Newsline 399 - 19 May 2017

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

You can also download: Newsline 399 - 19 May 2017

Back to Top

Queen Street is Open for Business! 

Everyone will have noticed there’s a fair bit of work happening on Queen Street at the moment, but never fear – all your favourite local cafes and shops are open as usual.

Most of Queen Street has vehicle access and parking available, and the footpath is open the entire length of the street for pedestrians.

The Queen Street Upgrade will secure the future of central Richmond’s core infrastructure and provide a vibrant town centre. The end result is going to be great, but in the meantime let’s support our local businesses through the construction period.

Parking

As well as parking on Queen Street itself, there’s also plenty of parking to the rear of Queen Street’s shops. Use the ring road to find a park in the Warring, Papps, Harkness, Petrie, or Richmond Mall/K-Mart car parks. Oxford Mews (off Oxford Street) provides access to rear parking for several stores at the

Gladstone Road end of Queen Street also. Free all-day parking can be found at the Richmond Showground. Some parking is time limited.

For more information visit tasman.govt.nz/queen-street

Back to Top

Mayor’s Message 

It is a real privilege for myself and all of your elected representatives to serve all of the community throughout our large and diverse district.

We have issues that relate to our urban centres, isolated rural communities, protecting and enhancing our environment, providing and maintaining infrastructure and community assets; a whole range of issues throughout the district. At times it is a real challenge addressing or finding ways to assist with the whole range of issues within our community. To be effective, I make it a personal challenge to be available to anyone who wishes to contact me about issues that are relevant to them.

I know that my fellow Councillors have a similar approach, to see what can be done to help address the issues that residents and rate payers have that relate to Council activities. At times, we are able to advocate for our community outside of the district on matters not directly relating to Council, but that are certainly very important for residents lives.

I regularly attend Community Board meetings and aim to attend resident association meetings at least once a year. Ward Councillors make every effort to attend all residents association meetings throughout our district and cover many other meetings within our community relating to important matters to the people living in our district.

We welcome your approach when there are issues with which you would like assistance and appreciate your patience when at times we are dealing with many different matters. We are readily available by phone and by email and are happy to meet with people who wish to discuss matters with us. Our aim is to have thriving communities enjoying the Tasman lifestyle.

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.

Full Council – 11 May 2017

  • Added new 40km/h variable speed zones outside Ranzau, Hope, Motupipi, Brightwater and Motueka High Schools to the Speed Limit Bylaw
  • Appointed Dr Kevin Thompson as a non-voting adviser to the Tasman Regional Transport Committee
  • Appointed Cr Sue Brown, Cr Stuart Bryant and Golden Bay Community Board chair Abbie Langford to hear objections to a road stopping application for a road near the Anatoki River.
  • Declined a water rates remission application from a business with a large water bill due to leak. Only residential properties are eligible for water rates remissions under our policy.
  • Agreed to use money from the General Disaster Fund to control the spread of the invasive Mediterranean fanworm, found at Port Tarakohe. More information on page 3.
  • Agreed to meet the internal resource consent processing costs of a rock wall at Pakawau, in order to help residents who wish to build the wall to prevent erosion of their properties.
  • Chief Executive Lindsay McKenzie gave an update on the Waimea Community Dam project. An interim project director, John Hutton, has been appointed to set up a project office and provide the direction and coordination needed to firm up the proposal enough to give the community a clear package of information to consider during public consultation later this year.
  • Commercial Manager Gene Cooper gave an update on the Council’s commercial property portfolio, which provides returns of $403,000 a year  – an average weighted return of 5.3%.

Back to Top

Shared Solution Sought for Sabella Stoush 

The presence of a small number of the invasive pest Mediterranean fanworm (Sabella spallanzanii) across the Top of the South has led to a collaborative council effort to manage the pest.

Sabella is classified as both an unwanted organism and as a notifiable organism by the Ministry for Primary Industries. It can have serious implications for the marine farming industry, and for the environment.

Small numbers of Sabella have been found at Port Tarakohe in Golden Bay, Waikawa Bay in Picton, and in the Nelson Haven.

To prevent the spread of Sabella, the Tasman District, Marlborough District and Nelson City councils plan to declare Small Scale Management Plans for their respective areas. Declaration of a Small Scale Management Plan gives the council's power under the Biosecurity Act, including the ability to carry out inspections and enforcement.

The plan for Port Tarakohe will include:

  • control measures such as harbour clearances, cleaning vessels and equipment such as floats, buoys and ropes
  • surveillance of the pest
  • information-gathering about boat and gear movements
  • advocacy and awareness campaigns
  • risk mitigation work with industry to make sure spat and equipment is sourced from Sabella-free areas.

Tasman District Council’s Biosecurity and Biodiversity co-ordinator Paul Sheldon explains: “A declaration gives us powers under the Biosecurity Act to exclude or control Sabella across the Top of the South.”

A collaborative approach would be more efficient and effective for all of the councils.

“We’ve all got this problem to deal with – it makes sense to work together to do it once and do it right.”

Tasman District Council has resolved to declare the Small Scale Management Plan for its area and Nelson and Marlborough will consider a similar resolution this month. The indicative cost to Tasman District Council of delivering the operational plan over the three years is $110,000. This money will come from the General Disaster Fund, recognising the incursion is a biosecurity emergency with potentially significant consequences for the District if uncontrolled.

Back to Top

Burn Good Wood for Safe Winter Warmth 

As you stock up on firewood for winter, please remember to use dry, untreated wood to ensure your fire is safe and clean.

Burning treated timber causes a toxic form of arsenic to be released into the air – this affects the air you breathe and can also land as ash on your garden, vege patch and children’s play areas. Most building off-cuts are treated timber and should not be burnt – nor should you use the shavings or sawdust for garden or animal litter. If you have off-cuts lying around, you need to take them to your local transfer station to be disposed of safely in the landfill.

How do I tell if wood has been treated?

Ask the person who is offering it to you. If they are not sure, or you want to confirm the information they give you, you can also look for a colour or hazard number – all newly treated timber is branded using a colour and a number identifying the chemical treatment used (H1 –6). Markings may have faded on older off-cuts. If in doubt, do not burn it.

Good Wood suppliers: Look for the Good Wood tick to be sure of untreated dry firewood that will burn cleanly.

Suppliers in the Good Wood scheme can be trusted to provide either:

Seasoned firewood, suitable for immediate use during the winter months.

Green (unseasoned) firewood delivered far enough in advance that, if properly stored, it will be ready to burn in winter.

Find a Good Wood supplier:


Head to www.tasman.govt.nz/link/good-wood for a list of Good Wood suppliers.

Back to Top

Nominate your Favourite Place to Ride 

NZ’s Favourite Places to Ride is an opportunity to celebrate our world-class bike rides and maybe even discover something new, such as breathtaking off-road trails or an urban route.

Nominations are open until 31 May and the winners will be announced in June. By nominating your favourite places to ride, you go in the draw to win a share of $1000 in bike shop vouchers.

The four categories to nominate in are:

  • Urban ride (rides around your town or city; whether it’s your commute, a new pathway or a scenic city loop)
  • Nga Haerenga – The New Zealand Cycle Trail (eg. Tasman’s Great Taste Trail)
  • Off-road or adventure ride
  • Community facility

Nominate a Ride
Head to www.surveymonkey.com/r/favplaces2017 to submit your favourite.

You only have one chance to nominate your favourite place to ride in each category, once you complete the survey you'll be unable to submit again.

Back to Top

Workshops Tackle Loneliness in Community 

Many older people in our community can go for days without seeing or speaking to anyone else, or are unable to get out of their homes to socialise and feel connected.

That’s an issue that local charity Age Concern Nelson Tasman wants to tackle – and judging by the response from the local community recently, they’re not alone.

More than 100 people of all ages and from around the greater Nelson Tasman region turned up to a public workshop looking at ways to help better connect our older people. The week before, around 60 representatives from a wide range of local agencies and organisations came to a similar workshop.

Both events held group conversations looking at the barriers to participation and how the general community might start looking at solutions.

Age Concern Nelson Tasman Manager Sue Tilby says the response was amazing.

“We were expecting maybe 40 people to the public workshop and were delighted that so many more showed up. We see it as real evidence that there is recognition that as a community we need to work together to find solutions supporting older people to live well in their neighbourhoods.”

She thanked the Tasman District Council for its support in running the workshops. Sue says the conversations held are just the beginning of a journey that could see the region as being a leader across the country in how we tackle loneliness.

“We are now moving forward with gathering all the wonderful ideas and suggestions that came up at the workshops and looking at how we can implement low-cost and no-cost solutions to social isolation and loneliness.”

Get involved:

If you want to become involved, get in touch with Age Concern on 03 544 7624 or email: support@ageconcernnt.org.nz

Back to Top

Feedback in on Motueka Ward Reserves 

We have received more than 100 comments from the public about the future management of parks, playgrounds and sports fields within Motueka ward. 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.

Thank you to everyone who offered feedback in the first round of consultation, which closed at the end of April. We asked you tell us about your favourite local reserves, what you like most about them and whether you would change anything. This was just the first opportunity to have a say, but an important step in helping us to understand what is important to the people who use and enjoy our public reserves.

Council staff will now work with iwi to gather more information and feedback, before beginning to write a draft management plan for Motueka ward’s reserves. The draft plan is likely to be released later this year. You will have the opportunity to look at the detail of what is being suggested for your local reserves and make a formal submission if you wish.

Back to Top

Argentine Ants Kept in Check 

The small, honey-brown Argentine ant is one of our region’s most pesky critters – and its presence on Queen Street in Richmond is one of the many elements our contractor needs to consider during the Queen Street Upgrade.

The ant, one of the world’s most invasive pests, has been in residence in central Richmond for a few years. To make sure the construction happening on Queen Street does not provide an opportunity for Argentine ants to spread, Downer is working with a certified pest control specialist throughout the work.

Tasman District Council Biosecurity Officer Robin van Zoelen explains: “The ants react to close disturbance, so the shaking from construction machines has the potential to drive them to find new nesting spots. To stop that, the pest controller has been applying a contact spray prior to Downer working in an area. The ants walk over it, some attaches to them and they carry it back to their nests, where it works to kill the colony.”

All the construction material is being disposed of carefully to prevent any spread of the ants. Unfortunately, their presence means it would not be wise to relocate trees from Queen Street and reuse them elsewhere, as ants could be hiding in the soil around their roots.

Information on Argentine and Darwin’s ants, including identification and control methods, can be found on our website. Head to www.tasman.govt.nz/link/ants.

Back to Top

Young Musos Set to Rock the Region 

Nelson Tasman’s finest up and coming youth musicians will take centre stage at a series of live concerts touring across the region this winter.

 ‘Rock the Region’ is gearing up to hit the road, with youth music gigs at venues in Motueka, Nelson, and Golden Bay. The concert series will feature over 12 unique acts, comprised of 30 youth musicians, aged between 15 – 24 years.

The tour kicks off in Motueka on Saturday 27 May, with a special show scheduled at the Motueka Memorial Hall.  From there, the tour lights up Nelson’s newly refurbished Trafalgar Centre on Saturday 17 June before culminating in the grand finale at Golden Bay’s Pohara Hall on Saturday 24 June.

Not only will young people feature exclusively on stage, but they will also feature behind the scenes, undertaking a range of production and event management roles. The events are strictly alcohol and drug free, are free to attend and targeted at 15 –24 year olds. Security and youth workers will be on hand to ensure a happy and safe time for all.

Rock the Region is supported by the Nelson City Council, Tasman District Council, Volunteer Nelson, and the Ministry of Youth Development. Youth and Community Works and Mot Acre are overseeing the delivery of the events.

When and where:

Rock the Mot

  • Saturday 27 May, 8.00 –11.00 pm, Motueka Memorial Hall

Rock the South

  • Saturday 17 June, 8.00 –11.00 pm, Trafalgar Centre, Nelson

Rock the Bay

  • Saturday 24 June, 8.00 –11.00 pm, Pohara Hall, Golden Bay

Back to Top

Newsline Updates 

Banded Rail Planting Dates

Please come and join us at a community planting day from 9.00 am – 1.00 pm on the Waimea Inlet:

  • Bronte Peninsula North: Sunday 21 May. Park on Cardno Way (off Bronte Road East).
  • Bronte Peninsula on Stringer Embayment: Sunday 28 May. Access from 92 Bronte Road East where there is parking.
  • Manuka Island: Sunday 11 June. Follow sign to Manuka Island from Redwood Road
  • Research Orchard Road: Sunday 18 June.
  • Maisey Embayment: Sunday 25 June. Cnr Coastal Highway/Westdale Road. Turn in at ‘Fable Cottage’ sign.

Full calendar available online. Please bring gloves, spade and drinking water. Wear solid footwear and clothes suitable for the weather conditions. Coffee (courtesy of Pomeroy’s) and tea will be provided. For more information email mailto:bandedrail@gmail.com or phone Kathryn, 03 544 4537.

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 tasman.govt.nz/link/public-notices.

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.

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.

Visit tasman.govt.nz/link/grants to download the Community Grants from Rates Application Form. Work on the application at your own pace – and save as you go. 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.

Reserve and Hall Committee elections

Three-yearly elections to elect volunteers to help look after their local hall/reserve. The following hall/reserve management committee elections are due to take place across the district:

  • 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.

Updated rating information available

The Rating Information Database for the Tasman District is now available at Tasman District Council service centres during opening hours and online at www.tasman.govt.nz.

The database contains a record of all information we use to set and assess rates, but does not include any subdivisions/boundary adjustments/amalgamations completed after 3 May 2017. The names of property owners and ratepayers are not listed in the database.

Search for rates information online

Visit tasman.govt.nz/link/rates-search to access the database and check a property’s rates. You will need to enter the property street address to view the current year’s rating information. Click on “Next Year – 2017/18” to view the estimated rates for 2017 – 2018 rating year.

Access to eastern half of Moturoa / Rabbit Island restricted

Public access to the eastern half of Moturoa/Rabbit Island will be closed on three days this winter while an organised game bird hunt takes place. Please note the closure includes all beach front at eastern end.

Fish and Game organise the hunts, which are permitted on a trial basis under the Moturoa/Rabbit Island Reserve Management Plan. The plan was consulted on and adopted in 2016.

The hunts are timed to coincide with low tide to avoid any effect on shore birds. No hunting is allowed within 100 metres of the high tide mark.

Closure dates 2017:

The hunts will take place on the following dates:

  • Saturday 3 June, 8.30 am – 3.00 pm
  • 1 or 2 July (to be confirmed – weather dependent)
  • 29 or 30 July (to be confirmed – weather dependent)

Map of area closed for hunting:

Resource Consents

The Council has received an application for resource consent, which has been publicly notified in The Nelson Mail. The application and supporting information may be examined in the main office of the Tasman District Council (Richmond) and the Motueka Office.  The full public notice may be found online at Council’s website (www.tasman.govt.nz). 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 and on Council’s website. Please note that the following is an abridged advisory notice only.

Applicant: New Zealand Motor Caravan Association Incorporated

Location:             

  • 33 Old Wharf Road, Motueka (Behind the community gardens and next to Motueka Cold Storage Ltd)
Consent Type, Application Number and Proposal:

Land Use Consent (Application RM161086)

  • To establish and operate a park for self-contained motorhomes and caravans, accommodating up to 70 vehicles, on a 0.56 hectare site;
  • to erect two small service buildings in the coastal environment area; and to carry out associated earthworks to level the proposed site. The site is zoned Rural 1 in the Tasman Resource Management Plan.

Submissions due: 4.30 pm on Friday 9 June 2017

Break Out

A celebration of dance featuring Nayland College, Garin College, Motueka High School and Waimea College.
27 May 2017, 7.00 pm at Nayland College Hall. Tickets available from Nayland College Business Centre, $10 adult / $5 child.

Road closures

Applicant: Tasman District Council

Event: Bridge repairs (Roses Bridge)

Location of road closure: Roses Bridge on Rose Road, Upper Moutere (there will be no through traffic on this road)

Date of closure: Monday 19 June 2017 to Friday 30 June 2017, 24 hours

Date objections close: Tuesday 23 May 2017

How to make an objection:

If you would like to object, just write to us. Please include the applicant name and the date of the event and your reasons for objecting.

189 Queen Street, Private Bag 4, Richmond, Nelson 7050

Phone 03 543 8400 / Fax 03 543 9524

Email: info@tasman.govt.nz

Back to Top

Write Choices 

Finding funding

Ever wished that some generous benefactor would help you out on your journey to realising your dreams?

Ever wondered how other people seem to get funding to study or develop their ideas into reality or get that oh-so-needed community project off the ground?

It can be a challenge to find out who funds what and what exactly different philanthropic trusts support, let alone how to go about applying for funding. GivME (for individual funding) and GivUS (for voluntary organisations) provide a one-stop online solution that pulls together over 1000 active funding options. All you have to do is enter your details into the search form. GivME and GivUS will quickly connect you to the most relevant funding options for your particular need.

Once you’ve identified the funding options that best suit your goals, you can then start the application process.

If you have an opportunity to develop in a new direction personally or you have a great community project you’d like to start, don’t let a lack of funds stop you pursuing it. You’ll find GivME and GivUS on the library website in the e-resources A-Z page. Check it out today.

Book Art exhibition at Richmond Library

Entries in Richmond Library’s Book Art competition are on display in the library until Tuesday 6 June. We’ve been blown away by the artistry and creativity that entrants have brought to their works. It’s impressive. If you haven’t taken a look yet put it on your must-do list. You’ll find the exhibition in the glass display cabinets by the Research Room.

Winter series at Takaka Library

Takaka Library’s Winter Series is here again!

This popular series of talks will run during June at the usual time of 1.00pm on Friday afternoons.

Be inspired, entertained and informed by the range of excellent speakers we have lined up. The full programme will be available soon on the library website’s Featured Events page.

Get Well Bags at Richmond Library

Winter is coming and with it the season of coughs, colds and flu. We know how tricky it can be keeping kids occupied as they recover from illness. So we’re trialling a new service at Richmond Library – personalised Get Well Bags for children aged 5 –10.

Your bag can include books, magazines, CDs and graphic novels all chosen to suit your child’s age and interests.

All you have to do is complete the Get Well Bag request form on the library website. Your bag will be ready for you to pick up within 24 hours.

The personalised Get Well Bags trial runs from 22 May to 30 June and is available Monday to Friday at Richmond Library.

iDreamBooks

If you’re a regular user of the library catalogue, you may have noticed that some of our newer books have links to reviews and what the critics have said about individual books.

This new feature uses iDreamBooks  – a book discovery tool with a rating and recommendation system that is based on reviews from critics.

Reviews include noteworthy publications like New York Times, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers’ Weekly and also select bloggers obsessed with books.

To see if a book has reviews included, click on the title in the catalogue to go to the full description pop up page. You’ll find the review links on the right hand side of that page.

Coming soon – Read Around the World

During June and July adult readers have the chance to take part in our Read Around the World promotion.

All you have to do is pick up a reading passport from your local library, read a minimum of 1 book from 4 different countries and be in to win a range of prizes including a travel prize sponsored by House of Travel Motueka and House of Travel Richmond.

Read Around the World runs from 7 June until 4 August. Terms and conditions apply.

Full details will be available at your local library and on the library website from 7 June.

Travel talks at Motueka Library

Tying in with our Read Around the World promotion, Motueka Library is hosting a series of travel talks during June. Escape to France with Debbie Bowden or listen to travellers’ tales from Bali with Vickie Davis and her daughter Jenna Herreman. Check the library website Events page for full details of these and other travel talks at Motueka Library.

Back to Top