Newsline 324 - 9 May 2014

Friday 9 May 2014

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First World War History, Stories and Images Preserved

A database of people from Nelson/Tasman who served in WW1 is now available for  public searching having been launched in April by Mayor Richard Kempthorne, Nelson Mayor Rachel Reese and Nelson City Councillor Ian Barker.

The database lists the names of more than 2,500 men and women from the region who served during the First World War. The database is the end product of many years work by regional researchers and genealogists and includes the names of nurses, soldiers, Padres, and those men and women who served with Australian forces, the Royal Navy and the flying services of England.

It is one of the most complete records of any province in the country and is a tangible way of keeping alive the details and stories of those who served our region, and country.

“I would like to congratulate all those who have put considerable time and effort into this very worthwhile project, with special thanks to the Tasman residents who were involved - Eileen Thawley, Syd Daughtrey, Coralie Smith, Pat O’Shea plus Mike and Cheryl Carnahan” said Mayor Kempthorne.

“This database started as physical lists of names derived from Memorials in the District and is now available for all to search online. Families of those who served in the First World War can also contribute their information, so that the valuable facts, experiences and images can be documented, preserved and added to our country’s history.”

For more information about WW1 activities and information at the Nelson Provincial Museum go to www.nelsonmuseum.co.nz/ww100

The names and stories documented as part of this project have also been used in creating an important community resource – Kete  Tasman – held by Tasman District Libraries. You can find out more information on Kete Tasman at  www.tasmanlibraries.govt.nz

The Nelson Provincial Museum is a Council-Controlled organisation with its shareholding structured as a 50/50 partnership between Tasman District Council and  Nelson City Council.

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Message from the Mayor

The Council has just completed hearing submitters to the Draft Annual Plan. Held in different venues throughout the District the hearing process provides submitters with the opportunity to further explain their submission and for myself and my fellow elected members the opportunity to ask questions. While many written submissions have been received, read and analysed, the hearings can provide submitters a further opportunity to highlight key points in their submission.

As stated before, this Draft Annual Plan is a continuation of the theme set last year, however it will not make the hard decisions any easier. The imperative to reduce our reliance on debt and keep rates to an affordable level will require a number of hard decisions to be made. We can’t afford to fund everything within the District and the decisions required will need to be made on a priority basis. Unfortunately that is not going to make everybody happy.

We recently experienced a storm over Easter. Once again some areas of the District were hit worse than others, with a number of people losing the opportunity for a break only to spend the rest of the week cleaning up again. And once again we should be thankful for the contractors, Council staff, emergency services and residents who gave up their holidays to work through the five days to ensure lifelines were intact, roads were open and people were cared for where needed. Also once again we are assessing the repairs and the cost.

Mayor Richard Kempthorne

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Cyclone Ita – the Wind and the Rain

The storm created by the tail of Cyclone Ita hit the region on the Thursday before Easter. And, while well forecast, there was certainly a sting in its tail.

After a period of consistent rain and severe wind, and related storm surges on Thursday/Friday, there was some promise of relenting weather conditions so people could enjoy the rest of the Easter break. Mid-morning Friday, as if according to a playbook, the rain did in fact ease and rivers began to recede.

Then the sting came and it became very apparent the rain was not going to stop in Golden Bay or in the ranges above Motueka, around Mount Arthur ranges, the Takaka Hill and further north. The rain became relentless and the rivers rose rapidly, most notably the Upper Takaka, Anatoki, Waingaro Wangapeka, Baton and Motueka rivers and the streams and creeks that fed them.

Surface flooding occurred, and slips onto the surrounding roads began to occur, effectively cutting people off. By Saturday afternoon, after two days of responding to emergency response calls, Civil Defence, Council staff, contractors and emergency services were able to move into repair mode.

There was a variety of damage around the District, particularly in the ranges and on the coastal margins, some of which will be the subject of discussion and work for some time. Of note, the Graham Valley road will remain closed for some weeks to anybody but residents and contractors and a number of the roads in that area, including roads through the Baton and Wangapeka, will be the subject of clean up activity for the same period.

As the Baton and Wangapeka rivers feed the Motueka River the Motueka West Bank area was impacted, as was the Riwaka area, particularly near the Resurgence.

A number of Golden Bay roads from the bottom of the Takaka hill through to just north of the town were most affected with surface flooding and closures. The damage caused will be visible and disruptive to traffic as repairs are carried out.

Within our reserves the most significant areas of damage were Rabbit Island, Stephens Bay and Parapara Esplanade. Throughout the District storm damage occurred to varying degrees; Rabbit Island – the majority of the 28 beach accessways require rebuilding where over 2 metres of dunes was eroded and many posts were snapped off, bent over or ripped out.

At Stephens Bay Reserve, the front beach completely washed away, and the bank on the esplanade reserve has slipped quite badly. Little Kaiteriteri saw minor damage, however the toilet block steps at Marahau have been undermined and will require repair.

Torrent Bay – most of the protective plantings have been buried by sand rather than being eroded away. Erosion that did occur was relatively minor, though some fences and accessways will need to be repaired.

McKee and Kina Reserves – Gravel and debris has been washed into the reserves with only minor damage to the five beach accessways despite being clogged.

The Motueka foreshore came through relatively unscathed with one washout of cycleway/walkway path at the Staples Street end.

In Golden Bay there was varying damage in the reserves on the eastern side. Compared with the number of trees felled in Tata beach, Ligar Bay, Pohara and Clifton the beach erosion was relatively minor. It was a different story on the western side of the Bay with erosion and debris being the key damage predominantly due to storm surge from Rangihaeta Road north, with Parapara Esplanade and the Puponga – Collingwood Road most affected.

The true cost of the storm will not be known for a few weeks. Despite some assistance from Civil Defence and insurers there will be a financial impact to be taken account of in the latest Annual Plan.

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Managing Farm and Horticultural Plastics

Plastic containers used on-farm for things like pesticides, herbicides and animal drenches can mount up fairly quickly and become a real problem for landowners. Another source of plastic waste that can become a challenge to manage is the plastic used to wrap silage bales. The good news is that there are easy to use and sustainable ways of managing these plastic wastes in Tasman.

Agrecovery provides an excellent rural recycling programme for plastic chemical containers. You can drop your used containers off at any of the collection centres free of charge where the manufacturer is part of Agrecovery. If the container isn’t part of the Agrecovery programme you can still drop it off for a small fee. It is important that  you remember to triple rinse your containers. If your farm produces  a large amount of containers, you can arrange with Agrecovery to make a collection directly from your property.

The collection centres in Tasman are at:

  • Takaka: Rural Service Centre, 64 Meihana Street
  • Motueka: Mariri Resource Recovery Park, Robinson Road
  • Richmond: Richmond Transfer Station, Beach Road
  • Murchison: PGG Wrightson, 46 Hotham Street

More details about Agrecovery can be found at www.agrecovery.co.nz or by phoning 0800 247 326.

Plasbak provides a recycling programme for managing plastic silage wrap. This plastic can quickly become an untidy and unwieldy mess if not managed well. Plasbak provides plastic bags and drums to put this material into and keep it neat and tidy between collections. A pack of three liners costs $52 and the collection cost is $40 plus gst per liner. These are available online or from your local rural farm supplier. You can get more information about Plasback on its webpage www.plasback.co.nz or by phoning 0508 338 240. Start thinking about how you are going to manage your silage wrap before you begin your winter feeding.

You may also have an Agrecovery bag for silage plastic. Agrecovery customers are reminded that the Agrecovery Silage Wrap Recycling programme is being discontinued. The final date for booking free collection of an Agrecovery recycling bag is 30 June 2014. Plasbak will continue to offer silage wrap collection after this date.

Don’t forget that burning this sort of farm plastic waste has been banned in Tasman District.

These two plastic recycling programmes are nationwide product stewardship programmes for these waste streams and provide sustainable waste management options for farmers.

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Engineering Introductions – Ian McComb

Ian has worked as an Activity Planning Advisor at Tasman District Council for eight months, previously performing a similar role at Hamilton City Council for six years.

Ian’s prime area of expertise is water – including drinking water, storm water and waste water. His main job is to undertake the forward planning for engineering projects that have water as a key element. An example would be the Motueka and Takaka Wastewater Treatment Plants.

Ian has a key role in developing Tasman District Council’s Activity Management Plans (AMP). AMP’s provide the base information the Council needs when it is preparing its Annual and Long Term Plans.

An AMP describes the activity to be undertaken in each area, and identifies the assets needed. For example, water supply activity is dependent on the Council having water intakes, water treatment plants, pipes, and so on. AMPs also outline the performance measures the Council will monitor to check whether the activity is delivering the proposed level of service, and provide information on how the activity will be funded.

Ian is also currently working on preparing a Catchment Management Plan for the Richmond area. This includes reviewing recent flooding events and also water quality and environmental issues. This information, once fully mapped, will enable the Council to better manage its storm water infrastructure and catchments.

Ian is a keen cycle commuter, enjoying his ride along the railway reserve cycle trail from Nelson to Richmond. “It’s a great way to start the day,” said Ian. “I moved to the Nelson/Tasman region for many of the reasons a lot of people do – to enjoy the amazing countryside, great weather and creative atmosphere. My job really connects me to Iocal issues and riding to work enhances that feeling. Some of the mapping work I’m involved  in currently revolves around the area the cycle trail runs through so riding via that route each day often gets the brain working even before I get to work.” His main interest outside work is medieval re-enactment including archery and traditional crafts like wood turning.

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Newsline Updates

Public Notices

Notice of Intention to Grant a Lease for Part of Tapawera Recreation Reserve

Notice is given of the Tasman District Council’s intention to grant a lease of part of the Tapawera Recreation Reserve, under Section 54(1)(b) of the Reserves Act 1977.

The lease area will be that formerly used by the local Scout Troop. The local Scout Troop has not been active for a number of years.

The Tapawera Menz Shed group has an agreement with Scouting NZ to acquire its building, subject to Menz Shed obtaining a lease for the land from Council.

It is intended to grant a five-year lease to the Tapawera Menz Shed, to undertake various activities associated with indoor and outdoor recreation.

The lease will be for a land area of approximately 340 square metres, and will essentially limited to the area occupied by the existing building. The lease will only cover the land.

The ownership of the building will transfer from Scouting NZ to the Tapawera Menz Shed group if the lease is granted.

Further information may be obtained by contacting Robert Cant on Ph. 03 543 8400, or via email robert.cant@tasman.govt.nz. Written submissions or objections should also be sent to Robert Cant. Submissions or objections will be received until 4.00 pm on 11 June 2014. Please advise if you would like to be heard in relation to your submission.

A copy of this notice, together with a plan of the lease area will be available on the Council’s website.

Notice of Proposal to Extend a Lease of Part of Brightwater Recreation Reserve

Tasman District Council is calling for submissions under the Reserves Act 1977, on its intention to extend a lease of part of the Brightwater Recreation Reserve.

The Wanderers Sports Club currently has a lease on Centennial Park in Brightwater. The Club has requested an extension of the lease area to accommodate building extensions. The extensions would be built behind the southern wall of the current changing rooms. The extensions will provide for extra changing facilities and a ‘warm up room’. A small extension to the existing deck is also planned.

If the club is granted an extension to its lease area, it will begin the task of fund raising for the extensions. The physical improvements are likely to gradually occur as demand and money allows. Any changes to the building are likely to be some time in the future, and will require normal building consents.

The extensions will require the relocation of an existing shed.

Plans of the proposed extensions and any other further information can be obtained by contacting Robert Cant on 03 543 8400, or via email robert.cant@tasman.govt.nz. Written submissions or objections should also be sent to Robert Cant. Submissions or objections will be received until 4.00 pm on 11 June 2014. Please advise if you would like to be heard in relation to your submission if a hearing is required.

Copies of this notice, plus plans of the proposed extensions, will also be available on the Council’s website.

Water Metering

The Measurement and Reporting of Water Takes Regulations 2010 requires the reporting of water use for the whole calendar year, from 1 July to 30 June each year, rather than just the historical summer season.

For Consent holders who use water all year around e.g. industry and frost protection, you are required to make water meter returns each and every week.

To assist you in meeting the Regulation requirement of weekly readings during winter, the Council will accept a final reading and duplicate this reading through until Spring when water use generally commences again.

Telling the Council when water use ends is very important so that the Council’s discretion can work. If you commence water use prior to Spring please contact the Council also. Ph. 03 543 8400

For Consent holders who have ceased water use please supply a final reading. For those who have already let the Council know you have ceased water use, thank you.

Triennial Election dates for Community Hall and Reserve Committees 2014

Lake Rotoiti Community Hall Management Committee

7.30 pm, Friday 23 May, Lake Rotoiti Community Hall.

Notice of meeting – Keep Richmond Beautiful AGM

Tuesday 13 May 2014, Council Chambers. Afternoon tea starts at  2.45 pm with the main meeting starting at 3.00 pm. Peter Wilks presentation at 3.30 pm.

Rates Reminder

Invoices for the fourth rates instalment of the 2013/2014 year were issued on 1 May 2014 and are due for payment by 31 May 2014. Payments received after 3 June 2014 will have penalties applied. If you haven’t received your invoice, or would like to speak to someone about your rates, please contact the Council on P. 03 543 8400.

Keep up with the Tasman District Council Lowdown

Hear news items from the Council about current public consultations, Council and community projects, topical interviews, plus a range of notices about activities and events in the Tasman District.

Tune in to Fresh FM on Monday 11.40 am or Wednesday 3.40 pm.

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Road Closures

Proposed Road Closure

In accordance with the Transport (Vehicle Road Closure) Regulations 1965, the public is advised that for the purpose of allowing the Nelson Car Club Inc to hold a motor sport event the following road will be closed to ordinary vehicles for the periods and times indicated below.

Proposed Road to be closed to Ordinary Vehicles and Period of Closure

Riwaka-Sandy Bay Road – from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm, Sunday 1 June 2014.

Any person objecting to the proposal should lodge notice of their objection before Friday 23 May 2014 to the office of the Tasman District Council, 189 Queen Street, Richmond.

Russ’s Corner Improvements

The Council has decided to undertake a number of sign and lighting improvements to address the safety issues that have made Russ’s Corner the second highest crash spot in the District.

The junction, at the intersection of Golden Hills Road and Redwood Valley Road in Waimea, has long been considered a safety black spot with local residents calling for improvements following a fatal crash  in 2011, and a number of minor of crashes at the site each year.

The Council’s Engineering Services Committee reviewed a number of options put before it to help increase safety at the junction and approved Improvements to the directional signage and also the street lighting.

Council staff will monitor the performance of the improvements. Other measures will be considered if safety concerns remain.

The work will be undertaken during the next 12 months.

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Tasman Speed Control Bylaw Consultation

The Council is looking to begin consulting on amendments to the  current Speed Control Bylaw.

As part of the first stage of the process the Council is running a pre-engagement exercise. The views of Tasman communities are being sought on any areas they consider a speed limit review could be included as part of any changes put forward under the special consultative process.

The Council is interested in your thoughts. Responses are required  by 30 May 2014 as part of the first part of the community engagement process.

Feedback can be made either via the online form found on the Council’s website or by completing forms located at Council Service Centres and libraries.

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Great White Butterfly Autumn Breeding Surge Underway

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is asking Tasman residents to step up searches for the destructive great white butterfly’s caterpillars and eggs, to help minimise an autumn breeding surge.

Bruce Vander Lee, who manages the Great White Butterfly eradication programme for DOC, said: ‘The adult butterflies are currently laying their last round of eggs for the year. Residents can do their bit to minimise butterfly numbers this autumn by searching their gardens and reporting any sightings of eggs or caterpillars.’

‘The Department has about 30 staff searching gardens, but we can’t do the job alone. We’ve had amazing support from the Nelson Tasman community, with around 1300 reports made to the Ministry for Primary Industries hotline (0800 80 99 66) since breeding began in September.’

Currently only found in Nelson Tasman, the great white butterfly poses a serious economic and environmental risk. Left to spread, it will cost the country millions of dollars a year to protect commercial vegetable crops and threatened native plants, and put 300,000 hectares of forage crops for the meat and dairy industries under threat. Even the local home gardener is vulnerable.

Mr Vander Lee said: ‘Because the adult butterflies can fly between properties, we need to search gardens several times over a period of months to make sure we’ve found all the eggs and caterpillars. This is a huge task and is made easier when the community is searching and reporting their finds.’

The Department of Conservation website has extensive information about what great white butterfly eggs and caterpillars look like, what plants to check, what vegetables are favoured, and what to do if you find them.

The website also has information on cover crops gardeners can plant to prevent the butterfly from visiting their garden. These crops also help combat harmful soil fungi.

If you find eggs or caterpillars, DOC encourages people not to remove them but to report them to the Ministry for Primary Industries Exotic Pest and Disease hotline toll-free on 0800 80 99 66.

‘With assistance from the public the butterfly population in the area has been suppressed but there is still a need to be vigilant with the autumn breeding surge underway,’ said  Mr Vander Lee.

For more information visit the Department of Conservation website on www.doc.govt.nz  and search for great white butterfly.

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