Newsline 314 - 20 December 2013

Friday 20 December 2013

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Kiwi Returning to Kahurangi

Friends of Flora is a community group proactively working to preserve native fauna.  They, in partnership with the Department of Conservation, are implementing a conservation strategy to bring about the protection and return of endangered and threatened flora and fauna to the Flora Stream catchment area in Kahurangi National Park.

Friends of Flora received a $2500 grant from Tasman District Council for infra-red cameras to monitor breeding attempts of great spotted kiwi in the project area. They have purchased the cameras and deployed them in the field.

The aim is to monitor the outcome of breeding attempts. Currently there are several pairs of kiwi that are incubating and chicks could hatch between now and the end of February. Little is known about the breeding habits and success of great spotted kiwi.

The monitoring will give the group information critical to achieving the objective of a sustainable kiwi population in the project area.

At the end of November 2013 one of the cameras picked up some kiwi footage – which was really exciting for all involved. You can see this footage on Youtube (search ‘friends of flora kiwi).

For more information go to the  Friends of Flora website: www.fof.org.nz

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Message from the Mayor

The end of 2013 has come around very quickly. While there are still economic challenges ahead the majority of sectors within the District are experiencing encouraging results. With increases in nearly all commodity prices and returns we are witnessing an increasing optimism reflected in investment and development. We have also experienced significant development and vibrancy in Richmond.

The Council is continuing the work it started a year ago of containing costs and rates increases. Recent decisions will continue this financial constraint as we move into the next Annual Plan process. The Council’s focus continues to be the development of core infrastructure and essential services, not only for current residents but also for future residents attracted by the opportunities our District provides.

Now is the time to celebrate the previous year, look forward to the next and spend time with our family and friends. I am certainly looking forward to the opportunity to enjoy the magnificent place we all call home.

In ending this year I wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year and hope the time brings everything you wish for and for your family and friends.

On behalf of my elected colleagues and the Council staff, have a safe and happy holiday.

Mayor Richard Kempthorne

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Tasman District Council Office &  Service Centres Holiday Hours

Tasman District Council and its Services Centres in Richmond, Motueka, Takaka and Murchison will be closed over the Christmas and New Year period.

Richmond, Takaka and Motueka close at 3.00 pm on Tuesday  24 December 2013 and reopen at 8.00 am on Monday 6 January 2014.

Murchison will be closed Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 December 2013 and will reopen Friday 27 December 2013.

Murchison will then close again on Wednesday 1 January and  Thursday 2 January 2014, and reopen again on Friday 3 January 2014.

At all times over the Christmas/New Year break Council’s 24-hour phone service will be operating. To contact the Council in the event of an emergency during this time, just phone your local Council Service Centre, Ph. 03 543 8400.

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Port Tarakohe Development Update

The first stage of the work to ensure that Port Tarakohe plays an important role in supporting the economic and recreational opportunities in Golden Bay in the future has been put in place.

A revised fees and charges schedule, that will take effect on 1 January 2014, will help secure the Port financially. Part two of the plan is open for feedback until 31 January 2014.

Part two is about the development of the Port, what is going to happen on the site, what facilities should there be and what infrastructure should be maintained and developed? The proposed development plan identifies the possibilities that are in the offing and what limitations the site, location and market impose on any plans.

Future governance of the asset is also being considered. Sale or disposal is not. The options are discussed in the proposed Development Plan. The development of the Port is essential for its future and ideally the local community and users will play an active part in its development. Feedback on the Development Plan and the future of the Port generally is very welcome.

The proposed Port Tarakohe Development Plan and submission forms are available on the Council’s website at  www.tasman.govt.nz/link/port-tarakohe. Feedback will be accepted until 31 January 2014.

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Upgrade for Combined Map Service

The online map tool, Top of the South Maps, has been upgraded to make it even easier to use with some great new features.

Top of the South Maps gives a regional map view of property information, services, planning and recreation facilities. Tasman District and Nelson City Councils have been working hard together on the project, which now offers users an enhanced and improved service.

New features include:

  • A mobile version – simply visit www.topofthesouthmaps.co.nz on your smartphone or tablet and install the app
  • Street View – click the icon and click a street to get a view of the local area
  • Easier to use – combined layer lists, legends and quick views
  • A ‘more data’ option enables the display of contours over aerial photography
  • Cemetery records are now available by simply searching for a person’s name
  • Walking tracks have been separated from cycling tracks and mountain bike tracks are now displayed by grade (1 = Easy, 5 = Hard)
  • Share maps via Facebook, or export data into a wide range of formats.

So whether you’re a keen walker, involved in resource management or looking to buy a property, now there’s even more useful stuff on Top of the South Maps. Go to www.topofthesouthmaps.co.nz for more information.

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Changes are Afoot at Mapua Wharf

Visitors to Mapua Wharf over the summer will notice a few changes to the precinct.

Through consultation with the local businesses and community groups, the Council has extended the grass area close to the Mapua Ferry and there are more picnic tables available for people to sit and enjoy the view. Big apples have been painted to denote a shared space where pedestrians are able to wander and take in the friendly atmosphere of the precinct, as well as enjoy the facilities the local businesses have on offer.

Between 20 December 2013 and 7 February 2014, the wharf precinct is closed to vehicles apart from delivery vehicles and vehicles associated with the launching of boats. This is new and is the result of a recent amendment to the Traffic Control Bylaw 2013 which came into force on 16 December 2013. Details of the Bylaw can be found on Council’s website, Traffic Contril Bylaw 2013

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Toxic Algae Monitoring Underway

The Council has started its summer toxic algae monitoring programme in the Lee, Wairoa, Waimea and Motueka Rivers. Early results have shown no sign of any toxic algae in our main rivers at this stage.

Monitoring in these rivers will continue weekly throughout the summer months and results can be viewed on the Council website.

Monitoring Toxic Algae

If you are a regular user of our rivers and take dogs or toddlers down to play in the water, we strongly recommend that you become familiar with the toxic algae and avoid contact when it is present.

The algae that is of most concern is relatively distinctive, forming mats that are soft, dark coloured (black, dark green or dark brown), sometimes thick (over 5mm) and somewhat jelly-like.

The Council will place warning signs at the most popular sites if the algae reaches levels exceeding 20%.

Any resident concerned about toxic algae, or who wishes to report a site where algae is present, can contact the Council any time on Ph. 03 543 8400. A photo of the algae and/or the site would also be helpful.

For more information go to: www.tasman.govt.nz/environment/water/rivers/river-water-quality/monitoring-toxic-algae

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Bathing Water Quality Sampling in Full Swing

In mid-November 2013, the Tasman District Council began summer water quality sampling for 20 popular swimming spots across the region. The sites, on rivers and beaches, will be visited every Tuesday until the end of February 2014.

According to the Council’s resource scientist, Trevor James, we can take comfort in knowing that most of the time – 97-98% for nearly all sites tested during dry weather periods – our rivers and beaches are safe for swimming, water-skiing and other sports that involve total body immersion in water.

On the rare occasion when our rivers and streams are contaminated, the problem is usually faecal matter from livestock, septic tanks or flocks of birds during, or straight after, moderate to heavy rain. This faecal matter has a tendency to wash into streams and out to the coast.

During peak season, the Council will sample the most popular river and beach locations twice-weekly. Despite this regular sampling, it is important to make your own assessment of the water before jumping in.

“If it has been raining recently and the water is murky, there is a much greater likelihood that you could get sick”, Mr James said.

The sampling round includes the Takaka, Motueka and Waimea rivers  and their tributaries plus Pohara, Tukurua, Marahau and Kaiteriteri beaches. Water temperature and water clarity are measured, a sample is taken for faecal analysis in the lab and the area is searched for toxic algae.

To find water quality information for your favourite swimming spot head to  www.tasman.govt.nz/environment/water/swimming-water-quality

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Moorings Review

The Council is reviewing how activities and structures, which in this case are predominantly moorings, along the coast are managed. Anyone who has a boat, uses the marine area, or has an interest in what happens along the coast should be aware of the changes being considered.

Changes to both the Navigation Safety Bylaw and the coastal section of the Tasman Resource Management Plan (TRMP) will effect how and where maritime activities occur.

The Navigation Safety Bylaw is being repealed and replaced with new Navigation Bylaws as a result of changes to the Maritime Transport Act 1994.

The new bylaw covers a wider range of activities but continues to concentrate primarily on maritime safety. Changes to speed limits, waterskiing areas and access lanes, kite-surfing and sailboarding areas, commercial vessel operations, mooring provisions, council-owned facility rules and the introduction of new motorised-vessel exclusion zones are among some of the changes.

In combination with these changes, the Council is reviewing the TRMP rules for moorings. It is seeking to better integrate the management of maritime activities and reduce complexity in the approval process.

Significant changes to the rules are being considered with the introduction of new ‘mooring areas’ at a number of locations along the coast where moorings are already located.  A discussion paper has been prepared that looks at options for these proposed changes and includes maps of the possible new mooring areas at Motueka, Tapu Bay, Kaiteriteri, Otuwhero Inlet, Glasgow Bay, Boundary Bay, Ligar Bay, Milnethorpe, and Westhaven. Changes to the existing mooring areas at Mapua, Motueka, and Stephens Bay are also being considered. The review also considers options for changing the list of ‘permitted coastal structures’.

The Council is consulting on the potential changes from 6 January 2014 to 28 March 2014.

Information on the proposed changes to both the Bylaw and Tasman Resource Management Plan can be accessed on the Council’s website www.tasman.govt.nz/link/consultations or you can request hard copies from Email info@tasman.govt.nz. The website contains the Statement of Proposal – Navigation Bylaw (2014), the Discussion Paper on the Review of Mooring Management and the relevant feedback forms.

If you wish to make a submission on the changes to either document you can do this online or by completing a hard-copy form and sending it Council at Private Bag 4, Richmond, 7050.

Contacts:

Navigation Safety Bylaw:  Adrian Humphries, Email adrian.humphries@tasman.govt.nz

Tasman Resource Management Plan:  Maxine Day, Email maxine.day@tasman.govt.nz

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Woollaston Estates/Tineli Tour de Vineyards

Now in its 13th year the Tour de Vineyards is held around the roads and streets of Richmond and the wider Tasman District.

This year the event has been elevated to Elite status, and caters for Elite Men, Elite Women and Masters, with special traffic management requirements to meet safety standards.

If you are travelling in Tasman District on any of the days the race is taking place (see below) then please be aware there may be some slight delays to ensure the competitors safety. The Tasman District Council and Opus International have been working closely with the organisers, Tasman Wheelers, to ensure minimum disruption.

We thank residents, visitors and the motoring public for your assistance.

The dates and stage details are as follows:

Stage 1, 31 December 2013, 3.00 pm start.

10km Individual time trial, from Lord Rutherford Road South, around the Mount Heslington Circuit, to finish in River Terrace Road by the Brightwater Motor Inn. Traffic Stop/Go measures will be carried out at the intersection of Mt. Heslington Road and River Terrace Road.

Stage 2, 1 January 2014, 10.30 am start.

128km bunch race on the Upper Moutere Circuit, based at Woollaston Estates. 16km lap circuit race, along George Harvey/Best/Gardner Roads, through Upper Moutere and onto Old Coach Road. Traffic Stop/Go measures will be carried out at the intersections of Dominion Road and George Harvey Road, Best Road and Gardner Valley Road, Gardner Valley Road and the Moutere Highway.

Stage 3, 2 January 2014, 10.00 am start.

128km bunch race that takes in Lower Moutere, Edwards Road, Waiwhero, Ngatimoti, Thorpe, Dovedale, Neudorf Hill, Prices Corner, and Central Road finish area. Traffic Stop/Go measures will be carried out at the intersections of Prices Corner, Central/Edwards Road, and Waiwhero/Ngatimoti corner.

Stage 4, 3 January 2014, 10.00 am start.

115km bunch race from Faulkners Bush Reserve, Wakefield that takes in Eighty Eight Valley Road, Golden Downs, Kohatu, Tapawera, Stanley Brook, Motueka River West Bank, Brooklyn, Riwaka, to finish at the top of the Takaka Hill. Traffic Stop/Go measures will be carried out at 88 Valley/Stock Road, Stock Road/Valley Road, North Road/SH63, SH63/Kohatu, and Swamp Road/SH60 at Riwaka. The finish area, the two lane section at the top of Takaka Hill, will be the single inside lane for riders finishing, and uphill traffic from the Motueka side will use the single outside lane.

Stage 5, 4 January 2014, 9.00 am start.

Street Circuit race in Richmond, start/finish on Hill Street by Hillplough Heights, and takes in Washbourn Drive, Chelsea Avenue, Wensley Road, Hart Road, and Hill Street. Traffic Stop/Go measures will be carried out at Hill Street, Washbourn Drive, Chelsea Avenue, Wensley Road, and Hart Road Roundabout. The event is scheduled to finish at approximately 1.30 pm.

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Pest of the Month: Wild Ginger

There are two species of wild ginger – Kahili Ginger (Hedychium gardnerianum) and Yellow Ginger (Hedychium flavescens).

Kahili Ginger is the most common species in our region. It is originally from India and Nepal, and has been widely planted for its strongly-scented colourful flowers. Note that the rhizomes are not edible - it is the Ginger plant (Zingiber officinal) that is grown and imported from Asia that produces edible root ginger.

Kahili ginger grows prolifically in dense clumps with persistent rhizomes with broad shiny leaves up to two metres high, capable of spreading under forest canopies. Flowering begins in late summer to early autumn, eventually producing bright red seeds which birds eat and can distribute far and wide. It has also been spread by gardeners who, realising that it is taking over their garden, remove the rhizomes and dump them on remote roadsides, starting new infestations. Collingwood, Parapara, Paton’s Rock and Kaiteriteri communities are places where Kahili ginger infestations have spread. Wild ginger is banned from sale and propagation.

The Tasman-Nelson Regional Pest Management Strategy requires residents in the Golden Bay, and through to Kaiteriteri, to control all adult and juvenile ginger plants on land they occupy. If you live outside of this area and you have a few plants growing wild on your land, then it is worth controlling them before they become well established.

Small seedlings can be grubbed out. If clumps of plants are dug out, dispose of the rhizomes in your domestic rubbish or arrange disposal at your local rubbish transfer site. The rhizomes will continue to grow if composted. The best control method is to spray the leaves with metsulfuron (Escort). If you would like further information on control methods and herbicide types, please contact your Biosecurity Officer on Ph. 03 543 7225.

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Abel Tasman 371 – Remembering 1642 and the Meeting of Two Worlds

Golden Bay is where New Zealand’s earliest recorded event took place.

On 18 December 1642, Abel Tasman and his crew on two ships, the Heemskerck and the Zeehaen sailed into Golden Bay, five days after they had first sighted land. From their calm anchorage off Wainui Bay they saw signs of life: fires around the coast and advancing waka and warriors.

This was the first meeting between Ngati Tumatakokiri and people of another race, and they shared no language. As events unfolded the following morning, the meeting ended in confrontation and death, and Tasman sailed off, to the shelter of Rangitoto d’Urville Island (shown in the picture). There they celebrated the first Christmas in New Zealand waters by eating two of their pigs and enjoying an extra ration of wine.

After sitting out bad weather they explored the waters now known as Cook Strait (which they believed to be a passage from the tidal flows) before sailing up the west coast of the North Island. Cape Maria van Dieman and Three Kings Islands were named as they headed north and away from their experience in “Murderers’ Bay”.

The architecturally significant Tasman Memorial (above Ligar Bay)  was constructed in 1942 as New Zealand’s official national monument to the 1642 events. It looks out over Golden Bay towards the original anchorage, and it’s easy to imagine what took place so long ago. Plans are underway for upgrading the information panels to better present the story.

Golden Bay Museum in Takaka is New Zealand’s permanent museum display recording Tasman’s voyage of discovery and the first meeting  of two peoples. It includes a scale model diorama of the ships and waka, a larger scale model of the Heemskerck, a commemorative quilt and, most recently, a computer interactive. Visitors can purchase the associated book Strangers in Mohua (published in 2000) and cards reproduced from Tasman’s journal.

A new permanent website (www.abeltasman.org.nz) is being developed to succeed the one which recorded the AT370 commemoration in 2012.

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