Newsline 274 - 4 May 2012
Friday 4 May 2012
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- Abel Tasman Nominated in World Travel Awards
- Mayor’s Comment
- Database Improvements Save Time and Money
- Joint Regional Waste Plan Released by Councils
- Creative Community Grants Recipients
The Abel Tasman National Park has been nominated as the Leading Beach Destination in Australasia in the World Travel Awards.
Known as “the Oscars of the travel industry” the World Travel Awards were launched in 1993 to acknowledge and recognise excellence in the world's travel and tourism industry. Votes are cast by 217,000 travel professionals including travel agencies, tour and transport companies and tourism organisations in over 160 countries across the globe. Members of the public are also invited to vote at www.worldtravelawards.com/vote
The Abel Tasman National Park competes for the title of Leading Beach Destination in Australasia against such icons as the Far North’s Ninety Mile Beach, Aitutaki in the Cook Islands and Bondi Beach in Sydney. If selected as the winner, the Abel Tasman will then compete for the title of Leading Beach Destination in the World, at the Grand Final in New Delhi in December 2012.
Nelson Tasman Tourism International Marketing Manager Loren Heaphy says “It’s a great privilege to be nominated for a World Travel Award and I strongly encourage everyone to log in and vote.”
“We are fortunate to have such a beautiful natural paradise in our backyard and it is fantastic to see it being recognised on a global stage. The work that the Department of Conservation, local tourism operators and the Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust all do to maintain the pristine environment of the park while also welcoming a quarter of a million visitors a year, is to be applauded and this is a credit to their work”.
The Abel Tasman National Park is no stranger to awards, having been voted the Number One Destination in New Zealand in the AA 101 ‘Must Dos’ for Kiwis. Images of its golden beaches are used internationally to promote New Zealand, and it is widely recognised as one of the key reasons international tourists visit the Nelson Tasman region.
Other New Zealand tourism businesses and destinations feature in the World Travel Awards including: Air New Zealand for Leading Australasian Airline; Wellington International Airport for Leading Australasian Airport, and Tourism New Zealand for Leading Tourist Board. Tourism New Zealand picked up the award for Australasia's Leading Tourist Board in 2011 and is hoping for a repeat performance again this year. A full list of nominations is available on the website at www.worldtravelawards.com/nominees
By the time you receive this edition of Newsline the Council will have heard the majority of the verbal submissions to the District’s Long Term Plan.
In hearing and reading the nearly 900 submissions to the Plan I am heartened by the level of engagement this community has in its future. As a Council it has been reinforced that we should be looking at the most critical issues such as maintenance of existing assets, the needs of our growing communities and meeting Government requirements.
Throughout these hearings we have had requests for commitments to projects that would add tens of millions to the Council’s draft budget. Even with some reprioritisation of projects or necessities we will not be able to deliver the desired outcome to a number of submitters.
We understand these desires and the passion displayed in the many submissions, however, we must acknowledge that we cannot deliver everything in an affordable manner. At best we can deliver the projects that deliver the most to the majority, which is not ideal for those passionate about focused outcomes, but necessary.
This is one of the most difficult jobs we have as elected representatives but it is what we signed up for and as such we have a responsibility to deliver the best service at an affordable price as well as recognising projects that enhance the choice of people to live in Tasman.
While we will not please everyone we are committed to this goal.
Mayor Richard Kempthorne
Ratepayers can look forward to a more efficient relationship with Tasman District Council as it streamlines its databases into a single package based on the customer rather than the property. This will mean a change of address, for instance, can be actioned through the rating database, dog registration or debtor register in one go.
The new file-sharing capability will allow Council staff to view all the dealings that a customer has with the Council, says Mandy Tomlinson, Corporate Services Computer Systems Administrator. She reassures ratepayers that the Council will not be gathering any extra information on them, just sorting the existing data into a more efficient package, saving everyone time and effort.
Each customer will have a unique identifier number, and will still be able to retain separate addresses for various functions if they wish.
The rating database is ready for the new set-up, with dog registrations to follow later this month and the debtor and creditor listings within two months.
The region’s joint waste management and minimisation plan (JWMMP) has been given the go-ahead by both Tasman District and Nelson City Councils.
Introducing the Plan, Chair of the Joint Working Party Tasman Councillor Judene Edgar said, we are becoming increasingly aware of the harm our waste can do to the environment, if not well managed.
“Nelson City and Tasman District Councils have a responsibility to look after current and future generations by minimising our impact upon the environment. We cannot, however, do this alone.”
An assessment of the region’s waste management current and future demands were presented to both Councils in 2010 along with a number of proposals to meet those demands. In response a working party comprising of Councillors and staff from both Councils as well as representatives of the District Health Board was set up to guide the development of what was to become the JWMMP.
With a vision of ‘Valuing Resources and Eliminating Waste’ the plan has identified a number of goals, guiding principles, objectives, policies and methods.
“We are heading in the direction of our goals - avoiding waste, promoting efficient resource use, and minimising harm from waste – but there is still much work to do. These three goals reflect that as a community, we need to work together, take individual and collective responsibility, and make changes to our behaviour.”
“This joint plan builds on the Joint Waste Assessment undertaken in 2010 and is a key starting point for what we expect to be an enduring commitment by our councils and community”.
The working party received a number of submissions to the draft released late 2011 and we look forward to furthering the relationship with the community in the delivery of the plan”, concluded Councillor Edgar.
One of the objectives listed in the Council’s mission statement is to enhance community development and the natural, cultural and recreational assets relating to Tasman District.
One of the ways that the Council sets out to achieve part of this objective is to administer a number of community grants schemes, scholarships and awards. Some of these are administered on the Council’s own account. Others are funds administered on behalf of Creative New Zealand and SPARC ( Sport and Recreation NZ).
Below is a list of the Creative Community Grant recipients over the last 12 months.
|Patches of Tasman Inc||$500|
Richmond Spinning & Weaving Group
|Motueka Arts Council||$500|
|Moutere Hills Community Centre||$500|
|Mapua Art Group||$450|
|Golden Bay Community Workers Inc||$1,000|
|Young @ Art||$849|
|The Golden Bay Pottery Club c/-Golden Bay Workcentre||$488|
|Choirs Aotearoa NZ Trust||$1,000|
|Golden Bay Community Arts Council||$1,000|
|Arts Council Nelson Inc||$1,000|
|Cabaret in the Cave||$500|
Destination Nelson Lakes
|Golden Bay Community Arts Council||$400|
|The Stage Challenge Foundation||$1,000|
|The Golden Bay Pottery Club||$577.50|
|SGCNZ University of Otago -
Tasman/West Coast Regional Shakespeare Festival
|Moutere Hills Community Centre||$1,000|
|Mapua Community Library||$750|
|New Zealand Society of Authors||$1,000|
|Golden Bay Community Workers Inc||$500|
|Sport Tasman - Motueka Recreation Centre||$500|
Golden Bay Workcentre Trust
|Motueka District Brass Inc||$750|
|Motueka Pottery Workshop||$450|
|Nelson Embroiderer's Guild||$750|
|Women in Nelson Inc||$250|
|Emily Tait - Vast Dance Festival||$2,000|
|Golden Bay Community Arts Council||$350|
|Motueka Arts Council||$1,000|
|Te Awhina Marae||$1,500|
|Moana Lee Robertson||$2,982.94|
|Tasman Visual Arts Group||$4,000|
|Te Awhi Rito||$1,450|
|Moutere Hills Community Centre||$1,200|
|Murchison Community Resource Inc||$500|
|Te Awhina Marae on behalf of Te Oro Ha||$1,650|