Newsline 310 - 25 October 2013

Friday 25 October 2013

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Elections Summary 2013

In the recent elections more than 17,500 residents – nearly 50% – took the opportunity  to vote for Council and Community Board representatives for the next three years.

Richard Kempthorne was elected into his third term as Mayor, receiving over 6,500 votes and all of the existing Councillors and Community Board members who were standing were re-elected.

The Mayoral race was closely fought between the five candidates and saw Kit Maling taking the runner up spot with a solid 5,795 votes received, followed by Maxwell Clark, Steve Richards and Gary Watson.

The Golden Bay ward re-elected its existing councillors, Martine Bouillir and Paul Sangster, whilst the Lakes Murchison ward re-elected Stuart Bryant who continues his 14-year run of service to the local community. Voter turnout in Golden Bay was 55% and 46% in Lakes/Murchison.

The Richmond ward re-elected Judene Edgar and Zane Mirfin into their third and second terms respectively and chose to fill the two vacant seats with returning Councillor Michael Higgins and Mark Greening. Voter turnout in Richmond was 50%.

Motueka ward chose a balance of new and experienced with its selection of returning Councillors Jack Inglis and Barry Dowler who are joined at the Council table by first time Councillor Peter Canton. Voter turnout in Motueka was 49%.

The Moutere/Waimea ward was uncontested as only existing Councillors Tim King, Trevor Norris and Brian Ensor stood, this means that all three return to the Council table this term.

In the Community Board polls Motueka welcomes new member Richard Horrell who joins David Ogilvie, Paul Hawkes and Cliff Satherley.

In Golden Bay returning community board members Carolyn McLellan and Leigh Gamby are joined by Dave Gowland and Alan Blackie.

The new Council will be sworn in on 24 October 2013 at the Council Chambers in Richmond. The Motueka and Golden Bay Community Boards will be sworn in on 1 November 2013.

A full breakdown of voting statistics can be found on the council website,

Tasman District Council Election Results

Election Results

The Tasman results for the 2013 Local Government Elections.

Mayor

Richard Kempthorne, returning Mayor

Married to Jane for 34 years, four children, lived 21 years on an orchard in Appleby and for the last 11 years in Richmond. Served as a Tasman District Councillor for six years and as Mayor since 2007.

“I’ve been privileged to have been Mayor of the Tasman District for the last six years and am delighted and thankful to have been re-elected. During my time as Mayor I believe my vision and leadership has been instrumental in helping our District maintain its positive and progressive outlook. I am a decisive leader and communicator, working cooperatively with a wide cross section of groups both within our community and nationally.

I work constructively with adjoining Councils and have recently chaired the South Island Strategic Alliance, a collective of South Island Councils. I support the development of attractive, vibrant, well connected towns and providing core services at an affordable cost.

I will protect the long-term quality of our environment and encourage innovative business development.

I will continue to work for a business friendly Council, aiming to reduce unnecessary costs and timeframes.”

Golden Bay

Martine Bouillir

“I have enjoyed the challenge of being District Councillor for the past three years. I consider it a full-time commitment. My strength lies in clear communication and practical skills, which have enabled me to develop positive relationships within the Council and improve the information flow between the Community Board, the Council and community. My regular email newsletter, sent to 700 people, keeps those whom I represent up-to-date with what is relevant in local, regional and national politics.

I look forward to an exciting and challenging new term.”

Paul Sangster

“I have lived in Golden Bay since 1967 and have served 20 years on the Council as Golden Bay ward representative. I have a heart for the Golden Bay community, an in-depth knowledge of its history and a passion for its future. I have proved to be committed, hard working and energetic. I am able to communicate with a large cross-section of the community through my many involvements and interests. I believe I have the knowledge and dedication to represent this District in an honest and sound way.”

Lakes-Murchison

Stuart Bryant

“I have 14 years experience as a Councillor, the last six being the only representative for the Lakes-Murchison ward.

My priorities and goals are: to keep rates as affordable as possible; the improvement and maintenance of rural roads; protection and enhancement of infrastructure such as water, wastewater and stormwater services; and environmental sustainability. For the last three years I have chaired the Environment & Planning Committee.  I am committed to the preservation of existing community facilities, especially in local communities.”

Motueka

Jack Inglis, ONZM, QSM.

“As well as being an existing Tasman District Councillor I am involved in many fundraising and business activities and have a long record of serving the Motueka community.

I believe that work needs to be done to sort out the stop banks of our regions rivers, especially the Motueka River, where the risk of the town flooding remains a threat. We need to redevelop the Kaiteriteri Road and open the sand spit at Motueka. Rate affordability and the creation of jobs for the District is also key.”

Peter Canton

“I’m a fifth generation resident of Motueka and am married to Anne-Maree with two sons Mitchell and Harrison. My hobbies are mountain biking, tramping, scuba diving, toastmasters and watching my wife catch fish. I have coached junior rugby and actively fund raised for schools and clubs.

I am delighted to have been elected as a Councillor and am focused on giving Motueka a voice at the Council table. It’s time to encourage our Council to say what we can do, not what we can’t do. It’s time to put Motueka on the map.”

Barry Dowler

“As a resident of Motueka Ward and returning Councillor, I am really pleased to have been chosen to represent the people of Motueka again. The next three years are again very important for the District, with several major decisions looming regarding water supply, wastewater management, stormwater management, other District assets and Business Units. Motueka Ward is faced with the wastewater treatment plant, river stop bank upgrade, Port Motueka issues, road issues and continual upgrading of infrastructure that is near or past its used by date.

All to be done while trying to keep rates affordable. Strong governance is required. Thank you for your support.”

Richmond

Judene Edgar

“I have worked hard as a Councillor for six years to represent the people of Tasman and I am privileged to have the opportunity once again. I will continue to provide a grounded viewpoint based on an understanding of the pressures affecting families, retired people, businesses and the community in general.

Tasman District’s growth and the delivery of services and infrastructure need to be strategically planned and well managed so that rates are affordable and debt is at a sustainable level. We must protect our natural environment and productive land while enabling economic development, employment opportunities and the provision of community facilities.”

Michael Higgins

“It is important for Richmond to have representation that considers and debates issues, seeking positive outcomes. I will strive for affordability and quality living, economic production of goods and opportunities to grow.

I support co-operation with Nelson City in delivery of services, decision making and cost reduction. I understand the economic challenge of the proposed Lee Valley Dam and will weigh consultation fairly.

I am deeply committed to this region. I have the experience, know the job and am happy to be given the opportunity to work hard for the people of Richmond.”

Zane Mirfin

“I’m a sixth generation Tasman resident and enjoy the outdoor recreational opportunities our region provides.

Tasman has many challenges. Council debt is top priority and we must go back to basics, re-evaluate projects, control costs, limit borrowing, and repay debt while still providing essential services such as libraries, stormwater drainage, and quality drinking water for Richmond residents.”

Mark Greening

“I stand for sensible spending decisions, so our rates are not wasted; fixing the big problems first, like stormwater; improving our water supply, not charging more for it; good town planning for all our community; investing in our libraries and recreational facilities for our youth, and those not so young; supporting free WiFi and establishing new ITC businesses here, and a Council that listens to your concerns, and does something about them.”

Moutere/Waimea

Brian Ensor

“I have been a ratepayer in the Moutere/Waimea Ward for 28 years and your representative on the Council for the last six years.

My key priorities are to focus the Council spending on core infrastructure, reducing debt, ensuring well-planned urban growth, protecting our high quality productive land for future generations and addressing the increasing shortage of water. I am committed to the sustainable management of our environment and supportive of initiatives to address the challenges of Climate Change.”

Tim King

“I love living in Tasman and raising our family in an area with such great access to the rivers, lakes, mountains, and sea that surround us. Maintaining the character and environment of the region while enabling economic growth is the challenge.

Supporting our rural industries, focusing on core infrastructure, providing more efficient services to people, planning the development of our communities, managing our use of resources, and building on the great recreational opportunities we already have are key.”

Trevor Norriss

“As an experienced Councillor I will continue to focus on the delivery of core services at affordable levels; development and maintenance of core infrastructure; protection of our special environment; and managing sustainable economic growth in urban and rural areas. These continue to be major challenges for the Council.”

Motueka Community Board

Carolyn McLellan, Dave Gowland, Leigh Gamby,  Alan Blackie.

Golden Bay Community Board

David Ogilvie, Paul Hawkes, Richard Horrell,  Cliff Satherley.

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Annual Report 2012/2013 Shows Solid Progress Being Made

The Council’s Annual Report 2012/2013 was adopted on 26 September 2013 at the last Full Council meeting of this three-year term.

The Annual Report is the document that summarises the progress the Council made over the last 12 months in achieving the goals it set out in its Annual or Long Term Plan. The Annual Report findings reflect the previous plan’s activity line by line, so ratepayers have the ability to see clearly where their investment has been placed throughout the District.

The 2012/2013 Annual Report shows the Council is in a very positive financial position, with a range of improvements being made to the District’s facilities and services.

During the last 12 months the Council has also had to plan for the future, working with the community on meeting expected growth and increased demand on services and facilities. Plan Changes, such as those currently being consulted on, are important to create a district that meets growth and provides a range of living options for residents.

The Council is very mindful that the money it spends comes from residents, ratepayers and businesses.

Tasman District Council’s mission is to “enhance community well-being and quality of life”, and the services that we have provided this year were focused on delivering on this promise.

Mayor’s and Chief Executive Officer’s Overview

The last year has been very positive, financially and with a number of improvements to the facilities and services provided to Tasman residents and businesses. Two examples are the development of Tasman’s Great Taste Trail, which is expected to bring an additional $20 million per annum into our region once it is completed, and Council support for the redevelopment of the Mapua Hall.

During the year the Council has also been planning for the future and working with the community on meeting expected growth. Plan Changes such as those currently being consulted on for Motueka, and discussions with the community on the options for rural land use, and intensification of residential development in Richmond are some of the projects that we have been working on. Public feedback on these Plan Changes is important to create a District that meets growth and provides a range of living options for residents.

Extreme rainfall events have once again been the main challenge in the past year. In April 2013 residents and businesses in Richmond as well as in neighbouring Stoke were subjected to flooding when over 100mm of rain fell in just one hour. The community responded amazingly to this event and helped each other through. Following submissions to the Draft Annual Plan the Council allocated $500,000 towards improving the stormwater systems in the Champion Road area. Work has already started on this project and the intention is that the stormwater system will be upgraded to manage a 1-in-100 year rainfall event.

It takes time to recover and rebuild from severe weather events. The rainfall in December 2011 required work to be undertaken in other parts of the District. The Council also brought forward work on the Pohara water treatment plant as a result of this storm.

We are very mindful that the money the Council spends comes from residents, ratepayers and businesses. An important project this year that will improve services and also reduce costs was bringing back in-house some of the engineering services that were previously provided by consultants. This project is already providing benefits with Council having improved access to information on its assets and being better able to respond to customer needs. We have also retendered a number of contracts in other activity areas and achieved cost savings as a result.

The 2012/13 year was a good one in financial terms. The Council debt at the end of June 2013 was $158 million (excluding joint venture share of borrowings), which was under budget. That is a good result because our borrowing was ahead of budget at the beginning of the year. During the year Council purchased $23.7 million of additional assets and spent $79.6 million on services. The Council continues to be in a strong financial position. Ratepayers’ equity increased during the year from $1.130 billion to $1.186 billion. We have significant financial challenges ahead and work is underway to address them.

Tasman District Council’s mission is to “enhance community well-being and quality of life”, and the services that we have provided this year were focused on delivering on this promise. It is a pity that so much of what Council does and provides is unseen by the casual observer – the new pipes that are buried, the trees that are planted, the road resealed, the grants given, water and air measurements taken, the conflicts resolved and so on. If you would like to find out more about what we have achieved, please read on. Finally, thank you on behalf of councillors and the members of our staff for the contribution so many  of you have made, directly as well as by supporting the work of Council, to help us achieve our vision for Tasman.

Richard Kempthorne, Mayor

Lindsay McKenzie, Chief Executive Officer

How Well Did Council Perform?

We have 91 measures that we report on for our performance. We met 60 of these fully, 13 were significantly achieved, 12 were not achieved, and there were four that we did not have the full information available to report on. We have set ourselves high targets and some we missed achieving by only a small margin e.g. our target for processing building consent applications was that we would complete 100% of these within the statutory time limits. We achieved 98%, this is therefore classified as significantly achieving the target.

 Target Fully AchievedTarget Significantly AchievedNot AchievedNot Measured

Environmental Management

10

4

2

 

Public Health and Safety

8

2

2

 

Transport

9

 

 

 

Coastal Structures

2

 

 

 

Water

4

1

2

 

Wastewater

5

 

1

 

Stormwater

2

 

2

1

Solid waste

3

2

1

 

Flood protection

5

0

1

1

Community Facilities

9

2

1

 

Recreational and Cultural Services

3

 

2

 

Governance

2

 

0

2

TOTAL

62

11

14

4

Interesting Facts for the 2012/2013 Year:

  • Over 700,000 books, magazines and CDs were issued by our libraries
  • The Council received over 80,000 phone calls, with 17,000 of these being requests for service
  • Thousands of plants were planted by members of the public with Council support, as part of Community Planting Days
  • On average, over 500 people attend each community event supported by the Council.

Community Outcomes

Council has eight Community Outcomes – these are the outcomes Council and community are working towards to improve community well-being. They reflect what Council and the community see as important both now and to achieve in the future. Many of the activities of Council contribute to more than one Community Outcome, and the following sections provide examples of the work that Council has done over the last twelve months towards achieving these outcomes.

1. Protecting our environment

What did we do during the year?
  • Motueka West and Motueka Central plan changes publicly notified
  • Ecofest
  • Aorere River quality monitoring
How well did we perform?

Reporting on Dairy Effluent Discharges – achieved

A report is required to be provided to the Council each year on dairy effluent discharges. The report for the last financial year was submitted in September 2012. Each farm is assessed against Resource Consent conditions, and 94.4% were Fully Compliant,  4.2% were Non-compliant, 1.4% were significantly Non-Compliant.

2. Our urban and rural environments are pleasant, safe and sustainably managed

What did we do during the year?
  • Release of higher density housing consultation
  • Open day for Motueka wastewater treatment plant
  • Other projects

Other work that commenced or was ongoing during the year ranged from large projects such as the Waimea Water Management Plan Change, through to smaller, but still very important work like working with the community to find and eliminate the Great White Butterfly.

How well did we perform?

Air Quality – not met

The Council has the aim of meeting the Air Quality National Environmental Standard by 2020. During the 2012 winter there were 16 exceedances, five more than the previous winter. The maximum 24-hour concentration was also the highest for three years. We will continue to run the “Good Wood” programme to promote the use of dryer and cleaner burning wood, but rules and enforcement actions are also available to the Council to meet this medium term objective.

3. Providing you with infrastructure that is safe and efficient

What did we do during the year?
  • Managing impact of flood events and planning for the future
  • Matakitaki river project
How well did we perform?

Reduced the number of serious and fatal crashes – achieved

The Council works with the community and government agencies to reduce the number of fatal and serious injury crashes. Our objective is to reduce these and the measure that is used is the number of serious accidents on Council roads, not including State Highways. The trend shows a decrease over the last few years, although it is not statistically significant.

Reduce the number of temporary boil water notices issued –  not achieved

The target for this is for there to be no temporary boil water notices, however during the year three had to be issued, one each for Eighty Eight Valley, Motueka and Richmond.

4. Helping our communities to be healthy  and resilient

What did we do during the year?
  • Emergency Management exercises – New Zealand Shakeout
How well did we perform?

Residents satisfaction with Council’s civil defence emergency management work – achieved

In our Residents’ survey 69% of respondents who had sufficient information to comment, stated that they were satisfied with the Council’s civil defence emergency management work.

5. Respecting our history, heritage and culture

What did we do during the year?
  • Natural Burial area at Rototai cemetery
  • Iwi and Maori contributions to decision making
How well did we perform?

Funding for Museums and The Suter Art Gallery

Tasman Bay Heritage Trust received funding of $807,221 for the year ended 30 June 2013 and Council also provides the Trust with free use of a storage facility, costing $93,433. Local museums are also supported with $42,000 going to the Motueka District Museum, and $42,500 to Golden Bay Museum. Council has continued to provide The Suter Art Gallery annual funding of $82,772.

6.  Providing you with cultural, social, educational and recreational services

What did we do during the year?
  • Various events and facilities for the 2012/2013 year

As well as supporting cultural and recreational services under the history and cultural services Community Outcome above, Council provides a wide range of other services for residents and visitors to use. During the year this included:

  • Installation of replacement floating pontoon jetty at Mapua
  • Supporting the Age to Be Positive Ageing Forum, which had over 2000 visitors
  • Carols by Candlelight in Washbourn Gardens, enjoyed by over 2000 people
  • Skatepark Tour, this was held at eight locations and over 1500 people came along
  • Community Grants, there were a record 158 applications received last year, with applications totalling over $400,000, compared to a funding pool of $164,000
  • Support for development of Mapua Hall – this wonderful community facility has recently reopened and was supported by just over $800,000 of Council funding
  • Rebuild of Moutere Hills Community Centre – two fires broke out in this facility during the year and the Council is working with the Centre Committee to get the Centre back up and running as quickly as possible.
How well did we perform?

Standards for library book stocks – achieved

We have a target of meeting 82% of the Library and Information Association New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) standard for library book stock. Book stocks are currently at 85% of this standard.

7. Communicating with our communities

What did we do during the year?
  • Residents’ Survey
  • Preparation for elections
How well did we perform?

Production of key financial documents – achieved

The Long Term Plan, Annual Plans and Annual Reports are key documents to ensure that the Council is accountable to the public for the money that it collects and spends. All three documents were produced within the statutory timeframes.

8. Provides economic opportunities to you

What did we do during the year?
  • Tasman’s Great Taste Trail
  • Support for the Regional Economic Development Agency
  • Commercial sub-committee established
How well did we perform?

Provision of funding for Economic Development – achieved

As noted above Council provided over $200,000 to the Economic Development Agency.

Looking Forward

Many of Council’s projects don’t end exactly on 30 June. Some of the projects that we are currently working on that contribute the Community Outcomes are:

  • New Richmond water treatment plant
  • Continued development and promotion of Tasman’s Great Taste Trail
  • Community Facilities.

For additional information including the Tasman District Council Financial Summary for the  year ended 30 June 2013 – see the Summary Annual Report, available at Council’s Office and Service Centres and online at www.tasman.govt.nz

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Have You Got a Wetland on Your Property?

If the answer is “yes”, and it’s natural, then you will shortly be receiving a letter from the Council showing the suggested extent of the wetland and inviting you to help us verify this.

Over the last year the Council has analysed aerial photos from several sources, as well as ground-based observations, to determine the boundary of wetlands in Tasman District. This information will be used to create an inventory of where these wetlands are to ensure clarity for landowners and the Council.

“Wetlands are valuable ecological assets and to protect those that are left there are various restrictions on activities that take place in and around them. These restrictions have been in place for many years, but wetlands are still being drained” says Trevor James, Resource Scientist.

More than 95% of freshwater wetlands have been lost from the Moutere and Motueka Ecological Districts, and only 10-20% remain in the region as a whole. This means that wetlands are now rare in the District and those that are left are typically of higher ecological value. Wetlands are also known to improve the water quality of our streams and they will keep them flowing for longer in summer, therefore supporting a lot more stream life. Mr James says “Our freshwater fish surveys often show that where there are wetlands in a catchment, as well as reasonable meander and overhanging trees, that the fish communities are much healthier”.

There are some instances where wetlands have lower value and resource consent may be obtained to drain or reclaim the land. This should be discussed with the consents team at the Council by first ringing the Duty Planner and seeking advice.

A guide to the Tasman Resource Management Plan rules for wetlands is available at: www.tasman.govt.nz/policy/plans/tasman-resource-management-plan/summary-guides/#good

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It Makes Sense to ‘Buy Now’ for Winter

Many people ran out of dry and seasoned firewood this winter, including wood merchants. If more people got organised to buy green and unseasoned wood before Christmas, and stored it in a dry and airy place, then the supply of dry and seasoned firewood for winter burning would be assured.

“If everybody bought their firewood in summer and stacked and dried it, then wood merchants would have more capacity to supply dry firewood later in the season,” says Ash Kelly of Richmond Wood and Coal, an accredited Good Wood Supplier. He added that merchants would also have more dry storage space.

“A lot of the responsibility for ‘good burning’ sits with the person purchasing, collecting and storing the firewood,” says Rob Francis, Environmental Education Officer.

Smoke from domestic fires contributes around 80% of night time pollution, which is especially harmful to children and people with respiratory health problems.

Here are a few ‘Good Wood’ tips:

  • Plan ahead, order your firewood early – keep an eye out for Good Wood suppliers offering discounts during October to December this year
  • Make sure you have a good place to stack the firewood – on concrete or pallets and in a well ventilated shed, or against a sunny wall is ideal
  • Stack the wood loosely off the ground in a criss-cross pattern to let air circulate around it – if your stack is in the open, don’t cover it completely with a tarpaulin, lay plastic only on the top of the stack
  • Dry firewood burns hotter and longer.
  • “Don’t forget’ says Rob, ‘for the health of our community, as soon as you can afford it, order a load of firewood from your local Good Wood supplier”.
  • The ‘Buy Now’ campaign is supported by Good Wood suppliers who offer discounts from now until Christmas, to help us to buy now and burn cleaner later! Buying a load now, a load in December, and one more in March also helps spread the burden of cost.
Contact your local Good Wood Supplier:
  • A Miller & Sons – 03 547 6850
  • Bay Firewood – 03 525 9560 or 027 7696348
  • Mickey Rat Firewood – 03 542 3922 or 027 334 4291
  • Richmond Wood and Coal – 03 544 6473
  • Riwaka Valley Firewood – 03 528 9878
  • Russ Firewood – 03 544 5151 or 027 450 0619
  • The Right Firewood Company – 03 544 4350 or 027 443 4909

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Community Recreation

Tasman Creative Communities Scheme

Do you have a great community arts project that needs some funding to help make it happen? If you do then the Tasman Creative Communities Scheme may be just what you’re looking for.

The aim of the funds is to support local projects that increase access to the arts and active participation in the arts. Average allocations are $1,000.

The next round closes on 10 November 2013, for projects starting after 1 December 2013. The next funding round after that closes on 10 March 2014.

Tasman’s Got Talent

Over 70 fantastic acts will be performing free and exclusively for you over the next three weekends, across the region. Come along, show your support and don’t forget to vote on your favourite.  Visit www.jamonline.co.nz/tasmansgottalent for more information.

Motueka Heat

Saturday 26 October 2013 , 10.00 am – 1.00 pm,  Motueka Memorial Hall

Golden Bay Heat

Saturday 2 November 2013, 10.00 am – 1.00 pm,  Takaka Recreation Reserve

Richmond Heat

Saturday 9 November 2013, 10.00 am – 1.00 pm,  Richmond Town Hall

Wakefield School Twilight Gala

Saturday 9 November 2013, 4.00 pm – 7.30 pm.

Entertainment by ‘Scarlet’… a talented local band. Yummy food including Sausage sizzle, pig on a spit, whitebait patties, venison kebabs, kids food and café and bar. Fun activities include bouncy castles, orb walkers, plate smashing, tractor rides, shooting gallery, mini digger, horizontal bungy and chocolate wheel. Great stalls with a farmers market, books, toys, clothing and silent auction.

Museum Exhibitions

Motueka Museum

High Street Motueka, Tuesday to Friday, 10.00 am – 3.00 pm, Sunday 10.00 am – 2.00 pm. Permanent displays plus the Scrapbooking exhibition - Tuesday 5 November to Friday 29 November 2013.

Golden Bay Museum

Commercial Street, Takaka, hours until Easter daily 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. Permanent displays on local Maori and European history, and the local geology, flora and fauna. “Blaze and Glory” – a look at the history of fires and volunteer fire brigades in Golden Bay. 2 November 2013 to 2 May 2014 – entry  by donation. Highlights – Manual horse drawn fire appliance circa 1886.

Ruby Coast Arts Festival - Workshops

Friday 1 November – Monday 11 November 2013

The beautiful Ruby Coast is home to a wide range of artists, from painters, to glass artists, to ceramicists to printmakers, wood turners and more. Between the 1st and 11th November these artists will be offering a range of exciting and creative workshops. These workshops will be a great way to learn new skills, develop your talents, be inspired and enjoy the creative buzz of the Ruby Coast. Detailed information will be available on www.rubycoastarts.co.nz

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Tasman Nelson Environment Awards 2013 – Schools Awards

The Tasman Nelson Environment Awards are run by the Tasman District and Nelson City Councils and take place every two years. This year a new schools section, sponsored by Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) and focused on sustainable science, was introduced with students vying for prizes in two key categories – Primary and Intermediate/Secondary. A special award for ‘Youth Environmental Leadership’ was also up for grabs, sponsored by Tasman District and Nelson City Councils.

The schools category awards were judged as part of the Cawthron Science and Technology Fair, which took place in September 2013. The criteria they were judged on were Sustainable Learning, Empowered Students, Leads to Sustainable Communities and Clarity of Project Objectives & Presentation.

Over 30 entries were received across all age groups and categories, with the winners being announced at a ceremony that took place at Broadgreen Intermediate School, Stoke, on Tuesday 15 October 2013.

“The Tasman Nelson Environment Awards have been running since 1999 and are well respected. Students and teachers put a huge amount of work into applications for these awards and it’s great that we can play our part in helping them achieve some recognition and reward,” said NMIT Director of Finance and Corporate Services Martin Vanner. “We’re passionate about supporting and encouraging the region’s young people to engage with science – which is vital for the future success of industries both locally and nationally.”

Primary Award Winner:

Charlotte Halsey, Nelson Central School for her entry “Exhausted Oceans”. Charlotte wins $500 for her school. Sponsored by NMIT. Presented by Martin Vanner, NMIT.

Intermediate/Secondary Co-Winners:

Representatives of Room 4, Tasman School for its entry “Muddy Buddy”. Nelson College for Girls Enviro Action Group for its entry “NCG Thrift Shop”, represented by Monica Nelson.

Both entries win $250 for their school. Sponsored by NMIT. Presented by Martin Vanner, NMIT.

Youth Environment Leadership Award:

Raven Maeder, Nelson College for Girls. Raven was nominated by her teachers and peers for showing exceptional leadership in environmental advocacy. Raven wins $200. Presented by Crs Derek Shaw and Brian Ensor.

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