Newsline 331 - 15 August 2014

Friday 15 August 2014

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2014 Outstanding Community Service Awards

Volunteers are the backbone of any community, and Tasman District is fortunate  to have many, working across a wide variety of roles. Ten tireless individuals, each  with over 20 years involvement in providing volunteer support, were recognised  at the recent Tasman District Council Outstanding Community Service Awards.

At the ceremony, held at the Council Chambers in Richmond, Mayor Richard Kempthorne presented each award recipient with a certificate of thanks for their efforts.

“This event is one of the privileges one gets to enjoy as Mayor. Meeting, celebrating and acknowledging those who are the foundation of the many unique communities that make up our District. Community service takes many forms and this diversity is no better displayed than by the people we honour today – what they have contributed and the benefit they have created. Our communities simply could not function without the work of volunteers like these, they provide the thread that binds them together. And it is this thread that makes Tasman so unique and special. Thank you,” said Mayor Kempthorne.

2014 Award recipients are:

  • Gordon Currie
  • Mary Keddie
  • Margaret Green
  • Roy Reid
  • Colin Gibbs
  • Peter Webster
  • Mary Garner
  • Eileen Stewart
  • Warren Webby
  • Paul Wilkins

For details of each recipient and the work they have undertaken, view the profiles below.

The Outstanding Community Service Awards are an annual event, and nominations close on 30 June each year. Nominees must be residents of the Tasman District.

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Message from the Deputy Mayor

At the last Council meeting we decided to proceed with the building development on the old aquarium site at Mapua. The decision has created interest because the Council is going to develop a commercial site at the wharf to provide opportunities for businesses that will add to the experience around the Mapua wharf precinct, one of the region’s most popular destinations for locals and holiday makers alike.

As well as this development there will be ongoing work to enhance the surrounding precinct, reserve area and waterfront. This is not without challenges as there are a lot of competing and potentially conflicting uses, but working with the Mapua Waterfront Precinct Advisory Group I am confident a good outcome will be achieved.

I recently attended the launch the Nelson regional museum exhibition “WW1 their stories our history.” I thoroughly recommend visiting this multiyear exhibition as it evolves to highlight the huge contribution that members of our community made to this significant event in NZ’s history. The sacrifices that were made by those who came from our many small settlements is hard to comprehend in today’s context.

The impact on both those who went and returned and those who were left behind is still evident today in many of the family names on the memorials dotted throughout our communities. There will be many commemoration events in these communities in the lead up to ANZAC day in 2015 and I am sure people will turn out to honour those that made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of us all.

Tim King, Deputy Mayor

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Speed Limit Bylaw Review Stage Two to Start

Following consultation in May this year the Council has proposed changes to the speed limits on a number of the roads throughout the District. The changes are a result of considering 150 requests received during the first phase of the review process of the Council’s Speed Limit Bylaw. The requests, received from individuals, schools and resident associations, have all been considered, resulting in proposed changes to the speed limits on 51 of Tasman’s roads.

The second stage is a Special Consultative Procedure opening on the 14 August, closing on 15 September 2014. It should be noted that this Bylaw does not include State Highways as they are managed by the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA).

A small number of requests were not considered within this process with most of these being considered as part of other work being done by the Council or central government.

There were requests for changes in speed limits on some gravel roads. NZTA is currently considering speed management guidelines in regard to all roads including gravel roads. It is proposed that until these guidelines have been produced, any gravel roads within the Tasman District will not be considered under this review.

Feedback is sought on the proposed amendments to the bylaw. Any new requests may be considered in a future review or investigated and included in a future process.

The full list of proposed changes to speed limits is available, as are submission forms, at all Tasman libraries, Council Service Centres and online.

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New Street Lighting Saves Energy and Costs

LED lighting is the latest advance in street lighting and is currently being investigated by the Council as a way of improving service whilst reducing cost. LED stands for light emitting diodes and is now the street lighting of choice around the world, due to its high energy savings of up to  70% over the previous generation of street lighting. Also, LED will provide a good level of lighting output for approximately 20 years compared with the three yearly renewal cycle for previous generation street light lamps, thereby saving on maintenance costs.

The Council’s Engineering Services Committee recently gave the go ahead for converting a number of coastal settlements in the District to LED street lighting. This represents approximately 400 street lights.

It is anticipated that the Council and the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) could save up to $148,000 annually on energy costs by converting all of the District’s 2890 street lights to LED.

The settlements to be converted in this first stage are: Mapua, Ruby Bay, Tasman, Riwaka, Stephens Bay, Kaiteriteri, Tokongawa, Marahau, Tata Beach, Ligar Bay, Pohara, Parapara, Patons Rock and Collingwood.

The first step however will be to investigate whether all the existing lights are required to see if there is an opportunity to remove unnecessary lights. Consultation will be undertaken with the local community as a vital part of this process.

NZTA currently subsidises these conversions, and in the case of Tasman District Council this represents a subsidy of 49%, almost half the cost of upgrading.

LED lights emit a white light compared with the orange light of most current street lights. LED lights have recently been installed in Queen Street in the Richmond CBD, between Salisbury Road and Gladstone Road and in Norman Andrews Place.

LED lighting is very effective at lighting up a defined area without the upward light pollution of current street lighting.

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Supporting Gigatown, Supporting Our Region

The year-long Gigatown competition is nearing the end of the first phase – and the Council is supporting a regional bid to ensure we make the finals.

Councillor Judene Edgar said that while Richmond had initially run its own campaign, “the best thing we can do for Richmond now is to support the Nelson campaign who are currently in fifth position. Richmond volunteers and supporters did well, and we thank them for their support and loyalty.”

The competition, run by Chorus NZ, offers the winning town discounted ultrafast broadband – up to 80 times faster than normal broadband – as well as a $200,000 development fund to implement a digital strategy for entrepreneurs and innovators.

If Nelson remains in the top five they will go through to the second stage of the competition, which includes producing a digital strategy – essentially outlining what they would do with such technology. This is where it is appropriate we support the effort next door as such a strategy would not only benefit the wider region it would also rely on Tasman being a part of it.

“If the campaign is successful, the digital strategy will be a massive driver for future growth for the whole region. And even if we don’t get across the line in the competition, we need a comprehensive digital strategy to position the region for a rapidly-changing future,” Cr Edgar said.

“We are setting ourselves up for the future – building on our strengths and making our region a drawcard for people and businesses that can flourish in the digital space.”

The first stage of the competition finishes on 12 September 2014 and every point counts!

How You Can Help

  • Go to the Chorus Gigatown website and choose Nelson as your town.
  • Complete the August and September gigaquizzes and go in the draw to win an electric bike by Lazerbike.
  • Visit the official Gigatown Nelson Facebook page and ‘like’ it. Every post you make or comment you leave on that page which includes the #GigatownNSN or #GigatownNelson hashtag earns points.
  • Go to the Gigatown Nelson website or drop into the Gigatown Office, 28 Halifax Street, Nelson to find out about other ways you can support their campaign.

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2014 Outstanding Community Service Awards - Profiles

Gordon Currie

Gordon Currie is well known to us as a former Tasman District Council Councillor but less is known of his years of community volunteering. Gordon was involved with rugby for 14 years for the Collingwood area, coaching and refereeing. He was a scout master for two years and was involved in Search and Rescue for three years in Collingwood. Gordon was also a Civil Defence Coordinator for three years, on the Community Law Committee for five years, a volunteer at the Collingwood Fire Brigade for eight years and CEO for three years.

Gordon was involved with Nelson Area Grey Power for 32 years as a Committee member, vice president and president. He became a zone director for seven associations in the top of the South and is still involved at national level as a zone rep. Gordon spent two terms as chair of the NZ Board Waimea Delta Committee and helped set up the Delta water users. He has recently been appointed National Vice President of Grey Power.

Warren Webby

Warren Webby has devoted much of his spare time to attending accidents in Motueka, looking after the victims and making sure lives and property were safe. As both brigade and transport officer at St John, Warren drove the ambulance whenever required and completed thousands of hours at sports and community events. He was awarded the Service Medal of the Order in 1984 and the First Bar in 1989. Warren had 20 years’ service in Search and Rescue and in November this year, he will have served 33 years in the Motueka Volunteer Fire Brigade where he also runs and maintains the emergency kitchen. Warren is a founding member and still currently on the Nelson Area Locator Beacon Trust. Warren was a long term member of MESSI (Motueka Emergency Services Society Inc). He was treasurer and a power behind the fundraising MESSI did in the District. Warren is still visiting and helping many people in the community with home maintenance, provides firewood, drives people to hospital appointments and visits the bereaved and sick.

Margaret Green

Margaret Green started helping people when she was nine and now in her 80th year she is still busy. Utilising her many contacts in the community Margaret hears about the people who are lonely, sick, in need of an outing or a trip to the hospital, those who can’t manage their garden due to illness or who can’t make ends meet. Margaret responds by visiting them, transporting them to the hospital or to friends’ homes for a visit, making them meals, providing homemade soup or baking, finding furniture, bedding, clothes etc. Margaret has also spent time with school students instilling a sense of self-reliance, confidence and life skills.

Roy Reid

Roy Reid moved from the Coast to Golden Bay 23 years ago and wasted no time integrating into the community as a member of the Senior Citizen’s Association, as well as President of both the Takaka Bowling Club and the Community Service Vehicle Trust. As a Grey Power Zone Director Roy was notable for ensuring all members had access and the opportunity to discuss issues with key and aspiring public servants especially around election time. Today Roy is the National President of Grey Power.

Paul Wilkins

Paul Wilkins has been a member of the Murchison Volunteer Fire Brigade for 34 years, 10 of those as Fire Chief of the Murchison Volunteer Fire Brigade. On his days off Paul spends his down time at the sports field where he is involved as a field first aider.

Colin Gibbs

Colin Gibbs is a model of what makes our communities great.  He has served as both chairman and secretary of Wakefield Domain Board and is now patron of the Wakefield Small Bore Rifle Club. In the 1960s Colin held positions as secretary and chairman of the Wakefield Young Farmers Club, before joining Federated Farmers where he held the position of chairman and had an extended term as Nelson Provincial Chairman and rep on the national body. Colin has been chairman of the Nelson Shearing and Wool committee and represented Nelson/Marlborough for 15 years as a national delegate. He is a life member of the South Island Shear Sports.

Between 1970 and 1994 Colin served on the Nelson A&P Association, including one year as president and is a life member. He has held the office of president and secretary with the Waimea and Tapawera Dog Trials Clubs and is a life member. He represented the club on the Marlborough/Nelson Provincial Committee, five years as chairman and six years as national delegate. He helped set up Spooners Community Health Committee, and spent time as its chairman. Around 1986 he took on a role with the Nelson Acclimatisation Society and was appointed onto the transitional committee to form Fish and Game. In 1997, as provincial chair, Colin helped set up the Rural Support Trust and is present day trustee/chairman. He is a current member of the Wakefield Community Council and helped formulate the Wakefield area Civil Defence response plan.

Eileen Stewart

Eileen Stewart has been a member of the Motueka Arts Council for over 10 years and has led the Godwits Welcome event three times. She has been a U3A Motueka member since it was formed and is currently the chairperson. She was also a commissioner of Nelson Area Guiding NZ for over five years and has a close association with the local toy library. In addition Eileen is involved with the Motueka Museum Trust, Library, Soroptomist International, Country Women’s Institute and Probus Motueka. As the current chair of the Motueka and District Historical Society Eileen was made a life member of Motueka and District Historical Association in 2011. She has served on the committee for many years and has been president for six. She has recently been involved with the heritage plaques project at Decks Reserve, being responsible for all the historical material as well as writing the booklet “Along the Path”.

Mary Garner

Mary Garner has played a significant role in the recent redevelopment of the Mapua Hall and has only just retired from the Mapua Hall Society Committee after 22 years of service. Mary served on the Committee first as a volunteer and then as secretary for two periods between 1986 and 2014 and still maintains her role on the Hall’s fundraising subcommittee. To be found at almost every hall event, Mary has contributed to the catering as well as being involved in organising the actual events.

Mary Keddie

Mary Keddie began volunteering with the Red Cross in her last year at primary school – a role she is still active in nearly 70 years later! She has been involved with Meals on Wheels since 1960. From 1950 onwards Mary was one of the pioneers helping others maintain their dignity and wellbeing by providing her time to help with makeup and hair at the hospital. She has also been involved with the Catholic Ministries for 40 years and was a recipient of the Fitzgerald Award on two occasions. The District’s future generations have also benefitted for a number of years from Mary’s time as a scout leader.

Peter Webster

Peter Webster has probably had more to do with the local Dovedale families than most as the Sexton at Dovedale Cemetery. Peter dug the graves manually since 1964, after taking over from his farther-in-law Vik Hawkes, until very recently when a mechanical digger was hired. He also carried out weed spraying and maintenance at the Dovedale Reserve, Hall and Cemetery and sat on all the committees that manage the Reserve since 1967. Peter is also Dovedale Tennis Club’s secretary, chairperson of the Indoor Bowls club, and contact person at the Table Tennis Club, where he continues to play at a high level. Peter was on the board that supported the continuation of the Wakefield Health Service and was instrumental in the founding of the Wakefield Health Centre.

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Newsline Updates - Public Notices

Proposal to Amend the Tasman District Council Consolidated Bylaw – Chapter 4 – Speed Limits 2014

The Tasman District Council Consolidated Bylaw – Chapter 4 – Speed Limits Bylaw 2013 came into force on 23 July 2013. The Council has now resolved to undertake an amendment of the Chapter 4 of the Consolidated Bylaw. The draft amendments to Chapter 4 are now available for consultation in accordance with Sections 83 and 84 of the Local Government Act 2002.

Chapter 4 of the Consolidated Bylaw sets out the speed limit for various local public roads (not State Highways) within the Tasman District. Only the NZ Police can enforce speed limits.

The setting of speed limits is governed by the Land Transport Rule - Setting of Speed Limits 2003 and requires a number of factors to be considered when setting speed limits.

The Council encourages you to have your say about the amendments to Chapter 4 of the Consolidated Bylaw. Please take the time to make a submission detailing your views and any changes you think would enhance it.

Copies of the complete Statement of Proposal are available for viewing on the Council’s website and during normal office hours at the following Tasman District Council Service Centres:

  • Richmond, 189 Queen Street, Richmond
  • Motueka, 7 Hickmott Place, Motueka
  • Takaka, 78 Commercial 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.

Making a Submission

Submissions can be made online at or posted to the Draft Amendments to the Speed Limit Bylaw, Tasman District Council, Private Bag 4, Richmond 7050 or via email to or delivered to any of the Council offices or libraries noted above.

Submissions should include your name, address, telephone number and email address and should state if you wish to speak to the Council in support of your submission at a hearing (date to be finalised). Submitters will be advised of the time to present their submission in due course.

All written submissions will be acknowledged. An explanation of the Council’s final decision will be sent to all submitters following final adoption.

Please note that all submissions are a matter of public record and subject to the requirements of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act.

Submissions should be sent directly to:

Speed Limit Bylaw Amendment, Tasman District Council, Private Bag 4, Richmond 7050

Submissions close at 4.30 pm on Monday 15 September 2014.

Tasman Resource Management Plan - Commencement of Operative Changes 12, 13, 23, 24, 49 and 50 to Parts I, II and V of the Tasman Resource Management Plan

Notice is given that the Tasman District Council has, on 10 July 2014, approved the following Plan Changes:

  • Changes 12 and 23: Waiting Lists for Water Allocation, Site-to-Site Transfer of Water Permits, Moutere Water Management
  • Changes 13 and 24: Water Allocation Review (Motueka Area)
  • Change 49: Three Brothers Corner Commercial Zone, Richmond (Foodstuffs)
  • Change 50: Extension to Industrial Schedule Area, Hope (Network Tasman Ltd)

to commence from 2 August 2014 as Operative Changes to the Tasman Resource Management Plan.

The text of the Plan as Operative will be viewable on the Council’s website as soon as possible. All current Plan holders will be forwarded Update 49 shortly afterwards.

Tasman Resource Management Plan - Decisions on Amendments

  • Plan Change 40: Fault Rupture Risk Area and Slope Instability Risk Area Review
  • Plan Change 41: Heritage Schedule Update
  • Plan Changes 43 & 44: Motueka West and Central Development Areas

The Council has made decisions on Changes 40, 41, 43 and 44 to the Tasman Resource Management Plan (TRMP) and matters raised in submissions. It has amended the Plan accordingly from the date of this public notice. All proposed amendments to provisions in these Changes take legal effect from this date. The decisions affect Plan provisions listed below.

The Council will serve on every person who made a submission on a provision, a copy of its decision on that provision. A compilation of these decisions, in topic order, will be available for public inspection at the Richmond and Motueka offices of the Council from Monday 4 August 2014. The documents can also be viewed on the Council’s website under the specific Plan Change from this date.

Update No. 49 to the Plan, including all amendments to the text and planning maps as a result of these decisions, will be forwarded to Planholders as soon as possible. For enquiries concerning the update or for a copy of any document indicated above, please contact Pam Meadows, Ph. 03 543 8581 or Email or Customer Services in our Richmond office. (Charges may apply.)

Plan Change 40


Slope Instability Risk Area section


Fault Rupture Risk Area section

Plan Change 41

Sch. 16.13A

Heritage Buildings and Structures

Plan Change 43


Principal Reasons and Explanation
(Land for Commercial Activities)


Motueka policies, reasons and methods

Fig. 16.2C

On-site Parking Requirements

Fig. 16.3A

Minimum Allotment Areas in Residential Zone


Subdivision in Residential and Business & Industrial Zones


Principal Reasons for Rules (Subdivision)

Sch. 16.3C

Services Required on Subdivision

Sch. 16.13B

Protected Trees


Residential Zone Rules


Mixed Business Zone Rules


Industrial Zone Rules


Rural 1 Zone Rules


Papakainga Zone Rules


Deferred Zone Rules


Road Area Rules


Information Required for Consent Information

Appendix 2

Urban Design Guide

Plan Change 44

Issue – Management of Town Centres


Principal Reasons and Explanation
(Land for Commercial Activities)

Resource Consents

The Council has received an application for resource consents, which have been publicly notified in The Nelson Mail. The application and supporting information may be examined in any Council Office or Service Centre. The full public notice may be found online on Council’s website ( Any person may make a submission on the application in accordance with Section 96 of the Resource Management Act 1991. Submission forms are available from Council Offices, Service Centres and on the Council’s website. Please note that the following is an abridged advisory notice only.

  • Applicant: Waimea Community Dam Ltd
  • Location: Lee Valley
  • Application Reference No: RM140540: Proposed Lee Valley Community Dam

Resource consents are being sought to allow the construction, operation and maintenance of a dam and associated infrastructure on the Lee River in Tasman District, as part of the Waimea Water Augmentation Project.

The application includes creation of a reservoir behind the dam, and discharge of that water from the reservoir for downstream flow augmentation purposes. Resource consents for the take and discharge of water for construction purposes are also sought. A small-scale hydroelectric power generation plant at the dam is included in the proposal.

A 10 year term of consent is being sought for activities relating to construction.  A maximum consent term of 35 years is being sought for the permanent components of the proposal.

The application does not include resource consents for the take and use of water released to the downstream river and groundwater. These consents will be applied for at a later date by the future users of the water and are not part of the Lee Dam application.

Submissions due: 4.30 pm on Friday 15 August 2014.

Road Closures

Proposed Road Closures

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 two motor sport events the following roads will be closed to ordinary vehicles for the periods and times indicated below.

Any person objecting to the proposal should lodge notice of their objection before Friday 19 September 2014 to the office of the Tasman District Council, 189 Queen Street, Richmond 7020.

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

  • Ken Beck Road (between Ramp Road and Cooper Road – note, Ramp Road will be open) – from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm, Saturday 27 September 2014.
  • Riwaka-Sandy Bay Road – from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm, Sunday 28 September 2014.

Community Notices


Sunday 21 September 2014, 10.00 am–4.00 pm, Motueka Recreation Centre

Inviting businesses and community groups to get in touch ASAP!

Email: or Ph. 03 543 3663.

Notice of Meeting – Keep Motueka Beautiful AGM

Monday 25 August 2014, 7.00 pm, Tasman District Council Service Centre, Motueka. To be followed by a meeting of the Keep Motueka Beautiful Committee, then refreshments. All are welcome.

Tasman District Council Community Grants

Applications are now open for Tasman District Council’s Community Grants.

The Tasman District Council allocates grants to organisations that run activities in line with the Council’s community outcomes. Grants are one-offs and are made to organisations whose services and projects provide community-wide benefit.

Applications close 31 August 2014.

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Open Space Strategy Approved in Tasman

The recently approved Tasman District Council Open Space Strategy will inform and enhance the acquisition, use and management of Council reserves.

“The key purpose and outcome of this strategy is the efficient and effective use of open space as an amenity, and ultimately, the integrated use of some of the District’s most prized assets,” Community Development Committee chair Judene Edgar said in introducing the strategy.

“It has long been recognised that open spaces are important for our well-being, providing recreation, health and economic benefits among others. In recognition of the important role parks and reserves play in the Tasman way of life it was essential the development of the strategy involved as many people as possible”.

“I believe this has been achieved and submitters to the strategy can take a great deal of pride in their contribution to what will be a key element in our current management and future planning of open space in the District.”

A public consultation process was undertaken to obtain the views  of residents and visitors, this was accompanied by a number of public and other targeted meetings with specific stakeholders. Over 240 responses were received to a questionnaire within which many of the issues regarding the provision and management of reserves were well canvassed and discussed.

Key elements of the Strategy include:

  • Identifying the values reserves and other landholdings have and their contribution to the community including values such as landscape, heritage, culture, ecology, recreation and sport;
  • Identification and assessment of existing open space areas and their values provided by different organisations including Ministry of Education (MOE), Department of Conservation (DOC), Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) and Nelson City Council (NCC);
  • Identification of short and long-term demand and supply trends;
  • The means to identify acquisition and development priorities driven by growth and cost of supply;
  • Describing how the Council will work with other open space providers i.e. DOC, MOE and NCC, to reduce duplication and to develop a coordinated regional network of open spaces;
  • Identification of community partners to achieve agreed open space outcomes; and
  • Long-term priorities for enhancement of existing  open space values at the regional level, including priorities for acquisition of esplanade reserves.

The strategy ensures that, in addition to working with external stakeholders and residents, there is a means of working with the wider Council interests to identify opportunities for multi-purpose use of open space areas.

The Tasman District Council Open Space Strategy is available online at

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