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Weetbix Tryathlon event information for road users 22 March 2019 On Tuesday 26 March the Sanitarium Weet-bix Tryathlon event will be taking place in New Plymouth. This event is based at Ngamotu Beach with the swim and run course taking place on private land (Port Taranaki). The event cycle course takes place on the following public roads: Affected roads forming the event cycle route: Bayly Road, Breakwater Road (SH45), Whiteley Street, Calvert Road, Roy Terrace, Birdwood Avenue, French Street, St Aubyn Street, Belt Road, Hine Street, Morley Street and Bulkeley Terrace Date and period that event traffic will be on the road: from 8am to 4pm on Tuesday 26 March 2019. Additional detail: The cycle route will also follow the New Plymouth Coastal Pathway and Ocean View Parade (Private road owned and managed by Port Taranaki) to complete the circuit between Bayly Road and Bulkeley Terrace. For the duration of the event, Ocean View Parade (private road, Port Taranaki owned) will be closed west of the entrance with Bayly Road. Delays can also be expected if travelling east on Ocean View Parade, due to manual traffic control at the intersection of Bayley Road and Ocean View Parade. The expected number of participants is 4000+ so there will be an increased number of people and road users in the vicinity of the venue. Candlelight vigil for Christchurch victims 21 March 2019 The Taranaki community is invited to come together this Friday (22 March) with Migrant Connections Taranaki, the Muslim Association of Taranaki, local iwi and hapū and New Plymouth District Council to honour the Muslim community and the people of Christchurch at a candlelight vigil.  The event represents a coming together of the entire community, encompassing Māori karakia (prayer and welcome), Muslim prayer, speeches from representatives of all organisations involved, and the singing of songs in Arabic, English and Māori. “New Zealand is a place of inclusiveness, aroha, tolerance and kindness, and the horrific events in Christchurch are not who we are. Let’s send a strong message of love to Christchurch from Taranaki this Friday, by coming together and reaffirming that we are united, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with our Muslim brothers and sisters,” says Neil Holdom, Mayor of the New Plymouth District. “We are deeply saddened by the heart-breaking tragedy that happened in Christchurch. Our love, thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the victims, Muslim community and all the people of Christchurch during this difficult time. New Zealand is a peace-loving country and strongly goes up against terrorism. There is no place for hatred in our hearts and we will stand united as one,” says Geetha Kutty, coordinator of Migrant Connections Taranaki. “The Taranaki family vigil is not just a show of support and strength, it is an exhibit of respect for ‘life’ and impediment for extremism. It is a time to accumulate our empathy to send a visible, clear message for all intolerable extremist, violent and enticing philosophies. The ‘good’ of human race cannot be overshadowed by any toxic being. Kia kaha New Zealand,” says Omar Siddiqui, secretary of the Muslim Association of Taranaki. “The candlelight vigil provides an opportunity for our community to come together and stand in solidarity with the rest of Aotearoa in showing our support for the whānau affected by this tragedy. Having commemorated the firing of the first shots in the Taranaki Land Wars at Te Kohia Pā in Waitara just two days after the event in Christchurch, this is a poignant time and defining moment for us all. E tangi ana te ngakau,” says Liana Poutu, chair of Te Kotahitanga o Te Ātiawa. The vigil will begin at 7pm and those attending are being asked to bring a candle to light in remembrance of those killed at the Deans Avenue and Linwood mosques on 15 March.  Event details Access to the venue will not open until 5pm. Due to the nature of the event, there is to be no food or alcohol brought in to the TSB Bowl of Brooklands. Disabled car parking will be available. As the event is not taking place in a mosque, there are no cultural dress requirements.  How you can help The Muslim Association of Taranaki is centralising fund raising into their humanitarian aid account, to transfer to Christchurch as “One Big Taranaki Whānau”. All funds will be sent directly to organisations working on the ground to assist in the relief efforts for the Muslim Community in Christchurch. TSB Bank: 15-3953-0357272-03 Reference: Christchurch Butlers Reef Bottle Store Application 20 March 2019 BUTLERS 17 LIMITED of 11A Mace Terrace, OAKURA has made an application to the New Plymouth District Licensing Committee for the grant of a Renewal Off Licence for the premises situated at 1133 South Road OAKURA 4314 known as BUTLER REEF BOTTLE STORE. The general nature of the business conducted (or to be conducted) under the licence is a Bottle Store - Off Licence. Days and Hours: Monday to Sunday 7am to 9.30pm You may also inspect the application at the New Plymouth District Council, Liardet Street, New Plymouth. If you would like to object to the application, in accordance with the Act, please write to us within 15 working days of this notice District Licensing Committee at Private Bag 2025, New Plymouth 4342. This publication was made on 20 March 2019 Tukapa Rugby and Sports Club Application 20 March 2019 TUKAPA RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB of Sanders Park, NEW PLYMOUTH has made an application to the New Plymouth District Licensing Committee for the grant of a Renewal Club Licence for the premises situated at 100 Cutfield Road NEW PLYMOUTH 4310 known as TUKAPA RUGBY & SPORTS CLUB. The general nature of the business conducted (or to be conducted) under the licence is a Class 2 Club - Club Licence. Days and Hours: Monday to Thursday 7pm to 11pm Friday 5pm to Midnight Saturday Noon to Midnight Sunday Noon to 10pm You may also inspect the application at the New Plymouth District Council, Liardet Street, New Plymouth. If you would like to object to the application, in accordance with the Act, please write to us within 15 working days of this notice. District Licensing Committee at Private Bag 2025, New Plymouth 4342. This publication was made on 20 March 2019. New Plymouth City New World Application 20 March 2019 DOWMAN INVESTMENTS (2005) LTD of at 74 Courtenay Street NEW PLYMOUTH has made an application to the New Plymouth District Licensing Committee for the grant of a Renewal Off Licence for the premises situated at 74 Courtenay Street NEW PLYMOUTH 4310 known as NEW PLYMOUTH CITY NEW WORLD. The general nature of the business conducted (or to be conducted) under the licence is a Supermarket - Off Licence. Days and Hours: Monday to Sunday 7am to 11pm You may also inspect the application at the New Plymouth District Council, Liardet Street, New Plymouth. If you would like to object to the application, in accordance with the Act, please write to us within 15 working days of this notice District Licensing Committee at Private Bag 2025, New Plymouth 4342. This publication was made on 20 March 2019 The War on Pests: Is NPDC doing enough? 20 March 2019 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 at newplymouthnz.com/letskorero between 4 March and 2 April. (* Source: Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s report Taonga of an island nation: Saving New Zealand’s birds) Photo: David Hallett Temporary road closures and traffic management for ITU and NZ Schools Triathlon events March 2019 20 March 2019 In accordance with the Transport (Vehicular Traffic Road Closure) Regulations 1965, the following roads will be closed to ordinary vehicular traffic to enable Tri New Plymouth Limited to hold an International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Cup event, based at Ngamotu Beach. Date and period of closure: from 10am to 3.30pm on Sunday 31 March. Roads to be closed, forming the ITU cycle route: Paritutu Road from Centennial Drive to Portview Crescent. Portview Crescent. Centennial Drive from Ngamotu to Paritutu roads. Ngamotu Road from Centennial Drive to Breakwater Road (SH44). Breakwater Road from the intersection with Breakwater Road (Westgate) to Bayly Road. Bayly Road from Ocean View Parade to Breakwater Road. Ocean View Parade (private road, Port Taranaki). Hutchen Place (private road, Port Taranaki). Hakirau Street, Peace Avenue and Otaka Street will also be closed as they can only be accessed off the closed roads The following roads will not be open for thoroughfare as they intersect with the closed roads – residents will have access at all times: Centennial Drive from Rangitake Drive to Paritutu Road. Paritutu Road from Simons Street to Portview Crescent. Ngamotu Road from Scott Street to Centennial Drive. Bayly Road from Breakwater Road (SH44) to South Road. Breakwater Road from Bayly Road to Whitely Street. Catherine Crescent, Pioneer Road, and Findlay, Rawinia, Moturoa, Harbour and Weston streets. Map of roads to be closed on Sunday 31 March. Emergency vehicles will be provided with access at all times and footpaths will be open for pedestrians. The roads may be reopened at an earlier time as decided by the organisers upon removal of all road closure signs and barriers at the venue. The roads will then be open to normal vehicle traffic and normal traffic regulations will apply It is an offence under the above regulations to drive on the closed roads during the period outlined above, unless authorised to do so by the event organiser. In all other situations necessitating the use of the road, contact must be made with the site traffic management coordinators on-site, on the day. Alternative routes will be available and signposted. Additional information for road users Prior to the ITU event on 31 March, Tri New Plymouth Limited is hosting the NZ Schools Triathlon event, also based at Ngamotu Beach. On Friday 29 and Saturday 30 March there will be traffic management on the following public roads to allow the cycle route of this event to take place: Bayly Road from Ocean View Parade to Breakwater Road. Breakwater Road from Bayly to Ngamotu roads. There will also be various road closures on Ocean View Parade and Hutchen Place (private roads, Port Taranaki). Map of cycle route on 29 and 30 March roads will remain open Candlelight Vigil for Christchurch 18 March 2019 You are invited to come together this Friday with Migrant Connections Taranaki, the Muslim Association of Taranaki and NPDC to honour the Muslim community and people of Christchurch at a Candlelight Vigil held at the TSB Bowl of Brooklands. This event will bring us together to show Taranaki’s support to Christchurch and that we stand with them and share their grief. Let us show that the people of Taranaki will not stand for any acts of violence and terrorism in our country. Please bring a candle to light in remembrance of those who lost their lives. There will be speeches, a prayer, and an opportunity to light your own candles to honour those killed in the mosque attack in Christchurch last week More details on what will take place during the event will be shared soon. You can donate directly to the Muslim Association of Taranaki - Humanitarian Appeal Fund which they have set up to assist in the relief efforts for the Muslim Community in Christchurch. TSB Bank: 15-3953-0357272-03 Reference: Christchurch All donations are greatly appreciated. You can find more about this event on Facebook. Official proceedings begin at 7.10pm. Step back in time with Puke Ariki's new exhibition 14 March 2019 Twenty years ago, when Bob Murray discovered his grandad’s photographs of New Plymouth streets taken in the 1930s, he decided to recreate them and see how the Taranaki city had changed. Bob, who came across the old photos in a basement workshop, didn’t know why Tony Thorne had taken more than 80 street views but was delighted to find a ‘snapshot’ of the city from 1939. Bob’s photos from 1999 offer a counterpoint to his grandad’s work and now, NPDC’s Puke Ariki gives visitors the chance to see the many changes in its new exhibition at the Lane Gallery, Point of View: Collecting Continued. Updated images taken by Bob this year will be added to the exhibition, which runs from 15 March to 1 September. “Everyone I have talked to about the project has expressed a genuine interest in them and the story behind how I found them and recovered them, then went back to all the same 63 positions where my grandfather took those photos,” explained Bob. “It means a lot to me to have my grandfather Tony's extraordinary set of photographs of New Plymouth, as well as the photos I have taken, exhibited at the Puke Ariki Museum. I'm really excited that even more people can enjoy them.” The 1939 photos were taken on a glass plate camera (which was antiquated even in the late 30s) while Bob, a keen photographer, used a 35mm camera to recreate the images in 1999. His photos from this year will be taken on a digital camera and added to the exhibition in July. “This fascinating exhibition gives people the chance to step back in time and see how our city has changed,” says Puke Ariki Acting Director Colleen Mullins. “Running alongside Whare Kahurangi: 100 Years of Collecting, it’s pleasing to see our shared history brought to life at NPDC’s Puke Ariki with these two exhibitions.” Points of View: Collecting Continued is on show between 15 March to 1 September at the Lane Gallery, Level 2, Puke Ariki Library Whare Kahurangi: 100 Years of Collecting will open on 6 April and runs until 6 October at Puke Ariki’s Temporary Exhibitions Gallery. Puke Ariki Fast Facts: Puke Ariki is owned and managed by NPDC. It is the world’s first purpose-built, fully integrated museum, library and visitor information centre. It opened 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. 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. Help us take Colson Road from Trash to Flash 12 March 2019 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 at newplymouthnz.com/letskorero between 4 March and 2 April. Terms and conditions apply. NPDC team answers call to help during Nelson-Tasman fires emergency 05 March 2019 It starts with a phone call. You pack a small bag, say goodbye to your children and your partner and head off into the heart of a major emergency. NPDC Civil Defence Lead Ben Ingram had been celebrating a friend’s wedding the day before he was called to help in the emergency response to the Nelson-Tasman fires – but he’d kept a wary eye on the news. “You know from experience that you might get called up to help,” said Mr Ingram, who also took part in the response to the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake and the 2017 Edgecumbe floods. His wife and two young sons also knew the drill. “They know it’s part of my job, and they’re very supportive, but it’s still tough having to take off like that.” In Nelson, he worked up to 12-hour days for seven straight days on the welfare desk and assessing which community might be told to evacuate their homes next. Mr Ingram was part of a team of four from NPDC who helped out during the emergency. “It was pretty full on, working with people you don’t know, in an area you’re not familiar with. I only took the bare essentials with me and I slept at a local motel at the end of each shift,” said Mr Ingram. “The good thing is that so many affected people were prepared and ready to go. We also had the benefit of standard national training, which meant the CDEM staff all worked to the same system.” He said the NPDC team – including Planning Adviser Jo Ritchie, CDEM Resilience Adviser Salevi Tiatia and Senior GIS Analyst Jake Hechter – could be proud of the contribution. “It’s a fast-paced, often uncomfortable environment where you feel you don’t know enough, but you have to make big decisions. We’ve done a pretty good job in helping our neighbours and we learned a lot too.” Cinema Express Bar and Cafe Application 04 March 2019 XYZ INVESTMENTS LIMITED of CINEMA EXPRESS BAR AND CAFE, has made an application to the New Plymouth District Licensing Committee for the grant of a Renewal On Licence for the premises situated at 123 Devon Street East NEW PLYMOUTH 4310 known as CINEMA EXPRESS BAR AND CAFE. The general nature of the business conducted (or to be conducted) under the licence is a Restaurant - Class 1 On Licence. Days and Hours: Monday to Sunday 10am to Midnight You may also inspect the application at the New Plymouth District Council, Liardet Street, New Plymouth. If you would like to object to the application, in accordance with the Act, please write to us within 15 working days of this notice District Licensing Committee at Private Bag 2025, New Plymouth 4342. This publication was made on 05 March 2019 Help NPDC design the Coastal Walkway extension to Waitara 04 March 2019 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. Click here to take the survey. View competition terms and conditions here. Call for feedback District Plan Review 04 March 2019 We’ll be asking you to have your say on NPDC’s Proposed District Plan in mid-2019. The Proposed Plan will determine what can be built and where, and help manage parts of the natural environment. We have almost finished working through the huge amount of feedback we received on the Draft District Plan (October 2016) and Draft Digital District Plan (February 2018). We’ll keep meeting with interested groups as we finalise our approach and fine tune the provisions in the plan. Before we notify the Proposed District Plan we must ask for your feedback on the documents we intend to incorporate in the Plan by reference. These documents provide technical standards or recommended practices that help with implementing the Proposed District Plan provisions, but they’re often too large to be included in the plan text. We want to know what you think about the documents that we intend to incorporate by reference. Of particular note is the Draft Code of Practice for Land Development and Subdivision Infrastructure Standard (NSZ 4404: 2010 with local amendments). The Code outlines clear standards of infrastructure design and construction that are applied through the Proposed District Plan. It has recently been changed.  You can see a full list of the key documents and download the submission form on the Proposed District Plan Page.  Let us know what you think by getting your feedback to us by 5pm on 4 April 2019. The almighty Johnsons help NPDC boost ecosystems and biodiversity 01 March 2019 Cameron and Raul Johnson share the same surname and a passion for restoring biodiversity across the New Plymouth District and Aotearoa. The student interns have been working with NPDC since mid-December and have spent the summer studying flora and fauna in the district’s parks, reserves and along the Waiwhakaiho River valley. The duo’s research can now be used by NPDC to create a planting programme along the river with the aim of bringing back native species like whio (blue ducks) and gold-striped geckos and to boost native trees and plants in urban areas.  Raul, who has just completed a degree in Zoology at Otago University, says he has enjoyed his time in New Plymouth so much that he has decided to stay and is now looking for an ecology or conservation job. His project involved surveying urban New Plymouth for remnant bush and identify planting sites for native flora. “I had been to New Plymouth a couple of times before but exploring all the parks, walkways and reserves has helped me see what a great place it is,” says Raul. “I’m hoping this project will help NPDC to improve flora and fauna around the urban area which we’re gradually losing. A restoration strategy will make this native vegetation sustainable for generations to come.” The New Plymouth urban area has 8.9% of native bush, making it the most bio-diverse city in New Zealand (the average is just 2%). To stop species declining, 10% of vegetation needs to be native and Raul’s study has identified locations to hit that target. NPDC is now keen to work with the community and work the project into its planting programme.  Cameron, who is in his final year of his Ecology and Biodiversity degree at Victoria University, had never been to New Plymouth before his internship but now knows the Waiwhakaiho very well after 10 weeks of trekking the valley from the river mouth to Egmont National Park. “It’s been challenging. It’s a long river to trek each day and it’s been pretty hot as well,” says Cameron. “But it’s also been a hugely rewarding experience and these projects are what I want do in my life.  “It’s been fantastic working with the NPDC team and I hope this project will help make a difference and can be used to create an ecological corridor to bring back native fish, reptiles and birds to the Waiwhakaiho valley.” NPDC worked with Waikato University to bring the pair to the district for the summer and the internships were funded by scholarships from the George Mason Charitable Trust. “These projects have very much been a win-win,” says NPDC Group Manager Strategy Liam Hodgetts. “We now have two pieces of vital research which will help us improve biodiversity and urban ecosystems while Cameron and Raul have invaluable experience of using their studies in the real world.” Professor Bruce Clarkson, Deputy Vice Chancellor Research at Waikato University, said they were hoping to offer more student scholarships next year. “We are pleased to be collaborating with NPDC and Wild For Taranaki on understanding how to better manage New Plymouth’s indigenous nature. Funding support from the George Mason Trust made it possible for us to offer the summer student scholarships.” The pair are just two of the many student interns who come to work with NPDC each summer to get valuable on-the-job experience. NPDC employed about 10 other interns who worked with a variety of teams including Parks, Transportation, Property and Planning and the TSB Festival of Lights. What is an ecological corridor? This is a thin stretch of uninterrupted native bush. Native animals use it to migrate to Egmont National Park. Increased native vegetation is good for the river as well; it filters out nutrients from farm run-off, improving water quality. It provides a habitat for native fauna like whio (blue ducks) and gold striped geckos. An ideal ecological corridor runs for at least 50 metres on either side of the river. New Plymouth’s urban ecosystems: By the numbers 10% of vegetation needs to be native to stop species decline New Plymouth currently has 8.9% of native/remnant plants, the most for any NZ city Most NZ cities have an average of just 2% of native bush 35.4ha of urban land in New Plymouth needs native plants to hit the 10% figure Weed control, indigenous planting and maintenance will help the district hit 10% NPDC fund brings big gigs/events/sport games to our region 22 February 2019 Have you been enjoying the rumble of V8 engines as Americarna rolls through Taranaki this week?  Are you looking forward to WOMAD next month at Brooklands Park or the ITU Triathlon World Cup? Did you know that events like these and many others are brought to town thanks to an NPDC fund specifically designed to bring high quality entertainment to our District?  NPDC’s Major Events Fund has been running since 2005 and is designed to attract events to our region that appeal to a range of audiences, bring economic and social benefits to the district, and position Taranaki as a desirable place to live and visit. About $750,000 has been allocated to the Fund in the current financial year. Over the last 14 years, it’s helped fund events such as major acts at the TSB Bowl of Brooklands, All Blacks test matches, music and dance festival WOMAD and many more.  This year it’s already brought the first-ever National Basketball League (NBL) game to the TSB Stadium, where the SKYCITY Breakers beat the Cairns Taipans in front of a sell-out crowd. “The calibre of events that take place with support from NPDC’s Major Events Fund and thanks to our corporate partners, is contributing to Building a Lifestyle Capital,” says Mayor Neil Holdom. “By hosting world-class concerts, international sporting matches and dynamic arts festivals – to name a few – we draw our community together, stimulate the local economy and make them proud to call Taranaki home. It also brings in visitors who support our economy by staying the weekend, eating out, shopping, and visiting our other tourist attractions which often convinces them to come back here for good. It’s a win-win,” he says. WOMAD is on 15 to 17 March at TSB Bowl of Brooklands, the ITU Triathlon World Cup and National Schools Triathlon begins on 31 March and later this year are Taranaki Arts Festival Trust’s Winter Fest and Spiegeltent Festival.  Keep your calendar handy and an eye on Hello NP on Facebook, as events are always cropping up which means more fun for the Taranaki community. Fire restrictions 18 February 2019 We’re all feeling the heat this summer, including the land. You now need a permit to light a fire outdoors so you keep yourself and others safe. Fire and Emergency New Zealand has put the restriction over the whole of New Plymouth District from 18 February. This means it’s illegal to light a fire outdoors – or let someone else light a fire on your land – without a Fire and Emergency permit. This restriction lasts until further notice from Fire and Emergency New Zealand. You can get more details at www.checkitsalright.nz. Piggy pals at NPDC's Pound 15 February 2019 Two new arrivals are hogging all the attention at the NPDC Pound. The pair of young kune kune were found trotting along Heta Road about three weeks ago. The adorable duo are both female and are thought to be about four or five months old. “They’re cute as, but they’re growing fast and we’d really like to find their owner,” says NPDC External Relations Manager Jacqueline Baker. “So if you know where they belong, call us on 06-759 6060.” There’s never a boring moment with the pair, who are both used to human contact. They’ve been given the run of the Pound’s new “Pig Palace”, complete with their own muddy puddle. If they’re not claimed, the pigs will be put up for adoption. “They’re definitely pets, so we’d be looking for a vegetarian and/or pet-loving home for them.”  The NPDC Pound is also home to two goats – a white female that has been found a home and a small black billy – as well as some great dogs at the moment too. So if you’re looking for your next best friend, get in touch by calling 06-759 6060 or through the NPDC website newplymouthnz.com. NPDC’s Animal Council Officers impound about 600 dogs each year which are held at the Rifle Range Road pound before being returned to their owner or sometimes a new owner. Outdoor water ban for Ōkato 11 February 2019 A ban on outdoor water use begins in Ōkato tomorrow (Wednesday) as the Mangatete Stream’s flows continue to lower. Gardens may not be watered and cars and house windows may not be washed while the outdoor ban is in place. “We need substantial rain over a decent period before the Mangatete’s flows will increase again. The long-range forecast has nothing more than a few showers coming our way so it’s important that Ōkato residents stop all outdoor water use for water conservation,” says NPDC Chief Operating Officer Kelvin Wright. Meanwhile, continued high water use in Ōākura is putting pressure on the town’s storage reservoir and firefighting reserve, and if the demand continues it could trigger an outdoor water ban there as well. Mr Wright has urged Ōākura residents to cut back on how much water they use and keep to the odds and evens system for hand-held hoses. “That’s especially important on public holidays and weekends, when people tend to water their gardens and do other outdoor jobs,” he says. Last Sunday (10 February), residents in Ōākura again used 33% more water than the town’s average daily demand whereas residents on the New Plymouth supply used just 6% more than its daily average. You can be a Wai Warrior by reducing how much water is used around the home. Pick up some great tips at newplymouthnz.com/WaterRestrictions. Over the next decade, NPDC is investing an extra $44 million to upgrade its water network. NPDC facilities help triathletes go for Tokyo gold 08 February 2019 Some of the world’s best young athletes are gearing up for Olympic gold in NPDC’s parks, pools and roads. Triathlon Australia’s International Performance Centre has brought eight budding sport stars to New Plymouth as part of their build-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The squad has five Australian triathletes and one each from New Zealand, Switzerland and Canada, here for two months of intensive training. They’ve been swimming at NPDC’s Todd Energy Aquatic Centre and the Waitara pool and running through Pukekura Park and other NPDC parks as well as the Huatoki and Te Henui walkways. Coach Jamie Turner, who grew up in Waitara, says the district ticks all the triathlon training boxes. “It’s great swimming here in New Plymouth at the NPDC pools and also in the open water. There are great rural roads, awesome for cycling, here in Taranaki, and great running here in New Plymouth with the trail network and the parks,” says Mr Turner. Hosting the squad is a great reminder of how our district’s progressing in building a lifestyle capital with a great mix of facilities, says NPDC Chief Operating Officer Kelvin Wright. “NPDC looks after 1,600 hectares of parks and 1,200 kilometres of roads that take in some of the greatest scenery in the country. With that and our beaches and pools, who wouldn’t choose to come here?” says Mr Wright. New Plymouth wished the young athletes well and would be watching the medal podiums in Tokyo, he said.