Newsline 423 - 11 May 2018

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Step right up to the greatest show in town! 

Fresh from an extended run at cinemas, box-office favourite The Greatest Showman will be screened

FREE in Richmond’s Sundial Square at Take Two – an evening of circus-themed fun for the whole family.

Take Two brings all the fun of the circus to central Richmond, with performances including acrobatics, stilt walkers, jugglers and a magic show – as well as workshops for people to try out some of the skills on display. Richmond food outlets will have food available to buy.

Council Community Partnerships Officer Lani Evans says: “It’s going to be a huge amount of fun and we’re very excited to be able to screen The Greatest Showman. Take Two is a collaboration between the Council and Richmond Unlimited to bring the community together and support Queen Street businesses.

"Bring your deckchair and rug up for a night of magic under the stars.”

Richmond Unlimited Events and Marketing Co-ordinator Charlotte Bidlake said: “We are so thrilled to have this remarkably popular movie with such wide appeal, showcased right in the heart of Richmond.

“It’s a great opportunity to maximise the potential of Sundial Square and the new Queen Street layout - the seamless footpath lends itself so well to festivals and events.”

Richmond councillor Dana Wensley said: “With the Queen Street Upgrade nearing the end of its construction, it’s fantastic to see the Council and Richmond retailers working together on events that bring people of all ages together.”

  • The movie begins at 6.00 pm.
  • Saturday 12 May, 4.30 – 7.30pm. Sundial Square, Richmond. (Rain Date: Sunday 13 May)

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Mayor's Message 

Our District’s population is growing - and growing fast. Over the next 10 years we expect high population growth in Richmond, Motueka, Brightwater, Wakefield and Mapua/Ruby Bay. Medium growth is likely to occur across the rest of the District.

That’s a big challenge and requires a large investment in infrastructure so that we can keep up with the extra demand for services.

The demands will already be obvious to many of you. Anyone travelling around Richmond at the moment will have encountered the roadworks taking place on several of our busy traffic routes. The work that’s underway will supply water, take away wastewater for treatment, ensure effective drainage of stormwater, and provide safe transport routes for both new and existing residents and businesses.

There’s disruption to endure along the way – those are the growing pains we have to deal with to make sure we are strong, safe and resilient for many years to come.

While we continue our work to respond to growth, we are also working with national agencies whose future planning and decisions will affect our District.

An example is the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA), which is in the process of developing its National Land Transport Programme for 2018 - 2021. I’m determined to make sure NZTA understands and recognises the key safety concerns we have for the state highway network in our area, which is so important in connecting our various communities. NZTA’s investigation into reducing the speed limit between Three Brothers Corner and Maisey Road is a good first step, and the Council will continue to be active in raising the concerns and wishes of our residents with NZTA and other national agencies.

Mayor Richard Kempthorne

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In case you missed it … 

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

Environment and Planning Committee – 3 May 2018

Representatives from the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board’s Public Health team spoke to the committee about initiatives other councils have put in place to try to encourage smokefree communities. The committee agreed the Council should develop a comprehensive Smokefree Policy.

Received a plan for improving the health of the Waimea Inlet developed by the Waimea Inlet Coordination Group, which is made up of a wide range of organisations with an interest in the health of the area. Staff will report back with more information on the targets in the action plan, and recommendations for what the Council’s role and funding for implementing the plan should be.

Environment and Planning Manager Dennis Bush-King reported that the Our Land 2018 report (put out by the Ministry for the Environment and Statistics NZ) showed Tasman’s urban land areas increased by 33% between 1996 and 2012, compared with national urban land expansion of 10%. Over the same period there was a 3% decrease in pastoral farming area, but a 4% increase in cropping/horticulture and 5% increase in exotic forestry land area. Both dairy cattle farming areas (-11%) and beef cattle (-34%) areas decreased in Tasman. The full report is available at www.mfe.govt.nz.

Dennis reported the Council was contracting Ekos to carry out feasibility studies on the economic viability of carbon forests in the district. The studies will evaluate carbon forestry as an alternative to pasture-based income sources, for water quality improvements and to reduce erosion from marginal land. Ecological benefits are likely to include greater tree habitat, reduced land use intensity and possibly additional income streams, such as honey production or stock feed.

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Queen Street Upgrade: New section of street opens soon 

A fresh section of Queen Street is set to reopen, extending pedestrian access from Sundial Square to just shy of Pat's Plaza.

All the underground infrastructure is in place in this area, along with the new flood-resilient street profile and pedestrian-friendly streetscaping. Vehicle access into this part of the street will remain limited as there is currently no exit point.

The new streetscape

The new streetscape is in place from the McIndoe intersection up to to just short of Pat's Plaza. It's a safer and easier space to navigate for pedestrians, particularly those with limited sight and mobility.

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Here’s how it works:

Wider footpaths – our beautiful wide footpaths are for pedestrians to use and enjoy and should be obstacle-free for those in wheelchairs, with canes, pushing prams and so on. The footpaths are not for cycling or manoeuvring cars.

The buffer strip – this is the safety zone between the road and footpaths, between cars and people. Please no cars on the buffer strip.

Slower traffic speeds – the 30kmh speed limit and narrower road carriageway promote slow vehicle speeds and mean a safer environment for everyone. Cyclists travel in the traffic lane – the speed limit is slow and vehicles may need to slow further for cyclists travelling ahead of them in the lane.

Enhanced plantings – the ornamental pear and titoki trees and shrubs provide shade and a pleasant view.

A smooth, continuous surface – there's no kerb and channel in the new streetscape. That makes crossing the street much easier for those with limited sight and mobility. Queen Street is a shared space, so pedestrians, cyclists and drivers all need to take care when travelling through the area.

Car parks – parking is available between the buffer strip and the road - mind the planter boxes!

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Ultra-fast broadband completion dates moved forward 

Internet infrastructure company Chorus have updated their completion schedule for the ultra-fast broadband programme in Tasman.

The Council successfully bid for funding for our region on your behalf in early 2017. Crown Fibre Holdings negotiated the delivery contract and the rollout is underway.

AreaCompletion date
Ruby Bay  July 2018
Kaiteriteri  February 2020
Motueka  June 2019
Wakefield/Brightwater May 2020
Takaka February 2021

Tasman

May 2021

Tata Beach/Pohara

June 2021
Collingwood  February 2022
Hope   April 2022
Marahau  November 2021
Murchison  September 2021
Riwaka   December 2021
St Arnaud  December 2022
Tapawera    July 2022

Not sure if you can get fibre?

Visit chorus.co.nz to check what’s available at your address.

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Construction price process for dam underway 

A joint venture of Fulton Hogan and Taylors Contracting have been working with the proposed partners in the Waimea Community Dam to confirm a construction price for the project.

In December 2017, Fulton Hogan and Taylors were selected to take part in an early contractor involvement (ECI) process that will give the Council and Waimea Irrigators Ltd (WIL) a robust, reliable construction price before committing to build the dam.

ECI uses the skills and expertise of specialist contractors early in a construction project to analyse all the activities involved and to reach agreement on the best way to complete the project. The process has been shown to save significant time and costs over a traditional tender process.

For example, the traditional process usually engages contractors after design has been completed. This can lead to delays during construction whilst design, methodology and materials are questioned and debated, often leading to design changes and increased costs.

In an ECI process, the final design will be completed after analysing the detailed input from the contractors involved. They are advising their preferred construction methodology, plant and materials to achieve the most cost-effective solution.

ECI also includes working out how to build the dam in the most efficient way possible. Talking this through during early planning will result in a properly planned, structured, and no-surprises approach when construction begins. It will also identify the key issues involved with the build and the best ways to mitigate any risk.

The ECI enables a value-engineering process that can forecast any issues that could arise, attempts to solve these problems in advance, and identifies and streamlines costs.

Fulton Hogan and Taylors Contracting’s team of designers and contractors have about 100 years of collective experience building dams in New Zealand and abroad.

In the end, the Council, WIL and the community will have a robust final price for the construction of the dam based on a collaborative, no-surprises process providing the best value solution.

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May is Kickstart Compost Month 

Want a better solution for your food scraps and garden waste?

For May only, Nelson City and Tasman District Councils are increasing their compost subsidy from $20 to $30 (including GST). Subsidy coupons can be used for compost bins, worm farms or bokashi buckets.

Participating retailers will also be running their own compost activities for beginners, with a limited number of free compost bins sponsored by the Councils.

Check out our Facebook page for news, tips and spot prizes about Kickstart Compost Month. Let’s get food waste out of the bin and grow great plants and food instead!

Workshops

For more information and to find out how to register, go to nelson.govt.nz/compost, tasman.govt.nz/link/composting or contact the retailers.

  • Thursday 10 May, Bunnings Warehouse, Nelson
  • Saturday 12 May, Mitre 10 Mega, Nelson
  • Sunday 13 May, Mitre 10 Mega, Motueka
  • Wednesday 16 May, Ecoland, Nelson
  • Saturday 19 May, Community Gardens, Takaka

$30 subsidy coupons are valid for purchases through participating retailers in May only. One per household.

Get your voucher: Visit tasman.govt.nz/link/composting for your $30 voucher.

Valid at the following Participating Retailers:

Compost / worm bin retailers

Bunnings Warehouse 76 Saxton Road West, Stoke Ph: 03 547 1640

Mitre 10 Motueka 235 High Street, Motueka Ph: 03 528 9220

Mitre 10 Mega 99 Quarantine Road, Annesbrook Ph: 03 547 0747

Golden Bay Hammer Hardware 4A Commercial Street, Takaka Ph: 03 525 7265

The Warehouse Ltd 270 High Street, Motueka Ph: 03 528 1079

The Warehouse Nelson 23 St Vincent Street, Stepneyville, Nelson Ph: 03 548 1535

Nelson Environment Centre 31 Vanguard Street, Nelson http://www.nec.org.nz Ph: 03 545 9176

Local providers of worms

Julie’s Compost Shop, http://www.compostshop.co.nz Ph: 03 544 9872

Bokashi retailers

Bunnings Warehouse 76 Saxton Road West, Stoke Ph: 03 547 1640

Mitre 10 Mega 99 Quarantine Road, Annesbrook Ph: 03 547 0747

Bokashi Boost Dougal Pollock  info@bokashiboost.co.nzhttp://www.bokashiboost.co.nz Ph: 03 544 1413 or 021 349 139 (Available at Nelson Market and other events)

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Tapawera Armistice Weekend 2018 

A special weekend of themed activities will take place in Tapawera to mark the centenary of the end of World War I.

More than 100 years ago, men from Nelson, Tasman, Marlborough, the West Coast and further afield came to the regional Military Training Camps established at Tapawera at the start of WWI.

The camp was just over 50 kilometres from Nelson at the end of the railway line. Men came by boat, train, horse and on foot for training before they went off to serve in the war.

This year, to mark the centenary of the Armistice signing in November 1918, which brought the war to an end, the Tapawera community is hosting a special weekend event on 10 - 11 November for the Nelson Tasman region.

It will be a salute to the past, with period costumes, vintage vehicles, ‘bell’ tents, music and more as this small rural town nestled in the Motueka Valley remembers the sacrifices made by the men and women who went to war, and the challenges faced both by those who returned and their communities.

On Sunday 11 November, at 11.00 am - exactly 100 years since the peace declaration came into effect - there will be the traditional Armistice service. It will be followed by a parade to the Military Training Camp grounds, where regional displays will illustrate what the ‘return home’ meant. Later there will be a regional closing ceremony.

A special ‘Memories Tent’ will allow people to share how members of their family played a part in the war. All groups and communities are invited to be part of the event.

Other activities will include:

  • a specially-commissioned WWI theatre piece
  • films
  • heritage-themed local bus trips
  • bands
  • commemorative rugby match
  • craft fair
  • displays
  • local entertainment

Find out more

Check out the new website tapawera.nz (coming shortly), the ‘Tapawera Armistice Weekend 18’ Facebook page, or contact the organisers at tapww100@gmail.com for more details.

Tasman District Council is proud to support the Tapawera Armistice Weekend 2018 through a Special Grant.

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Newsline Updates 

Bateup Road one-way only

Richmond’s Bateup Road is now one-way only, from Three Brothers Corner heading towards Wensley Road. The one-way system is in place while work is carried out to widen the road and create a shared walkway/cycleway.

Please take care if travelling in this area and follow the signs. Bateup Road will remain one way until construction is completed, scheduled for early 2019.

Different route best option during Lower Queen Street works

Drivers are advised to avoid Lower Queen Street between Gladstone Road and Headingly Lane over the next month or two to avoid delays due to roadworks. The recommended diversion will be advertised using mobile sign boards. The diversion isn’t compulsory and Lower Queen Street is open, but there is a much higher likelihood of traffic delays as the work progresses. The roadworks are needed to support growth in Richmond – we’re increasing the water supply and improving the ability to drain stormwater in the area.

For more information search www.tasman.govt.nz for Lower Queen.

New ID cards for Total Mobility scheme

All current members of the Total Mobility scheme should have received a personalised photo ID swipe card to replace the voucher system.

The card entitles you to the current local discount rate of 50% - to a maximum discount of $10 per trip.

I haven't got my card - what should I do?

Simply contact the agency who referred you, for example Age Concern, CCS, Blind Foundation.

In the vehicle

The taxi or driving company have machines in their cars to read the cards.

The driver checks you are the person in the photo, before swiping the card at the beginning of the journey.

When you arrive at your destination, the fare is calculated, minus the subsidy.

You pay the driver, who should issue you with a receipt.

The trip and transaction data are then sent to Council who pay the subsidy.

What is Total Mobility?

Total Mobility is a door-to-door passenger transport scheme that people with disabilities can apply to use.

Total Mobility passengers use discount vouchers for travel in regular taxis or taxis modified for wheelchair access.

The Nelson City Council administer the scheme on behalf of the Tasman District Council.

These cards can be used in other regions of New Zealand, replacing the old paper vouchers.

Now’s your chance - tell us what you think of us!

An annual survey of Tasman residents’ satisfaction with their Council is now underway.

We have commissioned the National Research Bureau (NRB) to carry out the survey. The survey provides data on people’s levels of satisfaction with our services, and on which Council decisions they approve or disapprove of. We’d urge anyone who is contacted to take part to use the opportunity to give feedback – the results help shape the future of the services and facilities we provide to you.

For the first time this year, the survey includes face to face as well as phone interviews. With changes in demographics and use of technology, we want to make sure those who do not have a landline phone are represented.

Between 5 and 14 May, NRB will survey 400 residents over the age of 18, using a randomised selection method.

Although the results of the survey are made public, individual survey respondents’ details are confidential.

New plantation forestry rules now in effect

New national rules for plantation forestry came into effect on 1 May 2018, changing the way all regional and unitary councils - including the Tasman and Nelson councils - must deal with existing and new commercial forestry operations.

The National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry (NESPF) over-ride the Councils’ existing planning rules. The NESPF applies to any plantation forest that is at least 1 hectare, has been planted for commercial purposes and will be harvested.

Anyone carrying out a permitted plantation forestry activity in Tasman District should check whether they are required to give written notice to the Council. Information is available at www.tasman.govt.nz/link/NESPF. You only need to contact us if you are creating new forest or harvesting within the next six months. We will contact all known registered woodlot owners with further information about the requirements within the next few months.

Find out more: Information about the NESPF is available on the Ministry for Primary Industries website - www.mpi.govt.nz.

Intention to dispose of abandoned vessel

Tasman District Council intends to dispose of an apparently abandoned vessel (pursuant to Section 33L of the Maritime Transport Act 1994).

The vessel is a 10-foot aluminium Parker craft dinghy and is in derelict condition.

The vessel was found drifting in the Motueka estuary adjacent to Trewavas Street.

The owner of this vessel is requested to contact the Tasman District Council Harbourmaster by Ph. 03 543 8400 or by Email harbourmaster@tasman.govt.nz within 14 days of this notice.

Moturoa Rabbit Island track closures

Harvesting near Hunter Brown on Rough Island

Some minor temporary closures are expected on Rough Island in May 2018 to allow safe harvesting of trees.

Please adhere to signage and barriers, and use alternative routes provided.  

Rating information is publicly available

Our rating information database includes information such as the property location, valuation number, capital and land value as at 1 July 2017, and current year’s rates.

Rating information is available for you to view at any service centre during office hours. You can also search online at www.tasman.govt.nz/link/rates-search.

Notice given under section 28, Local Government (Rating) Act 2002.

Battle for the Banded Rail

Lend a hand at a community planting day on the Waimea Inlet.

  • Sunday 13 May, 9.00 am – 1.00 pm, Bronte Peninsula on Stringer Embayment. Access from 92 Bronte Road East.
  • Sunday 27 May, 9.00 am – 1.00 pm, Manuka Island. Follow sign to Manuka Island from Redwood Road.
  • Sunday 10 June, 9.00  – 1.00 pm, Bronte Peninsula North. Park on Cardno Way (off Bronte Road East).

Please bring gloves, spade and drinking water. Wear solid footwear and clothes suitable for the weather conditions. Morning tea will be provided (coffee courtesy of Pomeroy’s).

Battle for the Banded Rail is a Waimea Inlet Forum project working with local communities. It aims to increase the number of banded rail and other estuarine birds on the Waimea Inlet by restoring habitat and trapping predators.

For more information email mailto:bandedrail@gmail.com or phone Kathryn on 544 4537.

Planting days at Dominion Flat

Volunteers are wanted for another planting push in this fantastic reserve. The growth this year has been phenomenal – come and see for yourself.

We have 4000 more plants this year so we need all the help we can get.

  • Dates: 19, 20 and 26, 27 May
  • Time: 9am until midday
  • Location: Dominion Flat, cnr Mapua Drive and the Coastal Highway

Wear suitable footwear and clothing and sun hat. Morning tea provided. A great social occasion and a chance to make a difference.

Road Closures

Applicant: Nelson Car Club

  • Event: Riwaka Sandy Bay Road Race
  • Location: Riwaka-Sandy Bay Road (from the intersection with the State Highway to just over the crest of the summit)
  • Date: Sunday 20 May 2018
  • Time: 8.00am to 5.00pm

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Community Relations 

Special Grants Fund open for applications

The 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 is 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 www.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.

East Takaka Hall Committee AGM

East Takaka Hall on Thursday 24 May at 7.30 pm.

Keep Richmond Beautiful AGM

The Keep Richmond Beautiful Committee’s Annual General Meeting will be held on

16 May from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm in the Council Chamber at Tasman District Council's Queen Street office.

Community Grants open

Are you planning a great community event or project – but need a little help to make it happen? Applications for our Community Grants are open now and close on 31 July 2018. Funding is available for Tasman-based projects that meet a community need and have community support. Priority is given to projects that can show financial support from other sources as well.

Online applications: 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.

Find out more:

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

Trustpower Community Awards open

Applications for the Trustpower Community Awards, which recognise and reward the efforts of volunteers, are open now.

The Trustpower Community Awards are open to all community organisations with a voluntary component.

Trustpower Community Award recipients are recognised for services to the community in areas including, but not limited to: Heritage and Environment; Health and Wellbeing; Arts and Culture; Sport and Leisure; Education and Child/Youth Development.

Anyone can enter a group – groups can even enter themselves.

Enter online at trustpower.co.nz/communityawards

Entries close Thursday 31 May 2018

Funding for community arts projects

Creative Communities provides funding to support community involvement in the arts – whether it be 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, the Tasman Creative Communities Scheme may be able to help. There are three rounds of applications per year. The next round closes on 10 July 2018. Allocations average $1,000. For more information and application forms: Head online: www.tasman.govt.nz (search phrase ‘creative communities’).

Contact: Community Partnerships Coordinator Mike Tasman-Jones Ph 03 543 8400, email mike.tasman-jones@tasman.govt.nz.