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News Beatrice Bjorn inspecting recycling bin Bin auditor helps push to improve region's recycling rate 24 April 2018 Beatrice Bjorn is hitting the streets to help keep the region’s recycling clean and green. Currently, our kerbside recycling in Taranaki has a high amount of non-recyclables in it – about 15 per cent from all the recycling from South Taranaki, Stratford and New Plymouth districts. Ms Bjorn’s role as a bin auditor is to educate residents on what can and can’t be recycled in the yellow-topped green bins. “As part of our vision to work towards Zero Waste we want to increase awareness among residents about what can and can’t be recycled at the kerbside, and ultimately cut right back on the amount of non-recyclables that we get,” says NPDC Chief Operating Officer Kelvin Wright.  Every street on an urban recycling collection in Taranaki will be audited over the coming 12 months. A tag will be left on bins noting whether the recycling is excellent or if non-recyclable items were in there.  Ms Bjorn will also collect recycling data suburb by suburb, which will enable the three councils to target education that is relevant to each area. The most common non-recyclable items that end up in recycling bins are plastics – including plastic bags, plastic film, plastic packaging and plastics that have no recycling number – polystyrene and fabric. To check whether an item is recyclable, check out your District Council’s website or download the NPDC Recycling app from Google Play or the App Store.
News Mayor calls for levy on inward flights to NZ to pay for Freedom Camping facilities 20 April 2018 The busy season for freedom camping is ending as autumn settles in but work on how New Plymouth District welcomes freedom campers continues.  Mayor Neil Holdom attended a Local Government New Zealand symposium on freedom camping this week. He says it was clear from the symposium that there is no silver bullet for solving issues around freedom camping. “However, NPDC knows that non-self-contained vehicles are going to come so we have to manage the effects in ways that are specific to the issues in each district,” says the Mayor. “I like the idea of a levy on inward flights to New Zealand to ensure visitors help fund the infrastructure they use. We also need clarification around what self-containment means because putting a bucket in the boot and a sticker on the back window doesn’t cut it.” Meanwhile, data has been collected on how many freedom campers have been using 13 popular NPDC coastal sites during summer, which is now being analysed alongside other information. “We’ll be discussing all of this at a workshop at the end of May, as well as reviewing how the Freedom Camping Bylaw operated during its first summer and any fine-tuning that might be required,” says the Mayor. “If we do amend the bylaw, we’ll go out for public consultation on the changes. Any amended bylaw would be adopted around October this year before the next busy camping season begins.” Under the Government’s Freedom Camping Act 2011, councils may not prohibit freedom camping in their districts but may have a bylaw that manages it. As well as Mayor Holdom attending the LGNZ symposium, Deputy Mayor Richard Jordan has attended a national freedom camping forum which discussed how New Zealand can better manage freedom camping. 
Road Closure Temporary Road Closure Liardet Street 19 April 2018 Pavement repairs on Liardet Street will require the road to be closed.  Accordingly, in terms of Section 342(1)(b) of the Local Government Act 1974 the Council directs that Liardet Street (between Leach and Pendarves streets) be closed 6pm to 7am for three nights from Thursday 19 April or until works are completed (weather permitting). Detours will be in place. The road will re-open without further notice.Enquiries shall be directed to Mike Simpson of Taranaki Civil Construction on 027-5555-221.  For more information contact New Plymouth District Council on 06-759 6060, via fax 06-759 6072 or email enquiries@npdc.govt.nz.
News Mayor welcomes facelift for busy stretch of Taranaki road 13 April 2018 A major resurfacing of a key road in Waiwhakaiho, New Plymouth, is great news for road users and businesses, says Mayor Neil Holdom. The NZ Transport Agency this weekend begins working on Devon Road between Vickers and Smart roads to remove the existing road surface and lay a new asphalt surface, with the majority of road works taking place between 6pm and 6am. “Northgate is one of the keys to our economic viability and it’s vital that we have this road up to the standard necessary to withstand the heavy traffic it gets every day. Fixing up this section of road is something we’ve raised with NZTA as of real concern to our people and we are pleased they are now taking action,” says Holdom. Mayor Holdom asks drivers to slow down and take care during the works period. NZTA’s road works start this Sunday (15 April) and will take about a month to finish.
News Government block offer announcement a major concern for Taranaki economy 12 April 2018 New Plymouth Mayor Neil Holdom said news the Government had halted offshore block offers was a kick in the guts for the long term future of the Taranaki economy and urgent work was needed on a plan to maintain Taranaki’s position as the provincial powerhouse of New Zealand’s economy.  “Thousands of households in Taranaki depend on the oil and gas industry and while we all want to see a more sustainable future for New Zealand we had expected to be having a comprehensive conversation about a planned and staged transition to a low carbon economy over the next 20 to 30 years with central government, local government, Iwi, the industry and other stakeholders actively contributing.”  “Taranaki’s councils, its people and its businesses have been setting national benchmarks for environmental initiatives, innovations and performance for years because we have the people, the expertise and the culture to do amazing things so now it’s time for us to sit down with Government, for them to draw us a picture of how they will support the people of Taranaki as we transition to a low carbon economy and we expect there will need to be significant investments from Government in energy innovation, in education, reskilling of our people and in economic development.”  “This announcement sends a message to some of Taranaki’s major investors and employers that they do not have a long term future in New Zealand, despite the fact the Crown pockets more than $300 million a year from Taranaki oil and gas royalties and our national electricity infrastructure and economy continues to rely on natural gas to keep the lights on across the nation. These are businesses that serve our community well, demonstrate leadership in environmental stewardship, community investment, safety and operational excellence.”  “I have spoken to the Minister of Energy Megan Woods and ensured she is clear that we want to know what the plan is to support our people, what the plan is to power our economy, what the plan is to support our businesses, what is the plan to support our communities through this period of transition. “Having generated billions in GDP and crown mineral royalties for NZ Inc over the years, our people will want to know what investments this Government will be making to mitigate the expected impacts on our household incomes and employment in what has been and continues to be the provincial rock star economy.”  “I have spoken to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and expressed disappointment that the announcement was made prior to a combined plan being developed to move the Taranaki Region through this transition but also committed to working constructively with Government to develop a plan for our people, for our future employment and for a more sustainable economy while making it clear we expect to see a significant chunk of the $300 million plus of crown mineral royalties the government pockets from Taranaki each year reinvested in our economy over coming years to smooth the very real impacts of this major change in Government policy.” 
News Tapuae Roa Make Way for Taranaki Action Plan launch 06 April 2018 The Taranaki region is taking charge of its future with the launch of the Tapuae Roa Action Plan today. Today, Minister Shane Jones announced Central Government funding of: • $13.34 million for the Taranaki Crossing Experience. • $5m for the Taranaki Cathedral restoration and upgrades. • $100,000 towards a business case for a New Energy Development Centre in Taranaki. • $100,000 to undertake a stock-take of Māori enterprise and education in Taranaki, with a focus on STEAMID (the broad areas of science, technology, engineering, arts/design, mathematics, innovation, and digital). • $100,000 towards an initial feasibility study to establish innovation precincts across Taranaki. • $50,000 towards the establishment of ‘H2 Taranaki’. • $50,000 towards a business case for developing a Taranaki Future Foods Accelerator. • $250,000 for the development of a business guide to tree planting on Taranaki hill country farms. • $400,000 for a SH43 business case. • $175,000 towards future food – major regional food opportunities. Speaking on behalf of the Taranaki Mayoral Forum, New Plymouth District Mayor Neil Holdom says the Action Plan is a bold, ambitious roadmap for building economic strength in Taranaki. “These announcements are just the first steps towards projects that are game-changers for Taranaki and New Zealand,” says Mayor Holdom. “We live in a fast-changing world and with the projects identified in Make Way for Taranaki, we’ll take charge of our future rather than react to changes as they happen,” he says. “Taranaki’s future will be cleaner and greener as we invest in promoting the high-quality foods our farming sector produces, invest in tree planting in our back country, work to nurture the Māori economy which will play a pivotal part in the future of our region, invest in emerging clean energy technologies and invest in facilities to attract high-value tourists to Mt Taranaki.” A key success of the Tapuae Roa action plan is that it has been a group effort – developed in partnership between the region’s four councils, nga iwi o Taranaki, business leaders, Venture Taranaki and central government. “That across-the-board partnership gives Tapuae Roa real strength and resilience,” says Mayor Holdom. Quick facts Tapuae Roa: Make Way for Taranaki is a Taranaki-wide strategy with the goal of making the region successful. The project takes a whole-of-region approach and focuses on unlocking the best opportunities for regional economic growth. Besides providing a new direction for economic development, Tapuae Roa will feed into the long-term-plans of all the councils in the region, influence private sector investment decision-making and contribute to the future activities and investment decisions of the iwi of Taranaki. Tapuae Roa was launched in August 2017 and the Action Plan was launched today. Tapuae Roa has two parts: the Four Futures and the Four Foundations. Four Futures • Energy Futures: energy options designed for the emerging low-carbon future, building on the knowledge and expertise of the existing energy industry. This has the potential to be the basis of a strong economic future to the region, similar to the role energy has played in the past. • Food Futures: food products and processes that build on the existing strength of the primary and processing industries that are already a large part of the regional economy. As with Energy Futures, this project seeks to future-proof a key regional industry.  • Māori Economy Futures: ensuring a new generation of Māori leadership have the required technical and technological skills to participate in the modern economy. • Visitor Sector Futures: extending an already significant labour-intensive industry which has the potential to grow in the region. Four Foundations These are fundamental enablers that make the economy move more effectively: • Talent, enterprise and innovation: the most important and ambitious of the Four Foundations with a focus on training for a modern economy to grow innovation capability. The required skills are identified by STEAMID (science, technology, engineering, arts/design, mathematics, innovation and digital). • Accessibility and connectivity: enhancing the port, roads, rail, the airport and digital connectivity to overcome the region’s geographical isolation. • Vibrancy and liveability: these are key attractors for both bringing people into the region and retaining skilled residents. • Investment: arguably the single greatest enabler, to regional development. Funding options in this strategy include regional royalties, angel investment, a Taranaki Growth Fund, iwi investment, foreign direct investment and philanthropic contributions.
News Kids at Permian Monsters Exhibition 2018 Smash hit exhibition helps Puke Ariki set new visitor record 05 April 2018 Puke Ariki’s latest exhibition is a monster hit! Permian Monsters: Life Before the Dinosaurs helped NPDC’s Puke Ariki museum set a record for the highest number of visitors in a single day since it opened in 2003.  The museum had 4091 visitors from Good Friday to Easter Monday with 1920 visitors on the Saturday, breaking the previous busiest day record of around 1700 set by Bugs: Our Backyard Heroes in January last year. “We are delighted that both visitors and locals are enjoying our latest exhibition and also taking time to explore our Long Term Galleries as well,” Puke Ariki Manager Kelvin Day says. Permian Monsters is in the Temporary Exhibitions Gallery and includes five life-size animatronics and one life-sized model of the creatures which roamed the Earth between 298 and 252 million years ago.  Kids get to explore and identify fossils in interactive ‘dig pits’ and there is also a soundscape when the animatronics are activated by people walking past them.  NPDC’s Puke Ariki has a number of Long Term Gallery projects underway that will see parts of the museum refreshed in the next few months.  A display in the Taranaki Life Gallery will look at the arrival of the Plymouth Company in Taranaki while there will be a refit to the Thompson’s Hut and both exhibits will feature interactive elements for all ages to enjoy.  Permian Monsters: Fast Facts • Permian Monsters runs at Puke Ariki Museum until 9 September. • Permian Monsters is curated by Gondwana Studios which has taken the exhibition to two other museums in New Zealand. • The Permian era was from 298 to 252 million years ago. • It started with an ice age and finished with a massive extinction event, believed to have been caused by volcanic activity causing climate change. • All the continents came together during this time to form the mega-continent Pangaea.  • Some 95 per cent of marine life was wiped out at the end of the period including trilobites which had been around for 270 million years.
News Record month for New Plymouth Airport 05 April 2018 A record number of passengers went through New Plymouth Airport in March, highlighting the growing attraction of Taranaki as a destination and the region’s thriving economy. March is normally the airport’s busiest month and passenger numbers had been expected to break the 40,000 mark for the first month ever, says Chief Executive Wayne Wootton. “When the numbers were in, not only did we break the barrier, but we went through the 41,000 mark with a total of 41,051 passengers through the airport during March,” says Mr Wootton. “This is amazing considering that the current terminal was originally designed for 50,000 passengers a year.” The March numbers were up 3.8 per cent from March last year and bring the 12-month figure since April last year to a new high of 434,000 passengers. “WOMAD has a big influence on the March figures and this year we also had the ITU Triathlon in New Plymouth, which helped too,” says Mr Wootton. With other users, such as friends and family, the total number of people at the airport in March was estimated at 56,000. Work is underway on a new terminal to replace the current building, which was built in the 1960s. The new terminal, with a budget between $22 million and $29 million, is expected to be operating in late 2019.
News Marine Park The holiday of a lifetime in Waitara 29 March 2018 Roger and Trish Jenkins were only going to stay a single night in Waitara and they ended up taking over the management of the NPDC-owned Marine Park Motor Camp. They have taken over from Dawn Chard, who has held the lease at the historic camp ground for almost 27 years. “We sold our house in Hawera four months ago and with the profit we bought a motor home and we were travelling around the North Island. We happened to be heading back to Taranaki and called in to the Waitara Marine Park for one night and ended up here forever,” jokes Roger. Dawn Chard says she’s proud of the work she and her late husband put into the site, with NPDC’s help. “It’s turned out a really nice place. Everything we did made it a little bit better, it gave us the heart to carry on a bit more and NPDC has been absolutely marvellous,” says Dawn. NPDC’s Chief Financial Officer says Waitara is a great place to do business. “NPDC manages six seaside Holiday Park leases to help to bring visitors to the district, create jobs and keep the tills ringing,” says Mr Bird. At 72, Dawn said the time had come to hand over the reins and “everything fell into place” when the Jenkins arrived. The pair, who have previously managed hotels in the South Island, saw opportunities in the camp and the town. They knew Dawn wasn’t well and asked if she would consider selling the lease. The deal included Dawn buying the Jenkins’ bus so she could stay on at the camp. Roger, who worked in Waitara in his younger days, says Waitara has “grown up”. “It’s a real community spirit here, with friendly people and the sea is only a minute away.” They plan to upgrade the facilities, including the kitchen and laundry, start a website and bring in Eftpos, while keeping the animal-friendly, family atmosphere. The Waitara Marine Park Motor Camp has been running since at least the 1920s and is one of NPDC’s six seaside holiday park leases. The other five are in Oakura, Belt Road, Fitzroy, Urenui and Onaero.
News Marine Park Holiday of a lifetime How one night in Waitara changed lives and will boost tourism 29 March 2018 Roger and Trish Jenkins were only going to stay a single night in Waitara and they ended up taking over the management of the NPDC-owned Marine Park Motor Camp. They have taken over from Dawn Chard, who has held the lease at the historic camp ground for almost 27 years. “We sold our house in Hawera four months ago and with the profit we bought a motor home and we were travelling around the North Island. We happened to be heading back to Taranaki and called in to the Waitara Marine Park for one night and ended up here forever,” jokes Roger. Dawn Chard says she’s proud of the work she and her late husband put into the site, with NPDC’s help. “It’s turned out a really nice place. Everything we did made it a little bit better, it gave us the heart to carry on a bit more and NPDC has been absolutely marvellous,” says Dawn. NPDC’s Chief Financial Officer says Waitara is a great place to do business. “NPDC manages six seaside Holiday Park leases to help to bring visitors to the district, create jobs and keep the tills ringing,” says Mr Bird. At 72, Dawn said the time had come to hand over the reins and “everything fell into place” when the Jenkins arrived. The pair, who have previously managed hotels in the South Island, saw opportunities in the camp and the town. They knew Dawn wasn’t well and asked if she would consider selling the lease. The deal included Dawn buying the Jenkins’ bus so she could stay on at the camp. Roger, who worked in Waitara in his younger days, says Waitara has “grown up”. “It’s a real community spirit here, with friendly people and the sea is only a minute away.” They plan to upgrade the facilities, including the kitchen and laundry, start a website and bring in Eftpos, while keeping the animal-friendly, family atmosphere. The Waitara Marine Park Motor Camp has been running since at least the 1920s and is one of NPDC’s six seaside holiday park leases. The other five are in Oakura, Belt Road, Fitzroy, Urenui and Onaero.
News NPDC's digital draft district plan recognized with top award 26 March 2018 New Plymouth District Council’s trail-blazing work to create digital draft district plan has been recognized with a major award from New Zealand’s top planning body. The New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI) on Friday announced NPDC has won the 2018 Supreme Practice Award for its commitment to becoming “a future-focused ‘Digital Council.” NPDC was the first council in New Zealand to draft a new district plan written directly into a property-based driven e-plan, said the NZPI. “This council’s experience will help achieve the delivery of more robust and consistent district plans,” said the citation for the award, also known as the Nancy Northcroft Planning Practice Award. NPDC’s digital draft district plan went live on 5 February and is available to anyone online. With a few clicks, they can find information on their property anytime, anywhere – rather than looking through paper documents for the information they need. “We have had interest in this work from across the country and Australia. It is much-deserved recognition of the work staff have put in to enable better customer experiences and a more engaged community,” says NPDC Group Manager Strategy Liam Hodgetts. “The digital draft plan helps give us a better understanding of what people think of the proposals and on how they think the e-plan works too.” E-planning is now a statutory requirement for all councils to move towards and the NPDC’s e-plan created significant opportunities for other councils to benefit and leverage from, said the NZPI citation. “We look forward to continuing to work with other councils, central government and our technology provider, Isovist, to develop and refine the e-plan tool,” says Mr Hodgetts. District plans guide how NPDC manages a variety of activities in our community.  The Digital Council project includes plans to enable the public to conduct more of their transactions with NPDC, such as buying LIM reports, online. The Digital District Plan is online at newplymouthnz.com/DraftDistrictPlan.
News Rehabilitated Kereru 2018 Kereru flying again thanks to care from NPDC's zoo staff 23 March 2018 Kereru have taken a hammering this summer but staff at NPDC’s Brooklands Zoo have been pulling out all the stops to get injured and orphaned birds back in the air. The zoo has accepted six kereru (native pigeons) into its care since December. The injured birds are housed out of the public eye before they are released back into the wild. NPDC External Relations Manager Jacqueline Baker says Brooklands Zoo staff have to deal with birds that are completely wild and often stressed when they arrive. “Some of these animals are protected species and our keepers have been specially trained in how to care for them. They have created a calm environment to help them recover,” Ms Baker says.  Brooklands Zoo has a Department of Conservation (DOC) permit to assist with rehabilitating injured or orphaned native birds, such as kereru, tui and morepork, as well as protected reptiles. Kereru are large and relatively heavy birds and are prone to injury. We can all take simple measures to help protect kereru, says Ms Baker. These include not speeding on the roads, keeping dogs under control in the bush, putting stickers on large windows, and avoiding planting trees, such as puriri which attract kereru, right next to large viewing windows. “Most people think of them as quite common birds, and although they are not rare, they only have one chick a year and it takes 10 weeks to leave the nest, during which time it is very vulnerable to predators,” says Ms Baker. Brooklands Zoo opened in 1965 and about 113,000 people visit every year. NPDC owned and operated, the family-focused zoo is home to a wide variety of species, including farmyard animals, reptiles and amphibians, and exotic mammals and birds.
News High five for Pukekura Park with Green Flag honour 16 March 2018 The Green Flag will be flying over New Plymouth’s Pukekura Park for a fifth year this year. The jewel in the crown of New Plymouth District Council parks was one of 18 across the country to make the grade for the international award in 2018. The Green Flag is the international mark of a quality park or green space. “This is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our Parks staff and reflects the pride they take in their work,” says NPDC Chief Operating Officer Kelvin Wright. “It also shows how lucky we are that New Plymouth’s founders had the foresight to create such a fantastic and lasting asset back in 1876. We aim to keep it in good shape for future generations to enjoy.” The park includes the TSB Bowl of Brooklands and the popular Brooklands Zoo, and is host to high-profile events such as this weekend’s WOMAD and the annual TSB Festival of Lights, as well as concerts by international stars. Experts assess a park for a Green Flag award using eight criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability, community involvement and providing a warm welcome.  The Green Flag Award scheme, piloted in New Zealand by the New Zealand Recreation Association, was launched in the United Kingdom in 1996 and flags fly over 1,700 sites across the UK, Republic of Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, Finland and the United Arab Emirates, as well as Australia and New Zealand.  “We know the significant contribution that public parks make to healthy lifestyles. If we want liveable cities and thriving communities, then we need to invest in these public spaces and ensure that everyone, no matter where they live, has access to quality parks and green spaces that are fit for purpose,” says Karl Nesbitt, Parks and Open Spaces Programme Manager at the New Zealand Recreation Association. “When you visit a park and see the Green Flag flying, you know you are in one of the very best green spaces.” NPDC Parks: Fast facts • NPDC manages 1500 hectares of parks. • The parks department employs 74 staff members. • Pukekura Park won the vote to take out the “Mayfair” or top spot on the NZ version of Monopoly. • Each year the park stages the TSB Festival of Lights which is attended by 125,000 over the summer months. • Park staff use remote-controlled, hi-tech mowers for tricky areas.  • Currently parks have 49 playgrounds.  • There are seven skate parks. • Parks staff mow 700 acres every 18 days. • There are 67 sports fields including two first-class venues.
News Help raise cash for Taranaki Retreat at WOMAD pop-up festival says NPDC 13 March 2018 NPDC is bringing together WOMAD NZ organiser TAFT, First Gas, More FM, Energy City Hyundai and Police to raise vital cash for the Taranaki Retreat. New Plymouth District Mayor Neil Holdom and councillors will add the sounds of sizzling sausages to the cool tunes from WOMAD artists at a free pop-up festival tomorrow at the Puke Ariki Landing. Four barbecues run by NPDC, Energy City Hyundai, More FM and the Police will feed music lovers and money raised from the sizzle will go to the Taranaki Retreat.  “All those involved were delighted to help out,” says Mr Holdom. “We wanted to do our bit to raise cash for a social worker at the Taranaki Retreat and raise awareness of the fantastic job they are doing.  “A huge thank you to TAFT, councillors and community board members and all those who wanted to make this happen. This fundraising event fits so well with the spirit of WOMAD and the idea of the city centre being a cultural and community hub where our people come together. “Let’s get out there, enjoy some music and food and show our support for the Taranaki Retreat.” The WOMAD pop-up festival will feature artists Nano Stern, Spooky Men’s Chorale and The Curious Game as well as Zumba dancing and was organised by NPDC’s See it in the City and WOMAD NZ. The event runs from 11am to 1.30pm with sausages ready about 11.30am. First Gas has agreed to sponsor $1,000 to cover the costs of sausages and bread.  Taranaki Retreat co-ordinator Jamie Allen says they were thrilled with the support for the community facility from NPDC, TAFT, the Police and local businesses.  “This awesome event expresses how committed our community is to making a difference where it is most needed,” says Mr Allen. “We’re looking forward to sharing in the cooking and spreading the word.” To find out how to donate to the Retreat, which provides a sanctuary for families dealing with tragedy and difficult times, head to taranakiretreat.org.nz/donation. New Plymouth is host city for WOMAD, which runs from Friday to Sunday, and this is the 14th year the iconic festival has been held in Brooklands Park.
News Permian Monster Exhibition Photo NPDC's Puke Ariki explores life before the dinosaurs 09 March 2018 Life-sized and animated models of pre-historic Permian monsters form the centrepiece attraction of the latest exhibition to hit NPDC’s Puke Ariki. Visitors to the Permian Monsters: Life Before the Dinosaurs exhibition will have the opportunity to roam around, and interact with, the creatures from the days before dinosaurs ruled the Earth. The Permian era featured some weird and wonderful creatures who are brought back to life by animatronics in the exhibition, being hosted in the Temporary Exhibitions Gallery. The Permian era is famous for a mass extinction event 252 million years ago when climate change caused by huge volcanic eruptions wiped out more than 90 per cent of life on our planet. “Permian Monsters is perfect for all the family to enjoy,” says Puke Ariki Manager Kelvin Day. Visitors will see five life-size animatronics and one life-sized model of the creatures which dominated land and sea from 298 to 252 million years ago and also get to explore and identify fossils in interactive ‘dig pits’. There is also a Permian soundscape when the animatronics are activated by people walking past them. The Permian period was dominated by synapsids (thought to be ancestors of mammals) and sauropsids (ancestors of dinosaurs and birds) and the ‘great dying’ killed about 95 per cent of marine animals, 70 per cent of land animals and virtually all trees. “It’s a fascinating period which sometimes gets overlooked because of the dinosaur era but is well worth finding more about,” says Mr Day. Permian Monsters: Life Before the Dinosaurs runs from 10 March to 9 September. The exhibition is toured by Gondwana Studios. Permian fast facts: The Permian era was from 298 to 252 million years ago. It started with an ice age and finished with a massive extinction event, believed to have been caused by volcanic activity causing climate change. All the continents came together during this time to form the mega-continent Pangaea. Some 95 per cent of marine life was wiped out at the end of the period including trilobites which had been around for 270 million years. Permian Monsters is curated by Gondwana Studios which has taken the exhibition to two other museums in New Zealand. Puke Ariki fast facts: Puke Ariki is owned and managed by NPDC. It is the world’s first purpose-built, fully integrated museum, library and visitor information centre. It opened on 15 June 2003. More than 800,000 people visited Puke Ariki in the 2016/17 year, Puke Ariki has three long-term galleries (Takapou Whāriki, Taranaki Naturally and the Gallery of Taranaki Life) and components of these get changed out regularly. The temporary exhibition space shows touring exhibitions that are either curated in-house or brought in from other museums.
News Trial launched to improve safety of primary school students 06 March 2018 Nine New Plymouth District schools have started using cones to promote safe driving at school drop-off and pick-up times under a new trial joint scheme with NPDC’s Let’s Go. The trial uses traffic safety cones to keep cars away from no-stopping areas at entrances, crossing facilities, accessways and intersections to boost kids’ safety around vehicles. Waitara East School has just begun the trial and Principal Perrie Topia says he is already receiving positive comments about it. “The cones have heightened awareness that there’s a pedestrian crossing coming up by making it more visual,” he says. “Prior to this, some people were stopping on yellow lines to drop off or pick up their children. But with the cones there the area has opened up and everyone is safer.” NPDC spokesperson Jacqueline Baker says the goal is to improve students’ safety at the busiest times of the school day: morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up. “We ask all drivers to stop legally around schools, for everyone’s safety,” she says. “It’s better to park further away and walk in than to stop your car on broken yellow lines.” The nine schools taking part are Vogeltown School, New Plymouth Girls’ High School, West End School, Welbourn School, Waitara East School, Fitzroy School, Puketapu School, Inglewood Primary School and Central School.
News NPDC boosts road safety outside busy school 04 March 2018 NPDC is boosting road safety for kids, cyclists and drivers outside Highlands Intermediate School. Work has started on revamping a busy stretch of road on Coronation Avenue near the school after NPDC’s Let’s Go team worked with the school, locals and the NZTA on how to improve safety. The seven-week project will provide more room for cyclists, cut traffic confusion around the pedestrian crossing and make the section from Tarahua Road to the State Highway 3 intersection safer. “We’ve spent months talking with schools, residents and the community at large and are grateful for their advice and input,” says NPDC spokesperson Jacqueline Baker. “These improvements will enhance the area for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. Please take care while the work is being carried out” says Ms Baker. The changes include: Moving the pedestrian crossing further away from the Evelyn Place intersection. Creating more spaces for bus parking. Creating inset parking bays. Widening the cycle lanes. Creating a 2.4m-wide shared pathway from the SH3 intersection to the main gates of Highlands Intermediate School – similar to the shared pathway along Coronation Avenue from New Plymouth Boys’ High School. Roads factfile: The NPDC has 1,277km of roads which it maintains. Annually NPDC spends around $1.8m on maintaining the structure of our road pavements. This includes pothole repairs as well as a lot of other types of repairs. In 2017 NPDC did 279 traffic counts with 362,156 vehicles driving over the tubes, and there were more than 500 million vehicle kilometres travelled on our roads. We maintain 347 bridges across the network of which 185 are single lane. Breakdown of roads maintained: Urban: Sealed = 325km (Sealed) Rural: Sealed = 956km, (Sealed = 787km; Unselaed = 169km) Special Purpose Road (Egmont Rd up to North Egmont = 6.8km)
News Pipe fixed but boil and conserve water 24 February 2018 Quick facts Please keep up to date with water information for your property by viewing our emergency water map: View the Emergency Water Map All properties in New Plymouth, Bell Block, Waitara, Tikorangi, Lepperton, Onaero and Urenui are on a boil water notice. All tap water must be boiled for one minute before drinking. Please use your emergency water supplies first. Information on personal hygiene and food safety is available from the Taranaki District Health Board here: Protecting your health in an emergency Latest update 6pm update, 24th February Our Fix It crews have been working hard on the streets and we’re more than ¾ of the way through stand piping* about 100 fire hydrants. Waitara, Lepperton, Highlands Park and Bell Block now have water in taps. This includes some big commercial users. We’re half way through Glen Avon and we’ve started in Urenui, the last location (including Tikorangi and Onaero). Its critical everyone continues to boil water. Once we have the 100 fire hydrants completed, we’ll then move into the water quality phase where we make sure it is safe to drink while working with health officials. While we’re rebooting our water system we have crews on the ground monitoring flows and please let us know on 06 759 6060 or our Facebook page, if you see anything unusual. We are making solid progress but there is still a lot of work to do, following the New Plymouth water pipe being damaged during ex Cyclone Gita on Tuesday night. Its likely to take about a week before we can lift the boil water notice. * Stand piping involves manually removing the lid of fire hydrants, and installing a vertical pipe (stand pipe) which allows air and water to escape the system as it is gradually refilled. We need to do this slowly so we can control the pressure, venting the air from the pipes as water rushes in. People will see water coming out of the pipe and this is an important safety measure; confirming the pipes are full of water and we are controlling the pressure. Each stand piping takes several hours. Situation to date, Residents All properties in New Plymouth, Bell Block, Waitara, Tikorangi, Lepperton, Onaero and Urenui are on a boil water notice. Only use tap water (including filtered water) for drinking after boiling it for one minute, and for flushing the toilet. Please use your emergency water supplies first. If you are not sure what the water situation is for your property, please check the Water Supply Map: http://www.newplymouthnz.com/Residents/Your-Property/Water/Emergency-Water-Map Information on personal hygiene and food safety is available from the Taranaki District Health Board here: http://tdhb.org.nz/news/documents/2018-02-21.shtml Note: you can shower safely as long as you avoid your face, but young children should be sponge-bathed instead. You may want to use bottled or boiled water if you have recent surgical wounds or a chronic illness. However, we instruct all residents in the boil-water notice area to cut back on their water use and use tap water only for drinking (after boiling it for one minute) and flushing the toilet. There is a total ban on using water for gardens or outside washing. Situation to date, Businesses and Schools We’re asking you to boil and save water. It is up to businesses and schools to decide if they should shut, however, all water must be boiled first before being consumed. Schools should talk to the Ministry of Education. Hairdressers in the amber and red areas of the interactive Water Supply Map on newplymouthnz.com may not operate, for their customers’ safety, as we cannot guarantee a continued water supply at this time. All big water users have been asked to stop using water. If you are not sure what the water situation is for your property, please check the Water Supply Map: http://www.newplymouthnz.com/Residents/Your-Property/Water/Emergency-Water-Map Situation to date, Safe drinking water Water from the tankers that have been provided in critical areas does not need to be boiled. The tankers are operating from 6am to 9pm at the following sites: Hickford Park Car Park (end of Smeaton Road), Bell Block. Bell Block Court, Bell Block (outside The Warehouse). Outside Waitara Memorial Hall, Memorial Place, Waitara. Clifton Park car park, opposite Waitara High School, Princess Street, Waitara. Outside Tennis/Bowling Club, Manutahi Road, Lepperton. Rimu Street Industrial Park, Rimu Street, Merrilands, New Plymouth. Outside Mangorei School, Mangorei Road, New Plymouth. 31 Onaero Beach Road. Urenui Corner Whakapaki Street & Ngakoti Streets opposite the primary school. Please take your own containers for filling. Previous updates Updated 10:00am, Saturday 24 February Fix-It squads have been working hard and water is back in taps in Waitara, Highlands Park and Lepperton. But it’s critical residents continue to boil and save water. Hundreds of volunteers have been on these streets, from dawn to dusk, stand piping* as we look to slowly refill pipes while controlling the pressure. Fix-It squads are now on the ground in Bell Block. Residents in these areas are being asked to turn on their outside tap first, as water is returned to homes. If the water is murky please keep the tap running for ten minutes until it becomes clear. If it does not become clear after ten minutes, please turn the tap off and try again in half an hour. We are making solid progress towards restoring water but there is still a lot of work to do, following the New Plymouth water pipe being damaged during ex Cyclone Gita on Tuesday night. Once water is restored there will be several days of flushing the pipes clean, so we can make the water safe to drink again. It will take about a week until we are in a position to lift the boil water notice. * Stand piping involves manually removing the lid of fire hydrants, and installing a vertical pipe (stand pipe) which allows air and water to escape the system as it is gradually refilled. We need to do this slowly so we can control the pressure, venting the air from the pipes as water rushes in. People will see water coming out of the pipe and this is an important safety measure; confirming the pipes are full of water and we are controlling the pressure. Each stand piping takes several hours. Updated 5pm, Friday 23 February 2018. Hundreds of volunteers have sprung into action following the New Plymouth water pipe being damaged during ex-Cyclone Gita on Tuesday night. We are making solid progress towards restoring water but there is still a lot of work to do. Please continue to save and boil water. Water is now running through the pipeline and we are filling our reservoirs. We’ve got Fix-It squads in Waitara and are making good progress on stand piping* the 30 fire hydrants there. We’ve just mobilised 25 fresh volunteers who will be in Highlands Park tonight bringing water pressure back to the system in a controlled fashion. Once Waitara and Highlands Park are completed, we’ll move onto other parts of the District. Our teams are working on up to 30 stand pipes at any one time. Each takes several hours. There are still more than 70 hydrants to be stand piped over the rest of the District. Once water is restored there will be several days of flushing the pipes clean, so we can make the water safe to drink again. It will take about a week until we are in a position to lift the boil water notice. We’d like to thank everyone for their patience and our countless volunteers for all their hard work. * Stand piping involves manually removing the lid of fire hydrants and installing a vertical pipe (standpipe) which allows air and water to escape the system as it is gradually refilled. We need to do this slowly so we can control the pressure, venting the air from the pipes as water rushes in. People will see water coming out of the pipe and this is an important safety measure; confirming the pipes are full of water and we are controlling the pressure. The pipe has been fixed. Updated 1.30pm, Friday 23 February 2018. We fixed the pipe last night that was damaged during ex-Cyclone Gita. Water is running through it and we are filling reservoirs. While we are completing this filling process, please continue to save and boil water as this will support the refilling process. We are manually removing the lids of fire hydrants, installing a vertical pipe (standpipe) which will allow air and water to escape the system as it is gradually refilled. We need to do this slowly so we can control the pressure, venting the air from the pipes as water rushes in. People will see water coming out of the pipe and this is an important safety measure; confirming the pipes are full of water and we are controlling the pressure. There will be several days of flushing the pipes clean, so we can make the water safe to drink again. In the meantime, we ask everyone to continue to save and boil water until further notice. It will take about a week until we are in a position to lift the boil water notice. Situation to date, Residents All properties in New Plymouth, Bell Block, Waitara, Tikorangi, Lepperton, Onaero and Urenui are on a boil water notice. Only use tap water (including filtered water) for drinking after boiling it for one minute, and for flushing the toilet. Please use your emergency water supplies first. If you are not sure what the water situation is for your property, please check the Water Supply Map: http://www.newplymouthnz.com/Residents/Your-Property/Water/Emergency-Water-Map Information on personal hygiene and food safety is available from the Taranaki District Health Board here: http://tdhb.org.nz/news/documents/2018-02-21.shtml Note: you can shower safely as long as you avoid your face, but young children should be sponge-bathed instead. You may want to use bottled or boiled water if you have recent surgical wounds or a chronic illness. However, we instruct all residents in the boil-water notice area to cut back on their water use and use tap water only for drinking (after boiling it for one minute) and flushing the toilet. There is a total ban on using water for gardens or outside washing. Situation to date, Businesses and Schools We’re asking you to boil and save water. It is up to businesses and schools to decide if they should shut, however, all water must be boiled first before being consumed. Schools should talk to the Ministry of Education. Hairdressers in the amber and red areas of the interactive Water Supply Map on newplymouthnz.com may not operate, for their customers’ safety, as we cannot guarantee a continued water supply at this time. All big water users have been asked to stop using water. If you are not sure what the water situation is for your property, please check the Water Supply Map: http://www.newplymouthnz.com/Residents/Your-Property/Water/Emergency-Water-Map Situation to date, Safe drinking water Water from the tankers that have been provided in critical areas does not need to be boiled. The tankers are operating from 6am to 9pm at the following sites: Hickford Park Car Park (end of Smeaton Road), Bell Block. Bell Block Court, Bell Block (outside The Warehouse). Outside Waitara Memorial Hall, Memorial Place, Waitara. Clifton Park car park, opposite Waitara High School, Princess Street, Waitara. Outside Tennis/Bowling Club, Manutahi Road, Lepperton. Rimu Street Industrial Park, Rimu Street, Merrilands, New Plymouth. Outside Mangorei School, Mangorei Road, New Plymouth. 31 Onaero Beach Road. Urenui Corner Whakapaki Street & Ngakoti Streets opposite the primary school. Please take your own containers for filling. The pipe has been fixed. Update 6,45am, Friday 23 February We’ve fixed the pipe damaged during ex-Cyclone Gita and water is running through it. We have continued to work 24/7 at our treatment plant to produce water, gradually refilling our pipes and reservoirs. We need to do this slowly so we can control the pressure, venting the air from the pipes as water rushes in. We expect refilling the pipes and reservoirs will take at least a day. After that, there will be several days of flushing the pipes clean, so we can make the water safe to drink again. In the meantime, we ask everyone to continue to boil water until further notice. Our thanks to all our volunteers, contractors and staff. While the refill is occurring some areas will still have disruptions to the water supply. Urenui and Onareo may be without water. Water tankers have been put in place at 31 Onaero Beach Road and corner Whakapaki Street & Ngakoti Streets opposite the primary school Situation to date, Residents All properties in New Plymouth, Bell Block, Waitara, Tikorangi, Lepperton, Onaero and Urenui are on a boil water notice. Only use tap water (including filtered water) for drinking after boiling it for one minute, and for flushing the toilet. Please use your emergency water supplies first. If you are not sure what the water situation is for your property, please check the Water Supply Map: http://www.newplymouthnz.com/Residents/Your-Property/Water/Emergency-Water-Map Information on personal hygiene and food safety is available from the Taranaki District Health Board here: http://tdhb.org.nz/news/documents/2018-02-21.shtml Note: you can shower safely as long as you avoid your face, but young children should be sponge-bathed instead. You may want to use bottled or boiled water if you have recent surgical wounds or a chronic illness. However, we instruct all residents in the boil-water notice area to cut back on their water use and use tap water only for drinking (after boiling it for one minute) and flushing the toilet. There is a total ban on using water for gardens or outside washing. Situation to date, Businesses and Schools We’re asking you to boil and save water. It is up to businesses and schools to decide if they should shut, however, all water must be boiled first before being consumed. Schools should talk to the Ministry of Education. Hairdressers in the amber and red areas of the interactive Water Supply Map on newplymouthnz.com may not operate, for their customers’ safety, as we cannot guarantee a continued water supply at this time. All big water users have been asked to stop using water. If you are not sure what the water situation is for your property, please check the Water Supply Map: http://www.newplymouthnz.com/Residents/Your-Property/Water/Emergency-Water-Map Situation to date, Safe drinking water Water from the tankers that have been provided in critical areas does not need to be boiled. The tankers are operating from 6am to 9pm at the following sites: Hickford Park Car Park (end of Smeaton Road), Bell Block. Bell Block Court, Bell Block (outside The Warehouse). Outside Waitara Memorial Hall, Memorial Place, Waitara. Clifton Park car park, opposite Waitara High School, Princess Street, Waitara. Outside Tennis/Bowling Club, Manutahi Road, Lepperton. Rimu Street Industrial Park, Rimu Street, Merrilands, New Plymouth. Outside Mangorei School, Mangorei Road, New Plymouth. Please take your own containers for filling. Good progress on reconnecting water supply. Update 4.15pm, Thursday 22 February Our team is making good progress on repairing the main water supply pipe that was broken on Tuesday by high winds from ex-Cyclone Gita. The welding of the pipe sections is almost finished; we expect the pipe to be moved into position this evening and we’ll be working through the night for as long as it takes to get the job done. We’re also investigating the feasibility of connecting alternative water supplies, as a back-up to the main repair. We will have the pipe reconnected as soon as possible. Once the pipe is fixed it will then take about 24 hours to refill our water catchment. The boil water notice will remain in place for at least a week after the supply is reconnected while our water is returned to the national drinking water standard. Our latest information will be on newplymouthnz.com and our Facebook page. Working on multiple fronts, Update 9am, Thursday 22 February Please keep up to date with water information for your property by viewing our emergency water map View the Emergency Water Map All equipment for the pipe repair has arrived on site and our team is hard at work trying to fix the main water supply pipe near Hydro road, north of New Plymouth. The repair crew will be working 24/7 until the pipe is fixed, after which we’ll flush the pipes of sediment and refill the water system. We’re also investigating the feasibility of connecting to two alternative water supplies, as a back-up to the main repair. In the meantime, please boil and save water. If you have lost water, please turn off your immersion heaters and hot water tanks so that they don’t burn out. Situation to date We instruct people in New Plymouth, Bell Block, Waitara, Tikorangi, Lepperton, Onaero and Urenui to continue to save water as much as possible. Only use water for drinking (after boiling it for one minute) and flushing the toilet. Please use your emergency water supplies first. All big water users have been asked to stop using water. It is up to businesses and schools to decide if they should shut, however, all water must be boiled first before being consumed. There is a total ban on using water for gardens or outside washing. All properties from New Plymouth to Urenui are on a boil water notice. The notice will remain in place for at least a week after the supply is reconnected while the supply is returned to the national drinking water standard. All water for consumption, including filtered water, should be boiled for one minute. Water from the tankers that have been provided in critical areas does not need to be boiled. The tankers are operating from 6am to 9pm at the following sites: Hickford Park Car Park (end of Smeaton Road), Bell Block. Bell Block Court, Bell Block (outside The Warehouse). Outside Waitara Memorial Hall, Memorial Place, Waitara. Clifton Park car park, opposite Waitara High School, Princess Street, Waitara. Outside Tennis/Bowling Club, Manutahi Road, Lepperton. Rimu Street Industrial Park, Rimu Street, Merrilands, New Plymouth. Outside Mangorei School, Mangorei Road, New Plymouth. Please take your own containers for filling. Information on personal hygiene and food safety is available from the Taranaki District Health Board here: http://tdhb.org.nz/news/documents/2018-02-21.shtml. Flyers with the latest information were distributed to more than 26,000 properties yesterday. Our latest information will be on newplymouthnz.com and our Facebook page. View the Emergency Water Map. 6pm update: The replacement pipe has arrived on-site from Auckland. The repair crew is doing as much as they can while the light lasts this evening and will be back on-site at first light tomorrow morning. We are aiming to have the pipe repaired as soon as possible. NPDC staff and volunteers are on the streets from New Plymouth to Urenui distributing letters to around 26,000 properties. The tankers are operating from 6am and 9pm at the following sites: Hickford Park Car Park (end of Smeaton Road), Bell Block. Bell Block Court, Bell Block (Outside The Warehouse). Outside Waitara Memorial Hall, Memorial Place, Waitara. Clifton Park car park, opposite Waitara High School, Princess Street, Waitara. Outside Tennis/Bowling Club, Manutahi Road, Lepperton. Rimu Street Industrial Park, Rimu Street, Merrilands, New Plymouth. Outside Mangorei School, Mangorei Road, New Plymouth. Please take your own containers for filling. 5PM update: NPDC staff and volunteers from the Taranaki Emergency Management Office have hit the streets to provide information letters to more than 26,000 properties from New Plymouth to Urenui during the current water supply disruption. Tankers are up and running at Bell Block (two sites), Waitara (two sites) and Lepperton. The tankers at Mangorei Road and Rimu Street in New Plymouth will be operational shortly. The tankers will run until 9pm and will be available again from 6am tomorrow. 3PM update: NPDC is working hard to fix the water pipe issue and we’re aiming to fix it as soon as possible. In the meantime we instruct residents in New Plymouth, Bell Block, Waitara, Tikorangi, Lepperton, Onearo and Urenui to boil water for one minute before being used for drinking. This includes filtered water. View the Emergency Water Map. Please use your emergency water supplies first. All big water users have been asked to stop using water. It is up to businesses and schools to decide if they should shut, however, all water must be boiled first before being consumed. We’re working on getting a raw water supply to schools for flushing toilets, and for boiling for consumption, however, the decision on whether to reopen remains with each school. Once the pipe has been repaired, the boil water notice will remain in place for at least a week while we work on decontaminating the system and refilling our water storage. There is a total ban on using water for gardens or outside washing. Ex-Cyclone Gita has caused a large tree to fall and destroyed a pipe bridge that carries one of our biggest water pipes near the New Plymouth Water treatment plant yesterday afternoon. This has cut off the water supply to the eastern part of the New Plymouth District and will result in outages this afternoon. NPDC has sourced a pipe to use in the repair. For more information check out NPDC’s Facebook page, website or call us on 06 759 6060.
News Boil water notice issued by NPDC 21 February 2018 NPDC is working hard to fix the water pipe issue and we’re aiming to fix it as soon as possible. In the meantime we instruct residents in New Plymouth, Bell Block, Waitara, Tikorangi, Lepperton, Onearo and Urenui to boil water for one minute before being used for drinking. This includes filtered water. View the Emergency Water Map. Please use your emergency water supplies first. Water tankers are on their way to the following locations: Hickford Park Car Park (end of Smeaton Road), Bell Block Bell Block Court, Bell Block (Outside The Warehouse) Outside Waitara Memorial Hall, Memorial Place, Waitara Clifton Park car park, opposite Waitara High School, Princess Street, Waitara Outside Tennis/Bowling Club, Manutahi Road, Lepperton Rimu Street Industrial Park, Rimu Street, Merrilands, New Plymouth Outside Mangorei School, Mangorei Road, New Plymouth All big water users have been asked to stop using water. It is up to businesses and schools to decide if they should shut, however all water must be boiled first before being consumed. We’re working on getting a raw water supply to schools for flushing toilets, and for boiling for consumption, however the decision on whether to reopen remains with each school. Once the pipe has been repaired, the boil water notice will remain in place for at least a week while we work on decontaminating the system and refilling our water storage. There is a total ban on using water for gardens or outside washing. Ex-Cyclone Gita has caused a large tree to fall and destroyed a pipe bridge that carries one of our biggest water pipes near the New Plymouth Water treatment plant yesterday afternoon. This has cut off water supply to the eastern part of the New Plymouth District and will result in outages this afternoon. NPDC has sourced a pipe to use in the repair. For more information check out NPDC’s Facebook page, website or call us on 06 759 6060.
News Save water after storm damages pipe bridge says NPDC 21 February 2018 Save water.  That’s the message from NPDC as ex-Cyclone Gita has caused a large tree to fall and destroy a pipe bridge that carries one of our biggest water pipes near the New Plymouth Water Treatment Plant yesterday afternoon. This has cut off water supply to the eastern part of the New Plymouth District and may result in outages this afternoon. View the Emergency Water Map. Only use water for drinking and cooking. All big water users have been asked to stop using water. There is a total ban on using water for gardens or outside washing, level 4 water restrictions apply. Our team is on the ground fixing it and we have sourced a new water pipe. For more information check out NPDC’s Facebook page, website or call us on 06-759 6060.