Newsline 306 - 30 August 2013

Friday 30 August 2013

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How is Council Performing? Annual Residents Survey 2013

Over 70% of people in the Council’s Annual Residents Survey said they are satisfied with how Council spends rates on the services and facilities it provides.

Since 1996 Tasman District Council has commissioned a survey to capture residents’ views on a range of services delivered by the Council. The survey is undertaken by the National Research Bureau (NRB) to ensure independence and impartiality.

A total of 402 residents over 18 years of age were surveyed, with the interviews spread across the five wards and various age brackets to ensure a representative sample. The survey was conducted by telephone between 17 and 26 May 2013.

The results cover resident’s levels of satisfaction with Council services. They also provide data on where people find out information about the Council and on what Council decisions they approve or disapprove of. The information on levels of satisfaction with Council services has been compared to the peer group (similar local authorities) and the national average of all local authorities.

Overall the results are similar to those from the 2012 survey. The activities with the greatest change in level of satisfaction from last year’s survey, indicating a perceived improvement, are parking in your local area, footpaths, sewerage systems, Council’s rubbish collection service, stormwater drainage and harbourmaster and maritime safety services. The activities with the greatest change in levels of being not very satisfied, indicating a perceived decline, are parking, environmental information and stormwater drainage.

The activities with the highest levels of satisfaction, those where it is perceived Council is doing a good job, are recreational facilities, parking in your local town, public libraries, kerbside recycling services, dog control, roads, footpaths and environmental information.

Some new questions were asked in this year’s survey covering emergency management, Tasman’s Great Taste Trail, trust and confidence in Council decision-making, satisfaction with Council’s public consultation processes and Council’s current debt levels. The results from the survey will be useful to Council in future decision making.

To view the full report, and those from previous years, go to www.tasman.govt.nz/policy/reports/resident-survey/

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Rates Issues

Overall, 71% of Tasman District’s residents are ‘very satisfied’ or ‘fairly satisfied’ with the way rates are spent on services and facilities provided by the Council, 23% are ‘not very satisfied’.

Contact with Council

Residents are most likely to contact Council Offices/staff (83%) first if you have a matter to raise with Council, while 9% make contact with a councillor.

Of the residents who had contacted Council in the last 12 months, 86% were satisfied with the service they received, 13% weren’t very satisfied. This is an improvement on last years figures.

Tasman’s Great Taste Trail

55% of residents have biked or walked along part of Tasman’s Great Taste Trail. 97% were ‘very satisfied’ or ‘satisfied’ with the experience.

Seen, Read or Heard Information from Council

94% of residents say they have seen, read or heard information from Council in the last 12 months in the form of:

  • Newsline 94%
  • Council adverts in newspapers 75%
  • Long-Term Plan 49%
  • Draft Annual Plan or Draft Annual Plan Summary 46%
  • Council adverts on radio 42%
  • Information from Council Offices or Libraries 40%

Sufficiency of Information Supplied by Council

79% of residents feel that there is ‘enough’ or ‘more than enough’ information supplied by Council, while 17% feel there is ‘not enough’ or ‘nowhere near enough’ information supplied.

Emergency Preparedness

69% or residents have an emergency kit or some emergency supplies in their house. 31% do not.

About the Survey

This NRB Communitrak survey was conducted with 402 residents of the Tasman District and was framed on the basis of wards. All interviews were conducted on the telephone. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 4%. Figures do not always add up to 100% due to rounding.

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Further Notice of Election

Nominations have now closed for the 2013 triennial local authority elections. Listed on this page are details of the confirmed candidates for elections in the Tasman District area.

Where elections are required they will be conducted by postal voting. Voting documents will be sent out to electors on the roll between 20 and 25 September 2013. Voting will open on Friday 20 September 2013 and will close at 12 noon on Saturday 12 October 2013.

Enrolment and Special Voting Arrangements

Residents and ratepayers within the Tasman area who are not listed on the final electoral rolls for these elections can enrol at Post Shops, or at Council offices.

Special voting facilities will be available during normal office hours at the Richmond Office of Tasman District Council between Friday 20 September and Friday 11 October 2013 and from 9.00 am to 12 noon on Saturday 12 October 2013.

For all Election enquiries please contact:

Sandra Hartley, Electoral Officer, Tasman District Council, Private Bag 4, Richmond 7050, sandra.hartley@tasman.govt.nz
Phone: 03 543 8554

TASMAN DISTRICT COUNCIL

(First past the post electoral system)

Mayor (1 required)

  • CLARK Maxwell
  • KEMPTHORNE Richard (Independent)
  • MALING Kit (Independent)
  • RICHARDS Steve
  • WATSON Gary

Golden Bay Ward (2 required)

  • BOUILLIR Martine
  • SANGSTER Paul
  • TURNER Reg (Independent)

Lakes/Murchison Ward (1 required)

  • BRYANT Stuart
  • WILSON Sue (Independent)

Motueka Ward (3 required)

  • BLACKHAM Paul
  • CANTON Peter (Independent)
  • DOWLER Barry
  • FORDE Tara
  • FRANCIS Rob (Independent)
  • INGLIS Jack
  • JEWELL Gail

Moutere/Waimea Ward (3 required)

  • ENSOR Brian
  • KING Tim
  • NORRISS Trevor

As the number of nominations received did not exceed the number of vacancies, Brian ENSOR, Tim KING and Trevor NORRISS are declared elected unopposed as Members for the Moutere/Waimea Ward of the Tasman District Council.

Richmond Ward (4 required)

  • CUMPSTONE John
  • CURRIE Gordon
  • EDGAR Judene
  • GREENING Mark
  • HIGGINS Michael
  • MIRFIN Zane Stuart (Independent)
  • PUGH Janine
  • TURLEY Alan

Golden Bay Community Board (4 required)

  • BLACKIE Alan
  • DELCEG Michael
  • GAMBY Leigh
  • GOWLAND Dave
  • JOHNSTON Lynne
  • MCLELLAN Carolyn
  • PAWLEY Jon

Motueka Community Board (4 required)

  • COLE Anna Louise
  • GLEW Linda (Independent)
  • HAWKES Paul
  • HORRELL Richard Charles
  • LEEGWATER Boris
  • LELONG Dave
  • LODER Russell (Independent)
  • OGILVIE David
  • RILEY Kendall
  • SATHERLEY Cliff R
  • WENSLEY Dana
  • WOODGATE Linda

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Rural Land Use and Subdivision Rules Review

Over the last 15 years the Tasman District has experienced continuing pressure for subdivision and development, particularly residential development, in rural areas including on land with high productive value.

This is a powerful force for change in rural areas and the Council wants to discuss with the community to decide what you want to see happen, now and for the future. It is an issue that affects the whole District not just rural areas.

The main areas of change revolve around what people can do with their land and how this affects productive opportunities. In some rural areas which have become relatively urbanised, there is fragmentation of productive land; a decline in the amount of land available for soil-based production; and cross boundary effects from diverse and competing land uses.

Also, there are ongoing changes in the nature of productive activities. Some land is being farmed more intensively and more land is being used for horticulture and dairying than in the past.

As a result of these challenges, the Council has started a community engagement process to obtain information about:

  • How rural housing rules could be changed to reflect demands from the rural community;
  • The value to be placed on retaining productive land for productive purposes while managing the demand for subdivision; and
  • How best to manage the effects of business activities in rural areas.

This is the first stage of a thorough review in which the preferences of the Tasman community are being sought. This round of consultation is focussed on setting a direction for the development of draft planning proposals. This is the beginning of a conversation, forming part of a plan change process that will provide various opportunities for people to contribute as it unfolds.

The Council has developed printed and online material to help those wishing to contribute to this consultation process. This material includes a background information paper and an issues and options discussion document which enables people to indicate preferences and comment on a number of key issues.

Also a number of public meetings are being held throughout the District where we will be having a discussion about the issues and options. The meeting schedule is set out below. At most of the venues, the meetings will have two parts. The first part will provide people with the opportunity to drop in and discuss matters with key staff. In the second part, a short Council presentation on issues and options will be followed by a workshop session.

Further information can be found on Council’s website www.tasman.govt.nz in the public consultation section.

Drop-in Sessions and Public Meetings

VenueDateTime
Riwaka Hall 9 September 2013 Public Meeting: 7.00 pm – 8.30 pm
Brightwater Hall 10 September 2013 Drop in Session: 3.00 pm – 5.00 pm 
Public Meeting: 7.00 pm – 8.30 pm
Ngatimoti Hall 11 September 2013

Drop in Session: 3.00 pm – 5.00 pm

Public Meeting: 7.00 pm – 8.30 pm

Murchison,

Beechwoods Cafe

13 September 2013 Drop in Session: 11.45 am – 4.30 pm
Tapawera Centre 16 September 2013 Public Meeting: 7.00 pm – 8.30 pm
Richmond,

Council Chambers

17 September 2013

Industry Sector Meeting 3.00 pm - 5.00 pm 

Public Meeting: 7.00 pm – 8.30 pm

Lower Moutere Hall  19 September 2013

Drop in Session: 3.00 pm – 5.00 pm

Public Meeting: 7.00 pm – 8.30 pm 

Takaka Bowling Club

20 September 2013

Drop in Session: 3.00 pm – 5.00 pm

Public Meeting: 7.00 pm – 8.30 pm

 

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Pest of the Month – Boneseed

Boneseed (Chrysanthemoides monilifera) is a native of South Africa and was introduced as a garden plant for its yellow daisy-like flowers. It forms a 2-3 metre high shrub with ribbed stems and woolly serrated leathery leaves. Its attractive bright yellow flowers appear from September to February and this aids identification and locating infestations.

Boneseed is found in coastal sites where it tolerates shallow soils, rock outcrops, salt-laden winds, fire and drought. It rapidly colonises disturbed sites and outgrows native plants. Boneseed is readily spread by birds that eat the black fleshy berries, each containing one large seed, which is then passed by the bird, some distance from the parent plant. The seeds have a very hard coating, hence the name boneseed. This coating allows the seed to remain viable for a long time.

Plants are relatively easy to control as you can hand pull them when they are flowering, before they form seed. Leave them to dry and rot down. If seed is present, remove and destroy it. Plants that are too large to be pulled can be cut off at ground level and the stump treated with 100 ml per litre of glyphosate or Vigilant gel.

In our region, the Nelson Port Hills Containment Area has a major infestation where boneseed is too widely spread to justify treatment. Outside this containment area, occupiers must control all plants. This includes Rabbit Island, Kina Beach and Penisula, Jackett Island, Motueka, Kaiterteri, Pohara, Parapara and Collingwood.

The Tasman-Nelson Regional Pest Management Strategy has classified boneseed as a Progressive Control plant, which requires occupiers to control it outside of the Nelson Port Hills Containment Area. Occupiers who think they have the plant and want further information on control methods and herbicide types, can phone a Biosecurity Officer on Ph. 04 543 8400.

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Industry Training Graduation

Over 50 graduates received certificates acknowledging their achievements in a broad spectrum of industries at the 2013 Industry Training Graduation, held on Tuesday 13 August 2013 at the Annesbrook Church and Community Centre.

Industries represented included hairdressing, the electrical supply industry, building and construction, community support services, engineering and manufacturing, horticulture, civil construction, first line management and security, agrichemical, the automotive and seafood industry, retail, plumbing and gasfitting.

The Tasman and Nelson Mayors were present to acknowledge the graduates and their achievements, along with Bill Findlater, the CEO of the Nelson Regional Economic Development Agency. A large number of friends, family and employers of the graduates were also there to join in the celebrations.

The Nelson Tasman Industry Training Graduation is one of many such annual events that take place throughout the country to celebrate the individuals who have taken the time and put in the hours to attain a qualification while working in their industry of choice.

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