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NPDC to restart kerbside recycling and rubbish collection
24 April 2020
NPDC’s bubble of bins is ready to get back to work when its full rubbish and recycling collection restarts on Tuesday 28 April. As the country moves into Alert Level 3, weekly red bin-only pick-ups will finish and normal collection can resume, NPDC Manager Resource Recovery Kimberley Hope says. To see which bins you should put out, just check the handy calendar we delivered with your new bins last September, the NPDC Recycling and Rubbish app or visit the bin collection schedule webpage. “Thank you to everyone who has stockpiled their recyclables during the lockdown. It’s been an unprecedented time and it’s been wonderful to see the community still keeping to their Zero Waste habits where they can,” says NPDC Manager Resource Recovery Kimberley Hope. “If you have more recyclables than will fit into your bins, please hold onto them for your next collection date or until travel restrictions ease under Alert Level 2 and you can then take them to the transfer stations for free. And please note that The Junction will remain closed for now.” When using your kerbside bins, please don’t overfill them. For the safety of our collectors and to ensure the glass crate is emptied, the glass should be no higher than the top of the crate. No extra boxes or bags will be collected from the kerbside – only council bins. Safety requirements around COVID-19 means the mixed recycling in the yellow-top bin will have to go to landfill until we reach Alert Level 2. "We know this isn’t ideal but these are unprecedented times and sorting recycling is a high-touch job with thousands of tonnes of household recycling to wade through. If you want to, you can keep storing them until they can be recycled at Alert Level 2 but we understand if you don’t have the space," says Ms Hope. She says it has been great to see people developing their Zero Waste skills during the lockdown, including building their own compost bin or worm farm. “We really encourage people to keep using them. It all helps to reduce the amount of waste we produce as we work toward becoming Zero Waste district!”
Govett-Brewster Co-directors heading back home to Canada
23 April 2020
Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre co-directors Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh are taking up a new role in Canada. In the midst of the global Covid-19 crisis, the pair are returning to Aileen’s homeland to be closer to family. Their time at the NPDC-owned gallery has been capped by a highly successful 50th anniversary exhibition and the couple, who have a young daughter, are reluctantly leaving after making a big impact since moving to Taranaki in January of 2019. “It’s been an honour and a privilege to have been the co-directors of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre. The chance to lead the Remai Modern gallery in Saskatoon, Canada, was too good an opportunity to turn down and it will be wonderful to be close to our family, especially during these difficult and unprecedented times,” they say. NPDC’s Recreation and Culture Manager Teresa Turner says the co-directors have left the gallery in excellent shape and have done a great job in helping engage the local community during their tenure. “We were very lucky to get such a dynamic duo at the gallery and while we’re sad to see them leave, they have done a superb job and we wish them the very best for the future,” says Ms Turner. The Covid-19 situation will mean the gallery will look to appoint a new director towards the end of the year. While the gallery, which added $5.6m in GDP to the local economy in 2016 (Source: Berl), remains closed during the national emergency, it is bringing art and other cultural content to audiences online. It has teamed up with Pop-up Poetry Taranaki to launch ‘The Art of Poetry’ - a weekly open call for poems about art on Instagram and the website and is also working with the Taranaki Arts Trail on the ‘Window Gallery’ programme, to bring art to the streets.
Covid-19 rates relief package approved
21 April 2020
Our Elected Members have voted to approve a rates relief package to help soften the financial pain of COVID-19. Many of our hard-pressed households and businesses need some breathing space at this unprecedented time. Top points are: We want you to know that there will be no late penalties until 1 July if you can’t pay your May rates bill now. If it’s likely you’ll still be in difficulty then, you can ask for a rates holiday for six months or for a year, with low-interest repayments. Conditions will apply, including independent verification that your income has fallen due to COVID-19. This package could result in NPDC increasing borrowing by about $8million over the next 12 months which we’ll be carefully monitoring. This is the first step in our Get Us Back on Our Feet Plan which will see us working with the Government and other partners to kickstart our economy when the lockdown lifts. We’ll have more details soon View the Covid-19 Rates Relief Policy (PDF)
NPDC heroes - Looking after our furry friends
20 April 2020
Our Brooklands Zoo and animal welfare teams have been hard at work during lockdown looking after our very important furry friends during this period of national emergency. Like other NPDC workers who have been keeping core services running – water, rubbish, roads – the zoo keepers and animal control officers are classed as essential workers. The zoo has brought in split shifts to minimise staff to staff contact while one animal control officer is rostered on each day to care for dogs at the Rifle Range Road dog pound or deal with calls. NPDC Animal Control Coordinator Karl Osten says his team has been looking after 27 dogs at the pound including a new mum with her seven-week-old puppies and they also impounded a wandering sheep last week. “Our focus is looking after the dogs at the pound but we are here to help as well if the police, for example, needed assistance,” says Karl. “We’re still trying to reunite dogs with their owners and we’ll respond to any dog attack issues.” He has also offered advice to dog owners during the lockdown. “Dogs are getting a lot of walks which is great but we’d strongly urge everyone to keep dogs on a leash or under command which helps with physical distancing and keeps them in your bubble. Also try to keep to your normal walking routine that your dog is familiar with.” NPDC Zoo head keeper Louise Mckenna says the only difference is they are not holding any keeper talks and while the animals’ behaviour hasn’t changed, the animals have noticed how quiet it is without the 113,000 visitors who enjoy the free zoo each year. “Their behaviour hasn’t changed but they’ve probably noticed how quiet it’s been for the last few weeks. The keepers’ routines have changed a little with no visitors around - we’ve been doing things in a different order most days - and the animals have enjoyed that change to the daily routine as much as we have while receiving the same high level of care,” says Louise. A special thanks to the vet team, fresh food suppliers, waste removal contractors and cleaners for their support during the lockdown. NPDC’s Brooklands Zoo is home to about 80 animals and has been operating since 1965. Our animal welfare team manages 3,500 cases a year including reuniting owners with their lost dogs and dealing with wandering stock.
Mayor and Chief Executive of NPDC to take pay cuts
16 April 2020
The Mayor and Chief Executive of the New Plymouth District Council are set to take voluntary pay cuts in the wake of the unprecedented Covid-19 emergency. The Mayor and other Councillors’ pay is set by the Independent Remuneration Authority and the rules do not allow for salary reductions. Accordingly Mayor Neil Holdom will donate 10% of his salary for the next six months to a range of Taranaki charities. “I know our business community and households are struggling in these unprecedented times,” says Mayor Holdom. “My decision to take a pay cut has been made with my wife Melissa and is totally voluntary. As the leader of our District, it’s the right decision for me to make as we tackle the biggest financial crisis of my generation. “I note that there is some pressure from a small but vocal group in our community looking for Councillors to also take pay cuts and would remind Taranaki people that we have aimed to encourage a younger more diverse range of people into Council. We now have a younger more diverse group with mortgages and young families earning around $50,000 a year doing fantastic work in our community and often quietly supporting many charity and volunteer organisations. I do not believe it is appropriate that the media or members of the public look to pressure our Councillors on this matter.” Chief Executive Craig Stevenson has decided to reduce his pay by a further 10% over the next six months having previously turned down a 2.9% pay increase offered by the Council. This money will be allocated to NPDC’s operational budget. “This is a personal decision I have made and is my way of showing empathy and support to those who are affected by the current crisis. The entire team at NPDC are working incredibly hard to support our District as we look to recover from the pandemic”. NPDC’s Get Us Back on Our Feet plan will help address locally the economic pain of Covid-19 over the next year. It includes a range of measures to kick-start the District’s economy to support the Government’s stimulus package while working with businesses, Iwi and other partners.
Proposed rates holiday will help New Plymouth District residents as Covid-19 bites
16 April 2020
NPDC is proposing to change its rates rules to help hard-hit residents adapt to the Covid-19 economic pain. The draft package, which offers rates holidays for those in Covid-19 related economic hardship, is the first step in NPDC’s Get Us Back on Our Feet Plan to help the District’s recovery over the next 18 months. If approved by Elected Members at a council meeting on 21 April, it will give hard-pressed businesses and households breathing space while we work with the Government and other partners, to kick-start the local economy after lockdown. The measures include: Removing penalties on late rates payments for the next 12 months, including the next rates invoices due out next month. Offering rates holidays for six months with a very low interest rate on deferred payments. Postponing one year of rates payments for up to three years, with a low interest rate on deferred payments. Conditions apply, including independent verification income has declined due to Covid-19. If implemented the package could result in an increase of NPDC borrowing of approximately $8 million over the next 12 months which will be carefully monitored. “We’re in an unprecedented time and we’re still to learn exactly how hard Covid-19 has hit us but we know the pain is already starting to bite and it could go on for some time,” said Mayor Neil Holdom. “NPDC is a major player in the local economy and our Get Us Back on Our Feet plan will aim to help create jobs and keep businesses turning over. We can’t dodge the pummelling but we can help people roll with the punches and try to soften the fall if they’re knocked down.” NPDC is pivoting its work programme to adapt to the new economic outlook and to mesh with central Government moves to boost recovery. Mayor Holdom said NPDC would also champion the Taranaki region in getting its share of the government’s $20 billion support package and any more to come. View full details of the proposed rates relief package.
NPDC heroes - Housing for the Elderly officer
15 April 2020
Kaye Thorpe is a Housing Officer and her job is to manage NPDC’s 140 Housing for the Elderly units across the district. For her the lockdown has been all about helping the residents if they need shopping picked up, assisting with GP appointments and prescriptions or just a friendly, reassuring phone call to keep them in touch. “Most of the residents are pretty resilient, some having been through tough times already and they’re very resourceful too,” says Kaye. “The majority are coping just fine but for some it’s an anxious time. I went shopping for four tenants last week who either don’t have anyone to help or rely on an elderly neighbour. Some of the residents have children who are over 70 so they’re missing seeing them. One lady even said her cleaning lady isn’t coming at the moment because she’s 73!” Like other NPDC workers who are keeping core services running - water, rubbish and roads - Kaye’s role is classed as an essential worker. The Housing for the Elderly Units are located in New Plymouth, Bell Block, Waitara and Inglewood.
New Plymouth Operatic Society Renewal On Licence Application
14 April 2020
NEW PLYMOUTH OPERATIC SOCIETY of 76 King Street NEW PLYMOUTH 4310, has made an application to the New Plymouth District Licensing Committee for the grant of a Renewal On Licence for the premises situated at 76 King Street NEW PLYMOUTH 4310 known as NEW PLYMOUTH OPERATIC SOCIETY. The general nature of the business conducted (or to be conducted) under the licence is a Theatres - On Licence. Days and Hours: Monday to Sunday 10am to 2am the following day. 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 14 April 2020.
Three Sisters Brewery Limited Renewal Off Licence Application
13 April 2020
THREE SISTERS BREWERY LIMITED of 71 Wairau Road, OAKURA has made an application to the New Plymouth District Licensing Committee for the grant of a Renewal Off Licence for the premises situated at 71 Wairau Road OAKURA 4314 known as THREE SISTERS BREWERY LIMITED. The general nature of the business conducted (or to be conducted) under the licence is a Remote Sale Premises - Off Licence. Days and Hours: Alcohol may be sold only on the following days and during the following hours: Any time on any day. Any alcohol sold by remote sale is not delivered to the buyer (or any other person on the buyer’s behalf) at any time after 11pm on any day and before 6am on the next day. 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 14 April 2020. Three Sisters License Renewal Part 1 Three Sisters License Renewal Part 2
NPDC heroes - Contact Centre staff here to take your calls and emails
08 April 2020
We may be in lockdown but NPDC’s Contact Centre staff are still just a phone call or email away to help answer your questions about our core services. The team, which is now spread between the Civic Centre and their own homes, continues to answer thousands of calls and emails from residents each week and to give out information on what NPDC is doing during the state of national emergency. While the majority of the more than 1,750 calls the team received in the first week were about the kerbside waste collection, finance, parks and our water network, staff also answered questions from more than 130 residents about the lockdown. The team is answering about 100 emails a day as well with the waste collection the top topic, closely followed by Covid-19. Coordinator Joy Gyde praised the dedication of her team for keeping the public informed and reassured that our essential services, such as water, roads and waste, are continuing amid unusual and unprecedented times. “Everybody is so supportive and they’re motivating each other. It’s a really good atmosphere,” she says. “I’m really proud of how everyone has just pulled up their sleeves and got on with remaining as the contact point when people want to know about NPDC and the services we’re continuing to provide.” Keeping the Contact Centre staff safe is a priority, which is why some team members are handling phone calls and emails from home while others are working out of the NPDC building. But even there, some team members have been moved to other office spaces to make sure everyone’s keeping their distance from each other. “Staff here are doing a great job of social distancing. We’ve got a one-in-one-out rule for common spaces, such as the kitchen and toilets.” And if any of the office-based staff want to work from home instead, they’re welcome to. There are 11 people in the Contact Centre staff, and after-hours and weekend calls are contracted out to another call centre so that residents still get 24/7 service. If you've got an enquiry, call 06-759 6060 or email email@example.com.
Unite Taranaki with thank you signs
07 April 2020
The votes are in for how we can Unite Taranaki and it’s clear our region’s essential workers are number one, as lockdown continues. Taranaki is coming together like never before to help smash Covid-19 and beat a nationwide lockdown. Making thank you signs for essential for workers such as nurses, supermarket workers, medical staff, rubbish collectors and water technicians, was the winner in a poll of options to help Unite Taranaki, receiving about 280 votes from close to 800 cast. The next most popular options were putting Christmas lights up early and making chalk art on driveways, each with about 200 votes. The final option, painting letterboxes amber and black received about 120 votes. Other ideas received included an Easter egg hunt, supporting Anzacs by promoting gatherings on our lawns with torches on Anzac Day and running a non-perishable food collection service. New Plymouth District Mayor Neil Holdom is asking people to show their gratitude with signs on their fences, lawns and windows for the workers to see. “These essential workers are our everyday heroes and our signs will show the rest of New Zealand, how Taranaki is hanging tough together to help smash Covid 19. Creating thank you artwork for essential workers is a great activity to keep busy, get imaginative and to share Taranaki’s values with the world.” The Unite Taranaki campaign has the backing of all four councils in the province as well as the Taranaki Emergency Management Office. Once your sign is finished and on display, share it using #UniteTaranaki, and we’ll help spread it far and wide so all our essential workers can see them, even ones who aren’t on your street.
02 April 2020
It’s time to show we’re all on the same team and that Taranaki means business! To show not only our neighbours but the rest of New Zealand and right around the world how our province pulls together to fight a global pandemic and cope with a nationwide lockdown. It’s time to take that Taranaki spirit and focus it sharply, to pull everyone together to smash a common enemy. We all need to be on the same team but how do we show a United Taranaki spirit when we’re in lockdown and confined to our homes? How we can pull together all the towns and suburbs around our mounga? We’ve been thinking it through and now we need your help. We’ve come up with four ideas we think will help our people band together and show solidarity, easy things we can do from our homes, whether we’re in Opunake or Patea, or Stratford or Waitara, things that will show everyone we are together as one to fight and beat Covid-19. We’d like you to help us choose, to make sure it’s something we’re all in behind, from the get go. So make sure you vote, or if you’ve got a better suggestion, we’re all ears. Bring some Cheer by decking out our homes with Xmas fairy lights. Let’s give our streets a bit of sparkle! Dust off the Christmas lights and bring them out 9 months early! They’ll puts smiles on the faces of your kids, neighbours and make the time spent at home gleam just a little. Brighten up our driveways with chalk art. Those walks around the block are hard to escape! How about we help brighten up our driveways with a bit of creativity and lay down some artwork of support to keep us strong. An instant message when people are walking about in your neighbourhood. Show Fighting Spirit with Amber & Black letter boxes. There are few things more Taranaki than the amber and black colours, and it would be a fitting symbol of our fighting spirit. Imagine if we all decked out our letterboxes yellow and black, the symbol of Taranaki showing the world we’re together to fight Covid-19. Show gratitude with Thank You signs for essential workers on our fences and gates. They’re our parents, our children, our siblings, and our friends, and they’re still out there in the forefront of the battle ensuring our community’s most essential services still function. They deserve our humble thanks and wouldn’t it be nice for them to be reminded of our gratitude whenever they’re out on the streets? We all need to be safe, stay home, and say lives but in the weeks and months ahead we’re going to need some Taranaki spirit to help us through it. A symbol of us that shows the world we’re up for this fight and we’ve got it. Voting closes 12pm Monday 6 April and we will announce Taranaki's chosen idea on Tuesday 7 April. What will it be? Unite Taranaki. Disclaimer: all activity will be undertaken while sticking to the Government alert level rules. Any decisions made by New Plymouth District Council in regard to any part of the promotion are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
NPDC heroes - keeping the water flowing to your taps
01 April 2020
Amid working remotely, keeping the kids occupied and supermarket trips, one thing you don’t have to worry about is drinking water and the loo continuing to flush. NPDC’s water and wastewater treatment team is on the job, continuing to deliver this essential service in unprecedented times. Each day it provides drinking water to around 28,000 homes/businesses and provides wastewater services to around 26,000 properties. We’ve divided our water and wastewater teams into two, with teams working week about. Often, these staff members won’t see each other for long periods. One person is on-site at the Treatment Plants, one is off-site looking after the other treatment plants or pump stations in Inglewood, Oakura and Okato. Then we’ve got people taking regular water samples to make sure our high water-quality standards are being met. We also have a staff member on-call overnight who can operate the plants from their laptop, if necessary. When they’re not on-shift, our technicians are isolating themselves at home, just like everyone else. Anyone who doesn’t have to be at the New Plymouth Water or Wastewater Treatment Plants isn’t allowed on-site – not even the cleaners. Our staff members are doing their own cleaning, including wiping down their computer keyboards each day. All staff have separate vehicles – no sharing allowed – and when materials need to be picked up at the plant the car driver opens the vehicle’s boot and steps away before a second staff member deposits the materials inside. Where practical, all hard surfaces – including those of deliveries and pick-ups – are wiped down between handling. “We keep our water technicians in their bubbles and minimise their risk of getting sick,” says NPDC Manager Three Waters Mark Hall. “They’re working longer hours than usual each day and with our new roster they don’t have to share the same space.” As much as the staff are keeping apart from each other physically, we keep in touch throughout the day virtually. The team’s coordinators, who are working from home, talk with the water technicians at the plants several times a day.
Flush only pee, poo and toilet paper
01 April 2020
Staying clean and healthy has taken on extra importance during the Covid-19 lockdown, but we still have to look after our sewage system. Wet wipes are becoming a problem in wastewater systems around the country and we’re seeing them gum up the works in New Plymouth District too, with four recent blockages at pump stations. “Wet wipes belong in the landfill bin – as do rags, paper towels, sanitary pads and tampons,” says NPDC Manager Three Waters Mark Hall. “These items don’t break down in water like toilet paper does so please don’t flush them. Only flush pee, poo and toilet paper.” NPDC’s wastewater crew are essential workers during the lockdown and while they are still working, NPDC wants to cut down how many callouts they have to attend. Cleaning the screen of rags and wet wipes at Te Henui pump station, requires three staff members to be on-site. “The fewer blockages we have to clear the better, as it means our emergency staff can avoid meeting in person at a time when we’re meant to be keeping our distance,” says Mr Hall. “We need our residents to do their bit by not flushing wet wipes and rags. We’d really appreciate your help with this by putting them straight in the landfill bin.”
Beat the lockdown boredom with Puke Ariki's digital library
30 March 2020
NPDC’s Puke Ariki and community libraries may be shut because of the Covid-19 lockdown but Taranaki residents can still get access to great content online. The Puke Ariki digital library gives users free access to thousands of eBooks, eAudiobooks, movies, newspapers and magazines and loads of content for kids. There’s a huge range of resources residents can use from keeping up to date with Covid-19 news across the world via PressReader to accessing more than 30,000 films and programmes for all ages through Kanopy and all content is available 24/7. Libraries Manager Dyane Hosler says signing up for the digital library is quick and easy and gives everyone in Taranaki access to fantastic content to educate and entertain. “Libraries are the heart of our communities and that doesn’t change just because our facilities aren’t open, we’re here to help people get through lock down with access to online resources that are suitable for all ages,” says Hosler. “Membership lasts for 12 months and you’ll get instant access once you’ve signed up. We’re also reviewing what other content we can provide for people so watch this space.” How to sign up: Head to the Puke Ariki website and select ‘Digital Only Membership’ when filling out the online form https://pukeariki.com/libraries/membership/ Take note of your temporary membership number and PIN as you will need this to sign-in to our online resources. If you already have an account but need to reset your pin, please contact us on 06 759 6060 or fill in our online form. What you get access to: Ancestry (available for use at home during COVID-19 closures) access the world's largest family history resource. Start searching billions of records and discover your family's story. BorrowBox brings a wide range of eBooks and eAudiobooks from Bolinda to your tablet, smartphone, PC and ereaders. Libby and OverDrive let you access a huge selection of eBooks and eAudiobooks from ePukapuka. Story Box Library gives access to stories being read by storytellers. Tumble Book Library has a great selection of children's story books. There are also puzzles and games accompanying each book, creating a fun learning experience. Encyclopaedia Britannica lets you explore thousands of articles, biographies, videos, and images. PressReader gives people access to thousands of newspapers and magazines from around the world. New Zealand Geographic celebrates our people, places, wildlife and environment. Newsbank has the complete full-text content of local, regional, and national newspapers from New Zealand. Kanopy has more than 30,000 films and programmes and unlimited kids content. BeamaFilm is a curated streaming collection of more than 500 award-winning documentaries, independent features and festival favourites.
The big calls: What your Elected Members decided
11 March 2020
Infrastructure investment on the rise Investment into the New Plymouth District’s core infrastructure is set to be boosted following an Extraordinary NPDC meeting today (10 March). Elected Members voted for the extra investment, totalling about $2.6m when approving the proposed 2020/21 Annual Plan. The funding, which includes programmes such as extra bridge maintenance and a study into extending wastewater reticulation, means the required rates increase for the year would be 6.42 per cent, up from the 4.88 per cent forecast in the 10-Year Plan. The Annual Plan sets out our budget, any changes to what we do and how this is funded. A finalised Plan will be discussed and voted on before 30 June. Green light for extra borrowing Elected Members have voted to increase borrowing as major projects get under way to improve the resilience of the Three Waters network and other key investments across the District. The $18 million increase will be within Treasury policy and should have no impact on NPDC’s AA/A-1+ credit rating from global rating agency Standard and Poor’s, the highest rating a local government body can get in New Zealand. The changes will not have any impact on rates. Yes to Waitara Rugby League clubrooms funding An appeal for funding to help upgrade Waitara Rugby League’s clubrooms ahead of the start of the new season has been approved by Elected Members. The clubrooms are used by eight teams from March to October and are in need of urgent work to make them up to scratch. A request for $50,000 was approved and the funding, from the Agility Fund, will be used to improve the shower facilities, paint and clean the building and fix-up the kitchen. The clubrooms will eventually get a major makeover as part of stage two of the Clifton Park sports project. Read the full meeting agenda or minutes or watch a recording of the meeting.
PayMyPark issues fixed
10 March 2020
The PayMyPark app is temporarily down and we’re working with the company to get it up and running again as quickly as possible. We’d ask people to please use another payment method in the meantime. Our machines take cash and cards. Thanks for bearing with us and we’re sorry for any inconvenience. We’ll update this message when the system is working again. Update 12 March 2020: The PayMyPark app is up and running again. Thanks again for bearing with us while we worked with the company to restore the service yesterday. If you strike any issues, please let us know as soon as possible. Contact us on 06 759 6060 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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.
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Last updated: 10 March 2020