-1 well on Seaview Road that was drilled in 1942 and abandoned as dry in 1943. “The digger has exposed what looks like the old well’s cellar,” she says. “Initial investigations show some drilling mud in the concrete sump and no apparent gas leaks.” The site is being cleared for development and NPDC will advise the developer on the process of developing a site with an abandoned well-head.
Disruption to Traffic During the New Plymouth Half Marathon
27 September 2016
The New Plymouth Joggers and Walkers Club Half Marathon is taking place on Sunday 2 October. Details are as follows: Date and time: from 8am to noon on Sunday 2 October. Affected roads: Rogan, Gover, Fillis, Liardet, Leach, Vivian, Morley, Barrett, Tukapa, Carrington, Upjohn and Somerset streets; Cutfield, Frankley, Hurworth, Carrington and Brooklands roads; and Coronation Avenue. Affected intersections: Liardet and Leach streets. Brougham and Vivian streets. Dawson and Vivian streets. Brooklands Road and Carrington Street. Traffic controllers and marshals will be at all intersections and along the route. Please show patience and courtesy when travelling on the above roads during this event. Please direct all queries to Traffic Management Solutions, Greig Bosley 027 254 0912.
Submissions Called On Waitara Lands Bill
26 September 2016
Now is the time to send your comments to Parliament’s select committee on the New Plymouth District Council (Waitara Lands) Bill. The Maori Affairs Committee has called for submissions on the Bill, which aims to broaden the purposes for which the income from land leases and sales can be used and enable the freeholding of leasehold land. The Bill will also enable the transfer of the underlying titles of three Council reserves (totalling about 30ha) and the freehold titles to 13.2ha of residential land to Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa Trust, plus the first right of refusal on Ranfurly Park and the Waitara Golf Club (totalling about 33ha). Most of the land involved is on the Peka Peka Block. Mayor Andrew Judd urges hapu, iwi, leaseholders and the wider community to get involved in the select committee process. “This Bill is a chance for people to have their voices heard directly by Parliament,” says the Mayor. “Please make sure to participate by making a submission.” Submissions close on Monday 7 November. Information on how to make a submission are online at www.parliament.nz, or through the Maori Affairs Committee’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MaoriAffairs. Following the select committee are three more Parliamentary stages: the Bill’s second reading, the Committee of the Whole House, and the third reading of the Bill. These stages could take about two months.
Council to Consider New Airport Terminal Building
26 September 2016
A bold new plan to create a striking architectural statement for New Plymouth Airport’s new terminal building will be considered by the Council at its meeting tomorrow (TUESDAY). The report to the Council includes the original plan to revamp the existing building as well as the new proposal for an entirely new terminal. Manager New Plymouth Airport Wayne Wootton says a new build would be quicker than redeveloping and enlarging the existing building, and there would be less inconvenience for airport users during construction. “There are other benefits that are worth considering too,” he says. “We’d be able to establish an architecturally iconic design that integrates the local cultural narrative. “We also wouldn’t be constrained by the shape and size, or the earthquake performance, of the existing building and we’d be able to make the best use of the terminal’s space for commercial leases – which will benefit the airport’s income. “Overall, the potential of a new build makes it worth having a hard look at.” Regardless of whether the new airport terminal comes from redeveloping the current building or building a new one, the cost will be met by the airport’s revenue through landing charges, car park fees, retail leases and advertising. Construction of either the new or revamped building is likely to begin in mid-2017.
Eligible Voters Urged to Get Involved in Election
26 September 2016
A record low voter turnout is on the cards for the New Plymouth District Council elections unless the early trend changes significantly. The first five days since counting began on 19 September have resulted in just 6.69 per cent of voting papers being returned, about half the amount of votes at the same time of the 2013 election. "2013 had a low voter turnout - just 51.11 per cent of eligible voters overall - but this election is looking to set a new low unless people get their votes in," says Goup Manager Strategy Liam Hodgetts. "Where I worked previously in Australia, voting turnout for local Council elections was above 70 per cent. "Local government, way more than central government, plays such an important role in people's everyday lives, directly influencing the liveability and sustainable of communities, so it is surprising for me to see such poor turnout numbers in New Plymouth so far. "We've also got some vital work coming in the next three years, including the review of the District Plan and writing the 2018-2028 Long-Term Plan. Who do you want to represent you at the Council table and on community boards when the future of our district is being mapped out?" Mr Hodgetts reminds people that the voting papers come with a booklet of information on all the candidates. "Vote for your preferred representatives and send your voting papers in as soon as you can, to make sure you don't miss the voting deadline." Voting closes at noon on Saturday 8 October. If you are posting your votes in, have them in the mail by Tuesday 4 October to ensure they are received on time. Voting papers can also be dropped off at the Civic Centre on Liardet Street, New Plymouth and at the Waitara, Bell Block and Inglewood library and service centres. Previous elections: 2013 election: 12.63 per cent return after five days; 51.11 per cent total vote. 2010 election: 16.33 per cent; 57.70 per cent. 2007 election: 12.77 per cent; 50.85 per cent. 2004 election: 16.66 per cent; 55.13 per cent.
First Reading of Waitara Lands Bill in Parliament
22 September 2016
Mayor Andrew Judd has welcomed the first reading of the New Plymouth District Council (Waitara Lands) Bill in Parliament yesterday (Wednesday). The Bill has now been referred to the Māori Affairs Committee. “It was particularly pleasing to see the Members of Parliament make a strong call for people to make submissions to the select committee,” says the Mayor. “I encourage people to keep an eye out for when the select committee calls for submissions so they can be involved in this process.” Mayor Judd described the reading of the Bill as a watershed moment for Waitara and New Plymouth District. “This Bill will help bring together hapu, iwi and the wider Waitara community for the benefit of generations to come,” he says. Select committees generally have six months to consider Bills. Following the select committee are three more Parliamentary stages: the Bill’s second reading, the Committee of the Whole House, and the third reading of the Bill. These stages could take about two months. Key parts of the Bill include: Leaseholders will receive a right to purchase the freehold title to their property, for the unimproved land value and administrative costs, with no time limit imposed. The freeholding right will continue even if the lease is sold. Leaseholders who do not exercise this right will be able to continue to rent their land. The funds from the leasehold land – both rents and proceeds from sales – will be put back into the Waitara community. The money will be divided between New Plymouth District Council and Taranaki Regional Council, and both councils have committed to investing the money back into the Waitara community. Some land in Waitara will be transferred to Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa Trust, and the trust will have the right of first refusal on other blocks of Waitara land.
Proposed Donation Strategy for Len Lye Centre
21 September 2016
A proposal to increase revenue to the Len Lye Centre without affecting visitor numbers will be considered by the Council as its meeting next week (27 SEPTEMBER). A report to the meeting recommends the Council adopts a proactive fundraising strategy by encouraging visitors to the centre to make a donation via Paywave and eftpos. Manager Recreation and Culture Teresa Turner says an independent report on revenue generation by the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre found that cultural facilities in Australia and the UK had a substantial drop in the number of visitors once they brought in entrance fees. However, there was significant potential for the gallery to develop its revenue through donations. “The Len Lye Centre has proved to be a magnet for visitors in the 12 months since its opening – 57 per cent higher than predicted – which has knock-on benefits for the wider regional economy,” says Ms Turner. “Our goal is to increase the centre’s revenue while also maintaining and growing its visitor numbers.” The gallery’s donation box received about $11,000 from visitors through passive donations in the 12 months to the end of July. Ms Turner says by actively promoting donations through Paywave and eftpos, donations are expected to rise to up to $100,000 per year. “That figure is based on the experience of charities, who find that people are more generous when they donate via eftpos, as well as on the number of visitors through the centre and an average contribution of $2 per visitor,” she says. In the first 12 months since opening in 2015, the Len Lye Centre had 151,000 visitors. The majority of visitors were from outside Taranaki (53 per cent), with international visitors comprising 12 per cent of the total. King and Queen Hotel Suites General Manager Daniel Fleming says: “Weekend business has never been busier and we’re seeing a lot more people visiting New Plymouth as a result of the Len Lye Centre, many of whom wouldn’t have come otherwise. “It is a fantastic addition to the city.” Data from Statistics New Zealand show that for total accommodation guest nights: Nationally, guest nights grew 5.3 per cent in the year to June 2015, and 5.8 per cent in the year to June 2016. In Taranaki, guest nights shrank 3.5 per cent in the year to June 2015 (before the Len Lye Centre opened) and rose 8.5 per cent in the year to June 2016 (after the centre opened). In comparing July 2015 to July 2016 in Taranaki: Guest nights went up 17.7 per cent to 43,122. International nights were up 36.4 per cent. Domestic nights were up 15.6 per cent. Average length of stay rose to 2.08 nights. Also, the growth in visitor numbers in Taranaki (17.7 per cent) is above the national average (6.9 per cent). Note: Paywave allows people to make payments of up to $80 through contactless payments.
Request for a Temporary Road Closure Americarna Inglewood
20 September 2016
Inglewood First has applied for a temporary road closure to hold Americarna in Inglewood.
Dog and Horse Restrictions During Daylight Saving
20 September 2016
When Daylight Saving starts on Sunday (25 September), seasonal restrictions for dog and horse owners also come in. Horses may not be on Oakura, East End and Fitzroy beaches from 9am to 6pm during Daylight Saving, or on Ngamotu Beach at any time. Also, dogs are not allowed in the following beach areas from 9am to 6pm during the Daylight Saving period: Oakura Beach and foreshore area - the area directly in front of the surf club between the motor camp entrance and Wairau Road. Fitzroy and East End beaches - in the area between imaginary lines drawn directly to the sea from the western (city) end of the East End Surf Life Saving Club building and the eastern (Waiwhakaiho) end of the Fitzroy Surf Life Saving Club building. Oakura River/Corbett Park - Oakura River and bank including the grass area up to the main road bridge and down to the concrete amenities building. Onaero Domain and adjoining beach - All of Onaero domain (except the area occupied by the baches) including the campground on both sides of the Onaero river adjoining the beach and foreshore. “These areas are especially popular with people during Daylight Saving so we require dog owners to keep their pets away during the busiest times of the day,” says Customer and Regulatory Solutions Manager Katrina Brunton. “It’s about striking a balance for beach users during the busiest season. “Dogs are welcome there before 9am and after 6pm, and at many other places in the district, so we ask owners to respect these restrictions for the benefit of everyone.” In addition, dogs must be on a lead in the following areas until the end of April, when the bird breeding and nesting season is finished: Bell Block Beach – at the end of Mangati Road, between the toilet block and the beach access ramp. Wai-iti Beach between Beach Road and the start of the cliff face to the north-east. Tapuae Marine Reserve – between Tapuae and Herekawe streams. Parininihi Reserve – from Waipingau Stream to the Clifton Road boundary. The Council’s website has more information about where dogs can be walked in the district, the areas where dogs must be on a lead (such as the Coastal Walkway), and areas where dogs are banned year-round (such as children’s playgrounds and Ngamotu Beach). Just go to newplymouthnz.com and search for the Walking Your Dog webpage. “We also want to remind people that beaches aren’t a place to drive up and down in a vehicle,” says Mrs Brunton. The only exceptions are emergency and surf lifesaving vehicles, and when a vehicle is used to take a boat to or from the water (via the shortest distance to the sea).
Car Free Challenge Coming
16 September 2016
Have you wondered what it would be like to leave your car at home for the day? Next Thursday (22 September) is World Car-Free Day – with New Plymouth district and Taranaki regional councils joining cities around the world in encouraging residents to use alternative transport for one day. “The great thing about World Car-Free Day is that it encourages people to reconsider their travelling habits, and hopefully set up a new habit around more active travel as we head toward summer,” says NPDC Manager Transportation Carl Whittleston. “If you had to do without a car, how would you manage? Would the kids cycle or scooter to school? Would the adults walk or bus to work? “World Car-Free Day is a great opportunity for families to work out how they could use their car less often, and for us to see how our towns would look and feel if there were fewer cars on the road and more people walking, bussing or cycling.” To mark the day, Taranaki Regional Council will run its Taranaki Citylink and Connector bus services for free (except for school services). “Taranaki people are very car-dependent so maybe this one day they can think about trying the bus, walking or cycling,” says TRC Transport Services Manager Chris Clarke. The free bus promotion is being organised by TRC, which provides the New Plymouth Citylink and Hawera-New Plymouth Connector services through its contractors. Similar promotions have previously boosted bus patronage by more than 50 per cent. “It’s a reward to existing customers and hopefully it will encourage more people to try the buses,” says Mr Clarke. Bus timetables are available online at taranakibus.info, and as well as at the Civic Centre on Liardet Street, the Bus Centre on Ariki Street and at i-SITES. Many schools are encouraging their students to participate in World Car-Free Day, and their parents to check their children’s active-travel routes. Mr Whittleston says people who would find it impossible to go without a car for the entire day can still do their bit. “Try switching out at least one car ride by walking, bussing or cycling,” he says. “If you have to travel quite a distance or have very young children, consider parking further away from your venue and walking the last distance.”
Voting Papers Coming to Letterboxes from Tomorrow
15 September 2016
Keep an eye on your letterboxes: voting papers will be sent to everyone on the electoral roll between tomorrow (Friday) and Wednesday next week. Group Manager Strategy Liam Hodgetts says people have until midday on Saturday 8 October to get their votes to the Electoral Officer. “Don’t miss this opportunity to get involved in the local democratic process – local government plays an important role in our communities and elections give individuals the opportunity to help shape the place they live,” he says. “Anyone who is posting their voting papers back should get them in the mail by Tuesday 4 October to make sure they reach the Electoral Officer in Auckland on time. “Voting papers can also be hand-delivered to the Civic Centre on Liardet Street or a library and service centre in Waitara, Bell Block and Inglewood up to the midday deadline on 8 October.” Voting for New Plymouth District Mayor, Councillors of New Plymouth district and Taranaki regional councils and members of the Inglewood and Waitara community boards is by first-past-the-post (with preferred candidates being ticked). Voting for Taranaki District Health Board members is by single transferable vote (with candidates ranked in preference). Special votes are also available for people who: Are eligible to vote but their name does not appear on the electoral roll. Have their name on the unpublished roll. Did not receive their voting papers in the post. To arrange a special vote, please phone 0800 922 822. Note: there is no election for Kaitake Community Board as the number of candidates equalled the number of available seats. The two candidates for Clifton Community Board are automatically elected, and a by-election will be held to fill the two remaining seats.
Strong Financial Result for NPDC
13 September 2016
The Council has posted an end of financial year surplus of $18.3m, three times higher than budgeted. The two main drivers of this positive result are the strong performance of the Perpetual Investment Fund and higher operational revenue. Mayor Andrew Judd says the results cap off a great year for the organisation and a successful three years for the Council. “The organisation continues to perform efficiently with most customer satisfaction levels well above the national average,” he says. “The success of the sale of Tasman Farms has certainly helped our financial position, while our revenue from the regulatory services and our recycling centre is encouraging and above forecasts.” The surplus includes a general rates cash surplus of $2m dollars. The Council will consider how this will be used, with a recommendation to reduce borrowing by $1.8m and apply $200k towards Taranaki’s new economic development strategy. “It’s an impressive result and we’ve done it while being focused on the future and the assets that make us stand out,” says the Mayor. “Beginning work on the District Blueprint through the Shaping our City Action Plan, the opening the Len Lye Centre and accommodating Jet Star at New Plymouth Airport have all contributed to some strong growth in our tourism sector."
Waitara Lands Bill Soon in Parliament's Hands
12 September 2016
The New Plymouth District Council (Waitara Lands) Bill 2016 is likely to be introduced to Parliament this week. The Council has received confirmation from the Clerk of the House of Representatives that the way is clear for the next step to be taken. “We have completed the required notification under Parliament’s Standing Orders and now Jonathan Young, Member of Parliament for New Plymouth, can introduce the Waitara Lands Bill to Parliament,” says Chief Executive Barbara McKerrow. “Mr Young will have some processes to undertake, but we’re hopeful he can introduce the Waitara Lands Bill this week. “After the years of reports, public submissions and hearings that the Council has done, the process is now out of our hands. It’s up to Parliament now.” Says Mr Young: “The Waitara Lands Bill seeks to find a way forward for what has been one of the most vexatious issues in New Zealand’s history. It is very pleasing to see communities come together to progress this and I have confidence we will see strong support across Parliament for the Bill.” The first reading of the Bill is expected to occur shortly after the Bill is introduced, after which it will be referred to a select committee for public submissions. Select committees generally have six months to consider Bills. Following the select committee are three more Parliamentary stages: the Bill’s second reading, the Committee of the Whole House, and the third reading of the Bill. These stages could take about two months. Key parts of the Bill include: Leaseholders will receive a right to purchase the freehold title to their property, for the unimproved land value and administrative costs, with no time limit imposed. The freeholding right will continue even if the lease is sold. Leaseholders who do not exercise this right will be able to continue to rent their land. The funds from the leasehold land – both rents and proceeds from sales – will be put back into the Waitara community. The money will be divided between New Plymouth District Council and Taranaki Regional Council, and both councils have committed to investing the money back into the Waitara community. Some land in Waitara will be transferred to Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa Trust, and the trust will have the right of first refusal on other blocks of Waitara land.
Parks and Reserves No-Go for Vehicles
06 September 2016
Warmer temperatures and longer daylight hours are encouraging more people into public reserves and walkways – but they are asked to leave behind any vehicles. Complaints have been made to the Council in recent weeks about motorbikes as well as mini bikes and vehicles for children using and damaging walkways, parks, sportsgrounds, reserves and beaches. Manager Parks and Open Spaces Stuart Robertson says there are two big issues: the public safety of walkers and damage to turf and walking tracks. “It’s great that people want to get out and about with the warmer weather but the district’s parks and reserves are off-limits when it comes to vehicles,” he says. “No vehicles are allowed on parks, reserves, sportsgrounds and walkways unless they’ve been authorised by the Council – such as for contractors repairing damage caused by hooning. “As for beaches, vehicles may be on a beach only for launching or bringing in a boat, or if they’re an emergency vehicle. They aren’t a place for motorbikes.” Anyone who sees a vehicle operating illegally in a public space should contact New Plymouth Police and the Council with the vehicle’s description and registration number.
Community Funding Allocations Announced
02 September 2016
Community groups, buildings and projects throughout New Plymouth District have been allocated funding from NPDC’s Community Funding Investment Subcommittee. Among the groups to receive funding are TAFT for the Taranaki International Arts Festival and Powerco Garden Festival Spectacular, Taranaki Futures for helping people into vocations where there are skill and labour shortages, Volunteering New Plymouth Trust, and Te Upoko o Te Whenua Marae for a major development at the site. Says Mayor Andrew Judd: “As always, there was a greater demand on the fund than we have money available and it’s regrettable that we couldn’t give support to everyone who applied. “Overall, I think the Council has supported some excellent organisations who are doing valuable work in our community. These projects cover a wide variety of interests and also some significant issues in our district, such as employment and heritage conservation.” Among the decisions were $62,779 to protect and maintain 13 rural halls, and $75,000 to go towards earthquake-strengthening and painting New Plymouth’s Hookers Building on the corner of Devon and Egmont streets. Group Manager Strategy Liam Hodgetts says Councillors have asked officers to prepare a report on the effect of the reduced budget for community funding and that it be considered by the Council as part of next year’s Annual Plan preparations. The subcommittee’s allocations are: STRATEGIC COUNCIL COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS (MULTI-YEAR GRANTS) Taranaki Arts Festival Charitable Trust (TAFT): $95,000 per year for four years. Taranaki Young People’s Trust: $10,000 per year for three years. New Plymouth Community Patrol: $10,000 per year for three years. Taranaki Environmental Education Trust: $35,000 per year for three years. North Taranaki Neighbourhood Support: no funding. Sport Taranaki: $25,000 per year for five years. Volunteering New Plymouth Trust: $30,000 per year for five years. Taranaki Gardens Trust: $10,000 per year for two years. Taranaki Gardens Festival Trust (TAFT): $32,000 per year for five years. Life Education Trust: $30,000 per year for three years. SOCIAL ENTERPRISE SCHEMES (MULTI-YEAR GRANTS) Bishops Action Foundation: no funding. Waitara Initiatives Supporting Employment: $35,000 per year for three years. COMMUNITY SERVICES AND PROGRAMMES GRANTS (ANNUAL GRANTS) English Language Partners NZ: $2,000. Conductive Education Taranaki Trust: no funding. Taranaki Safe Families Trust: no funding. New Plymouth City Band: $5,000. Tasman Bowls and Social Club Incorporated: $5,000. Royal New Zealand Coastguard Boating Education Ltd: $3,000. Migrant Connections Taranaki Charitable Trust: $10,000. New Plymouth Indian Community: $2,500. Access Radio Taranaki Trust: no funding. Barnardos New Zealand: no funding. Chamber Music New Zealand: no funding. Blind Foundation: $3,000. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Taranaki: $3,679. Project Litefoot Trust: no funding. Arts Access Aotearoa: no funding. NZ Symphony Orchestra Foundation: no funding. Victim Support: $3,000. Alzheimers Taranaki Inc: no funding. The Parenting Place - Attitude Youth Division: no funding. West Baptist Community Trust: no funding. Taranaki Futures: $45,000.
Monday Start for Delivery of Rubbish Bags
01 September 2016
Delivery of the next year-lot of rubbish bags to residential properties will begin on Monday (5 September). Manager Water and Wastes Mark Hall says the bag delivery will begin in Urenui and take nearly three weeks to cover all the residential properties in the district that are charged for the kerbside rubbish service. “It will take time to deliver the tens of thousands of bags to each property so please be patient,” he says. “All of the bags will be delivered by 22 September.” Mr Hall says the first few thousand bags will still have the wrong Council phone number on them as these are what remain from last year’s order. “However we’ve triple-checked the printing of the new order of bags and they do have the correct contact number for the Council.” Rubbish bag delivery 2016 All residential properties that are charged for a kerbside rubbish service will receive their bags by Thursday 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 the next day to phone or email the Council – 06-759 6060, firstname.lastname@example.org – as your property’s delivery might be scheduled for later in the day. If you have not received your bags and you are not sure if your neighbours have, please wait until Monday 26 September before contacting the Council as your suburb might not have been delivered to yet. If you do not have a letterbox, please come into the Civic Centre or a library and service centre from Monday 26 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. Any stolen bags should also be reported to New Plymouth District Council by the end of November. Up to that date, the Council will replace the bags if you have proof of address.
Delayed Opening of Paritutu Rock's Track
31 August 2016
The closure of Paritutu Rock's track has been extended three days as the amount of rock that needs to be removed (for safety reasons) is more than anticipated. The new opening date is Tuesday 6 September. We apologise for any inconvenience. Please stay off this track until the barriers and warning signs have been removed.
Two-Month Amnesty for Late Dog Registrations
26 August 2016
A new push to encourage dog owners to register their pets has been launched by New Plymouth District Council. As part of the effort, the date for penalties for non-payment of the registration fee has been pushed back two months to the start of November. “We are really encouraging dog owners to be responsible about registering their pets, and part of that is a two-month amnesty to give people more time to pay the fee,” says Manager Customer and Regulatory Services Katrina Brunton. Currently there are about 11,580 dogs in the district, with about 9,660 of them registered. Owners are required by the Dog Control Act to register their dogs. The fee helps fund the Council’s animal control service which includes investigation of complaints, patrols of public places, operation of the dog pound and dog-safety education programmes to schools, community groups and service industries. The Council investigates at least 3,000 dog-related complaints each year. The owners of any dogs not registered from 1 November will receive a 50 per cent penalty. Additionally, the Council may charge a fine of $300 per dog and/or impound the dog. “We’d rather it didn’t get that far though, so please pay the fee either online at newplymouthnz.com or at the Civic Centre or one of our library and service centres,” says Ms Brunton.
Rahui in Place on New Plymouth's Coastline
26 August 2016
Due to the boating accident off Back Beach, a week-long rahui (ban) has been placed on the coastline between the Waiwhakaiho River and Herekawe Stream. The rahui prevents the gathering of kaimoana (shellfish and fish) and also swimming in the area. The restriction will expire on 1 September.
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