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Hilux NZ Rural Games

The Hilux New Zealand Rural Games are coming to Palmerston North! The two-day celebration of ‘sports that built the nati...

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Hilux NZ Rural Games

The Hilux New Zealand Rural Games are coming to Palmerston North!

The two-day celebration of ‘sports that built the nation’ features exciting New Zealand and trans-Tasman championships for traditional sports including speed shearing and speed fencing against the clock, sheep dog trials, head-to-head wood chopping battles and the giant kilted warriors of the gut-busting Highland Games ‘heavy’ events.

The venue is The Square, Palmerston North and the events take place on 11 and 12 March.

For a full programme and more information visit www.ruralgames.co.nz or www.eventfinda.co.nz

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Forward works – March/April

Turakina Valley Road: Majuba Bluff and Drysdale - extensive works to widen narrow sections of the road and repair a drop...

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Forward works – March/April


Turakina Valley Road: Majuba Bluff and Drysdale – extensive works to widen narrow sections of the road and repair a dropout, during March/April. Expect delays at the site as well as road closures of 2-3 days at a time during March for bank cutting.


Taihape Napier Road: widening and pavement works (March), minor delays.


Parewanui Road: widening and pavement works (March/April), minor delays.


Reseals district wide: expect minor delays and loose chips (March).

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New legislation to improve pool safety and compliance

A major overhaul of swimming pool safety requirements has been welcomed by the Rangitikei District Council. Taking effec...

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New legislation to improve pool safety and compliance

A major overhaul of swimming pool safety requirements has been welcomed by the Rangitikei District Council.

Taking effect from 1 January 2017, The Building (Pools) Amendment Bill has been passed by Parliament to strengthen pool safety compliance and reduce the accidental drowning of children. It also widens the number of enforcement tools available to local authorities.

The Building (Pools) Amendment Act 2016 repeals the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987 and includes new provisions in the Building Act 2004 relating to residential pools. This means the requirements will now stand alongside the other safety and building regulation powers contained within that Act.

The Bill introduces a compulsory nationwide requirement for all swimming pools to be inspected and certified every three years to ensure ongoing safety compliance. Under the previous regime, many local authorities carried out three yearly or periodic inspections, although there was no requirement to do so.

Key Changes

Any swimming or spa pool which is capable of holding 400mm or more depth of water requires a building consent. This includes kitset and inflatable pools (which are erected for a short period of time each season) and spa pools. Dependent on the size of the pool, there may not be a requirement for specific pool fencing. However, please check with the Rangitikei District Council first.

Every territorial authority must ensure that the following residential pools within its jurisdiction are inspected at least once every 3 years by a IQPI (independently qualified pool inspector) and/or territorial authority.

Manufactures and retailers must supply notice with the pool notice approved by the chief executive setting out or summarising the responsibilities of the owners, pool operators, and occupiers.

Allows safety covers to be used as barriers to restrict access on small heated pools such as spa pools and hot tubs. Safety covers can be used as barriers that restrict access to small heated pools where the water surface area is 5 m2 or less and has no climbable sides of at least 760 millimetre high.

  • The cover must restrict entry of children under 5 years of age when closed
  • With stand a foreseeable load
  • Be readily returned to the closing position

Water features, garden and drainage ponds are also explicitly excluded from swimming pool requirements.

Pools (including infinity pools) are no longer required to be fenced on all four sides, instead requiring physical barriers that restrict access to the pool by unsupervised children under 5 years of age.

Additional enforcement tools:

  • Territorial authorities can issue notices to fix.
  • Failing to comply with the notice to fix could receive an infringement notice or face prosecution.

The Council will be contacting pool owners in due course to organise an inspection of their pool’s safety features as part of the changes.

While the new rules ensure greater compliance with safety requirements, the new law also relaxes safety requirements in certain key respects.

For more detailed information please go here.

If you have a swimming/spa pool that has not been added to the Council’s register, or if you have concerns about fencing, we encourage you to contact us on 06-327 0099.

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Hunterville Toilets open 24/7

In February Council started a trial of having the Hunterville Public Toilets open 24/7. We have a number of freedom camp...

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Hunterville Toilets open 24/7

In February Council started a trial of having the Hunterville Public Toilets open 24/7.

We have a number of freedom campers using Queens Park as a stop-over who are desperate for toilet facilities and the human waste in the vicinity of the toilets and playground has become a regular occurrence for our parks team to clean up.

Hopefully this will be eliminated, and we will not experience too much vandalism!

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Passing Inspections

Failed building inspections can be avoided by following some simple advice. (an article written by Jeff Fahrensohm, Auck...

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Passing Inspections

Failed building inspections can be avoided by following some simple advice.
(an article written by Jeff Fahrensohm, Auckland Council and published in the BRANZ Build magazine, February/March 2017 issue 158)

There are things you can do to save time and money on building inspections.

Be ready with work complete

Make sure you are ready for the building inspection. A lot of contractors are so busy they find it easier to use an inspector to compile a snag list of issues to address.

Around 80% of all inspection fails can be avoided by having a quality system in place. This doesn’t have to be complex and would help save more than 20,000 re-inspections a year in Auckland alone. That equates to about $2.5 million in fees and 18,000 hours saved.

Discuss any client-agreed changes early

Substituting a product or material or changing the design results in lost productivity as the inspector needs to assess and approve the changes. If the change is considered a minor variation, the inspector will try and approve this on site. In some cases, they will need to research product compliance, and this may delay the process.

Where a proposed change is bigger, it must be submitted as a full amendment. This will have to go to the council’s processing team, adding weeks to the process.

To reduce delays, discuss the changes with your local inspector as early as possible. Something you find minor like changing the window size may affect wall bracing, lintel sizes, ventilation or light requirements.

Keep learning

Keep developing and improving your technical knowledge, particularly if you are working with unfamiliar materials or products. Researching manufacturers’ specifications can often lead to new learnings that have been missed on site.

Develop professionally by attending conferences, workshops and trade breakfasts when possible. Make sure you conduct toolbox talks on site to impart this knowledge to your colleagues. Remember that knowing your health and safety obligations will help to protect you both on site and legally.

Ask the inspectors questions

Local inspectors are knowledgeable about the Building Code and the latest trends and construction techniques. While usually willing to help, they must remain impartial and independent, so don’t ask them for their preferred product or detailed solutions.

In saying that though, in the building game, a little knowledge can save a lot of money, so make use of inspectors and don’t be afraid to ask. If you need to use an interpreter, use someone who is familiar with building terminology, as terms such as studs, nogs and dwangs don’t translate well in any language.

Collect paperwork for CCC

Make sure you have all of your outstanding certificates and other paperwork when applying for the Code Compliance Certificate (CCC). Nearly all CCC requests result in a request for further information, which delays its issue. Having these documents prepared and available at the final inspection helps the process run much more efficiently.

Inspectors usually list this paperwork, as it is required on their inspection checklists.

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Pay your Rates and Dog Registration Online

As part of our Continuous Improvement program to provide more ways to engage with Council, we are now able to offer Onli...

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Pay your Rates and Dog Registration Online

As part of our Continuous Improvement program to provide more ways to engage with Council, we are now able to offer Online Payment options through our website.

Now you can pay your Rates accounts, and Dog Registration fees for existing dogs online.

From the Pay tab on our home page, choose either the Credit Card option – which will apply a 1% Service Fee, or the Account2Account option – which will allow you to select your Bank and proceed with Internet Banking from your debit/cheque/savings accounts. No Service Fee is applied for this option.

We also have other options for you to manage your rates payments to Council. Please email rates@rangitikei.govt.nz to arrange a regular Direct Debit or Automatic Payment.

For Dog Registration fees, we are also able to arrange payment options to assist with managing fees for our beloved companions. Please contact dogs@rangitikei.govt.nz to work out a payment plan that works for you.

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Bulls local fundraising HITS a Milestone!

We are thrilled that we have hit one of the milestones to raising money locally for the new Bulls Community Centre. To d...

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Bulls local fundraising HITS a Milestone!

We are thrilled that we have hit one of the milestones to raising money locally for the new Bulls Community Centre.

To date we have approximately $57,220 either donated or pledged towards the building of the new community centre. Please visit the Criterion site where you can watch progress as the fundraising campaign continues. Over the weekend of the Air Show, volunteers from the community and Council shook buckets at the Polo Grounds and raised $2403. Thank you to all those people around the nation that made a donation and to the wonderful volunteers who were Sara Proctor, Anne Gardiner- Taylor, Becs Keighley, Serina Deen, Alison Edwards, Jo Rangooni, Denise Servante, Bronwyn Meads, Andy Watson, Jane Dunn and Annabel Whisker.

  • We would like to acknowledge and thank the following donors or pledges:
  • Platinum Sponsor: $5000 – Maurice Brookie Family, Meads Bros Carriers, Central House Movers, Team Lewis Re/Max, Hellen Scully
  • Gold Sponsor: $3000 Bulls Medical Centre, Dr Dave Baldwin and Dr Ken Young
  • Bronze Sponsors: Seat in history in the Town Hall – $500 Pam and Les Gaskin, Sam & Jessie Young, Hills Carrying Co Ltd 1917-1983, M & N Symes Family, McVerry Crawford Motor Group
  • Town Square: Lyal Signal Family, Toomey Family
  • Other awesome donations: Jo & Rauf Rangooni. Thank you also to the donors to the Give A Little page.

If you are wanting to make a donation, there are several different options ranging from securing a seat in history or a plaque in your chosen name/s, please fill out a form at your local Bulls Library or Information Centre. Payment can be made immediately however there is an option to pledge at a particular date suitable to you. To make a payment online please visit here.

Every bit helps. Please like our Facebook page Bulls Community Centre.

If you are a business/corporate/resident/farmer wanting to make silver or above contribution, and would like us to go over the plans with you for the new centre, Mayor Andy Watson and Bronwyn Meads are happy to meet with you. For more information contact Bronwyn on 06 327 0099 ext 821.

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January Highlights by Athol Sanson

To kick off my articles this year, I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year and I trust you have all had a good bre...

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January Highlights by Athol Sanson

To kick off my articles this year, I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year and I trust you have all had a good break.

It’s been a really busy start to the New Year. With the constant wet weather and significant wind events the region has been experiencing, it has been a particular trying time for the team.

I guess as all gardeners know, rain over summer gives us mixed blessings. We have been fortunate to see our region’s parks stay green over the summer which has resulted in our sports fields having exceptional grass cover heading into the winter sporting season.

Our flower gardens and roses throughout the region have been outstanding this summer, watering to keep them looking good has been kept to a minimum.

From our part on the downside we have been struggling to keep up with the lawn mowing and weed spraying. As summer is a time for us to start project work this has had to be put on hold until we get a break from the current growth rates.


Paspalum

Many of our Parks and Cemeteries have Paspalum present in the lawns. With the warm wet weather this grass will thrive and needs cutting regularly.

Paspalum is a genus of plants in the grass family. This grass is widespread across much of Asia, Africa, Australia and the Americas. With our warming summers it naturalises in our turf quickly in warmer, drier parts of the country.

No easy control measure is known for the grass so for now it’s cut it as regularly as possible to help prevent the spread of seeds and to keep an area looking good.


Important Message: Wasp Control Taihape 2017

We are about ready to commence our wasp control programme in Taihape. Baiting will take place in a number of locations over an area of 10-12 ha in a number of reserves.

It is important that the bait stations are not removed or interfered with or it will jeopardise the effectiveness of our control programme.

All areas to be baited will be signposted on access points to the reserves during baiting periods. Again it is important that you adhere to the information of the signs and the signs are not removed.

We have commenced testing for wasp numbers and at this stage the numbers have not built-up enough to commence this programme. On the 13th of February we counted 12 wasps on our bait after one hour; this number needs to increase to 20 before we commence this programme.

I have posted a photo on the sign to be used as an advanced warning.


Painting of Park furniture and Playgrounds

Over the last month, when the weather has allowed, we have commenced summer painting of our park furniture and playgrounds.

Over many years the playgrounds have had graffiti painted over, using an assortment of colours, resulting in some very dull looking play equipment. We have colour matched the playground paint using a Mitre 10 system which has enabled us to get the original colour back onto these structures.

The park furniture/shelters are also getting a spruce-up with areas such as Clifton Cemetery, Walker Park, Funnel Reserve, Memorial Hall, Wilson Park and Queens Park fence Hunterville all getting care to date.

We will be moving onto Taihape next and concentrating on the seats and tables on numerous reserves.


Wilson Park Playground

We have had a significant issue with the mulch that had historically been used in the Wilson Park playground. The mulch in this playground has become compacted and rotten and was also not compliant to NZ playground safety standards.

We have been in the process of removal and replacement of this mulch recently. This involved excavation to a depth of 350mm and back filling with certified bounce mulch. To date we have used 60m3 with more required over the next month.

This is the last playground in our region to have the mulch fully replaced. It will be great to have all our playgrounds with the same mulch, long-term it will make our job easier as only a top-up will be required annually.

The mulch that was removed was taken to Marton Park and spread out under the trees by the St Stephens walkway. Mulching under these trees will be beneficial not only to the trees but will reduce our chemical usage in this well used park.

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What’s changed, what’s the plan for 2017-2018…?

Introducing 2017-2018 Annual Plan Consultation Document “A good plan is like a road map: it shows the final destination...

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What’s changed, what’s the plan for 2017-2018…?

Introducing 2017-2018 Annual Plan Consultation Document

“A good plan is like a road map: it shows the final destination and usually the best way to get there.”
H. Stanely Judd – writer

The District’s current road map is the 2015-2025 Long Term Plan (LTP) compiled by Council.

It is the blueprint if you like, the action plan, for what the community wants the Council to do year by year for the next ten years.

Our 2017/18 Annual Plan Consultation Document has just been published. This takes the activities and works listed for the year from the LTP, considers whether they are still appropriate in light of changing population, community needs and priorities, and alters the plan accordingly.

The submission form within the Annual plan allows you to make comments and suggestions on Council’s plans, or any other matters, for the year.

You can read the Annual Plan Consultation Document on Council’s website here (link) or pick up a paper copy from Council.

The Consultation document has within it a submission form. You can make comments on this form about what you think the priorities should be for the year. The submission form can also be filled out on line (link to form on the website) or here in Rangitikei Line following this story.


Features of the 2017/18 Annual Plan

One change from the LTP is the projected increase in rates – the LTP forecast an increase of 3.41% for 2017/18 (from 2016/17). However, Council is proposing an average rates increase of only 1.72%. One factor in this lower increase is the decision to postpone the wastewater upgrades in Ratana, Bulls and Marton until Horizons Regional Council has outlined the conditions of the resource consents required.

New proposals not included in the 2015-25 LTP include the development of a Marton heritage precinct, the replacement of the historic Mangaweka Bridge (but potentially keeping the century-old structure for cycling and walking) and taking up the legacy of Rangitikei Tourism.

New public toilets in Mangaweka are proposed alongside an intended bid for Government funding for toilets in some of the District’s popular recreation places. Council is keen to know whether the community agrees with these initiatives and you can let us know via the submission form below.

Council is also looking for community views on whether or not to continue with the proposed new community centre in Bulls (on the site of the former Criterion Hotel).

We are also keen to know how you think the three heritage buildings on the Broadway/High Street site purchased last year are best developed as the site for Council’s Marton administrative and library services.

Council is also keen to hear from the community about where the new amenity block, approved in last year’s Annual Plan, is best located in Taihape Memorial Park, having regard for the merits (and costs) to keep and strengthen the historic grandstand.


Money and meetings

All the financial figures for the works and activities are included in the document so you can see how the money stacks up and what each activity will cost.

There will be number of public meetings across the District, at which Council will present a little more detail on these projects and other activities outlined in the Consultation Document.

You will see on the submission form the final question is open-ended – this is to allow you to raise any matter you want Council to consider, as it plans for the year ahead – we live in a stunning District and as a Council we are committed to being positive and moving forward. Please accept the invitation to help us by using the submission form here to provide feedback on this 2017-2018 Annual Plan.

Have your say here.

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Mayor’s Message

As summer officially closes and we move into Autumn I reflect on the large number of events and functions held over the...

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Mayor’s Message

As summer officially closes and we move into Autumn I reflect on the large number of events and functions held over the past couple of months. For a small population in a large district we are outstanding in organising and patronising these events.

I recently attended celebrations of 100 years of wool being packed and carried out by horses at Timahanga Station. My congratulations to Jack Roberts for turning on a fantastic day and those who attended from neighbouring stations, including a special thanks to Renata Apatu owner of Ngamatea station. Being at this event gave me the chance to be back on a large sheep station, which was a real pleasure.

Turakina again hosted the Highland games, this event seemed to have half the district attending – it was a great turnout and excellent performances.

I also attended some of the Burning Man Kiwiburn event, this is rapidly becoming an event with the largest number of visitors to our district – well done to everyone who was involved with this.

This year’s Country Music Festival was a huge success that was coupled with some sadness as Anne George and her committee stepped down from organising this festival. Thankfully this event will continue to be run by others, and I’m sure Anne and her team will have some input. A huge thanks to Anne and her team for making this an icon event for Marton.

In mid February Koitiata township celebrated being 100 years, where a plaque was unveiled to recognise this memorable achievement.

It was good to see that this year’s Masters Games saw events run in Rangitikei, in the golfing and equestrian fields.
The Rangitikei Area Distance Riders held their event and prizegiving at Tara Hills, Bruce Road, Marton – this is another great event for the Rangitikei.

Last weekend the Ohakea Air Tattoo was held, my congratulations goes out to the organisers for their traffic management and overall organisational control of this event, it was well run and an outstanding success – it was good to see we were able to turn on the good weather for this too!

The Path to Well-being conference was held in February, this was organised by Council staff, was a huge success. The sessions that I was able to sit in on were riveting, especially the ones lead by Zizi Charida and Professor James Liu. The MC for the day was Robbie Magasiva, a Samoan actor with many acclaimed roles in television. Robbie was a fantastic choice his casual style and Samoan heritage built a sense of inclusiveness.

Lastly, I encourage you to read our draft Annual Plan consultation document. We want to hear from you – about what we have proposed but also if you have any other matter you want to raise with Council – this is your opportunity to have your say.

Andy

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