Let’s Kōrero

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The war on pests: Are we doing enough?

It’s commonly known that possums, rats and stoats are invading and killing our native wildlife and plants. 

But did you know that 80% of New Zealand’s 168 native bird species are classed as being ‘in trouble’ or worse?* 

NPDC councillor Roy Weaver says he knows the community treasures its walkways, bush and native wildlife. 

“There’s a number of great projects already underway for areas of Taranaki to become predator free,” says Cr Weaver.  “NPDC already invests about $130,000 each year on trapping and pest control in our parks and walkways.  

“Now we want to know: are we doing enough to protect our patch? Should NPDC encourage and assist more urban trapping or we could look at other ways to protect our natural biodiversity.” 

Let’s Kōrero is your chance to feed us ideas about some big projects on our books, that we’re working on as part of our latest Annual Plan which includes an operating budget of approximately $150 million.

You could win an iPad, by filling out our quick two-minute survey between 4 March and 2 April.

View terms and conditions here.

(* Source: Parliamentary Commissioner for the  Environment’s report Taonga of an island nation:  Saving New Zealand’s birds)
 

Help us take Colson Rd from Trash to Flash

After being used for more than 40 years as the region’s rubbish dump, NPDC’s Colson Rd Landfill site is closing this year.

It’s another step in our Zero Waste 2040 journey and we want people to help us make the most of a unique opportunity to decide on the future of the site.

NPDC has set aside about $1.5 million to turn Colson Rd into some kind of public space in the next five years.

People’s ideas will help NPDC plan the future development of the space and will also help when we begin to make decisions about what kind of “capping” work will be done later this year.

NPDC Councillor Richard Handley says the closure presents a unique opportunity to decide how we leave the space for our grandchildren, as we aspire to Zero Waste 2040.

“There’s more to this place than just an old dump site,” says Cr Handley.  “There’s a large forest area and we already have some ideas about what we could do, such as turning it into a park or bike trail or skating rink.  We’ve got an open mind and want to hear your ideas.”

Let’s Kōrero is your chance to feed us ideas about some big projects on our books, that we’re working on as part of our latest Annual Plan, which includes an operating budget of approximately $150 million.

You could win an iPad, by filling out our quick two-minute survey between 4 March and 2 April.

View terms and conditions here.

Your walkway, your choice: Help NPDC design the Coastal Walkway extension to Waitara

 

Did you know that walkways in Chicago, Stockholm and London now use technology to harness energy from footsteps and generate power?

Our Coastal Walkway is epic, and subject to a business case and the NZTA, NPDC plans to begin making it even better.

We’re looking at extending it from Bell Block to Waitara and we want to know what we should include along the way.

NPDC North Ward councillor Colin Johnston says there are a number of things that could be included.

“NPDC has set aside about $4 million for the project and we’re talking about including things like artworks, viewing platforms, exercise equipment or selfie-stands,” says Cr Johnston. “We’ve also been looking at what innovations are being used at other world-leading walkways. Some are making use of technology that generates power from people’s footsteps and using it to operate things like lights. Our walkway is considered world-class and we want to keep it that way. If other cities can use bold innovations then we can look at them too.”

NPDC wants to hear what other ideas are out there.

Let’s Kōrero is your chance to feed us ideas about some big projects on our books, that we’re working on as part of our latest Annual Plan, which includes an operating budget of approximately $150 million.

You could win an iPad, by filling out our quick two minute survey between 4 March and 2 April..

View terms and conditions here.