Newsline 433 - 28 September 2018

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New library proposed for Motueka’s Decks Reserve

We’re considering building a new, larger library in Motueka’s Decks Reserve, and we want to know what the community thinks of the idea.

The current library on Pah Street is too small for a community of Motueka’s size, so we commissioned Jerram Tocker Barron Architects to look at options for redevelopment.

The feasibility study recommends a new library in Decks Reserve as the preferred option.

The other option would be to expand the current library on its existing site, but this is likely to mean other organisations on the site would have to relocate.

The Decks Reserve option could mean a loss of green space in the reserve.

The two options are similar in price, an estimated $4.7 million for the Decks Reserve option and $4.8 million for redevelopment on the existing site.

Community Development Committee chairperson Cr Peter Canton says: “There have been a lot of discussions with stakeholders leading up to this point, including the Laura Ingram Kindergarten and Senior Citizens group, with Wakatu Incorporation, Vision Motueka and Our Town Motueka, the Motueka Community Board, and Motueka Community House.”

“We want to make sure we understand the wider community view as well, so we’ll be asking for feedback from Motueka residents on which option they prefer.”

The informal feedback round will take place in October.

Find out more: View the full feasibility study on our website at


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Mayor's Message

Kiyosato, Japan, and Motueka have enjoyed a friendly town relationship since 1989.

Cr Paul Hawkes, myself and members of the Kiyosato Friendship Committee were invited to attend the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Friendly Towns Agreement. This agreement reconfirms the values of the friendship and student exchange which offers students from both areas a real cross-cultural exchange whilst gaining confidence and friends. The generosity of our hosts in Kiyosato was overwhelming. We extend our best wishes as they have recently suffered a typhoon and 6.7-magnitude earthquake, which has resulted in loss of life, injuries and significant damage and disruption to their country and communities.

One of the Top of the South Armistice commemoration events, in collaboration with RSA and other organisations, is being held at Tapawera. The focus will be on the “return home” of our service men and women, the impact the war experience had on them and how they readjusted to life in rural communities. As you will be aware, the Great War had a massive impact on our communities. I am looking forward to attending the Armistice Day celebrations being held in Motueka and Tapawera in November this year.

Mayor Richard Kempthorne

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In case you missed it...

A summary of recent Council meetings and the decisions made.

Engineering Services – 13 September 2018

Approved a submission supporting the Government’s proposed phase-out of single-use plastic bags.

The new Kaiteriteri Water Treatment Plant is nearing completion with commissioning expected to be completed in September 2018.

Queen Street is a finalist for Best Street in the Keep New Zealand Beautiful Awards. The winner will be announced on 26 October.

Extraordinary Full Council – 13 September 2018

Agreed to classify reserves in Motueka to protect the reserves for the use and enjoyment of current and future generations, and provide the community with certainty as to the types of activities that can take place on the land. The full list of reserves and their classifications can be found online at

Community Development – 20 September 2018

Asked staff to seek community feedback on redevelopment options for the Motueka Library. More on page 1.

Agreed to offer new leases to community organisations whose current leases have expired. Several are legally required to go through a public consultation process before being renewed.

Received an update on the clean-up and repairs undertaken at McKee Memorial Reserve following severe flooding in February. The reserve will reopen for camping this summer as a trial, with numbers limited initially.

Received the results of the Council’s 2018 residents’ survey, outlining satisfaction levels with the services and facilities the Council provides. More details will be published in a future issue of Newsline.

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Where there's smoke there's fire

Now that spring is here, our air quality will start to improve. This is because the main air quality issue in our District is winter time smog due to wood burning. We had 12 exceedances of air pollution standards in the Richmond airshed in June and July.

Wood burners used for home heating and outdoor fires associated with horticultural practices contributed to this air pollution. The calm, clear, and cold winter days didn’t allow smoke to rise and disperse. Instead, the smoke sat low to the ground. Unfortunately, air pollution can cause significant negative health and nuisance effects.

There are rules for home heating and outdoor fires in our District under the Tasman Resource Management Plan (TRMP).

The Fire Sensitive Area rules which prohibited most outdoor burning during the months of June to August have now been lifted. You can now burn in these areas as long as you comply with the TRMP rules and use good burning practices. Check the rules and the location of the Fire Sensitive Areas at

Applying good practices when burning wood can significantly reduce the amount of smoke produced, ensure more efficient burning and, in the case of home heating, is more cost effective.

Clean vegetation burning trial

Burning vegetation waste is common practice in our district for horticulture, including orchard tree renewal programmes and to quickly dispose of diseased trees for biosecurity purposes. The Council has recently been supporting a local contractor, Aaron Baigent, to trial a better method for burning orchard waste by using a custom-made fan attached to a pipe to force air into the base of the fire. This results in a very hot burning fire, which is more efficient and cleaner.

There have been a few lessons learnt along the way but overall the trial has gone well, with both a significant reduction in smoke and quicker burning times. We’re keen to see other contractors and orchardists adopt better burning methods, like this technique, to help ensure that smoke pollution is minimised.

We have a programme of work in place to improve air quality, including extra monitoring, education and advocacy, and further best practice burning trials.

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Tenders invited

Tenders are invited for the capture of Orthophotography and LiDAR.

This work is to be undertaken for Tasman District Council and Nelson City Council as part of a shared services agreement.

Proposed areas of capture, along with the scope of work, are fully described in the tender document. For more information and a copy of the document visit or contact

Tenders close: Friday 5 October 2018, 4.00 pm.

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Free community trapping workshop

If you are interested in helping restore our native wildlife by controlling invasive predators such as rats, stoats and possums, come along to the free Top of the South Community Trapping Workshop. Saturday 27 October 2018, 9.00 am to 4.00 pm at the Headingly Centre, Richmond.

The day will include presentations, workshops, information and assistance for anyone involved with, or wanting to get involved with, invasive animal predator control in the Top of the South.

The workshop is organised by the Tasman Environmental Trust and supported by Nelson City and Tasman District councils.


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Temporary water chlorination: Richmond

The Richmond supply is being chlorinated from 19 September to 2 October 2018.

The level of chlorine is low – around 0.3 mg/l (0.3 parts per million). Following this there will be couple of weeks where the supply will be intermittently chlorinated – for about a day at a time.

Why are we chlorinating?

There are two major pieces of work going on in the Richmond water network:

Work on the trunk main to divert the water pipe under a new stormwater pipe (on Lower Queen Street)

Commissioning of a new balance tank and pipework at the Richmond Water Treatment Plant on McShane Road

These works both involve connecting to, or cutting into, the existing water supply network. Chlorinating the water during this time ensures the water always remains safe to drink.

Am I affected?

The Richmond supply covers customers in the Wakatu Industrial Estate, houses on the northern side of Champion Road (in Nelson) all of Richmond residential area as far south as Bateup Road/Three Brothers Corner and includes those on the rural extension in Hill Street South and Haycock Road.


If you have fish – don’t forget to use a neutralising agent if you change any water in the tank (this is available from pet stores).

A water jug with a carbon filter will take away most of the chlorine. You can get these in kitchen stores.

Chill your water or leave in a jug at room temperature for a while before drinking to reduce the taste of chlorine.

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Don’t let pet parrots become pest parrots

Parrots can be great company – but they can also pose a threat to our environment – especially other native birds and our horticulture industry.

The Australia rainbow lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) and Indian ringneck parakeet (Psittacula krameri), are attractive members of the parrot family, and can be legally kept as pets in cages and aviaries throughout the country by bird enthusiasts. They are however, classified as “Unwanted Organisms” under the Biosecurity Act 1993, and people releasing them into the wild may face heavy penalties.

Rainbow lorikeets in Tasman:

Sightings of several rainbow lorikeets in the Motueka area were recently reported to our biosecurity team. With the Department of Conservation, we responded quickly to this incursion, and with the help of the public, were able to track down the owners of the birds, who were allowing them to fly freely during the day. This decision risked that the parrots would establish in the wild and is illegal.

Report sightings:

Please report any sightings of these birds in the wild – call the Ministry of Primary Industries on 0800 80 99 66.

When making a report, please note:

  • the number of birds seen
  • where you saw them
  • the time of sighting
  • what direction they were flying (if airborne)
  • Send photos if you can. It will help with species confirmation.

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LTP Projects by area: Richmond

Water reticulation: New water storage tanks for Richmond West and Richmond South 2018 – 2022  $4.2 million

Borck Creek projects: Including land purchase, stormwater capacity increases, bridge improvements and shared pathway 2018 – 2028  $14.4 million

Water reticulation: New pipeline from Richmond Water Treatment Plant to Low Level reservoir in Richmond South 2018 – 2022  $1.9 million

Headingly Lane wastewater pump and pipeline upgrade 2018 – 2021  $1.9 million

McGlashen Avenue pedestrian crossing 2018/2019  $30,000

Water reticulation: Waimea Water Treatment Plant upgrade to meet drinking water standards for Mapua  2018 – 2021  $1.7 million

Upgrade Waimea bores and pipework to Waimea Water Treatment Plant  2018 – 2020  $1.3 million

Water reticulation: New pipeline from Richmond Water Treatment Plant along Headingly Lane 2018 – 2019  $1.15 million

Richmond Deviation stormwater improvements to address flooding 2018/2019  $308,000

Richmond Water Treatment Plant capacity upgrade 2019 – 2021  $201,000

Blair Terrace stormwater pipeline 2027 – 2029 $3 million

Intersection upgrades: Lower Queen St/McShane Rd, Berryfield Dr/Lower Queen St, Queen St/Salisbury Rd, William St/Salisbury Rd, Lower Queen St/Lansdowne Rd 2019 – 2025  $3.2 million

Champion Road safe cycle crossing 2019 – 2020  $2.3 million

Richmond Resource Recovery Centre improved storage, hazardous goods store and waste tipping pit upgrade 2019 – 2021  $593,000

Water reticulation: Salisbury Road water pipe upgrade  2020 – 2022  $1.5 million

Washbourn stormwater bypass pipeline to protect Richmond town centre from flooding 2021 – 2023  $6.4 million

Other Richmond projects:

Street upgrades and improvements: McShane Rd, Salisbury Rd, Oxford St, William St, Champion Rd/Salibsury Rd, Lower Queen St  2019 – 2030 $13.4 million

Poutama Drain widening to increase capacity and alleviate flooding – Stage 2 2022 – 2024 $1.4 million

Network Tasman stormwater channel upgrade 2023–2024 $778,000

Water reticulation: New Gladstone Road water pipe 2024 – 2027 $2.4 million

Water reticulation: Lower Queen Street pipeline capacity upgrade 2024 – 2027 $1.5 million

Upper Queen Street stormwater diversion to alleviate flooding 2024 – 2025 $503,000

Richmond Resource Recovery Centre second weighbridge and new waste bin storage area 2024 – 2027 $846,000

Washbourn Drive stormwater culvert upgrade to alleviate flooding 2025/2026 $709,000

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Gravel extraction from rivers

Application for Resource Consents – Tasman District Council


This application for resource consents seeks to replace the gravel extraction component of the District-wide resource consent for river works NN010109 held by the Tasman District Council.

The Council has the responsibilities of a Catchment Board under the Soil Conservation and River Control Act 1941 (SCRCA). This application seeks various resource consents to be able to take gravel from riverbeds as part of those responsibilities, being

1) protecting the bed and banks of rivers from erosion or instability;

2) Maintaining efficient movement of water and sediment down the river; or

3) preventing or mitigating the adverse effects of flooding.

The application covers the extraction of sand, gravel, and other material from the beds of most rivers within Tasman District, including those parts of rivers that are located within the coastal marine area (CMA). The sorting and crushing of extracted material is excluded from this application.

These types of consent are commonly referred to as ‘global’ consents. This is one of two packages of consents for the Council’s river works activities – global river works, and global gravel take. The river works consent was granted in September 2016. Details can be found on our website by searching “Global River Works Consent”.

It is noted that the Council also holds separate global resource consents for bridge maintenance works, and for the application of herbicides for vegetation control in riverbeds within the Tasman District.

Whilst extraction of gravel is the purpose of this application, the activity can result in release of sediment into water. Therefore, a discharge permit is also sought by this application. Other related activities which may be undertaken together with gravel extraction (eg, creation of diversion channels within gravel beaches, vehicles crossing water, etc) are covered by the global river works consent.

Gravel extraction mostly occurs inland of the boundary of the CMA, which is generally defined as the area landward of the line of mean high water springs (MHWS). For some rivers, the Tasman Resource Management Plan (TRMP) defines the CMA boundary upstream from the actual river mouth. This application seeks authorisation for gravel to be extracted from the parts of those rivers located within the CMA.

This application covers a significant proportion of the rivers in Tasman District. The broad nature of the application makes it impractical to determine all the possible situations with regard to environmental effects at all potential extraction sites.

The location of the proposed gravel extraction activity is all rivers and other water bodies, their margins and where applicable the coastal marine area upstream of river mouths, within the jurisdictional boundary of Tasman District, but excluding the following:

Waikoropupu Springs;

All rivers within Abel Tasman National Park;

All 22 Nationally or Internationally Important Natural Ecosystem Value Areas listed in Schedule 25D of the TRMP except the lower reaches of the Takaka River located within Area 13 (Waitapu Estuaries) and the Motueka River within Area 20 (Motueka Delta).

All waters listed in Schedule 1 (Waters to be retained in Natural State) of the Buller River Water Conservation Order 2001; and,

All waters listed in Schedule 1 (Waters to be retained in Natural State) of the Motueka River Water Conservation Order 2004.


Consent Application Number

Gravel Extraction from Riverbeds


Land use consent to extract sand, gravel, and other material from the beds of rivers in the following zones as defined by the TRMP: Rural 1, 2 and 3, Open Space, Recreation, Conservation, and Rural Industrial zones; and to disturb beds of rivers for the extraction of materials within active flowing channels. (Excluding the sorting and/or crushing of extracted materials)


Discharge to Water


Discharge permit to discharge sediment and other contaminants into water from activities carried out in the beds of rivers (arising from the works described in RM150369 and RM150372).


Coastal Permit


Coastal permit to disturb riverbeds (being part of the foreshore and seabed) by extraction of sand, gravel and other material from rivers that are within the Coastal Marine Area. (Excluding the sorting and/or crushing of extracted materials)


Any person may make a submission on this application. Intending submitters should use reference number RM150369.

Submissions must be received by the Council no later than 4.30 pm on Friday 26 October 2018.

Further details of this application and how to make a submission can be viewed on the Council’s website via the following link: Follow the link to “Publicly Notified Resource Consent Applications”.

Alternatively you can see the application at

Tasman District Council offices in Richmond, Motueka, Takaka and Murchison.

This notice has been included in the Council's fortnightly newsletter as the most practicable way of serving notice on landowners within the District who might be affected by the proposed activities.

Phil Doole, Resource Consents Manager

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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

Peninsula Road

Peninsula 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


27,000 kg

30 km/h

Andrews Road

Andrews Road Bridge

6,400 kg

37,700 kg

10 km/h

Dovedale Road

Eden Valley Stream Bridge


27,500 kg


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


25,000 kg

30 km/h

Matiri Valley Road

Badcocks Bridge

4,500 kg

24,000 kg

30 km/h

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.

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Road closures

Approved closures

Applicant: Nelson Car Club

Event: Car Rally Event

Location of road closure: Redwood Road between the Moutere Highway and the Coastal Highway (SH60)

Date and time: Sunday 7 October 2018, 8.30 am to 5.00 pm

Applicant: Nelson Advanced Drivers School Limited

Event: Defensive Driver Training

Location of road closure: Marchwood Park Road, Motueka. Full length of road.

Date and time: Monday 8 October, Tuesday 9 October and Wednesday 10 October 2018, 10.00 am to 3.00 pm

Proposed closure

Applicant: Nelson Drag Racing Association

Event: Drag Racing Events

Location of road closure: Queen Victoria Street, Motueka. From Queen Victoria Street and King Edward Street intersection to Queen Victoria Street and Green Lane intersection.

Date and time:

Sunday 11 November 2018, 7.30 am to 4.00 pm.

Saturday 12 January 2018, 7.30 am to 4.00 pm (rain date Sunday 13 January, 7.30 am to 4.00 pm)

Saturday 2 February 2018, 7.30 am to 4.00 pm

Saturday 2 March 2018, 7.30 am to 4.00 pm (rain date Sunday 3 March , 7.30 am to 4.00  pm)

Date objections close: Sunday 14 October 2018

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Suffrage 125 shines spotlight on women leaders of Nelson and Tasman

As communities across the country mark 125 years since women were granted the vote in New Zealand, local researchers were surprised to find there was no single record of all the women elected to local government in Nelson Tasman – in fact, there were very few details recorded at all.

Now Gail Collingwood, Elaine Henry, Hilary Mitchell and Shelley Richardson have changed that, with the launch of a compilation of stories of all the women elected to local government in Nelson Tasman since 1944.

Women Decision-Makers Nelson and Tasman tells the stories of the 52 women elected to serve their community since the passing of the Electoral Act 1893.

It was 51 years after that historic legislation was passed that our region elected its first woman councillor – 32-year-old primary school teacher Laura Ingram was elected to the Motueka Borough Council in 1944. And it wasn’t until the 1970s that women began to be elected to local councils in any significant numbers.

“The prime factor in their decision to stand for local government was frequently a concern for the well-being of their community,” the authors note.

Displays about Women Decision-Makers Nelson and Tasman are up in the Richmond, Motueka and Takaka libraries this month. Copies of the booklet are available for a koha.

Tasman District Council is proud to be a sponsor of Women Decision-Makers Nelson and Tasman.

More about Suffrage 125

Head to the Suffrage 125 Nelson Tasman Facebook page to find out what else is happening in our region.

Tasman District Libraries are running several events to mark the anniversary – head to and check out the What’s On at Your Library page.

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Biker's Breakfast

Wednesday 3 October, 7.00 am – 9.00 am at Sundial Square

Cycle on down for a free coffee and breakfast. Spot prizes and free bike maintenance checks.

Concert in aid of Leukaemia and Blood Cancer NZ

A great night of music supporting the work of Leukaemia and Blood Cancer NZ.

Richmond Town Hall, Saturday 6 October, 7.00 pm.

Tickets: Adults $15, under-16s $8. Available for purchase from the Richmond Mall, Richmond Town Hall and on the door.

Saxton Velodrome celebration

Sunday 7 October, 10.00 am – 12.00 pm at Saxton Velodrome

Join us for a celebration of the new Saxton Velodrome.

Spot prizes (including two children’s bikes up for grabs) and free bike maintenance checks.

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