Welcome to our July issue of Rangitikei Line

Planned Works – July

Planned works taking place during July includes: At the finishing stage for the Wanganui Road Project, including access...

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Planned Works – July

Planned works taking place during July includes:

  • At the finishing stage for the Wanganui Road Project, including access ways and footpaths, the weather is, and has, affected the progress of concreting operations.
  • Work continues on the re-establishment of Mount Curl Road.
  • Emergency work at Okirae continues.
  • Work on the pavement at the Tunnel hill site on the Turakina Beach Road is planned to address a concern over the slope/super elevation of the road prior to the bridge.
  • Road maintenance activities – business as usual. Grading and application of metal is being done – mainly in the northern area.
  • Council has awarded a tender to install a 150mm dia PVC watermain along King Street between Kensington Road and Edward Street. Works is due to start late June and should take 9 weeks to complete.

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Samoan Independence Day Celebrations 2016 – Marton

Around 600 people, from within the District and the wider Region, attended the Samoan Independence Day celebrations in M...

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Samoan Independence Day Celebrations 2016 – Marton

Around 600 people, from within the District and the wider Region, attended the Samoan Independence Day celebrations in Marton on Monday 6 June 2016.

The event was held at the Marton Memorial Hall, with a prayer service to start the day and performances from five church choirs. All six Samoan congregations from the Marton/Bulls area took part and provided cultural performances: Methodist, Catholic, Presbyterian, Church of the Latter Day Saints and Assembly of God. The initial catering for 500 was insufficient and additional food had to be brought on the day.

Information stalls were present from the Police, Fire Service, health providers and community groups, and a public lunch was served in the afternoon.

There was also a good mix of people from the community – European and Māori who attended in support. Rangitikei District Mayor, Andy Watson, and MP Ian McKelvie both attended the event, and were even enticed onto the dancefloor before the performances kicked off.

The day was an all-round success thanks to funding from Rangitikei District Council, Mayor Andy Watson, Whanganui District Health Board, Whanganui Regional Health Network, Pacific Health Trust, Work & Income New Zealand, ANZCO and Creative New Zealand.

Thanks is also due to Project Marton, Te Kotuku Hauora Ltd, Department of Internal Affairs, Healthy Families Whanganui-Rangitikei-Ruapehu and the Samoan Organising Committee represented by Farani Vaa, Faiao Leru and Setu Taituave.

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Parks and Reserves – June Highlights

It’s been a busy month for the Parks and Reserves team. With the start of winter comes the task of cleaning up all the l...

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Parks and Reserves – June Highlights

It’s been a busy month for the Parks and Reserves team. With the start of winter comes the task of cleaning up all the leaf fall we experience across the region. We are nearing the end of this task which I think the team will be very happy with.

Our winter maintenance programmes are in full swing; this has resulted in a very quiet month for all the teams. I think all gardeners know that the work that goes into our gardens during winter sets us up well for the following spring.

Our mowing teams are struggling to find areas that are not wet and they will not do long term damage to. The warmer weather that we have experienced in the last few weeks has seen an increase in grass growth across the region. We are fortunate that we have such a diverse range of soil types in the Rangitikei District and also different climatic zones. This allows the mowing team to move around the region and target areas so that little damage is caused through our operations.

We are nearing the first year of operation as a Parks and Reserves department and I thought that a recap of some of the earlier articles I have written during this time would be appropriate for the month. Many of the projects are now well underway or finished with some pleasing outcomes.


October 2015

One focus for this month was the removal of a number of exotic weed species from Marton Park. We have continued this clearance when time has permitted and are steady working through the park. At present we are clearing under the trees beside the path next to St Stevens’s church. To date we have removed approximately 15 truckloads of unwanted weeds for the park.

Our other area we covered during this month was our work being undertaken on our region’s playgrounds. We have now completed re-mulching a large percent of playgrounds, with an approved mulch product. To date we have used over 240m3. Playgrounds have now mostly been cleaned and although most require painting the new mulch lightens these areas considerably.


November 2015

Marton CBD gardens and the Bulls Goal site redevelopment were highlighted during November.
The CBD gardens have done exceptionally well over summer and we have had constant feedback on the appearance of these areas. We have continued to prune and tidy these gardens to ensure they are in top condition at all times.

The Bulls Goal site has progressed well. The Thuja “Smaragd” have grown well over the hot summer. The lawns germinated well and have come through the summer well.

Stocks have recently been installed and interpretation signage on the site will soon be placed. It will soon be a great place to stop for a photo opportunity.


February 2016

Our regions trees were the focus of my February article. It highlighted the importance of our trees in our environment and how we would manage them in the future.

We are continuing with the assessment of and removing trees that we feel have become a health and safety issue.

Our tree planting has not commenced yet. However trees will be planted in July in Bulls (Walker Park), Marton (Wilson Park) and in areas in Taihape. Most will be around playgrounds to provide some long term shade in these areas.


March 2016

This month I highlighted the upcoming sportsfeilds maintenance programme. Verti-draining has been completed on all fields with the exception of Hunterville. Hunterville is an extremely wet ground and we would have damaged the surface though our operations. We have had a number of favourable comments on this procedure from the clubs.

Our autumn fertiliser programme has been completed with nearly 10 ton of fertiliser being applied across the region. Our last application was only a couple of weeks ago with the spreading of Black Urea on the fields. This is a high nitrogen product that is control released and with this warm weather will green the fields up quickly.


April 2016

This month I focused on a sand dune advancement moving towards the playground at Koitiata. It highlighted the concerns of the residents of how quickly it was moving.

The residents have banded together in a number of working bees to slow the advancement of the sand. Logs have now been installed in a number of key areas and hay spread in certain spots to stabilise loose sand.
We will undertake more work on this area in the next few weeks. Sand fences will be installed in some areas that could not be covered with logs, and marram grass will be planted in sheltered spots. Marram is currently being divided and stored ready for future planting.

All the seed collected by the local residents has been sown. I was contacted two weeks ago from the nursery saying that around 100 Calystegia soldandella had germinated. These will be planted in the coming weeks; I can’t say I have very had a native plant ready to plant 3 months following seed collection before.


May 2016

Taihape Gumboot Park Drainage

During May we installed a drainage system to the Gumboot Park throwing lane in Taihape. This area had been historically very wet and was unusable during winter and spring. It is an area that is very well used by visitors to Taihape.

Since the drains have been installed the area has dried out considerably with no water pooling in this area. The ground is still wet but really nothing that isn’t occurring in other Parks in the District.

Seed Collection Memorial Park

All the seed collected for future plantings has now been sent to two nurseries. The seed has been cleaned and is being stored in a climate controlled facility in Auckland. During the next few weeks the seed will be sown when the optimum time for that species occurs.

I have sent the seed to two nurseries so that we can split the risk for germination; this is mainly to ensure if one nursery has a germination failure we have a back-up in the other facility.


July 2016

We have a number of projects planned for July. Our main project will be the replanting of the Hunterville township gardens.

Tree work will also commence at Queen Park in Hunterville and in Marton Park along Follett Street.
Should you like any question answered about the Parks and Reserves please do not hesitate to contact the Rangitikei District Council on 06 3270099.

by Athol Sanson

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Council’s Rating Timetable for 2016-2017

Instalment 1 covers the period 1 July to 30 September Mailing Date 25 July 2016 Due Date Monday 22 August 2016 Penalty D...

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Council’s Rating Timetable for 2016-2017


Instalment 1 covers the period 1 July to 30 September

  • Mailing Date 25 July 2016
  • Due Date Monday 22 August 2016
  • Penalty Date Tuesday 23 August 2016

Instalment 2 covers the period 1 October to 31 December

  • Mailing Date 25 October 2016
  • Due Date Monday 21 November 2016
  • Penalty Date Tuesday 22 November 2016

Instalment 3 covers the period 1 January to 31 March

  • Mailing Date 23 January 2017
  • Due Date Monday 20 February 2017
  • Penalty Date Tuesday 21 February 2017

Instalment 4 covers the period 1 April to 30 June

  • Mailing Date 24 April 2017
  • Due Date Monday 22 May 2017
  • Penalty Date Tuesday 23 May 2017

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Rangitikei Welcomed 15 New Citizens

The third citizenship ceremony of this year was held at the Council Chamber on Tuesday, 5 July where 15 new citizens wer...

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Rangitikei Welcomed 15 New Citizens

The third citizenship ceremony of this year was held at the Council Chamber on Tuesday, 5 July where 15 new citizens were welcomed into our District. Candidates originated from America, the Philippines and Samoa.

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Do you have a vision for the Rangitikei District?

Nominations open on Friday 15 July 2016 for a place on the Rangitikei District Council, where that vision can become a r...

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Do you have a vision for the Rangitikei District?

Nominations open on Friday 15 July 2016 for a place on the Rangitikei District Council, where that vision can become a reality.

The Community needs people with vision and commitment to help create and protect places where people love to live, work and play. Become a voice for your community.

Contact Rangitikei District Council for information on becoming a candidate in this year’s local elections.

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Do you want to know how much something will cost?

Council sets its schedule of fees and charges each year. This schedule outlines the costs for services and charges for t...

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Do you want to know how much something will cost?

Council sets its schedule of fees and charges each year.

This schedule outlines the costs for services and charges for things like hall hire, consent fees, photocopying and dog registration. This year some important changes have been made:

  • fees for hall hire have reduced and venues can be hired on a short-term basis
  • the fee structure for dog registration has been simplified to make it easier to determine what you will pay
  • fees for exclusive use of parks are the same irrespective of where they are.

You can find a complete copy of all the fees and charges on Council’s website – www.rangitikei.govt.nz, click on the quick link on the home page.

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Message from the Mayor

I want to take this opportunity to tell you about things that have happened across the District in the past month. A rai...

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Message from the Mayor

I want to take this opportunity to tell you about things that have happened across the District in the past month.

A rail safety campaign was launched locally at Union Line, just out of Marton. A life-size replica of a derailed train in a paddock is being used to highlight safety at rural rail crossings. The rural community is being targeted as some people are too casual and don’t stop at crossings; even while we were taking this photo on site, a woman went straight through the stop sign – in front of several police officers.

The Bennett family provided a venue for people to discuss the need for a rest home in Taihape. The turnout was phenomenal, with about 160 people attending, illustrating the obvious demand for a facility. Someone local now needs to drive this initiative and look at options for this; Council will be supportive and I am looking forward to seeing where this goes.

With the adoption of the Annual Plan a number of significant projects have been initiated:

  • the Criterion Hotel site in Bulls, which is already secured for a multi-purpose facility, we are looking to be able to present near final plans to the people of Bulls in the near future and also kick start the local fundraising for this project.
  • Marton – Council have agreed it can purchase a number of buildings in lower High Street / Broadway for $170,000. We will still need to work with Heritage NZ and the local community and go through a planning consent process – but it is exciting!
  • Taihape – we have agreed to build a new sports facility at Memorial Park, key questions over the location and future of the grandstand will be considered later this year / early next year, Council also needs to decide on the long term future of the Council buildings and town hall.

Council has also agreed to partially fund hockey turfs at Rangitikei College and Nga Tawa schools. After consultation with all the hockey groups in the District I am thrilled that the public, via the annual plan consultation process, opted for this option. This was a great Council / School / Community initiative.

The Saracens Cricket Club recently approached Council seeking assistance to resurface Centennial Park. These guys have been fantastic – they have taken ownership of the Park and cricket block, purchased their own equipment and attracted representative level cricket here for the first time in ‘forever’ – this is a fantastic example of the community wanting to work in partnership with Council. I take my hat off to them and I am pleased to say that this is something that Council has decided to support.

This month the local Council election processes start, with nominations opening on 15 July for Mayor and Councillors. Hopefully by now you will have received confirmation that you are on the electoral roll in the post. Two candidate information sessions are being held on 5 August, 4pm in Taihape and 7pm in Marton – if you are considering standing for the Council I encourage you to attend one of these sessions or come and talk to me or one of the other ward councillors. I also encourage you to use your democratic right and vote when you receive your voting documents later this year.

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