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The Marton Memorial Hall was packed full of smiles and colour recently as our Samoan community celebrated becoming indep...
The Marton Memorial Hall was packed full of smiles and colour recently as our Samoan community celebrated becoming independent from New Zealand. It was attended by our Mayor Andy Watson and Councillor Cath Ash, who holds the Samoan portfolio for Council.
On 1 January 1962 Western Samoa became independent of New Zealand. Independence Day, however, is celebrated on 1 June and this day continues to be recognised by the Samoan community in New Zealand.
Mayor Watson was encouraged to get up and dance, video attached, and there was lots of audience participation in the lively music and performances.
According to Census 2013 figures there are 303 Samoan people that are part of our Rangitikei community and it’s the third most spoken language. That’s only a small portion of the 151,530 living in New Zealand, and it is with interest we wait for the latest Census results to see if our Samoan community has grown.
Community rallying behind fundraising for Bulls Community Centre Mayor Andy Watson applauds Central House Movers for the...
Community rallying behind fundraising for Bulls Community Centre
Mayor Andy Watson applauds Central House Movers for the donation of a house, at cost, to be done up and sold as a fundraiser for the Bulls Community Centre.
He says not only has Owner Mike O’Byrne donated the house at cost, but his team have stripped the outside of the house and are painting it. Other businesses have come on board including Guthrie Bowron, who generously donated all of paint for the outside of the house.
Once the house is auctioned off, all of the proceeds will go towards the new community centre.
Well done team!
Bulls Community Centre – tender’s called for
Tender documents are about to be released for the construction of the Bulls Community Centre. Mayor Andy Watson says the community should be able to see progress on site this Spring/Summer. After many years of waiting, excitement is building around the project.
As the time draws closer to tenders going out for the construction of Bulls Community Centre, it’s nice to reflect on ot...
As the time draws closer to tenders going out for the construction of Bulls Community Centre, it’s nice to reflect on other significant projects in our region that came about because of the dedication and foresight of our community.
One such place is Marton Memorial Park in Marton. It was established by locals in 1893 and has since served as a venue for recreational and commemorative events, as well as having significant historical value.
Let’s look back at how it all started
The proposal to establish a public park was promoted by local residents who held a public meeting in May 1893 to discuss purchasing land in Marton. The Marton Park Company was formed with a capital of £700 and its conveners included Messrs S. Gibbons, T. Bredin, J. McDonald and R.E. Beckett (chairman).
The Company agreed to purchase ‘Shannon’s Paddock’, 3.8101 hectares of land that had been surveyed for subdivision in 1887. The specially formed, local company intended to convert the paddock into park, and then sell it to the Borough within seven years. On 10 July 1893, Shannon and Richmond transferred their land to the newly formed company, which borrowed an additional £200 to finance the bank overdraft and make the necessary improvements to the paddock.
In 1895 the Park was offered for sale to the Marton Borough Council at a price of £700. The Council accepted the offer and funded further improvements to the ground. The land was formally transferred on 4 May 1896.
Improvements included the completion of a pavilion, donated by R.E. Beckett, and a band rotunda. The pavilion, which some sources suggest may have been built in the 1880s, was replaced by the present grandstand in 1930. The band rotunda, which was in regular use over many years, was removed during World War II.
It wasn’t all rosy
The Council had hoped to run the park at a profit. However, in the seven years between 1900 and 1907, the Park ran at a loss of £557 7s 11d. Fees gathered for events held on the grounds rarely covered costs, and by 1909 the ground was in poor repair.
The Council was criticised for its management of the Park, and in response, it agreed to undertake ‘extensive permanent works’ including the construction of post and rail fences within the park. In 1910 the council’s investment was augmented by £100, which was provided by the Government for improvements. The subsequent improvements to the ground’s appearance were well received.
What’s the plan now?
Jumping forward to now, Marton Memorial Park is managed by Rangitikei District Council, which when created, took in the old Marton Borough Council.
It’s governed by a robust Management Plan and is listed with the New Zealand Heritage as an historic park. The park is in good hands with the Pavilion recently being repainted and a programme of tree plantings to protect the park well into the future.
More can be read about the Management Plan for Marton Memorial Park on our council website www.rangitikei.govt.nz
The parks team are heading into the busiest time of the year after battling a very wet end to autumn. Since my last arti...
The parks team are heading into the busiest time of the year after battling a very wet end to autumn. Since my last article we have seen significant rainfall in the region which has enabled us to start our winter planting programme much earlier than we would usually do.
Our sports fields have held up well with the current wet weather with no weekend ground closures to date. It is great to see the local rugby clubs taking care of the fields by changing training days or training on artificial turf if the grounds could be damaged by use.
It is a difficult time of year for the team, the constant wet weather makes mowing extremely difficult and working on wet ground only damages the soil structure. If you are a gardener you will understand what the team has to do to keep this region looking tidy while facing the challenges of winter.
Community Planting Days
Over the next few months we will be organising a number of community planting days. These events are a great opportunity for the pubic to meet the team and see the environmental work we are undertaking in the region. This work is often in out of the way spots and in areas rarely seen by the community.
On the 26thof June we will be hosting a sand dune planting day at Koitiata with the local community, Department of Conservation and pupils from Turakina School, 1000 coastal natives will be planted.
Then the following week (Wednesday the 4thof July), in conjunction with Horizons Regional Council and the Tutaenui Stream Restoration Group, a planting will take place on the banks of the stream that runs from Galpins Road to the Marton C dam. We will also focus on planting a section of cleared pine forest on lower Makuhou Road. The planting in this area will concentrate on the revegetation of a stretch of the Tutaenui Stream.
It is great to see the community and local farmers getting behind this planting as it will only benefit the water quality entering the Marton dams.
Other plantings are planned at the B and C Dams and Taihape over the coming months. If you would like further information on upcoming planting days please contact Athol Sanson on (06) 327 0099.
Update on Drinking Fountains
It’s also been great to see our drinking fountains, which were installed at Centennial Park Marton, Memorial Park Taihape and Bulls Domain being utilised so well by Park users and visitors to our region. Our team constantly get requests from public asking where they can get their drink bottles filled with filtered water, it’s great to be able to give them a location for this.
Now that the winter sporting season is in full swing the fountains have really made a difference in the parks with children and adults making use of the filtered water during their games.
When we purchased the fountain in 2017 a quality fountain was selected due to them looking inviting for park users. A recent TV news article mentioned the state and lack of drinking fountains in a number of councils in the lower North Island and how uninviting and poorly maintained they were. Long term it is important that we maintain these fountains well so people continue to want to use them.
Supplying fresh filtered water to our park users and our regions visitors is not only important health wise it is also helping reduce the amount of plastic waste that we collect off the parks and put into the landfill. Refilling plastic or glass bottles many times is something we need to support and encourage.
We are about to install another fountain in Hunterville, near the children’s playground. Hunterville toilets and playground are two of the most used facilities for visitors to our region, giving users access to filtered water can only be seen as positive for the environment and the health of our children and visitors.
Let’s help stop plastic waste entering our landfills and encourage the use of these fountains to visitors and park users.
Marton B & C Dams update
During May the team has planted close to 2000 plants at the Marton B and C dam with another 4000 planned to be planted in the coming months.
We have also started graveling the tracks and walkways on site. Long term these tracks will form a network of walking trails around the dam that may be enjoyed by the community as a recreation opportunity.
The restoration plan prepared by Boffa Miskell has now been finalised and sets out a blueprint for the future environmental restoration of this area. The plan will take 20 years to complete and when work is completed our region will have an outstanding natural feature that we can all be proud of.
As always if you would like any information on our Parks and Reserves please do not hesitate to contact me on (06) 327 0099.
by Athol Sanson
The Travellers’ Rest Motel/The Marton Hotel 1866-1924 Learning the history of the Travellers’ Rest Hotel, or the Marton...
The Travellers’ Rest Motel/The Marton Hotel 1866-1924
Learning the history of the Travellers’ Rest Hotel, or the Marton Hotel was interesting to say the least. Did you know that if Crofton, just down the road, hadn’t been an alcohol-free zone, Marton may not be what it is today?
This is some of what I discovered about the historic landmark which is Marton Hotel.
The Marton Hotel as it stands today is the 3rd location. The original location, when the hotel was built by Robert Signal in 1865, was on the banks of the Tutaenui Stream, at the back of Centennial Park. This was for the benefit of stock drivers who stopped there en route to newly opened Rangitikei farms with flocks of sheep and other livestock.
The hotel was a long way from the passing traffic in North Broadway, which was the main thoroughfare for some time, so Signal had the hotel shifted to the North Broadway site.
When the original town name of Tutaenui was changed to Marton on 7th October 1869 the title of Travellers Rest was changed to Marton Hotel. Its derivation was simple – 1869 was the 100th anniversary of the discovery of New Zealand by Captain James Cook who was born in Marton in Yorkshire.
Ownership of the hotel passed through many hands over the years and it was owned by John Hannan when it was destroyed by fire in 1924.
John Hannan then had a new hotel erected on the corner of Broadway and Follet Street (now Hammond Street) in 1924.
Thanks to the Marton & District Historical Society for access to its archives. If you’re interested in researching Marton history or finding out more about your own family, give Maureen a ring on 06 327 6689 or visit their website here.
We know you love talking directly to our staff in the field, but we’d really rather you filled out a Fix-It form if ther...
We know you love talking directly to our staff in the field, but we’d really rather you filled out a Fix-It form if there are any problems.
When you fill out a Fix-It form, the job is dated, logged and assigned to a specific staff member to fix. We can then monitor when the job is completed and measure how long it’s taken, which is part of our audit process.
If you tell a staff member, they then have to stop work and fill out a Fix-it form on your behalf.
So please – if you have something we need to fix – jump onto our website – click on Fix on the front page (see picture) and off you go!
New iwi advisor We're excited to welcome Ratana-born Lequan Meihana to our Council family. Lequan has accepted the role...
New iwi advisor
We’re excited to welcome Ratana-born Lequan Meihana to our Council family. Lequan has accepted the role of Strategic Advisor for Iwi/Hapu. We’ll hear more from Lequan in our next issue of Rangitikei Line.
Forward Works Planned for June/July
Please refer to Council’s 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.
Overhanging Vegetation / Leaves
A reminder to property owners that now is a good time to cut back overhanging vegetation from footpaths. While trees have shed their leaves it makes the job a lot easier.
Also if you can help us keep drains, culverts and kerb and channels free from leaves, this will help the water drain away when we get heavy rain, like we have had recently.
Debris / Mud on Roads from Trucks
The Council is having to attend a large number of instances where farms and forestry operations are depositing mud and debris onto the road. These instances are frequently reported by the public and often lead to the Councils Contractor attending site to make it safe. A reminder that it is the landowners/Contractors responsibility to ensure large amounts of debris are removed so our roads are safe:
a) If the condition of the road surface is a contributing factor to a road crash, the Police are likely to prosecute those responsible for the debris;
b) It is an offence to deposit debris onto a road;
c) That the council will recover the cost of making the road safe from those responsible.