30 August 2018
The weather was cold and the nights were long but NPDC kept the district bouncing this winter with family fun, festivals, exhibitions and new investment to help build New Zealand’s Lifestyle Capital.
Here are 10 ways our district was such a cool place to be, whatever the weather:
- Skating fun: NPDC’s See it in the City’s skating rink was a huge hit with kids. The eco-friendly rink was great value for money and more than 4,000 of you got your skates on in June and July.
- Kids’ art at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery: Our cultural hub continued to introduce children to creativity with free family fun where kids got to make art inspired by the exhibitions.
- Winter on the beach: Dog owners have a few more weeks to enjoy strolling on our black sand beaches before the restrictions begin when daylight saving starts on 30 September.
- Extending the Coastal Walkway: The 10-Year Plan was approved in June and included $4 million (matched by about $4m from NZTA) to extend the Walkway from Bell Block to Waitara.
- Mountain biking: New Plymouth Mountain Bikers will add 10 kilometres of new tracks to NPDC’s Lake Mangamahoe. NPDC continues to support the club with $10,000 in grants each year for the next five years and a $1 annual lease for the land.
- FEASTival: NPDC’s See it in the City supported Taranaki’s first ever restaurant week. Some 30 restaurants took part and 14 events staged while a charity event raised $500 for On The House.
- The Plymouth Company: Puke Ariki’s new exhibition in the Taranaki Life Gallery explored the journeys of the first organised Pakehā settlers, bringing to life the sights, sounds and smells of the voyage from England to Aotearoa.
- Improving tourism: Mt Taranaki and Egmont National Park continue to be a huge drawcard with more and more tourists heading to the district. The approved 10-Year Plan includes funding to boost access to the Pouakai Crossing.
- The Right Royal Cabaret Fest: TAFT packed seven shows into three days of fantastic cabaret at the TSB Showplace. The Fest was supported by See it in the City.
- AdLib: Puke Ariki’s first ever literary festival celebrated ‘libraries, liberty and literature’ with workshops, appearances by local authors and an escape room celebrating the anniversary of the first Harry Potter book.