Newsline 322 - 11 April 2014

Friday 11 April 2014

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Ageing a Positive Experience

Thousands of Tasman residents turned out to the Age to Be Positive Ageing Expo in Richmond on Thursday 3 April 2014 where they took the opportunity to find out from over sixty organisations how to take full advantage of all the services and support that  is available to them as they get older.

Speaking at the event the Minister for Senior Citizens, Jo Goodhew, commented on how ageing with a positive outlook is vitally important to an individual’s health and wellbeing. She also discussed how, by the time a person gets to 60+ yrs old, they have a wealth of experience that it’s vital we take advantage of, “You are the cornerstones of our families and communities” she said. “Too often our ageing population is compared to a natural disaster – a tsunami, a flood or a tidal wave of grey. Society has to accept that yes, there are challenges that will need addressing to ensure that our ageing population is properly catered for, but there are also huge advantages in people living longer and being active members of our society for longer. The pros absolutely outweigh the cons.”

Tasman District Council has a Positive Ageing Policy, which has also been echoed in Nelson City Council’s Social Wellbeing Policy, that specifically looks at the things that have a direct impact on our region’s ageing population and provides direction on how to best manage them. This policy can be found at  www.tasman.govt.nz/policy/policies/nelson-tasman-positive-ageing-policy/

The Positive Ageing forum, which organised the Expo, is led by the Tasman District Council with support from Age Concern, the Ministry of Social Development and Nelson City Council.

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Message from the Mayor

Water it seems, in all its forms, is in the news this week. On the first day of the month we received a cheque from the Government in the form of a Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management reimbursement of $317,000 to support work undertaken by the Council as a result of the December 2011 weather event. This welcome support is in addition to two previous payments from the Ministry.

Moving from the world of too much water to the opposite end of the spectrum. Despite the heavy rain of Cyclone Lusi the fine weather our District has experienced since is beginning to have an effect. At the time of writing this there is talk of the Dry Weather Taskforce being reconvened with the possibility of water restrictions being re-introduced.

It is against this backdrop of extremes that we have begun initial discussions around the District’s Long Term Plan, which is due next year. As cited in earlier comments we will be looking at the fundamental decisions about what the Council commits to over the next three years and how we are going to pay for it. Core to this future planning is the management of our greatest resource – water.

Recently the Council released the necessary changes to the Tasman Resource Management Plan (TRMP) as our part in the multilayer approach to the issue of managing water on the Waimea plains. The other side of the cooperative solution is the Waimea Dam (previously called the Lee Valley Dam) proposed by the Waimea Water Augmentation Committee (WWAC). While this solution has a number of compelling benefits there is a great deal of information and discussion to be had before the Council is able to, and makes, a final decision to inform the Long Term Plan review in 2015. The Council will need to consult with our community on the funding model for the dam. Key to this will be a new economic benefit analysis. Managed by the Nelson Tasman EDA, it will review and build upon the last piece of work done in 2009 to ensure the dam provides sustainable economic benefit well beyond its investment. Following the recent change to the TRMP we now understand the area’s water management regime without an augmentation solution, WWAC has provided a decade’s worth of information and we are now getting to the stage where we will begin to have serious discussions with the community prior to the Long Term Plan. Watch this space.

Mayor Richard Kempthorne

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Flood Modelling Completed

Brightwater and Wakefield are located beside the Wai-iti and Wairoa Rivers and amongst several smaller streams, such as the Pitfure. The Council has received the results of investigations into flood modelling that enable it to better understand the flood hazard in these two urban areas and surrounding rural land.

The results show the majority of the two urban areas are not likely to be affected by large flood events, however some urban and rural areas are affected by floodwaters from the main rivers and smaller streams.

The new information will be used to inform the Council’s infrastructure and regulatory activities. It will also be used in the upcoming strategic development reviews being undertaken, which are looking at future development for both townships.

“The modelling has not changed the flood risk, but gives us another tool in understanding how flood waters might affect existing and future development. It has already been used to inform the design of new developments to help provide a better level of flood protection in the future.” says Tasman District Council’s Resource Scientist Glenn Stevens.

Two public information sessions on the results of the flood modelling were held recently so that the local communities could learn about the results and ask questions of Council staff.

Further information on the flood modelling, including the summary report, is available at  www.tasman.govt.nz/link/brightwater-wakefield-flood-hazard

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Council Welcomes Flood Recovery Aid

Tasman District Council has received $317,000 from the Government to help pay for the damage recovery costs that came from the devastating December 2011 floods.

“Between this and the New Zealand Transport Agency we have received a huge contribution to help the District recover,” said Mayor Richard Kempthorne. “Every bit that the Government puts in through civil defence and the Transport Agency is ratepayer money that doesn’t need to be raised, so it is a tremendous help.”

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye who, along with Nelson MP Nick Smith, delivered the news said the financial support would relieve pressure on ratepayers.

“Central government does sit alongside them when a major event happens and ratepayers in our view shouldn’t be bearing the cost of a major event like that,” she said. “The payments include a contribution to the on-going costs of restoring river management systems, which were severely damaged by the flooding.” This includes removing gravel, which was moved during the floods and has created buildup and dams.

Work is still ongoing from the 2011 floods that severely damaged homes and roads.

The Tasman District Council has put its infrastructure costs from floods and storms at just under $16 million since May 2010.

The 2011 event cost just over $10 million and it has recouped $6.7 million of that from insurers and the New Zealand Transport Agency.

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Draft Annual Plan 2014/2015 – Make Sure You Have Your Say

Time is running out for you to have your say on the Council’s Draft Annual Plan 2014/2015.

The closing date for submissions is 4.30 pm on Tuesday 15 April 2014.

The Council released its Draft Annual Plan for public consultation on Thursday 13 March 2014. The summary is focused on the key changes the Council is proposing from the Long Term Plan 2012-2022, and the Council wants to know what you think. Your views will help guide its decision-making.

The Draft Annual Plan and Draft Annual Plan Summary are available for viewing on the Council’s website, www.tasman.govt.nz and during normal office hours at the following Tasman District Council Service Centres:

  • Richmond, 189 Queen Street, Richmond
  • Motueka, 7 Hickmott Place, Motueka
  • Takaka, 14 Junction Street, Takaka
  • Murchison, 92 Fairfax Street, Murchison

And libraries:

  • District Library, Queen Street, Richmond
  • Motueka Library, Pah Street, Motueka
  • Takaka Memorial Library, Junction Street, Takaka.

The Draft Annual Plan 2014/2015 is a large document and the Council encourages people to view it electronically to minimise production costs. It can be downloaded from the Council’s website.

To ensure your submission is received on time please deliver it to your local Tasman District Council Service Centre; or email to annualplan@tasman.govt.nz; or fax to 03 543 8560.

Submission forms are available on the Council’s website and in the Newsline Draft Annual Plan Summary which was delivered to all properties in the Tasman District on 21 March 2014.

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Pest of the Month: Bathurst Bur (Xanthium Spinosum)

Bathurst bur was recently found at a number of sites in the Appleby area. It is a particularly unpleasant pest plant that produces spines and burs. It is present in very low numbers throughout much of the North Island and parts of the South Island. It is still relatively rare in the Tasman-Nelson region, but it provided a reminder of the difficulty of achieving eradication. It is a native of South America that is thought to have arrived in New Zealand via Australia around 1863 as a contaminant in crop or pasture seed.

Bathurst bur is a distinctive multi-branched annual bush that can grow up to 1m high. Leaves are dark green on the upper surface, up to 7cm long and usually three-lobed. The stems carry one or two three-pronged yellow spines (15–50mm long) at the base of each leaf stalk. Flowers are creamy green and small, developing into brown coloured burs, 1-1.5cm long, with numerous small hooked spines (2–3mm long). The burs attach to wool, fur, clothing and any fibrous material. Two seeds are contained in each bur. Unusually, one seed will germinate in late spring while the other will may germinate 2–3 years later but can remain dormant for up to 15 years, presumably a means of ensuring its survival during extended periods of drought.

The burs contaminate wool and can break shearers combs while the spines can damage the feet of stock and are a nuisance to pickers of  hand-harvested crops. Bathurst bur competes strongly with many summer crops (it is a contaminant of maize and sorghum seed) and acts as a host of some fungal diseases of horticultural crops. Seedlings, when very small, are known to be poisonous to stock, especially horses and pigs.

Bathurst bur is classified as a Total Control Pest in the Tasman-Nelson Regional Pest Management Strategy and occupiers are required to destroy all plants. Occupiers that suspect they have Bathurst bur on their property should contact a Biosecurity Officer at the Council on Ph. 03 543 8400 who can assist with its control and undertake further surveillance.

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Kerbside Collections and Resource Recovery Centre Opening Hours over Easter

Opening hours and some collection days will be changing over the Easter weekend. All of the Council’s Resource Recovery Centres will be closed on Good Friday, and Friday collections will be delayed until Saturday 19 April 2014. On all other days over the Easter and ANZAC weekends normal hours will apply.

 

Resource Recovery Centres

Kerbside recycling and rubbish bags

Good Friday (18 April)

CLOSED

No collections – now on Saturday

Saturday 19 April

Normal hours

Collections

Easter Sunday (20 April)

Normal hours

No collections

Easter Monday (21 April)

Normal hours

Normal collections

ANZAC Day (Friday 25 April)

Normal hours

Normal collections

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Hard Work and Vision Pays Off

After years of effort, Hoddy Estuary Park was officially opened for public use at the end of March.

Speaking at the opening Cr Judene Edgar said the park, which has been vested in the Council as a reserve, was a wonderful gift to the people of the Tasman District. It was the result of years of ‘great collaborative work’ between the Hoddy Park Estuary Trust members, the Hoddy family, and motivated individuals and organisations.

The land has been transformed through plantings, revegetation, pathways and the addition of public toilets, to become a peaceful place to enjoy nature at its best. It features a lake with a boardwalk and viewing platforms, a large grassed meadow area with native plantings and picnic benches. It also includes a wetland area, which will provide habitat for endangered species such as the Banded Rail.

Special tribute was paid to the Hoddy Park Estuary Trust members, including founding chair Peter Owen, current chair Simon Jones, and MP and Patron Nick Smith.

Other organisations who have contributed include the Waimea South Garden Club, Canterbury Community Trust, Richmond Rotary, Mapua Sea Scouts and the Tasman District Council.

The land was part of the Appleby Research Orchard, funded by the Government and supported by industry, to help establish apples as a major export crop for the region and the country. The 4.5ha block, which adjoins the Waimea Estuary on the Appleby Coast was set to be developed for housing before the Trust stepped in to preserve the land as a public reserve. The park is named after a highly respected orchardist, the late Peter Hoddy.

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“Share the Road” Truck Road Safety Project

On Monday 31 March 2014 nearly 400 Golden Bay children, teachers and parents took part in a truck road safety project at Takaka High School.

Fulton Hogan kindly brought one of their new trucks and a digger along and Gerry Tonkin from the Police introduced the session and talked to the children about truck blind spots and just how hard it can be for a truck driver to see children near their truck. Each child was then given the opportunity to sit in the cab of the truck and experience this for themselves.

Krista Hobday from Tasman District Council organised for the schools to have this opportunity, but would like to express thanks to the team at Fulton Hogan, Gerry and the schools that allowed their students the time to take part, especially those schools that had to travel to take part in this project.

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