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News Our Work street lights and car lights shown on a dark night LED lights shine bright 16 August 2019 Our project to replace old-school streetlights with low-emission LED lights has been hailed as a win, win, win for the district. The major project, which has replaced more than 8,000 streetlights, has finished a year ahead of schedule, the cost for ratepayers is close to $2m under budget, and the lower-power lights will cut thousands of tonnes of CO2 emissions. Infrastructure Manager David Langford says the ‘invest-to-save’ initiative has exceeded expectations and alongside Zero Waste 2040 initiatives will make a tangible difference to cutting greenhouse gas emissions in the district for decades to come. “We’re absolutely thrilled with the results of this project. It’s fantastic value for money for our ratepayers and it’s done and dusted a year ahead of schedule,” says Mr Langford. “We take the threat of climate change seriously and this is a real-world solution to cutting emissions. Over the next 20 years, these LED lights will cut close to 6,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions. This is just one of many projects from NPDC as we ramp up our approach to tackling climate change.” Other benefits over the next 20 years include a $6.53 million saving in electricity costs while electricity usage is expected to be reduced by 43.6 million KWh (65%) over the same period. We started the project in 2015 and the original budget was $5.5 million but a bigger subsidy from the New Zealand Transport Agency and lower costs meant the scheme came in at $3.66m. The cost for ratepayers was $619,000 compared with a forecast budget of $2.69m. By the numbers: 8,025 streetlights replaced 5,970 tonne reduction in CO2 over 20 years Five-year project completed a year early Project had 81% subsidy from NZTA Taranaki Electricity Trust contributed $100,000 for lights in Inglewood and Urenui. Our environment action: $21m investment over next decade for journey to Zero Waste 2040. Rubbish trucks for the roll-out of the new landfill and food scraps bins will be electric. Food scraps bin will cut down on food scraps going to landfill. Plastics 3-7 are being trialled in road resurfacing. Upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant have cut natural gas use by nearly 20% Efficiency improvements to wastewater pump stations have reduced electricity consumption by as much as 27% We have signed up to the Global Covenant of Mayors and report annually on our greenhouse gas emissions as part of the Carbon Disclosure Project. Co-hosted the Just Transition Summit in May, looking to a low carbon future. Our Venture Taranaki have created the Taranaki 2050 Roadmap on a low emissions future for our region. New District Plan looks at where we live amid expected rising sea levels.
News Local Pukekura Park hero shot Last chance to Take A Stand for New Plymouth District 13 August 2019 The clock is ticking fast for people wanting to Take A Stand and be at the table for the big calls that shape our daily lives. Nominations for NPDC’s Mayor, Councillor and Community Board representative positions close this Friday, 16 August, at midday.  The Mayor, Councillors and Community Board members make big decisions about the future of our beautiful district, how we pay for it and what the priorities are. Think drinking water, parks, the coastal walkway, safer roads, a vibrant central city, libraries, an art gallery, a museum, theatre, major events and pools. It manages assets worth $3.3 billion and has an annual operating budget of about $155 million. As of Tuesday morning, there have been 29 nominations confirmed for eight different elected roles, including the Mayoralty, and the City, North and South-West Ward Councillor positions. They are: Neil Holdom, Joanne Kuvarji, Greg MacKay and Bill Simpson (Mayor); Colin Bell, Sam Bennett, Katherine Blaney, Anneka Carlson, Murray Chong, Barbara Fakavamoenga, Sarah Foy, Bev Gibson, Richard Handley, Louise James, Greg MacKay, Chris Manukonga, Jack Newsome, Howie Tamati and Deb Tawa (NPDC City Ward); Tony Bedford, Bill Simpson, and John Williams (NPDC North Ward); Chris Hale (NPDC South-West Ward). External Relations Manager Jacqueline Baker says time is now running out for the public to get their nomination forms in by the 16 August deadline. “The current governance team does an amazing job but we’re looking for as many candidates as possible to stand up and be counted so the flavour at the top table reflects the many different faces of our District. More than half of the 83,400 people who live here are women but there are only two female councillors. So if you want to see more diversity and have a say in the big ticket decisions which touch everyday lives, Take A Stand for NPDC now before it’s too late.” Find forms, information and the 2019 Candidate Handbook here.
News Our Work Electric rubbish trucks NPDC August 2019 Electric rubbish trucks help NPDC cut district's carbon footprint 09 August 2019 Electric rubbish trucks are the latest weapon in NPDC’s Zero Waste arsenal, and they’ve hit the streets around New Plymouth this week. The six new electric trucks will be used for the new landfill and food scraps bin collection service when New Plymouth moves from bags to bins on 30 September.  Infrastructure Manager David Langford says the revamp of the collection service was the perfect opportunity to look into using electric trucks as NPDC ramps up its efforts to cut emissions. “We take the issue of climate change seriously and we strive to cut NPDC’s carbon footprint wherever possible,” says Mr Langford. “It’s a balancing act between our aspirations to cut emissions while ensuring we invest ratepayers’ money wisely. “We think these trucks tick all the boxes when it comes to a long-term solution to cutting CO2 emissions and we’re considering replacing the current diesel-powered recycling and bottle collection trucks with electric trucks when the contract finishes in 2024.” The new electric trucks are funded through existing budgets and are already on the district’s roads. The distinctive red-liveried trucks have been trialled over the last week ahead of the start of the landfill and food scraps kerbside service at the end of next month. The bins are part of $20 million NPDC is investing over the next decade as part of the journey to Zero Waste 2040. From 30 September, the food scraps bin will be collected weekly and the glass and landfill bin collected one week, recycling the next. Food scraps previously made up 40% of rubbish going to landfill but the new bins will divert this waste which will be used to make useful compost.  Other Zero Waste projects will include the opening of recycling and repurpose facility called The Junction on Colson Road and community conversations about extending the collection service into the CBD. 
Public Notice Road Closure Egmont Road closed 05 August 2019 Egmont Road will be closed at the gatehouse leading up to the mountain for the rest of Monday 5 August due to heavy snow.
Our Work News Local Ruru Native birds return to wild after Brooklands Zoo rehabilitation 31 July 2019 Behind the scenes at NPDC’s Brooklands Zoo, staff take care of injured native birds so that they can be returned to the wild.  “We’ve helped six ruru get back to their forests in the last 12 months, as well as kereru and tui. It’s just fantastic to see injured native birds take flight after their rehabilitation,” says NPDC Manager Parks and Open Spaces Stuart Robertson.  “We care for them behind the scenes at the zoo as they need a quiet environment to help them recover.”  Brooklands Zoo has a Wildlife Act Authority permit from the Department of Conservation to rehabilitate injured native reptiles and birds (except kiwi and whio). Zoo staff have been trained to care for these protected species.  All injured native species are brought to the zoo by DOC or New Plymouth Vet Group – the zoo cannot receive them directly from the public.  “If you come across a native bird or animal that needs care, please contact DOC straight away,” says Mr Robertson.  What you can do to help: Ruru/morepork are prone to injury in urban areas, mostly with concussion from colliding with vehicles or windows. We can all take simple measures to help protect them putting stickers on large windows and driving to the speed limit. Taking part in the work of Towards Predator Free Taranaki 2050 by cutting the number of stoats, possums and rats also helps native birds.  Ruru at Puke Ariki Kids can get a ruru hunt badge by taking part in the Puke Ariki Ruru Scavenger Hunt. Head to the Host Desk in the museum foyer to take part and for more info.
News Our Work Food scraps From two bins to four: NPDC's Zero Waste bin deliveries starting soon 29 July 2019 A step-change is coming to the way New Plymouth District residents’ rubbish is collected as NPDC ramps up its journey towards Zero Waste 2040. The family of kerbside bins is growing, and from mid-August NPDC will start delivering landfill and food scraps bins to all properties in the collection area, replacing the red rubbish bags.  The new four-bin service begins on the week starting 30 September. “We’ll be going suburb by suburb with the bin deliveries so don’t worry if you haven’t got your bins in the first few weeks – they’ll be coming,” says NPDC Manager Resource Recovery Kimberley Hope. “The deliveries will be between mid-August and mid-September so please wait until Wednesday 18 September to contact us at NPDC if you don’t have your new bins.” About $21 million was set aside for the Zero Waste 2040 journey, including the kerbside collection changes, by councillors in 2018 after the idea proved popular with the public in the Long-Term Plan process and attracted more than 3,000 supporting submissions. The landfill and food scraps bins will help our community work towards Zero Waste by cutting down the amount of waste that goes to the landfill. Currently, about 40 per cent of residential rubbish bags is food waste, but the food scraps collection will enable that waste to be turned into useful compost. When the new collection starts on 30 September, the food scraps bin will be collected weekly. The landfill, recycling and glass bins will be collected every fortnight: glass and landfill bins one week, recycling the next. Households should keep using their red bags until Friday 27 September. After that, any leftover bags can be taken to the Civic Centre in New Plymouth or your local library for reuse by community groups or recycling.  “We don’t want piles of excess plastic bags going into the landfill bin. You could either use them one by one as a bin liner, or get them back to us so we can make sure they have a useful second life,” says Ms Hope. The red plastic bags won’t be picked up at the kerbside after 27 September. More information about bin delivery dates and how to use the new collection system is online at Also, a collection calendar and information booklet will be delivered with the bins.
News Have Your Say a crowd gathered at Puke Ariki landing sitting on the grass in small groups Take a stand for a diverse NPDC in 2019 26 July 2019 If you think some of NPDC’s publically elected members have been a bit pale, male and stale, it’s time to take a stand and throw your hat in the ring. Nominations to stand for NPDC’s Mayor, Councillor and Community Board representative positions are open and you’ve got until midday 16 August to enter the election race. The Mayor, Councillors and Community Board members make big decisions about the future of our beautiful district, how we pay for it and what the priorities are. Think drinking water, parks, the coastal walkway, safer roads, a vibrant central city, libraries, an art gallery, a museum, theatre, major events and pools. It manages assets worth $3.3 billion and has an annual operating budget of about $155 million. The current governance team features two female Councillors out of 15 positions compared to 2018 Statistics New Zealand data which shows of our 83,400 people living here, 49% are male and 51% are female. NPDC Chief Executive Craig Stevenson said it’s 2019 and it’s time for the public to stand up and make their vote count. “The current NPDC governance team do an amazing job but I’m sure we’d all agree it would be great to see a truly representative mix around the table. If you would like to see greater diversity among our elected members, now’s your chance take the plunge and do something about it by Taking A Stand and becoming a candidate,” he said. Find out more about standing for election.
News Local Lifestyle People young couple holding a puppy and smiling on the coastal walkway NPDC welcomes newcomers to our diverse District 25 July 2019 New Plymouth District’s legendary lifestyle is proving a drawcard for many and NPDC loves to make newcomers feel at home. Our place has got good career opportunities, a great outdoor lifestyle, and a vibrant city life that still retains the charm of a small town – not to mention a hospitable attitude to our new neighbours. A Welcome to the District event is being held on Tuesday August 6, at the NPDC Civic Centre to help new arrivals settle into the district. If you are new, please come along and say hello. Aucklanders Scott Johnson and Aleshia Bowman are among those who recently made the move to the district. The couple are in their 20s and were drawn to the district by the affordable lifestyle it offered them. “About six years ago Scott and I came to New Plymouth for a long weekend getaway. We climbed Paritutu, surfed, biked at Mangamahoe and ate some great food. On the way back home Scott said this is where he wanted to live, this is the lifestyle he wanted for us and so after a few years of travelling the world we have finally made the move down here,” Aleshia says. Scott says the big drawcard for him was the district’s fantastic lifestyle. “Last Friday I finished at 4pm and was in the water surfing by 4.20pm with the mountain out as a backdrop. That’s opposed to sitting on the motorway, crawling in traffic trying to get across the bridge. New Plymouth’s Fridays are better Fridays than I am used to,” Scott says. And Scott says another bonus is they can both have great careers in the thriving district. Aleshia is a pharmacist and Scott has recently started a building apprenticeship. “Here I get to start a new career, one I am really passionate about,” adds Scott. “In Auckland I would have had to choose between saving for and servicing a mortgage or pursuing the career I wanted. Because the cost of living is lower here, it’s given me an opportunity to try something new, pursue my dream.” NPDC’s Welcome to the District event is a great opportunity to meet new people who have recently made the move to New Plymouth. You will learn a little more about local life with talks from Venture Taranaki and local community groups. All are welcome. Event details: When: Tuesday 6 August  Time: 5.15pm Where: Council Chambers, NPDC Civic Centre Cost: Free RSVP: before 1 August.  Nibbles and drinks provided
News Our Work Botanical Records Officer Ian Hutchinson Behind the Green Flag: Exploring the history of Pukekura Park 12 July 2019 Did you know a record 12,000 people turned out to the Pukekura sports ground on 16 July 1921 to watch the Springboks draw 0-0 with Taranaki’s own rugby 1st XV? The Hawera and Normanby Star reported “the largest crowd that ever mustered in the park” was three deep on the famous terraces. It’s just one of the Pukekura Park highlights recorded by NPDC Botanical Records Officer Ian Hutchinson. Ian started his career as an 18-year-old horticulture apprentice with the then New Plymouth City Council in 1979. For the last seven years, he’s been digging through the history of NPDC’s Pukekura Park to find out about early plantings and to prepare for the park’s guided walks. “Pukekura Park has a Green Flag awarded to world-class parks and it’s a Garden of National Significance. We need to keep records of the older plant specimens in the park and in amongst that is an enormous amount of New Plymouth and Taranaki social history,” says Ian. “Because the park dates back to 1876, a lot of the research throws up fascinating information that still helps us manage the park today and tells us more about one of our historic landmarks and the community around it.” Ian, who grew up in New Plymouth, has worked on various projects around the district including the plantings when Puke Ariki Landing was first developed in the 1980s. He’s also a regular with the New Plymouth Operatic Society and familiar in local arts circles. Did you know? Pukekura was a shooting range before the park was created in 1878. The local militia used to practice rifle shooting across the valley at targets on the hillside east of where the main lake is now. A winery was once planned in Pukekura. From 1875 to 1881, German father and son Heinrich and Johann Briedecker had a vineyard in Stainton Dell. The business was abandoned, but plants grown from cuttings from the vineyard today grow near The Gables. A swimming club was formed at the newly created main lake in 1879, and a bathing shed was constructed where the Tea House now stands. Cannon Hill was once known as Flagstaff Hill because a flag pole once stood on top of the hill and a flag was raised to warn the gentlemen away when ladies were bathing in the Main Lake. The sports ground was originally a swamp, which was filled in 1881 using soil from the cutting through to Liardet Street and from the creation of the southern terraces. The level of the ground was raised with more soil from the creation the other seating terraces. A boxthorn hedge maze was planted in what is now Rhododendron Dell in 1892. The maze was abandoned in the late 1890s as the Recreation Grounds Board could not afford its upkeep. Kiwi were successfully bred in an aviary near the Fountain Lake in the early 1900s. Next time you’re taking in a band or Carols by Candlelight on the Hatchery Lawn, try to imagine that it was a lily pond until 1954. It is named for a trout hatchery there from 1909 until about 1928. The pond was filled in with soil from an island that was dug up to build the fountain in the Fountain Lake in 1954. Now it draws some of the biggest music acts from around the world, but the Bowl of Brooklands was a paddock where Newton King grazed stock and racehorses until his death in 1927. Slit trenches were dug alongside the main pathways in case of air raids during World War II. In 2003 filming of parts of The Last Samurai took place on the sports ground and the first WOMAD festival was held at Brooklands Park.
News Our Work Have Your Say Lifestyle Two women walking on the coastal walkway Parks and walkways big contributors to high quality of life in New Plymouth District 04 July 2019 The majority of New Plymouth District residents are happy with NPDC’s parks, green spaces and the Coastal Walkway, according to a new independent survey by the National Research Bureau (NRB). The phone survey of more than 400 residents found 94% were very or fairly satisfied with the quality of our parks and reserves including the world-class Pukekura Park while 94% were also happy with how easy it is to access the district’s natural environment. That satisfaction with parks and green spaces contributed to some 76% of residents saying the quality of life in the district was very good, well above the national average of 40%. The District also scored well on financial management, with 84% of respondents either fairly satisfied or very satisfied with how rates were being invested. “Our vision is to Build a Lifestyle Capital and this independent data shows we are on the right track to achieving that. Investment in our parks and great community facilities like the Coastal Walkway has been money invested wisely as they are a big part of so many people’s daily lives. It’s also satisfying to see support for how rates are being used as we manage assets worth $2.6 billion and a $155 million annual operating budget,” says New Plymouth District Mayor Neil Holdom. Other key findings of the Communitrak survey by NRB include: 89% of residents were satisfied with the district’s urban landscapes and streets 88% of people who contacted NPDC in the last year were satisfied the help they received 90% were very or fairly satisfied with Puke Ariki’s Museum 78% were happy with the quality of the district’s roads 84% were happy with the Todd Energy Aquatic Centre and the community pools. Meanwhile, Stats NZ’s Wellbeing Statistics for 2018 show Taranaki had the highest mean overall rating for life satisfaction compared to other regions. The data also revealed the province had the highest rating for people feeling safe in their neighbourhood and the highest percent rating for residents having enough money to meet everyday needs. View the full survey here. Please note this will download as a PDF.
News Events and Exhibitions People Lifestyle Local Poster showing someone's hand holding a Polaroid photo showing a boy at Puke Ariki museum. Text says tell us your favourite museum memory Share your Puke Ariki memories 03 July 2019 Do you remember your first visit to Puke Ariki? What's your favourite all time exhibition? Do you have photos from the Taranaki Museum? We would love to hear from you! On 28 August 1919 the Taranaki Museum opened its doors for the very first time, and now a century later Puke Ariki will be marking this milestone during the last week of August in all sorts of exciting ways (details coming very soon!) and we want YOU to be part of it! Our community is an integral part of the Museum’s history and success and we would love to hear your fondest memories from any time in the past century - so send us your stories, old photographs or videos. We’d like to hear from anyone who has a connection, whether from going to Puke Ariki as a child, delving into their collections as a researcher or just because you’re a long-time fan with a favourite memory to share. Puke Ariki are collecting your Museum Memories throughout July and their favourites will be included in a digital display as part of the August celebrations at Puke Ariki.
News Our Work Kristian Davies with Truxor Pukekura Park work to create inner city haven for wildlife 28 June 2019 Desilting NPDC’s Pukekura Park lakes will be the first step in creating a rare inner city haven for some of our native wildlife. Often called the jewel in New Plymouth’s crown, the park is also home for kākahi (freshwater mussels) and banded kokopu. But silt has been building up in the park’s waterways in recent years, and contractors will start trial work to clear them next month. The trial, phase 1 of a multi-million-dollar project, will use a one-person Truxor amphibious dredge. Made in Sweden, the Truxor runs on rubber caterpillar tracks to avoid damaging the paths and it can carry a range of tools for removing silt and debris. The Truxor has already been used successfully on projects for Auckland Council and in other parts of the country. “NPDC’s Pukekura Park is a Garden of National Significance and holds the Green Flag of a world-class park. It’s the green heart of New Plymouth – we have to keep it pumping so locals and visitors continue to enjoy it,” said NPDC Infrastructure Manager David Langford. “It’s also a rare urban habitat for some of our native species and we need to give them an environment where they can flourish,” said Mr Langford.  “The last attempt to desilt the lakes hit technical problems, and we don’t want to repeat the mistakes of the past which is why we’re doing extensive trials. It’s a major project and we want to ensure ratepayers’ money is being spent wisely so these trials will tell us if it works as a large scale project.” As well as the plant-life on the banks, the lakes are also home to eels (tuna), kōura (crayfish) and other water life. Desilting the lakes would also make a better home for native birds such as the kawau paka (little shag), which can be seen in the trees on the banks, and pūtangitangi (paradise shelduck), an unusual duck because the female has a pure white head making it more eye-catching than the male. If the trial is successful, visitors should see clearer water and fewer weeds in the lakes, and it should put an end to the distinctive smell that can come with low water levels. The trial will take place in the Main Lake and the tributary waterway in the Truby King Dell which runs between Brooklands Road and Vogeltown Park. “We’re asking our community to bear with us as NPDC carries out this essential work to care for our environment and maintain one of our district’s star attractions,” said Mr Langford. It’s been more than 20 years since the lakes were last fully desilted, and this is a multi-million project which will be done in phases.  How the desilting trial will work: The Truxor uses a range of tools for collecting and chopping up silt and debris from the lake floor. This is sucked up through a hose and pumped to a Geotube bag, which looks like a large tube. The Geotube keeps in the silt and allows the water to drain back into the lakes. When the water has drained, the Geotube with its sludge is trucked away to be disposed of in an environmentally-friendly way.
News Huatoki Plaza, New Plymouth Huatoki Plaza to go green in CBD revamp 21 June 2019 NPDC is to give the Huatoki Plaza a green makeover in the first step towards creating a sustainable and more welcoming CBD. The move follows the two successful mayoral forums, the CBD 2050 Forum in October last year and the CBD 2050 Summit in May, when stakeholders met to discuss the city centre’s future. Out will go much of the concrete on the top level of the plaza and the tarmac in James Lane. In will come lawn and native plants such as nikau to soften the concrete edges and help filter the breeze through the plaza. Other changes include: New seats with USB charging ports. New lighting in the plaza and James Lane. A pathway connecting Devon and Ariki streets. Removing the big yellow roof that currently forms a wind tunnel through the plaza. NPDC intends to reuse it at The Junction, the community’s Zero Waste centre that is being developed on Colson Road. NPDC is also working with the owners of buildings next to James Lane about opening into the laneway and creating more vibrancy. “Imagine coming to meet friends for lunch or sit and have a coffee in a green space bang in the middle of town. Our community has told us they want a CBD that welcomes families and puts pedestrians first, a place people want to visit and hang out,” said NPDC Regulatory Solutions Manager Katrina Brunton. “The CBD is the business centre of our district as well as the cultural and social hub. We all have a stake in success. NPDC is listening to our community and we’ll be working together for its sustainable future.” Participants in the two CBD forums highlighted themes to improve city centre, including: More green spaces, such as “pocket parks”. A greater focus on pedestrians with more paths to get round the CBD. Family-friendly spaces, such as safe areas where kids can play. More public and shared transport options, like e-scooters. More consistent opening hours among retailers. More homes in the CBD.
News Our Work Leopard tortoises at Brooklands Zoo Wai Warrior message brings tasty reward for leopard tortoises 14 June 2019 They might be slow but two new leopard tortoises at NPDC’s Brooklands Zoo have been quick off the mark to take up the Wai Warrior message. Kids will help newcomers Kobe and Kamba to settle in with some tasty treats thanks to a new rainwater tank installed next to their habitat. “We’re encouraging children to use it to water the plants that the tortoises will eat, so they’ll be actively involved in the care of our new animals,” says NPDC Infrastructure Manager David Langford. The rainwater will also be used for cleaning paths and the tortoises’ new home. “It’s a chance for visitors to think about how they might store and use rainwater around their own homes. We can all make small changes in our water use that can add up to a big saving,” says Mr Langford. “We’re really happy that we can combine a fun new animal habitat with smart and easy water-saving tips.” Brooklands Zoo has been exploring ways to reduce its water use. Initiatives including the recently upgraded otter enclosure water recycling system could save as much as 90% of the water used by the zoo. Leopard tortoises fast facts The leopard tortoises were born in Auckland Zoo but have come to Brooklands Zoo from Ti Point Reptile Park in Auckland. Kobe (Swahili for ‘tortoise’) and Kamba (‘tortoise shell’) are currently 30cm long and weigh 3kg-5kg. They’re expected to grow up to 2ft/32kg, and can live for up to 100 years. Brooklands Zoo fast facts Brooklands Zoo opened in 1965. Zoo is open seven days a week and is visited by more than 110,000 people each year. It’s home to a diverse range of species from farm animals to meerkats. As well as the leopard tortoises, another recent addition was a scheltopusik, or European legless lizard.
News Waitara Board announced for multi-million dollar investment in Waitara 14 June 2019 Six representatives have been chosen for a Board to oversee the new Waitara Perpetual Community Fund, created as part of the Waitara Lands Act, which came into force in March. The Act allows leaseholders to buy their leased land on 770 Waitara properties valued at about $90 million and there have been approximately 300 expressions of interest in freeholding. The proceeds from the land sales will be divided into three funds for the benefit of the town: The Waitara Perpetual Community Fund to support community projects. A ring-fenced Hapū Land Fund. Te Kōwhatu Tū Moana* (TKTM) will decide how this fund will be distributed. A fund to support Waitara River and environment projects managed by Taranaki Regional Council and iwi and hapū with interests in the river. The Board members of the Waitara Perpetual Community Fund are: Pat Bodger (TKTM) Donna Eriwata (TKTM) Mawhaturia White (TKTM) Graham Armstrong (NPDC) Pauline Lockett (NPDC) Darrel Nicholas (NPDC). NPDC and TKTM each selected three board members and an alternate. The positions were advertised and potential Board members interviewed. “We’ve been able to form a highly competent Board with a wide range of skills and a passion for the Waitara Community prepared to lay the foundations for the next chapter in the town’s history. It’s an exciting time as after 30 years of mahi and negotiations on the Waitara Lands Act, it is finally beginning to come alive. It’s a great example of NPDC and iwi/hapū working together for the benefit of Waitara,” said New Plymouth District Mayor Neil Holdom. “Te Kōwhatu Tū Moana is pleased with the quality of the inaugural Board and congratulate all members. We look forward to the Board working through its establishment phase and determining those matters of importance to support the Waitara community,” said TKTM chair Jamie Tuuta. For more information on the Waitara Lands Act visit: *Te Kōwhatu Tū Moana is the trust Board that represents Manukorihi and Otaraua hapū.
News Lifestyle woman walking on teh footpath with a reusable bag Less plastic, more fantastic 12 June 2019 Another big step towards Zero Waste is on its way. There are new nation-wide rules around single-use bags coming our way. From 1 July all thin single-use plastic bags with handles will be banned. Supermarkets have already made big changes, but this will affect all businesses, from takeaway stores and corner store retailers to farmers markets. Most shoppers have already got a selection of reusable bags so they should be ready to go when the changes kick in. Just remember to take them with you to any kind of shop, whether you’re picking up takeaways or stocking up on socks! Not all plastic bags are covered by this new rule, for example heavy-duty plastic bags and bags without handles (like those you put your fruit in). So this is a good chance to look at other ways to cut down on single-use plastic that may be available. You can: Take a mesh bag to the supermarket to pop your fruit in. Wash and reuse zip-lock bags for nuts and snacks rather than getting a new one each time. Say no to heavy-duty plastic bags from retailers and use one of your reusable ones instead. Choose brands that use paper or recyclable packaging over those packaged in non-recyclable soft plastics. Take your own clean container to your supermarket deli or take away shop, then wash and reuse. If you’re a business owner you can find more information on the changes here, or give us a call on 06-759 6060.
News Our Work Liardet Street Plas Mix road trial Zero Waste hits the road as NPDC trials plastic roading system 07 June 2019 It may look like an ordinary stretch of inner-city road, but below the surface, New Plymouth’s Liardet Street contains an innovation that could lead the next recycling revolution. World-leading technology is being used to take waste plastic from NPDC’s kerbside recycling collection in New Plymouth and mixing it into asphalt to make a new type of road resurfacing. NPDC, EnviroNZ, Road Science and Downer have partnered to test the new material, Plas Mix, on a section of Liardet Street leading up to Pukekura Park.  The project, a New Zealand-first, has been driven by New Plymouth District’s vision of Zero Waste, says NPDC Infrastructure Manager David Langford. “It looks just like an ordinary road surface, but there’s actually the equivalent of more than 83,300 yogurt pots inside,” Mr Langford says. “After China stopped accepting the world’s recycling we found it increasingly difficult to sell our 3-7 plastics. Instead of stockpiling or landfilling these plastics, we took this as an opportunity to innovate and come up with a better solution, which is where the idea to put it into asphalt came from. “Road Science laboratory testing has shown the new material is stronger and should perform better than standard asphalt while also being cost effective, but the proof is in a real-world trial on our roads. So we’ll be monitoring closely how it performs over the next several months.” Murray Robertson from Road Science says: “The creation of Plas Mix is a collaboration between two commercial companies actively working together to solve significant local and global waste minimisation issues. The team are tasked with developing a meaningful outcome that can successfully repurpose waste plastic while not compromising the integrity of the pavement solutions.”  Mr Langford says finding a local solution for 3-7 plastics is an opportunity to take ownership of the end use of a difficult waste rather than exporting it for someone else to manage. “Previously we’ve had to pay to export these plastics more than 10,000km to be recycled overseas. For this trial, the plastic has only travelled about 10 to 15km from where it was picked up at the kerbside to finishing its journey on Liardet Street, which is much more sustainable for our environment. “If this proves successful, there’s the potential to reuse a big portion of our region’s residential waste plastics locally here in Taranaki. That will be much more sustainable in the long-run, saving our ratepayers money and cutting our carbon footprint as well as taking a huge step towards us becoming a Zero Waste district.” This is the first time in New Zealand that residential plastics have been incorporated into road resealing, with 500kg of residential plastics being used in this trial.  Both asphalt and plastics are made from crude oil.
News Megan Wells with Vivienne Brown and the All Blacks jersey 'Invincibles' All Blacks jersey donated to NPDC's Puke Ariki 31 May 2019 All Blacks legend Handley Brown’s jersey from the 1924/5 ‘Invincibles’ tour has been gifted to NPDC’s Puke Ariki.  Brown’s daughter-in-law Vivienne Brown, the widow of All Blacks great Ross Brown, and four generations of the famous Taranaki family presented the jersey to the museum in April after talking to Te Pua Wānanga O Taranaki/Taranaki Research Centre about preserving it for future generations. After spending the last 90 or so years in first a tin and then a box with tissue paper, the jersey is now in the Puke Ariki collection and will go on display during the Rugby World Cup. “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. “We know the staff at Puke Ariki will look after it and preserve it properly.” Handley Brown played 20 times for the All Blacks between 1924 and 1926 and was part of the team who became known as The Invincibles after a dominating tour of the UK, France, Ireland and Canada, winning all 32 games. Brown also played 49 times for Taranaki between 1923 and 1930. Mrs Brown says the jersey is in great condition for its age and has been only occasionally brought out of its box as she has kept it away from her many grand and great-grandchildren’s fingers! She is also keen to donate other All Blacks and Taranaki rugby memorabilia from Ross Brown’s distinguished playing career.  “This is a fantastic addition to the Puke Ariki collection and we are honoured that the Brown family has entrusted the care of the jersey to us,” says Puke Ariki Social History Curator, Megan Wells. “This is an item of national significance and is sure to appeal to all visitors but especially All Blacks and rugby fans. “It’s a special year for Puke Ariki as we celebrate 100 years of museums in Taranaki and we are looking forward to displaying the All Blacks jersey to complement the Whare Kahurangi exhibition.” About the donation process Are you interested in donating family or community heritage items to Puke Ariki to help us preserve, document and tell the stories of the Taranaki region and its people? The first step is to contact one of Puke Ariki’s curators to discuss your options. You can call in to the Taranaki Research Centre or contact us via the website Puke Ariki and libraries 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 regular
News Our Work Lifestyle Capuchin at Brooklands Zoo Brooklands Zoo maintains world-class standard in animal care 27 May 2019 The capuchins are happy and the birds are chirpy at NPDC’s Brooklands Zoo – and that’s because they’re getting world-class care. The Australasia-wide Zoo and Aquarium Association (ZAA) has renewed Brooklands Zoo’s accreditation, which shows it’s meeting the highest standards of animal welfare for a zoo. The ZAA assesses zoos every three years on to see they’re properly caring for each animal’s nutrition, health, behaviour and environment and ensuring the animals are mentally healthy and happy. Brooklands Zoo was first accredited in 2016 and the renewal shows its standards remain high. “NPDC’s professional keepers are committed to providing great care and also run a constant enrichment programme for each species to keep them mentally active and engaged in their habitats,” said NPDC Brooklands Zoo Coordinator Eve Cozzi. “Brooklands Zoo is also active in conservation and contributes to the world’s largest wildlife database that is helping to protect species and biodiversity.” Brooklands Zoo keepers have added information to the Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS), run by international conservation group Species360, on 570 birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals of 93 species since 2004. The contribution has helped fill an information gap with critical data on fertility and survival rates, diet, physical health and behaviour and other aspects of animals’ lives.
News Our Work Mangapouri Cemetery 2019 Our new district cemetery opens 24 May 2019 NPDC’s newest cemetery will open on Monday (27 May) – and it will maintain the park-like character of the district’s older burial grounds. Tree-planting and lawns on the first stage of the Mangapouri Cemetery have been completed and burial and ashes areas have been laid out. “Mangapouri has an awesome view of our maunga on a fine day. NPDC Parks staff have done a great job on the grounds and this setting will get even more beautiful as the trees and plants mature,” said NPDC Infrastructure Manager David Langford. “We’ve made sure there’s room to grow because we expect Mangapouri will serve the entire district for the next 50 years going on current burial and cremation rates.” The cemetery will be developed in four stages over more than 20 hectares by Lake Mangamahoe Forest and alongside State Highway 3. Work began on the site in 2012 with the removal of 11 hectares of pine trees and the first stage has been completed on time and on budget. NPDC administers 17 cemeteries and 15 of them are operational, and NPDC’s Parks staff care for the grounds and gardens.  A team of dedicated volunteers also helps care for Te Henui Cemetery, New Plymouth’s, first public cemetery, which has a five-star rating with TripAdvisor and is listed as an attraction in the annual Taranaki Garden Festival. Mangapouri sits alongside State Highway 3 and the main entrance is on Plantation Road, near the Taranaki Crematorium. Cemeteries and crematorium fact file There are about 400 ash and casket burial services each year. 15 of the total 17 cemeteries are operational. There are 360 cremations annually. Te Henui opened in 1861 and is the original New Plymouth public cemetery. Mangapouri Cemetery will serve as the district cemetery for the next 50 years.