Newsline 428 - 20 July 2018

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Creating an Age-friendly policy 

Tasman has long been a retirement destination, so it should be no surprise to anyone living in Tasman that our demographics are changing.

However the rate of change presents some opportunities and challenges. Projections are that in the next 20 years:

  • The number of residents aged 65 and over will almost double, increasing from 11,100 in 2018 to 20,500 by 2038;
  • The proportion of older residents will go from just under a quarter now, to over a third;
  • Tasman will have the second-oldest population in the country; and
  • Twenty percent of our population will be aged 75 years and over.

This relatively rapid change will have implications for the Council as well as the wider community and economy.

We have prepared a report to help raise awareness of the need to plan for our changing demographic and to consider how we can better meet the needs of our older residents now and in the future.

Tell us your ideas

To assist our planning and decision-making on how we meet these challenges, we’ve started developing an Age-Friendly Policy.

If you’d like to tell us your ideas for how Council can help make Tasman more age-friendly, we’d love to hear from you. You’ll also have a further opportunity to provide feedback once the draft policy is open for public consultation.

The report and feedback forms are available at all our libraries and service centres and online at

Please provide your feedback by 15 August 2018.

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Mayor's message 

There have been some high profile and controversial projects recently highlighted including the Golden Bay Grandstand and the Waimea Dam.  However there is a lot going on that often flies below the radar but is equally important for our community.

A role I most enjoy as Mayor is officiating at citizenship ceremonies which are held six weekly.  At each ceremony we have in excess of fifty people from at least 12 different countries who are becoming New Zealanders and we have become an increasingly diverse community in the Tasman District.

Along with the economic activity we have been enjoying over recent times, we have a very healthy and engaged community. It is interesting to note recent published economic indicators for the Tasman region, that we have significantly increased above average compared to New Zealand for traffic flow, residential consents, retail trade, car registrations and commercial vehicle registrations.

Gross domestic product was up and unemployment is at a historically low rate. This paints a picture that we have a pretty vibrant community with a steady flow of new people coming to live here and corresponding economic activity. 

With the growing population and the corresponding development opportunities that are required, this highlights the need to provide infrastructure to support our current and future community. This is of paramount importance and the challenge for us is to keep our region the beautiful place that we all know and enjoy.

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McKee Domain to reopen for summer 

After being destroyed during the dual cyclone onslaught in February the much loved McKee Domain campground will be open for the 2018/19 summer after significant repair work.

A number of onsite changes onsite, along with underground service repairs, have been made all in an effort to preserve its place as one of Tasman’s treasures.

A new swale will be dug along the site’s road to protect the whole campground from the stormwater coming off the road above the site. This work in addition to the leveling of the site, restoring its natural lie, will help prevent the flooding of the site and the damage to the driveway and toilet blocks, in all but the most extreme weather.

A surprisingly number of trees recovered from the severe saltwater inundation, however, now it’s apparent which trees and shrubs have died. These will be removed this winter and new replacement planting undertaken.

New grass was sown on the releveled site after all the debris was removed and between now and the opening in November it will have time to bed-in prior to use.

It is the work under the ground that has been the most significant.  The site’s wastewater system was damaged and the repair difficult. With the decision to retain the camp status of the Domain it has been updated. The refurbished system has greater protection from inundation.

Despite the restoration the site’s location will always be susceptible to inundation and erosion as a result of extreme weather.  The reality is that due to the changing climate and the increasing frequency of damaging storms the camp’s future cannot be guaranteed beyond a few decades.

To preserve its special beauty and ensure the restored site and infrastructure can cope we will be monitoring the numbers that use the site as a camp. The current maximum number of 250 campers overnight is still under review as the restoration progresses.  

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Dogs ‘prohibi-turd’ on sports fields 

Dogs are great. Getting a face full of dog poo isn’t.

This is a gentle reminder – dogs are prohibited on sports fields.

We’ve had issues at Tapawera, Brightwater and Motueka recently where owners haven’t cleaned up after their dogs and the players have suffered.

So please, keep your pooch off the pitch, and if **** happens, please clean it up and dispose of it properly. Doggy-doo bag dispensers are widely available at parks throughout the district.

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Changes to your water supply – want to know more? 

We’re consulting on changes to the Public Water Supply Bylaw, which outlines how we plan to manage and protect Tasman District’s reticulated water supply.

One of the main proposed changes in the updated bylaw has the potential to affect everyone on a public water supply – a new framework for imposing water restrictions during times or drought or emergency water shortage.

Drop-in session

You’re invited to come have a cuppa and chat with us about the proposed changes during a drop-in session at the Richmond Library.

Saturday 21 July, 9.30 am – 12.30 pm at Constance Barnicoat Room, Richmond Library.

Find out more: Information about the revised bylaw and how to have your say is available on our website. Head to You can also pop in to any Council service centre for copies of the consultation document.

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Be on the lookout for myrtle rust 

Myrtle rust was confirmed in New Zealand on 3 May 2017 in Kerikeri. Since then, thirteen infections have been confirmed in the Tasman District. All North Island regions except the Hawkes Bay have the disease, and as at 13 June there were 731 cases nationwide.

Ramarama, pōhutukawa, and rata are the most commonly infected species.

While research is underway to try to find ways to manage the disease, we need to be vigilant and try and stop the spread of the rust.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is working with DOC, iwi, the nursery industry, scientists, and local authorities to identify areas infected with myrtle rust and determine how it should be managed in the future.

Long term planning options are being explored and meetings with iwi and councils in affected regions are planned to look at ways that MPI can support communities who wish to conduct their own biosecurity activities.

If you suspect myrtle rust

  • If you think you’ve seen myrtle rust, do not touch it.
  • Touching myrtle rust or trying to collect samples will increase the spread of the disease.
  • Call the MPI Exotic Pest and Disease Hotline immediately on 0800 80 99 66
  • If you have a camera or phone camera, take clear photos, including the whole plant, the whole affected leaf, and a close up of the spores/affected area of the plant.

More information is available on – search for myrtle rust.

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Tasman Resource Management Plan changes 

Four Tasman Resource Management Plan (TRMP) changes have been released for public submissions.

The TRMP is a combined district and regional plan. The Plan states how we  achieve integrated management of various natural and physical resources in Tasman District.

The Proposed Plan Changes are open for submissions until 4.00 pm, Monday 13 August 2018.

Change 67: Waimea Water Management Technical Amendments

This change proposes to make mainly technical amendments to a number of existing provisions concerning Waimea Plains water management. These amendments affect provisions for managing the transitional decisions concerning the Proposed Waimea Community Dam.

Change 68: Omnibus Amendments

This change carries out a number of minor amendments to outdated text, the correction of errors or anomalies, or simple adjustments to improve clarity of jurisdiction, interpretation or enforcement.  Others relate to zoning and overlay changes that correct errors or anomalies that have generally been created through other changes to the TRMP; or through sale, subdivision, or development of the affected land. The change also includes a proposal to rezone part of the Conservation zone at Brightwater.

Variation 1 to Change 60: Rural 1 and 2 Zone Subdivision Amendments.

This Variation corrects an inconsistency in the subdivision activity cascade in the Rural 1 Zone.

Variation 2 to Change 60: Rural Land Use Amendments.

This Variation adjusts and clarifies the use of one or more buildings for residential activity and the management of business activity in the Rural Residential zone. Following Environment Court consent orders that settle appeals, it also provides for sub-sequential amendments to other rural zones for intensive poultry farming setbacks and management of heavy vehicles in rural zones.

View the documents: The proposed amendments are available to view at all offices and libraries. You can also view individual plan changes via

Submission forms are also available in these locations or can be completed electronically.


Any person may make a written submission. Submissions must clearly indicate support or opposition to the provisions, the decision that the submitter wishes the Council to make (with reasons), whether or not the submitter wishes to be heard in support of the submission and an address for service or contact address. Submissions can be sent to:

Environmental Policy, Tasman District Council, Private Bag 4, Richmond 7050 or emailed to

Submissions close 4.00pm, Monday 13 August 2018.

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Safety changes at Brightwater intersections 

The NZ Transport Agency has recently changed the signs at the intersections of State Highway 6 and River Terrace Road, and SH6 and Factory Road, in Brightwater, to improve safety on this very busy stretch of road.

Both intersections are now ‘Stop’ controlled, replacing give way signs.All drivers must stop completely and fully check for traffic.

Further work, including advance warning signs leading up to the stop signs, and improved visibility of the pedestrian islands is scheduled for later in July.

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Good burning, good air quality 

Calm weather the last few weeks has been great for enjoying outdoor winter activities, however it has not been a good time for air quality in the Tasman District. We’ve had eight air quality exceedances in Richmond’s Airshed as at 9 July.

But it’s not only a Richmond issue. Calm, clear, cold days don’t allow smoke to rise and disperse. Instead, the smoke sits low to the ground and the air pollution can cause significant negative health and nuisance effects.

There are rules for home heating and outdoor fires in our District, as well as good-practice guidelines everyone lighting fires must follow. All outdoor fires in Tasman District, at any time of year, require a permit from Nelson Tasman Fire Emergency New Zealand. We can all do our bit to ensure Tasman’s air quality remains acceptable.

Get Good Wood for home heating

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

Our Good Wood scheme ensures customers can buy good wood that will burn well, helping to keep your home warmer and our air cleaner.  Find a good wood supplier at

Why does it matter?

Wet wood produces a lot of unnecessary smoke and 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.

Do it right: To keep your fire burning efficiently and toxic free you must have good firewood and follow Council’s good practice guidelines

Outdoor burning

Outdoor burns are banned year-round in the Fire Ban areas of Richmond and Motueka townships.

An outdoor fire ban is in place in Fire Sensitive areas from 1 June until 1 September in all other Tasman townships and some areas on the outskirts of Richmond and Motueka/Moutere.  The exception is if you are burning diseased horticultural crops.

If you are outside the fire ban areas, and must conduct an outdoor burn, follow Council’s good practice guidelines to help keep pollution and nuisance to a minimum.

Find them at

Please be considerate of your neighbours, do not light the fire before 10.00 am as the smoke will not disperse, and ensure that the fire is out by 4.00 pm. 

Do not allow the fire to smoulder throughout the night as the smoke cannot escape the inversion layer and will sit low to the ground. Postpone the lighting of your outdoor fire if there is already smoke in the air from other fires, and if possible consider waiting until spring to burn when weather conditions are more favourable.

Air Quality Exceedance

We’re required to publicly notify exceedances of the National Environmental Standards relating to Air Quality.

The Richmond Airshed PM10 concentrations exceeded an average 24-hour concentration of 50 micrograms per cubic metre (μg/m3) on the following dates:

The results are the 24 hour values measured using the continuous Beta Attention Monitor (equivalent method).  

The total number of exceedances to date this season is 8. 

More information is available online:

Day      PM10 Concentration

measured (μg/m3)        Extent of PM10 exceedance (μg/m3)

9 June 2018     63        13

23 June 2018   60        10

27 June 2018   54        4

28 June 2018   61        11

2 July 2018       59        9

4 July 2018       60        10

5 July 2018       76        26

6 July 2018       59        9

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Newsline Updates 

Community Planting at Puketutu Reserve, Motueka

Come along and lend a hand at a community planting at Puketutu Esplanade Reserve, Motueka.

Saturday 11 August, 10.00 am  – 2.00 pm, Between the Inlet walkway and Memorial Drive (off Old Wharf Road). Access to the planting site is via the Motueka Cemetery.

A free sausage sizzle and refreshments will be available for planters.

There will be some spades available but if can bring your own spade that will help. Please bring gloves and drinking water. Wear solid footwear and clothes suitable for the weather conditions.

This is a combined planting hosted by Keep Motueka Beautiful and the Tasman District Council to provide habitat around the inlet and further beautify Motueka. Postponement date if the weather is wet is Saturday 18 August.

For more information please contact or phone Lynne on

Bus stop moves back to Queen Street

The new permanent bus stop outside the police station on Queen Street is now in place. This stop was previously outside the Warehouse further up the road, before moving to Talbot Street temporarily while the Queen Street Upgrade took place. This is the only pick-up point on Queen Street for NBus services. The stop outside Lemongrass Restaurant is drop-off only. The Talbot Street stop is also drop-off only. For route and timetable information, visit

Community Grants open

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 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.

Visit our website or email Community Partnerships Coordinator Mike Tasman-Jones,


Tasman Resource Management Plan - Decisions on amendments

Plan Change 66: Richmond Housing Choice

Council has made decisions on Change 66 to the Tasman Resource Management Plan (the Plan) and matters raised in submissions.  All proposed amendments to provisions in this Change take legal effect from 14 July.

Council will serve a copy of the public notice on every person who made a submission.

For further information and links to the Plan Change and decision reports on submissions, please view the online version of this notice under the blue ‘Notices’ label or Council/Media Centre/Public Notices.  The decisions are also available to view at Council’s Richmond office.

For enquiries concerning the Plan Change, please contact Mary Honey email (phone 03 543 8400).

Motueka Community Grants 2018 – 2019. What should our priority be?

The Motueka Community Board has $47,000 for “Special Projects” for the current 2018 – 2019 year and is seeking guidance from Motueka residents.

Visit to have your say and complete the online survey by 27 July 2018.

Register your dog

You can register your dog in person, by mail to any Council service centre, or pay online. Remember to register by 31 July to avoid an extra fee. More information is available online at

Intention to extend lease

Hope Tennis Club recently approached the Council about expanding its clubrooms.

The club is intending to fundraise the costs of the building expansion, but needs approval to extend its lease. However, as the project will increase the amount of land occupied by the clubrooms, we’re publicly notifying the request for a new lease.

Proposed lease term 30 years

Due to the fact the lease will encompass an upgraded building, and upgraded courts, at considerable cost to the club, the lease will be issued for 10 years, with two further rights of renewal of 10 years each (a total of 30 years). The lease will be granted under Sections 54(1)(b), and 54(1)(c) of the Reserves Act 1977.

  • The proposed new lease will also include the expanded tennis court layout, and cover all ten tennis courts.
  • Current building floor area: 81 sq m.
  • New building floor area: 174.5 sq m.
  • A plan of the proposed lease area is available at

Have your say

Everyone is welcome to have their say about this proposal.

Email, or

Write to Tasman District Council, Private Bag 4, Richmond 7050 (Attn: Robert Cant)

Submissions must be made in writing, before 4.00 pm on Wednesday 22 August 2018.

Please advise whether you would like to be heard in support of your submission, should there be a requirement for a hearing to consider the lease request.  Please be aware that any submissions become public information.

Further information: If you have any questions, or would like further information, or paper copies of the plans, please contact Robert Cant on 03 543-8400, or email


Proposals to Classify Reserves in Motueka Ward

We're proposing to classify reserves located within the Motueka Ward (76 separate parcels of land in total), to give them a specified purpose. Submissions close on 7 August 2018. Find out more at


Vegetation control – roadside spraying in rural areas

Registration of Non-Spray Areas

Tasman District Council’s roading maintenance contractor is responsible for vegetation control within the road reserve. This includes the use of knock-down, residual and brushweed herbicides to remove vegetation growing in the roadway and around street furniture. The active herbicides authorised under the Council's resource consent are norflurazon, oryzalin, simazine, terbuthylazine, glyphosate, metsulfuron, haloxyfop, triclopyr and picloram/triclopyr. Methods for treatment are foliar and basal spraying.

Residents can request that their rural property frontage not be chemically sprayed and instead undertake the vegetation control themselves. On approval the Council will mark the no spray area with red marker pegs.

Rural residents who choose the “no spray” option must control the vegetation growth along their property frontage to ensure road users are not impeded and all roadside signs and markers are clearly visible. Vegetation height should not exceed 300mm. Any stormwater drainage ditches need to be kept clear of excess vegetation. At intersections vegetation must be kept well clear to ensure good sight lines for traffic using the intersection.

If you wish to apply for your property to be added to the “No Spray” list, please contact Megan Bell, Technical Officer Transportation, Tasman District Council, Phone 03 543 8551 or email –

Roadside spraying on State Highways

Contractors employed by the New Zealand Transport Agency undertake an ongoing vegetation control programme to ensure that roadside vegetation does not affect the safety or operation of the region’s state highway network.

This programme includes the spraying of chemical herbicides including the following active ingredients: Glyphosate, Metsulfuron, Terbuthylazine and Triclopyr. Persons wishing to register their property as a ‘no-spray’ zone, which requires a commitment to maintain a property’s highways frontage to specifications provided by NZTA, may do so by contacting Nicole White on 03 548 1100 or at WSP Opus, Private Bag 36, Nelson.


Coastal hazards and sea level rise

Hear about the latest science and how we prepare for change.

In February we all saw the powerful forces of nature in action. Two large storms came in quick succession. Climate change is now a business as usual factor, we will also have more high intensity storm events more frequently.

The government agrees and has provided guidance for related council decision-making.

Dr Rob Bell (NIWA), Dr Judy Lawrence (Victoria University) and Emma Lemire (Ministry for the Environment) will present on the key information from the Ministry for the Environment’s updated Coastal Hazards and Climate Change guidance document:

There are two public events next month, sponsored by the New Zealand Coastal Society and supported by Nelson and Tasman Councils.

  • Motueka: 7.00 - 8.30 pm, 7 August, Memorial Hall, 8 Pah St, Motueka
  • Nelson: 7.00 - 8.30 pm, 8 August, St Joseph’s Parish Hall, 1/18 Manuka Street, Nelson

Please RSVP to Eric Verstappen:

Email or phone 543 8417.




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Write Choices 

Pick n Mix reading for adults

Have you picked up your Pick n Mix reading programme yet?

Pick n Mix is our winter reading challenge for adults. All you have to do is read one book from four of the twelve categories listed on the reading programme. Write the title and author alongside the categories you’ve chosen, add your details to the form and go into the draw to win. You can enter as many times as you want. You create the level of challenge you want through the categories you choose to read.

Pick n Mix is running at all Tasman libraries until Friday 31 August. If you haven’t already selected your Pick n  Mix reading, head into your local library, pick up your reading programme and get started today. It’s a great way to spice up your reading and pick and mix the books you read.

Get sorted at Richmond Library

Many of us have a long list of things that we need to do, but can never seem to get around to actually doing. You know the sort of thing – organising your will, preparing for retirement, preparing to buy your first home, getting a good night’s sleep.

To help you cross these items off your to-do list, Richmond Library has organised a series of 17 workshops covering these and many more topics.

Included in the programme are computer classes which will get you well on the road to mastering Facebook, TradeMe, Google, searching historic newspapers, tracing military ancestors and organising photos into photo books online.

Pick up your Get Sorted programme from Richmond Library today or visit the library website Featured Events page to find a full list of what’s on when. Some sessions require bookings.

The free Get Sorted programme runs at Richmond Library until Thursday 23 August.

HerStory at Takaka Library

2018 marks 125 years since NZ women won the right to vote. To celebrate this historic milestone Takaka Library is running a series of events featuring local Golden Bay women talking about their lives and the lives of their foremothers in the Bay. Find out about life for NZ women in the 19th century and how working and farming in the Bay has changed for women through several generations over the 20th and 21st centuries. 

Takaka’s HerStory talks are scheduled every Friday 1.00  – 2.00 pm for the month of August starting on Friday 3 August. 

Art workshops at Motueka Library

Learn some new art skills with Motueka Library’s upcoming art workshops. Explore making paper mosaics with Marian Painter. Or add to your understanding of colour harmony, particularly when working with a limited palette, with Nicole Russell. Bookings are essential for these workshops. Phone Motueka Library  03 528 1047 to be sure of your place. Cost $10.00.

Tiny Tots starts again

A new school term sees the return of our popular Tiny Tots sessions for pre-schoolers. Designed for the under-twos and their whānau, these story, rhyme and movement sessions help to develop your child’s language and reading abilities in a fun way. Tiny Tots sessions are available at Richmond (Tuesday 10.00  – 10.30 am), Motueka (Friday 10.00  – 10.30 am) and Takaka Libraries (Tuesday 10.00  – 10.30 am).