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Rangitikei Mayor Andy Watson says regional towns have a high proportion of older buildings, and changes to earthquake-pr...
Rangitikei Mayor Andy Watson says regional towns have a high proportion of older buildings, and changes to earthquake-prone legislation in the Building Act disproportionately affect small rural towns.
This means either the building’s demolition – or expensive upgrades that may not provide a return on investment for building owners.
Rangitikei, Tararua, Manawatu, and Whanganui Councils approached the Hon Jenny Salesa about the impact the new legislation will have on rural New Zealand.
The delegation asked the Government to introduce financial incentives for owners carrying out earthquake strengthening, lengthen timeframes and change certain criteria that triggers strengthening work to be carried out on entire buildings.
Andy Watson said many buildings already sit empty in Marton with strengthening work estimated in the hundreds of thousands of dollars per building.
The Rangitikei District Council has decided to not classify the main street as a priority area after going through a public consultation process, but the Marton council building remains in this category.
As the property needs earthquake work, the council has purchased a ‘reasonable chunk of the main street of Marton for $170,000 with plans to either strengthen the space or demolish it to make way for a new council office:
Local Marton businessowner Peter Scott, owner of McGruer’s, established in 1917, says he applauds Rangitikei District Co...
Local Marton businessowner Peter Scott, owner of McGruer’s, established in 1917, says he applauds Rangitikei District Council’s initiative in approaching Central Government about the real cost and impact of earthquake strengthening costs.
Photo: Peter Scott with Mayor Andy Watson
For those of you who do not know me I was brought up in Bulls until I was 16 years old. My family’s association with Bul...
For those of you who do not know me I was brought up in Bulls until I was 16 years old. My family’s association with Bulls and the Domain spans a number of generations.
I thought this month I would reflect on my memories of the Domain during my period growing up in Bulls, the changes I have seen and what we are planning for the future of this historic reserve.
The Thursday night athletics meet was always a highlight for the local community; it was well planned and run and attracted families from the wider Bulls community. It was a chance for parents to meet up and their children to get together to compete in a number of track events.
My family took an active role in care of the grass track for Thursday night athletics meet. I remember Dad coming home from mowing and marking the track smelling of cut grass and creosote. Creosote is a coal tar that was commonly used to mark sports fields prior to 1980.
Another strong memory for me was my parents being in charge of the evenings gate takings that helped fund the event. Dad would often spend part of the night in the little guard house at the gate collecting a small entrance fee as people entered. It was with a great deal of excitement that I would help dad count the takings when we got home always looking for that foreign coin that somebody had slipped into the takings.
Fast forward 40 years and I’m back at the Domain leading a team that is charged with the care and development of this important Bulls icon.
While the Domain has not changed significantly over the last 40 years the ground uses and community expectations have. The physical changes that have occurred during this period have seen a large number of trees removed, rugby clubrooms built and a full renovation of the tennis courts undertaken.
The rest of the Domain is relatively untouched and still includes many of its historic features.
The use of the Domain still focuses of sporting events, rugby is the number one user while in summer the local tennis club is very strong. The Domain is now becoming more popular with passive recreation users. It’s great to see this icon of Bulls being so well used by the local community.
For our first three years of care of the Domain we have concentrated on creating a safe environment for the users. The trees have all been assessed by a trained arborist and remedial work undertaken as required. We have implemented a new management programme for the sports turf and have brought the playground up to a compliant standard.
We have also entered into an agreement with the Department of Corrections for a number of maintenance aspects in the Domain.
Looking forward, new tree plantings will occur, we will continue to remove the many invasive weed species on site and start extensive native plantings on cleared land.
Bull’s Domain is really worth a visit for a walk with your dog, to kick a ball around or think about days past.
The Domain will host a number of events this summer all of which are worth a visit.
Photo right: Bulls Domain is dog-friendly and there are areas where you can walk your dog, and have your dog running off leash. We do ask that you keep your dog off the playing field and playground area. Our website has details on other dog-friendly areas in the Rangitikei. Pictured is 12- year -old Alex Greig walking his dog Bella.
Māori words every New Zealander should know Here are the 50 Māori words every New Zealander should know. They are more c...
Māori words every New Zealander should know
Here are the 50 Māori words every New Zealander should know. They are more commonly used now than ever before so if you don’t know them, you should get to learn them.
In Māori culture greeting others is very important. It is an opportunity for people to show respect, through the languag...
In Māori culture greeting others is very important. It is an opportunity for people to show respect, through the language used and its accompanying actions, and the tone for the interaction is set. Whether the greeting is written or spoken, choosing the appropriate language is important.
Ngā Mihi – Greetings
Learning to greet people appropriately is key to communication success.
Hi / Kia ora
Hello (to one person) /Tēnā koe
Hello (to two people) / Tēnā kōrua
Hello (to three or more people) / Tēnā koutou
Kei te pēhea koe? / How are you?
Kei te pai ahau / I’m good
Ka nui te ora / I’m great
Me koe? / And you?
Haere rā / Goodbye (to someone leaving)
E noho rā / Goodbye (to someone staying)
Ka kite anō / See you again
Hei konā / See you later
Now that you have a general idea about greetings, try out our recordings of these phrases here.
Taihape Community Board - 8 August 2018 Planter boxes and a BBQ table have arrived for the Outback and quotes have been...
Taihape Community Board – 8 August 2018
Planter boxes and a BBQ table have arrived for the Outback and quotes have been received for murals in the walkway leading to Hautapu Street. The upgraded 4 Square corner is proving a popular dog exercise area for visitors, and a doggy doo bin will be placed in the grassed area. Board members were very pleased with the recent upgrade of the town centre gardens, work done by Council’s Parks and Reserves team.
The Board supported continuation of the Control of Liquor Bylaw but noted that the lack of a local alcohol policy meant the default closing time specified in the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act (3am) applied. The proposed amendments to the Animal Control Bylaw would be discussed at the Board’s workshop, in September.
The Board has asked Council to investigate policy options around the poor state of the unoccupied CBD properties in Taihape.
Turakina Community Committee – 2 August
The Turakina Community Committee is committed to engaging with Council on issues which affect the area. The Committee plans to put in a submission to Council’s Initial Proposal for representation for the 2019 elections, currently out for consultation. Council is proposing to combine the current Turakina Ward with the Bulls Ward. The Committee is concerned about the impact it will have for representation of the western villages. If you have any comments you think the Committee should include in their submission please contact the Chair, Laurel Mauchline Campbell on 0274418859.
Hunterville Community Committee – 20 August
The Hunterville Community Committee are spearheading the Keep NZ Beautiful Week – 10 -16 September. This is a great opportunity for the whole town to rally and put their best foot forward by pruning trees, sprucing up front yards and picking up rubbish. For more information on how you can participate and for resources, contact Karen Kennedy on 06 322 8472.
Bulls Community Committee – 14 August
At their latest meeting, the Bulls Community Committee discussed the Liquor Control Bylaw currently under review. In their feedback they agreed that the bylaw was serving its purpose, they also suggested an amendment to the bylaw to allow the liquor ban area to extend to Funnell Reserve in Bulls.
Works have begun on the Otara Bridge over the Rangitikei River at Ohingaiti to strengthen the bridge to carry full Class...
Works have begun on the Otara Bridge over the Rangitikei River at Ohingaiti to strengthen the bridge to carry full Class 1 traffic loads. The works are expected to be completed by Christmas 2018.
Most of the work will take place under the bridge using scaffolding and therefore will not interrupt traffic. However, at times we will need to close the bridge fully for up to 5 days to carry out work on the deck and approaches. We will advise you of these proposed closures 4 weeks in advance.
In addition to this, ordinary daily traffic may encounter occasional temporary delays (stop/go control). We will aim to keep these as short as possible. Of course, we will give immediate access to emergency services, as required.
Please take care to observe the existing bridge restrictions while we are working at the site.
Thank you in advance for your patience. We look forward to working with you to complete this important project for the community.
Jim Mestyanek Senior Project Engineer MDC/RDC 027 24 24 981
The primary contractor personnel are as follows:
Riverside Construction Limited, on behalf of the Manawatū District Council, will be closing the Otara Road Bridge to all...
Riverside Construction Limited, on behalf of the Manawatū District Council, will be closing the Otara Road Bridge to all traffic from 7am on Tuesday 2 October to 5pm on Friday 5 October 2018.
The Otara Road Bridge crosses the Rangitikei River at Ohingaiti.
The closure of the bridge is part of the Bridge Strengthening Project and is necessary to safely carry out work on the abutments and approaches to the bridge.
When: Closure starts from 7.00am Tuesday 2nd Oct 2018 to 5.00pm Friday 5th Oct 2018
Times: The bridge will be closed at all times for the duration of the closure period
During the closure period, access from State Highway 1 to Rangiwahia will be from Mangaweka via Ruahine Road. Please note that there is an existing 6 tonne gross weight limit for all vehicles using Ruahine Road.
Senior Structural Engineer, Roading
Manawatu District Council
The major works planned during August/September are: Turakina Valley: south of Mangatipona Road - pavement construction,...
The major works planned during August/September are:
Turakina Valley: south of Mangatipona Road – pavement construction, expect minor delays
Mangahoe Road: bank cutting and shoulder strengthening, expect minor delays