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Taranaki township moves forward after historic Waitara Lands Bill passed
13 December 2018
The NPDC Waitara Lands Bill has been passed by Parliament, bringing a fresh start to the town after three decades of negotiations over its leasehold land. The Bill will unlock $90 million from the sale of 770 leasehold properties. New Plymouth District Mayor Neil Holdom, who attended the reading of the Bill in parliament yesterday evening, welcomed the move. “At this historic time, it’s important to acknowledge the pain and hurt caused by the confiscation of land from Te Atiawa and its hapū in the 1860s. Thank you to hapū leaders who have worked tirelessly for their people over many years. This Bill isn’t perfect but it’s the best solution while ensuring we meet our financial obligations to all of our 80,000 residents and balance competing priorities. This co-governance model between NPDC, hapū, Iwi and the TRC, will mean there is investment in community projects and the Waitara River, to benefit the whole community.” Fast facts Property The Bill enables leaseholders to purchase freehold their leased properties at market value. There are 770 Waitara properties valued at $90 million. From the sale of these properties over the next 20 years, it is expected about $28 million over the same period will assist the two hapū to purchase, manage or develop land in Waitara. Approximately $28 million will go to Waitara projects, co-governed by the hapū and NPDC, also over a 20-year period. Approximately $34 million will be allocated to Waitara River and environment projects. This will be co-governed by the hapū and iwi with interests in the river and the Taranaki Regional Council. Parks and Reserves About 120 hectares of land is available to hapū in various ways, mostly as reserves. The Bill gifts 44 hectares of land to the hapū: 13 hectares of developed residential land and 31 hectares of reserve land. The hapū will gain titles to parks and reserves totalling 13 hectares if they wish to take them. The hapū also have the option to purchase five Crown Reserves totalling 26 hectares (Pukekohe Park, parts of Ranfurly Park, James Nuku Reserve, Te Puna Park and Joll St Reserve). These will be co-governed with NPDC and have Reserve status, allowing for continued public access. They include West Quay, Kincade Park, Victoria Park, Tangaroa Reserve, Barclay Park, Pennington Park, East Quay, Memorial Park, Manukorihi Local Purpose Reserve, parts of Ranfurly Park, and Manukorihi Park. The Bill allows the hapū an option to purchase another 35 hectares of land in Waitara such as the Waitara Golf Course.
12 December 2018
NPDC is arranging to have a water tanker at the Inglewood railway yard this evening for anyone in the town who needs fresh water. A water pipe was drilled through by a contractor, and some parts of the town may experience discoloured drinking water. The pipe will be fixed and we apologise for any inconvenience in the meantime. The break is not related to NPDC’s project to replace several water pipes in the town. Any Inglewood residents who require clean water can take their containers to the railway yard this evening for filling from 6pm.
Waitara Lands Bill Moves Forward
07 December 2018
Fast facts following Council meeting 7/12/2018 There are no major changes to the Bill from what was presented to the Council about a month ago. Leaseholders will pay the market value for the land, as determined by an independent valuer. We’re building a support package for leaseholders, including funding of $50,000 for independent financial/budgeting advice. We’re working with banks see whether they can offer any package deals for leaseholders. After almost 30 years of talks, this Bill is not perfect but it presents a real opportunity to unlock 770 Waitara properties valued at approximately $90 million. It’s a co-governance model to benefit the people of Waitara which will mean investment in community projects and enhancing rivers, for everyone to enjoy. We respect Otaraua’s decision to withdraw from the Bill but believe it is the best way forward, balancing a variety of competing interests. Fast Facts, as at 1/11/2018 Apology We acknowledge the land was originally confiscated by the government and in 1941 it was transferred to the former Waitara Borough Council. The land became part of the newly formed New Plymouth District Council during the 1989 reorganisation of local government. Our financial and legal obligations to all of our 80,000 residents mean we cannot simply return the land to the hapū. After almost 30 years of talks, this draft Bill is not perfect but it’s the best way forward. If this draft Bill doesn’t proceed, it will be a lost opportunity for this generation, after decades of on and off negotiations. Property The Bill enables leaseholders to purchase freehold their leased properties at market value. There are 770 Waitara properties valued at $90 million. From the sale of these properties over the next 20 years, it is expected about $28 million over the same period will assist the two hapū to purchase, manage or develop land in Waitara. Approximately $28 million will go to Waitara projects, co-governed by the hapū and NPDC, also over a 20-year period. Approximately $34 million will be allocated to Waitara River and environment projects. This will be co-governed by the hapū and iwi with interests in the river and the Taranaki Regional Council. Parks and Reserves About 120 hectares of land is available to hapū in various ways, mostly as reserves. The Bill gifts 44 hectares of land to the hapū: 13 hectares of developed residential land and 31 hectares of reserve land. The hapū will gain titles to parks and reserves totalling 13 hectares if they wish to take them. The hapū also have the option to purchase five Crown Reserves totalling 26 hectares (Pukekohe Park, parts of Ranfurly Park, James Nuku Reserve, Te Puna Park and Joll St Reserve). These will be co-governed with NPDC and have Reserve status, allowing for continued public access. They include West Quay, Kincade Park, Victoria Park, Tangaroa Reserve, Barclay Park, Pennington Park, East Quay, Memorial Park, Manukorihi Local Purpose Reserve, parts of Ranfurly Park, and Manukorihi Park. The Bill allows the hapū an option to purchase another 35 hectares of land in Waitara such as the Waitara Golf Course.
Inglewood Water Tanker
03 December 2018
NPDC is arranging to have a water tanker at the Inglewood railway yard this evening for anyone in the town who needs fresh water. A water pipe was drilled through this morning by a third party, and some parts of the town are experiencing discoloured drinking water. The pipe has been fixed and the water is expected to be clear again by the morning once the system has settled. We apologise for any inconvenience in the meantime. The break is not related to NPDC’s project to replace several water pipes in the town. Any Inglewood residents who require clean water can take their containers to the railway yard this evening for filling from 6pm.
Christmas comes early to New Plymouth's city centre thanks to NPDC and Lions Club
29 November 2018
New Plymouth’s central business district is hosting a cracker of a Christmas party on Saturday (1 December) and NPDC is providing the festive spirit with a car-free city centre to celebrate. Much of the central business district will be closed to traffic in the morning, so leave the car at home, take a special gold coin bus ride into town and catch the city centre at its swinging best. “We’re going car-free to encourage people to come down and grab a coffee and something to eat and get some Christmas shopping done. We want a thriving central business district with tills ringing while the choir is singing,” says NPDC External Relations Manager Jacqueline Baker. “NPDC has a strong focus on continuing to create a thriving central city. With no parking or traffic hassles, there’s no better way to appreciate everything our central business district has to offer; from watching live entertainment to enjoying gourmet delights from one of our legendary cafes.” NPDC’s See It In The City team is organising the entertainment from 9am until the annual Lions Club Christmas Parade which starts at midday. The entertainment will include live performances by the Taranaki Ukulele Orchestra and the Taranaki Harmony Choir as well as roving performers, talented soloists and a DJ. One of the highlights of this year’s Christmas Parade will be the carbon-neutral ‘arty’ walking float from NPDC’s Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. The entry includes art created by kids and inspired by Len Lye’s work. Taranaki Toy Library will provide some fun for the littlies, while basketball, Zumba, dance, face-painting and a Santa sprint race will be open to the bigger kids. Santa’s cavalcade will take a new circuit route this year, starting at the Clock Tower and moving eastward along Devon Street, turning left down Liardet Street and heading back down Gill Street/Ariki Street to return to the start. The pedestrian zone on Devon Street will run from Liardet Street to Egmont Street from 8am to 11am and from Liardet Street to Dawson Street from 11am to 2pm. Other road closures include Ariki Street and part of Gill Street, Currie Street and parts of Liardet, Egmont, Queen, King and Robe streets. Buses to the central business district will be running all day and will be just a gold coin donation while under-fives will be free.
Hot tips for a cool Christmas
22 November 2018
Go to town on your tree. We all know the saying less is more. But when it comes to decorating a Christmas tree our Fernery team go by the maxim “more is more”. The more decorations and sparkly lights covering your tree the better. Place the decorations evenly around your tree, and arrange smaller decorations towards the top and larger ones towards the bottom. Their parting piece of advice (borrowed from Longwood Gardens in the U.S.) “It’s never done until it’s over done” so add that extra string of lights! Give thoughtful gifts. No-one wants to gift something that ends up in the back of someone’s cupboard. You can take the zero waste approach and agree to forgo gifts this year, or give an experience as a gift - like tickets to a show. Tickets also stretch out the gift giving vibes as you’ll get the warm fuzzies when you give the gift and again when they attend the show. Tickets to Toto at the TSB Bowl of Brooklands, or a night out at the TSB Showplace to see Cats are sure to be a hit, and if in doubt you can always get a gift card. Don’t forget about your dog. Looking after your dog year round is obviously important, but they have special needs over the summer. A few quick tips from our Animal Control team can make sure their festive season is just as merry as yours. Keep them hydrated, and make sure they have shade available to them throughout the day. Introduce them to newcomers and visitors, it will make them feel much more relaxed. And take your dog for walks during cooler parts of the day, hot sand and concrete can burn their paws (ouch!!) so stick to the morning or early evening.
Three councils give green light to Bonny Glen landfill
16 November 2018
A decision to accept a waste disposal offer from Bonny Glen landfill will save Taranaki ratepayers up to $25 million over 35 years. After careful consideration and a detailed feasibility study, the Stratford, South Taranaki and New Plymouth District Councils have agreed to suspend further development of the Central Landfill near Eltham (approximately $7.5 million has been invested to date), bank the facility for future use and accept an offer from Midwest Disposals Ltd which operates Bonny Glen landfill, near Marton. The latest offer was too good to ignore and enables the Councils to focus on becoming a Zero Waste region without raising the residential waste disposal costs, as no minimum tonnage is required and we only pay for what we send. The 35-year agreement saves money, reduces risk, delivers long-term certainty and provides real incentive to minimise waste (in comparison the Central Landfill would need more waste sent to it to keep fixed costs down which is actually a disincentive to focus on reducing waste). The agreement also allows the Councils to exit at any stage if they are unhappy. The three Councils will begin taking the region’s waste to Bonny Glen in the second half of 2019, around the same time as New Plymouth’s Colson Road Landfill is set to close. In the meantime, they urge everyone to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Attribution: South Taranaki District Council Chief Executive Waid Crockett, Stratford District Council Chief Executive Sven Hanne, New Plymouth District Council Chief Executive Craig Stevenson.
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NPDC's Puke Ariki's new exhibition will trick your senses and blow your mind
08 November 2018
Prepare to question your own eyes, test your senses and have your mind boggled at NPDC’s Puke Ariki’s new exhibition, Illusion: Nothing Is As It Seems. Illusion, which opens in the Temporary Exhibitions Gallery on 10 November, is a perception-shattering insight into the human mind, playfully combining the techniques used by magicians and explored by psychologists. Puke Ariki will be Illusion’s one and only stop in New Zealand. With more than 19 exhibits designed to blow the mind and featuring a host of installations that deceive the eyes of the visitor, Illusion shows that what we perceive is often radically different from the reality of what our eyes observe. “We want to challenge perception, boggle the minds of visitors and inspire some future scientists,” says Puke Ariki Manager, Kelvin Day. “People are fascinated by illusions because they challenge everything we take for granted on a daily basis, they have the power to distort what we see and trick our minds. Prepare to be delighted, bewildered and surprised when you step into the exhibition and experience just how warped our perceptions can be.” Illusion was curated by psychologist, author and magician Richard Wiseman, and was researched by deception artist Paul Gleeson, who is also the world’s youngest professional escapologist. "Magic is an inspiring force for learning. I have worked with Science Gallery to create an exhibition that will inspire and educate people of any age,” says Mr Wiseman. “Each piece in the show deceives the brain with either an optical, perceptual or audio illusion. Illusions give us a greater appreciation of how we view the world and this exhibition brings us closer to understanding the magic of the mind." Some of the mind-bending illusions at the exhibition include: All the Universe is Full of the Lives of Perfect Creatures features a mirror where visitors get to see their inner animal. Delicate Boundaries creates a space that allows the worlds inside our digital devices to move into the physical realm as bugs crawl off the screen and onto visitors’ bodies. Counter, using a trompe l’oeil art effect, tries to convince visitors that a two dimensional object is actually in three dimensions. The exhibition, which runs until 5 March next year, comes as Puke Ariki celebrates a record-breaking year for exhibitions with Permian Monsters: Life Before the Dinosaurs attracting a new record total of 75,000 visitors. Illusion is created by Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin, part of the Global Science Gallery Network. Puke Ariki fact file It first opened on 15 June 2003. The total number of visitors to Puke Ariki and district libraries in the 2016/17 year was 809,036. In that same period, Puke Ariki and community libraries issued 792,563 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.
Paywave in, paper receipts out in NPDC car parking upgrade
02 November 2018
‘Tap and go’ parking has arrived in New Plymouth, with most NPDC car parking machines in the central business district now accepting Paywave. It’s the first phase in an upgrade that will also see the end to printed receipts as part of NPDC’s journey toward Zero Waste 2040. Before Christmas, NPDC will phase out printed receipts and give the option of an e-receipt instead. “It’s about using technology to cut down our waste and make it easier and faster to park in the CBD,” says NPDC Customer and Regulatory Solutions Manager Katrina Brunton. “We brought in the PayMyPark app nearly three years ago to make parking quick and easy, and now we’ve added Paywave as an option at the machines. “NPDC is focused on supporting a thriving central city, and making it simple to park and pay is a key part of keeping our CBD accessible.” In addition, users can now top up their parking from more machines. Top up your $1 an hour parking from any other $1 an hour machine, and your $2 an hour parking from any other $2 an hour machine. Top-up parking is also available on the PayMyPark app. Due to more popular payment options being available, the text-to-park function is being shut down. To receive an electronic receipt users have 3 ways to do this: 1. Via the Pay my Park app available on the Apple and Android app stores 2. Input your email address at the parking meter when paying 3. Scan a QR code provided at the parking meter
NPDC retains high financial rating following independent assessment
01 November 2018
Standard & Poor’s has reconfirmed NPDC’s AA/A-1+ credit rating. It says NPDC’s robust financial management, excellent liquidity and high level of budgetary flexibility support this rating. In the last financial year the council returned a $320,000 general rates operating surplus. “I’m very pleased the international and independent rating agency Standard & Poor’s has reconfirmed NPDC’s AA/A-1+ credit rating. NPDC manages assets worth $2.6 billion and its annual operating budget for the last financial year was $141 million, so this rating represents a big tick against robust financial management. It’s the highest possible rating a local government body can get in New Zealand, “ says NPDC Chief Financial Officer, Alan Bird. After public consultation, NPDC is investing approximately $44 million over the next decade to improve water resilience and a further $21 million towards Zero Waste 2040. NPDC manages the District’s water, more than 1,270 kilometres of roads, 1,600 hectares of parks and open spaces, 1,730 properties, Brooklands Zoo, Puke Ariki, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, TSB Showplace and TSB Stadium, and TSB Festival of Lights.
Hapū to consider updated NPDC Waitara Lands Bill
01 November 2018
Otaraua and Manukorihi hapū are considering the details of the updated NPDC Waitara Lands Bill which enables leaseholders to purchase freehold their leased properties. There are 770 Waitara properties valued at approximately $90 million. If the Bill goes ahead, it could unlock that money for the benefit of the Waitara community. The Bill was presented to hapū at Owae Marae in Waitara two years ago. Since then and after hundreds of hours of talks, this updated Bill is very different to the first version as it contains funds for the restoration of the Waitara River and a Hapū Land Fund to enable the hapū to acquire more land at Waitara. If the hapū endorse the Bill, it will proceed to an NPDC Council meeting and then to Cabinet, followed by a final reading in Parliament. NPDC acknowledges the land was confiscated before it was transferred to NPDC’s predecessor, the Waitara Borough Council, in 1941. Mayor Neil Holdom says the Bill is not perfect but is the best way forward. “We recognise the pain and hurt of the hapū at not having the land back. I was at Owae Marae for the Select Committee hearings and heard the heartache and sadness. But as the Council is bound by its financial obligations to all of its 80,000 residents, it meant that we couldn’t just give the land back, however unfair that seems. After the Treaty settlement process we had to find a new way to work through this problem and it’s this Bill. We are grateful that it has given us an opportunity to build relationships with members of the hapū. The hapū leaders have worked tirelessly over the last two years to get the best they could for their members. To that end we have created a fund to enable the hapū to purchase, manage or develop land at Waitara. “After almost 30 years of talks, this Bill is not perfect but it presents a real opportunity for the hapū to create a strong foundation for the future. If it doesn’t proceed, it’ll be a lost opportunity for this generation to resolve this historic and complex matter for the benefit of Waitara. The Bill also creates certainty for leaseholders, who retain their perpetual rights to occupy under the conditions they signed up to when they purchased their leases. Leaseholders also have the right to purchase freehold title at market value. NPDC acknowledges the criticism from leaseholders that market value has risen significantly since the issue was first raised many years ago. However, like the situation for the hapū where they cannot get the confiscated land back, the Bill reflects the reality that NPDC has an obligation to all 80,000 people in the district and cannot legally sell publicly owned land below market value, no matter what the history.” The Waitara River would benefit significantly from the Bill with the creation of a fund to improve the health of the catchment, Mr Holdom said. “The people of Taranaki and New Zealand have expressed a strong desire to improve water quality in our rivers and streams. The focus on improving water quality in the Waitara River is something our children and grandchildren will one day thank us for. By working together with iwi, hapū, the Taranaki Regional Council, our farmers and the wider community we are excited about what could be achieved in improving the river.” Fast Facts Apology We acknowledge the land was originally confiscated by the government and in 1941 it was transferred to the former Waitara Borough Council. The land became part of the newly formed New Plymouth District Council during the 1989 reorganisation of local government. Our financial and legal obligations to all of our 80,000 residents mean we cannot simply return the land to the hapū. After almost 30 years of talks, this draft Bill is not perfect but it’s the best way forward. If this draft Bill doesn’t proceed, it will be a lost opportunity for this generation, after decades of on and off negotiations. Property The Bill enables leaseholders to purchase freehold their leased properties at market value. There are 770 Waitara properties valued at $90 million. From the sale of these properties over the next 20 years, it is expected about $28 million over the same period will assist the two hapū to purchase, manage or develop land in Waitara. Approximately $28 million will go to Waitara projects, co-governed by the hapū and NPDC, also over a 20-year period. Approximately $34 million will be allocated to Waitara River and environment projects. This will be co-governed by the hapū and iwi with interests in the river and the Taranaki Regional Council. Parks and Reserves About 120 hectares of land is available to hapū in various ways, mostly as reserves. The Bill gifts 44 hectares of land to the hapū: 13 hectares of developed residential land and 31 hectares of reserve land. The hapū will gain titles to parks and reserves totalling 13 hectares if they wish to take them. The hapū also have the option to purchase five Crown Reserves totalling 26 hectares (Pukekohe Park, parts of Ranfurly Park, James Nuku Reserve, Te Puna Park and Joll St Reserve). These will be co-governed with NPDC and have Reserve status, allowing for continued public access. They include West Quay, Kincade Park, Victoria Park, Tangaroa Reserve, Barclay Park, Pennington Park, East Quay, Memorial Park, Manukorihi Local Purpose Reserve, parts of Ranfurly Park, and Manukorihi Park. The Bill allows the hapū an option to purchase another 35 hectares of land in Waitara such as part of Ranfurly Park and the Waitara Golf Course.
CBD Forum Live From 630pm
30 October 2018
Today CBD champions will meet to discuss the future of our central business district. The forum will be streamed live from 6:30pm. Watch the full discussion here.
NPDC to kick off multimillion dollar water project in Inglewood
25 October 2018
NPDC is spending more than $44 million over the next 10 years to improve the district’s water networks and Inglewood is the first cab off the rank. A project is due to start in Inglewood, where a quarter of the town’s pipes will be replaced over the next three years. “NPDC will be investing about $2.5 million in Inglewood’s water over the coming three years and replacing about seven kilometres of pipes. We look after more than 800 kilometres of water pipes throughout the district and they range in age from new to more than 110 years old, so it’s great this important piece of work is under way,” says Mayor Neil Holdom. “Improving the quality and performance of our community infrastructure is a major focus for this Council. We have an obligation to provide a consistently high standard of services to our people and we are investing significantly to ensure our water networks meet the needs of current and future generations.” The first phase of the work is to replace the old pipes in the Inglewood urban area which will be followed by replacing the main pipes that connect the town to the reservoir. The project is expected to alleviate occasional issues with discoloured water. The pipes will be made from PVC, a durable pipe that is common throughout New Zealand and is suitable for Inglewood’s ground conditions. NPDC will be on the streets of Inglewood talking to locals about the details and we thank them in advance for their support. More information is on the Inglewood Water Improvements webpage.
Visit Our Gardens During the Garden Festival
24 October 2018
We are very proud to take part in the PowerCo Taranaki Garden Festival. The festival takes place from 26 October to 4 November. You can visit our beautiful spaces year round, but spring is a particularly great time to visit our participating gardens: Pukekura Park, Te Henui Cemetery and the Fernery and Display Houses. During the festival we also host guided tours of all three gardens, all tours are free and no booking is required. Pukekura Park Wednesday 31 October 9am Friday 2 November 9am Meet outside The Bellringer Pavilion, via Fillis St entrance, Pukekura Park, New Plymouth Fernery and Display Houses Tuesday 30 October 11am Thursday 1 November 11am Meet at the Fernery and Display House entrance, Pukekura Park, Fillis St, New Plymouth Te Henui Cemetery Monday 29 October 2pm Wednesday 31 October 2pm Friday 2 November 2pm 173 Lemon St, Strandon, New Plymouth. Meet by the main sign by the first roundabout inside the cemetery
Hi-tech hub ready to handle an emergency
19 October 2018
NPDC’s state-of-the-art Emergency Operations Centre is up and running and ready to help keep our community safe during an emergency. Based at the TSB Stadium, NPDC has invested $500,000 to create the hi-tech Civil Defence hub which includes GIS map facilities, a back-up power supply, secure communication connections and even its own 30,000L water tank. “We know that an emergency can happen at any time so we’re absolutely delighted to have this new centre which will help us meet the challenges our district may face,” says NPDC Chief Operating Officer Kelvin Wright. “Our community responded brilliantly to ex-Cyclone Gita earlier this year. The Emergency Operations Centre will enable us to respond even more effectively to localised problems.” Director of Civil Defence New Zealand, Sarah Stuart-Black, praised the new centre and NPDC’s commitment to managing the district through any future event. “The opening of this centre strengthens NPDC’s ability to manage local emergencies effectively.” The official opening, held this week, marks a new chapter for the district’s Civil Defence Emergency Management team with two NPDC staff members running emergency management for our district. There was a fantastic response to our call for volunteers – we had more than 170 people put their hands up to work at the centre during a crisis. Mr Wright thanked NPDC’s key community stakeholders including the New Zealand Police, Fire and Emergency, St John, New Zealand Lifelines Council, TEMO, Civil Defence NZ and the other Taranaki councils for their support. If you want to volunteer at the centre, call us on 06-759 6060 or you can register via our online form.
Long Weekend Stay-cation
17 October 2018
Why a stay-cation should be on the cards this Labour Weekend The National Park… obviously The long weekend is the perfect time of year to get back in to nature. Our national park has a huge range of walks to suit whatever kind of adventure you’re after. Plan a trip to the Dawson Falls Visitors Centre, you can take a short, easy walk to Wilkies Pools for a refreshing first swim of the season. Another low effort, maximum impact walk is to the falls themselves, it’s a steep climb in and out, but it’s a quick one. If you want to push yourself further you can do the Waingongoro Hut track, including a walk across the 24m high swing bridge! Check out the DOC website for more information. Get in to the CBD and play tourist for the day. The outdoor pool at the Todd Energy Aquatic Centre will be opening for the first splash of summer, pack your togs and show your kids how it’s done on the diving board. If you’d rather stay dry you can get along to see National Geographic’s 50 Greatest Photographs at Puke Ariki, it’s been a hit with young and old and is only on for one more week. Then pop up the road to the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery where there are six kinetic Len Lye sculptures on display currently (don’t forget the obligatory selfie out the front). If that’s not enough, grab your coffee and head to Pukekura Park to see all the spring explosions of colour, make sure your walk takes you through the Fernery and Display Houses to see the world-class collection of orchids. Beaches!! If you’re not diving in to the Todd Energy Aquatic Centre or Wilkies Pools then your Labour Weekend swim will have to be at a beach. Luckily you have heaps to choose from. So take the opportunity to steer away from your usuals. Pop out to Ōākura, it’s usually a little quieter than Fitzroy but is a great spot for swimming or surfing. Include a walk up to Goat Rock followed by an ice cream to really make a day of it. Or if you can spend a little longer in the car head out to Tongaporutu. Check the tides before you go down to the beach, and explore the amazing piece of coastline that has changed so much in recent years (with Elephant Rock's trunk disappearing). Bring a picnic to eat at the domain while you look towards the postcard perfect baches along the river.
Taranaki Aims to Become a Renewable Energy Hub
12 October 2018
We are playing a pivotal role in a team that has met world-leading renewable energy experts and discussed how our region can become a leading centre for hydrogen energy, an industry that is already worth billions around the globe. H2 Taranaki is a working group set up to encourage the growth and uptake of hydrogen projects in the region. Our Councillor Stacey Hitchcock and one of our Senior Infrastructure Planner have gone to Europe with the team to glean the latest global thinking and examine how Taranaki can become the energy hub of the Southern Hemisphere. “Taranaki is the perfect region to not only embrace the ‘Just Transition’ to a lower carbon future but to lead it from the front,” says Cr Hitchcock. “Thanks to our history with the energy industry, we’re a region with extensive knowledge, skills and an expert workforce. Together with our natural resources, established infrastructure and international port, we’re perfectly set up to embrace a number of more sustainable energy alternatives. “This project is just one of many strategic opportunities identified in our Tapuae Roa Action plan launched earlier this year and will help us develop a hydrogen roadmap specifically for the Taranaki region.” The team are attending several major energy conferences and discussions in Aberdeen, the Orkney Islands, England and the Netherlands. The research investigation has also included exploring a MOU with Aberdeen, a key energy centre in the Northern Hemisphere, examining opportunities to become a World Cities Energy partner and a chance to connect with other governments around the world who are transitioning to a lower carbon future.
Sound Financial Management Helps Us Achieve Surplus
10 October 2018
We have achieved a general rates operating surplus of more than $320,000 while our Perpetual Investment Fund made a return of $21 million (more than $13 million over budget) in the 2017/2018 financial year, according to our latest Annual Report. “It’s a pleasing result. The fact we were able to absorb some unexpected costs (February storm damage and Yarrow Stadium operational remediation) and still finish the year under budget shows we have a firm focus on cost control. Evidence of Council’s sound financial management was recognised in November when international credit agency Standard and Poor’s reconfirmed NPDC’s financial rating as ‘AA/A-1’,” says NPDC Chief Executive Craig Stevenson. We managed assets valued at about $2.6 billion, had a yearly operating budget of $135 million, and are putting a renewed focus on investing in core infrastructure after talking to residents about what we should be doing in the next decade. “There was an incredible response to our 10-Year Plan public conversation with more than 4,000 submissions on what we should be focussed on, a record for a non-metropolitan council,” says Mayor of the New Plymouth District, Neil Holdom. “It’s clear our residents want us to invest more in our three waters infrastructure – drinking, waste and storm water. We’ve responded by allocating more than $44 million over the next decade for water resilience and more than $21 million towards Zero Waste 2040,” the Mayor says. Another highlight from the 10-Year Plan conversation, was agreeing to extend the Coastal Walkway from Bell Block to Waitara, creating a pedestrian and cycle link that promotes connectivity and well-being to the district’s two main population centres. Other milestones over the past year include: In a major step towards unlocking the region’s potential for economic growth, we worked with the other Taranaki councils, Nga Iwi O Taranaki and the business community on Tapuae Roa. The TSB Festival of Lights saw a 20% rise in visitors to nearly 9,600 over the 2017/2018 summer. The value added to the regional economy jumped from $4.6million to $5million. Yusuf/Cat Stevens played to a packed out (capacity approximately 15,000) TSB Bowl of Brooklands in December while Bryan Adams rocked the venue in January. We won two major awards after it became the first New Zealand local authority to create a fully digital Draft District Plan. Pukekura Park was awarded the Green Flag international mark of a quality park or green space for the fifth year running. Permian Monsters: Life Before the Dinosaurs helped Puke Ariki set new visitor records including the most visitors in a single day (1,920) and the most visitors to an exhibition at the museum (75,000).
Kicking Off Work on Car Park for Pouakai Crossing Track
05 October 2018
Close to $1.6 million is being invested in a much-anticipated tourism project that will benefit locals and visitors alike. We start construction next week on the car park and toilet at the top of Mangorei Road. The car park is a key piece of tourism infrastructure at the Mangorei Track entrance to the increasingly popular Pouakai Crossing and part of Tapuae Roa – Taranaki’s regional economic strategy. The toilet and car park, which will take both private vehicles and buses, have been funded with $709,000 from the Government’s Tourism Infrastructure Fund and $849,000 from NPDC. This is on top of a $3.4 million Government investment in the iconic Pouakai Crossing. A further $750,000 will be spent on widening Mangorei Road in a 50:50 joint venture between NPDC and the NZ Transport Agency. “We’re getting the right infrastructure in place so that visitors and locals alike can continue to enjoy our great outdoors and stunning Mounga; one of the reasons why we’re the lifestyle capital of New Zealand,” says Mayor Neil Holdom.“This project is an exciting one and combined with the $156,000 recently announced funding from Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis for upgraded facilities at Waiwhakaiho and a new portable toilet and shower facility, there are really positive signs of central and local government partnering for the benefit of our people and to grow our tourism economy,” says the Mayor. The Mangorei Track will still be open, although Mangorei Road will be closed from the Westown Golf Course to the Pouakai Crossing entrance from Mondays to Fridays, from Monday 8 October until near Christmas. The closures will be from 7am to 7pm each day but Mangorei Road residents will continue to have access. We will be running free shuttle buses from the golf club’s car park on weekdays and the road will be open to all vehicles on weekends. We have consulted with residents and tourism groups, and thanks the public in advance for its support. For more info visit our Mangorei Car Park and Road Safety Improvements page.
Request for temporary road closures New Plymouth Christmas parade
03 October 2018
New Plymouth District Council has requested the closure of the following roads to enable the Lions Christmas parade and community events to take place: Date: Saturday 1 December: Roads to be closed from 8am to 11am: Ariki and Gill streets from Egmont to Liardet streets. Devon Street from Egmont to Liardet streets. King Street from Egmont to Brougham streets. Brougham Street from Ariki to Powderham streets. Currie Street from Ariki and Gill streets to Powderham Street. Currie Lane. Huatoki Lane. James Lane. Map of road closure before the parade Roads to be closed from 11am to 2pm: Ariki and Gill streets from Egmont to Liardet streets. Devon Street from Liardet to Dawson streets. Liardet Street from Devon to Gill streets. Queen Street from Devon to King streets. King Street from Queen to Brougham streets. Robe Street from Devon to Powderham streets. Egmont Street from Ariki to Devon streets. Brougham Street from Ariki to Powderham streets. Currie Street from Ariki and Gill streets to Powderham Street. Huatoki Lane. James Lane. Map of road closure during the parade Roads to be closed from 2pm to 4pm: Devon Street from Queen to Dawson streets. Ariki and Gill streets from Egmont Street to west of the Centre City exit/entry. Brougham Street from Ariki to King streets Map of road closure after the parade The application is being considered under the Transport (Vehicular Traffic Road Closure) Regulations 1965. Submissions to the closure should reach New Plymouth District Council by 4pm on Tuesday 16 October. Submissions must be made on the road closure form, which is available online at newplymouthnz.com/submissions, or by contacting the Council on 06-759 6060 or email@example.com. Emergency vehicles will have unrestricted access at all times. During the proposed period of closure, an approved traffic management plan will provide for ordinary vehicular traffic which would otherwise use the roads.
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Last updated: 28 January 2019