Newsline 304 - 2 August 2013

Friday 2 August 2013

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Sport Fishing Trust Hooks Supreme Award                               

The Sport Fishing for Youth Charitable Trust has won the Supreme Award at the 2013 TrustPower Nelson Tasman Community Awards.

The awards were announced and presented on Monday 29 July 2013 at a function at Seifried Estate and Winery.

For winning the Supreme Award the Sport Fishing for Youth Charitable Trust received a framed certificate, a trophy and $1,500 prize money. The Trust now has the opportunity to represent the District at the 2013 TrustPower National Community Awards, which are being held in March 2014.

TrustPower Community Relations Representative Jess Somerville agrees that’s the Trust is doing  a great job for local youth.

“Thanks to the dedication of this volunteer trust and the support of the Nelson Trout Fishing Club volunteers more than 360 children have had the opportunity to try their luck at catching a trout or salmon in this pristine part of the country.

Volunteers teach the youth the correct technique on how to catch a rainbow trout or salmon and once they land a fish it is weighed, cleaned and placed in a bag with a recipe on how to cook it correctly. Each youth also receives a certificate to celebrate their catch.

This Trust is currently working to establish three strong platforms at the river edge to ensure this site is accessible for people with disabilities,” says Miss Somerville.

One hundred and thirteen groups were entered into this year’s TrustPower Nelson Tasman Community Awards.

Other winners at the event were:

Heritage and Environment
Dramatix Theatre Development Trust
Health and Well Being
Joint winner: Golden Bay Community Health
Joint Winner: Men’s Shed Waimea
Arts and Culture
Golden Bay Community Arts Council
Sport and Leisure
Lioness Club of Nelson
Education and Child/Youth Development
Joint Winner: Adult learning Support Nelson
Joint Winner: Business Mentors Nelson
Nelson Winner
Kenbe La Foundation Charitable Trust
Tasman Winner
Keep Richmond Beautiful
Supreme Winner
Sport Fishing for Youth Charitable Trust
Youth Spirit
Katie Talbot

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Plan Change Progress                               

Eight plan changes to the Tasman Resource Management Plan were notified for submissions between April and June this year – six were proposed by the Council and two were private plan changes.

Of those proposed by the Council two were focused on changes to residential, mixed business and light industrial zones within Motueka West and Motueka Central with the rest focused on changes to the water management regime for the Waimea Plains.

The submissions received on the proposed changes are currently being summarised.  Once the summaries are complete submitters will be notified, and the proposed changes will then be subject to further submissions. Hearings will then be held later in the year by independent commissioners and the Council for the water plan changes and Motueka zone changes respectively.

The commissioners will make a recommendation to either adopt the proposed changes, amend them slightly or recommend further changes prior to adoption. After the decisions are released there is a 30 day appeal period. If there are no appeals the Council is in a position to make the proposed plan operative, i.e. it comes into force.  If there are appeals they will be resolved either through mediation or by the Environment Court.

It is unlikely any of the proposed plan changes, Council or private, will be seen in their final form until the end of the year at the earliest.

The summaries are available for viewing at Tasman District Council’s Office, Service Centres, Libraries and at www.tasman.govt.nz.

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Elections 2013 – Information for Candidates                               

Standing as a candidate in the 2013 elections is an opportunity to become involved in Tasman District’s future in the most direct way possible.

Nominations opened on Friday 19 July 2013 and close at 12 noon on Friday 16 August 2013.

Each nomination must be made on the official nomination paper for that issue.

Nomination documents (nomination papers, Candidate Information Handbook) are available from Council’s Office and Service Centres, or by telephoning 03 543 8400 to request they be posted to you.

Prospective candidates are encouraged to read the Candidate Information Handbook.

Candidate Qualifications

To qualify as a candidate for election to the District Council or a Community Board you must be:

  • enrolled as a parliamentary elector anywhere in New Zealand.
  • a New Zealand citizen.

Restrictions for elections of District Councils, and of Community Boards:

  • You cannot, at the same time, be a candidate for election for more than one ward or community of the same local authority.
  • No person can be elected to a local authority if he/she is concerned or interested in contracts over $25,000 in any financial year with that authority. This restriction is waived if approval from the Office of the Controller and Auditor-General is obtained. (Section 3(1) of the Local Authorities (Members Interests) Act 1968).
  • If you are employed by a local authority and are elected as mayor or councillor of that local authority, you must resign as an employee before taking up the position as an elected member. However, this may not apply if you’re employed by a territorial authority and are elected to a community board in that authority’s district.

Persons considering nominating candidates, and potential candidates should also be aware of the following:

  • Candidates cannot nominate themselves for office.
  • Candidates must consent to their nomination.
  • A deposit ($200 including GST) must be paid per issue when the nomination is lodged.
  • To help voters identify candidates, a recent photo and a 150-word profile statement can be sent with the nomination form. The profile and photo will be published in a booklet sent out with the voting documents.
  • Candidates may, before the close of nominations, withdraw their nomination (on or before 12 noon on Friday 16 August 2013). Notification must be in writing to the Electoral Officer.
  • No candidate can be employed or assist with the conduct of the election, nor be appointed as a scrutineer of any election conducted in the District.
  • Deposits will be refunded to candidates, except where they poll less than 25% of the vote of the lowest polling successful candidate for First Past the Post elections.

Nominations

Candidates must be nominated by two people, both of whom need to sign the nomination form. The nominees must be on the electoral roll for the District or subdivision of the District (for example, ward, community board or constituency) in which the candidate is standing.

Candidates cannot nominate themselves for office. They can stand independently or under a party grouping or affiliation – similar to the process that political parties use in parliamentary elections.

Please do not leave your nomination until the last minute.

Nominators

Nominators for candidates on district councils or for community boards can be residential or ratepayer electors.

Campaigning

Candidates standing for election to a local body or community board can start campaigning at any time and can continue up to and including Election Day, provided the rules set out in Local Electoral Act 2001 and the Local Electoral Regulations are complied with.

Campaign Advertising

Campaign advertising is subject to the following rules:

  • Advertisements are defined as anything published in a newspaper, periodical, notice, poster, pamphlet, handbill, billboard or card, or broadcast over radio or television.
  • Advertisements must be authorised in writing by the candidate or the candidate’s agent.
  • Advertisements must contain a statement setting out the true name and address of the person or persons for whom or at whose direction they are published.
  • Campaign expenses incurred by, or on behalf of, candidates during the three months before polling day (the applicable period) must  be included in the candidate’s electoral expenses return.

Expenditure Limits

Candidate campaigns are subject to the following expenditure limits:

 

Ward/ Community Board Area

Population (June 2012 estimate*)

$ expenditure limit
(incl GST)

Mayoral Candidate

 

48,370

$30,000

District Council Candidate

Golden Bay Ward

4,970

$3,500

Motueka Ward

11,500

$14,000

Moutere/Waimea Ward

12,900

$14,000

Lakes/Murchison Ward

3,500

$3,500

Richmond Ward

15,500

$14,000

Community Board Candidate

Golden Bay Community

4,970

$3,500

Community Board Candidate

Motueka Community

11,500

$14,000

If you are standing for more than one position then the higher limit applies (not both combined).

Full details of the election campaigning rules are included in the Candidate Information Handbook.

Election Hoardings

Councils and government agencies have guidelines regarding putting up election hoardings in the district.

Temporary signs for Local Government elections shall not be erected more than two months before the event and must be removed by midnight the day before the election. For the 2013 local body elections, this means that signage can be erected from Monday 12 August 2013 and must be removed by midnight on Friday 11 October 2013.

Full details are available in the Candidate Information Handbook.

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Time is Running Out on TV TakeBack                               

Have you got an old TV that you want to get rid of?

For a subsidised price of just $5, as part of the TV TakeBack programme, you can dispose of your old non-digital compatible TV and have it recycled. But hurry, the subsidised price at Council Sites will only apply until 8 August 2013, after which time it will rise to $25, to cover the true cost of recycling a TV.

There are three places in Tasman that you can take your old TV – Mariri, Takaka and Richmond Resource Recovery Centres. Noel Leeming (Richmond and Nelson) is continuing to participate in the programme after the 18 August 2013 and the Council congratulates them for their involvement.

More information on Council’s resource recovery centres.

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Brightwater and Wakefield Flood Modelling Key to Strategic Planning               

As part of the Strategic Planning projects in Brightwater and Wakefield the Council will soon receive the results of a flood modelling project for part of the Wai-iti and Wairoa river flood plains, which includes both townships.

The Strategic Planning will among other things, review the current land zoning and consider any new areas that might be suitable for development, or not, as the case may be.

The Wai-iti and Wairoa rivers converge just north of Brightwater and have a history of flooding. The flood modelling has been commissioned by the Council to better understand the flood hazard that may affect future development and in some circumstances, existing developed areas. So it is one of the key factors to consider when deciding where new development may occur.

What Happens Next?

The flood modelling results will be considered by Council staff and presented to the Council. After that, information sessions will be held for the local communities of Brightwater and Wakefield. Following this, there may be some options to consider as part of the strategic planning projects, which may relate to priorities for Council expenditure in the Annual Plan process. The model results are likely to confirm some areas as good for future development, and show the extent of flood hazard risk in other areas.

Information Sessions

The Council will hold the information sessions later this year, and you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have at that time. The session dates will be advertised in Newsline once they have been finalised. In the meantime your contacts are:

For the Brightwater Strategic Planning Project – Rose Biss,  Ph. 03 543 8421.

For the Wakefield Strategic Planning Project – Shelagh Noble,  Ph. 03 543 7229.

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NBus Service Increasingly Popular                               

The NBus service, which travels between Nelson and Richmond, via Tahunanui, Bishopdale and Stoke every 15 minutes at peak times, as well as on local routes in Nelson celebrated its first anniversary recently. And with over 360,000 trips in its first year it is becoming a very well used transport option.

The number of trips between Richmond and Nelson has increased by 50% since this time last year and all indications are that patronage will continue to increase. This has obvious benefits for peak time road congestion and air quality.

A feature of the service is that all the buses have a bike rack on the front of them, capable of holding four bikes at a time. This facility has encouraged commuters to ride to work more often, knowing they can still catch the bus home if they get tired or have too much shopping to carry on their bikes. The buses also have wheelchair access.

Full fare (Richmond to Nelson) for an adult is $4. A range of concessions and multi-trip discounts are available.

For full details on the NBus service, a route map, timetables and to download the phone app go to www.tasman.govt.nz/transport/public-transport

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Community Grants – Grants from Rates                               

Every year Tasman District Council allocates funds from its general rate income for grants to community organisations. These grants are made to organisations whose services and projects provide wide community benefit and wellbeing. The closing date for this year’s applications is 31 August 2013.

There are 10 categories that an organisation can apply under – these are:

  • Community and Economic Development Initiatives
  • Arts/Culture/Heritage
  • Festivals and Events
  • Youth/Children
  • Social Services
  • Beautification Schemes
  • Emergency Services
  • Community Newsletters
  • Community Development Fund (smaller communities)
  • Museums

The grants are in place to provide assistance in specific areas of the organisation’s operations – these are:

  • Administration costs (limited);
  • One-off projects (not major capital projects);
  • Project development costs;
  • Service delivery to the community.

Applicants must clearly detail a specific service and/or outcome that will result from the funding.

Only initiatives within Tasman and/or benefitting Tasman residents will be funded.

Application forms and a grants guide is available on Council’s website,  Community Grants and Funding and from Council’s Office, Service Centres and Libraries.

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Lee Valley Dam Project Manager Appointed                               

The Council has appointed a project manager to assist the Waimea Water Augmentation Committee and Council to progress to the next stages of the Lee Valley Dam project.

This does not meant the dam is a foregone conclusion. However, to build upon the decade of work managed by the voluntary Waimea Water Augmentation Committee, and to provide all the information necessary for an informed decision by Tasman citizens the Council and the Committee believed a full time role had to be established.

Leith Pemberton has been contracted to the role. Leith is a Richmond resident who contracts professionally for local and international project management roles, predominately in agribusiness. He graduated with a BE (Ag) from the University of Canterbury/Lincoln College in the late 70s and specialises in water resources and farm management. His project assignments have included property management and land acquisition for Fonterra in China; for Genestock New Zealand Ltd and the Gallagher Group in the USA. He had a long period as an employee of the Gallagher Group and worked for the former South Canterbury Catchment Board early in his career.

Leith is expected to commence work on the project this month. His first task is to complete a memorandum of understanding between the parties involved in the Waimea Water Augmentation Project including Council, WWAC and its member organisations, and DamCo. This work will encompass the reporting lines and responsibilities of each of the entities involved in the project (including the project manager),  cover the overall work programme, budgets and reporting as well as the other critical aspects of the project.

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Engineering Introductions: Jenna Voigt                               

The Council has recently brought a number of engineering functions in-house, predominantly those regarding the control, planning and development of Tasman’s major infrastructure assets.

The cost benefit alone, approximately $1million per annum, will be visible within three years after the initial costs of the redeployment have been absorbed.

For the next few issues of Newsline we are going to profile some of the engineers now working within Council, their backgrounds, areas of expertise and what makes them tick. In this issue we feature Jenna Voigt, Transportation Network Engineer.

Not many women choose civil engineering as a career path, but Jenna Voigt has been in boots and all since high school.

At 15 a friend suggested the possibility of training as a fitter and turner and on finishing school in Year 13, she did just that. After completing a six month polytech course, an opportunity then came up to join international engineering firm MWH as a cadet. During her time with MWH Jenna completed various qualifications, the latest a Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Highways) where she topped the class for New Zealand.

Recently appointed to oversee Tasman District Council’s roading contract in Golden Bay, Jenna’s mix of skills and technical knowledge are being put to good use.

Working closely with Fulton Hogan, flood repairs and culvert and drainage improvements are her main focus. They provide an “interesting challenge,” she says.

“Reconstructing Swiftsure Street was a great project. It’s a passionate community with some complex engineering needs and wants.”

Jenna has plenty of expertise and experience but it’s her communication skills that win most praise from her colleagues.

“She doesn’t go in all guns blazing telling us ‘this is what we are going to do’,” says Fulton Hogan’s, Golden Bay Area Supervisor, Skin Bruning. “She takes the time to listen and works in well with us.”

Golden Bay Councillor Martine Bouillir says it’s “refreshing” to deal with a woman in the world of engineering. “We’ve had several onsite meetings with residents who had concerns and were able to sort things out pretty quickly through good communication and Jenna’s understanding of the technicalities involved.”

A former dux of Motueka High School, Jenna still lives locally and when she’s not working for the residents and ratepayers of Tasman District, she keeps busy with touch rugby, orienteering and adventure racing. She also manages a netball team.

And if that’s not enough she is following in her grandfather’s footsteps playing the bagpipes in the Motueka Highland Pipe Band.

Keeping a look out in upcoming editions of Newsline for more engineering profiles.

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