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Open for business – Mayor’s Message

Council is currently undertaking some major work in Broadway, Marton to improve its services and install ducting for ult...

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Open for business – Mayor’s Message

Council is currently undertaking some major work in Broadway, Marton to improve its services and install ducting for ultrafast broadband.

We appreciate this is an inconvenience to retailers, businesses and customers while this work is being done. So I want to take the opportunity to stress that all the businesses are still open for business and I hope that everyone continues to support these businesses during this disruption. Work will be halted before Christmas and then restarted next year, once the Christmas season is over.

Earlier this month the American Ambassador, Scott Brown, was visiting our District and opened the new stationery shop in Broadway – Paper Plus Pop Up shop, which we have sadly missed since the closing of Hayman’s. My congratulations on setting up this fabulous new business, I’m sure you will do well.

We have also seen another ‘pop up shop’ appear in Marton with the Pop Up Gallery opening for a second year – it’s just great to see these types of shops appearing in our District.

Marton BNZ closed its doors this month, I was very disappointed with this decision and had communicated this strongly with the management of BNZ. Unfortunately despite my plea they went ahead and closed the Marton branch, which I’m sure will cause inconvenience to those that use this bank.

None of us want to see businesses close and empty shops in our towns, so I hope that someone will be able to go into this space soon.

During November we held another Citizenship Ceremony, the largest one we have had yet, with 30 people becoming citizens and residents of the Rangitikei. They were from Cambodia, United Kingdom, South Africa, Samoa and Fiji – I extend everyone a very warm welcome to our District. Thanks for choosing Rangitikei as your home.

During the month a community newsletter was distributed around Bulls giving the Bulls community an update on the proposed new Community Centre. This facility will contain the town hall, library and information centre, green space and bus interchange. It is being designed as a multi-purpose facility with areas that are flexible and can be used for a number of purposes. It will be a fantastic asset to Bulls. Final design drawings are currently being done and it is hoped tenders will be called for in early 2018. This means that construction is likely to be in the middle to latter half of 2018 and will probably take 12-18 months to build. We will keep the community updated on this exciting project.

The annual White Ribbon Day event was held this month in Marton, with about 35 bikes coming through the town, again this was a well organised event by the Runanga Ngati Apa and supported by the police. White Ribbon aims to end men’s violence towards women by encouraging men to lead by example.

We are moving into the Christmas season so please everyone take care on our roads, look out for your friends and neighbours at this busy time of the year.

Regards
Andy

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Parks and Reserves Highlights by Athol Sanson

What a contrast we have had weather-wise during November! In the last three weeks we have gone from wanting the rain to...

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Parks and Reserves Highlights by Athol Sanson

What a contrast we have had weather-wise during November! In the last three weeks we have gone from wanting the rain to go away to now needing some to give the plants some much needed moisture.

The added bonus for us is that we can now mow our lawns, the grass disperses easily and they look great.

The month has been a busy one in the Parks area with our summer flowers being planted throughout the region to making sure our Parks are in great condition for the numerous events that happen over spring and summer.

This month I thought I would focus on turf care, tree care and some things to watch out for during December.


Cape Weed or Cape Daisy

Over the last few years Cape Weed or Cape Daisy has become widely established in our region’s sports fields and reserves.

Cape Weed originated from South Africa and has been recorded as having naturalised in New Zealand in 1870. It has naturalised in many parts of our region in recent years, mainly around our drier areas. Bulls, Turakina and Taihape seem to be the worst affected.

During autumn 2017 we had several complaints about this weed so we decided to commence a spring spraying programme to reduce the spread of this very invasive turf weed.

A spraying program of the Parks is something we do not take lightly as considerable agrichemicals are needed to spray such large areas, and the parks need to be closed during and following the application. The build-up to spraying chemicals is something that is well thought out. Apart from calm weather we have to notify all the neighbouring properties and place newspaper advertisements of our intention to spray. I am pleased to say all went well this year, with no issues raised.

As Cape Weed is an annual weed and establishes freely on bare ground, it is important that we maintain a good grass cover on our parks to avoid it re-establishing.

The Latin name of Cape Weed is Arctotheca calendula; for interest the name comes from the Latin word kalendae. The translated meaning is; first day of the month when interest was to be paid. This refers to the plant’s long flowering period.


Broadway Trees Marton

If you have been in Marton recently the trees along the CBD have been looking fantastic. I thought I would give you an insight into how they are being managed.

The tree is called Aesculus x carnea “Briotii” and was named after a French nurseryman Pierre Louis Broit in 1858.

The trees along Broadway are still small and if left to grow naturally they would soon reach a height of 15m plus. This would then make them too large for their current location and removal would need to be considered. To me, as they are such a feature, this is not an option.

During 2016 I was having a discussion with Jim Howard about how we should manage these trees. We decided that directly following flowering, the trees should be pruned back by 0.5m-1m and all going well the new summer growth would give us flowers in 2017. I have been a bit nervous waiting for the spring flowering. Don’t know why I worried – they looked great!

The pruning will be done again during the last week of November over two early morning starts to avoid traffic issues.


Fountains and fences

During December we have a lot happening in the Parks. Watch out for, and enjoy, our first drinking fountains being installed in the Bulls Domain, Marton and Memorial Park in Taihape. These are going to be such an asset to our Parks.

We should see the completion of the new fence around Centennial Park’s Netball courts. That Park is really looking good.

That’s it from me. Enjoy this beautiful weather and get out and enjoy the many events held on our regions great Parks.

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  1. Angela Oliver says:

    Things are looking up with our Parks and Reserves, thanks to Athol and his team!

  2. Barry Williams says:

    Well done, Athol and crew. The trees look superb. They are a tremendous credit to you and your team.

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Making the most of Rangitikei Line

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Update on the Proposed Bulls Community Centre

A reminder of the project so far... In late 2013 the Rangitikei District Council (Council) approved funding to develop a...

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Update on the Proposed Bulls Community Centre

A reminder of the project so far…

In late 2013 the Rangitikei District Council (Council) approved funding to develop a Town Centre Plan (TCP) for Bulls, which included looking at the co-location of the library, town hall and information centre/bus depot activities.

In 2014 six sites were identified and evaluated, and the three top scoring locations (Toy Library site, Information Centre site and Criterion Hotel site) were put out for community consultation. Two-thirds of responses favoured the Criterion site. Council adopted the Bulls TCP in June with the Criterion site as the preferred location for new multi-purpose centre.

In late 2014 Council entered an arrangement with a joint-venture partner (JVP) who purchased the Criterion site. Architecture Workshop was then appointed to prepare the designs and plans for the new Centre.

At a public meeting in August 2016 the Bulls community was presented with preliminary designs. As a result of feedback the hall space/stage area was redesigned to increase capacity to 306 seats and the number of toilets increased to 10. These changes increase the estimated project cost by $400,000.

A further public meeting was held in Bulls on 8 March 2017, as part of the Annual Plan consultation. Submissions to Council’s Draft Plan showed a majority favoured this project continuing, this was later endorsed by Council.

In September 2017 work began on detailed design drawings and specifications to work towards a tender process, which is expected to take place in early 2018.

What will be in the new Community Centre

The building is being designed as multi-purpose so there is flexibility with what it is used for; it will accommodate:

  • Learning hub – L-hub (library facilities)
  • Town hall and stage area; with storage, toilet facilities and changing area, below the stage
  • Mezzanine floor area with extra seating for stage viewing
  • Kitchen facilities for events held in the main hall
  • Information hub – i-hub
  • Meeting / office / reading spaces upstairs
  • Facilities for Plunket / toy library
  • 24 hour access toilets
  • Outside terrace area (on roof)
  • Outside bus shelter
  • Designated travel bus stops and parking, including parking for camper/motorhomes
  • Plenty of on-site car parking
  • Bulls Town Square (grassed)

The Airforce at Ohakea have donated a Skyhawk which will be featured on the site.

Fundraising still continues for this project, if you want to be part of this exciting project contact Bronwyn Meads at bronwyn.meads@rangitikei.govt.nz.

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Turakina

Tossing a tree across a river A piece of Scotland in the south west corner of the Rangitikei District boasts the oldest...

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Turakina

Tossing a tree across a river

A piece of Scotland in the south west corner of the Rangitikei District boasts the oldest on-land sporting event in NZ. The first ‘Turakina Highland Games’ were held in the village back in 1864; and the latest event will take place on 27 January 2018.

The Celtic – Maori mix means Turakina has a unique place in the history of the Rangitikei. It started life as a Maori settlement when descendants of the Kahui Rere and the Kahui Maunga, later naming themselves Ngā Wairiki came to the area. Later, the migration of Ngāti Apa from the Bay of Plenty resulted in the original settlers being integrated through generations of intermarriage with Ngati Apa. The hapu living continuously at Turakina to the present day is Ngā Āriki, who have two marae not far from each other on the beach road, Tini Waitara and Kahurauponga.

The Maori explorer Hau named the settlement after the Turakina River which he was able to cross on a tree that had fallen across the river from one bank to the other. “Turaki” means to fell.

A second wave of settlers to the area were Gaelic-speaking Scots who came after the Crown purchase of the Rangitikei Block in 1849. Arriving in Wellington they trekked up the coast to Turakina where they set up home. Their descendants still live there to the present day. Intermarriage with local Maori has created a strong Maori-Celtic culture; one of the expressions of this is the annual Highland Games where tossing the caber can be likened to felling a tree across a river!

Early business and industries in Turakina made it a thriving and prosperous settlement. There was at various times a saddler, baker, black smith, milliner, tailor, grocer and butcher, lawyer, brick kiln, dairy factory, racecourse, flourmill, a thriving flax industry, orchard and sale yards. An illicit whisky distillery and 4 hotels all added to the flavour of the township. The courthouse and jail shifted down the beach road in the 1940s to make room for local tennis courts in the village.

A couple of significant milestones give Turakina its place in NZ history too. The First Christian Church Service in the Rangitikei was conducted in Turakina on Dec 15th 1852 by the Presbyterian Minister Rev. James Duncan.

And from 1876 to 1925 the village was known as Lethbridge, after a local settler. The Lethbridge family property, Ann Bank, was the site of New Zealand’s first children’s health camp, inaugurated by Dr. Elizabeth Gunn in November 1919.

The nationally renowned Turakina Māori Girls’ College was established in the village and remained there until 1928 when it was relocated to Marton. The school finally closed in 2015.

All these made for a vibrant township at various periods of its history. Decline in activity early on came with the railway and later with the urban drift. But from the 1980’s Turakina has been ‘discovered’ by a new generation of settlers who have joined with the established population to create an energetic little community.

Turakina today is a quiet rural settlement that offers an attractive lifestyle option for those wanting to raise a family in a small community. The old Ben Nevis tavern is still there, while in recent years new people have settled in the village, building new homes, renovating old ones and even restoring heritage buildings dating from the 1850’s. And when it comes to going to school, the Turakina School experience can’t be beat. A rural, personal little establishment catering for children up to year 8.

Situated not far from Whanganui, Turakina also offers options for those working in the city but wanting live rurally. The fertile agricultural land that surrounds the settlement provides for comprehensive land use options too.

Just a few kms away, the beach settlement of Koitiata (meaning “the rising of the morning sun”) provides even more options for coastal living. Established in the 1920s, it provides an opportunity to enjoy all the activities associated with the ocean and the beach.

Come January, there will be plenty of action in Turakina for all to enjoy as people travel from across the country to take part in the Turakina Highland Games. You are invited to join them. Who knows, you may want to stay and make Turakina your home. All the information on the Games can be found here.

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  1. Barry Williams

    What a super summary of the history of Turakina!
    Can you please tell me where you found this history and is there more of a similar qualitysomewhere about the history of Marton itself?

    Thanks
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    What a super summary of the history of Turakina! Can you please tell me where you found this history and is there more of a similar qualitysomewhere about the history of Marton itself? Thanks Barry williams

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Working around the District

Marton. Broadway/Follett/Signal Streets This work includes replacing water mains, new kerb and channel, resurfacing the...

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Marton. Broadway/Follett/Signal Streets

This work includes replacing water mains, new kerb and channel, resurfacing the footpath and installing ducting for Ultra Fast broadband services. During construction there will be less car parking available and traffic will be slowed to a single land with Stop/Go operations in place. This work continues through to February 2018.


Jeffersons Line

Work on the pavement continues – there may be minor delays during December.

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Summer tips to keep your dog happy and healthy

Advice from our Animal Control Team With summer on the doorstep spare a thought for your family pets and use common sens...

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Summer tips to keep your dog happy and healthy

Advice from our Animal Control Team

With summer on the doorstep spare a thought for your family pets and use common sense when it comes to looking after them.

Number one rule is don’t don’t leave your pets, especially dogs, in your car on a hot and sunny day. They will dehydrate very quickly and could suffocate.

On a hot day, the temperature inside your car can reach 39°C in 10 minutes. Even in the shade with the windows down, the temperature can rise to a deadly 49°C in 30 minutes. Your dog’s natural cooling process is ineffective in these conditions. Dogs overheat much more quickly than humans as they cannot sweat like we can, but instead they pant to dissipate heat and cool their body temperature. This is near impossible to do when the air in their immediate environment is thick and hot, as it is in a hot car. Your dog’s normal body temperature is about 38.5°C. Their body can withstand a higher temperature for only a short amount of time before irreversible damage is done and heatstroke sets in.


Signs of heatstroke

A dog in a hot car will soon overheat and suffer from heatstroke. Some symptoms to look out for are:

  • Heavy panting
  • Profuse salivation
  • Extremely red gums and tongue
  • Lack of co-ordination
  • Vomiting/diarrhoea
  • Loss of consciousness

If the dog is not removed from the car and treated quickly, symptoms can worsen to result in brain damage, or even death


Emergency first aid

If a dog is overcome by heat exhaustion, give immediate first aid by cooling with water or other liquids (room temperature liquids are preferable as ice cold liquids can bring on shock or hypothermia).

  • Wet the skin thoroughly, not just the coat. Focus on the belly and inside of the legs
  • Spray or sponge the dog until their body temperature is lowered
  • When the dog is cooling down and responding, gently dry the body
  • If the dog is conscious give them small amounts of water
  • Seek veterinary attention as soon as possible

If you find a dog locked in a car in distress, please call the Police or your local SPCA immediately.

Another thing dog owners, be aware that walking your dog on a road or footpath on a hot day, when the tar and concrete can reach very high temperatures, may result in the pads on the dogs feet being burnt.

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Marton Customer Services Team

Travel agents, noise control officers and everything in between. If you need to book tickets on the Inter-City Bus Servi...

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Marton Customer Services Team

Travel agents, noise control officers and everything in between.

If you need to book tickets on the Inter-City Bus Services that run through the District our Customer Services Team in the Marton Office can do that for you. It is just one of the many things our front line team of Hine, Marcelle, Fahren and Hollie can assist you with. Got a complaint about dog behaviour or someone mowing their lawn next door at 6.00am or you want to make a cemetery and burial booking? Just phone the office or come in and talk to the team face to face. They will help you arrange appointments with the building team and will handle any reports of litter dumped in the wrong place.

If there is an issue you have with potholes on your street or roadside flooding, the Customer Services Team are your first port of call. And of course if you are paying rates over the counter, they are very happy to receive your payments.

The team is always busy – they handle over 580 calls per month – but never too busy to take your call on 06 3270099 or 0800 422 522 – or to talk with you face to face.

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November Newsbriefs

Holiday period building and resource consents If you are wanting to lodge a building or resource consent application ove...

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November Newsbriefs


Holiday period building and resource consents

If you are wanting to lodge a building or resource consent application over the Christmas/New year period these will be accepted during office opening hours but will not be processed until after 11 January 2018.


An unusual canvas

Julie Oliver as part of the Placemakers of Marton, is using her incredible art skills to create a bit of theatre on a prominent unused building in Marton. If you would like to take part in Placemaking email ashand268@gmail.com


The Lobby – hanging out with a purpose

Check out the Marton Youth Zone at 285 Broadway, we have rebranded and are now called “The Lobby”. This space is for young people between the ages of 12 – 20 where they can hang out, socialise, express and gain skills while in a safe environment. It is open with a mixture of volunteers and staff with the hopes of opening 5/6 days a week, mostly in the afternoons. Everyone is welcome to pop down and check it out!


New fence

As part of the Annual Plan process Council received a submission to renew and extend the Centennial Park Netball fence. Council agreed this would happen and Matt Burke Engineering was awarded the contract with help from Ben’s Dingo Services. The fence rebuild is well underway, the park will also have a new drinking fountain installed shortly, both items will greatly improve this well used facility.

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Opening Hours for the Christmas/New Year Period 2017-2018

The Marton Office, Marton Library/Information Centre and Bulls Library will be open until noon Friday 22 December 2017. ...

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Opening Hours for the Christmas/New Year Period 2017-2018

The Marton Office, Marton Library/Information Centre and Bulls Library will be open until noon Friday 22 December 2017. 

The Marton Office will re-open at 8.00am on Wednesday 3 January 2018. During the holiday period, any service requests or problems can be directed to 0800 422 522 which is answered by our call centre 24 hours a day.

Please go to our website here for information on our other offices and our waste transfer station hours.

Have a great holiday season from everyone at the Rangitikei District Council.

 

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