Newsline 307 - 13 September 2013

Friday 13 September 2013

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Kaiteriteri Access to Improve Following Agreement

The improvements to the road to Kaiteriteri and beyond are to progress now an agreement between the adjacent landowners and the Council is complete.

The Pukekoikoi (Turner’s Bluff) section of the road from Riwaka to the holiday mecca of Kaiteriteri and the Abel Tasman National Park was recognised as a geotechnical risk in 2009 due to its coastal location and underlying Separation Point granite. Since that time it has been operating under controlled conditions following minor slips and a narrowing of the road, with the Council and community looking for long term solutions to the road’s layout and construction.

The need for a sustainable solution to the increasing traffic on this road, particularly over the summer months, has only become more pressing while the options were investigated and necessary negotiations  took place.

During the initial investigation, and preliminary work on one such solution in early 2012, a historic pa site was discovered causing a complete review of the route and it associated construction. In association with Historic Places Trust, Iwi, and the landowners, the Council has struck an agreement to allow the construction of the road to go ahead on an alternative alignment, as well as the creation of a nationally significant historic site.

This agreement has seen a compromise from all parties to enable this important project to move forward, said Tasman District Council’s CEO Lindsay McKenzie.

“The multiple interests involved in the project made an already complex roading issue even more so. Without the willingness to find a solution by all the parties concerned, we would still be round the table placing the long term access to this coastal treasure at risk.”

“We should thank all the parties involved for their perseverance and efforts to ensure we got to a solution.”

Construction on the new two lane road through Pukekoikoi, taking account of the challenging terrain and the interests of all parties involved, will begin before Christmas as part of a wider programme of works on the road from Riwaka, with completion in the first half of 2014.

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Rubbish on the Riverbank

Most people hate the casual dropping of rubbish. It makes our home and the places we all use and cherish untidy, it’s dangerous to wildlife and it just means that someone else has to pick it up. It is especially annoying when the nearest rubbish bin is only a few steps away.

Someone in Takaka has taken this annoying habit to a whole new level and is using the riverbank as their private rubbish dump. Not only does this ruin the river as a public amenity, it also creates a health risk,  a home for vermin and is totally unacceptable.

The most annoying thing for the Council staff is that on top of the jobs they already have to do elsewhere, the cleanup is going to cost ratepayers nearly $12,000. In essence, five ratepayers have donated their entire rates bill to cleaning up the rubbish dumped by some uncaring local.

The maximum fine for this offence, if someone is caught, under the Resource Management Act is $250,000. A fine of this level would go some way to offsetting the cost of illegal dumping of rubbish particularly on riverbanks throughout the District.

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Building Consents

The Council’s building consent department is currently experiencing slight delays in processing and approving consent applications. While well over 90% of the applications are making it through the process within the 20-day target period, with a high percentage of those well within that, there are a small number that are not.

The delays are due to a recent and ongoing surge in application numbers. Despite the current national shortage of inspectors and assessors, a number of additional resources have been called in and it is expected that the normal timeliness of processing will resume shortly.

Making sure all the material required for any application you lodge is available would also go a long way to ensuring a speedy application process. If you experience a delay on our part, then we apologise in advance for the inconvenience, and assure you that this is only a temporary set-back.

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Promote Your Summer Event in Hummin’

Would you like to promote your summer event to thousands of visitors and locals for free?

Every year Tasman District Council produces Hummin’ in Tasman, a summer guide for locals and visitors to help promote the events, attractions and businesses of the Tasman District. 20,000 copies of Hummin’ in Tasman are distributed free through i-SITEs, libraries, Council Service Centres, campgrounds, the Richmond Mall, Nelson Airport and many other outlets across  the region.

This year Hummin’ will include the details of events running in the Tasman District between 15 November 2013 and Easter 2014. Event information will be taken from the It’s On website. If you have an event you want promoted to over 20,000 people, make sure it’s listed on ‘It’s On’ before Monday 30 September 2013.

If you are unable to add your event’s details to the It’s On website, please email through full event details to Mike Tasman-Jones (mike.tasman-jones@tasman.govt.nz) at Tasman District Council before 5.00 pm  on Monday 30 September 2013.

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Council Supports Mapua Hall Project

In the last few weeks the District has seen a partnership between the Council a local community result in a positive outcome with the opening of the Mapua Hall after its reconstruction.

This outcome was driven by the good work and collective effort of people within the community and it was this work and initiative that provided the Council the ability to financially support the project.

In becoming a partner the Council is able to provide not only the funding but also a legal entity through which the funding or process can be managed on behalf of the wider District.

In the case of the Mapua Hall the funding of $829,000 was made available through the District Facilities Rate. The rate is paid by all Tasman ratepayers to fund facilities we can all enjoy throughout the District.

In the past this rate has been used to support the Upper Moutere Community Centre and the Murchison Recreation Centre. It is proposed that next year the fund will be used to support the currently planned Golden Bay Community Recreation development.

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The Friendly Dutch Connection

Tasman District has special recognised relationships with three different ‘Friendly Towns’ around the world; Kiyosato and Fujimi Machi in Japan and Grootegast in Holland.

The purpose of these relationships is to encourage economic and cultural relations between our Districts, enabling us to broaden our understanding of each others cultures and learn from how we tackle the common challenges faced in our daily lives.

On a recent trip to Holland Councillor Eileen Wilkins visited the Mayor of Grootegast. Tasman District’s relationship with Grootegast carries a special significance. Abel Tasman was born in Lutjegast, in the Grootegast municipality. Tasman is the earliest recorded European visitor to New Zealand in 1642. Tasman District, Tasman Bay, Tasman Sea, Tasman Village and Abel Tasman National Park all bear his name.

Cr. Wilkins presented the Mayor with a certificate to commemorate her visit and reaffirmed Tasman District’s commitment to our  ongoing friendship.

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Arts Festival Talent to Entertain Tasman

The programme for the 2013 Nelson Arts Festival has been announced with Tasman District Council contributing as a silver sponsor to enable shows to be held in the Tasman District.

The programme includes a quality line-up of talent that will perform in Tasman, between 11 and 28 October 2013:

  • The Shogun Orchestra – Wellington’s 10-piece group known for its exotic melodies and rhythms, 19 October 2013 at Neudorf Vineyards.
  • Bill Manhire – world-renowned poet delivers his poetry in the vineyard, 28 October 2013 at Woollaston Estates.
  • The Explorer’s Club: Antarctica – this is the classic tales of Captain Scott and Ernest Shackleton. 17 October 2013 at The Playhouse and 18 October 2013 at The Mussel Inn in Golden Bay.

The full Festival programme is available at Tasman District Council’s Service Centres, Libraries and various local retailers. Tickets and further information are available at www.nelsonartsfestival.co.nz

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Customer Services Team Thanked

The Council’s Customer Services team is trained to deal with out-of-the-ordinary situations, but a well known radio DJ turning up with a hamper of goodies for morning tea is extraordinary even by their standards.

The Richmond Service Centre’s staff were nominated for the Classic Hits ‘Workplace Morning Tea Shout’ by an anonymous person for always being happy to help and welcoming, and were rewarded with a food hamper hand delivered by DJ Jordan Brannigan.

“It’s really nice to know that the service our team gives is appreciated, and we’d like to thank whoever nominated us”, said Suzanne Westley, Council’s Customer Services Manager.

“We have to be prepared to deal with all sorts of different situations every day, and the team works hard to make sure that we give all of our customers the same level of service in a polite, professional and respectful way.”

You can contact Council’s Customer Services team 24 hours a day, seven days a week on Phone 03 543 8400.

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Mapua – Books & Bargains

Like a bargain? Like books? Then here’s an opportunity too good to miss.

The volunteers of Mapua Community Library are hosting their  spring book sale at the library on Aranui Road, Mapua on Saturday  21 September 2013 from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm. New, donated and surplus books from 50 cents, just waiting for a good home. And why not make a morning of it? The new Mapua Community Hall opens its doors to the Coastal Garden Group on the same day, presenting arts, crafts and a festival of flowers in its annual Spring Show.

The notion of a library in Mapua was conceived 70 years ago. From humble beginnings the library at the heart of the village, run totally by volunteers, now has 1200 families registered to borrow books at no charge from a light, bright modern facility.

Whilst fundraising remains important for the provision of books, the library receives financial support from its major sponsors, Canterbury Community Trust,  the Lion Foundation and Tasman District Council.

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ASB Aquatic Centre Wins Top Award

The ASB Aquatic Centre in Richmond has been awarded the Facility of the Year title in the 2013 CLM Awards, as well as picking up the awards for Most Improved Fitness Centre and Most Improved Shop.

“It’s really great for us to be recognised as the best, out of all the CLM managed facilities”, said Vaughan Hope, Manager of the centre. “The staff here work really hard to ensure our visitors enjoy themselves – whether they are here for fitness, learning to swim or just for some fun. When we opened the gym and sauna facility it really extended what we can offer to our customers, and these awards help to confirm that we are not only meeting national standards, but exceeding them.”

The ASB Aquatic Centre was built using Council funding, donations and community fund raising. CLM operates the ASB Aquatic Centre on behalf of Tasman District Council, along with 25 other leisure facilities throughout New Zealand.

For more information on what the centre has to offer go to www.clmnz.co.nz/asb/

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Cawthron ‘Church Steps’ Centenary

The community are invited to share in celebrations marking 100 years of the Nelson Church Steps, the iconic landmark that was donated by Thomas Cawthron – the founder of the Cawthron Institute.

The celebrations begin at 4.00 pm on Friday 20 September 2013 at the granite Cawthron Steps, known colloquially as the Church Steps, in Nelson.

The granite steps, the earlier wooden steps and the original path, have been a central meeting point for all manner of gatherings since the earliest days of the colony of Nelson. Over the years they have been the venue of royal weddings, coronations and visits, farewells and welcome home parades for troops, ANZAC services, protest rallies, parades, art installations, festivals and so much more.

The steps are a true regional landmark.

Hon. Chris Finlayson, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage will be unveiling a new historic plaque in honour of 100 years of great memories. So come along and help create some new memories.

The celebrations will be led by the Nelson Cathedral Choir and will end with a haka from Nelson Boys College. 100 children from Central School choir will be also singing and releasing 100 balloons.

For more information go to  www.itson.co.nz/2013/6690-church-steps-centenary

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