Newsline 387 - 4 November 2016

Friday 4 November 2016

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Help us Plan for the Future of Motueka’s Parks, Playgrounds and Sportsfields 

The management of Motueka’s many and varied public reserves is due for a refresh – and we need your help to bring it up to date.

The Motueka ward has over 70 public reserves, ranging from small neighbourhood parks through to sportgrounds and large, multi-use spaces for playing, picnicking and other leisure activities.

The way we manage these reserves was last reviewed in 2001, so it’s time we took another look to make sure our management plans are still fit for purpose.

These are your public spaces and this is your chance to let us know how you would like to see them managed in future. Between now and February 2017 we will be collecting your feedback – be sure to let us know which reserves you use regularly, what you value most about them, and any changes you would like to see to the way they are used or managed.

How to get involved


More information about the reserves being reviewed is available on our website, and you can also submit feedback online.

In writing:

You are welcome to submit written comments and suggestions, either via email to or post

c/- Strategic Policy, Tasman District Council, 189 Queen Street, Private Bag 4, Richmond Nelson, 7050.

In person: Our Strategic Policy Advisor Anna Gerraty is happy to speak to your group or community organisation. Ph. 03 543 8400 to arrange a time.


Our review of the Motueka Ward Reserves Management Plan will follow these steps:

  • November 2016 – February 2017: Gather public feedback to inform a first draft.
  • June – July 2017: Draft reserve management plan open for public submissions.
  • September – October 2017: Hearings and deliberations on the draft plan.
  • December 2017: Final plan adopted by Council.

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Mayor’s Message 

A big thank you to everyone who voted in this year’s local body election. I’m sure I speak for Councillors as well in thanking you for the support we received. It has been a pleasure to meet with new and returning Councillors and Community Board members. We have now established our committee structure, we are ready for business and we are looking forward to the next three years.

Tasman District is experiencing a high growth rate. This creates economic opportunities for our community while also presenting challenges in delivering services we need. I believe the key issues facing us this term are to ensure consistent delivery of core services, maintaining a focus on keeping rates increases as low as possible and working to reduce debt; providing a secure water supply and managing our land and water resources well for our current and future generations.

The council is here to represent the interests of our whole community and to make good decisions for the district to the best of our ability.

It is our privilege to serve you.

Mayor Richard Kempthorne

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Initial Phase of Queen Street Upgrade Begins 

Work to upgrade a water pipe and install services in Queen Street is underway – a precursor to the major pipe and street upgrades to come in 2017.

Our contractor Downer has begun laying a small water pipeline on the library side of Queen Street, between Gladstone Road and Sundial Square, as well as installing communication and power ducts. Other work will involve moving above ground power boxes out of Queen Street wherever possible. This initial relatively minor job is the first phase of the Queen Street upgrade, in which ageing and undersized stormwater, water and wastewater pipes will be replaced and the street’s surface reshaped to better control floodwaters. The street surface will be replaced to a new design intended to make Queen Street safer and more accessible for all pedestrians. The major infrastructure upgrades begin in February 2017.

Carrying out this smaller job first reduces the risk of disruption to water services during next year’s works, and will allow the major upgrades to be carried out faster.

Some of the work is being done at night to minimise disruption to businesses and users of Queen Street. A small number of car parking spaces will be unavailable at times. Downer will be in touch with individual shops and properties to advise the details and timing of any water shutdowns needed to connect the new pipe.

Find out more:

Ph. 03 543 8400 if you have any questions about the pipe replacement or the Queen Street upgrade project.

You can also read more about the Queen Street upgrade at

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Easter Sunday trading – Yes or No? 

Tasman and Nelson residents are being asked their initial views on Easter Sunday trading following a change in legislation.

From next year, local councils are expected to determine where and when Easter Sunday trading takes place. If the councils decide to allow Easter trading, employees have the right under the new law to refuse to work on Easter Sunday without giving a reason and without any repercussions from their employer. As it is not a public holiday, staff are not entitled to extra pay if they did work. Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne said both councils in our region had decided to ask the community for early feedback on whether it supported Easter Sunday trading before taking a position.

“We’re keeping a completely open mind on the issue. Once we hear what people think, we’ll decide whether to put together a more formal proposal.”

Mayor Kempthorne said it made sense for the consultation to seek a consistent regional view.

Please complete the initial survey before 17 November at

Once the results are in and considered, we’ll consider whether to do more formal consultation on a draft policy, probably from December through to February. That way if any new arrangements are made they may be in place for Easter next year.

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Richmond Road Works and Parking Changes 

A quick reminder about road works and parking changes in Richmond. Thank you for your cooperation and patience while we carry out this essential work.

New parking rules on Salisbury Road: The new Traffic Control Bylaw is now in place. Vehicles for sale are no longer allowed to park on Salisbury Road, and new P2 spaces have been introduced. Our goal is to keep students safe and improve traffic flow during peak times.

Wensley Road parking: By the middle of next week parking will again be available on Wensley Road between the Queen Street and Oxford Street roundabouts. We’ve nearly finished replacing old water pipes with larger-capacity mains.

Cambridge Street watermain: The next watermain to be replaced, later this month, is in Cambridge Street. Again there may be some short-term impacts on carparking. Parking is available in the Warring car park, including some all day spaces.

Queen Street works: Minor water works between Sundial Square and the library.

Remember the Ring Road: Queen Street is surrounded by free parking – and a ring road. Most of the car parks connect to Queen Street via walkways. Next time you’re visiting, try the ring road carparks for a hassle-free experience

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Netball Courts on Track for Construction at their New Home 

The new netball courts at the new Golden Bay Community Recreation Centre are the latest feature to make an appearance. Originally sited in the southern corner behind the rugby fields they are now sited on the western side of the centre.

Where did they come from and how did they end up where they did? Previously sited at Golden Bay Primary School, the courts became the home of temporary classrooms when the old classroom failed earthquake standards. After a while it became clear this was not going to be a short-term situation and the Bay was down a significant number of netball courts.The development of the Community Recreation Centre provided a natural home with new courts.

Unfortunately, the only land available at the time was also used extensively during the annual A&P Show. The Golden Bay A&P Society has come to the rescue and donated the land needed for the courts to the Centre; now the Council can design and deliver the courts in time for the Centre’s opening. While the courts will be complete for use prior to Christmas this year lighting and fencing will feature in the near future.

A big thank you to the A&P Society for donating the land for the courts.

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Contact a Councillor 

Councillors and community board members are your representatives, and you are welcome
to phone or email them to discuss any questions or issues you may have about the running of the District.

Roles and responsibilities have been allocated to the various councillors according to their interests and experience. As well as representing their wards, some councillors also take oversight of specific areas of the Council’s work – such as Engineering Services (roading, water, wastewater and stormwater services and so on), or Environment and Planning (environmental monitoring, building and resource consents, dog control etc).

You can find contact information for the mayor and councillors on our website, or pull out and keep this guide to have handy for future reference.

Richard Kempthorne

Tim King (Waimea-Moutere ward)

Golden Bay Ward

Paul Sangster

Sue Brown

Motueka Ward

David Ogilvie

Paul Hawkes

Peter Canton

Lakes Murchison

Stuart Bryant

Waimea Moutere Ward

Tim King

Dean McNamara

Anne Turley

Richmond Ward

Mark Greening

Dana Wensley

Trevor Tufnell

Kit Mailing

Motueka Community Board

Richard Horrell

Claire Hutt

Brent Maru

Golden Bay Community Board

Lynne Ensor

Dave Gowland

Grant Knowles

Abbie Langford

Tasman District Council

Tasman District Council


R Kempthorne

Deputy Mayor

Cr King

Standing Committees

Community Development

Engineering Services

Cr Canton (Chair)

Cr Wensley (Deputy)

Mayor all other Councillors

Cr King Cr Bryant (Chair)

Cr Sangster (Deputy)

Mayor all other Councillors

Environment and Planning


Cr King (Chair)

Cr Brown (Deputy)

Mayor all other Councillors

Council Committees

Audit and Risk (Reporting to Council)

Commercial (Reporting to Council)


Cr Ogilvie (Chair)

Crs Brown, Greening, King and Sangster

1 x independent member (Graham Naylor – full membership including voting rights)

Cr Sangster (Chair)

Crs King, McNamara, Ogilvie and Wensley

3 x appointed members – Alan Dunn; Phil Grover; Roger Taylor

CEO Review (Reporting to Council)



Crs King, Brown


Community Grants

Community Awards

(Reporting to Community Development)


Cr Canton (Chair)

Crs Wensley, Turley, Bryant and Sangster

(Reporting to Community Development)


Cr Canton (Chair)

Crs Turley, Hawkes and Sangster

Creative Communities


(Reporting to Community Development)

Crs Canton, Wensley and Turley

Plus community representatives

Other Committees

Tasman Regional Transport

District Licencing

Operates under Land Transport Management Act 2003 and its Amendments

Cr Bryant (Chair)

Crs Maling, McNamara, Ogilvie and Sangster

1 x New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) representative
(full membership including voting rights)

Operates under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012

Cr Ogilvie (Chair)

Cr King (Deputy Chair)

3 x list members (appointed for 5 years commencing 2013) – David Lewis, Laurence Gabites and 1 x vacancy

Representatives and appointments

Accessibility for All

  • Cr Wensley

Friendly Towns

  • Richmond appointment – Cr Tuffnell
  • Motueka appointment – Cr Canton
  • Golden Bay appointment – Cr Sangster

Iwi Liaison

  • Mayor, Chief Executive

Mapua Water and Wastewater Business Case Working Group

  • Crs Bryant, King and McNamara

Mapua Waterfront Advisory Committee

  • Cr King

Motueka Airport Advisory Group

  • Cr Canton (Chair)/Cr Hawkes (as alternate)

Native Habitats Tasman

  • Cr Ogilvie

Nelson Tasman Business Trust

  • Cr Tuffnell and Cr Maling as independent members.

Nelson Tasman Cycle Trust Working Group

  • Cr Canton

Positive Ageing

  • Cr Wensley

Port Tarakohe Advisory Group

  • Cr King (Chair)
  • Cr Sangster

Regional TB Free

  • Cr Brown

Richmond Bridge and Croquet

  • Cr Greening

Richmond Transportation Business Case Working Group

  • Crs Bryant, Greening and Tuffnell

Takaka Airport Advisory Group (effective 1 July 2017)

  • Cr Sangster (Chair)

Tasman Bays Heritage Trust Appointments Committee

  • Mayor
  • Chief Executive

Tasman Environmental Trust

  • Cr Tuffnell as an independent member

Tasman Regional Sports Trust

  • Mayor

Tasman Youth Council

  • Crs Canton and Turley

Tenders Panel

  • Crs Bryant, Tuffnell and Maling
  • Chief Executive

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Public Notices 

Events for Motorcyclists

Friday 18 November – Brittany Morrow

Come along to the Waimea Club from 6pm and hear what Brittany has to say about wearing “All the gear. All the time”. She will tell her story about how an unlocked helmet visor flipped up at speed and dragged her off the back of a friend’s bike in 2005. The helmet saved her life, but a complete lack of protective gear meant that her life changed forever. She has become the Queen of Road Rash – Hot drinks and snacks provided.

Saturday 19 November – Dave Moss

Dave will be at Speights Ale House from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm. Dave’s mission is to ensure that every motorcyclist gets the fundamental information needed to understand the basics of their own motorcycle’s suspension. With that information all can begin to understand why setting up a motorcycle chassis and suspension is critical to rider safety for every motorcycle produced. Check out Dave’s website –

No registrations are needed for either event. For further information please contact Krista Ph. 03 543 8551 or

Salisbury Road Parking Changes in November

A ban on parking vehicles for sale came into force on 1 November. There will also be new short-term parking spaces (2 minutes) outside Waimea College and Waimea Intermediate to make it easier for parents to drop-off/pick-up their children without driving into the school grounds.

Get your Summer Event Licence Sorted by 22 November

Are you planning a one-off summer event that includes the sale of alcohol? If so, you will need to apply for a special licence. A special licence will allow you to sell alcohol at a one-off occasion or event, such as a food and wine festival or a quiz night. Licensed premises can also apply for a one-off extension to their hours or area for a special occasion or event.

If your event will be held between 20 December 2016 and 7 February 2017, you need to apply for your special licence by 22 November 2016.

You can find out more about special licences and download an application form at

Intention to Prepare Management Plan for Motueka Ward Reserves

You are invited under s.41(5) Reserves Act 1977 to send written suggestions to Tasman District Council on the proposal to prepare a management plan for Council-administered reserves within the Motueka Ward.

Written suggestions need to be lodged with Council (c/- Strategic Policy) by 28 February 2017.

Information about the reserves is available online at:

River Weed Control Season Starting 2016/17

To control woody weeds and riparian pest plants growing along our rivers, we operate a spraying programme November to April.

We target broom, gorse, buddleia and wilding willows that, if left, will block river channels over time. Due to regular spraying since 2012 there are only relatively small areas within flood channels to control this season, so efforts will be focused on controlling pest vines in selected riparian areas (species such as old man’s beard and chocolate vine).

Areas to be targeted for this work include the Waimea and Wai-iti Rivers, the Sherry and Motupiko Rivers in the upper Motueka catchment, and the Lower Motueka near the township. Techniques will include backpack spraying, motorised pressure sprayers and cutting and painting as appropriate. If a river adjoining your property is to be sprayed, a contractor will contact you.

Armistice Day Service

To commemorate the 98th anniversary of the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front signifying the end of the First World War. A memorial service will be held at the Motueka War Memorial Pah Street Motueka at 10.30 am, Friday 11 November 2016.

Guest Speaker: Commander Peter Cozens RNZN (Rtd)

Returned and Service personnel and members of the public are welcome to attend. Following the service refreshments will be served at the RSA Club 49 High Street. Kevin Sweeney – President Motueka RSA.

Short-term Chlorination for Richmond’s Water

To safeguard Richmond’s water supply while major supply pipeline work takes place, chlorine will be introduced into the water between 4 and 7 November 2016.

This is a temporary measure. Once the work is finished and the bacteria risk is gone, we will stop chlorination and the water will continue to undergo ultraviolet (UV) treatment as usual.

Will my water be affected?

The Richmond water supply covers the Wakatu Industrial estate and ENZA in the north, residential houses on the northern side of Champion Road (in the Nelson City Council area but serviced by Tasman District Council water supply) and all of urban Richmond, including the Beach Road area and as far south as Haycock Road. If you live in this area you will receive chlorinated water for this time.

I don’t like the taste of chlorine – what can I do?

We suggest you fill clean bottles with water before 4 November 2016 and store them somewhere cool and dark in order to have unchlorinated water for drinking during this period. Alternatively, you can leave chlorinated water out in an open-topped container for several hours, then chill it, to reduce the taste of chlorine.

How long before the taste returns to normal?

It may take a few days after chlorination stops for the taste and odour of chlorine to disappear completely.

I have pet fish – can I top up their water?

If you have pet fish, remember to de-chlorinate the water first before topping up their tank or set aside some non-chlorinated water before 4 November. You can de-chlorinate by using a specialist chemical you can buy from most pet shops.

New Grants Fund Open for Applications

The new Special Grants Fund, designed to encourage and support significant new events or projects within Tasman District, is now open for applications.

The fund allows us to provide a larger financial contribution (upwards of $10,000) to special events that will benefit our community, providing a range of opportunities and experiences to residents and visitors.

Up to $50,000 will be available each year, providing we make a surplus as a result of extra growth throughout the District. In years where there is no surplus, Special Grants funding will not be offered.

Find out more

You can read more about the criteria and application process for Special Grants on our website – visit, search term “Special Grants”, or contact Community Partnerships Coordinator

Mike Tasman Jones on Ph. 03 543 8400.

Spooners Tunnel Update

The recent wet weather has slowed up repairs at Spooners Tunnel. The unique requirements of the site means work cannot proceed during or immediately after rain. At this stage, the earliest the tunnel will be open is the last week in November. More rain could delay this date further.

Thanks must go to Nelson Forests Limited who have taken the opportunity to bring forward harvesting in the area during the tunnel closure period to avoid an additional future closure of the trail, which passes through their forest.

Closure – Moturoa/Rabbit Island and Rough Island

To allow harvesting operations to take place, the following closures and notices are in effect on Rough Island.

  • Traverse Walking Track and Heath Road East closed until 19 December 2016
  • Tic Toc Road, Ken Beck Drive and Tasman's Great Taste Trail subject to occasional traffic control
  • Kingsland Road, Clark Road, Heath Road West remain open.

Some areas of Moturoa Rabbit Island will be closed until 15 November 2016 to ensure public health and safety during bio-solid operations.

Alternative routes and access to the Mapua Ferry are still available via Tasman’s Great Taste Trail and Cooper Road. We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Visit for more information and a map of closed areas.

Road Closures

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

  • Applicant: Westland Car Club

Location of road closure: Matakitaki Road – 500m before property 933 to 500m past Mailman Creek Bridge

  • Date of road closure: Saturday 3 December, 10 am – 7 pm
  • Date objections close: 5 November 2016

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Write Choices 

Renovating a home on wheels

Imagine renovating a home on wheels and living life as a gypsy. Motueka local Vivian Scharf has done just that. And now you can find out how she did it. Vivian will share her journey in creating her pint-sized home on wheels at 2.00 pm Wednesday 9 November at Motueka Library.

Book Launch at Takaka Library

Join Golden Bay poet Gordon Challis at Takaka library for the launch of his new book Selected Poems on Friday 11 November at 11.00 am.

Gordon has been writing poetry for much of his life and Selected Poems is his fourth published collection after Building, Other Side of the Brain and Luck of the bounce.

Selected Poems will be available for purchase. You’re welcome to stay for tea and a chat after the launch.

Book launch and exhibition opening at Richmond Library

Join us at Richmond Library on Tuesday 8 November at 5.30 pm for the launch of local photographer Barry Doig’s book The House at Appleby and the opening of the exhibition featuring some of the photographs.

The book and exhibition are a photographic account of a derelict Appleby house – a well-known local landmark that recently burnt down.

Barry has won many local, national and international photographic awards. A Fellow of the Photographic Society of New Zealand, he recently received the distinction Artist of the International Federation of Photographic Art for his pictorial photography.

Copies of Barry’s book will be available to purchase at the book launch for $35. Cash sales only.

Photographic prints of Barry’s work, which will be displayed on the library gallery wall, will also be available for purchase or order from the artist.

The writer’s life at Richmond Library

Published local author Belinda Mellor will be at Richmond Library on Thursday 24 November from 12.00 – 1.00 pm to talk about the writer’s life and answer questions from budding authors and interested readers.

And on Saturday 26 November you can get your creative juices flowing with a writing workshop with Belinda. The workshop is free and runs from 10.00 am – 12.30 pm. Places are limited and booking is essential.
Ph. 03 543 8500 to book your place.

Coming soon – Dare to Read

Dare to Read, Tasman District Libraries’ popular summer reading programme for kids aged 5 – 12, is coming soon.

The programme is designed to encourage children to continue reading through the six-week summer holiday break. It's a fun way to keep the reading habit developing.

Reading can be done at home and can be your child reading on their own, 'read with me' (for those not yet reading on their own), family reading or shared reading. A great opportunity for everyone in the family to get involved. Registrations open in early December. Keep an eye on the library website to find out more.

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