Newsline 381 - 12 August 2016

Friday 12 August 2016

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Film Examines the Health of our Rivers 

"All the waterways are similar to the lifeblood running through our veins and arteries."

Melanie McColgan of Waimaori Programme eloquently summed up the importance of our District’s rivers in our new documentary, Our Waters in Common.

The film, played publicly for the first time on 4 August at the Headingly Centre in Richmond, examines the amazing things that our local rivers provide us, the issues they face, and how communities and agencies are working together to improve them. It is intended to educate and inspire, and will be used by our staff at a wide range of environmental education events and forums.

Riding on the back of a big water quality reporting effort, the documentary was a year in the making and was helped by a huge volunteer effort. The beauty and diversity of the District's rivers shines through and the stories of many good people working to improve our rivers' health are warmly portrayed. Tasman District Council Resource Scientist Trevor James says:

“With such a wonderful community in Tasman looking after our rivers, it is hard not to be encouraged.”

Get involved

We’d love to hear your ideas about how we can achieve a greater rate and scale of riparian restoration, the main action that communities can assist with.

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Kaiteriteri Sewer Main Replacement 

The project to replace Kaiteriteri sewer main is on track.

The design has been finalised which has a number of major changes to the current system in place. First it is a new, larger sewer main and secondly, and probably most importantly, it is in the road between Stephen’s Bay and Goodall Road replacing the current pipelines which cross the Tapu Bay estuary. The larger pipeline is needed to account for burgeoning growth in Kaiteriteri and a road-route is preferable for environmental and cultural reasons and ease of maintenance.

The pipeline will generally be in the landward side of the road, except for a few sections where it will move across the road to avoid service clashes. The new design requires new Resource Consents and a Heritage

New Zealand archaeological authority. Assuming all permissions are granted we will advertise the construction tender before Christmas and aim to start work in March 2017. The work programme is planned so that it avoids the busy summer period.

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In Case you Missed it... 

A round up of the recent Council meetings and the decisions made.

Environment and Planning Committee 28 July

  • Received a presentation on the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge by Dr Julie Hall. Tasman and Golden Bays will be among the first study areas.
  • Received the State of the Bays – Tasman and Golden Bay Marine Environments summary report. The summary report outlines the current state of the marine environment and is available to download on our website,
  • Received the annual District-Wide Water Monitoring Report, outlining the level of compliance with water take reporting rules.
  • Received the 2015 –16 Farm Dairy Effluent Compliance Survey. The report records 94% compliance by the 146 dairy farms.
  • Received the annual Dog Control report for 2015 –16. There are 10,474 registered dogs in the District.
  • Endorsed a submission on the proposed National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity. The submission says that achieving the outcomes sought by the national policy statement will require interventions beyond the scope of councils, the Local Government Act and the RMA.
  • Extended the consultation period for the Golden Bay Outstanding Natural Features and Landscapes plan change to Friday 30 September.

Full Council 28 July

  • Agreed to grant a new lease for the Motueka Top 10 Holiday Park.
  • Approved the location of gas bottles and waste services at Shed 4, Mapua.
  • Appointed Frank Hippolite and Raewyn Solomon as iwi representatives on the hearing panel for the Moturoa/Rabbit Island Reserve Management Plan.
  • Approved a submission on the ‘Better Local Services’ (Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill) bill. The submission highlights the Council’s concern at key aspects of the bill that erode local democracy.
  • Received the chief executive’s Pre-Election Report. The report is available to view on our website, tasman.govt.nz/elections

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Big Clean-up Effort at Moturoa/Rabbit Island 

Richmond local David Burt has been busy picking up and bagging debris from the beach for the past year. Any rubbish that was too large or heavy for him to carry away was piled above the high tide mark for the MFA to pick up using a quad bike and trailer.

He has collected more than a tonne of rubbish, including bottles, plastic, wood and tyres. Our thanks to everyone involved. We were pleased to be able to support the clean-up effort by covering the cost of the rubbish disposal.

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Second Hand Sunday Returns 

Clear out some clutter or grab a treasure or two when Second Hand Sunday returns on 11 September, starting at 10.00 am.

It’s easy to participate

To offer items, complete the registration form online by 9.00 am on Thursday 8 September 2016. This form can be found on the website

You can also register at any Council service centre. On the day, put your items out on your driveway or front lawn and attach the downloadable poster (also available at Council service centres) to your letterbox so people can easily identify your address. Please remove any uncollected items at the end of the day. For treasure-hunters, the final list of addresses for those offering free stuff will be available on our website by midday Friday 9 September.

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Independent Audit Confirms Safety of New Queen St Design 

An independent audit into the safety aspects of the new design for Richmond’s Queen Street has confirmed the narrower road carriageway will reduce traffic speeds and contribute to a safer environment.

The Queen Street project, set to begin in earnest in February 2017, will increase the flood capacity of stormwater pipes and direct water away from buildings in future heavy rainstorms. Ageing water and wastewater pipes will be replaced at the same time. The surface of the street will be reshaped to create a more pedestrian friendly space for our community.

Project Manager Jeannie Homesley explains: “The design is intended to discourage heavy traffic from using Queen Street, instead promoting the use of the ring road. While the carriageway will be narrower than it is now, it will be the same width as Upper Queen Street above Salisbury Road. “The idea behind the design is really about creating a pedestrian focussed main street. Low traffic speeds, a wider footpath and more attractive pedestrian spaces will contribute to that.”

We have now advertised the tender for the work, and Jeannie said she was expecting national interest. “The scale and complexity of the work means we are looking for someone with experience of CBD construction.”

Tenders close at the end of September.

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Ligar Bay Landscaping Set to Begin this Year 

Landscaping of the Ligar Bay esplanade area is set to begin in Spring 2016 to create an attractive setting for picnicking and recreation. New picnic and barbecue areas will be created, along with a pedestrian path, parking areas and extensive planting.

The first stage of work will encompass hard landscaping features, such as the path, bollards and carparks. Plantings of coastal shrubs and specimen trees will form the second stage, which will be ongoing until 2018. The landscaping plans were finalised with the help of local residents, who contributed ideas and attended a meeting on the reserve with our staff to discuss the plans earlier this year.

For more information contact Horticultural Officer Kathy Curnow. Ph. 03 525 0020 or email: Kathy.curnow@tasman.govt.nz

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Help Stop the Pest Plant Invasion 

Pest plants affect lots of different areas in our environment – water, wetlands, ground cover and grass, shrubs and trees, and vines.

Pest plants invade native areas in our region and can spread quickly

– meaning it’s even harder for our native plants to survive. Some pest plants are in our Nelson Tasman Pest Management Strategy, but there are also very invasive plants that there are currently no legal requirements to control. For those we rely on your support and assistance – and we have a range of information and expertise to help.

Pamphlets are available on our website, with photos to help aid pest identification as well as practical advice on different control methods. The pamphlets also include a list of appropriate herbicides and their mix rates. A glossary at the rear includes more detail on chemical usage – including chemical names, brand names, safety warnings, explanations and helpful websites.

Find out more

The Pest Plant Invaders pamphlets are available from your local council office and on our website

Please note that each pamphlet has a print date on the back page. This enables us to indicate how recently information has been updated, as new control techniques are developed.

Hornwort/Ceratophyllum demersum

  • Country of Origin: Asia, Africa, Australia, North America.
  • Total Control Plant Tasman & Nelson Districts.
  • Please contact a Biosecurity Officer if you find this plant, Ph. 03 543 8400.

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Prepared and Equipped for Marine Oil Spills 

As a regional council one of our jobs is to be prepared for effective responses to oil spills in our environment. Our hope is that we will never need to put this training into action – but should an incident occur, we’re ready to take action.

To help us be prepared, six staff from Tasman District Council together with staff from Nelson City Council and the private sector, were recently trained in how to respond to oil spill emergencies. The training covered legislation and how to deal with different types of spills, as well as hands on practice with the machinery used in an event. Completing the training means that we now have 13 staff available to respond to oil spill emergencies, including three trained specifically to deal with oil-affected wildlife. Revalidation training takes place every year.

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Meet the People Who Want Your Vote 

Tasman residents have the chance to meet the people seeking votes in the upcoming elections for the positions of Mayor, Councillor and Community Board member.

Organised by local community associations and organisations, the meetings are planned for late August and September. A full list of meeting dates and times – and contact details for the organisers – are available on our website 

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New Lease for Motueka Top 10 Holiday Park 

We have agreed to a new lease for the Motueka Top 10 Holiday Park in Fearon’s Bush Recreation Reserve.

The new lease continues provisions for the protection of trees and to ensure public access for picnicking (apart from a two-month peak camping period where public access is restricted).

Design concepts and changes to the holiday park’s entrance and parking are being considered to address concerns raised by members of the community about traffic and parking. The new lease was the subject of a public hearing in November 2015.

It has a 33-year term, expiring in 2048. This is effectively an extension of eight years to the holiday park’s existing lease, due to expire in 2040.

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Public Notices 

Special direction from Harbourmaster

Vessels are only to tow one device and a maximum of 3 people

PURSUANT TO SECTION 33F(1)(c)(i) OF THE MARITIME TRANSPORT ACT 1994.

For the purpose of ensuring maritime safety within Tasman District, the Harbourmaster for Tasman District Council directs as follows: There is inherent danger in towing more than one Ski Tube and carrying more than 3 people on a Ski Tube. Various accidents and near misses have been reported from this activity including collisions between Ski Tubes, collisions between tow boats and Ski Tubes and collisions between tow boats and persons in the water.

  1. No vessel may tow more than one Ski Tube, except with permission of the Harbourmaster.
  2. No vessel may carry more than 3 persons on a Ski Tube, except with permission of the harbourmaster.

The direction shall have effect from 01 October 2016 until cancelled by further notice. Contact Duty Harbourmaster, Ph. 03 543 8400 or 027 246 1904.

NetHui is coming to our backyard

NetHui is New Zealand’s most inclusive and diverse internet event – and it’s coming to our neck of the woods on Thursday 13 October. It’s been hugely successful in the past. This year InternetNZ are shaking things up a bit and bringing NetHui out to the regions – and guess what – we’ve got the only NetHui for the South Island.

So who takes part in NetHui?

Nethui is open and accessible to everyone, and InternetNZ only charges a very small amount for anyone to attend. Registrations are scheduled to open on 16 August.

Local communities are the heart of NetHui and the programme has been designed by the community. If you want to know more, including how to register, get involved or become a sponsor – head over to 2016.nethui.nz/

Alternatively, contact Karen Lee, the NRDA Digital Coordinator at karen@nrda.co.nz or Ph. 027 644 980.

Rivercare Meetings 2016

The Council is holding its annual Rivercare meetings throughout the District. All interested members of the public are invited to discuss river management issues and works. Topics will include flood protection, riparian maintenance and erosion control and there may be others which may be significant to the area you live. If you are planning to attend one of these meetings and have a specific question or topic you would like discussed, please contact Rivers and Coastal Engineer Giles Griffith on Ph. 03 543 7244 or Email: giles.griffith@tasman.govt.nz.

More information such as previous meeting records can be found on the Council website, www.tasman.govt.nz (search for ‘river care’ in the search box).

  • Takaka Catchment: Friday 12 August 2016, 10.00 am, Takaka Fire Station - (Takaka, Waingaro and Anatoki Rivers)
  • Aorere Catchment: Friday 12 August 2016, 1.30 pm, Collingwood Tavern - (Aorere and Kaituna Rivers)

Are you planning a community art project?

Creative Communities provides funding to support community involvement in the arts, whether that’s music, theatre, festivals, mural painting, outdoor sculptures, art in public spaces, kapa haka, singing, art workshops or something else. If you have a great community arts project needing some dollars to make it happen, the Tasman Creative Communities Scheme may be just what you’re looking for. There are three rounds of applications each year.

The next round is for projects starting after 15 August, and the applications close on 10 November.

There is $39,000 allocated per annum. Average allocations are $1,000.

For application forms visit www.tasman.govt.nz/link/creative-communities or call Mike Tasman-Jones Ph. 03 543 8403 for further information.

Golden Bay’s Outstanding Natural Landscapes and Features

Consultation open until 30 September 2016.

We want to make sure Golden Bay’s outstanding natural features and landscapes are preserved for future generations. With the community’s help, we have identified locations in need of particular care and are suggesting some changes to the rules that govern the way they are managed. We want to know if you think we have chosen the right areas, and if the suggested rule changes are the right way to go about protecting them. The draft changes seek to enable existing activities to continue, and recognise and encourage activities that may protect and enhance landscape characteristics.

Find out more:

All the information you need, including how to submit feedback, is on our website: www.tasman.govt.nz/feedback. Information and feedback forms are also available at Council service centres and libraries.

Intention to amend bylaws for the Abel Tasman Foreshore Scenic Reserve

We need to correct some technical drafting errors within the bylaws adopted last year. The amendment will clarify inconsistencies across sections that made interpretation and enforceability of some of the bylaws difficult.

The Administration Committee of Lindsay McKenzie, Chief Executive Officer, Tasman District Council and Roy Grose, Director Operations, Northern South Island Region, and Department of Conservation give notice of the changes under Sect 107 (b) of the Reserves Act 1977.

The amended bylaws will be available from 16 August 2016 at the Takaka, Motueka or Richmond offices of Tasman District Council or from the Takaka, Motueka or Nelson offices of the Department of Conservation during normal working hours (post 15 August 2016).

Second Hand Sunday

Second Hand Sunday Is a joint Nelson City and Tasman District Council re-use event across the region.

What is Second Hand Sunday?

Freely given and freely taken away, the goods could include anything from old chairs, books, clothing or left over-bits and pieces from building projects but is not to include food, dangerous goods like faulty electrical equipment, or chemicals.

To take part all you have to do is register online on either Nelson City or Tasman District Council’s website, and follow the guidelines. Treasure hunters can then view the list of participating households - which will have the poster on the letterbox - to make the most of the offerings on each Second Hand Sunday.

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Anchor your Land with Free Trees! 

We are coming to the end of the August planting window and still have a number of poplar and willow poles in 1m to 1.5m lengths available for planting. What’s more they are free to landowners affected by or worried about erosion on their property.

The varieties on offer are suitable for a range of purposes including erosion control and fodder. We can match plants to your location and climatic conditions.

Available in 1.5m lengths are Kawa, Argyle and Veronese poplar, and Tangoio and Aokautere tree willow. In 1m lengths are Gigantea (osier/ shrub willow).

Planting is simple:

  • Keep pole ends wet until planting. Work (or dig) a 60cm hole into the ground with a planting bar (or spade), and compact soil around the pole.
  • For best results plant by the end of August, and keep cattle away until poles have a stem diameter of over 200mm and can withstand rubbing.

Please contact our Land Resource Scientist Bernard Simmonds to discuss your requirements. A planting guide will be provided with poles.

Email bernard.simmonds@tasman.govt.nz or Ph. 03 543 8446.