Newsline 398 - 5 May 2017

Read the latest issue of Newsline online, including the following articles:

You can also download: Newsline 398 - 5 May 2017

Back to Top

We Will Remember Them

ANZAC Day celebrations started a little early in the region this year, with the unveiling of a new memorial at Marsden Valley Cemetery.

One hundred years after he was killed in action, a statue of John H Cock now stands at the Returned Servicemen Cemetery in memory of the sacrifice made by all the men and women who have served their country.

Mayor Richard Kempthorne said ANZAC services and parades were an important part of the fabric of our community. “It reminds us of the bravery of our ancestors, and the immense sacrifice the men and women of our District made all those years ago.”

Commemorations throughout the district were well attended, with 14 services taking place from Collingwood to Murchison.

Back to Top

Mayor’s Message 

Much of the water quality discussion to date has focused on land use in rural areas.

Recently, I have also been thinking about the implications of our activities in more built up areas. For example, paint or paint brush wash flushed down our storm water system. I also recently saw someone about to tip oil down a drain. There are lots of activities people might do without thinking, which end up with pollutants discharging straight in to our urban streams and in to estuaries. It all has a negative effect on our environment.

Urban developments in new locations in the last year are putting in treatment systems designed to intercept such discharges. However, all road sumps and home gully traps go to stormwater. If drilling waste from roof installation or moss and lichen treatment of roofs and paved areas are discharged straight to storm water, this can cause significant adverse effects in waterways. To be safe, people need to disconnect their downpipe from the spouting when they apply product.

A key thing to remember is that if you don’t want it to turn up on the beach or to poison our aquatic life, don’t put it down the storm water drain. Try to consider if you have to clean something, to do it inside so the wastewater system can deal with it.

We all need to take responsibility for our water quality and be aware of the significant negative impact our activities can have on our environment. Let’s look after the place where we live, so that we can pass it on to our children in a better state than when we arrived.

Mayor Richard Kempthorne

Back to Top

In Case You Missed It... 

Stay up to date with what we’ve been doing with this round-up of recent Council meetings and the decisions made.

Environment and Planning Committee 27 April 2017

  • Gave consent for the Brightwater Motor Inn to increase its gaming machine numbers from three to nine, and for the Tapawera Hotel to add an extra gaming machine, bringing its total to four. Councillors also asked for a review of the Council’s Gambling Venues Policy.
  • Formally committed to work in partnership with Manawhenua ki Mohua on freshwater management proposals for the Takaka area, following a constructive hui between iwi, councillors and staff, and members of the Takaka Freshwater and Land Advisory Group (FLAG).
  • Approved a small-scale management plan for Mediterranean fanworm, whch has been found in small numbers at Tarakohe Harbour. Mediterranean fanworm (Sabella spallanzanii) is an unwanted organism with potentially severe effects on the aquaculture industry. The committee also approved $110,000 over three years to implement the management plan.
  • Agreed to begin work on several rezoning proposals for Wakefield, suggested by submitters during an earlier consultation on changes to the planning rules for Wakefield. Formal consultation on the latest proposals will take place in late 2017.
  • Endorsed a submission on the Government’s Clean Water Package, saying that while the package is generally sound it needs refining to make sure it is workable in practice and sends a consistent message about water quality targets.

Back to Top

Dealing with Pests and Weeds? 

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

Pest plants invade 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.

Most recently we’ve updated the guide for dealing with pest trees.

Find out more

Pest Plant Invaders pamphlets are available from your local council office and on our website: tasman.govt.nz/link/pests-weeds.

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.

Back to Top

Keeping the Air Clean in Richmond 

At this time of year people often start lighting their fires – and it’s also the time of year we need to make sure our air quality does not compromise people’s health. As your Council, we need to manage air quality, especially in the Richmond Airshed.

We use education, rules and enforcement techniques to maintain and improve air quality.

The amount of smoke being discharged from a wood burner is greatly affected by how the burner is being operated, whether the burner is an old one or a modern clean air one.

Minimise smoke in two easy steps

All wood burners can be operated to minimise the amount of smoke being produced, using two simple principles.

  • Use dry, seasoned wood, and
  • Keep adequate air flowing when the burner is operating

Have a look at your chimney once you have got it going in the evening. How smokey does it look? A thin wisp of light coloured smoke is what you should be aiming for.

Don't bank up your wood burner and then turn the air flow down low – keep a good air flow going and regularly load the burner.

Keeping the air clean is especially difficult when the nights are clear, calm and frosty. This is when the smoke remains in the air and particulate matter builds up to levels exceeding national standards.

Keep a watchful eye on how your woodburner is operating on these nights. Our compliance staff will also be checking chimneys during winter to help prevent excessive smoke.

Insulation helps

Good insulation reduces heat loss and moisture levels, making houses warmer and healthier to live in. It also means less heat is lost overnight and reduces the temptation to “damp down” a wood burner.

More firewood tips and air quality information is available tasman.govt.nz/link/good-wood

Back to Top

Kaiteriteri Replacement Sewer Main Work Begins 

To cater for future population growth in Kaiteriteri and to better manage the large population increases during summer, we are installing a new sewer main from Stephen's Bay to Riwaka, and upgrading the Stephen's Bay and Tapu Bay pump stations and associated pipelines.

The new wastewater pipeline will be installed along the road reserve from Stephens Bay to the cycleway access at the intersection of Kaiteriteri Road and Goodall Road in Riwaka. The work will also include some new pipework in Stephen’s Bay Road, Anarewa Cresent and Tapu Place. The new pipeline between Tapu Bay and Stephen’s Bay Road will be installed inside the existing pipeline, which means we won’t need to dig a trench in the road.

The current pipeline will remain in the estuary and when the new pipeline becomes operational, it will be flushed and sealed to avoid any leaks.

Progress

Work started on April 20 and will move in stages from the corner of Cederman Drive and Riwaka-Kaiteriteri Road towards Riwaka.

Traffic will be reduced to one-lane in places as works progress.

Donaldson Civil will write to residents affected by the work approximately 10 working days prior to work beginning outside their properties.

Delays are possible

We appreciate that these works will be disruptive and create delays on the Riwaka-Kaiteriteri Road. Our priority is to minimise disruption to residents, cyclists, road users and businesses.

The road will be open at all times. However, traffic will be reduced to one-lane on sections of the road, with Stop-Go traffic management in place.

Tasman’s Great Taste Trail will stay open throughout the works, but some parts will be affected from time to time.

More information about this and other projects is available on our website tasman.govt.nz/tasman/projects.

Back to Top

Easy Tool to Make a Family Emergency Plan 

We all know that disasters can happen at any time of day or night.

It’s important for every family and household to have an emergency plan. Civil Defence have a fantastic online tool which helps you think about the things you need every day and work out what you would do if you didn’t have them. Simply in the form at www.happens.nz – keep a copy on your phone, share it with other family members, print it out and stick it on the fridge – however you do it, make sure everyone knows the plan.

A household emergency plan will help you work out:

  • What you will each do in the event of disasters such as an earthquake, tsunami, volcanic eruption, flood or storm.
  • How and where you will meet up during and after a disaster.
  • Where to store emergency survival items and who will be responsible for maintaining supplies.
  • What you will each need to have in your getaway kits and where to keep them.
  • What you need to do for members of the household, family or community with a disability or special requirement.
  • What you will need to do for your pets, domestic animals or livestock.
  • How and when to turn off the water, electricity and gas at the main switches in your home or business.
  • Which local radio stations to tune in to for Civil Defence information during an event.
  • How to contact your local council’s Civil Defence emergency management office for assistance during an emergency.

Talking to children about disasters:

Parents and caregivers should consider talking to children about the disasters that could happen in your community and what to do to keep safe. This can help to reduce fear and anxiety and helps everyone know how to respond.

Insurance:

Make sure your insurance cover is adequate and up to date and that important documents can easily be gathered if you have to evacuate. If life or property is threatened, always dial 111.

Back to Top

Queen Street Upgrade: What You Need to Know 

Work to replace the fragile old concrete pipe running up Queen Street is now largely complete and Stage One works (from Gladstone Road to Noel Leeming) are well underway.

Thank you for your patience with the traffic management on Queen Street.

The good news is that now the new water pipe has been laid, the roadworks will be much less changeable, as only the current construction stage will be closed at any one time.

During the rest of Stage One works, Hawkins Infrastructure will replace an ageing and undersized stormwater pipe beneath the street and build a roundabout at the junction of Queen Street and McIndoe Place. The roundabout will better manage traffic flows in this busy spot and also provide a transition into the new street design, which has no kerb and channel, wider footpaths and a narrower road carriageway.

Chorus will also renew fibre cables and install extra ducts for future demand during this stage.

Key things to remember

  • Queen Street is closed from Gladstone Road up to Noel Leeming
  • There is no access to or from Queen Street via McIndoe Place – but you can still access the Harkness carpark from McIndoe Place
  • P60 and P120 time limits are now in force in the Papps carpark
  • Free all day parking is available at the Richmond Showgrounds

The ring road is a great option for avoiding any delays and to access public parking just a short walk from the shops.

Back to Top

Newsline Updates 

Part of Tasman’s Great Taste Trail Closed for start of Hunting Season

The game bird hunting season in the Tasman region opens on Saturday 6 May 2016 and closes on Sunday 30 July 2016.

A section of Tasman's Great Taste Trail passes close to the area where hunting occurs and therefore it needs to be closed on Saturday 6 May for the first day of the game bird hunting season.

The trail will be closed:

  • From Ravensdown on Lower Queen Street through to Lansdowne Road.
  • Between midnight and 10.00 am and between 4.00 pm and midnight.

People are asked to use Lower Queen Street as an alternative route during this time.

Tasman District Council Road Operations and Safety Coordinator Chris Pawson said signs would be installed along the trail to advise people that recreational hunters would be in the area. It is not intended to be closed on other Saturdays during the hunting season, however “Everyone using the trail during the hunting season should exercise caution and be aware that you may hear shot gun blasts.”

For further information, contact Tasman District Council Road Operations and Safety Coordinator Chris Pawson:  Ph. 03 543 7238. Email: chris.pawson@tasman.govt.nz

Keep Richmond Beautiful Annual General Meeting

Wednesday 10 May 2017 at 3.00 pm, Constance Barnicoat Room, ground floor, Queen Street end of Richmond Library.Those interested are welcome to join us starting with afternoon tea at 2.45 pm.

Local Governance Statement

Our revised Local Governance Statement is now available online at www.tasman.govt.nz/link/lgs. The statement provides a suite of information about the structure of the Council, its functions, responsibilities and activities, decision-making processes, legal authority and policies.

Reserve and Hall Committee triennial elections

Triennial elections are held every three years to elect volunteers to help look after their local hall/reserve. The following hall/reserve management committees are due to hold their triennial elections:

  • Lake Rotoiti Community Hall Management Committee: Friday 12 May 2017 at 7.30 pm at the Hall.
  • East Takaka Recreation Reserve Management Committee will hold its Triennial Elections and the East Takaka Hall Committee will hold its AGM on Monday 15 May at 7.30 pm at the East Takaka Hall.
  • Dovedale Residents Committee: Tuesday 16 May 2017 at 7.30 pm in the Dovedale Hall.
  • Riwaka Hall Management Committee: Monday 22 May 2017 at 7.00 pm at the Riwaka Hall.
  • Lower Moutere Memorial Hall Committee: Tuesday 13 June 2017 at 7.00 pm at the Lower Moutere Memorial Hall.

Spat catching season extended

Companies with Spat catching operations in Tasman and Golden Bays have been granted extensions to continue after a slow start to the season. The deadline to remove spat catching lines within the Aquaculture Marine Area 2 subzones (k) and (g) and AMA 3 subzone (e) is now 31 May 2017.

Mariners are advised to continue exercising caution in these areas. The location of the spat catching area can be viewed on our website, www.tasman.govt.nz/link/marinefarms.

Operator area

Zone

Golden Bay Mussels Ltd 

AMA2 Subzone K

Golden Bay Ring Road Spat Catching Limited

AMA 2 subzone G

Tasman Bay Ring Road Spat Catching Limited

AMA 3 subzone E

Proposed speed limit change for Queen Street and Sundial Square, Richmond

We propose to reduce the speed limit on Queen Street, Richmond to 30km/hr. The current speed limit on Queen Street from Gladstone Road to Salisbury Road, is 50km/hr. The proposed reduction in speed limit will also include Sundial Square (from Queen Street to McGlashen Avenue).

There are several reasons for this proposed reduction in speed:

  • The new road profile is designed for a lower speed environment
  • The new road design has a narrower carriageway (reduced from approximately 9.5m to 6.0m)
  • The new footpaths will be wider and make the area more pedestrian friendly
  • There will be no raised speed humps (due to stormwater flow requirements)

Everyone is welcome to provide feedback and comment on the proposed change.

Complete the form online at http://www.tasman.govt.nz/feedback or fill in a form at one of the Council Service Centres and leave there or send via email to robyn.scherer@tasman.govt.nz.

Comments close at 5.00 pm on Friday 19 May 2017.

Annual residents’ survey – have your say

We are about to conduct our annual survey of residents to find out how you think we are performing. We have commissioned National Research Bureau (NRB) to carry out the telephone survey. NRB uses a randomised selection method to choose survey respondents. The survey is totally confidential. The residents’ survey allows us to track our performance and hear the community’s views about what we do well and where we can improve. If you are contacted by NRB, we would love it if you would take the time to be involved – your input is important to let us know how we can best serve our community.

Subsidised neutering for menacing dogs

We’re working with the Nelson SPCA to deliver subsidised neutering and microchipping for menacing dogs. The subsidy is funded by the Department of Internal Affairs. Eligible dogs will be neutered and microchipped at a nominated vet clinic for $25. Dog owners who wish to take advantage of this offer should contact the Nelson SPCA on 03 547 7171 to confirm whether your dog is eligible.

Notice of intention to have land declared abandoned

The Council intends to apply to the Nelson District Court for an order that:

  • declares land listed at various locations to be abandoned; and
  • authorises the Council to sell or lease such land.

Anyone with an interest in any of these properties or information that is relevant to the application must contact us by 21 May 2017 by phoning 03 543 8400 or emailing rates@tasman.govt.nz.

Read the full notice at www.tasman.govt.nz/link/public-notices.

Road closures

  • Applicant: Nelson Car Club
  • Event: Riwaka-Sandy Bay Road event
  • Location: Riwaka-Sandy Bay Road (from intersection of SH to 3.5km from the intersection with Moss Road)

Date of road closure: Sunday 21 May 2017

Council Meetings

Agendas and Minutes for Council Meetings can be viewed on Council’s website at www.tasman.govt.nz.

Annual round of community grants now open

Are you planning a great community event or project – but need a little help to make it happen? We may be able to help.

Applications for our Community Grants are open, and there is funding available for Tasman-based projects that meet a community need, join communities together and have community support. Priority is given to projects that can show financial support from other sources as well.

To help you get started, we will be running sessions at our local libraries in June and July to show you how to fill in the online form. Details of these will be posted on our website and publicised in future editions of Newsline.

Applications close on 31 July 2016.

Grants are available for projects that fit into the following categories:

  • Arts/culture/heritage/museums
  • Festivals and events
  • Youth and children
  • Social services
  • Environment
  • Emergency services
  • Sports and recreation facilities.

Apply online: This year we’ve shortened the time you’ll need to spend online,

  1. Visit tasman.govt.nz/link/grants to download the Community Grants from Rates Application Form
  2. Work on the application at your own pace – and save as you go.
  3. Send the completed application back to us using a simple online form.

For more information: Visit our website, tasman.govt.nz/link/grants or email Community Partnerships Coordinator Mike Tasman-Jones, mike.tasman-jones@tasman.govt.nz.

Special grants available

Are you planning a great community event or project, but need a little help to make it happen? We may be able to help. Applications for our Special Grants Fund are open. This fund is for significant new events in the District, and 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.

Find out more: You can read more about the criteria and application process for Special Grants on our website – visit  tasman.govt.nz, search term “Special Grants”, or contact Community Partnerships Coordinator Mike Tasman Jones on mike.tasman-jones@tasman.govt.nz. Ph. 03 543 8400.

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. These awards aim to give some well-deserved recognition to these unsung heroes of our communities. It gives us 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.

Nominations close on 30 June 2017.

Head to tasman.govt.nz/link/ocs-awards for more information and nomination forms.

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. Applications for the next round close on
10 July. There is $39,000 allocated per annum. Average allocations are $1,000.

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

Back to Top