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News Our Work Events and Exhibitions Home Work at Puke Ariki Calling local artists: Puke Ariki needs you! 14 November 2019 Taranaki’s local artists will take centre stage in a major exhibition spotlighting the region’s vibrant arts scene and artists at NPDC’s Puke Ariki next year. A call has gone out for entries, for Home Work: Taranaki 2020, where budding and established artists get to showcase one artwork in the exhibition which runs from May until August. The theme for the exhibition, which last ran in 2017, will be Tuku Iho, raising awareness of traditions that are handed down through generations. Artworks can be in any media and renowned artists Ngāhina Hohaia and Reuben Paterson, alongside Puke Ariki’s Laura Campbell, form the selection panel to decide which pieces will form the show. Puke Ariki Museum Manager Colleen Mullin says the quality of the artwork submitted for Home Work is always outstanding and varied. “This is the third time we’ve staged Home Work and each time we’ve been hugely impressed by the sheer quality of work from artists around the Mounga,” says Ms Mullin. “We’re excited to see what entries we receive this time around. The creativity in Taranaki is as strong as ever and NPDC’s Puke Ariki remains committed to supporting local artists. “Our Temporary Exhibition Gallery, which is currently showing the very popular The Mechanical Circus, gets about 9,000 visitors every month so Home Work is a fantastic opportunity for all local artists, regardless of experience, to have their work on display.” Ms Mullin says the theme of Tuku Iho was looking to the region’s shared history and also how this era of artists will influence future generations.  Artworks must have been produced within the last 18 months and shouldn’t have been previously displayed in Taranaki. Submissions are to be made online by 3 February. For full details head to www.pukeariki.com or email homework@pukeariki.com
News Our Work New Plymouth Wastewater Treatment Plant Infrastructure investment a major contribution to Taranaki's economy, says Berl 12 November 2019 Infrastructure investment has been identified as a key economic driver in the region, with $1.65 spent in the Taranaki economy for every $1 invested by NPDC, a new report from Berl says. The independent analysis agency has looked at the economic value of NPDC’s infrastructure assets including its water service and recycling collection accommodating some 28,500 homes and the district’s 1,300 kilometres of roads.  It invests more than $76 million every year on infrastructure including $40.5m on the drinking, waste and storm water networks (called the Three Waters network), $25.7m on roads and $10.4m on rubbish and recycling. New Plymouth District Mayor Neil Holdom says NPDC was already spending an additional $44m over the next decade on the Three Waters network but the Berl analysis highlighted the need for continued investment in core infrastructure. “Berl’s report shows that we are on the right track putting the focus on improving our core infrastructure, investing in our roads, water, wastewater and stormwater networks to provide a strong platform for economic activity in the district. This is very much a long-term issue and we will continue to look at how we can continue to invest more while ensuring value for money for ratepayers. Each year NPDC invests about $390 for every property in the district on Three Waters network but it’s down compared to other similar sized councils around New Zealand who invest about $660.” The report also highlighted NPDC’s focus on going Zero Waste with efforts to cut down what is thrown away and boost recycling and reusing with the opening of The Junction facility and plans to help businesses with a new commercial waste facility. The Berl report by the numbers Berl found there was $126m spent in the region’s economy as a result of the NPDC investment each year. Berl estimated that NPDC’s investment on infrastructure directly employed 326 fulltime equivalent workers (FTEs) while the additional spending related to that investment led to 619 FTEs. It would cost an estimated $925m to replace the district’s Three Waters infrastructure and $470m to replace the roads. There are 1,600 kilometres of pipes and their average age is 38 years. This is six years older than the average for other councils. Berl said the primary sector, road freight and logistics and construction and engineering all relied on the district’s road network. These three sectors generate $2.6 billion a year in GDP - about 68% of the district’s total - and employ more than half of the district’s workers. Read the full Berl report
News Our Work man in hi-vis clothing working in a trench Inglewood water project update 07 November 2019 As part of our $2.5m project to improve Inglewood’s water, there will be a water shutdown on Matai Street, between Rata and Brookes streets overnight tonight (around midnight) until approximately 5am tomorrow (8 November). We apologise for any inconvenience and our contractor taking steps to reduce the chance of discoloured water as a result of this work. However, if you do find discoloured water coming out of your taps on Friday morning, please contact NPDC (24 hours) on 06-759 6060.
News Our Work Lifestyle TSB Festival of Lights New Year celebrations at TSB Festival of Lights set to be bigger and better 07 November 2019 Four top live music acts will accompany a host of other entertainment options, to make NPDC’s Pukekura Park the perfect place to see in the New Year. The TSB Festival of Lights will play host to the Powerco Lights Up The Night event, an even bigger and better celebration than the year before, to mark New Year’s Eve in electrifying fashion. Last year the festival hosted its inaugural New Year’s Eve event after requests from the community for a fun, family-friendly option for celebrating the New Year.  NPDC Recreation and Culture Manager Teresa Turner says last year’s event was an overwhelming success and a great way for the community to see in the New Year and this year’s event promises to be amazing.  “Hundreds came out to last year’s New Year’s Eve event, so the NPDC team has taken on the challenge to up the ante and create an even better celebration this year, featuring national artists, crowd-favourite activities and events for children and adults,” says Ms Turner. “Presenting free events that excite and inspire the whole community is part of our aim to Build a Lifestyle Capital.”  Highlights for this year’s event include major headline act Racing. Formed from The Checks, this Auckland band is a two-time Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards winner for best rock album and are nominated for best rock artist in this year’s awards. They’ve shared the stage with Oasis, REM, The Hives, AC/DC, The Killers and Muse on different tours, and will be rocking in the New Year on the Hatchery Lawn from 10.45pm.  Other live music includes local artist Ny Oh, who played Glastonbury this year; local musicians Tobetones and the Breaks who play ‘70s and ‘80s soul with a live DJ; and Auckland’s Brendon Thomas and the Vibes who play classic rock. The ever-popular silent disco returns to the Fred Parker Lawn, with a timeslot for children at 7pm and for adults from 8.30pm. A kids’ countdown will take place at 8pm, and Light Bites food trucks will be running from 6.30pm ‘til late in the Festival Hub.  This year’s event is being sponsored by Powerco and CEO Nigel Barbour says it is exciting to be part of the event, as well as supporting the festival as a whole. “At Powerco, keeping the lights on and supporting our local communities is what we’re all about. We’re proud to be powering the event which offers Taranaki people and visitors the opportunity to experience electricity in interactive ways,” he says.
News Our Work Driver training scheme NPDC-funded scheme puts teens on the road to success 31 October 2019 More than 50 young people have their learner licence and are on the road to a career thanks to NPDC and Taranaki Futures. NPDC invested $50,000 in the programme which saw students from Inglewood High School, Waitara High School and Spotswood College get help with learning to drive through road code training and lessons from driver mentors.  The project, which is run by Taranaki Futures, aims to open up job opportunities and career paths for the teenagers by removing the barriers some students have to getting their restricted licence. New Plymouth District Mayor Neil Holdom said it was a ‘win-win’ for tradies, small businesses and teenagers looking for their first job. “This has been a project that’s been close to my heart so I’m absolutely thrilled to see 50 teenagers get their restricted driver licence. Not all kids get the help they need to learn to drive so this scheme is great for those who want their restricted driver licence as they leave school and head out into the workforce. I’d like to a say a big ‘thank you’ as well to the 12 mentors who stepped up to help the students,” says Mayor Holdom. Taranaki Futures General Manager Belinda Mooney says: “This programme is all about removing the barriers for students to obtain their restricted driver licence – it is an essential requirement for many employers today. Students have given up their holiday time and added to their study workload to be part of this programme – it is great to see their hard work translating to success.  “Supporting students to success on this programme has also been no small ask of the schools involved. Their dedication to their students is second to none, we are very lucky to have such fantastic school leadership teams in our schools.”  “It’s been a wonderful opportunity for students to participate in something which will gain them independence and help them significantly with their future career,” says Inglewood High School’s Pathways Advisor Diane Foreman. A call for mentors in July saw a great response with 12 volunteers – including a stunt-car driver! – putting their hands up to help the kids. All the students on the course had three AA driving lessons and 16 opted for further practical training with the mentors and a Taranaki Futures car. The pilot programme included a week-long intensive road code training, the learner licence test and learning to drive. Still to come in 2020 is a defensive driving course and then the restricted licence test.  Pictured are Taranaki Futures’ Belinda Mooney with Inglewood and Waitara high schools pupils, from left, Emerald Curtis, Jennifer Jacobsen, Channtae-Lee Lichtwark and Emily O'Carroll.
News Civic Centre Civic Centre work update 31 October 2019 The work on the Civic Centre will be completed in the next few months.  The project has included replacing the South Wing roof and the Atrium and Chamber roofs have been upgraded, in addition to a freshly painted building. The project initially covered repairs to the South Wing of the Civic Centre and was finished on schedule, in five months. As is common in the building industry, once the 25-year-old roof was inspected it was found to be in a poor state, there was a change of scope and the second project commenced taking advantage of scaffolding that was already installed, to offset costs. This work programme has been funded within the Civic Centre budget of $5.6 million in our 10-Year Plan and once work is completed, final project figures will be released. “We’d like to thank our staff, our tenants and the public, for their patience. The project scope changed, into a double project which has thrown up some challenges but we’re constantly looking at how we can do things better,” says NPDC Chief Financial Officer Joy Buckingham. 
Alcohol District Licensing Committee Shutdown Period over Christmas and New Year 30 October 2019 20th December 2019 – 15 January 2020
News Our Work Lifestyle The Mechanical Circus Carnival time at Puke Ariki with The Mechanical Circus 30 October 2019 Roll up, roll up! The Mechanical Circus is coming to NPDC’s Puke Ariki, and you have to see it to believe it! The carnival hits town on Saturday 2 November when the Temporary Exhibition Gallery is transformed into a circus complete with circus tents, tests of strength, automated and moving mechanisms and other tricks to bamboozle the mind. For ages five to 95 and everyone in between, Mechanical Circus features 20 interactive exhibits that put a modern twist on the golden days of fairgrounds and travelling circuses. Museum Manager Colleen Mullin said The Mechanical Circus was a wonderful mix of science and technology and will be one of the most hands-on exhibitions ever to be held at Puke Ariki. “Museums often have signs asking visitors not to touch the exhibitions but it’s the complete opposite with The Mechanical Circus,” says Ms Mullin. “We are actively encouraging people to get hands on, press the buttons and explore the weird optical illusions. “We’re looking forward to The Mechanical Circus bringing the carnival atmosphere of scientific wonder and amazement to NPDC’s Puke Ariki.” There will be a number of education programmes and events for the public to complement the exhibition which runs until 26 April 2020. Ms Mullin says they are expecting many repeat visits as people try to work out how the mechanical tricks work. The exhibition is a collaboration between Holland’s Museum Boerhaave and the Cabaret Mechanical Theatre and has toured Europe before coming to New Zealand. Puke Ariki Fast Facts: Puke Ariki first opened on 15 June 2003. The total number of visitors to Puke Ariki and district libraries in the 2017/18 year was 801,703. In that same period, Puke Ariki and community libraries issued 779,908 items. It is the world’s first purpose-built, fully integrated museum, library and visitor information centre. Puke Ariki has three long-term galleries (Te Takapou Whāriki, Taranaki Naturally and the Gallery of Taranaki Life) and components of these get changed out regularly. The temporary exhibition space shows touring exhibitions that are either curated in-house or brought in from other museums. Te Pua Wānanga O Taranaki/Taranaki Research Centre is also housed at the site.
Lifestyle News Our Work Vivo the squirrel monkey in the trees at Brooklands Zoo Monkey Business 29 October 2019 Two of Brooklands Zoo's Bolivian squirrel monkeys are off to do their bit for their species! Brooklands Zoo is part of an international breeding programme for Bolivian squirrel monkeys. We hold a bachelor group and make them available for breeding as required – and now, buddies Vampir and Vivo are heading to Wellington Zoo for quarantine before travelling to their new home in Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. Dante, Grover, Inti and Luz will remain at Brooklands Zoo. “It’s wonderful for Brooklands Zoo to have a role in keeping a species healthy by making sure there’s diverse genetics available for future breeding,” says Brooklands Zoo Lead Eve Cozzi. “The breeding programmes are run by the Zoo and Aquarium Association, and species coordinators keep close track of what animals are available in various countries. We have a close relationship with zoos throughout New Zealand and Australia, which ultimately is a huge benefit for the animals we take care of and for our visitors too.” Brooklands Zoo also breeds cotton-top tamarins and capuchin monkeys on-site, occasionally exchanging animals with other zoos. (The zoo is working on acquiring a breeding male cotton-top tamarin to join female Inca and her dad Lorenzo.) Bolivian squirrel monkeys are widespread in South America and listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as ‘least concern’, although their population is decreasing in the wild. Cotton-top tamarins are critically endangered in the wild, while the status of various types of capuchins ranges from least concern to critically endangered. Head keeper Louise seeing off Vivo and Vampir.
News Our Work Lifestyle wooden Waitara Boardwalk over the wetlands Super summer in great outdoors, thanks to the NPDC Parks team 24 October 2019 Make the most of the coast from Paritutu to Waitara this summer, after a winter’s worth of hard work by NPDC’s Parks team. The team has worked in all weathers to spruce up iconic Taranaki landmarks or open up access to the district’s beaches and rivers to help locals and visitors get out and about. The projects have included: $520,000 on the completion of the Waitara Boardwalk $124,000 for wooden steps to improve access to Fitzroy Beach $6,000 on planting to help prevent erosion on Paritutu and keep the track open. “The team has been hard at work making sure our district is set for a super summer at the sea, as well as keeping our major year-round draws, including our world-class Pukekura Park and the award-winning Coastal Walkway, in top notch condition” says NPDC Infrastructure Manager David Langford. “Our Parks team and our contractors have done an awesome job in Waitara in creating an asset for the whole community, whether they’re going fishing, cycling, walking or just enjoying the playgrounds with the kids. It’s also a great draw for visitors to the town. We’re also delighted with the project to make it easier for people to get access to Fitzroy Beach.” The new Waitara walkway has a native eel (tuna) theme and runs about 270 metres along the Waitara River, including a 2-metre-wide boardwalk running about 210 metres from Queen Street to Marine Park. The Fitzroy Beach steps, just above Fitzroy Beach Holiday Park, are made of durable timber to withstand the coastal environment and they replace the old steps, which had become run down and uneven. Meanwhile, Mr Langford said the project to build new steps at Back Beach is progressing and he hopes work will start soon.  “We know this is something our community feels strongly about so we’re working hard to get the steps built as soon as possible.” Other major projects in the pipeline to help open up our district to walkers and cyclists include the extension of the Coastal Walkway to Waitara and NPDC working with Taranaki Regional Council on Te Ara a Ruhihiwerapini trail between Ōākura and Pukeiti.
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.
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. 
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
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
News Our Work Oakura Ōākura water works in the pipeline  02 October 2019 Ōākura is the latest town set to benefit from NPDC’s $44m investment in water resilience. For the next few months, the $2 million investment at the top of Wairau Road will see another bore drilled down to the town’s underground water supply, followed by an upgrade to the treatment process at the Ōākura Water Treatment Plant. NPDC Infrastructure Manager David Langford said the two projects are part of the extra $44 million being invested to make the district’s water network more resilient.  “It’s exciting to see NPDC’s investments making a tangible difference to our communities. What we’re doing will help us keep the taps flowing in Ōākura for years to come, as well as ensuring our drinking water is always safe to drink,” Mr Langford said. As a result of water contamination in Havelock North in 2016, new Drinking Water Standards are on the horizon that will help prevent a similar incident occurring in New Zealand. The upgrade of Ōākura’s treatment plant to meet these new standards will see the installation of cartridge filters and UV disinfection.  “We already use chlorine and lime to treat Ōākura’s water but with the new cartridge filters and UV disinfection, the town will have the same treatment system as Okato does for their river-sourced supply,” says Mr Langford.  Once the new bore is up and running, NPDC will decommission one of the two existing bores as it is no longer operational.  NPDC is also investing about $4.5m to improve Inglewood’s water pipes network, with work on this project having started last year. What does a bore do? A bore is a hole that is drilled down through soil and rock to an underground water source (aquifer). A pump is placed down the bore to draw the water up to the treatment plant.
News Waitara NPDC fixes leak in Waitara 01 October 2019 Water has been restored to about 12 homes and businesses in Waitara after NPDC fixed a drinking water pipe leak. The water has been turned back on in Queen Street and NPDC apologises for the inconvenience to residents and businesses.