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Read about how to make a submission to Council’s draft Annual Plan; what’s happening in our parks and reserves; makeover...

Town Centre Place-Making in the Rangitikei

The Marton Town Centre Plan (TCP) signals a change in direction for Marton. Creative Communities International, a Brisba...

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Town Centre Place-Making in the Rangitikei

The Marton Town Centre Plan (TCP) signals a change in direction for Marton. Creative Communities International, a Brisbane based urban design company, led by place-making specialist, David Engwicht, worked with a local Steering Group between June 2014 and February 2015 on a plan for Marton’s future.

The Plan takes a strategic approach that presents a great opportunity to transform Marton into a “boutique town” that is confident, contemporary and forward leaning. The four key strategies are to:

  • Initiate community-led place-making projects aimed at delivering Boutique Marton
  • Transform Marton’s stock of heritage buildings into public works of art
  • Encourage innovative lease arrangements such as pop-up shops and rent-a-shelf
  • Support retailers to embrace the footpath and welcome shoppers to the town

The Plan describes Marton as having a “strong and proud identity” reflected in the vast array of character homes and historic buildings, both privately and publicly owned, throughout the town centre. Engwicht says, “Unfortunately many of these buildings require significant earthquake strengthening, that comes at considerable expense to building owners and the concern was that many of the property owners simply couldn’t afford the work in the current economic conditions”.

Creative Communities believes that having the town positioned off the highway and its collection of disused historic buildings presents a great opportunity to breathe new life into the town centre. This can be achieved by turning many of these buildings into public works of art and promoting innovative lease arrangements that support a pop-up shop and rent-a-shelf culture; creating a point of difference for the town. Creative Communities has also proposed creating shared spaces in the centre of the town that prioritises pedestrian and active transport over vehicle traffic.
By transforming perceived deficits into actual assets, the town has the potential to offer a distinctive product that epitomises Marton as a major Boutique Town in the region.

The process is being kicked off by a number of community-led place-making initiatives. Place-making is a planning process which builds on community strengths, is community-led and seeks to transform ordinary spaces into vibrant places to be used by residents and visitors alike.

Most recently, a “7 Day Makeover” was held in Marton with great success. The turnout of volunteers was significant, with over 30 volunteers and, notably, the strong support of local businesses.

The Marton locals completed a hugely ambitious renovation of a crossing area midway down Broadway. Seating was replaced too with a wave seat and lounger, and a seating platform complete with bean bags. The area across the road was transformed into a children’s ‘secret garden’, with a trail incorporating two bridges, kids size bench seating, an arch, kids sized tables and chairs and other surprises along the way (gnomes). Significant lighting was installed to complement both areas. Plans are already underway to extend the makeover, with a jumbo connect four already in place!

It’s great to see all the made-over areas being well-used.

Next up is Centennial Park, which will be undergoing a 7 Day makeover, led by Marton youth and supported by the wider community. Planning has already started, with ideas raised to create funky seating, paint murals and add games to the area. The makeover is planned from 10am – 18 to 24 April 2016. Everyone is welcome to get involved to make Centennial Park an even better space!

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  1. Madeleine Grove says:

    Great initiative as I've experienced the impact of David's work in Palmerston North, Bulls and in Melbourne

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Level Up Rangitikei

The annual Path to Well-being conference this year will be "Level Up Rangitikei". It will be held at Rangitikei Golf Clu...

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Level Up Rangitikei

The annual Path to Well-being conference this year will be “Level Up Rangitikei”.

It will be held at Rangitikei Golf Club on Friday 27 May (from 9 am – 3 pm).

The day is being organised by local youth as an “Open Space” to discuss services and facilities that they see as important for their future in the District.

If you are interested in hearing from and listening to our young people about their view of your services and how you can provide a more youth-friendly face, then book this date in your diary now. More details about the programme and registrations will be available on Council’s website soon.

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Advance Care Planning

Advance Care Planning (or ACP) is the process of thinking about, talking about and planning for future health care and e...

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Advance Care Planning

Advance Care Planning (or ACP) is the process of thinking about, talking about and planning for future health care and end of life care.

Advance care planning gives everyone a chance to say what’s important to them. It helps people understand what the future might hold and to say what treatment they would and would not want. It helps people, their families and their healthcare teams plan for future and end of life care.

If you have had a chance to think about the care you want towards the end of your life, you may want to write your thoughts down. This makes it much easier for families and healthcare providers to know what you would want – particularly if you can no longer speak for yourself.

‘My Advance Care Plan’ forms are available on line at www.advancecareplanning.org.nz or you can contact Age Concern Wanganui on 06 345 1799, the Whanganui Regional Health Network on 06 3448 0109 or your GP.

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Footbridge at Gumboot park

Council’s contractors recently completed the new footbridge at Gumboot Park across to the Mt Stewart walkway. Remember t...

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Footbridge at Gumboot park

Council’s contractors recently completed the new footbridge at Gumboot Park across to the Mt Stewart walkway.


Remember to keep footpaths clear…

Be considerate to others using the footpaths outside your properties. Regularly check around the outside of your property to make sure footpaths are free of vegetation and not in the way of pedestrians, mobility scooters or prams.

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Marton Park Management Plan

Marton Park was developed and has been operating as a place for recreational, leisure and commemorative events since 189...

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Marton Park Management Plan

Marton Park was developed and has been operating as a place for recreational, leisure and commemorative events since 1893.

There are a number of memorials located in the Park, including memorial sculptures and trees that represent a range of significant historical events. The Park has a combination of open sports fields, paths, built structures, trees and gardens and is still well-used for a range of sports, activities and events – rugby, harvest fair, exercise, commemorative services, relaxation and social gatherings.


Why does Marton Park need a management plan?

Council is looking for suggestions from the users of Marton Park about the future management of the area. A management plan will then be developed that will provide the vision for its future development and guide day to day management.


How can I have my say?

Any persons or organisations interested in making a suggestion on the future management of Marton Park on Follett Street are invited to send written suggestions to katrina.gray@rangitikei.govt.nz or post to:

Katrina Gray
Rangitikei District Council
Private Bag 1102
Marton 4741

Suggestions must be received by 5pm, Friday 20 May 2016. Full consideration will be given to all suggestions received, including the opportunity for respondents to participate in a workshop to agree specific priorities for the future development of the Park.

The suggestions received will inform the preparation of a the draft Marton Park Management Plan which will be open for further public consultation during July/August 2016.

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Marton Waste Transfer Station Opening Hours

Opening Hours at the Marton Waste Transfer Station are being extended on a trial basis for 3 months. The weekend hours w...

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Marton Waste Transfer Station Opening Hours

Opening Hours at the Marton Waste Transfer Station are being extended on a trial basis for 3 months. The weekend hours will be 8.00 am until 4.30 pm, the trial started on Saturday 2nd of April 2016.

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  1. Madeleine Grove says:

    Great! We turned up with a trailer load of waste over Christmas to find the Transfer Station closed. Well done on extending hours to improve customer service!

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Mayor’s Message

Council is currently consulting on its draft Annual Plan for 2016/17. What’s new, What’s changed…? highlights the differ...

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Mayor’s Message

Council is currently consulting on its draft Annual Plan for 2016/17. What’s new, What’s changed…? highlights the differences from what was projected in the Long Term Plan for 2016/17 in terms of major projects and/or impact on rates. What hasn’t changed is the projected increase in rates – the Long Term Plan forecast an increase of 1.96% for 2016/17 but maintaining that depends on the outcome of our consultation.

There are four new proposals in our consultation document:

  • Future delivery of infrastructure services – this is about our discussion with Manawatu District Council over an improved, longer-term arrangement for managing Rangitikei’s roading, water, wastewater and stormwater services.
  • Funding for Youth Services – the key question is asked about whether Council should continue to invest in youth development, and if so, to what extent.
  • Two new major developments in community facilities; proposals from Rangitikei College and Nga Tawa Diocesan School to develop artificial multi-sports turfs in Marton which would be open to community use; and also a proposal from the Taihape Memorial Park Users Group to construct a new amenity block in the Park with potential to expand into a recreational centre later on.

What’s new, What’s changed…? also outlines changes to what was envisaged for 2016/17 in the Long Term Plan, these are:

  • Should replenish the roading reserve that had to be used as a result of the severe rainfall in June last year?
  • Should Council purchase land in the main street of Marton for a new civic centre earlier that was originally planned?
  • Come along to any of our public meetings to hear more about all the changes and proposals. I also encourage everyone to make a submission on our Plan, we want to hear your views on what is proposed and also to hear any other comments you want to make – this is your opportunity, I encourage you to take it up.

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    It would be great if Council could contain future rate increases to under 2%. Well done all on running an efficient Council.

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Parks and Reserves April Highlights

It’s been a very busy few weeks for the Parks and Reserves team with many smaller projects in the regions parks and gard...

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Parks and Reserves April Highlights

It’s been a very busy few weeks for the Parks and Reserves team with many smaller projects in the regions parks and gardens underway. We are heading into the busiest part of the year with the winter change over for bedding plants and the commencement of a significant fertiliser and verti-draining programme for our regions play fields. We will also be working toward having our memorial sites in a top condition prior to our ANZAC day commemorative services.

Despite the dry summer the playing fields are in a fairly good condition and with the recent rain this has resulted in good grass coverage for the start of the regions sporting codes.

During late 2015 we commissioned the NZ Sports Turf Institute to develop a long term management plan for the regions Sportsfield Turf. The plan started with a comprehensive inspection of the entire region’s sportsfields. The fields were assessed on four factors – turf cover, broadleaf weed content, soil compaction and isolated levels. Soil samples were also collected from the fields and analysed for soil pH. This included phosphorus, exchangeable potassium, calcium, magnesium, sodium etc.

Over the next three months all of the sportsfeilds will be undergoing a significant fertiliser programme which is based on the results of soil testing. Three fertiliser applications will be applied to a number of fields. The applications will not result in a “flush of growth’ but will give the grass a more sustained growth rate while helping balance and achieve the correct pH level for optimum grass growth.

We will also verti-drain the main fields in the region. Vetri-draining will aid compaction, help with soil aeration and root development of the grass. At present it is still too dry to undertake this work as it may cause damage to the fields. A small number of areas will also be undersown with high endophyte turf ryegrass. The areas to be undersown will be areas that have experienced high summer use.

Winter Bedding

The change over from our summer flowering annuals will occur in the next three weeks. Marton Park and the Bulls Cenotaph have looked great over the summer months, which is mainly due to the dry and hot weather we have experienced and a load of deadheading.

The summer flowering of Geranium “Horizon Red” and the Salvia “Rhea Dwarf Blue” has resulted in a very vibrant display for both of these areas. These plants were chosen so that we will still have flowers for ANZAC day.

This winter we have again gone with colourful displays in both these areas which will help provide a splash of colour when most plants are in dormancy.

Pansy “Matrix Clear Purple “and Pansy Matrix Clear White” will be used in Marton Park. This Pansy has been bred for the clearness of the flower and vigour of growth.

Primula Danova “Wine Red”, P.Danova “White” and P. Danova “Cream Yellow” will be features in both Bulls and Marton Park. This smaller growing Polyanthus is again beed for vigour and is a prolific flowerer.

The next few months are our busy time. With leaf fall and grass growth the team will be hard at working trying to keep up with autumn’s demands.
If you would like any question answered about the Parks and reserves please do not hesitate to contact the Rangitikei District Council on 0800 422 522.

by Athol Sanson

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What’s new, what’s changed…?

Consultation on Rangitikei District Council’s draft Annual Plan 2016/17 is now open. With a proposed average rates incre...

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What’s new, what’s changed…?

Consultation on Rangitikei District Council’s draft Annual Plan 2016/17 is now open. With a proposed average rates increase of 1.96 percent, the change is expected to be one of the lowest increases in the region. Submissions on the draft Annual Plan must be with Council by noon Friday 6 May.


Have your say…

You can provide us with feedback on any matter in this document or anything else you want to raise by:

  • Completing an Online submission form below
  • Completing a written submission form. Send your submission to Freepost 172050 or email it to annualplan@rangitikei.govt.nz
  • In person – public meetings are being held across the District (see below):

Key dates:

  • 4 April: Consultation period opens. Four week consultation period to 6 May.
  • 6 April – 3 May: Public meetings held across the District (see below).
  • 6 May: Consultation period closes at midday.
  • 16 May: Hearing of verbal submissions (in Marton and via Skype, if required).
  • 30 June: Council adopts final Annual Plan 2016/17.

Public meetings:

The Council will be holding public meetings across the district:

  • 6 April – 5.30pm: As part of the Taihape Community Board meeting – Taihape Town Hall
  • 7 April – 7.30pm: As part of the Turakina Community Committee meeting – Ben Nevis Hotel
  • 10 April – 1.00pm: Kauangaroa – Kauangaroa Marae (venue TBC)
  • 12 April – 5.30pm: As part of the Bulls Community Committee meeting, Bulls Town Hall Supper Room
  • 13 April – 7.00pm: As part of the Marton Community Committee meeting, Youth Club, Humphrey Street, Marton
  • 14 April – 6.30pm: Scotts Ferry – ReturnInn – 1946 Parewanui Road
  • 18 April – 6.30pm: As part of the Hunterville Community Committee meeting, Former Library, Hunterville Town Hall
  • 19 April – 6.30pm: As part of the Ratana Community Board meeting, Ture Tangata Office, Ratana Paa
  • 20 April – 6.30pm: Mangaweka – Mangaweka Hall, Koraenui Street, Mangaweka
  • 26 April – 6.30pm: Koitiata – Koitiata Hall, 58 Wainui Road, Koitiata
  • 27 April – 6.30pm: Papanui – Papanui Junction School, 5642 Turakina Valley Road, Ruanui
  • 3 May – 6.30pm: Tutaenui – Tutaenui Hall, 6 Griffins Road, Marton
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