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Forward Works – August / September

The major works planned during August/September are: Continuing to clean up damage from the snow event in July, in the n...

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Forward Works – August / September

The major works planned during August/September are:


Continuing to clean up damage from the snow event in July, in the northern half of the district.


Parewanui Road – widening and pavement works, expect minor delays.


Jeffersons Line – pavement works, expect minor delays from August to October.


Turakina Valley Road – sealing and pavement work between McLeay’s Bridge and Mangatipona Road – expect minor delays during September.


Mangatipona Road – widening and pavement works from August to October.

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Did you know Council has funding schemes you can apply for …

Rangitikei District Council provides three funding schemes for the Rangitikei District - the Community Initiatives Fund,...

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Did you know Council has funding schemes you can apply for …

Rangitikei District Council provides three funding schemes for the Rangitikei District – the Community Initiatives Fund, Events Sponsorship Scheme and Parks Upgrades Partnership Fund.

In addition, Council also administers two schemes using funds provided by Central Government – the Creative Communities Scheme and the Sport New Zealand Rural Travel Fund. Further information on each of these funding schemes is available closer to the opening dates for funding rounds. Recent grants were made to the following groups:

Community Initiatives Fund

  • Clifton School Kapahaka Group $ 1300
  • Marton & Surrounds ICT Hub $ 3000
  • Ratana Communal Board $ 1500
  • Royal NZ Plunket $ 1600
  • Bulls & District Historical Society $ 2000
  • Project Marton $ 1900
  • Marton Community Garden $ 2000
  • Majestic Theatre Trust $ 1200
  • Wanganui Area Neighbourhood Support Group $ 800
  • Whangaehu Hall Committee $ 2500
  • Rangitikei Heritage Group $ 2000
  • Alzheimers’ Whanganui – The Group $ 600

Events Sponsorship Scheme

  • Samoan Ministers’ Association – four events $ 2200
  • Turakina Caledonian Society – Highland Games $ 2500
  • Hunterville Huntaway Festival – 2017 Shemozzle $ 2750
  • Rangitikei Shearing Sports – 2018 Shearing Sports event $ 1900
  • Marton Rotary – Pedal 4 Pleasure $ 650
  • Marton Country Music Festival – 2018 Country Music Festival $ 2750
  • Ratana Rugby – Jamie Berry Memorial Shield $ 800
  • Nga Iwi o Mokai Patea Services Trust – Whanau Sports Day $ 1600

The next round of funding opens in October – for full details see Council’s website here.

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Understanding Council’s Fees and Charges

Each year Council reviews its fees and charges and consults with the community on the proposed charges. Council consider...

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Understanding Council’s Fees and Charges

Each year Council reviews its fees and charges and consults with the community on the proposed charges.

Council considers the costs that should be funded between ratepayers (when there is advantage to everyone having the service available to them) and the share to be funded by those using a service.

Fees and charges are set for things like using Council’s halls; library fees; dog registration; liquor licensing fees; costs to dispose of your rubbish and recycling at our waste transfer stations and other Council services. A full copy of the Fees and Charges for 2017-18 can be found on Council’s website here.

Waste Transfer Stations
Council operates Waste Transfer Stations in Marton, Bulls, Taihape, Ratana, Hunterville and Mangaweka. Full details on opening hours and locations can be found in our Waste Transfer Station Information Booklet here. Council encourages recycling and many items are free to dispose of at the Transfer Stations, a complete list can be found in the publication outlined above. Some charges for disposing of solid waste items at these stations are:

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Need to raise an issue with Council?

There are a number of ways for you to contact the Council if: You think something needs our immediate attention You want...

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Need to raise an issue with Council?

There are a number of ways for you to contact the Council if:

  • You think something needs our immediate attention
  • You want to give us feedback on
  • You would like to know about
  • There is something you need help with

For example if you turn on your tap and notice dirty water – the most effective way to get an answer on why this might be happening is to ring us – day or night. Council’s calls are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and therefore staff can respond immediately if they need to.

There is an electronic fix-it form on our website here. This is for non-urgent things that can be responded to, the next working day. This is only monitoring during working hours.

You can send us an email to info@rangitikei.govt.nz, but these emails will only be responded to during working hours.

Council has a Facebook page which is used to communicate short, quick key messages and updates to our community. We do not encourage using this as a way to notify us of urgent or important issues, as our page is not monitored 24 hours a day, so we may be totally unaware there is an issue until the next working day.

So if you need immediate assistance please ring the Council on 06 3270099 or 0800 422 522 – these calls will be answered 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Remember if we are not aware of something – we can’t do anything about it.

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Draft Traffic and Parking Bylaw

Council is currently faced with a number of issues related to traffic and parking which it cannot resolve when vehicle o...

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Draft Traffic and Parking Bylaw

Council is currently faced with a number of issues related to traffic and parking which it cannot resolve when vehicle owners are not responsive to requests. These issues can include people exceeding parking restrictions, parking in loading zones, or parking unwarranted/registered cars on the sides of roads and undertaking mechanical repairs on them over long periods of time.

Therefore, Council has drafted a Bylaw which would provide Council with powers (including fines and the ability to tow vehicles) to address these issues. It is intended that the Bylaw will apply on all roads that Council manages, as well as on State Highways in urban areas.

The draft Bylaw also contains provisions where Council can restrict heavy vehicle use on roads, and allow use of those roads, only if compensation for damage to the road is paid. These provisions will become increasingly important as forestry through the District becomes mature and requires harvesting. On low-volume roads, heavy vehicles associated with forestry harvesting can cause damage to the road.

Council intends to use the draft Bylaw to address complaints made by the community and does not intend on employing a parking warden.

Written submissions may be made until noon Friday 8 September 2017. Those who make a written submission may also make an oral submission. Oral hearings are scheduled for 28 September 2017 at the Council Chambers in Marton.

Further information, including a submission form, is available from Council’s libraries in Marton, Bulls and Taihape, from the Council’s Main Office in Marton, from the Council’s website www.rangitikei.govt.nz or you may request a copy to be emailed or posted to you by calling 0800 422 522.

If you have any questions please contact Katrina Gray, Senior Policy Analyst/Planner. You can find a copy of the detailed information on Council’s website.

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A Civil Defence Message from Council’s Chief Executive – Ross McNeil

July’s snow event was significant for the northern half of our District, with the affects still evident in some areas. T...

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A Civil Defence Message from Council’s Chief Executive – Ross McNeil

July’s snow event was significant for the northern half of our District, with the affects still evident in some areas.

The loss of access, power and communications highlighted how important it was to be prepared. Despite 2-3 days warning of heavy snowfall/rain, too many didn’t heed the standard civil defence message – Get Ready, Get Thru. Basic planning, such as ensuring food and water supplies were adequate for a minimum of 3 days, could have prevented a lot of frustration and stress for many. To find out how to get prepared, visit www.getthru.govt.nz/how-to-get-ready. Remember, civil defence starts with each of us.

The loss of power, in some cases for several weeks, also highlighted how fragile some key services are. Fuel and food supplies weren’t available as businesses didn’t have back-up generators.

Telecommunication services were similarly affected. PowerCo and Chorus are reviewing their systems and processes, including the resilience of their key infrastructure, in light of the event. Council representatives will meet with these Utility Companies shortly to determine what can be done to improve infrastructure and operational resilience for our communities.

The snow event did give the Taihape community the opportunity to test their newly developed Community Response Plan, which went well but is being tweaked to make it more effective. Congratulations and thanks go to all those people in the affected communities who pitched in to help others. That was civil defence in action!

Rangitikei District Council’s civil defence response has also been under the spot-light. The absence of a fully functional emergency operations centre in Taihape has been highlighted as a major issue. To address this, an agreement is being developed between Council and the Whanganui District Health Board to use the Taihape Hospital facility as an emergency operations centre/community welfare facility as and when required. The facility has back-up power and plenty of space, so is well suited for this purpose. The added benefit will be the ability to ‘take over’ Brian FM for local emergency broadcasting, which wasn’t possible in July’s event given the loss of power to their broadcasting site.

The frequency of adverse weather events seems to be increasing, making it all the more important that everyone has their emergency kits and plans in place, and ready to use when required. Council has its own civil defence improvement plan, which includes more than 20 actions arising from a review of our preparedness and response to the April and July adverse weather events.

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Gardening…it grows on you

‘Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get.’ H. Jackson Brown, Jr. This qu...

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Gardening…it grows on you

‘Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get.’ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

This quote couldn’t sum up this past year any better for me.

Getting married last year, having our first son born this year, beginning a training programme in Amenity Horticulture through the Primary Industry Training Organisation (ITO) and being involved in some awesome projects with the Parks and Reserves team in the community has made this the most exciting year of my life so far.

My name is Ben Woolston, I’m 21 years old and I work as a Parks Assistant for the Rangitikei District Council. I’ve been a member of the team for just over two years, since the team began. We are a tight-knit team of eight who look after the mowing, maintenance, and development of parks, green spaces, cemeteries and town centres, amongst many other areas in our region.

As a Parks Assistant, no two days are ever the same. One day could involve planting new trees around the district, the next learning about maintaining and servicing our tools and machinery. One day we could be trimming and tidying town centre gardens, the next we could be working with local community groups and schools to help restore and replant sand dunes. One day seed collecting at the Marton water reservoir, the next working with arborists to help prune our local trees.

While I love the variety in my work, I also love the community aspect of what I do- whether it be working with community groups on projects or simply interacting with locals out and about in our parks. I take pride in knowing that every day I’m doing something to improve the region that I was born and raised in. It’s a real boost to hear feedback from the community and to have a chat about work that we are doing around the place- don’t be shy next time you see us- come and have a chat!

Alongside the abundant practical experience I get every day, I’ve also signed up to a training agreement (basically an apprenticeship) with the Primary ITO in Amenity Horticulture. This training enables me to get the theoretical knowledge- the how and why- of what I do day-to-day. Under the guidance of my manager Athol Sanson I work through Unit Standards in areas such as tree planting and care, small machine and tool maintenance, plant identification, weed control, turf care- to name a few. As I achieve these Unit Standards I get credits which contribute to my eventually becoming qualified. The Rangitikei District Council and Athol have been hugely supportive of my training and have enabled me to learn and achieve a lot in the past year. As a trainer and manager, Athol has a wealth of knowledge and experience in this industry from which I benefit daily. He sets a high standard for the work that we do and is always striving for continual improvement. As a trainee, I’m learning to appreciate the importance of setting the bar higher each day and not lowering it or becoming complacent. My wife once asked, “Why are husbands like lawn mowers?” “Why”, I replied. “Because they are difficult to get started, emit foul smells, and don’t work half the time.” While only two of those things are true, I’ve come to learn through my training the value and success of hard work- all the time.

It’s been a busy and exciting year so far for us as a team and for me as an individual. As a team we’re all gearing up for a busy spring growth season and are eager to see what the future holds for the development of our parks and reserves in the region. As a husband, father and budding horticulturalist I’m hoping that my marriage and fatherhood will to some degree increasingly reflect the kind of care that our gardens in this region receive.

Happy gardening!
Ben Woolston

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Rangitikei Ratepayers – apply now for a Rates Rebate

We are now accepting applications for Rates rebates for the July 2017 to June 2018 rating year, which will be based on y...

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Rangitikei Ratepayers – apply now for a Rates Rebate

We are now accepting applications for Rates rebates for the July 2017 to June 2018 rating year, which will be based on your income from 01 April 2016 to March 2017.

If you receive the New Zealand Superannuation and have been receiving the same pension for the complete year you no longer need to request an income statement from WINZ but you will still need to fill in the Rates Rebate Application form.

If your pension has changed or you receive any other benefit you will still need to get a certificate of earnings.

For further information and a link to the Department of Internal Affairs application form, follow this link on Council’s website.

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Youth Awards

During the month we celebrated the amazing youth of our district with the Rangitikei Youth Awards. Four young people rec...

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Youth Awards

During the month we celebrated the amazing youth of our district with the Rangitikei Youth Awards.

Four young people received awards, they were:

  • Aaron Mulligan and Waiatatia Ratana Karehana for “Leadership”; and
  • Rowan Bradley and Jack Murrell for “Giving Back”.

It was a great event, with some very proud parents in the room! Well done to all of our recipients, you have done our district proud.

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Mayor’s Message

This month has seen a couple of fantastic events across our District. There was some amazing talent at the Bulls Wear-A-...

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Mayor’s Message

This month has seen a couple of fantastic events across our District. There was some amazing talent at the Bulls Wear-A-Bull Arts held on Saturday, 19 August and on the same night the Blue Tie Ball was held in Marton.

I managed to get to see parts of both of these events and was really pleased I did. The Blue Tie Ball raised over $40,000 for the rescue helicopter – which is a fantastic effort for a District our size. My compliments to the Wing and Rayner families for their efforts in making this a great night.

Jan Harris and the Bulls and District Community Trust did a superb job in organising the Bulls Wear-A-Bull Arts awards, this is an annual event and each year the costumes get more and more inventive. This year this event was combined with the Art for Arts Sake celebrations that took place, for the first time. The winners on the night were:

  • winner of The Novel Idea entry from India Taylor, Symone Belton and Madeline Johnson called The Queen of Cards and The Ace of Spades.
  • Goddess in Paper made by Olivia Brown and modelled by Maddie Brown.
  • Supreme and section winner of Lights Camera Action – Kristine Hart with When The Red Carpet Goes Bad.

Congratulations to all the winners and to everyone on their inventive entries.

During the month I attended two presentations for services to the volunteer fire brigade. The first was at the Marton Volunteer Fire Brigade where presentations of service honours were made and secondly on Saturday 26 August I attended the 50 year gold star honours evening to honour John Collings 50 years of service to the Taihape Volunteer Fire Brigade, what a truly impressive show of dedication. What is even more impressive is there is nearly 240 years of Volunteer Service within the Collings family. Our Community is very lucky to have people who are so dedicated and assist on a voluntary nature.

Over the past few months we have started talking to organisations and businesses to seek their early input into our next Long Term Plan – it’s great to get early feedback on what’s working well, what could be improved and what we can plan for over the next 10 years. The public will have their opportunity to engage with us too, so start thinking about what you would like Council to plan for.

Andy

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