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News Our Work Laura George On predator patrol with NPDC 30 January 2020 Laura George is calling for people power to help NPDC eliminate predators and bring native birdsong back to the streets of New Plymouth. Our new Parks Volunteer Officer manages a network of about 1,300 traps in public parks and reserves from Bell Block to Paritutu with a growing team of volunteer helpers. She wants more people in the district to help protect native plants and animals by removing rats, possums and stoats, as part of the Towards Predator-Free Taranaki programme. Laura and her volunteers check and reset traps regularly, catching 319 rats and 105 mice and four stoats from October to December. “It’s great to be working with the community, caring for our environment. People are very keen to help protect our native plants and wildlife, especially areas near their own homes,” says Laura. “NPDC manages about 1,600 hectares of parks and reserves, so our volunteers are a massive help in setting and clearing our traps. The more volunteers we have, the faster we’ll see more native wildlife and healthier plants as we work Towards a Predator-Free Taranaki.” Laura, 24, studied art history and education at Victoria University and has wanted to work with kids – something her new job allows. “We’re getting a lot of interest from schools and scout and guide groups, as well as individuals – it’s a great way for all ages to give back to the community,” said Laura. If you’re interested in becoming a trapping volunteer, you can contact Laura on or phone 06-759 6060. Fast Facts: Towards Predator-Free Taranaki was launched in May 2018 with the aim of making Taranaki the first predator-free region in New Zealand. Removing rats is the focus in urban New Plymouth District, but possums, stoats and hedgehogs have also been caught by some trappers. The region-wide project is currently focused on New Plymouth district, but will soon expand to other North Taranaki urban and rural areas before heading south. Ōākura, Merrilands and Westown are New Plymouth’s top trapping communities, with the most predator catches recorded, in backyards. NPDC has 1,319 traps in public parks and reserves, with almost 1,700 rat catches recorded by the end of December.
News Our Work Lifestyle Charlie the cockatoo on a branch at Brooklands Zoo Charlie Cockatoo, born circa 1980, died January 2020 29 January 2020 It’s a tribute to Charlie that almost everyone remembered his name – despite the fact that he didn’t always start to chatter as he was expected to. From his perch in a corner of Brooklands Zoo, he would often look quizzically at visitors and silently decline offers of crackers. But he still projected personality. A major feature of a zoo cockatoo’s daily routine is the endless cajoling to just say a few words. Charlie’s response was usually a resolute gaze or a cock of the head. He was sometimes seen to give a squawk when a particularly persistent visitor had finally given up and turned their back. Charlie’s keepers knew his moods clearly, with cuddles when he was happy and chasing staff boots on an off day. Although ill health had forced him to retire away from public view in recent weeks, Charlie was one of the zoo’s most popular characters over almost two decades. Charlie was the grand old gentleman of the zoo. His exact age was unknown, but it was estimated at 38 to 40 years. Little is known of his early life. It is thought he was born a pet sometime around 1980 to 1983. He came into the public eye in 1983, when he took up residence as a pet at the Pukekura Park Tea House. He remained there by the main lake until he moved to Brooklands Zoo in April 2002. He was about 20 at the time. While it is well-known that cockatoos in captivity can live beyond 70, in the wild their lifespan ranges from 20 to 40 years. By that standard, he was middle-aged at the time. Charlie enjoyed his habitat, perching on his tree in the open. He had never learned to fly and his flight muscles had never developed to enable him to. He never gave the impression he was confined by that and he remained curious and hospitable to his many fans till the end.
Have Your Say News rooster's head Roosters out, good night's sleep in - NPDC bylaw proposal 28 January 2020 Roosters in urban areas of the New Plymouth District may have crowed their last crow. A proposed change to the NPDC bylaw on animals will mean the end of fowl play by raucous roosters, if adopted. The proposed new rules are going out for public feedback after being approved by the Strategy and Operations Committee today and could mean there will no longer be any honks or screams from belligerent birds with urban residents no longer allowed to keep ganders or peacocks. “Most councils in NZ have banned roosters from urban areas and we’ve had feedback from our residents that they don’t want roosters in urban areas,” says NPDC External Relations Manager Jacqueline Baker. “We’ve listened to this and proposed some changes to the bylaw. There’s a lot of stress linked to a loud, early-morning crow and we think this change will help many people to get a good night’s sleep.” The previous bylaw allowed roosters to be kept unless an animal control officer declared it a nuisance. Other proposed updates in the bylaw include a limit of three cats and kittens per household, down from five in the previous bylaw, and a change to the rules around keeping beehives, so that the number allowed on a property is proportionate to the property size. The bylaw will be available to read, and feedback on from 1 Feb. You will find it on our Have Your Say page.
Alcohol New World Inglewood Renewal Off Licence Application 26 January 2020 J ELMS (2018) LIMITED of 50 Matai Street INGLEWOOD, has made an application to the New Plymouth District Licensing Committee for the grant of a Renewal Off Licence for the premises situated at 50 Matai Street INGLEWOOD 4330 known as NEW WORLD INGLEWOOD. The general nature of the business conducted (or to be conducted) under the licence is a Supermarket - Off Licence. Days and Hours: Monday to Sunday 7am to 9.30pm You may also inspect the application at the New Plymouth District Council, Liardet Street, New Plymouth. If you would like to object to the application, in accordance with the Act, please write to us within 15 working days of this notice District Licensing Committee at Private Bag 2025, New Plymouth 4342. This publication was made on 27 January 2020
Public Notice Proposed Parking Revisions 13 January 2020 New Plymouth District Council proposes to make the following changes at an upcoming meeting. If you would like to provide feedback please do so by 3 February 2020. New Plymouth 1. Create a section of no-stopping on Brougham Street adjacent to No.89 Brougham Street, to allow for safer access to nearby properties. 2. Create a section of no-stopping on De Havilland Drive adjacent to No 9 De Havilland Drive, to allow for safer access to nearby properties. 3. Create a section of no-stopping on Devon Street East adjacent to No.374 Devon Street East, to allow for safer access to nearby properties. 4. Create two time restricted carparks (P15) on Fillis Street adjacent to No.38 Fillis Street, to allow for higher turnover parking.  5. Change the restriction of a bus stop on Govett Avenue adjacent to No. 72 Govett Avenue, to allow for private vehicles to park on weekdays and for it to remain a bus stop on Saturday only.  6. Create two sections of no-stopping on Hobson Street adjacent to No.50 Hobson Street and No.135 Lemon Street, to provide safer access for road users. 7. Create a section of no-stopping on Hori Street adjacent to No. 5 Hori Street to allow for safer access to a nearby property. 8. Remove two time restricted (P10) car parking spaces adjacent to the Bus Depot, to allow for the installation of a bike rack. 9. Create a section of no-stopping on Manadon Street adjacent to No. 21 Manadon Street, to allow for safer access to nearby properties. 10. Extend a section of no stopping on Record Street adjacent to No. 51, to provide safer access for road users. 11. Create a section of no-stopping on Ridge Lane adjacent to No.5 Ridge Lane to allow for safer access to a nearby property. 12. Relocate a time restricted (P120) parking space on Sackville Street adjacent to No.51 Sackville Street to allow for the construction of a new vehicle crossing. 13. Create a section of no-stopping and relocate the Bus Stop on St Aubyn Street, adjacent to the Southern Cross Hospital to allow for better access to the site and the Bus Stop. 14. Create a section of no-stopping on Smith Road adjacent to No.5 Smith Road to allow for safer access to a nearby property. Waitara 15. Create a section of no stopping on Stafford Street adjacent to ANZCO Foods Ltd to provide safer access for road users.
Road Closure Cook Street road closure 12 January 2020 Cook Street will be closed to traffic between Seaview Road and Adventure Street for about another week as we carry out stormwater works. The road is open to residents only. Thanks for bearing with us. Update 13 February 2020 Cook St will be closed to traffic between Grenville St and Adventure St for another few weeks as we complete the new stormwater and pavement works for the new link road. The road is open to residents only. Thanks for bearing with us.
News Our Work Capybara at Brooklands Zoo New exotic species feature at Brooklands Zoo 10 January 2020 Capybaras Luis Suarez and Fernando have travelled down from Auckland Zoo to join Brooklands Zoo’s collection of exotic animals.  Capybaras are regarded as the giants of the rodent world, as they grow up to 130cm long and weigh between 37kg and 67kg when fully grown (the females are usually larger than males).  “They’re a fantastic addition to Brooklands Zoo and they’re sure to be popular among visitors as they are social and can sleep in shallow water,” says NPDC spokesperson Jacqueline Baker. “They love to be in water so they were a perfect fit for where the otters used to be.”  Capybaras are semi-aquatic and can sleep in shallow water as their eyes, ears and nostrils are at the top of their heads.  They have partially webbed toes and are strong swimmers, and are native to Central and South America.  Brooklands Zoo fast facts: About 113,000 people visit Brooklands Zoo each year and it is owned, managed and funded by NPDC. The zoo has been a children’s favourite and a New Plymouth icon since 1965. It features monkeys, birds, reptiles and amphibians, and mammals such as pigs, meerkats and rodents. The site is fully enclosed with a playground under a shade-sail, making it the perfect outdoor activity for families. The zoo is involved with conservation efforts for species such as the cotton-top tamarin, which are critically endangered in the wild. The zoo is a MPI (Ministry of Primary Industries) approved facility.
News Our Work Sealed pump track at Lake Mangamahoe Sealed pump track opens at Lake Mangamahoe 06 January 2020 Mountain bikers at Lake Mangamahoe now have the choice of hitting the trails or taking a spin on a newly sealed pump track thanks to funding from NPDC. The track has been built by New Plymouth Mountain Bikers thanks to financial support from NPDC to the tune of $20,000 from the Agility Fund and the New Zealand Community Trust. Club chairman Hamish Neale says it’s already proving to be a big hit with cyclists of all ages. “The pump track is a great asset for the mountain bike park. Every time I head out to the forest to ride there’s generally always kids and young families riding around it. Thanks to NPDC’s Agility funding support, sealing the pump track will ensure this asset will be around for many years to come.” The club is supported by NPDC with $10,000 a year in funding from the Strategic Partnerships fund while a nominal fee of just $1 is paid to lease land south of Lake Mangamahoe. There are more than 30km of mountain bike tracks at Lake Mangamahoe with new ones set to be made this year as well as plans for a club pavilion on Plantation Road. For more details on the trails, head here.
News Our Work Mt Taranaki Looking after our mountain this summer holiday season 27 December 2019 Our Maunga. Taranaki Maunga. Its presence is felt across the New Plymouth District. It dominates our landscape and is a key part of our identity and what makes our region what it is. Taranaki was once considered off the beaten track by many tourists but that’s all changed in the last decade or so. Thanks to Lonely Planet naming the region in the top two in the world to visit, the word has got out and thousands more travellers are making a beeline for the region. And for many, a must-do is a trip up the mountain to reach the summit or explore Te Papakura o Taranaki national park. NPDC Infrastructure Manager David Langford says he regards protecting the Maunga as something that’s important not just for today but for future generations. Originally from the UK, Mr Langford says the Maunga has come to mean a great deal to him. “Wherever you are in Taranaki, the Maunga is there and it defines our district and the region,” says Mr Langford. “We will always work towards protecting it. “With more and more people coming to our district, this means we have to be proactive and take steps to preserve our special corner of Aotearoa.” To ease congestion during the busy summer season, a new ‘one car out, one car in’ system will be used at the Egmont Road gatehouse from 28 December. Mr Langford says this will relieve pressure on parking at the North Egmont Visitor Centre.  “If people find there’s a wait to access the national park, they could look at one of the other park entrances or explore other walks, such as around Lake Mangamahoe or at Purangi Reserve – the New Plymouth i-SITE at Puke Ariki has lots of recommendations for outdoor activities,” says Mr Langford. Traffic management will run during good weather from 7am until mid-afternoon every day from Saturday 28 December to the middle of January. From then until the end of March, traffic management will on weekends and public holidays only.  Mr Langford recommends that groups hire a commercial shuttle for drop-off and pick-up as these vehicles will have unrestricted access. NPDC is also working on a long-term solution to traffic issues with a public car park on Egmont Road (outside the national park) with facilities for commercial shuttles, with the aim of having this operational next summer.
News Our Work People Jenny Steer and Joy Gyde Two NPDC teams with one goal: No.1 customer service 19 December 2019 For NPDC’s Jenny Steer and Joy Gyde, the 230,000 customers their teams help each year always come first. The front counter and Contact Centre teams deal with more than 4,400 calls, emails and face-to-face enquiries every week, that’s 880 every day and an average of about 110 requests to NPDC every hour! The requests can be about any part of the council, from reporting a pothole or a requesting a LIM to what’s on at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery or renewing a Puke Ariki library book, so they need an encyclopaedic knowledge of all things NPDC. “If they have a question or something they need to sort out, we’re here to help,” says Jenny. “We get about 42,000 people coming in to see us at the Civic Centre each year and they are all at the forefront of our minds.” Jenny recently celebrated 10 years at NPDC in a number of roles but says her position as the Customer Support Coordinator is perfect as it gives her the chance to work with people. “I’ve always loved people and working with people. From a young age I was working in our family businesses behind the counter before and after school and I’ve always enjoyed meeting people. It was actually my husband, who is a building inspector, who was forever trying to encourage me to join and I’m glad he did as it’s a fantastic place to work.” On a typical day at the Civic Centre, more than 160 customers come in to see Jenny and the team and many of them are regulars. “They know us by our first name and we’ve built a great rapport with them. While there are more ways to contact NPDC like going online, they’ll always be the need for that personal touch. It’s very rewarding as well to get the praise from satisfied customers.” Customer service is also the top of the list for the Contact Centre team, says Coordinator Joy Gyde. Her team deals with about 13,200 calls every month to 06-759 6060 - that’s about 650 calls every day from Monday to Friday - and 2,200 emails to “We pride ourselves on the service we give to our customers via both phone and email. We act as the first point of contact for all of NPDC’s facilities, so it’s really important that we deal with those enquiries in a positive and efficient way,” says Joy, who has been at NPDC for 20 years.  Joy says she has seen big changes in technology and processes but the one constant is the outstanding team she has worked alongside who are dedicated to providing the best outcomes possible for our community. “I’m really proud of the Contact Centre Team, it can be a really challenging role and they are often required to adapt quickly to unfolding events but they never hesitate. They will do whatever is necessary to ensure we are quickly getting help where it is needed for our residents.” While the two teams complement each other, they often deal with different issues. The Contact Centre has recently dealt with a high volume of calls from customers about the new landfill and food scraps bin service while the front counter team has been handing out free bin latches.  “Both teams do a fantastic job, and helps us to help our residents,” says NPDC Chief Operating Officer Kelvin Wright. “That they are able to resolve nine out of 10 enquiries is down to their fantastic knowledge and brilliant people skills.”
News Our Work Climate change The big calls: What your elected members decided 17 December 2019 Climate change: ‘Yes’ to urgency, ‘No’ to emergency NPDC Elected Members have voted to recognise that climate change requires an urgent response, but did not opt to declare a climate emergency. At their full council meeting on Tuesday, 17 December, they also voted to deliver an advanced option Climate Action Framework. A request for an amendment to declare a climate change emergency was not supported. The advanced Climate Action Framework means extra investment of an estimated $250,000-$350,000 a year to put NPDC’s framework at the forefront of local government in New Zealand. Freedom camping restrictions approved A request to ban freedom camping at Oakura’s Corbett Park and Tongaporutu and restrict Battiscombe Terrace in Waitara to just existing non-self-contained spaces until 30 April 2020 has been approved. The move came after concerns were raised by the Kaitake, Waitara and Clifton Community Boards about excessive numbers of both self-contained and non-self-contained freedom campers at these locations. Temporary signs will be put up at the three locations with amendments to the Freedom Camping Bylaw to be considered after the summer.  $1.6m surplus goes to economy, climate A $1.6million rates surplus will be put towards climate change action and economic development, elected members have voted. A total $1.263m is being put into a reserve to support ongoing economic development over the next three years, while the remaining $350,000 will be put towards climate change adaptation.  Check out the full debate and agenda reports here.
Local News Regal Peacock. Photo credit: Destination NSW. NPDC's TSB Festival of Lights sets record for new displays 11 December 2019 More than 50 live acts, 24 Summer Scene kids’ events, 14 new light features, eight activities for Summer Seniors, four bands for the Powerco Lights Up the Night New Year’s Eve celebration and one Woofstock party for pooches – this season’s TSB Festival of Lights is a record breaker! Located in the world-class Pukekura Park, the lights come on every night from 8.30pm to 11pm, rain or shine, from Saturday, 14 December. The last night of the NPDC-run festival coincides with Kiwi legends Six60’s sold-out show at the TSB Bowl of Brooklands on 1 February. An estimated 125,000 will attend with thousands coming from outside of the New Plymouth District just to visit the festival. It brings an estimated $5 million in value to the economy each season. “There are 14 new light features – a new record for the festival – and visitors will be dazzled, delighted and entertained,” says NDPC Recreation and Culture Manager Teresa Turner. “We’re also thrilled to be bringing five displays to our festival this year which have been showcased at the international light show, Vivid Sydney. “The NPDC team has done an absolutely fabulous job in bringing new and highly original displays to our stunning Pukekura Park. There’s also something for everyone to enjoy with Summer Scene for kids, Summer Seniors and the return of the New Year’s Eve celebration while Woofstock will be great fun for dog owners.” As well as 14 new light features, there is something for everyone over the 50 days and nights of the festival with Summer Scene for youngsters, Summer Seniors, Woofstock, Light Bites, entertainment from local, Kiwi and international acts and the Powerco Lights Up the Night New Year’s Eve event. Photo credit: Destination NSW.
News Our Work Pukekura Park kids PIF powers over the $300 million mark 09 December 2019 New Plymouth District ratepayers will have 300 million reasons to have a happy holiday season this year, thanks to NPDC’s investment fund which helps offset rates. The Perpetual Investment Fund (PIF) topped $300 million for the first time since the Global Financial Crisis of 2007-8, hitting a total of about $304.5 million in December, up from $299.95 million the month before.  NPDC created the Perpetual Investment Fund (PIF) and TIML (Taranaki Investment Management Limited) in 2004 with the $259.4 million proceeds from the sale of its shareholding in Powerco. “This financial year alone the PIF will inject almost $9 million into NPDC’s budget to help keep rates affordable as we Build New Zealand’s Lifestyle Capital,” says New Plymouth District Mayor Neil Holdom. “The PIF underpins our strong financial performance and has been safeguarded by a release payment policy ensuring the benefits of this community asset are spread across both current and future generations of New Plymouth District residents,” he says. International ratings agency Standard and Poor’s in September confirmed NPDC’s rating of AA/A-1+, the highest possible rating for local government in New Zealand, saying the level was enhanced by the PIF. NPDC manages assets worth $3.3 billion, runs 17 different operational units and has an annual budget of about $155 million. PIF fast facts The PIF has paid NPDC a total of $212.8 million since 2004, including $8.6 million in the last financial year. This financial year, the PIF will pay NPDC $8.8 million. NPDC created the Perpetual Investment Fund (PIF) and TIML (Taranaki Investment Management Limited) in 2004 with the $259.4 million proceeds from the sale of its shareholding in Powerco. TIML was a Council-Controlled Organisation. This became the New Plymouth PIF Guardians Limited (NPG) and remains a 100% CCO. In 2017, the management of the PIF was outsourced to Mercer.
Lifestyle Our Work People News Kimberley Hope standing infront of a Christmas Tree holding a food scraps bin Top Tips For a Zero Waste Holiday This Summer 06 December 2019 Summer is here and it’s time to relax, get out the jandals, get your tickets to Ben Harper at the Bowl and sort out the pressies for Christmas. My job is to help NPDC and our District’s journey to Zero Waste 2040, and this is the perfect time for some great Zero Waste summer tips to help you go green over the holiday. Yule help our environment There’s one way to cut down what we throw away: don’t buy it in the first place! Going Zero Waste is all about the three Rs: reducing, reusing and recycling. Reducing can be as simple as taking some time to think if you need to buy it. If it’s a must-have for Christmas, think about good quality, reusable and recyclable materials, and how you can reduce packaging. My top tip is to carefully remove wrapping paper and then use it again for birthdays and next Christmas. Avoid metallic wrapping paper, which isn’t recyclable. You could even wrap presents in material with a ribbon – it’s old-school but cool, and great for our environment. The right recycling stuff As Kermit the Frog once said, it’s not easy being green. Even with the best intentions, it’s hard not to have a pile of wrapping paper and opened boxes on Christmas morning. Recycling is a key part of our journey to Zero Waste and you can help with that by checking the right stuff is going into the yellow-topped recycling bin. If the wrong stuff goes in, it can’t be recycled and goes to the landfill. My tip is to use the NPDC Recycling and Rubbish app. Download it from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store today - it’s got a quick and easy to use recycling guide. Or check out the recycling guide on our website. Food for thought Our new food scraps bins are proving to be a fantastic way to divert waste from going to landfill. We’re shifting 60% of our kerbside waste away from the landfill and into the recycling stream – up 40% from before the new collection service started at the end of September. Going hand in hand with Christmas is enjoying fine food with family and friends, and many of us fill our fridges for the festive feasts. We think everyone can still eat well but perhaps don’t go overboard when stocking up for Christmas and New Year. While we are able to compost all food waste, it’s even better to use all our food and not have to throw anything away. Try some great leftover recipes from Love Food Hate Waste. Keep our place perfect Our corner of Aotearoa is pretty special and we all want it to stay that way. Keep an eye out for the colourful bins we’ve installed at many of our favourite summer hangout spots like Brooklands Zoo, the Aquatic Centre and Ngamotu and Oakura beaches, which have compostable, recycling and landfill bins. We get around 125,000 visitors to our stunning Pukekura Park each summer for the TSB Festival of Lights and we’ll have ‘Zero Waste Stations’ again to help keep our park waste-free. The bins will also be at the TSB Bowl of Brooklands for Kiwi legends Six60 on 1 February and Ben Harper on 21 February. Only leave your footprints Our region’s beaches are packed each summer as locals and an increasing number of visitors enjoy the surf and chillax on our black sand beaches. Have a great time but leave only footprints! My tip is to bring a reusable container or reusable bag with you to put all your rubbish in. If you’re bringing a picnic, opt for reusable items and separate your waste into food scraps, recycling or landfill so you can easily dispose of it when you get home. If you want to do more, carry out a mini beach clean-up with your own bag – our oceans will thank you for it! Don’t forget to take care if you head into the sea and stay sunsmart by wearing a hat and slapping on sun lotion. A green future We know the people of our District strongly support our Zero Waste 2040 vision but it’s going to take a lot of hard work on top of the $21.2m we’re investing over the next 10 years to get there. As part of our journey in the year gone, we’ve rolled out a new kerbside food scraps collection service which has so far helped keep about 60% of household rubbish out of the landfill, and trialled a unique roading system which makes asphalt out of hard to recycle plastic containers. In the year ahead we’re looking forward to opening our new reuse and recycling centre, The Junction. It will be developed in stages to become a place for all things Zero Waste, where people can drop-off items for reuse and upcycling, and there will be education programmes and workshops to help us all learn more about how to go Zero Waste. Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone. Let’s talk more next year. Kimberley Hope NPDC Manager Resource Recovery
News Our Work Shining Peak's Jesse and GBAG's Aileen Burns Cheers to 50 years of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery 04 December 2019 Govett-Brewster Art Gallery is celebrating its golden anniversary and the woman who made it all possible with an especially brewed drop of amber nectar.  Art lovers will be able to raise a glass with a new brew created by Shining Peak Brewing, called Mrs Brewster NZ Pale Ale, to 50 years since the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery opened its doors. The ale is named in honour of the Gallery’s founding donor and visionary Monica Brewster (née Govett), whose bequests to the New Plymouth District Council established the Gallery and its permanent collection of artworks focused on Aotearoa and the Pacific.  Co-Directors Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh: “This beer has developed out of one of our cherished local partnerships. Together Shining Peak and the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery are celebrating a unique and powerful Taranaki story as we celebrate 50 years.”  Visitors can have their first taste of Mrs Brewster NZ Pale Ale at the public opening of the exhibition The scene in which I find myself / Or, where does my body belong on 7 December at 6pm. The show is led by Taranaki-born artist Ruth Buchanan (Te Atiawa, Taranaki, Pākehā) and features nearly 300 artworks by 190 artists, collected in the last 50 years. It is the Gallery’s largest ever Collection exhibition.  NPDC Recreation and Culture Manager Teresa Turner says it’s important to celebrate 50 years of the Gallery that has energised the region’s vibrant art scene and put New Plymouth on the map. “I think Monica would be extremely proud of what the gallery has achieved since 1970. NPDC is delighted to celebrate the gallery’s importance to our district.” There will be a number of events throughout 2020, including a Leap Year party on Queen Street, Sat 29 February, where Mrs Brewster Pale Ale will be on tap again.  50 years: by the numbers Monica Brewster donated $50,000 in 1962 for a Gallery – that’s about $2 million in today’s money The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery opened in February 1970 The Gallery has held more than 800 exhibitions The Gallery has hosted close to 200 Monica Brewster Evenings The Gallery has collected nearly 1,000 artworks for the Govett-Brewster Collection.
Public Notice News A group of people, including someone with a service dog and somebody in a wheelchair taking part in sense art where an educator is discussing art work at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery Community Representatives For The Accessibility and Age Working Party 03 December 2019 Do you have a passion for making our district’s council assets accessible for people of all ages and abilities? Do you have experience or knowledge that would enable you to advocate on these matters? Would you be available and proactive to assist with the review and monitoring of the Council Accessibility Strategy? We are seeking expressions of interest for community membership for the Accessibility & Age Working Party. The purpose of this working party is to monitor council plans and activities relating to accessibility and age friendly matters, and to advocate to the Council on these issues. Four members are sought for this working party as following: Two community representatives to advocate for the disability sector One community representative to advocate for aged people One community representative to advocate for the child and youth sector It is expected that the working party will meet at least quarterly, or more often if required. Your application should provide relevant experience and outline why you would like to be considered. A tangata whenua representative has been appointed to the working party. How to Apply Please email your CV outlining the information requested to or post to the NPDC, Private Bag 2025, Liardet Street, New Plymouth. Applications close Sunday 8 December 2019. Applications will be shortlisted and Applicants advised of interview date and time by 11 December.
News Mayor Neil Holdom in front of a water reservoir NPDC’s two new reservoirs to give a 36,000 bathtub boost 28 November 2019 The building of two new reservoirs will provide a major boost to the District’s water supply, as work to strengthen drinking water resilience continues, says the New Plymouth District Council (NPDC). Building work on the reservoirs north of New Plymouth kicks off this week and will add 9,000m3 of water storage to the district’s supply from 2022 – that’s about 36,000 full bathtubs. New Plymouth District Mayor Holdom says a recent Berl report showed NPDC’s infrastructure spending was a key economic driver for the district, but more investment in core infrastructure was needed. “We know our people are right behind our work to get our core infrastructure up to scratch, but there’s still a way to go,” says Mayor Holdom. “These two new reservoirs will make a real difference to our drinking water supplies.” It’s estimated the two reservoirs will cost approximately $16-18 million, subject to earthwork and weather variables. They are being built on sites off Henwood and Mountain roads next to existing reservoirs and they will take about two years to complete. Drivers are being asked to cut their speed on sections of Henwood and Manutahi roads due to site traffic. In 2018, NPDC committed an additional $44 million investment in water resilience over the next decade following ex-Cyclone Gita. Part of this money will be used in the new reservoirs projects. Other water resilience projects include $2 million for another water bore and treatment plant upgrades in Ōākura and a $7 million (approximately) project over several years, to improve Inglewood’s drinking water. Drinking water: fast facts Each year we treat about eight million cubic metres of wastewater at the New Plymouth Water Treatment Plant. The plant provides water for 26,000 homes and business from Urenui to Ōmata – that’s about 90 per cent of the water for the whole district. There are 800km of pipes in the New Plymouth District. The district’s main water storage – Lake Māngamāhoe – holds about 10 days’ worth of water. On average we use 292 litres per person every day.
News Events and Exhibitions Christmas Parade 2019 Ride the festive spirit to Christmas Parade party 28 November 2019 Santa’s come early this year and given everyone a free bus ride to the annual Christmas Parade Party as NPDC again makes the city centre car-free. NPDC and the city centre are serving up the festive spirit on Saturday 30 November and Taranaki Regional Council is providing free buses to and from the central city all day, with the New Plymouth Central Lions putting on the main feature, the annual Christmas Parade, from 1pm.  “Last year’s car-free Christmas parade day was a big success enjoyed by thousands in the central city and builds on our vision to create a more sustainable district. It’s pedestrians only again this year and our See It In The City team has organised a great programme of events; from Let’s Go Bike Bling to Youth Entertainment with our partner Zeal. So leave the car at home, grab a coffee, something to eat and get some festive shopping done while supporting local retailers,” says NPDC External Relations Manager Jacqueline Baker. “It’s a great opportunity to have a fun day without parking and traffic hassles,” says TRC Transport Services Manager Chris Clarke. “If you’ve never used the buses before, why not give it a go?” He also says extra Saturday Christmas shopper services will again be scheduled in December, with details of routes, timetables and fares on  NPDC’s See It In The City team is organising the fun from 11am until the parade starts at 1pm. The entertainment will include performances on the Zeal stage, a Let’s Go Bling Your Bike station, the More FM Santa Sprint, three-on-three basketball, e-bike and e-scooter demos, street picnics and markets, and more. Santa’s cavalcade will take a circuit route again this year, starting at the Clock Tower and moving east along Devon Street, turning left down Liardet Street and heading back down Gill Street/Ariki Street back to the start. Free buses will be running all day. So plan your trip, and don’t miss out on a super event in our car free central city.
Public Notice Notice of By-Elections 22 November 2019 As a result of insufficient candidates at the 2019 triennial elections, extraordinary vacancies have occurred in the Clifton Community Board and the Inglewood Community Board. Under section 120 of the Local Electoral Act 2001, notice is given that on Tuesday 18 February 2020, by-elections will be held under the single transferable voting electoral system by postal vote for: two members of the Clifton Community Board; and two members of the Inglewood Community Board. Nominations Candidates must be nominated on an appropriate nomination paper obtainable during normal business hours from Monday 25 November 2019 from: - Civic Centre, 84 Liardet Street,New Plymouth - Inglewood library and service centre, 46 Rata Street, Inglewood - Waitara library and service centre, 17 Queen Street, Waitara - by phoning 0800 922 822 - at Nominations of candidates must be in the hands of the electoral officer or an electoral official at the Civic Centre, 84 Liardet Street, New Plymouth no later than 12 noon, Monday 23 December 2019. Each nomination must be accompanied by: a deposit of $200 GST inclusive (payable by cash, cheque or bank transfer). A candidate may submit a photo and a candidate profile statement with their nomination paper for inclusion with the voting document being sent to electors. An attachment to the nomination paper outlines rules and procedures governing candidate profile statements and photos. Electoral Roll The electoral rolls to be used for these by-elections close on Monday 23 December 2019 and can be inspected during normal business hours from Monday 25 November 2019 at the locations above. Enrolment for inclusion on the Residential Electoral Roll is conducted through the Electoral Commission. Applications for enrolment should be made through your local postal agency. Enrolment for inclusion on the Ratepayer Electoral Roll is conducted through the electoral office of New Plymouth District Council. Applications for enrolment can be made on the prescribed form available from the above sources. Following closure of the roll, the electoral officer may, on application of any person who is or claims to be entitled to be enrolled or any other person or otherwise, make any necessary corrections to the names, addresses, abbreviations, or marks appearing in the electoral roll. Download full notice
News Our Work Kristian Davies Seventh heaven for Pukekura Park with another Green Flag award 21 November 2019 It’s Kristian Davies’ first year on the job as NPDC’s Pukekura Park curator and he’s already keeping up a world-class tradition.  Mr Davies has led his team to a Green Flag award for the seventh year running. The Green Flag is an international mark of the world’s best parks. “This is a tribute to the hard work of NPDC Parks staff in all weathers and seasons and reflects the dedication that goes into the ongoing development of the park,” said Mr Davies. “Pukekura Park has been the green heart of New Plymouth since 1876 and it’s also a Garden of National Significance and a major draw for visitors and locals alike. The team is keeping it in good shape for future generations.” Pukekura Park is unique in offering a diverse range of landscapes, from remnant native bush, to vast lawn areas and garden displays, and has a world-renowned sports arena. It also includes the TSB Bowl of Brooklands, the Fernery and Display Houses and the popular Brooklands Zoo. The park is set to host the TSB Festival of Lights from 14 December which this year includes 14 new light features. Next year, the Bowl will host A Summer’s Day Disco on 11 January, a sold-out show from Kiwi band Six60 on 1 February, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals on 21 February and WOMAD on 13-15 March. This year, the park underwent a successful trial to desilt its lakes and waterways, using an amphibious dredging vessel imported from Sweden and plans are being drawn up to complete the project over the next two years. Experts assess a park for a Green Flag Award on 27 criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability, community involvement and providing a warm welcome.  Pukekura Park fast facts Pukekura Park covers 52 hectares. It was established in 1876 when lawyer Robert Hughes persuaded Taranaki Provincial Government to buy 12 hectares of wasteland as a recreational reserve. It became known as Pukekura Park (‘red hill’ park) in 1907. Pukekura Park occupies the ‘Mayfair’ or top position in the New Zealand version of Monopoly.