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Rangitikei Youth Awards 2017 Nominations

Rangitikei District Council is inviting nominations to celebrate the achievements of our amazing young people within our...

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Rangitikei Youth Awards 2017 Nominations

Rangitikei District Council is inviting nominations to celebrate the achievements of our amazing young people within our district with the Rangitikei Youth Awards 2017. The awards will mirror the national Youth Awards scheme on the theme “Our Voices Count; Count Our Voices”.

Anyone can nominate a young person for an award. To be eligible, nominees must:

  • Have participated in activities within the Rangitikei that they have been nominated for within the past 12 months
  • Have participated in activities they were nominated for outside of their regular study or work commitments
  • Be aged between 12 and 24 at the beginning of Youth Week on 26th May 2017

Council has made $2,000 available for the Rangitikei Youth Awards 2017. Awards will be made in some or all of the following categories:

  • Change Maker Award: For young people who have created positive change to foster cultural understanding in their community.
  • Leadership Award: For young people who’ve demonstrated leadership in a project or organisation.
  • Giving Back Award: For young people whose actions address a current need and have had a significant impact on their community.
  • Youth for Youth Award: For young people whose actions specifically support other young people in areas such as (but not limited to) the arts, culture, environment or sport.
  • Youth with Disability Award: For young people with a disability who’ve made a significant contribution to the disability sector and/or their community.
  • Eco Warrior: For young people who have created a positive change for local environmental issues.
  • Youth Group: For a group of young people who’ve made a significant contribution to their community in areas such as (but not limited to) the arts, culture, environment or sport.

The outcome will be decided by a panel comprising the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and representatives from local iwi, schools and youth agencies. The nominations will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Contributed significantly to their community
  • Taken action to address an identified need in their community
  • Demonstrated the ability to motivate, engage and positively influence others
  • Demonstrated initiative to provide solutions
  • Demonstrated commitment and perseverance
  • Demonstrated leadership skills

Nominations can be made by anyone and will close on Monday 10th July 2017 at noon.

Nomination Forms can be found here.
For more information please contact;
Oliver Sanderson 0275507803 or
Gillian Bowler 0275528594

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Forward Works June 2017

The major works during June/July are: Turakina Valley Road, Majuba Bluff and Drysdale - construction of these projects i...

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Forward Works June 2017

The major works during June/July are:


Turakina Valley Road, Majuba Bluff and Drysdale – construction of these projects is largely complete.  Some minor delays are expected as finishing works are completed (during June).


Parewanui Road – widening and pavement works being undertaken, expect minor delays (during June/July).


Jeffersons Line – pavement works being undertaken, expect minor delays (during July/August).


Turakina Valley Road – sealing between McLeay’s Bridge and Mangatipona Road, also pavement works, some minor delays (during June).


Mangatipona Road – widening and pavement works undertaken (during July – October)

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GoShift

The Rangitikei District Council is one of more than 20 councils around the country that are working together to bring co...

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GoShift

The Rangitikei District Council is one of more than 20 councils around the country that are working together to bring consistency to the building consent process.

The vision of the initiative, called GoShift, is to deliver a consistent and timely consenting experience with the aim of providing a simpler process for building consent applications.

GoShift is a partnership between Central Government (Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment) and Local Government (local councils) to improve performance, consistency and service delivery across the building consent system.

All of the participating councils will be transitioning their current building consent application forms to a consistent version of application forms that have been developed as part of the GoShift initiative.

Alongside the new application forms, a comprehensive set of guides have been designed to support you to understand and complete the applications for building work. The guides and application forms are available on the Council website or the GoShift website.

You can also obtain a hard copy of any application or guide by calling in to your nearest Council Service Centre, or call us on the numbers below and request these to be mailed out to you.

The Rangitikei District Council will be transitioning to the GoShift application forms and guidelines on Monday, 3 July 2017. From this date forward, it is important that you ensure that you are using the GoShift forms for your building consent related applications.

Applications made on the old forms will be accepted up until Friday 22 December 2017. After this date, Council will no longer accept any applications made on the old forms.

Council is happy to answer any questions you might have regarding the GoShift initiative.

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Council Undertaking Review of Water Connections

Rangitikei District Council is about to start a routine review of connections to its various water schemes. This is bein...

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Council Undertaking Review of Water Connections

Rangitikei District Council is about to start a routine review of connections to its various water schemes. This is being done to ensure all connections are captured correctly on Council’s records.

If you are currently using water from one of Council’s schemes and are receiving accounts for this then there is no need for you to do anything further.

If anyone is aware they are using the Council water supply but are not currently being billed for the water they are encouraged to let us know. You can ring us on 0800 422 522 and provide your details.

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Marton Park Community Projects

During 2016 a Management Plan for Marton Park was developed to guide future development in the area. Since this time, co...

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Marton Park Community Projects

During 2016 a Management Plan for Marton Park was developed to guide future development in the area. Since this time, community groups have been driving a number of projects.

An exercise area is planned along the eastern boundary of the Park near the rugby club. Options for equipment are being discussed. Plans a being made to repaint the fences along the walkway. It is proposed to remove the rails, strip them, repaint and re-install to achieve a high quality finish.

The carving and installation of cultural pou is being planned to represent Iwi connections with the area. If anyone has a tree which would be suitable for carving, please get in touch with Nardia Gower.

There are also plans to develop a toilet block near Marton Park next to the Rugby Club. Investigations are being undertaken as to the ownership of the area.

The Marton RSA have been supportive of two projects, the first is restoring the Boer War Memorial. The project is somewhat complex as the memorial has been carved out of Bluestone which requires a specialist for restoration. Marton RSA is selling tickets in a raffle to raise $4000 to go towards the restoration. All of the prizes have been donated by local people and businesses. Tickets ($2 each) available from Marrs Jewellers, Marton Print and other retail outlets.  The second project is the development of a fernery, which will be led by Lynne Sheridan. The fernery is proposed to be developed this year and will be located under the existing trees at the north of the Park.

Further plans are being made for the planting of Kowhai to develop a Tui Trail which will extend wider throughout Marton. If you are interested in being involved in the development of a Tui Trail along your property please contact Lynne Sheridan.

An annual ANZAC poppies event is being established. The event would involve children making poppies which would be displayed with the annual service at Marton Park.

If you want to be involved, get in contact with the relevant team leader:

  • Toilets – Sharon Galpin – 06 327 0141
  • Fernery – Lynne Sheridan – 06 327 5980
  • Entrance upgrades – Lynne Sheridan – 06 327 5980
  • Tui Trail – Lynne Sheridan – 06 327 5980
  • Cultural Pou – Nardia Gower – 021 0218 1193
  • Fitness circuit/stations – Nardia Gower – 021 0218 1193
  • Paint white fence – Andy Watson – 027 617 7668
  • Volleyball (somewhere in town) – Andy Watson – 027 617 7668
  • ANZAC Memorial Walkway – Barry Williams – 0274 701825
  • Playground, BBQ Area – Barry Williams – 0274 701825
  • Lighting of paths, trees and plants – Barry Williams – 0274 701825
  • Seating for rugby fields – Nigel Belsham – 027 4191 024
  • Information boards – Cath Ash – 021 524585
  • CCTV – Cath Ash – 021 524585

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Buses keep us together

Rangitikei District is fortunate to have a bus service that links all our communities together and keeps us in touch wit...

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Buses keep us together

Rangitikei District is fortunate to have a bus service that links all our communities together and keeps us in touch with our neighbouring cities. Our district is spread over a large area – around 100kms from north to south – yet our bus service allows us to visit each other every day of the working week, and avail ourselves of the employment and shopping opportunities other towns have to offer. Not every rural community in New Zealand is so lucky.

Unfortunately lack of patronage in recent times has put the service under threat. Council would encourage you to use the buses whenever you can to get around the District and to visit the cities just over the border!

There are two main services that cover our District.


Marton Bus Service

The bus leaves Marton at 7.00 am for Palmerston North and returns from there at 5.10 pm while the Whanganui bus leaves Marton at 10.00am and returns from the city at 3.30 pm.

You can catch the bus at Marton, Bulls and Sanson on the Palmerston route and at Marton, and Turakina on the Whanganui route. The service runs Monday to Friday.


Taihape Bus Service

The Taihape to Palmerston North bus service runs on the third Friday of the month, leaving Taihape Railway Station at 9.00am, Taihape I-Site at 9.05am and returning from Palmerston North at 3.30pm with stops at Ohingaiti, Hunterville, Marton and Bulls.

The Taihape to Whanganui bus service runs on the first Thursday of the month, leaving Taihape Railway Station at 9.00am, Taihape I-Site at 9.05am and returning from Whanganui at 3.30pm with stops at Ohingaiti, Hunterville, Marton and Turakina.

We do not want to lose our service so let’s make use of our buses to stay in touch with each other and ride them whenever we can.  Fares are $8 one-way on the Marton routes and $14 one-way on the Taihape routes with Gold Card and concession discounts available. Our bus service is funded through Horizons Regional Council.

For more info on timetables and fares go to here

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June Highlights from Athol Sanson

It has been a great month in the gardens and for work on the parks. This settled weather, has ready helped us make some...

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June Highlights from Athol Sanson

It has been a great month in the gardens and for work on the parks. This settled weather, has ready helped us make some headway with our winter programs.  

We have started our winter tree and shrub planting program with new plantings being installed across the region. Our first small planting has been installed at Marton Park near the St Stevens Church and they consist of ferns and clivia’s, which long-term will provide a nice cool effect under the mature trees in this area.

The Marton Park flower gardens are starting to show some great winter colours and are well worth a walk on a nice day to see.

Our sports fields have dried significantly in the last few weeks, this settled period of weather has helped us keep the fields open throughout June. The fields were also verti-drained, which will help with increased drainage during the remainder of winter.

Also to watch for over the next two weeks, is the restoration of all the Marton CBD and Civic Square park benches. In total nineteen benches will be repaired/restored, all old slats will be replaced, strapping beneath the seats fixed and the bench ends repainted. We will then put them on a six month maintenance program to keep them in good condition.


South Makirikiri School Planting

During April, I was contacted by Stu Davenport, Principal of South Makirikiri School, asking if we could help with the design of new plantings for the school. These plants replaced the large dangerous pine trees that were removed over summer.

The Principal wanted the whole school to be involved with this planting which was to coincide as close as possible to Arbour Day.

The site is very exposed, so they needed to be plants that are very robust and hardy.  Once the plantings were designed, the school applied for funding to purchase the plants, fortunately the school were successful with their application and were able to purchase 700 trees and shrubs.

Our job was to set the plants out for the school to plant. The day of the planting dawned and I soon had a load of very eager students happily putting in plants, it was a great day and all 700 trees and shrubs were in the ground by lunch time.


Koitiata Sand Dune Planting

This planting has taken 16 months from planning to implementation and is a project I have been really looking forward to.

Plantings like this have to be done well with the correct planning and implementation. We were very fortunate that we had a good lead-in time for this planting from such an early stage. In environmentally sensitive areas such as this we need to enhance and protect these areas so that they can be enjoyed for future generations.

On the 7th June a planting day was organised with the local community, fifteen students from South Makirikiri School and the RDC Parks team.

With nearly 2000 small plants to plant into the unstable sand and with eager young students the planting was soon underway. The plants were positioned in locations that were appropriate for the particular species to grow well.

  • Fincina nodosa (Wet dune hollows)
  • Spinifex sericeus (Moving sand west facing)
  • Calystegia soldandella (Moving sand and east facing dune slopes)
  • Ficina spiralis (Moving sand)
  • Mulenbeckia complexa (Rear dune stable sand)
  • Carex pumulia (All areas)

The residents had a nice surprise for the students at lunch. The children were treated with a home cooked lunch courtesy of the local community.

Keith Gray (Koitiata Residents Association President) also thanked the children and the school for their help with the planting. He also talked about how important this work is to the local environment and community.

My thanks to South Makirikiri School and the residents of Koitiata for their help on the day and to the people who made the lunch a big thanks from the Parks team.

This video appeared in the Wanganui Council and is worth a watch.

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Mayors Message June 2017

During June I was invited to join in celebrations held in Marton, recognising Samoan Independence Day. Even though Samoa...

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Mayors Message June 2017

During June I was invited to join in celebrations held in Marton, recognising Samoan Independence Day. Even though Samoan became independent of New Zealand on 1 January 1962 it is celebrated on 1 June and this day continues to be recognised by the Samoan community in New Zealand – it was celebrated here on Monday, 6 June so as many people as possible could attend. This is the second year these celebrations have been held.

We have, in our district, over 2000 Samoans and the numbers keep growing. Virtually every second month I am officiating a citizenship ceremony, heavily weighted by Samoans becoming New Zealand citizens. We welcome the culture that they bring, they are lovely people.

The day started with a march from Marton Park to Memorial Hall; because of light drizzle most of the men elected to drive and the women walked. An interdenominational church service was held at the beginning of the day which then moved into a series of performances by main churches from Marton and Bulls. There was a huge turnout for the day. Everyone looked very colourful in their traditional clothes, their lava lavas, it was a stunning show of colour.

For our Samoan community the sight of the Samoan flag being raised at the beginning of the day, and lowered at the end of the day was hugely emotional, as recognition of being accepted as part of our community.

During the month we held a Citizenship Ceremony where 13 people from Britain, South Africa, Holland and Samoa were made New Zealand Citizens.

Recently I attended a “Water Symposium”, in Wellington. This was extremely topical with the Government focussing on the outcome of the Havelock North enquiry. I was surprised to learn that 40% of drinking water in NZ is not treated. Currently all the drinking water in our District is treated with chlorine among other treatments and does not have fluoride added to it. Any new Government regulations around water treatment means we will have to consider the cost to small Councils like ours. This will be an ongoing issue to not only our Council but the region as a whole.

As part of the symposium there was considerable discussions around the Government’s desire to have 90% of our rivers and lakes swimmable by 2040. Dr Nick Smith, Minister for the Environment has said New Zealand needs to have a fresh look at its water consent processes as historically water rights have been granted on a ‘first in – first served’ basis; perhaps we need to consider consents on a priority basis.

The Freemasons recently opened the doors to their Lodge and invited members of the general public to gain an appreciation of what ‘Lodges in NZ’ are all about. They have long been regarded as secret societies in NZ and they needed and wanted to dispel these myths. Ash Williamson gave a detailed history of lodges in NZ, particularly in Marton. He said the secrecy around them was a recent thing, newspaper cuttings that were around in the early days showed this, the reality is that Marton and our District have benefited from this philanthropic society who have provided funds for many community organisations.

I, along with a number of members of the community, were treated to a special night and an insight into what the Freemasons do, as well as an explanation of the significance of their regalia and building. I want to personally thank them for opening their door to our community.

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