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March Council meetings

Meetings are open to the public. 17 March 2016 Assets/Infrastructure Committee meeting, 9.30am - Marton Council Chamber...

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March Council meetings

Meetings are open to the public.


17 March 2016

  • Assets/Infrastructure Committee meeting, 9.30am – Marton Council Chamber
  • Policy/Planning Committee meeting, 1pm – Marton Council Chamber

31 March 2016

  • Finance/Performance Committee meeting, 9.30am – Marton Council Chamber
  • Council meeting, 1pm – Marton Council Chamber

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New law for businesses that sell food

A new law for all businesses that sell food came into effect on 1 March 2016. "The Food Act 2014 is designed to modernis...

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New law for businesses that sell food

A new law for all businesses that sell food came into effect on 1 March 2016.

“The Food Act 2014 is designed to modernise food safety in New Zealand. It will make it easier for businesses to make sure their food is safe,” says Scott Gallacher, Deputy Director-General Regulation and Assurance, at the Ministry for Primary Industries.

From 1 March, anyone who starts a business that involves food must follow the new law. This includes anything from restaurants, to corner dairies, market stalls, or internet cake sellers.

Existing businesses also need to make changes, although they have longer to do so.

“The new law applies to a wide range of businesses, and includes any that make, sell, grow or transport food commercially. This includes those who serve food as part of their business, like education providers or care homes for example.

“We’ve made it easy for businesses to see how the new law applies to them with an online tool. Businesses should visit the MPI website and use ‘Where do I fit?’

“The new law is designed to help businesses and consumers. It moves from a one-size-fits-all approach, to one that regulates businesses according to risk. This will help keep regulation and costs down for many businesses, especially lower risk businesses, like those who grow fruit and vegetables or sell only pre-packed food.

“It also offers businesses greater flexibility. People can sell food they have made at home, for example, but must meet the same food safety standards as other businesses.

“By focusing on what’s most important to food safety, the law will help ensure safer food for consumers. At the same time, keeping costs down for businesses will also keep costs down for consumers.

“The new law also introduces other measures to help businesses keep time and costs down. For example, those who manage food safety well will need less frequent checks.

“Although the new law started on 1 March, existing food businesses don’t have to make changes straight away. They will move over to the new Act at different times over a three year transition period.”

By making food safety requirements more efficient for businesses, the Act fits with wider government efforts to deliver better public services.
Mayor Watson welcomed the introduction of the next stage of the Food Act, which was first introduced in 2014, which will provide clarity to businesses in the Rangitikei. This next stage fulfills the food control plans information drive, which was undertaken in 2015 with all Rangitikei food premises by the Environmental Health officers when the food business-grading bylaw 2014 was implemented.

Businesses should visit www.mpi.govt.nz/foodact to find out what they need to do or phone Council’s offices on 06 327 0099.

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Rates automatic payment reminder

If you pay your rates by automatic payment it’s time to check that the payment amounts are adequate to pay the full rate...

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Rates automatic payment reminder

If you pay your rates by automatic payment it’s time to check that the payment amounts are adequate to pay the full rates amount due by 30 June 2016. If you want to speak to one of our staff to check this please phone our Customer Services on 0800 422 522 or our Rates Officer on 06 327 0091 direct.

If you have just set up an automatic payment for your rates please let our staff know, they will make sure the amount you are paying is correct and ensure no penalties are incurred.

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Our District, Your Say Survey

Rangitikei District Council’s Resident Survey 2016. Rangitikei District Council would like to know what you think about...

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Our District, Your Say Survey

Rangitikei District Council’s Resident Survey 2016.

Rangitikei District Council would like to know what you think about the services Council provides. Whether it’s the roads you drive on, parks you play in or the books you read in our libraries.

If you are a resident/ratepayer of Rangitikei District the Council wants to hear from you. Please go to Council’s webpage or go to #OurDistrictYourSay to complete a confidential 10 minute survey and with your say, you can help improve council services. Survey closes 31st March, 2016.

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Rangitikei District Plan open for comment

The Rangitikei District Plan has been operative since 2013. Over the last three years a number of provisions have been i...

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Rangitikei District Plan open for comment

The Rangitikei District Plan has been operative since 2013. Over the last three years a number of provisions have been identified in the Plan that Council believes are inadvertently restricting development. These provisions are causing unnecessary delays and costs to businesses and landowners through the resource consent process. In response, Council is proposing a number of changes to streamline the Plan in order to remove barriers to development.

The proposed changes involve many parts of the Plan, but are relatively minor in nature, and do not alter its purpose or intent. The key proposed changes include:

  • Removal of the liquefaction, ground shaking, landslide and active fault hazard maps – reduces the hurdles to building in previously identified natural hazard areas
  • Refinement of the flood map for Hunterville – reduces the number of properties predicted to be affected by flooding
  • Refinement of the West Taihape Slip zone provisions – to allow limited development in the slip zone
  • Amendments to the heritage provisions for Marton town centre – to encourage flexible use and reuse of Marton’s heritage precinct and buildings
  • Commercial zoning provisions in the districts rural settlements – to make it easier to establish and run a business in these settlements
  • Signage provisions and building boundary set-backs in the Rural zone – to make it easier to do business and undertake primary production activities in the Rural zone

A number of minor administrative amendments are also proposed to address various errors and omissions.

At its meeting on 29 January, Council approved the release of these proposed changes for public comment. The public has until 5pm on 4 April 2016 to make a submission on the proposed changes.

Submissions must be made on the appropriate form (Form 5) which is available on the Rangitikei District Council website, from the Council office in Marton, and from the Bulls, Marton and Taihape libraries.

A series of public meetings and drop-in sessions are being held across the district during March to provide the public with an opportunity to hear about the changes and ask questions. Details of these events are:


14 March: Turakina public meeting
6.00pm Presbyterian Church Hall


15 March: Marton drop-in session
5.30pm-7.00pm Council Chambers, Marton


17 March: Hunterville public meeting
6.00pm Hunterville Town Hall Board Room


21 March: Taihape public meeting
6.00pm Council Chambers, Taihape


22 March: Mangaweka public meeting
6.00pm Mangaweka Village Hall


23 March: Marton drop-in session
9.00am-11.30am Council Chambers, Marton


30 March: Marton drop-in session
2.30pm-4.00pm Council Chambers, Marton


If you would like further information about the proposed Plan Changes please attend one of the sessions outlined above. If you are not able to attend the public sessions outlined above you can also contact Katrina Gray, Policy Analyst/Planner, Rangitikei District Council, 06 327 0099 or katrina.gray@rangitikei.govt.nz

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Mayor’s Comment

February was another busy month right across the District. I want to thank all the volunteers who gave their time to hel...

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Mayor’s Comment

February was another busy month right across the District. I want to thank all the volunteers who gave their time to help with the 7-day makeovers in Bulls and Marton. I’m really proud of how these town centres now look and the vision the teams had to make this happen.

I took part in the Te Aroha Walk, where a large group of people turned up to do this walk, it was a great day and really well organised.

We held another citizenship ceremony in February where 25 new citizens were welcomed to the District. Nationalities included Samoan, British, Indian and Filipino. Our District is really becoming a very diverse mix of cultures, which I embrace.

Some of the events I attended during the month included the shearing sports; opening of the Mangaweka playcentre; awards for the Mangaweka volunteer fire brigade (featured further on in this newsletter); new horizons scout zones founder days service, where awards were presented to Martonian Tony Jury for 10 years service as a Cub Leader and a ‘Silver Tui Award’, Scouting NZ’s highest award, to Kevin Randles. I also presented a local resident with a citation for bravery. We are lucky to have so many community minded people and volunteers throughout our District and I thank each of you for the valuable contribution you make.

Finally, I encourage you to take part in our residents’ survey that’s being undertaken this month, we do want to hear what you think of the services Council provides. The survey only takes 10 minutes and can help improve our services.

Andy Watson
Mayor of Rangitikei


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Koitiata Sand Dune Movement

Last month we were contacted by the Koitiata Residents Association regarding the advancement of sand dune towards the pl...

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Koitiata Sand Dune Movement

Last month we were contacted by the Koitiata Residents Association regarding the advancement of sand dune towards the playground within the coastal reserve.

The movement of sand on our coast is common and at times the dunes can be very unstable and constantly on the move. The speed of this sand movement may have been hastened by the June flood event. Large volumes of sand and sediments have been brought down local rivers which then need somewhere to go.

A meeting was organised at the beach with concerned residents, staff from the Horizons Regional Council (HRC) and the Rangitikei District Council (RDC).

A plan was formulated at this meeting to help slow the sand movement towards the playground. The plan involved a number of points from movement of logs to act as wind fences to collection of native plant seeds with sand binding abilities for future plantings and also long term care.

HRC confirmed that no consent was needed to move the logs from the lagoon area to the blowout zone providing no Katipo spiders and no nesting Dotterels were present. This was confirmed by an ecologist on site.

The Koitiata Residents Association requested that they would like to undertake the work as a community based project.

The following day I met with the residents to collect seeds of plant species growing in the immediate area. Good numbers of seeds were available and it was perfect timing for collection.

Ecosourcing is often used in restoration projects because locally sourced plants are thought to be more likely to survive than those from further away. This is because species are often better adapted to local conditions. Ecosourcing has many other advantages, to many to go into now.


Species Collected:

  • Fincina nodosa
  • Spinifex sericeus
  • Calystegia soldandella
  • Ficina spiralis
  • Mulenbeckia complexa
  • Carex pumulia

The seeds where then packed, labelled and sent to a local nursery for propagation for planting in winter 2017.

The local residents during the coming weeks will commence moving the logs from the lagoon so that they are placed across the blowout and the sand will be collected by these logs rather than advancing any further. Hay will then be spread in areas between the logs to help stabilise the sand.

Planting will occur in 2016 but will only involve Marram grass as no other plants will be available. Plants will be planted behind the logs to give them some protection from the prevailing winds on site.

This area will take a number of years and careful planning to put right. However with long term commitment from the Residents and the RDC this area will be put back in a better condition than what was present before.

For me it is a pleasure working with the residents who value the unique environment they live in.

by Athol Sanson

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Gold Star Award to Aron McCann

Aron recently received this prestigious award for his commitment to the Fire Service. Only eight past or present volunte...

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Gold Star Award to Aron McCann

Aron recently received this prestigious award for his commitment to the Fire Service. Only eight past or present volunteers have given 25 years service at Mangaweka. This highlights the extensive level of community service and commitment that local fire brigade members give as volunteers. Well done and thanks to Aron and to his family for their support.

Left to right: Rochelle, James, Nicole and Aron McCann

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