News and Notices

News Our Work Denise Rowland Denise inspires next generation of Wai Warriors 05 March 2020 For NPDC’s Denise Rowland, no age is too young to become a Wai Warrior. As the Three Waters Education Officer, Denise goes out to schools and community events to teach kids about how everyone can do their bit to cut down on how much water we use. To help her get the message across, she brings along a working model where kids can get hands-on and pump water from a treatment plant to a home and onto the sea. “The kids absolutely love playing with the model. It’s great to easily explain where our water comes from, how it gets to our houses and then what happens to it when it goes down the plughole,” says Denise. “We always need a new generation of Wai Warriors who understand why it’s so important to cut down how much water we use. By going into schools, we’re hopefully educating young people and inspiring them to be water wise.” Water restrictions are brought in on 1 January each year and run until 31 March and are brought in for the dryer summer months when people generally use more water for things like watering the garden, but the rivers which supply the water are at their lowest. Lake Mangamahoe, the District’s main water storage, holds about 10 days’ worth of water.  NPDC’s Wai Warrior campaign has been running for three years and Denise says the District’s water usage is trending in the right direction, dropping from 309 litres per person per day in 2017/18 to 292 litres in 2018/19.  “We’d like to get that down to 275 litres, which is the national average, but even that is well above many other countries. I’m hopeful that the kids are getting the message and passing on to their mums, dads and guardians that we can all cut down on how much we are using.” Denise has so far taken her message to 12 schools and has reached more than 1000 people while at local events. A recent success was a collaboration with the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery called H20 art where kids got to play with the model and draw on toilet paper while sat on a toilet seat! “We know we’ve got a serious message but we try to make it fun so the kids learn how to be Wai Warriors,” added Denise. If you would like Denise to bring along the Three Waters model to your school, email or call 06-759 6060. Water saving tips: Turn off your tap while brushing your teeth. Put the plug in your sink while washing vegies. Make sure washing machine or dishwasher is full before using it. For more water saving tips, head here.
News Our Work Bush walk Making the calls: What your elected members decided 03 March 2020 New carpark for base of Maunga Plans to build a new car park on Egmont Road to help manage traffic heading up Taranaki Maunga have moved a step closer. Elected Members voted to approve the purchase of land for $290,000 at their full council meeting on 3 March. The more than 9000-square metre section is on a dairy farm next to Te Papakura o Taranaki National Park. It will eventually become a car park where a shuttle bus will pick up visitors to the mountain and national park, easing parking issues and helping to protect our Maunga. Road works in good nick NPDC’s transport programme is well managed with good financial management procedures, according to an independent review by the New Zealand Transport Agency. The NZTA recently carried out an audit which looked into NPDC’s financial, procurement and contract management systems and checked risks were being managed as it funds 51% of road programmes which meet its criteria for investment. All focus areas of the audit report were graded as “effective” which is the highest rating achievable. The report was noted by the Elected Members.
News Art Our Work Sky Snakes Len Lye Foundation Collection Len Lye's Sky Snakes to premiere at gallery's 50th birthday party 27 February 2020 The Sky Snakes are coming – get set to be charmed. Len Lye’s kinetic sculpture is making its world premiere at NPDC’s Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre on 29 February. The seven swirling Sky Snakes are each made from 4.5 metres of ball chain – similar to the chain traditionally used for lamp or light switches – with a brass ball representing the head.  “They hang from the ceiling and spin to create dancing harmonic wave patterns of light and movement. This is the international debut of the seven Sky Snakes, and it’s a great exhibition to help mark the Govett-Brewster’s 50th anniversary celebration,” said co-directors Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh. The construction of Sky Snakes has been funded by the Len Lye Foundation and donors through Team Zizz. Sky Snakes opens on 29 February, the same day as the Govett-Brewster’s 50th birthday street party, which runs from 3pm to 9pm in Queen Street.  The street party will feature live music, participatory workshops, food trucks, a two-metre tall cake made by artist Reuben Paterson, who created the Golden Bearing tree sculpture, and more. “We’ll be taking over the street, so come on down, grab a beer or wine or coffee and get your art hit all in one go. It’s your gallery and it’s your party,” said the co-directors. Sky Snakes: Fast Facts A single-snake version was exhibited at two New York galleries in 1965 and last year at the Museum Tinguely, in Basel, Switzerland, as part of an exhibition of Lye’s work. The seven Sky Snakes debuting at the Govett-Brewster have been made in accordance with Lye’s instructions by the Len Lye Foundation. Lye referred to a group of Sky Snakes as a “rhumba”. Lye envisioned one installation with 46 Sky Snakes around a “storm chamber”, with a Storm King made from a hanging sheet of metal in the centre. In this exhibition, each Sky Snake chain is 4.5 metres long and hung from 9m above the floor. An electric motor drives each Sky Snake and creates wave patterns at a speed up to 190 revolutions per minute. Sky Snakes is programmed to start slowly, form figures, maintain each form for a time, then coast to a stop over an eight-minute programme. Set against a dark background, the moving Sky Snakes create an after-image of light playing on the metal. The party: All you need to know The party runs from 3pm to 9pm on Queen Street. There’s live music from Dictaphone Blues, Hans Pucket, Serious Happiness, O Juliet & Charlotte Johansen. There’ll be food trucks as well as a bar.Party-goers can participate in and interactive art work The Cell by Brook Andrew and take part in workshops.
Local News Inglewood intersection Inglewood Community Board by-election results revealed 19 February 2020 The results are in for the Inglewood Community Board by-election with Phill Hird and Jono Burrows elected to the board. They join Mel Cook and Graeme Sykes, who were elected unopposed in October last year, as the four members on the board. The Electoral Office said 29.18% of Inglewood voters took part in the election. The unsuccessful candidates were Mary Amor-Barnard, Robert Brown, Nathan Ferry and Sonja Barrett. Read here for the Full Results.
News Lifestyle Close up of some black, blue, white and green patterned fabric painted with glitter Local artist Reuben creates colossal cake for gallery birthday bash 14 February 2020 Celebrated local artist Reuben Paterson’s piece - a colossal, glittery cake – is set to take centre stage for the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery’s 50th street party. Reuben, best known for his giant tree The Golden Bearing which has previously been a huge hit at the gallery and the TSB Festival of Lights, has worked on the cake for two months. The two-metre tall behemoth uses 5kg of glitter and will be the centrepiece of the party on Saturday 29 February marking 50 years since the NPDC-owned and operated gallery first opened its doors. “I don’t want to spoil the surprise but all I can say is once the cake is activated people will be blown away,” says Reuben. “Fifty years is a significant milestone for a gallery, and to help celebrate this you have to have a monstrous two-metre tall cake covered in glitter! “It is of course the second glittering centre piece after the perfection of our sparkling gallery as we acknowledge the history of Monica Brewster's legacy and the journeys the gallery has taken us all on, in its golden 50th jubilee year.” The two-metre tall by 1.8-metre wide cake includes a number of tiers and includes fabrics and dresses dating from the 1970s to the present day in honour of the 50-year celebrations and of Monica Brewster . “We have all been on a beautiful journey with the Govett Brewster Art Gallery so the fabric patterns and floral designs, which are all painted in glitter, share their own genealogy of swirling curls that come to represent these journeys.” While Reuben’s artwork is not edible, there will be cupcakes to mark the anniversary and a brew created by New Plymouth firm Shining Peak, Mrs Brewster NZ Pale Ale, will also be served to party-goers. Co-directors Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh said: “It’s been anything but a piece of cake for local artist Reuben Paterson as there’s been a lot of hard work in creating this piece of art. Together the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and Reuben are celebrating an important milestone as we mark 50 years.” The party: All you need to know The party runs from 3pm to 9pm on Queen Street on 29 Feb. There’s live music from Dictaphone Blues, Hans Pucket, Serious Happiness, O Juliet & Charlotte Johansen. There’ll be food trucks as well as a bar. Party-goers can participate in an interactive art work The Cell by Brook Andrew and take part in workshops. The party will see the world premiere for Len Lye’s Sky Snakes kinetic sculpture. Photo credit: Pip Guthrie
Public Notice Clifton Community Board By-Election 11 February 2020 As a result of the recent bereavement of a community board member, an extraordinary vacancy has occurred in the Clifton Community Board of New Plymouth District Council. Under section 120 of the Local Electoral Act 2001, notice is given that on Wednesday 6 May 2020, a by-election will be held under the single transferable voting electoral system by postal vote for one member of the Clifton Community Board. Nominations Candidates must be nominated on an appropriate nomination paper obtainable during normal business hours from Tuesday 11 February 2020 from: Civic Centre, 84 Liardet Street, New Plymouth Waitara library and service centre, 17 Queen Street, Waitara by phoning 0800 922 822 Clifton Community Board By-Election Nomination Form 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, Tuesday 10 March 2020. 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 roll to be used for this by-election closes on Tuesday 10 March 2020 and can be inspected during normal business hours from Tuesday 11 February 2020 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. Dated at New Plymouth 11 February 2020 Dale Ofsoske, Electoral Officer Independent Election Services Ltd for New Plymouth District Council
News Our Work Mangatete Stream Okato Tighter water restrictions for Okato and Inglewood 10 February 2020 High water use, low river flows and continuing dry conditions have led to a ban on using water outdoors in both Inglewood and Okato from today, while the rest of the District is asked to remain Wai Warriors to help save water. The ban means residents can’t use water in their gardens or for cleaning windows or cars and comes as the towns’ waters sources, the Mangatete and Ngatoro streams, continue to run very low. NPDC data for the week ending 2 February reveal Okato residents used one million litres more than for the same period in 2019, up from two to three million litres, and while Inglewood’s use is the same as last year, figures show the town had just 50mm of rainfall in January, that’s 37% of the average monthly rainfall for the township. “We need substantial rain over a decent period before the streams’ flows will rise again. With the long-range forecast predicting just a few showers coming our way it’s vital that Okato and Inglewood residents stop using water outdoors so we can conserve water,” says NPDC Infrastructure Manager David Langford. “The very low levels in the Ngatoro stream are leading to a rise in algae in the stream which affects the taste of water in Inglewood. It’s another key reason why residents should be Wai Warriors and cut down their water use. “For everyone else in the district, water restrictions mean using only hand-held hoses on the odds and evens system – no sprinklers, irrigation systems or unattended hoses are allowed. Even so, we encourage all of NPDC’s water customers to reduce their water consumption as summer continues.” Tips for using ‘grey’ water in the garden Okato and Inglewood residents can still use grey water from washing machines, baths or showers in the garden. Just be careful what detergents you use in your washing machine – read the back of the packet as it usually says if the product is greywater-safe. Putting a bucket in the shower when you use it can also capture water that would otherwise go down the drain. Read more water saving tips, or check out water saving advice from our Three Waters Education Officer Denise Rowland.
News Lifestyle Boy biking to school with his father and young brother Safety first on our roads as school year starts 09 February 2020 Fresh-faced students are on our roads this week as school gates open for the year. And there are heaps of them: up to 70 per cent of students who attend schools that are part of NPDC’s Let’s Go programme are active travellers – walking, cycling or scootering to class. “That’s a reverse of what we used to see before Let’s Go started, when most kids were arriving at school by car,” says NPDC Manager Transportation Rui Leitao. “Kids heading off to school for the first week will be excited and possibly distracted, so we ask all road users to help them get to and from school safely by watching out for them and giving them plenty of room on the road.” Drivers should also slow down to 20km/h around school buses that’s picking up or dropping off students, and park well away from school gates when dropping off or picking up their children. Whanau can help by discussing with their children the best routes from home to school, especially safe places to cross the road. Doing a ‘practice run’ with your children will help increase their confidence. Safety tips for whanau to share with children Discuss together the best route to school. Cross at crossing points or at the mid-block of the street. Be courteous by keeping left on paths. Ride slowly on shared paths and make room for people walking. Agree on a meeting point away from the school gates if you are collecting by car. Most of all, get some fresh air and enjoy the journey to school! Safety tips for people driving Remember school zones will be busy with children 7am to 9am and 2.30pm to 5pm. Avoid driving through them if you can. Slow down near schools. It’s about driving to the conditions, not the posted speed. Slow down to 20km/h when passing a stopped school bus dropping off or picking up students. Park well away from the school gates. You’ll avoid parking problems and congestion, and then can enjoy a short walk in to school with your child. Do not stop in bus parks or on cycle lanes, even with the engine running. Avoid distractions while driving and look twice. Children can be unpredictable!
News Our Work Denise Rowland NPDC pro tips: How to keep water use to 83 litres a day 07 February 2020 We all love those long, hot summers. It’s time for the beach and cricket and jandals and ice cream. It’s also time to think about how we use our water. This is the time of year when we use the most water but it’s also when the streams and rivers that supply us are running at their lowest. To keep our streams and rivers at a healthy level for fish and other animals and plants and to ensure we have enough fresh clean drinking water for our growing population, NPDC wants each of us to be a Wai Warrior.We have water restrictions in place from 1 January to 31 March every year. (You can find out more about them here.) Did you know that on average each person in our district still uses 292 litres of water every day? In my household we’ve managed to get our daily use down to 83L per person, so I’m sharing some easy tips that everyone can apply at home. Those drips add up! Sneaky leaks seem small but you could be losing more water than you realise. The double-flush on our toilet cistern was broken and water was running down the back, and the hot-water cylinder was also leaking (which also wasted money on heating excess water). Fixing them both means we aren’t wasting a precious resource. Underground leaks are harder to spot, so look for these signs outside your house: An unusual wet patch in the garden that that doesn’t dry up when it stops raining. An area that’s mouldy, soft, green or mossy that’s surrounded by dryer soil. Paved areas (such as driveways) cracking, rising up or slumping. Potholes or sink-holes appearing. A noticeable drop in the flow of water out of your taps. An ongoing sound of water going through a pipe even when no taps are running. A plumber will be able to identify the leak and get it fixed. However if a leak is on a road or footpath, please report it to NPDC. Make the water work A good place to start saving water is in the home. We only use the washing machine and dishwater when we have full loads, and we don’t let the tap run while brushing our teeth – it gets turned off until it’s needed. A running tap can waste a lot of water, especially if everyone in the household does it morning and night while teeth-cleaning. We also reuse water from the kitchen to water plants. No easy escape Gardens use up a lot of water – not just because of thirsty plants, but also because we lose a lot to evaporation (up to 70 per cent!). The key is to trap water in the garden, and the best way to do that is to mulch. There are heaps of different mulch you can use: wood chips or shredded leaves, grass clippings, compost, and straw or hay all return nutrients to the garden while reducing evaporation; black plastic sheets will keep the soil warm (great for crops like strawberries and melons but not so much for shrubs); and landscape fabrics are also useful. Short showers Did you know that showers can use between six and 20L of water per minute, depending on the shower-head? We get plenty clean with short showers, and we run shallow baths for our two-year-old. Keeping track We volunteered to have a water meter so we keep track of how effective our water habits are. Also, if the meter starts reporting a higher use we’ll know it’s likely there’s a leak somewhere – and the earlier we track it down and fix it, the less that gets wasted (and possibly the less damage that’s done to our property). Finally, I have a Wai Warrior tip for you: if you don’t have a half-flush button on your toilet cistern, try the milk-bottle trick! Fill an empty 1L milk bottle with dirt or sand, screw the lid on tight, open your toilet cistern and flush it. As the water drains out, pop your milk bottle in there (avoiding the flushing mechanism). Now every time the toilet is flushed, you save 1L of water. Our rivers and our fish life would approve! Denise Rowland NPDC Three Waters Education Officer
News water tanker in Inglewood located at the railway yards opposite New World Inglewood Water 05 February 2020 Update: 12pm, 5 Feb The water pipe has been fixed. Residents should notice their water begin to clear up. In the meantime the tanker remains in place at the Inglewood Railway Yards. Inglewood’s water is treated before it leaves the plant. But as a precaution we suggest you don't drink discoloured water until it is clear. We apologise for any inconvenience this is causing people, after contractors working on the town’s $7 million pipe upgrade project accidentally broke a pipe, stirring up sediment. Update: 9am, 5 Feb Work to repair a broken water pipe in Inglewood, which is causing some residents in the town to experience discoloured water, is progressing well. Teams in the field are finalising repairs as they recommission the pipe and carrying out final tests before giving the all clear. Once the fix is complete, residents should notice their water begin to clear up. In the meantime, a tanker is on site at the railway yards for residents to use – please bring your own container for filling. Inglewood’s water is treated before it leaves the plant. But as a precaution we suggest you don’t drink discoloured water until it is clear. 4pm, 4 Feb We are sending a water tanker to Inglewood with some residents in the town expected to experience discoloured drinking water. We apologise for any inconvenience this is causing people, after contractors working on the town’s $7 million pipe upgrade project accidentally broke a pipe, stirring up sediment. The tanker will be located at the railway yards from about 5pm – people are asked to bring their own containers for filling. We’re working hard to get this issue resolved as soon as possible. Inglewood’s water is treated before it leaves the plant. But as a precaution we suggest you don't drink discoloured water until it is clear.
News Our Work Lifestyle TSB Festival of Lights 2020 TSB Festival of Lights smashes visitor record 04 February 2020 This season’s TSB Festival of Lights has smashed the record for visitor numbers with more than 150,000 attending the NPDC-run event.  The seven-week spectacular in our Green Flag-award winning Pukekura Park finished on Saturday 1 February with about 9,000 people enjoying the lights as the TSB Bowl of Brooklands hosted the sold-out Six60 concert. NPDC Recreation and Culture Manager Teresa Turner says the record-breaking season, 20,000 more visitors than the previous record of 130,000 in 2015/16, was a fantastic achievement. “We always try to make each season bigger and better and we well and truly delivered this year,” says Ms Turner. “To get more than 150,000 visitors is absolutely fabulous and down to the hard work of our staff as well the fantastic support from our volunteers and sponsors. “Those visitors are great for our economy as well. They keep the tills ringing right across the District and hotels and motels full over the summer.  “We’ve now got our work cut out for us to make 2020/21 even better! But we’re not resting on our laurels and the team is already looking ahead to next season.” The Powerco Lights Up The Night New Year’s Eve celebration proved a major drawcard with 9,000 visitors seeing in 2020 in the park. This season’s Festival included 14 new light features and crowds packed out the Hatchery and Fred Park lawns to see some great local, Kiwi and international artists. There was also great attendance at Summer Scene Kids and Summer Seniors events and the first Woofstock for dogs was a major hit. The post-event analysis will look into how many of the 150,000 visitors were from outside of the region and also look into the economic benefits. Previous studies from Venture Taranaki found the Festival boosted the economy by about $5 million when there were 125,000 visitors in 2017/18.
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.