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Council’s main focus for May has been analysing and considering the 325 submissions received on the draft annual plan an...
Council’s main focus for May has been analysing and considering the 325 submissions received on the draft annual plan and finalising the plan to be put in place for the next financial year.
This is a really important part of Council’s business – we have to balance what’s been requested through our submission process and what was planned in our Long Term Plan (LTP) while keeping rates at an affordable level. With the approved final adjustments, the average rate increase will be 1.63%; this is lower than the forecasted rate of 3.41% in the 2015-25 Long Term Plan, a really pleasing result.
We now have a plan which has a number of key decisions adopted by Council which include:
Everyone who submitted to the draft plan will receive a reply shortly, outlining Council’s decisions (and the reasons for them).
During the month I attended two “Computers in Homes” programme graduations at Taihape and James Cook Schools. Sadly this seems to be the end of this very successful programme as the funding contract with government has come to an end. The programme has meant that after a 20 hour commitment to training a huge number of homes have received a computer for the first time. Computer literacy, which younger people take for granted, is not a given to many of our residents. This literacy is a basic skill now needed to gain employment and the scheme will be missed. My congratulations go out to Angela, Tania, the tutors and the principals who made this programme a reality.
Having just completed our Annual Plan process now we start work on the Long Term Plan (LTP) which is Council’s ten year plan, reviewed every three years. This will involve many meetings, workshops and pre consultation with a number of sector groups before drafting up the plan to go out for public consideration early next year. Again I encourage you all to have a say on what you want our District to look like over the next ten years.
The month has been a difficult one for the team, with the extremely wet conditions we have had to defer a lot of our aut...
The month has been a difficult one for the team, with the extremely wet conditions we have had to defer a lot of our autumn work until it dries out significantly.
Our sportsfeilds are at saturation point and any further rain on the run-up to weekend games or training may result in ground closures. The current conditions of our sportsfeilds are what we expect to see in July, not this early in the season. We will need cooperation from all the clubs to ensure we get through this season and games are played.
The gardening team have been busy with autumn tidy-ups in our parks, the biggest job at present is leaf fall.
The colour of the autumn leaves has been outstanding this year, especially in areas such as Taihape and Hunterville. It a great drive heading to Taihape this time of year and seeing the colours of the poplars in the Hills.
To me leaves are about a bit of fun so we don’t remove them in a hurry. It’s great to see the kids throwing them around or kicking them and they do add character in our Parks.
New Tree Guidelines
In April, I highlighted a new set of guidelines we have developed for the long term care and future development of our districts trees.
The document was presented at the May Policy and Planning committee meeting for consideration a few changes were made following that presentation. The document will now be circulated to our Community Committees for further consultation.
The guidelines also mentioned that we are to start to record all our memorial trees within our parks and gardens. Parks, like Marton Park, are full of plaques with history that we need to capture. Over the next few months we will be recording this information and saving it to our data storage system.
Memorial trees are, to me, an important part of our history in the district. Once a plaque is lost, and if we do not have that data on record, the history of that tree is lost forever.
We will be asking the wider community for any information they may have on our commemorative trees. I recently asked a member of our community about the Liquid Amber planted at the Plunket Rooms in Marton. At this site we have a young tree with a plaque that has been vandalised. We have since found out that this tree was planted on 17 May 1990 for the 83rd anniversary of the founding of the New Zealand Plunket by Mrs Shelton.
Our memorial trees will have photos taken, the current tree condition noted, species, who and when they were planted and finally mapped with a GPS coordinate so that the exact locations are documented.
Any information around our memorial trees would be welcomed, please call the Rangitikei District Council on (06) 3270099 and ask to be put through to Athol or Helen.
A first for us is the trialing of a new rubbish bin at Queens Park in Hunterville. With the increasing amount of freedom campers in our district the issue of disposal of the growing amounts of rubbish is an ever increasing issue.
We were approached by Urban Effects with a possible solution to this issue. They offered us a three month trial of a solar powered compacting bin. This bin can compact seven standard sized rubbish bags into one large bag. The bin also alerts us (via email) when it is nearing capacity so that we can call by and empty it.
We are hoping that this bin will save us time with the reduction of bin emptying frequencies and put an end to overflowing bins at this great little reserve. If the trial is successful I would like to see more of these bins in high use parks.
Marton Park: Boer War Memorial Restoration
This exciting project is being spearheaded by the Marton RSA. Last year we were approached by the Marton RSA who were considering the restoration of this historic monument at Marton Park.
Marton Park has one of only a few Boer War Memorials in the country. The origin war memorial – located in Marton Park, commemorates peace, and also the death of Trooper Hyde. Trooper Hyde was the only Rangitikei solider killed in the Boer war. This notification appeared in the Wanganui Herald on the 9th of September 1902, it cost 150 pounds to manufacture and erect.
We also discovered that this monument is made out of Melbourne Bluestone and must have been a significant exercise to carve.
We are still looking into the correct method for the restoration of Bluestone. This stone can be badly damaged by the usual water blasting so we are looking into a low pressure soda wash method.
It will be a long process to restore this amazing monument, it has to be done well so no features are lost in the restoration process.
Our thanks to the Marton RSA for taking on this project.
New Playground Feature Hunterville
Another little project from Hunterville is the supply and installation of a new playground item. The community approached the Council wishing to remove a small outdated piece of equipment and replace it with a new ladybird rocker.
The Hunterville playground is one of those must stops in our region for travelers with children. Being a secure playground, close to amenities, it is ideal for small children. This little addition to this site will brighten it up a bit for passing families.
I would like to thank Debbie (Chair Hunterville Steering Group) for all her work in getting this project underway and completed.
Lastly it is now planting time with a variety of projects to be completed over winter. We will be planting new street trees across the region, sand dunes at Koitiata (Arbor Day), Hunterville SH1 gardens, Taihape swimming pool landscaping, Marton Park etc. It’s now our time to be a bit creative!
Feel free to stop and talk about our gardens and parks with any of the team. Happy gardening!
Myrtle rust, a serious fungal disease, is a threat to a number of New Zealand’s native plants. It was first detected in...
Myrtle rust, a serious fungal disease, is a threat to a number of New Zealand’s native plants.
It was first detected in a Northland nursery in May and is believed to have arrived via spores from Australia. Severe infestations can kill affected plants in the myrtle family, such as pōhutukawa, kanuka and mānuka, and have long-term impacts on the regeneration of young plants and seedlings.
While there have not been any signs of myrtle rust in the Horizons region the public are asked to check their own gardens and planting areas.
Symptoms to look for include bright yellow powder on both sides of leaves; it generally attacks soft, new growth, including leaf surfaces, shoots, buds, flowers, and fruit. Information on myrtle rust can found here.
Council’s Parks and Reserves team have been educated to identify any plants with signs of myrtle rust and will not be purchasing plants from any of the affected areas.
If you believe you have seen myrtle rust on plants in New Zealand:
Rangitikei District Council is inviting nominations to celebrate the achievements of our amazing young people within our...
Rangitikei District Council is inviting nominations to celebrate the achievements of our amazing young people within our district with the Rangitikei Youth Awards 2017. The awards will mirror the national Youth Awards scheme on the theme “Our Voices Count; Count Our Voices”.
Anyone can nominate a young person for an award. To be eligible, nominees must:
Council has made $2,000 available for the Rangitikei Youth Awards 2017. Awards will be made in some or all of the following categories:
The outcome will be decided by a panel comprising the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and representatives from local iwi, schools and youth agencies. The nominations will be assessed against the following criteria:
Nominations can be made by anyone and will close on Monday 10th July 2017 at noon.
Nomination Forms can be found here.
For more information please contact;
Oliver Sanderson 0275507803 or
Gillian Bowler 0275528594
Valaau atu ma le Faaaloalo tele I le tatou nuu I Marton, omai Tatou faamanatu le Tutoatasi o le tatou atunuu pele. MONDA...
Valaau atu ma le Faaaloalo tele I le tatou nuu I Marton, omai Tatou faamanatu le Tutoatasi o le tatou atunuu pele.
MONDAY 5 June, 8.30am – 3pm
MEMORIAL HALL MARTON
Free Day for the Rangitikei Community. Join us for a day of celebration and experience our beautiful culture with our beautiful community.
If we don’t use our bus service there may be no bus service to use! The bus services that run across towns in Rangitikei...
If we don’t use our bus service there may be no bus service to use!
The bus services that run across towns in Rangitikei are at risk of being stopped, due to lack of patronage. These services are funded through the Regional Council and if patronage doesn’t increase there is a possibility they will not continue.
For more info on timetables and fares go to www.horizons.govt.nz/Buses-Transport/Bus-Routes-Transport
Investigation into options for the replacement of the Mangaweka Bridge continues with the initial business case being cr...
Investigation into options for the replacement of the Mangaweka Bridge continues with the initial business case being created following input from the community and stakeholders.
Since it was discovered that the bridge has significant deterioration the Manawatu and Rangitikei District Councils together have held a public meeting to hear what the community needed and how the bridge is important as part of the business and social life of the area.
“These meetings have provided the essential local knowledge and context for the bridge, and we thank you for your time and enthusiasm” says Tim Eldridge from GHD consulting engineers.
Building on the public meeting, two workshops have been held with stakeholders from the community, businesses and the Councils. The workshops looked at all the possible options from retaining the existing bridge, strengthening it, building a new one beside the existing one through to a new bridge in a different location.
From these workshops seven options were long listed and then refined to create a shortlist of three options that could see a new bridge built adjacent to the existing one with the road realigned to provide better access for larger vehicles.
These options will now go forward into a business case that will look at the costs, benefits and challenges for each option before a single preferred option is selected and put forward for funding from New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA).
Manawatu District Council project lead Jim Mestyanek is pleased with the progress and appreciates the assistance from the community and businesses to get these options established. This is a complicated process and work is progressing as quickly as possible. “Getting this part of the process right means that when we seek funding we know that the facts and figures support the request, that what we are asking for is what is needed, and we can demonstrate that to the NZTA.”
Quotable Value (QV) will attend the next Finance/Performance Committee meeting on Thursday, 29 June, at 10.30 am, to out...
Quotable Value (QV) will attend the next Finance/Performance Committee meeting on Thursday, 29 June, at 10.30 am, to outline the process and timing for the next three yearly rating valuation process, due to start later this year.
This meeting is open to the public so anyone is welcome to attend this briefing.
During 2016 the water-only working group (Whanganui District Health Board and Healthy Families Whanganui Rangitīkei Ruap...
During 2016 the water-only working group (Whanganui District Health Board and Healthy Families Whanganui Rangitīkei Ruapehu) developed a joint initiative to support schools across the region to become water-only.
From this work one of the needs identified by the school communities was to increase access to water outside the school gates, such as at community events, sporting fixtures and the like.
Following a presentation in July to the Community & Public Health Advisory Committee (CPHAC) regarding the water-only initiative the working group conducted a scoping exercise across the region and determined that access to water in public parks, sports grounds, recreation facilities and spaces was very limited.
The working group then met with the Rangitīkei, Whanganui and Ruapehu District Council representatives and sporting organisations to develop a joint approach to increasing access to water across the region.
This joint approach has resulted in a successful funding application to the Four Regions Trust (Formally the Powerco Wanganui Trust) for $15,000; $5,000 for each council. This grant, alongside other funding will allow the installation of at least 6 new water fountains across the region, 2 in each district.
The Rangitīkei District Council team alongside community stakeholders are in the process of seeking additional funds required to meet the short fall for the 3 priority fountains identified at Centennial Park, Marton, Bulls Domain and Memorial Park, Taihape.
Alongside this work 5 water-only events resource kits have been developed to support water-only events across the region. Two of which are housed in the Rangitīkei, in Taihape and Marton respectively. The water only events resource kits contain 4 x 20 litre water containers, water only signage, a table and a water only event tip sheet. The resource kits can be booked via www.healthyfamilieswrr.org.nz in the water only events tab.
Applications are now open for the Event Sponsorship Scheme and the Community Initiatives Fund. On Monday 29 May applicat...
Applications are now open for the Event Sponsorship Scheme and the Community Initiatives Fund.
On Monday 29 May applications opened to the Event Sponsorship Scheme and the Community Initiatives Fund. These two funds are provided by Council to encourage events and to support community projects within the district. Applications close on Friday 30 June, and the decision will be made on Thursday 27 July.
The Event Sponsorship Scheme supports both large-scale and smaller community based events – past applicants have run iconic Rangitikei events like the Marton Country Music Festival, the Turakina Highland Games, and the Hunterville Shemozzle; and in February this year the inaugural Long Twilight Dinner was held along the main street of Mangaweka, a hugely successful and enjoyable event. Up to 50% of eligible costs can be covered by the fund, and preference is given to events that develop community cohesion and reinforce economic growth.
The Community Initiatives Fund is open to groups whose projects show benefit in either community service and support, leisure promotion, or heritage and environment – or all three! Previous projects that have received funding are sports teams who are purchasing uniforms, community gardens, and Alzheimer’s and Diabetes health support groups. We encourage both one-off and long-term project groups to apply.
We would love to hear from anyone with a good idea for an event or a community project – you can go ahead and apply, or you can contact us for help with your application. Perhaps you just want some feedback on your idea, or it may be that there is another grant or fund that would suit you better – just ask us, we are here to help. You can contact the Grants Administrator and find out more by going to our website or contacting Council through the usual channels.
The major works planned during May/June are: Turakina Valley Road, Majuba Bluff and Drysdale: earthworks on these projec...
The major works planned during May/June are:
Turakina Valley Road, Majuba Bluff and Drysdale: earthworks on these projects are complete but you can expect minor delays for pavement construction (May/early June).
Parewanui Road: widening and pavement works will be undertaken, expect minor delays.
Jeffersons Line: pavement works being undertaken, expect minor delays.
Turakina Valley Road: sealing being done between McLeay’s Bridge and Mangatipona Road, expect minor delays.
Ratana: water commissioning of plant early June and proposal to RDC for land acquisition
Sewer relining: continue with relining programme in Taihape, Hunterville and Marton