Newsline 255 - 15 July 2011

Friday 15 July 2011

This page contains articles from Issue 255 of Newsline. 
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Fanzone Brings Rugby World Cup to Motueka 

Backed by the Tasman District Council and Sport Tasman, Fanzone is coming to the Motueka Recreation Centre.

The Fanzone will enable the community to enjoy Rugby World Cup Semi-finals on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 October 2011 and the Final on Sunday 23 October 2011 for FREE.

The Fanzone, as well as featuring a large 8 x 4 metre screen complete with digital surround sound to watch the matches on, will have live performances, beverages and food and even a supervised fun area for the kids. The entertainment will begin well before kick-off and the kids area will run up until the final whistle.

The Fanzone will create a festive atmosphere for the community to get together and be part of Rugby World Cup. “The Fanzone will provide a fun way to be involved in this huge international event whether you’re a big fan of rugby or not,” said Ria Ahearn, Fanzone Coordinator.

The recent upgrade to the Motueka Recreation Centre has created a facility well suited to hosting community events. So come enjoy the spectacle of the Rugby World Cup with friends and family.

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Mayor’s Comment 

Adopting the Annual Plan last month marked the end of the 2010 year and heralded the start of the 2011 financial year for the Council. It is going to be a productive and noteworthy year. The proposed union between Tasman and Nelson will be a key challenge to work through.

Despite the still challenging economic times the Council must continue to invest in the District to provide the necessary services and meet the expectations of those who live here. While the amalgamation debate continues with no definite outcome the Council continues to be committed to delivering excellent services at an affordable cost.

As the Annual Plan shifts from draft to actual and the work programme continues, the Council now has to switch its mind to the upcoming Ten Year Plan. One of the early elements is to engage with the community to review and test the outcomes desired by the communities we serve. There is a small story regarding this initial process within this issue of Newsline.

With the submission period for the Local Government Commission’s amalgamation proposal currently open I have been invited to public meetings in Golden Bay 18 July 2011 and in Motueka 1 August 2011. These will be valuable meetings for those interested, and I urge you all to be interested, this is a once in a generation decision you are being asked to make. While the Council does not yet have a position it certainly has grave concerns about the quality of the information that has obviously been used to inform the recent decisions by the Local Government Commission. I will be discussing this issue at the meetings because I am concerned Tasman residents may be asked to vote next year with incorrect information at hand.

The Council will be contacting the Local Government Commission with the major concerns we have regarding the fundamental mistakes and the resultant flawed assumptions made in their reports. To this end the Council will be finalising an open letter requesting that the mistakes be corrected and explanations be provided for the assumptions made on the basis of the errors within the reports.

I am of the belief, regardless of the outcome, the issue should be considered with the correct information, which it currently isn’t able to be. If the proposal comes to a vote next year you really need to know what you are voting over and the ramifications of the decision.

In addition to the letter we will be sending a submission to the Local Government Commission from the Council on the draft reorganisation scheme and this will be made public as well.

– Mayor Richard Kempthorne

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Community Boards Powers Set to Increase 

In 2009 Mayor Richard Kempthorne and Chief Executive Paul Wylie investigated how various councils in the South Island worked with, and empowered their community boards. During that process they were impressed with the board structure they saw in Southland, and suggested improvements to Tasman’s community boards based on that structure. These were considered by Council last August.

These improvements were recently amended in line with the framework set out by the Local Government Commission for empowering the boards that suggests giving them the power to seek funding from outside sources for community projects, manage community halls, approve traffic measures such as Stop and Give Way signs, have the final say on the design of street furniture, approve street and park names, and grant consent for the removal of trees from Council-owned land.

Using that template, the Tasman District Council has now gone one step further in a draft resolution giving its community boards control over community markets, allowing them to roll over financial surpluses from the targeted rates funding them, and removing the cost of the CEO’s time from board budgets.

Councillors approved the draft resolution at their meeting on Thursday 30 June 2011.

The proposal has been referred to the two community boards, which will report to the next Council meeting on 11 August 2011.

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Motueka Recreation Centre Set for Further Upgrades 

More than $200,000 is left in the kitty after the recent Motueka Recreation Centre upgrade, meaning that stage two of the work can begin.

The refurbishment, funded by $1.2 million from the Tasman District Council Facility Rate, plus the Lottery Grants Board ($750,000) and Canterbury Community Trust ($100,000), saw the rollerskating rink extended 12 metres, with a wooden multi-use floor installed, a modern fitness centre (with funding from the Lion Foundation for equipment), new reception and office areas, new shower, toilet and changing facilities, as well as new carpet and paint throughout.

Several items in the original project scope were put on hold until the final build costs were confirmed, says Mike Tasman-Jones, Tasman District Council’s Community Recreation Adviser. With $204,000 still in hand, project manager Abel Properties Ltd can now tackle those jobs, which are:

  • An air-conditioning unit and new easy-access stairway to the Group Fitness facilities upstairs
  • Better sports stadium lighting
  • Western carpark graded and sealed
  • External signage completed
  • A new covered bike rack

All should be completed by 1 October 2011 in time for the Rugby World Cup Fanzone being hosted at the centre.

“It is really pleasing to see the completed work to date, but even more rewarding is to now be in a position to finish all the work that we had originally planned,” says Mike.

Centre Manager Jody Maru says it has been fantastic to hear all the positive comments following the upgrade. “We have also had a number of our regular visitors commenting on some pressing issues that needed to be resolved. Now that these areas are being addressed we are confident our users will be totally satisfied.”

“It has been a pleasure working with the Tasman District Council on this project,” says Jody, who paid tribute to Mike Tasman-Jones, Property Manager Jim Frater, Community Services Manager Lloyd Kennedy, and Luke van Velthoven from Abel Properties.

Sport Tasman Chief Executive Nigel Muir says the Fanzone will be the icing on the cake for the centre, which will celebrate 25 years of service to the Motueka community in February 2012.

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Library’s First Birthday 

The “new” Richmond Library has celebrated its first birthday since refurbishment, toasting a surge in membership, the number of items issued, and a 53% increase in people through the door.

Tasman Libraries Manager Glennis Coote says innovations such as the computer suites and the Imaginarium sound/video studio are drawing in a new generation of library users, especially teenagers and young males.

“It’s become a much cooler place to be.”

The $2.2 million refurbishment also involved new entrances front and back, wider spaces with attractive displays, a meeting room, café, TV news screen, and better research facilities. (The library’s precious historical documents and photos are being digitised via the Imaginarium.)

About 2,200 new members have signed up in the last year, taking the total membership to more than 14,000. Items issued topped 390,000, an increase of 22%, and the library recorded 275,000 visits.

Glennis says the Constance Barnicoat meeting room is being used by a wide variety of groups, such as pilates classes, the rock and mineral club and study groups. The room is available for after-hours use.

The café has given people a different impression of libraries, and classes in computer use and the internet are very popular.

The library has even hummed to the sound of music, with performances during New Zealand Music Month, and recently by Waimea College students as part of their NCEA studies.

“We are seeing people who have not been into the library for years,” says Glennis.

Amid its bold step into the digital age, the library remains a quiet sanctuary in which to savour a good book.

Plenty to celebrate. For more information about Tasman District’s libraries and what you can find at them go to www.taslib.govt.nz.

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Community’s Vision for Tasman 

As part of the development of the 2006 Ten-year Plan the community and Council developed a vision and a number of goals that residents and businesses wanted for Tasman. Council is in the process of reviewing these goals as part of the long term planning process and would like your views.

One of the changes made by Central Government last year to the Local Government Act was that the Community Outcomes no longer needed to be only broad outcomes owned by the whole community, but should be outcomes that Council aims to achieve. Accordingly, we would like your views on whether the current community outcomes are still current and appropriate.

You can have your say on the Community Outcomes by completing a short survey on the Council’s website, www.tasman.govt.nz (search for “community outcomes survey”), or email info@tasman.govt.nz.

Current Vision

An interactive community living safely in the garden that is Tasman District. He rohi Whakaarotahie. Noho ora ana I runga I te. Whenua ataahua. Ko te rohe o Tahimana.

Current Community Outcomes

Outcome 1 – Our unique and special natural environment is bountiful, healthy, clean and protected.

Outcome 2 – Our built urban and rural environments are functional, pleasant, safe and sustainably managed.

Outcome 3 – Our transport and essential services are sufficient, efficient and sustainably managed.

Outcome 4 – Our vibrant community is safe, well, enjoys an excellent quality of life and supports those with special needs.

Outcome 5 – Our community understands regional history, heritage and culture.

Outcome 6 – Our diverse community enjoys access to a range of spiritual, cultural, social, educational and recreational services.

Outcome 7 – Our participatory community contributes to district decision-making and development.

Outcome 8 – Our growing and sustainable economy provides opportunities for us all.

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The 2011/2012 Annual Plan – What Do You Get For Your Rates? 

On the 30 June 2011 Tasman District’s Councillors approved the District’s Annual Plan and rates system for 2011/2012. The result is a general rate rise of 6.05%, which includes 1.98% to replenish the general disaster fund. The fund was depleted as a result of the two recent floods in Tapawera in May 2010 and in Golden Bay and Murchison in December 2010, and work to replace the James Road bridge. Inflation has accounted for 3% of the increase, which leaves an average 1.07% to account for increased expenditure. Overall rates increases, including general and targeted rates, will range from about 4% to 7% for most properties. However, some properties will differ from this because of the targeted rates that apply in various areas.

During the submission process on the Draft Annual Plan, Council received requests for additional expenditure of about $24 million for the 2011/2012 year. Council considered that the impact on rates of meeting these requests would be unaffordable for our community, so it has declined nearly all of them.

Examples of Total Rate Changes for Properties

To clarify the rates rises between 2010/2011 and 2011/2012, a selection of five properties from throughout the District have been summarised to provide a guide. Please note that these properties are a sample only and do not cover all situations for the 21,500 ratepayers in the District.

The following table is GST inclusive. It covers the total rates increases, incorporating the increases in the General Rate of 4.7%, Targeted Rates, and the additional 1.98% on the General Rate for replenishing the General Disaster Fund and replacing the James Road Bridge.

  CV

2010/2011 Rates

2011/2012 Proposed Rates

% Increase $ Increase
Richmond Residential $455,000 $2,468,90 $2,611.29 5.77% $142.39
Motueka Residential $285,000 $2,219,90 $2,363.91 6.49% $144.01
Golden Bay Farm $6,415,000 $16,108.60 $17,298.95 7.39% $1,190.35
Takaka Residential $270,000 $2,107.00 $2,223.16 5.51% $116.16
Murchison Residential $160,000 $1,521.20 $1,592.44 4.68% $71.24

Depending on particular circumstances and the effect of specific targeted rates, individual circumstances will vary from the above examples.

Council’s Financial Performance Summary

Council’s overall financial summary (figures excluding GST):

  2010/2011 Budget $ Ten Year Plan 2011/2012 Budget $ Annual Plan 2011/2012 Budget $
General Rates 27,713,000 30,008,000 29,779,000
Targeted Rates 24,892,000 29,833,000 26,644,000
Total Debt 142,004,000 161,941,000 153,316,000
Cash & Cash Equivalents 3,907,000 6,390,000 1,497,000

Where Your Rates Go

Services provided and the proportion of rates proposed to be spent on operational costs for these services in 2011/2012.

Council Enterprises – 1%

  • Forestry
  • Property
  • Council Controlled Organisations – including Nelson Airport Ltd and Port Nelson Ltd

Governance – 7%

  • Council Support
  • Elections
  • Representation reviews
  • Strategic Planning
  • Elected Representatives
  • Communication

Community Services – 21%

  • Parks and Reserves – 598ha of reserve land and 47 playgrounds
  • Community Recreation
  • 24 Public Halls and Community Buildings
  • Community Facilities and Pools
  • Cultural Services and Community Grants
  • 4 Public Libraries
  • 12 Cemeteries
  • 64 Public Conveniences

Non-rate funded activities:

  • 4 commercially operated Camping Grounds
  • Community Housing – 97 Pensioner Cottages

Key projects in 2011/2012 include:

  • Mapua Waterfront Park and Old Wharf Road Youth Park development in Motueka
  • Brightwater Village Green project
  • Motueka swimming pool – investigation and design

Sanitation, Drainage and Water Supply – 41%

  • Water – 16 water supply areas, 659km pipelines, 34 pumping stations, 11,387 domestic connections, 44 reservoirs, Wai-iti Dam
  • Wastewater – 14 Urban Drainage Areas, 323km pipeline, 2,250 manholes, 75 sewerage pumping stations, 7 wastewater treatment plants
  • Stormwater – 16 Urban stormwater drainage areas operating as a single club and 1 general district area, assets used include drainage channels, piped reticulation networks, tide gates, detention or ponding areas, inlet structures, discharge structures
  • Solid Waste – 1 operational landfill and 22 closed landfills, 5 resource recovery centres
  • Rivers – Council maintains 285km of rivers, assets include river protection works such as stopbanks, rock and willows

Key projects in 2011/2012 include:

  • Lee Valley Dam investigations
  • New water main in Poole Street, Motueka
  • Richmond East water supply upgrade
  • Tapawera water supply pipeline renewals
  • Upgrade of Breaker Bay and Honeymoon Bay wastewater pump stations
  • Wastewater treatment plant upgrade and upgrade of mains in central Motueka
  • Stormwater improvements in Little Kaiteriteri, Motueka, Patons Rock and Collingwood
  • Lower Motueka River flood control design and investigation
  • General Disaster Fund replenishment (accounts for 1.98% increase to general rate)

Environment and Planning – 13%

  • Resource Policy
  • Resource and Environmental Information
  • Resource Consents
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Regulatory Services – animal control, building consents, health and liquor licensing and inspections, parking control
  • Land Information
  • Civil Defence Emergency Management
  • Rural Fire
  • Environmental Education
  • Maritime Safety
  • Biosecurity/Pest Control

 Key projects in 2011/2012 include:

  • Work on Richmond central business area, Motueka West, Mapua, Eastern Golden Bay, Western Golden Bay strategic development studies, completing the Rivers and Lakes section of the Tasman Resource Management Plan, reviewing water management provisions in the Motueka and Takaka water management zones, and reviewing the Regional Pest Management Strategy
  • Undertaking various resource investigations and “State of the Environment Monitoring”

Transportation – 17%

  •  Roading - 1,680km of roads: 915km sealed, 765km unsealed, 467 bridges and footbridges, 184km footpaths, 21 carparks, 3,735 streetlights
  • Coastal Structures – wharves at Mapua and Riwaka, responsibility for Port Motueka, jetties and boat ramps, coastal protection works at Ruby Bay/Mapua and Marahau, operation of Port Tarakohe
  • Motueka and Takaka Aerodromes

Key projects in 2011/2012 include:

  •  Turner’s Bluff realignment and safety improvements
  • Tasman Loop of the New Zealand Cycleway – second year of a three year project
  • James Road Bridge replacement
  • Mapua Wharf upgrade

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Smart Irrigation Produces Double Payoff 

Smarter irrigating can save time and money as well as reduce impacts on the environment. Free workshop explains how.

Some irrigators are throwing money away in water and power bills, says Council’s Water Resource Scientist Joseph Thomas, with inefficient systems being the biggest single cause of waste, he says.

More even distribution of water and well-timed application are not only kinder on the pocket, but reduce run-off containing nutrients that cause headaches further down the line. Efficient irrigation systems also mean much better use of a scarce and precious resource.

“It’s a win-win,” says Joseph.

About 70% of irrigators use meters. The rest apply their water in variable fashion ranging from rough-guess to degrees of monitoring. Joseph mentions that water meters can help significantly reduce consumption.

A free workshop for irrigators in August 2011 will cover such cost and energy-saving measures, plus outline the new national metering regulations, which came into force last November. The new regulations require that meters must be capable of recording data electronically, and must be independently verified every five years – to confirm accuracy within a 5% margin.

Many of the present meters would struggle to comply with the new regulations, says Joseph.

Topics at the workshop include:

  • Soil, Climate & Crop Water Use – work out how much water your soil holds
  • Water Budgets & Practical Irrigation Scheduling, including the use of computer models
  • Monitoring soil moisture
  • Water Metering 101

The Irrigation NZ workshop will be held at Seifried’s Function Centre from 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm on Tuesday 2 August 2011. Contact Katie Greer at the Council on Ph. 03 543 8455 or email katie.greer@tasman.govt.nz to register your attendance.

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Well Done, Trade Graduates 

Apprentices and trainees will have their success recognised at the 2011 Nelson Tasman Regional Industry Training Graduation on 25 July 2011.

The ceremony, for those who have completed their training on the job through an Industry Training Organisation (ITO), offers friends, family and employers the chance to give trainees a well-earned pat on the back.

The event is supported by the Mayor’s Taskforce for Jobs, the Tasman District and Nelson City Councils, and the Nelson Regional Economic Development Agency.

Graduates come from a wide range of industries, all important to our regional economy, including Seafood, Building, Mechanical, Electrical, Horticulture, Civil Infrastructure, Automotive and Retail. Most graduates have juggled work, study and family commitments to achieve their qualifications – which takes real dedication and motivation.

The ceremony takes place on Monday, 25 July 2011 at the Annesbrook Church and Community Centre, Saxton Road West, Stoke, starting at 6.30 pm and finishing about 8.30 pm. 
For more information, visit the Economic Development Agency website or contact Teresa Eddy, 03 545 6858.

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When To Use Your Headlights 

For cyclists...

You’re legally required to use your lights during the ‘hours of darkness’. ‘Hours of darkness’ means from half an hour after sunset to half an hour before sunrise, or at any other time when there isn’t enough light to see a person or vehicle that is 100 metres away.

When you ride on the road during the legal hours of darkness, your bike must have:

  • a steady or flashing rear-facing red light that can be seen at night from a distance of 100 metres
  • a steady or flashing forward-facing white light that can be seen at night from a distance of 100 metres

For motorcyclists...

You must turn on either your moped or motorcycle’s headlight or daytime running lights during daylight hours if your motorcycle or moped was manufactured on or after 1 January 1980.

If your moped or motorcycle was manufactured before 1 January 1980, you must turn on your moped or motorcycle’s headlight during the hours of darkness, from 30 minutes after sunset until 30 minutes before sunrise.

For other vehicles...

You must turn on your vehicle’s headlights:

  •  from 30 minutes after sunset, until 30 minutes before sunrise
  • at any other time when you can’t clearly see a person or vehicle 100 metres away

For motorcyclists and other vehicle drivers please also remember to dip your headlights:

  •  when other vehicles are coming towards you, so that you don’t blind the oncoming driver
  • when you are following other vehicles
  • when a police officer is directing traffic
  • when you park

For more information on use of headlights or any queries around the road code check out www.nzta.govt.nz

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Give a Young Person a Working Opportunity 

Job Ops with Training is a government initiative designed to help employers take on a young person between 16-24 years, who they would not otherwise be able to employ.

It’s a chance to give valuable work experience with training to young people who find themselves unable to find work and a $5000 subsidy to help employers to provide this valuable opportunity.

To qualify for Job Ops with Training, employers need to offer a new position, with employment of at least 30 hours a week continuously over six months.

The position needs to be an entry-level position that requires no pre-requisite skills or experience and the employer needs to have a training plan to help the young person develop new skills.

An initial payment of $3,000 will be made at the start of the employment period, followed by a further payment of $2,000 after the employee has worked for six months.

Employers are responsible for the normal employee costs, including PAYE, GST, ACC levies, and holiday pay as well as ensuring health and safety requirements are met.

For more information and to register your interest, please phone the Work and Income Employer Line on 0800 778 008.

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Climate Change Impact Outlined 

The impact of climate change on New Zealanders’ health, properties, infrastructure, environment and industry will be discussed at a seminar in Appleby in early August 2011. Climate Scientist Dr Jim Salinger, Lincoln University’s Professor Caroline Saunders, and business journalist Rod Oram will bring the latest information on climate change science and how it affects industries in our area.

The seminar is supported by Tasman District Council and Nelson City Council. Details were featured in the 17 June 2011 edition of Newsline.

Dr Salinger will outline climate change science and its impacts on farming and communities.

Professor Saunders will speak on what all this means for trade, carbon footprinting and business opportunities in a changing world.

Rod Oram will talk on emissions trading and compare New Zealand's climate change targets with our trading partners' and what this means for trade.

The seminar is on Wednesday 3 August 2011, at 3.00 pm: Seifried Estate, Appleby (focus on rural sector) and 7.30 pm: Victory Room, Trafalgar Centre, Nelson (focus on urban sector).

RSVP – Attendance at these seminars is free of charge, but please confirm if you wish to attend as follows:

  • Wednesday 3.00 pm, Appleby: rob.francis@tasman.govt.nz
  • Wednesday 7.30pm, Nelson: karen.lee@ncc.govt.nz

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Native Plants Nurtured in Wakefield 

Doug South reckons he has put 2500 hours into nurturing native bush at Wakefield – fitted around 10-hour shifts in his day job – but he’s not complaining. As president of the Wakefield Bush Restoration Society since it was formed in 1999, he has seen areas such as Faulkners Bush and Edward Baigent Reserve transformed with native plantings, tracks and boardwalks.

“It’s come along in leaps and bounds,” he says. “We’ve learnt a lot on the way …We’re basically down to maintenance mode now.”

Each year volunteers gather to plant, weed and build. This year’s working bee at Faulkner’s Bush takes place on Saturday 13 August 2011, starting at 10.00 am, with lunch laid on. A thousand seedlings, destined for an area behind the Scout den near Treeton Place, should be in by lunchtime, says Doug, but it depends on the turnout.

The plants are provided by the Tasman District Council and Titoki Nursery, “They’re all natives and all grow within this area.”

Volunteers are asked to dress warmly and bring a spade or other digging tool. The working bee will be held the following Saturday if wet.

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Poolside Matariki Delights All Ages 

Students from Salisbury School in Richmond burst into waiata to open the Matariki Family Fun Day at the ASB Aquatic Centre recently. Their long skirts and flax piupiu swung to the rhythms of the song as it carried over steamy pools.

Matariki is the Māori name of the star constellation Pleiades. Its eastern dawn sighting, near the end of May, signals the end-of-harvest celebration and planning for new plantings. The uniquely New Zealand mid-winter festival lasts a month between new moons.

Celebrations at the Richmond pool complex involved adults and children joining in Māori games led by Maihi Barber and Tania Corbett of Te Āwhina Marae. People relaxed in the pools to listen to Donna McLeod reciting her poetic story of Matariki and all its connections for Māori.

Many pool-goers were surprised to see eels from Reservoir Creek in a bucket and available to touch. Mel McColgan, of Waimāori, and Tom Kroos talked about how the endemic longfin eel species can live up to 100 years, reproducing just once.

Music featured again when Cindy Batt and her sons played the kōauau, or Māori flutes, to encourage people to make their own out of bamboo. It may have been raining outside, but the Aquatic Centre proved a great venue to connect family to Matariki celebrations.

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