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News Our Work Lifestyle wooden Waitara Boardwalk over the wetlands Super summer in great outdoors, thanks to the NPDC Parks team 24 October 2019 Make the most of the coast from Paritutu to Waitara this summer, after a winter’s worth of hard work by NPDC’s Parks team. The team has worked in all weathers to spruce up iconic Taranaki landmarks or open up access to the district’s beaches and rivers to help locals and visitors get out and about. The projects have included: $520,000 on the completion of the Waitara Boardwalk $124,000 for wooden steps to improve access to Fitzroy Beach $6,000 on planting to help prevent erosion on Paritutu and keep the track open. “The team has been hard at work making sure our district is set for a super summer at the sea, as well as keeping our major year-round draws, including our world-class Pukekura Park and the award-winning Coastal Walkway, in top notch condition” says NPDC Infrastructure Manager David Langford. “Our Parks team and our contractors have done an awesome job in Waitara in creating an asset for the whole community, whether they’re going fishing, cycling, walking or just enjoying the playgrounds with the kids. It’s also a great draw for visitors to the town. We’re also delighted with the project to make it easier for people to get access to Fitzroy Beach.” The new Waitara walkway has a native eel (tuna) theme and runs about 270 metres along the Waitara River, including a 2-metre-wide boardwalk running about 210 metres from Queen Street to Marine Park. The Fitzroy Beach steps, just above Fitzroy Beach Holiday Park, are made of durable timber to withstand the coastal environment and they replace the old steps, which had become run down and uneven. Meanwhile, Mr Langford said the project to build new steps at Back Beach is progressing and he hopes work will start soon.  “We know this is something our community feels strongly about so we’re working hard to get the steps built as soon as possible.” Other major projects in the pipeline to help open up our district to walkers and cyclists include the extension of the Coastal Walkway to Waitara and NPDC working with Taranaki Regional Council on Te Ara a Ruhihiwerapini trail between Ōākura and Pukeiti.
News David Bublitz NPDC final election results released 18 October 2019 The final results are in for the NPDC elections with David Bublitz elected as a councillor following the counting of special votes. The preliminary count revealed a too-close-to-call result with Anneka Carlson, Phil Quinney and David Bubblitz all within a few votes of each other. The Electoral Office has confirmed David Bublitz received more votes than Phil Quinney and has been elected to the NPDC governance team.  The voter turnout is expected to be 45.3%. This was above the national turnout of 44%. The Elected Members for the next three years are confirmed as: Mayor:  Neil Holdom New Plymouth City Ward Councillors:  Stacey Hitchcock Gordon Brown Harry Duynhoven Murray Chong Sam Bennett Richard Handley Amanda Clinton-Gohdes Dinnie Moeahu Anneka Carlson David Bublitz North Ward Councillors: Tony Bedford Colin Johnston South-West Ward Councillors: Marie Pearce Richard Jordan Mayor Neil Holdom and Councillors will make the strategic decisions for NPDC’s $3.3 billion worth of assets and decide what the long-term priorities are and how to keep rates affordable. By-elections will be held for the Inglewood and Clifton Community Boards within the next three months. In Inglewood, Mel Cook and Graeme Sykes are elected unopposed, with two positions to fill. In Clifton, Ken Bedford and Warren Peterson are elected unopposed, with two positions to fill. Elected to the Waitara Community Board are Trevor Dodunski, Joe Rauner, Andrew Larson, and Jonathan Marshall. The Kaitake Community Board members, elected unopposed, are Graham Chard, Paul Coxhead, Doug Hislop and Paul Veric. View the full results.
News Water tanker in Inglewood Inglewood water incident being fixed 16 October 2019 Update 1:40pm 18 October The water tanker has been removed from the Inglewood railway station after further testing today has found no health risks with Inglewood water. The water became discoloured after part of the network was interrupted by a contractor on Wednesday while working on the town’s $2.5 million water pipe upgrade project. We thank people for their patience as we worked hard to fix this and apologise for any inconvenience or confusion. We worked closely with the TDHB through this issue and the water was not considered a health risk. If you do experience discoloured water please contact us on 06 759 6060. Update 8am 18 October We apologise for any inconvenience and our team are working hard to fix the problem. The water is fully treated before it leaves the plant and as a precaution we advise against drinking discoloured water. We’ve been in touch with the Taranaki District Health Board and it’s not considered a health risk. There’s a tanker at the Inglewood railway station with clear, free water. Please bring your own container to fill up. Part of the network was interrupted by a contractor on Wednesday while working on Inglewood’s $2.5 million water pipe upgrade project. Update 4:30pm 17 October The tanker will stay onsite at the railway station overnight for affected residents. Please bring your own containers for filling. Update 12:30pm 17 October NPDC staff and CityCare are working on fixing the cause of discoloured drinking water in Inglewood. On Wednesday a valve in the town’s water reticulation was turned off by contractors working on the $2.5 million pipe replacement project, cutting water to part of the town. When it was reopened, the water stirred up gritty particles in the pipes. We apologise for the inconvenience and advise anyone affected to not use their taps until we give the all-clear. We will update this webpage as more information becomes available. A water tanker is onsite at the railway station and will be refilled this afternoon – please bring your own containers for filling. Original 5:00pm 16 October NPDC is sending a water tanker to Inglewood to help out residents currently experiencing discoloured drinking water. A valve in the town’s water reticulation was turned off by contractors working on the $2.5 million pipe replacement project, cutting water to part of the town. When it was reopened, the water stirred up gritty particles in the pipes. We apologise for the inconvenience and advise anyone affected to not use their taps overnight, to let the water clear again. The tanker will be onsite at the railway station from 5pm – people are asked to please bring their own containers for filling.
News Neil Holdom Mayor, Councillors preliminary election results revealed 13 October 2019 NPDC’s new governance team has been revealed, with the preliminary results of the 2019 election released, including four female councillors and about a 45% voter turnout.  The preliminary results were released today (October 13) by the Electoral Office, with the official declaration due in the next week. The Elected Members for the next three years are: Mayor:  Neil Holdom New Plymouth City Ward Councillors:  Stacey Hitchcock Gordon Brown Harry Duynhoven Murray Chong Sam Bennett Richard Handley Amanda Clinton-Gohdes Dinnie Moeahu Anneka Carlson Phil Quinney North Ward Councillors: Tony Bedford Colin Johnston South-West Ward Councillors: Marie Pearce Richard Jordan The result is a preliminary result with several hundred special votes yet to be counted, which could affect the final make-up of the new governance team. NPDC Chief Executive Craig Stevenson welcomed the new and returning councillors to the table and thanked the outgoing Elected Members for their hard work and commitment over the last three years. He also welcomed the increased diversity of the new governance team with four women elected to council. Mayor Neil Holdom and Councillors will make the strategic decisions for NPDC’s $3.3 billion worth of assets and decide what the long-term priorities are and how to keep rates affordable. The Waitara Community Board has also been elected, with Trevor Dodunski, Joe Rauner, Andrew Larson, and Jonathan Marshall, elected. The Kaitake Community Board members, elected unopposed, are: Graham Chard, Paul Coxhead, Doug Hislop and Paul Veric. By-elections will be held for the Inglewood and Clifton Community Boards. In Inglewood, Mel Cook and Graeme Sykes are elected unopposed, with two positions to fill. In Clifton, Ken Bedford and Warren Peterson are elected unopposed, with two positions to fill. This was the first time Single Transferrable Voting was used in the district with the final voter turnout in the New Plymouth District sitting at about 45%. Almost 1,000 votes were collected at the central city drive-through during a three hour window yesterday morning. View full preliminary results.
News Our Work Boy mid air on a skateboard in a skate bowl Annual Report confirms strong financial management 11 October 2019 Sound financial management has enabled NPDC to step up investment in core infrastructure, according to its independently audited Annual Report adopted by Elected Members. NPDC managed assets valued at $3.3 billion on an operating budget of $144 million in the 2018/19 financial year. Revenues were up on the budget forecast with rates accounting for just 55 per cent of NPDC’s funding, and the Perpetual Investment Fund finished the year up $7.8m to $295.4m after payment of releases of $8.6m, which help offset rates. An accounting deficit of $3.32 million for the 2018-2019 financial year was due to the one-off events of suspending the Central Landfill project and releasing reserves to kick-start the Waitara Lands Act, which came into effect in March. Last month, international credit rating agency Standard and Poor’s confirmed NPDC’s financial rating of AA/A-1+, the highest possible ranking for local government in New Zealand, said NPDC Chief Executive Craig Stevenson. “That credit rating shows confidence in NPDC’s overall financial health and its plans for the future,” said Mr Stevenson. “We’ve been listening to our community with initiatives such as Let’s Korero and they’ve told us they are happy with a step-change investment in core services and infrastructure,” he said. “We’re making significant investments to bring our infrastructure up to scratch as part of an extra $44 million allocation in the Three Waters network. We’re nearly a year into the major project to replace 7 kilometres of pipes in Inglewood and we’re making progress sorting out water supply issues in Ōākura and Ōkato. We’re preparing the groundwork to fix long-running stormwater issues in Waitara.” NPDC provides core services such as roads, water and waste, as well as dynamic arts, cultural and recreational opportunities for both locals and visitors. New Plymouth Airport, Brooklands Zoo, Venture Taranaki, commercial property and a crematorium are all part of the varied portfolio. Other highlights over the past year include: NPDC hosted the Just Transition Summit to a low-emissions economy and the announcement that the government will invest $27 million to create a National New Energy Development Centre in the region. Zero Waste investments, including new bins to improve our kerbside collection service, and the introduction of electric collection trucks. We trialled an innovative plastic roading material on part of Liardet Street. The New Plymouth District Council (Waitara Lands) Act was passed in December and took effect in March, paving the way to free up $90 million to invest in Waitara. The opening of the Mangapouri Cemetery. New skate parks and destination playgrounds in Inglewood and Ōākura. Another Green Flag award for our world-class Pukekura Park. A top Summer at the Bowl including a great crowd to see Toto and Jefferson Starship.
News Events and Exhibitions Six60 NZ's hottest band Six60 to play TSB Bowl of Brooklands 11 October 2019 New Zealand’s ultimate summer party starters Six60 will play at the TSB Bowl of Brooklands on Saturday 1 February, as part of a six-date nationwide tour.  The Kiwi legends are headed to the Bowl after their record-breaking show at Western Springs Stadium next February sold out, for the second year in a row, prompting the band to add an extra five dates around the country. It’s the third big name-act to be announced for the premier outdoor venue this summer, after American icons Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals were confirmed last month, and just earlier this week, A Summer’s Day Disco concert featuring disco legends KC and the Sunshine Band, Earth Wind and Fire Experience featuring Al McKay, Boney M and The Australian Bee Gees Show was announced. Six60 brings some of New Zealand’s hottest talent along for the ride, with support by Kiwi music royalty Dave Dobbyn, singer-songwriter Mitch James, and RnB-pop up and comer Paige. NPDC Recreation and Culture Manager Teresa Turner said Six60 were nothing short of Kiwi legends and the region’s music lovers were now spoiled for choice, with three top-class evenings of entertainment locked in. “Six60 is a perfect band for the Bowl, a unique Kiwi sound for a unique Kiwi venue,” Ms Turner said. “Having the country’s favourite band at one of the most iconic settings in New Zealand is going to be fantastic and it’s sure to be a great night.” Ms Turner paid tribute to NPDC’s Venues team for the work they’d done securing the summer line-up. “We’re always on the lookout for the next big act to bring to the TSB Bowl of Brooklands,” she said. “It can take months or years of working with promoters to secure acts, so when we manage to bring in three crackers in one year, that’s a real reason to celebrate.” Six60 hold records for the combined album sales of 15 x platinum and selling over 1 million singles in New Zealand alone. They’ve also won a total of five NZ Music Awards. ‘The Greatest’ (Gold) is up for the prestigious ‘Single Of The Year’ Tui at this year’s Music Awards, while sophomore album SIX60 (2) (5x Platinum) has spent an unbelievable 239 weeks in the NZ Top 40 Album Chart. Their latest single ‘Please Don’t Go’ is out today and is sure to dominate radio this summer. With a new album just around the corner, ticket holders can expect to see fresh tunes debuted alongside fan favourites.  With all 50,000 tickets to the Western Springs Stadium show being snapped up within just two months, fans are advised to get in quick.  Presented by Eccles Entertainment, tickets go on sale Friday 18 October at midday through ticketek.co.nz.  A limited number of presale tickets will be available online for 24 hours only from midday Thursday 17 October. These will be available for those signed up to receive New Plymouth Event Venues e-news updates before the presale start time. Anyone who hasn’t yet signed up can do so at npeventvenues.nz. 
News Events and Exhibitions KC & the Sunshine Band A Summer's Day Disco comes to TSB Bowl of Brooklands 09 October 2019 NPDC is bringing the boogie to the TSB Bowl of Brooklands with A Summer’s Day Disco on Saturday 11 January.  The Summer at the Bowl concert features KC and the Sunshine Band, Earth Wind and Fire Experience featuring Al McKay, Boney M and The Australian Bee Gees Show. NPDC Recreation and Culture Manager Teresa Turner said the concert will have a party atmosphere as the Bowl becomes a Boogie Wonderland.  “Rumours about disco’s death have been greatly exaggerated and these iconic bands will get everyone up and dancing,” said Ms Turner. “There will be so many great songs for people to groove to from ‘Get Down Tonight’ to ‘Daddy Cool’ to ‘Staying Alive’ – it’s going to be an awesome night. “Our Venues team works hard to bring a wide range of acts to our district and it’s going to be another great Summer at the Bowl with A Summer’s Day Disco on 11 January and Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals on 21 February.” KC and the Sunshine Band chart-topping hits include ‘That’s The Way (I Like It)’, ‘(Shake Shake Shake) Shake Your Booty’ and ‘Get Down Tonight’ while the Earth Wind and Fire Experience featuring legendary guitarist Al McKay will perform hits including ‘Let’s Groove’, ‘September’, ‘Shining Star’ and ‘Boogie Wonderland’.  With original member, the legendary Maizie Williams, Boney M have sold more than 100 million records worldwide and topped the charts with ‘Daddy Cool’, ‘Ma Baker’, ‘Sunny’, ‘Rasputin’ and ‘Rivers of Babylon'. With more than 20 years performing 6,000 shows in 50 countries around the world, The Australian Bee Gees Show has performed to more than one million fans. They will be performing the Bee Gees’ biggest hits including ‘Staying Alive’, ‘You Should be Dancing’ and ‘Jive Talkin’’. A Summer’s Day Disco is presented by Neptune Entertainment and The Breeze. Tickets go on sale at 7.00pm Wednesday October 16 from www.neptuneentertainment.co.nz or from ticketek.co.nz.  A limited number of discounted early bird tickets will be available online only on Tuesday 15 October from 7pm for 24 hours only. These will be available for those signed up to receive New Plymouth Event Venues e-news updates by 7pm on Tuesday 15 October.
News Have Your Say Civic Centre voting Snooze, you lose, so get out and vote today 08 October 2019 Time is running out for New Plymouth District residents to “Give A 💩 And Vote” and have their say about who sits around the next NPDC governance table.  With just four-and-a-half days left to vote and, as of Monday, 7 October, just over 17% of people in the district have returned their voting papers. This is about 5% down on 2016 when about 22% had voted by the same date. Nationwide, voter turnout is mixed with Wellington City Council on just 13.09% and Christchurch City Council on 19.8% while smaller councils are seeing better turnout with Timaru District Council on 36.66% and Waitomo District Council on 37.44% as of 7 October.  External Relations Manager Jacqueline Baker says: “Mayor, Councillors and Community Board members make the big strategic calls about our little piece of paradise, what the future priorities are and how we’re going to keep rates affordable. So make sure you have your say on who our elected leaders will be. Get those voting papers filled in today and pop down to any of our NPDC venues where we have ballot boxes.” Think a humming central city, roads, water, parks, buying tickets for Ben Harper or Zero Waste. It’s a long list as NPDC manages assets of about $3.3 billion and has an annual operating budget of about $155 million. Residents can drop their vote at the TSB Showplace, TSB Stadium, Ōākura Library, the Mobile Library, Todd Energy Aquatic Centre, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and Puke Ariki until noon this Friday, 11 October. Ballot boxes are also at the Civic Centre and the Bell Block, Waitara and Inglewood Library and Service Centres until noon on Saturday, 12 October. NPDC is holding another Drive-Thru voting booth on 12 October from 9am till noon where residents can stop and drop their votes on Liardet Street, outside the Civic Centre. We’re also bringing ballot boxes to the people with events at Ōākura Skate Park from 12-1.30pm on 9 October, Bell Block’s Hickford Park from 12-1.30pm on 10 October and at the Merrilands Domain from 12-12.45pm and Westown Saunders Park from 1-1.45pm on 11 October. There are also limited free ‘vote cones’ with the Tinkle Bell icecream truck. For more information about the elections, head to here
News Our Work Local Korena Birss and Morgan Harrison Casting your vote as easy as grabbing a burger on Vote Day 03 October 2019 Casting your vote’s about to get as easy as grabbing a burger, with a novel drive-thru voting booth set up by NPDC for Vote Day. Saturday, 5 October, is National Vote Day and we’re pulling out all the stops with 17 public spots for people to drop in their voting papers, between 9am – 3pm, including the district’s first ever drive-thru booth on Liardet Street. There will be ballot boxes at: Bell Block Warehouse, New World Merrilands, Countdown Spotswood, Pak n’ Save and the 4 Squares in Urenui, Okato and Ōākura for residents to drop in their vote as they shop.  For youth, there is a Vote Day Skate competition at East End skate park, from 1-5pm. We’ll also be at the city market at Huatoki Plaza where we’ll have a limited supply of “Vote Cones”, with the help of the Tinkle Bell Ice Cream Truck, for eager voters. “We’re taking the Ballot Box to the people and making it easy to drop in votes while people are out and about this Saturday. We know people have busy lives so there are ballot boxes in shops and supermarkets for you to drop off your voting papers as you do the weekly shop, while you’re returning a library book or buying tickets to a show. Or you could drop your vote into the district’s first ever drive-thru on Liardet street near the Civic Centre,” says NPDC External Relations Manager Jacqueline Baker. The Mayor and 14 Councillors make big decisions about our future which touch our everyday lives. Think a humming central city, roads, water, parks, buying tickets for Ben Harper or Zero Waste. It’s a long list as NPDC manages assets of about $3.3 billion and has an annual operating budget of about $155 million. As well as the Vote Day ballot box locations, residents can continue to drop their votes inside the Civic Centre for special votes, at the Bell Block, Inglewood and Waitara Library and Service Centres, Puke Ariki (Library and Museum), the Todd Energy Aquatic Centre, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, TSB Stadium and the TSB Showplace until 12 noon on the 11 October. The last chance to vote will be at the Civic Centre Liardet street, and the Bell Block, Inglewood and Waitara Library and Service Centres on the morning of the 12 October, from 9am- noon. For more information about the elections, head here
News Our Work Oakura Ōākura water works in the pipeline  02 October 2019 Ōākura is the latest town set to benefit from NPDC’s $44m investment in water resilience. For the next few months, the $2 million investment at the top of Wairau Road will see another bore drilled down to the town’s underground water supply, followed by an upgrade to the treatment process at the Ōākura Water Treatment Plant. NPDC Infrastructure Manager David Langford said the two projects are part of the extra $44 million being invested to make the district’s water network more resilient.  “It’s exciting to see NPDC’s investments making a tangible difference to our communities. What we’re doing will help us keep the taps flowing in Ōākura for years to come, as well as ensuring our drinking water is always safe to drink,” Mr Langford said. As a result of water contamination in Havelock North in 2016, new Drinking Water Standards are on the horizon that will help prevent a similar incident occurring in New Zealand. The upgrade of Ōākura’s treatment plant to meet these new standards will see the installation of cartridge filters and UV disinfection.  “We already use chlorine and lime to treat Ōākura’s water but with the new cartridge filters and UV disinfection, the town will have the same treatment system as Okato does for their river-sourced supply,” says Mr Langford.  Once the new bore is up and running, NPDC will decommission one of the two existing bores as it is no longer operational.  NPDC is also investing about $4.5m to improve Inglewood’s water pipes network, with work on this project having started last year. What does a bore do? A bore is a hole that is drilled down through soil and rock to an underground water source (aquifer). A pump is placed down the bore to draw the water up to the treatment plant.
News Waitara NPDC fixes leak in Waitara 01 October 2019 Water has been restored to about 12 homes and businesses in Waitara after NPDC fixed a drinking water pipe leak. The water has been turned back on in Queen Street and NPDC apologises for the inconvenience to residents and businesses.
Have Your Say News Local Someone putting a block of chocolate in a ballot box Now that we've got your attention... forget chocolate and vote 30 September 2019 Here’s an interesting little story to consider. When we posted a chocolate bar giveaway on our NPDC Facebook page last week, the result was fairly impressive. Within three days the post had 550 comments. That’s online marketing code for “people seem to care about this”. Just four days earlier, the controversial “Give a 💩, Vote Today” dropped on the same Facebook page. To date, despite being about the most controversial marketing campaign NPDC has ever run, it has attracted just 180 comments - expressing a range of sentiment, of course. Now, this is by no means a conclusive scientific analysis, and we do understand free chocolate is a pretty big lure, but as a quick snapshot the picture is clear, and it begs the question: Wouldn’t it be nice if people cared as much about democracy, voting and their local government bodies as they did about a free bar of chocolate? It’s sad that doesn’t seem to be the case, and also speaks volumes to the challenges faced when trying to attract people to vote. People should care. NPDC is a $3.3 billion business, with 17 different business units. The scale of its operations is probably matched in the Taranaki region only by the District Health Board, Fonterra and the oil and gas industry. From the minute someone wakes up in the morning and makes a coffee, takes a shower, and drives to work, they’re using NPDC services. When they’re putting out the rubbish, or washing the dishes at night, they’re using NPDC services. When they’re out doing the fun stuff like going to a park, or a beach, getting a book from the library, watching their kids’ sport, catching a show, or heading to the pools, chances are high they’re enjoying NPDC-funded facilities and services. Our operations cost about $155 million to run each year. That’s a lot of money, so what’s not to care about? While we were saddened, we weren’t particularly surprised that a free chocolate bar attracted more attention than an election voting campaign – even a controversial one – after all we already know only 47% of people bothered to cast a vote in 2016. Less than half! How appalling! Local government is relevant. Everyone cares about something, and it’s almost certain that if that something they care about is located in or happens inside the New Plymouth District boundaries, that NPDC has an impact on it in some way. Is it clean water, or community sport hubs, or airport terminals, or free entry at art galleries, or the state of our central city, or rural roads, or rubbish collection, or affordable rates? It doesn’t really matter what issue someone cares about, what does matter is that the only way to have a meaningful say on it is by casting their vote. Our “Give a 💩, Vote Today” campaign was provocative and designed to turn people’s heads. But what we really want people to do, now that we have their attention, is to think about what it is they care about, and cast their vote accordingly. To help them with this, we ran a few other less risque chapters in our election campaign that may have missed people’s attention – they certainly attracted minimal comment. To attract a wide range of diverse candidates, so people would be more likely to have voting options that appeal to them, we encouraged prospective candidates to “Make A Stand”. To help people know more about the different candidates and where their values might align, we ran a series of “Know Your Candidate” ads, pointing people towards an online candidates directory, with a short bio, contact details, and links to online resources. You can find the candidate directory here. And to make sure people understand our new voting system, Single Transferable Vote or STV, we have tried to make sure they understand it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3. There’s more info about how to vote using STV for anyone still not sure about it. Ultimately though, the onus is on the voter. As the old saying goes, you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink. We urge people to care. We urge people to vote. To prove to us and to themselves that the chance of a free chocolate bar holds less sway than how an average NPDC rates bill of about $2300 per year is put to use. You have until noon on October 12. Give a 💩, Vote Today.
News Our Work Salevi Tiatia and Ben Ingram: Sort Ya Kit Out Time for community to get disaster ready, says NPDC 25 September 2019 NPDC’s emergency experts have a simple message for people who aren’t prepared for a disaster: “Sort Ya Kit Out!” A recent survey showed just 35% of people in the region feel they are prepared for an emergency, while just 30% have a getaway kit containing the essentials required to survive for up to three days.  NPDC Civil Defence Lead Ben Ingram says that’s a scary thought, and something he and his team is wanting to change.  “The main aim of asking people to Sort Ya Kit Out is to not only help our community understand how important it is to be prepared, but also encourage people to get started on their survival kits and outline the key items they could start collecting in order to get themselves and their families disaster ready.” NPDC has teamed up with New Zealand artist Andrew J Steel to design a limited edition reusable shopping bag, which people can pick up for free at New World supermarkets in Waitara, Inglewood and central New Plymouth, next week.  When people collect their bag, of which there are just 1000, they can also register to win one of 25 family survival kits worth $150, or one of two survival kits valued at $500 each. The idea behind the bag is to encourage people to start filling it with key items that might be useful in an emergency. Mr Ingram says getting a survival kit sorted is one of those things people think about doing and know is important, but often don’t get around to. “A lot of people put it on the back-burner because it’s so easy to think we’re safe and nothing is going to happen. The harsh reality is, an unexpected event could be just around the corner. “Even if you start collecting one item in your weekly grocery shop, you can build up a reasonable survival kit over a couple of months. Having any form of kit is better than having no kit.” For more details head to www.sortyakitout.nz. People can pick up their limited edition shopping bag from the following locations; New Plymouth New World (Wed 2 Oct, from 8.30am), Waitara New World (Thur 3 Oct, from 9am), Inglewood New World (Fri 4 Oct, from 9am). Available until stocks last!  Key survival items (if you think wise to include) Torch  Batteries Cash Fuel in your tank Water A variety of tinned food Matches First aid kit Survival blanket Copies of important documents  Toilet paper Toiletries Warm clothing Shelter/tarpaulin Small radio
News New bin family Just days to go before new kerbside collection starts 23 September 2019 Get your food scraps ready – the new kerbside bin collection service starts this Monday! This week is the last time that the NPDC red plastic bags will be picked up at the kerbside. From Monday 30 September, it’s all about the landfill bins, food scraps bins, recycling bins and blue glass crates. The collection day for your property remains the same. To find out which bins to put out each week, check the calendar that was delivered with your new bins.  In addition, we’ll update the Rubbish Day Search webpage and the NPDC Recycling and Rubbish App this Friday afternoon (27 September). The app has an option for sending you an alert each week about which bins to put out. The new collection service is part of $20 million NPDC is investing over a decade to achieve Zero Waste 2040. In addition, we’ll be cutting down CO2 emissions by using six new EnviroWaste electric trucks – the largest municipal electric truck fleet for waste and food scraps collection in Australasia. The food scraps bin will help us redirect food waste from the landfill, and instead turn it into useful compost. Currently, food waste makes up 40% of rubbish bags’ volume. Households should keep using their red plastic bags until this Friday. After that, please take leftover unused bags to the Civic Centre in New Plymouth or your local library for reuse by community groups or recycling.  What goes into each bin? Food scraps bin Vegetable scraps, including peelings, stalks and skins. Fruit scraps, including peelings, cores, stalks and skins. Meat leftovers. Bread. Pasta and rice. Dairy products. Meat bones and scraps, including fat trimmings. Fish scraps and bones, and shellfish shells. Egg and egg shells. Coffee grounds, tea leaves and tea bags. Indoor cut flowers. Newspaper wrapping. Kitchen paper towels. Recycling bin Paper and cardboard. Plastics with a number 1-7 in a triangle. Tin cans. Glass crate Glass bottles. Glass jars. Landfill bin Non-recyclable materials. Non-compostable green waste (pest plants, flax).
News New Plymouth NPDC's proposed District Plan released today 23 September 2019 The New Plymouth District is changing and NPDC is preparing for the future with its Proposed District Plan, released for public submissions today. The Proposed District Plan will guide the next decade of growth and development in the district. The public can view the plan and have their say on it from 23 September to 22 November. “The plan encourages a more compact and walkable city, more diversity in our housing and highlights the likely impacts of climate change on our coast and district. It takes a focused approach to our natural and built heritage with a particular emphasis on acknowledging the special role of Māori,” says NPDC Group Manager Strategy Liam Hodgetts. “NPDC is the first council in New Zealand to notify a digital plan that uses interactive online maps that help you navigate property by property. We have been able to produce a smart plan that makes it easier than ever for people to see and explore how the city and our district will be planned in the future. All you have to do is go to NPDC website, search by a property address have a browse and if you wish you can make a submission online. “It’s a big deal when the community gets the opportunity to shape a plan that influences so much of their daily lives and the environment that surrounds them,” says Mr Hodgetts. People can also check out the Proposed District Plan at the Civic Centre and the Customer Support staff at the Civic Centre or the Call Centre will direct their enquiry to a planner as appropriate. NPDC is also holding ‘Ask a Planner’ days at the Learning and Service Hubs during October, where the community can book a time slot to speak to a planner.  NPDC began the District Plan review in May 2014 and received more than 350 detailed comments after releasing the Draft Digital District Plan in February 2018. This is the first digital plan of its kind in the country and won four awards, including the New Zealand Planning Institute’s 2018 Supreme Practice Award for showing NPDC’s commitment to becoming a “future-focused Digital Council”.  Read the Proposed District Plan here: eplan.npdc.nz
Have Your Say News Proposed District Plan Proposed District Plan open for submissions 22 September 2019 New Plymouth District is changing and NPDC is preparing for that change with our Proposed District Plan. Built on your feedback on our Draft District Plan, the Proposed District Plan is the basis of our new District Plan, which will set out for the next decade what can be built and where and will help manage parts of the environment. It aims to give certainty to property owners, business and industry while protecting the things our community values. We’re now calling for formal feedback. You can have your say on the Proposed District Plan from 23 September to 22 November.  We’ve made it easier than ever to see the proposed NPDC plan online here and make a submission. You can also check it out at the Civic Centre or speak to a planner at a local library near you on these dates: (see graphic below) Inglewood Library: 9am-3pm, 14 October. Bell Block Library: 9am-3pm, 15 October. Puke Ariki: 11am-5pm, 16 October. Urenui Library: noon-4pm, 18 October. Ōākura Library: noon-6pm, 23 October. Puke Ariki: 9am-3.30pm, 24 October. Waitara Library: 9am-3pm, 25 October. The top four issues of the Proposed District Plan are a vibrant central city, planning for growth, managing industry, and caring for our ever-changing coastline.  NPDC is on track to be the first council in New Zealand to publish a Digital District Plan, so you can easily find out what you can on your property.
News Our Work People Events and Exhibitions Megan Wells and Vivienne Brown All Blacks jersey May 2019 All Blacks jerseys on display at Puke Ariki 20 September 2019 NPDC’s Puke Ariki has brought nearly 100 years of All Blacks history together as the Rugby World Cup kicks off in Japan this weekend. All Blacks jerseys belonging to father and son Handley and Ross Brown and current star Beauden Barrett are on display in the Museum’s foyer as the All Blacks prepare to defend the Webb Ellis Cup. The Museum was gifted an All Blacks jersey belonging to legend Handley Brown earlier this year from his famous ‘Invincibles’ tour of 1924-25 and will display this alongside a jersey from Ross from 1956 and a 2018 jersey from local legend Barrett. The display will also feature a clip from the All Blacks’ ‘Invincibles’ tour of the UK, Ireland, France and Canada when the team won all of their 32 games. Museum Manager Colleen Mullen says Puke Ariki was proud to be able to display the jerseys from three generations of Taranaki-born rugby legends. “We’re expecting this to be a big hit with All Blacks fans during the World Cup,” she says. “The donation was perfect timing with the tournament in Japan this year. It’s also great timing as we celebrate 100 years of museums in Taranaki.” Handley’s jersey was donated by Ross Brown’s widow, Vivienne Brown, in April after she talked with the Te Pua Wānanga O Taranaki/Taranaki Research Centre about preserving it for future generations. “My family and I wanted the jersey to remain here in Taranaki. Handley was born here and it is only right that his jersey from the tour remains in the place he called home,” says Mrs Brown. Handley Brown Handley Brown wore the All Blacks rugby Jersey worn during the 1924 – 25 tour of the UK, Ireland, France and Canada. They won all of their 32 games earning their nickname “The Invincibles”. Handley Brown was one of the youngest players on the tour at aged 19. Handley Brown played 20 times for the All Blacks between 1924 and 1926. He also played 49 times for Taranaki between 1923 and 1930. Ross Brown Ross is the son of Handley Brown. Nicknamed Pascoe, he played his first All Blacks test match in 1955, aged 20. He continued being a regular choice for the All Blacks into the 1960s, playing 25 matches in total. He played all four All Blacks test matches in their historic 1956 series win over the Springboks Pascoe helped Taranaki win and defend the Ranfurly Shield from 1957-59 and then captained the team to again defend the Shield from 1963-65. Beauden Barrett Beauden made his first All Blacks cap in 2012. He is already one of the All Blacks top points scorers and won World Rugby Player of the Year in both 2016 and 2017. He was part of the All Blacks team that won the Rugby World Cup in 2015. Beauden first made the Taranaki team in 2010, aged 19, and signed with the Hurricanes in 2011 He helped Taranaki win the Ranfurly Shield in 2011, and the Hurricanes win their first Super Rugby title in 2016. Puke Ariki fact file Puke Ariki first opened on 15 June 2003. The total number of visitors to Puke Ariki and district libraries in the 2017/18 year was 801,703 In that same period, Puke Ariki and community libraries issued 779,908 items. It is the world’s first purpose-built, fully integrated museum, library and visitor information centre. Puke Ariki has three long-term galleries (Takapou Whāriki, Taranaki Naturally and the Gallery of Taranaki Life) and components of these get changed out regularly. The temporary exhibition space shows touring exhibitions that are either curated in-house or brought in from other museums. Te Pua Wānanga O Taranaki/Taranaki Research Centre is also housed at the site.
News People Have Your Say Local First-time voter Jezza Vivian Time for an election 'youthquake', says first-time voter Jezza 19 September 2019 Voting papers are about to arrive in mailboxes, and one New Plymouth teen is mad keen to show she cares about the District’s future and cast her vote. New Plymouth Girls’ High School student Jezza Vivian says it’s crucial young people turn out and vote in the 2019 local body elections and has already picked out her favourite candidates. She told NPDC she’ll be encouraging her friends to vote as ‘not voting is the one way to guarantee your voice will not be heard’. We caught up with this empowered teen to find out more about why she’s such an enthusiastic young voter. Why are you voting in the NPDC elections? I am voting as I want a say in electing who I believe represents my values. It’s up to me to choose who I think is most appropriate to express my voice on our local council. This is your first time as a voter, what does that mean to you? It means a lot. As a first-time voter, I am so excited to have my votes and opinions finally count! Voter turnout in the New Plymouth District is sitting at about 47%. How do we get more young people to take part? I believe the key to encouraging youth to vote is educating them on why their vote matters and exposing them to the candidates in a way in which they relate to — maybe holding enrolment workshops at high schools? Why should young people vote? Voting is a way youth can have their say. We are the ones growing up in today’s society, and we’ve had no say for 18 years. Now is finally our chance to try and change the things we don’t agree with. We cannot let this opportunity pass. What are the key issues facing our district? The biggest issue facing our district is the issue that faces our planet: the climate crisis. The Mayor and councillors make big decisions about our future which touch our everyday lives. How do you think NPDC can get young people more involved with that decision-making process? I think a brilliant way to get youth more involved is to have a youth council and have a representative of the youth council actively involved in decision-making processes within the NPDC. We’re using STV for the first time, have you picked your candidates yet? I have a pretty good idea of who I’m going to be putting on my STV voting paper however I am still unsure on the order. What’s your message to the new elected members? Stick to your values. People have voted for you based on these, so be their voice and represent them. You’re in your final year at school, what’s next for you? As I am currently in my final year of high school, next year I am hoping to expand on Voices of the Future. Voices of the Future is a platform that aims to provide rangatahi with opportunities to have their voices heard as well as to educate and facilitate intergenerational discussion. VotF was co-founded by myself and fellow year 13 student Nikita Taiapa. Key election dates: 20-26 September Voting documents arrive via post. 20 September Postal voting opens or you can drop your vote into a Ballot Box at one of NPDC’s facilities: Civic Centre Liardet Street, the Bell Block, Inglewood and Waitara Library and Service Centres, Puke Ariki (Library and Museum), Ōākura Library, Mobile Library, Todd Energy Aquatic Centre, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, TSB Showplace, TSB Stadium. October 2 Recommended last day to post votes. Or drop your voting papers into any NPDC facility (see above). October 5 National Vote Day. Drop your vote at one of the following locations between 9am-3pm: Civic Centre, Liardet Street (drive-thru), the Bell Block, Inglewood and Waitara Library and Service Centres, Puke Ariki (Library and Museum), Todd Energy Aquatic Centre, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, TSB Showplace, New World Merrilands, Countdown Spotswood, Pak n’ Save, 4 Squares in Urenui, Okato and Ōākura, Bell Block Warehouse, Huatoki Plaza. October 6 - 11 Last chance to drop your vote into one of NPDC’s facilities. Noon, 11 October Ballot Boxes close at Puke Ariki (Museum and Library), Ōākura Library, Mobile Library, Todd Energy Aquatic Centre, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, TSB Showplace, TSB Stadium. Noon, 11 October – Noon 12 October Last chance to vote. NPDC Civic Centre, Liardet Street, and the Bell Block, Inglewood and Waitara Library and Service Centres, taking final votes. Noon, 13 October Preliminary results announced.
News Lifestyle TSB Stadium Sky Sport Breakers Sky Sport Breakers return to TSB Stadium in January 16 September 2019 The Sky Sport Breakers will be looking for another slam-dunk performance at NPDC’s TSB Stadium when they take on the Sydney Kings in January next year. After last year’s sell-out, the team heads back to New Plymouth on Friday, 17 January, for what promises to be a great family night out. Tickets are set to go on sale early next month for the NBL game, which is coming to the region, supported by NPDC’s Major Events Fund, Venture Taranaki and the TSB Community Trust. NPDC Chief Executive Craig Stevenson says the atmosphere was electric at January’s clash when the Breakers beat the Cairns Taipans and he hailed the hard work of the NPDC team for bringing another high quality sports event to the district. “Bringing top sports games to our region is part of our blueprint for Building a Lifestyle Capital and I’m delighted that the Breakers are heading back to the TSB Stadium,” says Mr Stevenson. “We’re hoping for another sell-out in January and I can’t wait to cheer them on. Coming hot on the heels of the announcement that Ben Harper will play the TSB Bowl of Brooklands and some sneak peeks of the amazing features at this year’s TSB Festival of Lights, it’s going to be another awesome summer in our district.” Sky Sport Breakers CEO Matt Walsh said it was a great experience coming to Taranaki earlier this year and they were delighted to be returning. “The support we got from Taranaki basketball fans in January was awesome. It’s going to be another big night on 17 January and we’re looking forward to bringing NBL back to the TSB Stadium.” Tickets are expected to go on sale in October, and options are expected to include courtside, premier and standard tickets as well as corporate packages.  The Sky Sport Breakers will be involved with some community events where fans will get the chance to meet the team and shoot a few hoops. Details will be revealed closer to the game.
News Local Sorcha Wolnik Irish expat expert ranks STV voting Number 1 13 September 2019 As the race for New Plymouth’s Mayor, Councillors and Community Board members heats up, an Irish expat says voters will find Single Transferrable Vote, or STV, as easy to use as 1, 2, 3. Ireland has used the STV voting system in general elections since 1922 and Sorcha Kearney Wolnik, a midwife who moved to New Plymouth in 2013 with her partner and their three children, says it’s regarded by everyone as normal and much fairer than the old ‘first past the post’ system. Voter turnout in local body elections is dropping around New Zealand and the New Plymouth District currently sits at about 47%. Elected members – Mayor, Councillors and Community Board Members - make big decisions that touch our everyday lives and NPDC manages assets of about $3.3 billion and has an annual operating budget of about $155 million. NPDC will use the STV for the first time this year but voters should be familiar with the system as it has been used in District Health Board (DHB) elections for years. Essentially voters rank their candidates and use numbers instead of ticks to cast their votes. Number 1 goes to the favourite candidate and so on. Voters can rank as few or as many candidates as they wish. The new process aims to get a fairer mix of Elected Members around the NPDC governance table and Sorcha hailed STV for empowering voters. “I’ve voted in several general elections back in Ireland and I can wholeheartedly recommend STV,” says Sorcha.  “It is definitely a more inclusive system.” Sorcha, who recently co-founded Girls’ Minds Matter, a community-based initiative promoting mental wellbeing for young women and teens, says she remembers going to the polling station as a young girl with her mum and dad so understanding STV started with watching them numbering the candidates in the polling booth.  “When we think of elections, it’s always about who’s getting your number one and who else will get your votes. It allows for a great discussion without feeling like you have to pick one candidate out of everyone.” How to vote – Single Transferable Vote (STV) Many people will have used it before and the DHB has been using it for years. You use numbers to rank, rather than ticks, to cast your vote. You rank your favourite candidates in preferred order, eg 1, 2, 3. Number one is your first choice and so on. You can rank as many or as few candidates as you like. If you want to know more go to newplymouthnz.com/STV. Key election dates: 20-26 September Voting documents arrive via post. 20 September Postal voting opens or you can drop your vote into a Ballot Box at one of NPDC’s facilities: Civic Centre Liardet Street, the Bell Block, Inglewood and Waitara Library and Service Centres, Puke Ariki (Library and Museum), Ōākura Library, Mobile Library, Todd Energy Aquatic Centre, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, TSB Showplace, TSB Stadium. October 2 Recommended last day to post votes. Or drop your voting papers into any NPDC facility (see above). October 5 National Vote Day. Drop your vote at one of the following locations between 9am-3pm: Civic Centre, Liardet Street (drive-thru), the Bell Block, Inglewood and Waitara Library and Service Centres, Puke Ariki (Library and Museum), Todd Energy Aquatic Centre, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, TSB Showplace, New World Merrilands, Countdown Spotswood, Pak n’ Save, 4 Squares in Urenui, Okato and Ōākura, Bell Block Warehouse, Huatoki Plaza. October 6 - 11 Last chance to drop your vote into one of NPDC’s facilities. Noon, 11 October Ballot Boxes close at Puke Ariki (Museum and Library), Ōākura Library, Mobile Library, Todd Energy Aquatic Centre, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, TSB Showplace, TSB Stadium. Noon, 11 October –  Noon 12 October Last chance to vote. NPDC Civic Centre, Liardet Street, and the Bell Block, Inglewood and Waitara Library and Service Centres, taking final votes.  Noon, 13 October Preliminary results announced.