Newsline 401 - 16 June 2017

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Draft Freedom Camping Bylaw Open for Feedback 

We’re consulting on a Draft Freedom Camping Bylaw intended to allow for freedom camping in suitable locations, while safeguarding the environment and the wider community’s ability to enjoy their local parks, swimming holes and neighbourhoods.

Now is your opportunity to have a look at what is proposed, and let us know if you would like to see anything included or changed in the draft bylaw.

The draft bylaw proposes to permit freedom camping in several areas. It also sets out a range of locations where freedom camping is not permitted – including all cemeteries, most reserves, parks and playgrounds, residential areas with a speed limit of less than 70kph, the river side of stopbanks and anywhere it might obstruct traffic.

The draft bylaw would provide greater enforcement powers than the Council has had in the past. Consultation on the draft bylaw runs until mid-August.

Areas where freedom camping is prohibited

  • Kaiteriteri Beach area from Tapu Bay to Breaker Bay
  • Brooklyn Reserve, Motueka
  • Hickmott Place, Motueka
  • Thorp Bush (including the carpark), Motueka
  • All public areas and reserves in Takaka
  • Pohara Recreation Reserve
  • Ligar Bay Foreshore Area and Reserve
  • Tata Beach
  • George Quay, Motueka
  • Riwaka Resurgence Road Reserve
  • Lake Rotoiti, Kerr Bay Road Reserve
  • Te Waikoropupu Springs Road Reserve
  • Wainui Bay Road Reserve
  • Abel Tasman Memorial Road Reserve

Areas where freedom camping is restricted

The draft bylaw proposes to restrict freedom camping to self-contained vehicles only at:

  • Motueka Beach Reserve
  • Decks Reserve Car Park, Motueka (from 6.00 pm – 7.00 am Mon – Sat, and 6.00 pm – 6.00 am Sundays)
  • Alexander Bluff Road Reserve, Ngatimoti
  • Waitapu Bridge, Takaka
  • Former landfill, Rototai, Takaka (summer only)
  • Taupata Gravel Reserve, Collingwood (summer only)
  • Part of Edward Baigent Memorial Scenic Reserve, Wakefield

Areas where freedom camping is permitted

Have a say: Make an online submission at, or pick up a submission form at any Council service centre.

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Mayor’s Message 

One of the biggest challenges we are facing is allowing for the growth that we are experiencing in many parts of our district.

This provides opportunities for economic development, the growth of existing businesses and the development of new ones. It also gives employment opportunities for us all and opportunities for our talented young people and allows for those wishing to build new homes.

The challenge we face is providing sufficient residentially zoned land and in particular, funding the infrastructure required to develop it. This will be a key issue we will be facing in the development of Council’s next Long Term Plan for our community.

Tasman is a wonderful place to live. One of the great attributes of our district are the people that make up our communities and in particular the number of people who volunteer providing a huge range of services and without whom we wouldn’t function. National Volunteer Week, which is being celebrated from 18 – 24 June, is a time for us to celebrate the volunteers within our community. Take a moment to think of and acknowledge the volunteers that you know and join me in thanking them for the tremendous contribution that they all make.

Mayor Richard Kempthorne

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In Case you Missed it 

Stay up to date with what we’ve been doing with this round-up of recent Council meetings and the decisions made.

Environment and Planning Committee – 1 June 2017

  • Agreed to support continued advocacy for good land use practices to reduce nitrogen, and noted the latest sampling results for nitrogen in groundwater on the Waimea Plains. While most areas show a decreasing trend, an area around the intersection of Blackbyre Road and State Highway 60 has shown evidence of concerning nitrate levels, and landowners have been informed.
  • Agreed to consult the public on a draft Freedom Camping Bylaw. More information is on page 1.
  • Agreed to transfer or lease the Council’s firefighting assets to the new Fire Emergency New Zealand agency to ensure continued firefighting protection for our communities.
  • Adopted a policy for considering requests for Special Housing Areas to make sure the Council and the community’s concerns are taken into account in assessing applications.

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Recycling Calendar 

Changes to collections for Christmas and New Year

Christmas Day falls on a Monday this year so rubbish and recycling collections will be one day later:

  • If your normal collection day is Monday 25 Dec 2017 then your rubbish will collected on Tuesday 26 Dec 2017;
  • If your normal collection is Tuesday 26 Dec 2017 then collection will be Wednesday 27 Dec 2017 and so on throughout the week;
  • The same changes will apply for New Year’s Day week.
How do I find out what day my bin will be emptied?
  • Each recycling bin is assigned to a specific street address.
  • The collection day is written on the sticker – this is the day of the week for both your rubbish and recycling collections.
  • Your rubbish will be collected every week.
  • Your recycling will be collected every two weeks.
  • The number after your day indicates whether your recycling will be collected on Week 1 or Week 2.
What goes in your recycling bin?
  • Clean plastic containers (No’s 1 – 7)
  • Clean tins/cans
  • Clean paper and cardboard
What goes in your Blue crate?

Only recycle empty, unbroken glass bottles and jars (clear, brown, blue and green). Glass will not be collected if over the rim of the crate. Contact Council for a second bin if you need one.

Bin placement

Place bins at least half-a-metre away from other objects and close to the kerb. This gives the truck’s mechanical arm the room it needs to pick up the bin. If you have trouble measuring, use the bin width as a spacer. Make sure lids are closed and the front of the bin faces the road (wheels are at the back). If possible, place away from cars and overhanging trees.

What goes in your bags?
  • If it can’t be recycled, reused or composted it needs to go in the landfill.
  • Remember to wrap sharp objects like broken glass. No flammable or dangerous materials please.
  • Maximum weight 12kg.

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Mayor Welcomes Water Conservation Order Opportunity 

Mayor Richard Kempthorne has welcomed Environment Minister Nick Smith’s decision to refer a Water Conservation Order application for Te Waikoropupu Springs to a special tribunal to consider.

Richard says a Water Conservation Order for the Springs could complement the work being done by the Takaka Freshwater and Land Advisory Group (FLAG) to further protect and manage freshwater throughout the Takaka catchment.

“The work FLAG is doing would provide protection for the Springs through rule changes in the Tasman Resource Management Plan. A Water Conservation Order for the Springs would complement these protections and provide extra endorsement of the treasured status of Te Waikoropupu Springs,” he says.

Regional plans and Water Conservation Orders have different strengths in managing freshwater. Regional plans can be used to manage existing water take consents and to manage land uses to protect or improve water quality. Regional plans are easier to change if monitoring shows management isn’t achieving the desired aims.

Water Conservation Orders can be valuable in providing enduring protection for nationally outstanding natural values of water.

“The changes we make to our planning rules will aim to maintain and improve water quality throughout the catchment while the WCO is a tool for protecting the Springs as they are right now, with little ability to directly effect change – positive or negative. That’s why we believe a combination of the two would be the best result for this special piece of our District,” Richard says.

Ngati Tama has used the scientific information and reports commissioned by the Council to support the FLAG’s work as the basis for its WCO application.

“I think that shows the strength of the work that has been done as part of the FLAG process, and which will inform the management of freshwater in the Takaka catchments for years to come,” Richard says.

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Vigilance Needed Against Myrtle Rust 

Tasman District Biosecurity co-ordinator Paul Sheldon is warning residents and businesses to be on the lookout for myrtle rust.

Scientific modelling completed in response to the recent infestation has identified the Tasman District as an area potentially at risk.

“There are 41 confirmed myrtle rust finds, mostly in Taranaki,” Paul says.

“Private residents, nurseries, golf clubs, businesses and public land have all been affected. It’s extremely important we don’t let myrtle rust get a foothold here.”

Anyone who thinks they have spotted myrtle rust is asked to take photos and report it as soon as possible. If you believe you have seen myrtle rust on plants in New Zealand:

  • Take a clear photo of symptoms and the host plant if possible
  • Immediately call MPI on 0800 80 99 66
  • Do not attempt to touch the plant as this may aid in the spread of the disease.

Identifying myrtle rust

Symptoms to look out for on myrtle plants are:

  • Bright yellow powdery eruptions appearing on the underside of the leaf (young infection)
  • Bright yellow powdery eruptions on both sides of the leaf (mature infection)
  • Brown/grey rust pustules (older spores) on older lesions.
  • Some leaves may become buckled or twisted and die off.

If you suspect myrtle rust

If you think you've seen the symptoms of myrtle rust, do not touch it.

  • Call the MPI Exotic Pest and Disease Hotline immediately on 0800 80 99 66.
  • If you have a camera or phone camera, take clear photos, including the whole plant, the whole affected leaf, and a close-up of the spores/affected area of the plant.
  • Don't touch it or try to collect samples as this may increase the spread of the disease.
More information

See for more information about myrtle rust.

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Newsline Updates 

Banded Rail planting dates

Please come and join us at a community planting day from 9.00 am – 1.00 pm on the Waimea Inlet:

  • Research Orchard Road: Sunday 18 June.
  • Maisey Embayment: Sunday 25 June. Cnr Coastal Highway/Westdale Road. Turn in at ‘Fable Cottage’ sign.
  • Hoddy Estuary Park: Sunday 2 July. Off Coastal Highway near Research Orchard Road
  • Dominion Embayment: Saturday 8 July. Parking at 43 Apple Valley Rd (between Bronte Rd & Mapua Dr).
  • Stringer Creek: Sunday 23 July. Westdale Road opposite The Playhouse Café.
  • Trafalgar Embayment: Saturday 29 July. Park in small layby off Coastal Highway opposite Trafalgar Rd.

Please bring gloves, spade and drinking water. Wear solid footwear and clothes suitable for the weather conditions. Coffee (courtesy of Pomeroy’s) and tea will be provided.

For more information email or phone Kathryn, 03 544 4537.

Need help with your Community Grant?

We’re running some workshops at libraries to show you how easy and simple it is to access and complete the online application form. Staff will be available to help you find, download and complete the form, and then return it to us, all using our website. Community Grants Library drop-in sessions run around the district from 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 4 July – Takaka Library
  • Wednesday 5 July – Motueka Library
  • Thursday 6 July – Richmond Library 
  • Friday 7 July – Murchison Library (note time is 1.15 – 3.00 pm).

Applications for Community Grants close on July 31. Visit to fill in the online application form or to find more information.

Special grants available

Applications for our Special Grants Fund are open. This fund is for significant new events in the District, and allows us to provide a larger financial contribution (upwards of $10,000) to special events that will benefit our community, providing a range of opportunities and experiences to residents and visitors.

Find out more: You can read more about the criteria and application process for Special Grants on our website – visit, search term “Special Grants”, or contact Community Partnerships Coordinator Mike Tasman Jones on  Ph. 03 543 8400.

Makers, rummagers and bargain-hunters: Second-Hand Sunday is 9 July

Four times a year the region works together to help re-home household goods – anything from chairs, books and clothing to left over-bits and pieces from building projects.

It’s called Second-Hand Sunday – and everything is free. The goal is to reduce what goes to landfill by giving people a simple, easy way to recycle, re-use or re-home items by putting them at their the gate.

How do I participate?

  • If you have items to re-home, register on either Nelson City or Tasman District Council websites.

On the day

  • Put your items out on your driveway or front lawn.
  • Attach the poster to your letterbox so people can see you are involved.
  • The event will take place rain or shine, and in the event of bad weather, it is up to the householder whether they put their items out or not.
  • Please don't put out food, dangerous goods like faulty electrical equipment, or chemicals.

Information sessions for online building consent applications 

Nelson City and Tasman District Councils have been working together for some time to provide an easy-to-use online building consent application process called GoShift.

As well as providing a single process for companies who work with multiple councils, GoShift also automatically tailors itself to the application – meaning you only have to provide the information required for the project.

In addition, people using the new service can:

  • View records and previous applications
  • Copy applications for a similar project
  • Receive automatic notifications if more information is required.

After testing, we will open up the service to all our building consent applicants on 1 July 2017.

Public information sessions

We will be offering public presentations to give you the opportunity to become more familiar with the GoShift portal prior to launch. Everyone is welcome to attend.

  • 20 June 2017 – Motueka Community Board meeting – Motueka Service Centre from 4.00 pm
  • 27 June 2017 – GoShift presentation evening – Richmond Council Chambers from 4.00 pm
About GoShift

GoShift is a shared undertaking by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and a group of 20 councils around New Zealand, with the aim of making applying for building consents easier, quicker, and more consistent from council to council. You can read more about it at

Reserve and Hall Committee elections

Three-yearly elections to elect volunteers to help look after their local hall/reserve. The following hall/reserve management committee elections are due to take place across the district:

  • Lower Moutere Memorial Hall Committee: Tuesday 27 June 2017 at 7.00 pm at the Lower Moutere Memorial Hall.

Use Good Wood for winter burning

Look for the Good Wood tick when you stock up on winter firewood to be sure of dry firewood that will burn cleanly.

Suppliers in the Good Wood scheme can be trusted to provide either:

  • Seasoned firewood, suitable for immediate use during the winter months, or
  • Green (unseasoned) firewood delivered far enough in advance, that if properly stored by the user, it will be ready to burn in winter.

Remember, green wood will not burn efficiently, leaving you with a cold house and smoky fire. A Good Wood supplier will have a moisture meter to measure the moisture content of wood if you wish to confirm that wood being delivered is dry enough to use. Find a Good Wood supplier: Head to

Outstanding Community Service Awards

There are a host of people throughout our District who work quietly away without pay and with precious little recognition to make our communities better places to live. These awards aim to give some well-deserved recognition to these unsung heroes of our communities. It gives us an opportunity to make sure they are rewarded with the thanks they deserve for the long-term outstanding service they have given over the years.

Nominations close on 30 June 2017.

Head to for more information and nomination forms.

Scholarships for youth leaders available

Are you aged between 15 – 20, live in the Tasman District and keen to attend a youth leadership opportunity this year? Then we can help, with two hundred dollars.

Tasman $200ships are available any time of year to support young people in our district attend courses like Outward Bound or Spirit of Adventure. The application process is simple, just visit

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Write Choices 

Read Around the World

Are you reading around the world this winter? Read Around the World is our winter reading programme for adults running at all Tasman libraries until 4 August.

All you have to do is pick up a reading passport from your local library and read a minimum of one book from four different countries. As you return each book to the library, your passport will be stamped by our Border Control librarians and the name of the country added to your passport. Once you’ve collected your four stamps your passport goes into the draw to win a great range of prizes, including travel vouchers generously sponsored by House of Travel Richmond and House of Travel Motueka. Stuck for ideas of what to read? Head into your local library to pick up some reading suggestions bookmarks. Or visit the library website and check out our interactive world reading map.

Pick up your reading passport today and be in to win. Terms and conditions apply.

School holiday programmes

Another school term has flown by and the winter holidays are almost here. Your local library has a fantastic range of holiday activities and events to keep the kids amused and entertained. With Where’s Wally-themed story times, craft activities, music, hands on construction and makerspaces and much more, there’s bound to be something your child is interested in. Check out the full programme on the library website Featured Events page. And of course there’s nothing like whiling away a few hours in your local library browsing the shelves for great reads, graphic novels, DVDs and talking books to enjoy at home. Your library, your gateway to worlds of imagination and inspiration.

Winter Series at Takaka Library

Takaka Library’s popular Winter Series still has two weeks to go. Hear local cavers Rob Davies and Tony Salmon talk about their discovery of two cave entrances in East Takaka and the challenges they faced in exploring the caves. Rob and Tony will be at the library on Friday 23 June at 1.30 pm. And on Friday 30 June at 1.30 pm, Lynn Rain will take you on a literary ramble inspired by bookmarks, bookshops and libraries. Bring along a favourite bookmark and tell its story.

Travel talks at Motueka Library

Escape the winter cold with Motueka Library’s series of travel talks. Take a tropical island trip to Hawaii and Rarotonga on Friday 23 June 2.00 – 3.00 pm with our laid-back librarians Pip and Janine. Discover the wonders of the Galapagos Islands on Wednesday 5 July 6.00 – 7.00 pm with intrepid adventurer Susan Edwards. Put these dates in your diary today. And start planning your next trip away.

Get crafty at your library

Cosy up with other crafters for an hour or two at your library. Share skills with other crafters or dust off that old project and be inspired to complete it and start something new. Takaka Library’s Get Crafty group meets every Thursday 1.00 – 2.30 pm from 15 July to 31 August. And Good Crafternoon meets every Wednesday 12.30 – 2.00 pm at Richmond Library.

Motueka Library’s 160th birthday

Motueka Library turns 160 this year. Yes, 160 years of books, ideas and dedicated library service to the Motueka community. You’re invited to a celebration morning tea at the library at 10.30 am on Tuesday 27 June. There’ll be speakers, live music, photos from the past and refreshments. And especially for families, later in the day we’re hosting a celebration for whanau and tamariki. From 3.30 – 5.00pm you’re invited to join in the fun with Flossie the Balloon Lady, birthday stories, colouring-in and light snacks. We’re looking forward to celebrating this milestone birthday with you.

Style coaching workshop

Learn how to dress to flatter and enhance your body shape with Lynn Crossland. Lynn will explain how colour, pattern and style work to change and accentuate your appearance. This fun interactive workshop is on Tuesday 4 July 2.00 – 3.30 pm at Motueka Library. Cost $12.00.

Author Fiona Kidman at Motueka Library

We’re thrilled to have renowned NZ author Dame Fiona Kidman at Motueka Library as part of our 160th birthday celebrations. Dame Fiona will talk about her latest book “All day at the movies” which is set in Motueka’s tobacco fields in 1952. Join us with our special guest for a Q&A session on Wednesday 19 July 6.00 – 7.30 pm. Books will be available for sale.

Garden gurus group

If you’re a keen gardener you’ll want to head into the inaugural meeting of Motueka Library’s new Garden Gurus group on Monday 10 July, 11.00 am – 12.30 pm.

These monthly gatherings will include informal discussion, guest speakers, workshops and tours of local gardens. If you’re interested in seed and plant swaps, planting herbs, investigating garden questions, problems and solutions or just getting together with other green-thumbed people, then this may be the group for you.

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