Welcome to our December issue of Rangitikei Line

Parks & Reserves December Highlights – by Athol Sanson

Boy this year has flown by. The last month has been one of the busiest for the team this year. As we all know it has bee...

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Parks & Reserves December Highlights – by Athol Sanson

Boy this year has flown by. The last month has been one of the busiest for the team this year. As we all know it has been a real struggle to keep up with the ever-growing lawns and weeds. After experiencing one of the wettest months on record and with this warm weather it has caused a perfect combination for growth.

One advantage of all this rainfall is that the parks look green and fresh. Even following some of the events on our parks in the last month they have bounced back quickly.

During December we will be concentrating on getting our parks and gardens as tidy as possible for the visitors to our region over the summer break.

Before I move onto some interesting items for you, the Parks team would just like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and safe New Years and thank you for your support during 2016.


Wasp Control Taihape 2017

An exciting project that the Parks team will be undertaking in Taihape this summer will be a program to reduce the number of wasps in some parks. For park users to Taihape wasps have been an ongoing issue for many years. The numbers last year got so extreme during March-May and many events suffered from this pest.

An application was made to the Council by the Rangitikei Environment Group for funding to help reduce numbers of this pest in Taihape. The RDC agreed to put $10,000 aside to commence a program in Taihape. Over the last few weeks we have been working on getting the necessary consents and completing staff training to get this project underway.

We will be using a product called Vespex, a newly developed invertebrate poison, that wasps get attracted to, due to the proteins in the bait. It is an extremely low risk product that DOC have had major success with in the Abel Tasman National Park.

We will be concentrating in 2017 on Memorial Park, Papakai Scenic Reserves and some RDC reserve land along Weka Street. This should see wasp numbers reduce in these areas as well as the CBD.

If you would like to watch the video on how the bait works and the process we need to follow go to www.merchento.com/vespex
During the summer, and if you are a Taihape parks user, we would welcome your feedback on whether you think we have seen a reduction in numbers of this pest.


Taihape Water Supply Project

This project at Memorial Park is now nearing completion. The tanks and pump have now been installed and the system is set to be commissioned next week.

It seems a bit strange that it’s so green in Taihape at present and we will soon have the capacity to water fields one and two. It is unusually green in Taihape for this time of year and for Taihape farmers I hope it continues.

The water supply project is going to be fantastic for the park. The park user group are really looking forward to getting the watering of the park underway.

The group have purchased a travelling irrigator to connect to the water supply. At any time they will have a maximum volume of 90000lts during a 24hr period to water the fields, leading up to the many events on the Park. Tanks have been installed for the water source so that the town supply will not be put at risk from the draw of this much water.


Life in our Parks

With the recently developed Marton Park Management plan being finalised, one of the items that was highlighted was the need to plant more bird attracting plants back into the Park.

I thought it may be a great time to highlight some of the amazing array of wildlife we have in some of our urban parks and what they feed on. For me it is always very pleasing to see a Tui or a native wood pigeon feasting on a plant that somebody had some carefully planted and maintained over many years ago.

It is our intention, where possible, to incorporate plants that our birds can feed on in our parks. This is a fairly simple item to achieve requiring a sound working knowledge of bird attracting plants and the time of year the plants are producing what the birds require. With careful planning we can have a food source available year-round.


Native Falcon

I was very fortunate last week, while showing a journalist around Memorial Park, a native falcon swooped down and took a sparrow very close to where we were. For those you who have not seen this majestic bird of prey in action is an incredible sight to see. The noise it made was one that you will never forget. For me it was the third one I have ever seen – one other was in the Eastbourne town centre 20 years ago, again it took a sparrow. If you hear a strange noise while visiting this park look skyward you maybe able to spot this illusive bird.

While we can’t plant plants for this bird we have plenty of sparrows on hand.


Eels

While visiting Marton Park last week I was walking along the drain on the western boundary and was very surprised to see a healthy population of eels. The eels were shortfin eels and were quite a significant size.

Fra Ona duck pond is another spot for a significant eel population. Just stand on the footpath when the water is clear and check them out, we have some big eels in that pond!


New Zealand Wood Pigeon Kereru

A few of these are present around Marton Park. You often see them on the powerlines digesting their breakfast. These birds like to have a high perch to view what is happening around them.

While I don’t believe we have many trees that this bird likes to feed on in Marton Park they use the Park as a stopping point for a rest.

Plants that they like include Tree Lucerne Chamaecytisus palmensis, Pigeonwood Hedycarya arborea, orchard fruits etc.

Hedycarya arborea is a great growing small tree that would be suited to the milder parts of our region. It produces bright orange fruit that the Kereru just can’t stay away from.

We will certainly be including Pigeonwood trees in our planting mixes thought the region.


Tui

Tui are just everywhere at present. Again while visiting Taihape Memorial Park three Tui were feasting on flax flowers next to the swimming pool. The flax that they enjoy this time of year is Phormium cookianum “Emerald Gem”. This is a small growing green flax that only reaches a height of 1m when mature. This flax would have to be the best nectar source available and you are guaranteed to get this bird into your garden.

It’s just great to see these birds and eels in our parks, it shows that we have a healthy environment for them to live in.
That it from me. Happy New Year.

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Red & Black Challenge

Council staff recently took part in the Local Government initiative to raise funds for those affected by the Kaikoura ea...

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Red & Black Challenge

Council staff recently took part in the Local Government initiative to raise funds for those affected by the Kaikoura earthquake. Over $300 was raised. An excellent effort!

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Council’s Christmas Hours

Council's Marton Office will close at 12 noon on Friday, 23 December and re-open at 8am on Wednesday, 4 January 2017. Bu...

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Council’s Christmas Hours


Council’s Marton Office will close at 12 noon on Friday, 23 December and re-open at 8am on Wednesday, 4 January 2017.


Bulls and Marton Libraries close at 12 noon on Friday, 23 December and re-open Wednesday, 28 December. They will re-open on Wednesday, 4 January 2017.


Bulls Information Centre and Taihape Library/Service and Information Centre will close at 2pm on Saturday, 24 December and re-open Monday, 26 December.

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Taking Care of Business

Rangitikei is a fantastic district, where business possibilities are wide and varied. Council want to make it as easy as...

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Taking Care of Business

Rangitikei is a fantastic district, where business possibilities are wide and varied. Council want to make it as easy as possible for you to set up your new business or expand an existing business and enjoy all that the Rangitikei offers.

With different rules and regulations to comply with before you open your doors or gates, it is important to understand what approvals you may need prior to starting any project. Talk to us first to make sure you are making the very best business decisions right from the get go. We have dedicated business support staff that are here to help guide you through every step of the Council’s processes, making sure you get everything ticked off that you need to.

You want to set up a Business!

There are many rewards that come from working for yourself. It can be daunting with the various rules and regulations that you have to navigate your way through. Depending on the type of business you want to open and where it will be located, different approvals will need to be sought. Then once your business is up and running there are rules you need to be aware of. By planning well and getting informed you will be able to keep the stress levels low and the customers happy.

Before you start your project contact the Council to help prevent delays and frustrations later on. Help us help you by coming and talking to us first!

Your Business Support Manager

We want you to be successful, and to help you achieve success we provide a free business support service to assist you setting up a new business. We will provide you with a single contact point for all your dealings with Council, making efficient use of your precious time.

What will they do for you?

  • Assist you obtaining the required consents and licenses you will need.
  • Tell you how long it will all take.
  • Outline the best order in which to apply for everything.

The ‘Taking Care of Business” guide will give you an overview of what you should be considering when setting up a new business or extending a current operation. You will also find useful links to business support groups in our district. Save yourself time, money and stress by planning well first.

To take advantage of this service complete the online application form found on our website or read the information which provides extensive guidance, this can be found at www.rangitikei.govt.nz

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What should you do in an emergency – are you prepared?

Some people may be surprised to learn that Civil Defence is not a individual agency such as Police, Fire or the Defence...

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What should you do in an emergency – are you prepared?

Some people may be surprised to learn that Civil Defence is not a individual agency such as Police, Fire or the Defence Force.

Instead emergency management in our Region is coordinated via our Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Group which is based on regional boundaries and combines local councils, emergency services, health boards and other organisations to take a highly coordinated approach to emergency management. The Manawatu-Wanganui CDEM Group works together to reduce the potential effects of hazards; promote community and Council readiness (preparedness) to respond to emergencies; and help the community to recover after an event.


Get Ready to Get Thru
We can’t predict when earthquakes and tsunami will happen, but you can help protect yourself and your family.


In an earthquake – Drop, cover, hold
This makes you a smaller target, stops you being knocked over and protects your head, neck and vital organs.


If you are near the coast – Long, strong, gone
If you feel an earthquake that rolls for more than a minute OR makes it hard to stand up, don’t wait for a tsunami warning. Move to high ground or as far inland as you can. Walk if you can. Stay there until you get the all clear.

Horizons Regional Council are responsible for co-ordinating our Civil Defence response – visit their website to find valuable information on being prepared at home, at work, at school.

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Council and Committee meetings – January and February 2017

All meetings are open to the public. January Thursday, 28 January 9.30am – Council meeting February Thursday, 2 February...

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Council and Committee meetings – January and February 2017

All meetings are open to the public.


January


Thursday, 28 January

  • 9.30am – Council meeting

February


Thursday, 2 February

  • 7pm – Turakina Reserve Management Committee
  • 7.30pm – Turakina Community Committee

Tuesday, 8 February

  • 4pm – Erewhon Rural Water Scheme
  • 5.30pm – Taihape Community Board
  • 7pm – Marton Community Committee

Thursday, 9 February

  • 9.30am – Assets/Infrastructure Committee meeting
  • 1pm – Policy/Planning Committee meeting

Monday, 13 February

  • 2pm – Audit/Risk Committee meeting
  • 3pm – Hunterville Rural Water Scheme meeting

Tuesday, 14 February

  • 11am – Te Roopu Ahi Kaa meeting
  • 5.30pm – Bulls Community Committee meeting

Monday, 20 February

  • 6.30pm – Hunterville Community Committee meeting

Tuesday, 21 February

  • 6.30pm – Ratana Community Board meeting

Thursday, 23 February

  • 9.30am – Finance/Performance Committee meeting
  • 1pm – Full Council meeting

Full details and agendas can be found on Council’s website www.rangitikei.govt.nz

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Bulls Community Centre We Are On Our Way

Rangitikei District Council was thrilled to recently receive the news that the Lotteries Commission granted $500,000 for...

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Bulls Community Centre We Are On Our Way

Rangitikei District Council was thrilled to recently receive the news that the Lotteries Commission granted $500,000 for the new Bulls Community Centre which is being planned to start building next year.

The fundraising campaign has officially started and already the project has had pledges and donations coming in which has amounted to around $30,000. The target for the local fundraising is $150,000 so we all have to pull together to make this a successful project for the town.

There are several options of how you can get involved or support with a donation. The community are encouraged to look at fundraising events to raise money for the new centre.

Please visit our Give A Little page where you can donate from $1. Click on the video and you will be able to hear all about the project, which features our own Bulls Flying Doctor Dave Baldwin.

Like the Bulls Community Centre on Facebook to see images and updates as the centre and the campaign progresses.

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School holiday youth programmes at Taihape and Marton

The school holidays are here and along with it great activities for youth to get involved in at the Marton Youth Club an...

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School holiday youth programmes at Taihape and Marton

The school holidays are here and along with it great activities for youth to get involved in at the Marton Youth Club and Taihape Youth Hutt.


19 – 24 December
Monday to Saturday 12pm – 4pm
Re-open 4 January – 28 January
Closed Monday, 23 January (Public Holiday)

Free Entry
Come along for games, activities, competitions
Bully free, smoke free, alcohol free, drug free
For more information contact Nathan Kane – Youth Club Manager
18 Humphrey Street, Marton or Kuku Street, Taihape
Phone 027 622 8235
Email nathan.kane@hypeacademy.co.nz

The upcoming Youth Zones, an extension of the current Club and Hutt, will be opening at the end of January 2017. We are building up our volunteer workforce for the Zones who will ensure they are safe spaces for our young people to connect, hang out and find out about all the activities and opportunities that are available to them.

If you can spare a few hours every couple of weeks or even a little more often, we would love to hear from you.


“Every kid is one caring adult away from being a success story”
Josh Shipp


To join the ‘Youth Workforce” or to learn more about it, contact Nardia Gower – nardia.gower@rangitikei.govt.nz

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Planned Works December 2016 – February 2017

Below is an indication of what is planned/programmed for the next three months for the Rangitikei District Council roadi...

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Planned Works December 2016 – February 2017

Below is an indication of what is planned/programmed for the next three months for the Rangitikei District Council roading network:

  • The general maintenance of the network will continue as normal.
  • The third round of the mowing of the network is planned to commence early January. Weed spraying of the network has been completed.

Projects currently under construction or about to be completed:

  • Griffins Road, although this project is approximately three weeks behind the planned programme, it will be completed prior to Christmas.
  • Okirae Road – this will be completed prior to Christmas.
  • Te Moehau Road – nearly completed.
  • Orchard Road – this will be completed prior to Christmas.

Projects planned to commence in the New Year:

  • Parewanui Road – improvements to this road are planned to start late January
  • Napier/Taihape Road – improvements are planned to commence mid to late January.
  • Majuba Bluff Project will commence early in January – Downers have been awarded the contract for this project.
  • The commencement of the reseal programme for 2016/17 is programmed to start on January 16 in the northern area of the network.

The roading crews finish for the year on Friday, 23 December and recommence on Monday, 9 January. As is normal practice there will be a team on standby to handle any emergency, if it arises.

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Two Competitions!

Vote for your favourite summer swim spot and be in to win some extra love next year. Horizons manages the natural resour...

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Two Competitions!

Vote for your favourite summer swim spot and be in to win some extra love next year.

Horizons manages the natural resources within our Region. In addition to monitoring the water at over 80 popular swim spots this summer Horizons are giving you the chance to vote for one to get an additional spruce up. This could include weed management, planting, signage, improved access, and sediment and tree removal – making your favourite spot the best spot to swim in the Region!

They are asking you to select your favourite swim spot in the Manawatu-Wanganui Region. Three out of the 12 choices are in the Rangitikei! Follow this link on facebook to select your choice.


Swim, Splash and Share your Region competition

From Monday, 19 December Horizons are also running another competition providing an opportunity for the public to tell them where they are swimming over summer. Members of the public are encouraged to share photos on social media of their favourite swim spots (using the #swiminourregion hashtag and a location tag) to be in to win a prize. This completion runs from 19 December until the end of February. Visit the Horizons webpage for more details.

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Mayor’s Christmas Message

What an exciting year it has been! Some highlights from me this year were; being re-elected as your Mayor for another th...

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Mayor’s Christmas Message

What an exciting year it has been! Some highlights from me this year were; being re-elected as your Mayor for another three years, I want to again thank everyone for the support you have shown me.

Another highlight was in April Beth and I visited the Somme, in France, with students from Nga Tawa. It was an honour to represent New Zealand at the ANZAC Day services throughout France, it was an incredibly moving experience for us and one that will stay with us for the rest of our lives.

During the year we welcomed 89 new residents to Rangitikei, a high proportion from our Samoan community, they are lovely people and add a cultural diversity to our District. However, equally we had new residents move into our District from within New Zealand and this is reflected, for the first time in last 20 years, on a now growing population, we see houses selling, and our town is moving forward.

With the recent decision from the New Zealand Lotteries granting us $500,000 towards our new Bulls Community Centre this now means we can officially start our fundraising campaign to get this project fully underway. A Give A Little page has been set up, featuring our own Bulls identity Dr Dave Baldwin. We hope to raise $150,000 from local community funding; $350,000 from regional or local trust funding and $200,000 from corporate sponsorship. I am confident the build will start next year.

We are in the early concept design stage for our new facility in Marton, looking first specifically at heritage elements. We are continuing to speak to local businesses about this exciting project.

Another highlight has been the community recognising the value schools bring, as employers and the ability for the District to invest in sports facilities through the provision of new hockey turfs for the district with Rangitikei College and Nga Tawa schools.

This year I had the pleasure of interviewing for scholarships at Rangitikei College. The candidates were outstanding, one of these students elected to return to Rangitikei College for her final year basing that decision around the opportunity for academic excellence. When considering schools for next year we owe it to ourselves to check out what the local schools have to offer.

Beth and I, and the Council, would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas, travel safe and enjoy the time with your family.

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