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McKee Domain to reopen for camping 

The storm-damaged McKee Memorial Recreation Reserve is on the road to recovery, and will reopen on a trial basis for camping this summer.

The reserve was severely damaged during ex-Cyclone Fehi in February. Its wastewater and stormwater systems had been under pressure before the storm, and were completely overwhelmed by the February flood.

However, after a big effort to clean up the area, upgrade the stormwater system and fix the ailing wastewater infrastructure, the campground will reopen within the next two to three months.

The issues at the site were extensive, and we’re thrilled to be able to offer low-cost family camping again at McKee.

We will keep a close eye on how the camp’s infrastructure copes over the summer camping period, and will restrict camping numbers initially on a trial basis to ensure the systems aren’t overloaded.

The work carried out at McKee reserve since February includes:

  • Clearing of debris, including timber, gravel, mud and silt
  • Grass areas resown
  • Wastewater pipe from the campground to Ruby Bay cleaned and serviced
  • Main wastewater pump rebuilt, raised, serviced and upgraded
  • Effluent dump station raised and upgraded
  • Electrics fixed and upgraded
  • Shrubs and trees damaged by saltwater inundation removed
  • Salt-tolerant species such as ngaios planted
  • Swale built to divert stormwater coming onto the reserve from the cliff and road
  • Road grading
  • Playground repairs, with damaged equipment removed

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Mayor’s Message 

The upcoming tourism season is just round the corner with tomorrow being the first day of spring.

It is timely that a suite of new freedom camping facilities will be provided for the coming season. Tasman District Council will receive $660,000 from the Government as a recommendation from the Responsible Camping Working Group. This will help provide extra monitoring and enforcement of the Council’s Freedom Camping Bylaw, as well as provide toilets, sinks, waste compactors and other improvements for campers while reducing some of the nuisance effects of freedom camping.

We want to be welcoming hosts to visitors of our beautiful region and this funding will help us provide some much-needed facilities for campers, reducing the negative effects freedom camping has had on the environment, and on the patience of locals in some locations. Following the devastation of Cyclone Fehi, the McKee Memorial Recreation Reserve camping area at Ruby Bay has received significant work to preserve its place as one of Tasman’s treasures and will be reopened as a trial for the summer.

There is plenty to consider to ensure our district remains a jewel in the crown for locals and visitors alike.

Mayor Richard Kempthorne

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Better freedom camping facilities planned 

We’re planning a suite of improved facilities to allow us to better manage freedom camping in Tasman District, thanks to $660,000 in Government funding.

We will receive the funding after making an application to the Responsible Camping Working group for assistance addressing some of the issues associated with freedom camping in the region.

The money will help provide extra monitoring and enforcement of our Freedom Camping Bylaw, as well as providing toilets, sinks, waste compactors and other improvements for campers, while reducing some of the nuisance effects of freedom camping.

The list of camping improvements planned for Tasman includes:

  • Extra monitoring and enforcement
  • A toilet block at a potential new freedom camping site in Richmond, in the Fittal Street carpark next to the Resource Recovery Centre
  • Portaloos at camping spots
  • Sinks at camping spots
  • Waste compactors at camping spots
  • Site improvements (such as site levelling, gravelling muddy areas, marking parking spaces, fencing and signage) at Waitapu Bridge and Alexander Bluff
  • An upgrade of the intersection at Waitapu Bridge

The improvements will be in place by December, ready for the summer camping season. 

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Queen Street a finalist for New Zealand’s Best Street 

Richmond’s Queen Street has been selected as a finalist in the Keep New Zealand Beautiful Awards 2018, and will vie for the title of Best Street.

The Best Street Award, sponsored by Resene, recognises and celebrates a street in New Zealand that clearly stands out for its beauty, cleanliness, plantings and sense of community pride.

Queen Street has undergone a dramatic transformation, from a flood-prone rural service hub, with a design that favoured cars and commuter traffic, to a safe, accessible and beautiful modern street that meets the needs of a rapidly-growing urban community.

It is a pedestrian-focussed public space featuring interactive public art, plantings, history information panels, bike facilities and future-proofed power and fibre connections. It’s a great space for events, social activity, outdoor dining and community cohesion.

The winner will be announced at the Beautiful Awards Gala Dinner, in Auckland, on Friday 26 October.

About the Beautiful Awards:

The Beautiful Awards celebrate environmental excellence and recognise positive actions taken by communities, businesses, schools, individuals and councils in local and urban areas to protect and enhance their local environments. The competition is open to all individuals, environmental groups, schools, businesses and councils each year.

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New parking strategy for Richmond and Motueka 

A new parking strategy for Richmond and Motueka aims to manage demand through investment in alternative transport options such as public transport and extra facilities for cycling.

The strategy aims to make the most efficient use of existing carparking rather than requiring large investment in extra carparks. It also prioritises a holistic view of the entire transport system, rather than considering parking in isolation.

Engineering Services Committee chairman Stuart Bryant said the strategy would encourage alternatives to car journeys to help manage demand for parking.

“We’ll be putting a big focus on investment in alternative transport infrastructure, which will offer people more options and greater choice about how they make their journeys."

The parking strategy allows for:

  • Increased enforcement of time-restricted parking
  • Changing long-stay parks nearest the town centres to time-limited parking as demand increases
  • Investment in alternative transport options
  • Seasonal changes in parking controls
  • Free parking for up to two hours will remain on the main streets (Queen Street, Richmond, and High Street, Motueka), and within easy walking distance
  • The possibility of charging for all-day parking in Richmond from 2021

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Public Water Supply Bylaw deliberations in September 

The Council will deliberate on a bylaw that spells out how and when we will impose water restrictions in future periods of dry weather. The bylaw applies to users of the public water supply.

Consultation on the draft Public Water Supply Bylaw was carried out in July and August. We received 46 submissions on the proposed bylaw. A hearing was held on 22 August, and the Council will hold deliberations in September.

The proposed bylaw includes a new Water Restrictions Protocol, aiming to give residents and businesses connected to the public water supply a better idea of how and when we intend to impose water restrictions in future.

The proposed restrictions target non-essential water use in the first instance.  All users including residential, public and business operations are asked to conserve water where possible and restrictions on watering gardens and filling swimming pools are in effect during phases A and B. In times of more serious water shortages, restrictions would escalate to phases C and D. At this point restrictions are in effect on all water users. Commercial and industrial water users will be asked to further reduce usage. During serious water shortages, such as drought or emergency, phases E and F restrictions would allow for essential water use only - for human and animal health, and firefighting.

The Council will adopt a final version of the bylaw by the end of the year.

Find out more: More information about the proposed Public Water Supply Bylaw is available at


By turning off the tap when you are brushing your teeth or filling the sink half way when shaving, you can save thousands of litres of water every year as well as reduce your water bill.

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Rural water supply committees re-established 

New rural water supply committees made up of community volunteers are up and running in Dovedale and Eighty-Eight Valley.

The committees have been re-formed to provide a voice for users of the rural water supply schemes. They will liaise with the Council about potential water infrastructure upgrades needed as a result of stricter national drinking water standard requirements.

The outcome of the Havelock North drinking water enquiry is expected to mean stricter rules around drinking water treatment nationally, including for rural water schemes. That means the Dovedale and Eighty-Eight Valley schemes are likely to need significant upgrades in the next few years.

The two schemes are not part of the Urban Water Club, in which ratepayers connected to Tasman’s reticulated water network (excluding Motueka) share the costs of water infrastructure upgrades across the District. That poses a challenge, as the price of upgrading the schemes is significant and there are a relatively small number of users to share the costs.

The committees will meet every few months and will be a point of liaison between users of the water scheme and the Council, sharing information with other users and providing feedback to the Council on options and issues.

Contact your committee

Anyone connected to one of the rural water supply schemes who would like to know more about the upgrade options, or wishes to discuss a scheme issue, is invited to contact the committee chairperson. Technical questions and issues should still be directed to Tasman District Council.

Eighty-Eight Valley Committee

Chair: Andrew Fenemor – 03 542 3727 or

Dovedale Committee

Chair: James Stradling – 021 125 8786  or

The full list of committee members is on our website, visit

Contact for non-urgent enquiries. Phone 03 543 8400 for urgent matters.

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Major wastewater upgrades for Pohara

Work will soon begin on the next stage of upgrading the wastewater system between Tata Beach and Takaka. The $2 million stage includes replacing the wastewater pump station next to Totally Roasted Café in Pohara (known as the Four Winds pump station), and the underground wastewater pipes between the pump station and Clifton (outside 622 Abel Tasman Drive). The existing wastewater system was built in 1994. Since then there has been significant population growth, and the current pump station and pipes can no longer handle the volume of wastewater being generated.

Key details:

  • Work will begin in early September. Completion is due about March 2019.
  • There will be a lengthy period of roadworks on Abel Tasman Drive.
  • Work stops between December 2018 and February 2019 for the summer holiday period.
  • Contractor Donaldson Civil will contact landowners before work starts in front of their properties.
  • Access for residents will be maintained other than for short periods to be agreed in advance.
  • Find out more: Visit for more information.

Water treatment notice – fish care

A heads up for Richmond pet owners - a change to our water treatment taking place from 30 August to 6 September means you need to take extra care when topping up or changing the water in fish tanks.

Due to a major planned power outage in the Lower Queen Street area over this period, the Richmond water supply will be a different blend of water to usual for at least 6 hours each day. This covers the properties from the Wakatu Industrial Estate and Champion Road in the north of Richmond to Bateup Road in the south.

During this time, the water will be higher in nitrate (about 50mg/l). A sudden change in nitrate level in aquarium water can cause fish to become distressed or die. We recommend you either treat the water beforehand if you need to top up or change the tank water, or you can put aside some water aside beforehand for this purpose.

The normal level in the water supply is about 22mg/l as nitrate. The increased nitrate level on these days is not harmful to humans.

Nelson Tasman Land Development Manual feedback

Nelson City Council and Tasman District Council are seeking feedback on the draft Nelson Tasman Land Development Manual (NTLDM). You can find more information and provide feedback at,  or email your feedback to (Attention: Executive Assistant - Engineering). Paper versions of the feedback form are available at service centres and libraries. Submissions close 5.00 pm, 28 September 2019.

Reducing waste – how can we do better?

The Nelson City and Tasman District councils are working together to minimise and manage waste in our region.

We’ve developed a plan to guide us – but we can’t make a big impact without your help. Are we on the right track with the draft plan? Is there more we could do? What part can you play?

Find out more: Head online for more information and to make a submission -

Copies of the draft plan are also available at Council offices and libraries. Consultation is open until 17 September 2018.

Public sessions for digital building consents

Tasman District Council and Nelson City Council are going live on 1 October 2018 with the AlphaOne building consent system. It will allow you to submit and track applications, including building consents, certificates of acceptance, exemptions and code compliance certificates. We will also be streamlining inspection bookings using the AlphaOne booking app. We will be offering two information evenings which will give you the opportunity to see how AlphaOne works and set up your customer login.

11 September and 12 September, 5.00 pm – 7.30 pm at Sports House Board Room – Saxton Field. Food and refreshment supplied.

RSVP Monday 3 September to

If you are planning a building project in the next 12 months, make sure you come along and see the demonstration.

Advertising for Chairperson of the Māpua Waterfront Area Working Group

As members of the Māpua and Te Mamaku / Ruby Bay community we are passionate about supporting the vibrancy of our Māpua Wharf Area. In 2017 the Council adopted the Māpua Waterfront Area Masterplan, and in July a Working Group made up of local community organisation representatives, iwi, and the Council was established to oversee the implementation of the plan.

We are now looking for a local resident who is not currently aligned to community interest groups / organisations to Chair the Working Group. The attributes we are seeking include:

  • Strong relationship management and facilitation skills
  • A genuine interest in supporting the implementation of the Māpua Waterfront Area Masterplan
  • A commitment to ensuring all voices in the community are heard
  • A respect and appreciation for the unique history and cultural narrative of the Māpua area

This is a voluntary role with meetings occurring monthly. If this sounds like a role you would be interested in, please send a one-page expression of interest outlining your skills and experience to: Expressions of interest will close on 7 September.

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi. Engari, he toa takitini. My strength is not that of an individual, but that of the collective.

Look out – more bikes about!

September is Motorcycle Awareness Month. When the sun emerges, riders dust off their motorbikes and head out onto the road.

Whether you’re a motorcyclist, or a fellow road user, we all play a part in keeping each other safe – so look out, there’s more bikes about.

Find out more: More information about Motorcycle Awareness Month is available at There’s information and tips for riders and drivers, plus a link to Ride Forever training so riders can brush up their skills (and you could win $500 of riding gear if you sign up and complete a course in September).

Notification of weight (and/or speed) limits on bridge(s)

Heavy Motor Vehicle Regulations 1974 regulation 11

NOTICE is hereby given that pursuant to regulation 11(3) of the Heavy Motor Vehicle Regulations 1974, the Tasman District Council has fixed the following maximum weight and speed limits for heavy motor vehicles and combinations including a heavy motor vehicle on the bridge(s) described below:

Bridge Description

Weight limits

Max Weight on any one Axle kg

Gross Weight (Max Sum of Axle Weight) kg

Maximum Speed Limit (km/h)

Sherry River Road

Granity Creek or Papa Bridge



10 km/h

Tadmor - Glenhope Road

McConochies Bridge



10 km/h

Rainy River Road

Swampy or Station or Gully Bridge

5,000 kg

19,000 kg

30 km/h

Irvine Road

Wairoa River Bridge

5,000 kg

19,000 kg

30 km/h

Aorere Valley Road

Walsh Stream Bridge

7,000 kg

8,000 kg

10 km/h

Collingwood-Puponga Road

Aorere Valley Bridge



30 km/h

Packards Road

Packards Road Bridge

3,700 kg



Riwaka Valley Left Bank Road

Riwaka Left Bank

8,000 kg



Spring Creek Road

Spring Creek Bridge

5,000 kg

20,500 kg

10 km/h

Kaka Limeworks Road

Jelineks Bridge

5,000 kg

15,200 kg

30 km/h

Owen Valley East Road

Brewery Creek Bridge


22,800 kg

30 km/h

Glengarry Road

Glengarry Bridge


25,200 kg

30 km/h

Nuggety Creek Road

Buller River Bridge

5,000 kg

25,200 kg

10 km/h

Peninsular Road

Peninsular Bridge

2,300 kg

3,500 kg

20 km/h

Creighton Road

Ruskells Bridge

2,000 kg

8,500 kg

10 km/h

Lamb Valley Road

Hope Valley Bridge



30 km/h

Andrews Road

Andrews Road Bridge



10 km/h

Dovedale Road

Eden Valley Stream Bridge




Baigent Road

Baigents Bridge

5,200 kg

7,700 kg

10 km/h

Polglaze Road

Polglaze Road Bridge

5,500 kg

11,500 kg

10 km/h

Waitui Road

Rocky Creek Bridge

5,000 kg


10 km/h

Parapara Valley Road

Parapara Valley Stream Bridge


20,500 kg


Cobb Valley Road

Sams Creek Bridge



10 km/h

Baigent Reserve -  Wakefield

88 Valley Bridge – Ex. SH6




 Attention is drawn to the applicable penalties and infringement fees set out in Schedule 1A or Part 3 of Schedule 1B of the Land Transport (Offences and Penalties) Regulations 1999, which apply to infringements of these limits.

Road closures

Pursuant to the Transport (Vehicular Traffic Road Closure) Regulations 1965, notice is hereby given that the Tasman District Council for the purpose of a Nelson Car Club Rally Event proposes to close the following road to ordinary vehicular traffic for the period indicated hereunder. During the proposed period of closure the following provision will be made for ordinary vehicular traffic which would otherwise use the road: NIL. Any person objecting to the proposals is called upon to lodge notice of his objection and grounds thereof in writing, before Friday 12 October 2018 at the office of the Council at: 189 Queen Street, Private bag 4, Richmond 7050 or via email

Road proposed to be closed to ordinary vehicular traffic: Pigeon Valley Road from Sharp Road intersection to 409 Dovedale Road (1km east of Dovedale Road/Brandy Creek Road intersection).

Period or periods of proposed closure: Saturday 27 October 2018, 8.30am to 5.00 pm.

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Community Relations 

Out with the old – Secondhand Sunday returns!

Secondhand Sunday is a garage sale where everything is free! This regular event is a great way to clear out some clutter or find hidden treasures. The next Secondhand Sunday is on 2 September. Visit (search phrase: SecondHand Sunday) to register. Your address will be added to the list of those participating and you can download a poster to print and attach to your mailbox on the day. Treasure hunters can view the list of those offering free gear online and head out fossicking on the day.

Murchison Museum presents Hei Roto Ki Te Ao Maori He Matapihi

A window into the world of Maori

Displaying historical local artefacts and contemporary works by local artists.

Can be viewed:

Monday – Thursday: 11.00 am – 3.00 pm

Fridays: 11.00 am – 4.30 pm

Weekends by arrangement

Motueka youth invited on Wild Adventures!

Motueka teens are invited to come explore the outdoors and discover their local adventure hotstops, in a new series of free events organised by Tasman District Council and Whenua Iti Outdoors.

Motueka Wild Adventures is an outdoor adventure group for young people to learn more about the fun on offer in their own backyard. Activities will include mountainbiking, kayaking, waka ama, high ropes, coasteering (an activity combining rock climbing and swimming) and cooking over a camp fire.

Register for Motueka Wild Adventures

Anyone keen to join in on Motueka’s Wild Adventures can register online with Whenua Iti –

3.30 pm – 7.00 pm, every Friday between 26 October – 30 November 2018. Transport will be provided from Motueka High School. Suitable for ages 13 – 18 years.

Youth voice well represented at Motueka Community Board

The inclusion of a Tasman Youth Councillor at the Motueka Community Board table is having a big impact in ensuring the voice of young people is heard.

Following a survey held earlier in the year and subsequent feedback via the Youth Council, with views also being echoed by other young people, the board has allocated $10,000 towards improvements to the Motueka Skate Park.

A further $6000 was allocated to a half court basketball court, and the board will consider using some of its existing playground funds to contribute towards recreation areas for teens. And it is not just recreation the Youth Council has been advocating hard for. The Youth Council will also lead investigations into rubbish bins along Whakarewa and Grey streets in an effort to reduce a growing amount of litter.

The newly-formed Big Game Creators Youth Group shared their perspective with the board recently, echoing feedback from youth surveys and the Motueka cluster of the Youth Council in support of drainage work and an upgrade of the Motueka Skatepark, and the need for more age-specific recreation areas for teenagers.

Community Board chairman Brent Maru said: “I congratulate the Council on their inclusion of youth councillors to the community boards and the Community Development Committee. Within the Motueka Community Board the Youth Council have not only been included, but it is pleasing to see that they have also been able to influence decision making, providing some positive outcomes for young people.”

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