Newsline 382 - 26 August 2016

Friday 26 August 2016

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Nominations in for 2016 Council Elections 

Nominations have closed and now it’s time to get to know the candidates who are seeking your vote in the 2016 local council elections.

Some councillors and community board members have already been elected unopposed in their wards – read these results.

Meet the candidate sessions organised by various community organisations are scheduled for August and September.

You will find all the details in this issue of Newsline, or on our website – head to

Voting papers will be mailed out in September, due to arrive between 16 – 22 September. Election day is 8 October 2016.

Enrol to Vote

Not enrolled yet? It’s not too late. Head to or call 0800 36 76 56 to enrol or update your details before 7 October. Everyone who enrols after 12 August 2016 will need to cast a special vote. Special voting facilities are available at our Richmond Office, or phone the Electoral Officer, Sandra Hartley Ph. 03 543 8554 who can mail out special voting documents. Special votes must be returned to the Electoral Officer at the Council’s Richmond office before polling closes at noon on 8 October 2016.

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Record Number of Applications of Community Grants 

We have received a record 176 applications for this year’s Community Grants, which closed on 31 July.

There is $219,000 available to be allocated. The successful applicants will be notified after the Council’s Grants Subcommittee meets on 25 August. The grants application process was online only for the first time this year. Community Partnerships Coordinator Mike Tasman- Jones said it was pleasing community groups had embraced the online process, which had been supported by Council staff offering help and advice at libraries throughout the District.

“The grants offer a helping hand to groups working on a great community event or project. They are intended to encourage community-based solutions, support community-driven improvements to services or infrastructure, and to support the work of volunteers.

“The community benefit from the Council supporting these projects far exceeds the amount of money put in – the return has been estimated at $3 to $5 for every $1 we contribute – so we see it as providing really good value.”

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In Case you Missed It... 

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

Corporate Services Committee 4 August 2016

Received and discussed a number of reports providing updates and information on the current decisions regarding our jointly owned assets Port Nelson, Nelson Airport and the Local Government Funding Agency.

Full Council 11 August 2016

The Chief Executive's Pre-Election Report provided provisional financial results for the 2015/16 year. This result showed an operating surplus of $12.210m.

Council debt has fallen from the audited figure of $144m as at 30 June 2015 to $133m at 30 June 2016, $35m less than budgeted. Loan repayments are occurring but the need for new loans has not materialised as the capital spend expectations are not met. The balance sheet is strong.

The Mayor welcomed 34 new New Zealanders to the District at the recent Citizenship ceremony.

The final Council meeting for this triennium will be held on 22 September where at least five Councillors will be stepping down from their civic roles; Judene Edgar – Richmond, Martine Bouillir – Golden Bay, Jack Inglis – Motueka, Trevor Norriss – Waimea Moutere, Zane Mirfin – Richmond.

Engineering Services Committee 18 August 2016

Decided to recommend to Full Council that some of the money allocated for the Collingwood water treatment plant upgrade in 2016 – 17 be transferred to prioritise the completion of the Riwaka- Kaiteriteri water treatment plant upgrade; and to limit work in 2016 – 17 on the Collingwood and Pohara plants. All the schemes will be designed to allow for emergency chlorine treatment.

Approved a $14,000 grant to purchase a ‘FlexiDam’ and locker for the Motueka Volunteer Fire Brigade’s new water tanker to help ensure the brigade has a constant supply of water in areas where there is no reticulated water supply.

Agreed to proposed spending of $110,000 on Tasman’s Great Taste Trail to progress work needed to secure matching third-party funding.

Recommended the Council fund $30,000 towards addressing flooding from Ned’s Creek, Murchison, in the current financial year.

In response to residents’ concerns, agreed to rename Gannet Heights West Road, in Kaiteriteri, to Bees Road to eliminate the risk of confusion with nearby Gannet Heights Road.

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Love Your Water Campaign Heads to Golden Bay 

Sustainable Coastlines’ 2016 Love Your Water tour hit Golden Bay on Thursday 18 August, with local primary schools taking part in a planting day at the Rototai Reserve.

The Golden Bay portion of the 2016 Love Your Water campaign saw school children and community volunteers undertake tree planting at the reserve, supported by staff from Sustainable Coastlines and the Tasman District Council.

Sustainable Coastlines works hard to enable people to look after the coastlines and waterways they love, and the Love Your Water tour allows them to connect and work with waterway restoration projects around Aotearoa. The organisation provides free training for anyone from businesses, community groups, councils and schools to use the education and events techniques that they have found effective. Tasman District Council horticultural officer Kathy Curnow said the campaign was a wonderful way to involve the community in ongoing efforts to beautify Rototai Reserve.

“The reserve is important for protecting foreshore vegetation and habitat. It is also a popular spot for walking, picnicking and recreation. The Love Your Water planting day harnessed the energy and passion of the Golden Bay community for their beautiful coastline in order to build on the planting in this special spot.”

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Community Spirit Recognised 

A huge ‘congratulations’ to the recipients of our 2016 Outstanding Community Service Awards.

There are a host of people throughout our District who work quietly away without pay and with precious little recognition to make our communities better places to live.

The awards aim to give some well-deserved recognition to these unsung heroes of our communities, and is an opportunity to make sure they are rewarded with the thanks they deserve for the long-term outstanding service they have given over the years.

The 2016 Winners

  • Mike Riddell, Motueka
  • Terry Frater, Motueka
  • Richmond Grant, Motueka
  • Lilian McFadgen, Richmond
  • Betty Borlase, Richmond
  • Thora Webster, Dovedale
  • Ivan Riley, Golden Bay
  • Joanne Vaughan, Golden Bay
  • Ronnie Short, Golden Bay
  • Bill Richards, Golden Bay
  • Derry Kingston, Golden Bay


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The Candidates 

Listed below are the confirmed candidates for elections in the Tasman District area.

Mayor (1 required)

  • CLARK Maxwell (Refresh Tasman)
  • KEMPTHORNE Richard
  • MALING Kit (Independent)

Richmond Ward Councillor (4 required)

  • DAWSON Murray (Independent)
  • GIBBS Dennis
  • GREENING Mark (Refreshing Council for positive change)
  • HIGGINS Michael (On the Job)
  • MACKEY Wayne
  • MALING Kit (Independent)
  • TUFFNELL Trevor
  • WENSLEY Dana

Motueka Ward Councillor (3 required)

  • CANTON Peter
  • DOWLER Barry
  • HAWKES Paul (Independent)
  • LUCAS Martin (Independent)
  • OGILVIE David

Moutere/Waimea Ward Councillor (3 required)

  • GOULD Andrew
  • KING Tim
  • OSMASTON Richard
  • STRADLING Graeme
  • TURLEY Anne
  • WATSON Gary

Golden Bay Ward Councillor (2 required)

  • BROWN Sue
  • COX Richard
  • ENSOR Brian
  • PEARSON Bryony
  • TURNER Reg

Brief profiles of the candidates are available to read on our website.


Because the number of nominations received did not exceed the number of vacancies in some wards, the following candidates have been elected unopposed:

Lakes/Murchison Ward Councillor

  • BRYANT Stuart Gordon

Motueka Community Board

  • HAWKES Paul (Independent)
  • HORRELL Richard Charles
  • HUTT Claire
  • MARU Brent Tahi

Golden Bay Community Board

  • ENSOR Lynne
  • GOWLAND Dave
  • KNOWLES Grant
  • LANGFORD Abbie

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Meet the Candidates 

Please note that these meetings are not organised by the Tasman District Council. For information, please contact the relevant community group or association.

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Order your LIMS Online 

Applying for a Land Information Memorandum (LIM) just got easier, thanks to a new online application process.

Customer Services Manager Suzanne Westley said the new online application was a good time saver. “People can look up the legal description online, and make payment online, so it made sense to have an online application. Everything we can do to make the process a bit quicker for customers is worth it.” Once payment is made, detailed property information is delivered electronically.

“The statutory requirement is 10 days, but it’s usually quicker,” Suzanne says.

Council staff could also obtain Certificates of Title on behalf of customers, for the same cost as ordering direct through Land Information New Zealand. It’s recommended that all people buying property obtain a LIM, which contains a wide range of council-held information about rates, consents, land use, hazards and more.

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Consultation Closes on Landfill, Traffic and Water Supply Bylaws 

Thanks to everyone who gave us feedback during consultation on the joint regional landfill proposal, Draft Traffic Control Bylaw and Draft Water Supply Bylaw.

Consultation is now closed on all three. The Draft Traffic Control Bylaw attracted 39 submissions, and the Draft Water Supply Bylaw drew one submission. Both will go to a hearing on 26 August, with final versions of the bylaws due to be adopted on 22 September. We received four submissions, as well as verbal feedback during meetings and presentations, on the plans to amend our Long Term Plan to allow us to jointly govern a regional landfill in partnership with the Nelson City Council. There will be a hearing on 24 August, with a decision expected on 15 September.

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Don’t Let the Landscape go to Waste 

Illegal dumping of rubbish and garden waste can cause long-term, and sometimes permanent, damage to the environment – so please dispose of your waste wisely.

Dumping near waterways, in reserves or at the beach encourages the spread of invasive weeds and can create pollution. It can also spoil our public open spaces and water for everybody. Please use the kerbside collection service or dispose of waste at one of our Resource Recovery Centres to keep our environment clean for everyone to enjoy.

Resource Recovery Centres

Collingwood: 93 Bainham-Collingwood Road

Open 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday

Motueka: Robinson Road, Mariri

Open 9.00 am – 4.00 pm Monday – Friday; 1.30 pm – 4.00 pm Sunday

Murchison: 41 Matakitaki West Bank Road

Open 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm Monday, Wednesday, Saturday (Daylight savings hours: 1.00 pm – 5.00 pm)

Richmond: 14 Fittal Street, Richmond

Open 8.00 am – 5.00 pm, seven days a week

Takaka: 45 Scott Road

Open 8.30 am – 4.00 pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 9.00 am – 4.00 pm Saturday; 1.30 pm – 4.00 pm Sunday

Rubbish Collection Days

  • Monday - Golden Bay, Marahau, Kaiteriteri, Riwaka, Brooklyn
  • Tuesday - Motueka
  • Wednesday - Moutere, Coastal Tasman, Mapua, Ruby Bay, Redwood Valley, Appleby, Northern Hope (including Clover Road and Main Road Hope and Lower Queen Street)
  • Thursday - St Arnaud, Tapawera, Tadmor, Belgrove, Wakefield, Brightwater, Southern Hope (South of Main Road Hope and Bateup Road), Upper Richmond (including Hill Street odd numbered houses and above)
  • Friday - Central Richmond (inside Gladstone Road, Champion Road, Hill Street, Bateup Road / Hart Road)

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Newsline Updates 

Air quality exceedance

We’re required to publicly notify exceedances of the National Environmental Standards relating to Air Quality. The Richmond Airshed PM10 concentrations exceeded an average 24-hour concentration of 50 micrograms per cubic metre (μg/m3) on the following dates:

The total number of exceedances to date this season is five, (two in June). The total for last winter was three. More information is available online:

Day PM10 concentration measured (μg/m3) Extent of PM10 exceedance (μg/m3) Location at which exceedance was measured
2 July 2016 56 6 Richmond Central
4 July 2016 60 10 Richmond Central
12 July 2016 69 19 Richmond Central

Lower Moutere School 'Step Into Spring' fun run/walk

A 5km fun run/walk. Run part of Tasman's Great Taste Trail, climb the hills to fantastic views of Tasman Bay before the run back down to the school.

Event details: Sunday 18th September 2016, 9.15 am Registration, 10.10 am start, Lower Motuere School, 8 School Road RD2, Lower Motuere 7175. $5 a person or $15 a family. To book your tickets Ph. 021 066 2896 or 03 526 7775 or email

Second-Hand Sunday Returns

Spring clean, declutter and participate in Second-Hand Sunday on 11 September.

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.

Hope School country fair

Very family friendly event. We welcome everyone. Hope School Country Fair is a day filled with good value country fun. We will have live entertainment, great food, and plenty of produce, preserves and goodies to stock up your pantry. For the kids there are a variety of games to keep them amused for hours. Our Silent Auction is always popular with lots of local businesses donating amazing prizes, including seven nights’ accommodation for four in Noosa, a pallet of pavers from Firth and a $2000 bench top from Trenz Kitchens. Our plant stall has a great variety of healthy plants, shrubs and trees to complement your garden. The usual stalls, chocolate wheel, pre-loved clothing are there for you to peruse.

Event details: Saturday 17 September 2016, 10 am – 2 pm. Hope School, 316 Paton Road, Richmond. Plenty of free parking. Contact: Ph. 03 544 8427 or email

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 or Ph. 03 543 8446.

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 and in the past has been run as one large conference. 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. If you want to know more, including how to register, get involved or become a sponsor – head online to . Alternatively, contact Karen Lee, the NRDA Digital Coordinator at or Ph. 027 644 9800.

Nelson Historical Society presents its biennial James Jenkins Lecture

Lecturer: Dilys Johns, archaeologist and senior research fellow in conservation at the University of Auckland. Topic: Conservation and its impact for the study of Aotearoa’s past – interpreting the recent recovery of 14th and 15th century canoes from New Zealand’s South Island.

Event details:

  • Thursday 15 September 2016. Tahuna Beach Holiday Park Conference Centre, Beach Road, Tahunanui, Nelson, 7.30 pm.
  • Doors open 7 pm. $5 at the door (light refreshments provided at the conclusion of the lecture)
  • RSVP (for catering purposes): Email or Ph. 027 238 1819.

Her lecture will span the exciting discovery, excavation, recovery and ongoing conservation of two waterlogged 14th and 15th century canoes in estuarine environments, one found in the Anaweka Estuary, south of Anatori, on Golden Bay’s rugged West Coast, the other near Dunedin.

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.

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 1 October 2016 until cancelled by further notice.

Contact Duty Harbourmaster, Ph. 03 543 8400 or 027 246 1904.

Public Screening of Tasman Rivers Documentary

You’re invited to a public screening of the new documentary about Tasman’s rivers, Our Waters in Common, to be held in Riwaka on Tuesday 30 August. The film 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 Tasman District Council staff at a wide range of environmental education events and forums.

Event details: Tuesday 30 August 2016, 7 pm at Riwaka Rugby Clubrooms.

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. Contact Trevor James, Ph. 03 543 8562 or email

Water meter programme update

In 2016 we started replacing ageing water meters as part of our ongoing programme to keep the District’s water reticulation network well-maintained. The meters in some areas have reached an age where they are likely to be showing signs of deterioration and reduced accuracy. The loss of accuracy can affect the way we manage our water resources, and how the costs of water supply are distributed across the community.

As part of the Council’s 10-year programme the water meter installations will restart on the week of 5 September with a handful to complete in Motueka, and then on to Kaiteriteri and Riwaka.

Keep Motueka Beautiful planting bee

Come along to the planting bee to help beautify the new viewpoint at George Quay. 9.30 am –12.30 pm, Saturday 3 September. Meet at the harbour entrance off Massey Street.

Food Forest Project working bee

Ledger Park, Motueka, 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month. 10 – 12 noon. Bring spade, fork, and gloves. All enquiries, Ph. Dawn Jones 03 528 9368.

Road Closures

The following roads are to be closed to ordinary vehicles for the periods and times indicated below.

  • Applicant: Nelson Car Club
  • Event: Car Club Hill Race
  • Location of road closure: Pigeon Valley Road, from Sharp Road to Dovedale Road and Dovedale Road, from Pigeon Valley Road to Brandy Creek Road
  • Date of road closure: Saturday 1 October 2016, 8.30am – 5.00 pm

Objections now closed: More information at

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