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Frae-Ona Park history Situated in Marton on Calico Line Frae-Ona has been known as Marton’s duck pond for over 50 years....
Frae-Ona Park history
Situated in Marton on Calico Line Frae-Ona has been known as Marton’s duck pond for over 50 years. Originally the park was an old quarry and many of Marton’s roads were built from the clean gravel that was extracted from this site.
Marton couple Rona Rippon (formerly Mrs Smith) and her husband Frank Smith donated the park to Rangitikei Council on December 15, 1962.
Frae-Ona was the name of the company the couple formed when they bought their second farm – a requirement then. Mrs Rippon came up with a name that reflected the couple.
Frank and Rona formed Fra-Ona. Not quite satisfied, Mrs Rippon added an ‘e’, a letter taken from the names of both of their children, Margaret and Graeme. Thus the Frae-Ona name was born.
The pond was already there, and the Smiths decided to fence off the surrounding area and give it to the people. Fifty years on and Frae-Ona Park is still a popular spot.
Focus on Frae-Ona
by Athol Sanson
Over the last three years since the commencement of my role with the Rangitikei District Council I have had the privilege on a number of occasions to meet Rona Rippon at the park.
The Park is named after Rona – her family gifted it to the District in 1962.
Rona was very active and interested in the development and care of Frae Ona and regular meetings were held on site to discuss the history of the park and what we had planned for the ongoing maintenance and development. Rona took great pride in the park and was happy to make it known if something wasn’t quite right with what we had planned. I have a lot of respect for Rona and enjoyed our regular meetings and telephone discussions. She was a real community-minded person.
Rona donated the flying duck sculpture “Marty Duck” that was installed in October 2015. I never asked Rona who “Marty Duck” was – something I guess I will never know. The sculpture was designed and installed by a local company Simply Wrought Iron Ltd and is a real feature of the park.
The Park also brings back memories to me as a child growing up in Bulls. Mum and Dad would bring us to Marton for late night Friday shopping. A part of this night out was often a trip to Frae Ona to feed the ducks and have fish and chips for tea. Little has changed at the park since that time, the ducks are still hungry and families still enjoy feeding the ducks.
Over the last 3 years we have been gradually cleaning up this Park with the Department of Corrections and have taken many truckloads of ivy to the landfill. Over the next 12 months we have new plantings planned and have major tree work programmed. Also planned will be the opening up of the rear paddock of the Park which will almost double the size of the Park and prove a great sheltered picnic spot.
As always if you have any enquiries regarding our Parks please do not hesitate to call, the Parks Team will be very busy heading into Christmas but will always answer any questions you have.
Tell Us What You Want – you only have until the 2nd November to return your postcard to us Time's running out for you to...
Tell Us What You Want – you only have until the 2nd November to return your postcard to us
Time’s running out for you to have your say on urban rubbish and recycling options.
Council is committed to developing its waste minimisation initiatives. As part of this we are asking our community whether they want Council to introduce a kerbside recycling service; a kerbside rubbish and recycling service; or leave things as they are now (no Council operated service).
Here are some FAQ’s which may help you pick the option that’s best for you.
There’s been significant development with the Ratana Water Supply project over the past few months. Potable water is now...
There’s been significant development with the Ratana Water Supply project over the past few months.
Potable water is now available to the Ratana community with the new water treatment plant fully operational.
Ongoing sampling, testing and flushing of the watermain will be undertaken by Council staff to ensure the water supplied adheres to strict drinking water standards. Should you experience dirty water please run your cold tap until the water runs clear.
If this doesn’t resolve the issue please ring the Rangitikei District Council on 06 327-0099 and let us know.
We’re asking all rural residents to check whether they have been allocated a RAPID number and to ensure the plate is in...
We’re asking all rural residents to check whether they have been allocated a RAPID number and to ensure the plate is in sight for emergency staff to see.
RAPID (Rural Address Property Identification) numbers can be used for any rural entrance that requires an address (e.g., dwellings, sheds, yards, etc.). RAPID numbers will help ensure that emergency services, visitors, utility operators and contractors can easily locate your property.
Below are some FAQ’s that will help you determine whether you have a RAPID number. If you don’t or your number needs updating fill out this form on our website.
If there is more than one dwelling on a driveway, then a letter (e.g., A, B or C) is added. The first house along the driveway will be A, the second B, etc. If you have a shared driveway, you can request an additional plate to put on the house.
How are RAPID Numbers used?
As RAPID numbers are allocated, the information is sent to Land Information New Zealand’s national property database. Emergency services have access to this information so they can quickly and accurately locate rural properties. RAPID is also useful for service providers such as NZ Post, Telecom, couriers and power authorities.
How do I find out if a property has a RAPID Number?
The distinctive green and white number plate will be at the entrance to the property. The plates are manufactured from 24 gauge Galvanised Colour Steel plate, 200mm Wide and 125mm High.
To help Emergency Services and others to immediately identify the area in which they are driving, the colour of the numbers for the Rangitikei is green.
How do I apply for a RAPID Number?
In order to supply a RAPID number Council needs accurate information to identify the property and its location. Please complete the RAPID number application form, available from Council offices and on our website.
How long will it take to receive a RAPID Number?
Numbers will be allocated as soon as possible, if the application has been completed correctly and all relevant information has been supplied to Council. A plate with the allocated number will be made up.
Where are RAPID plates installed?
Your RAPID plate should be attached in a prominent position close to your vehicle entrance, which could be on a letterbox, gatepost or wooden fence. Plates are to be fixed parallel to the road. They have reflective green numbers for ease of visibility, especially at night.
What if I have a problem with my RAPID Number?
It is not possible to change a number on request as it is based on the distance along the road. If you change the location of your entranceway please contact Council.
How do I apply for a replacement RAPID Number plate?
If you have an existing RAPID number and need a replacement plate, please complete the application form.
What happens if I subdivide?
If you are subdividing, new RAPID numbers will be required for any new entrances created. The existing entrance will retain the current RAPID number and this number with a suffix (e.g., A, B, C) will be allocated to any new lots using the entrance. This is because the RAPID number is based on a measured distance along a road.
What happens if I build a new house or form a new entranceway?
Any new entranceway created to a new building on a property will require a new RAPID number.
Can I have a RAPID Number if I have no road access?
RAPID numbers are only allocated to properties with entranceways off a road.
How will having a RAPID affect my address?
The RAPID number should be added to the usual Rural Delivery address (e.g., Joe Bloggs, 883 Nowhere Road, State Highway 1, RD1, Marton 4741).
What happens to RAPID Numbers in towns?
Where a town has no existing numbers, the RAPID numbers are continuous through the township. If urban numbers exist, the RAPID stops at the commencement of same and starts again where urban numbers end, but the distance measurements continue through the town and starts again on the other side.
What a great month weather-wise October has been - the sun and lack of wind has resulted in some fantastic spring growth...
What a great month weather-wise October has been – the sun and lack of wind has resulted in some fantastic spring growth in the parks.
This month has again been a very busy one for the team with the summer event season in our parks underway. October has seen Whanau Day at Memorial Park Taihape and the Huntaway Festival in Hunterville; both significant events.
During October we have been busy planning for a number of upcoming projects.
Queens Park in Hunterville will see the installation of a new dry vault Permaloo, two 120lt compacting rubbish bins and a new drinking fountain. All funded from the Ministry Business Innovation and Employments Tourism Facilities Development Fund. This fund was made available to local government to help with the upcoming freedom camping season.
Queens Park in Hunterville was selected by the Rangitikei District Council as one of the main areas within the region that attracts freedom campers regularly. The compacting bins will be a feature of this development with two being purchased for this location. The smart bins hold seven standard sized bins and alert us via email when they need to be serviced. This will significantly reduce the hours associated with empting bins in this park.
Planning for the Skatepark and Memorial Hall Playground in Marton is nearly completed. The build for the Skatepark is due to commence on 11th February 2019; while the playground redevelopment should occur in 2020.
Our Parks team has also recently taken over the CBD cleaning in Taihape and Hunterville. Again with the peak tourist season nearly upon us we are seeing an ever increasing amount of refuse being dumped in our CBD and parks bins. Over the next few months we will be making sure that everything is in top condition for the visitors stopping in our town centers.
Turakina Valley (south of Mangatipona Road): final preparation for chip sealing in October, expect minor delays Mangahoe...
Turakina Valley (south of Mangatipona Road): final preparation for chip sealing in October, expect minor delays
Mangahoe Road: bank cutting and shoulder strengthening (October/November) expect minor delays
Broadway, Marton: It was great to see this road being sealed earlier this month, great job everyone.
Please refer to Councils Website for all liquor applications, new and renewals. Public notices can be displayed here and/or in a local newspaper depending on the applicants preference, advice on doing an objection is found here too.