Welcome to Rangitikei Line March 2017

Promoting the Rangitikei!

Rangitikei District Council (RDC) staff recently attended the Auckland Covi Motorhome Show which attracted 19,000 attend...

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Promoting the Rangitikei!

Rangitikei District Council (RDC) staff recently attended the Auckland Covi Motorhome Show which attracted 19,000 attendees through the gate and 140 exhibitors. This year they had record sales and numbers of attendees. RDC worked collaboratively with Whanganui, Taranaki, Horowhenua and Tararua Councils and had a real regional presence at the show.

Through feedback from the other regions we know that our collaboration has been a success. As part of Council’s District Promotion Strategy, funding was allocated towards initiatives that promote the District leveraging off Destination Manawatu, Visit Ruapehu and Visit Whanganui’s programmes and initiatives. Following discussion within the Finance/Performance Committee and at Rural Sector meetings, it was agreed to attend a major expo to undertake this promotion. There was a recommendation from Rangitikei Tourism that the Covi Motorhome Show provided the best opportunity.

Council’s stand was quite exceptional with a large banner which provided a great backdrop feature “Live Your City Escape”.

There was seating and a table full of many brochures which included a newly developed Freedom Camping brochure. The Stop and Stay area where staff were based showcased other regions such as Hurunui, Waimakariri, Northland and the Otago Rail Trail and Awakeri Trail. People were generally impressed with what Rangitikei has to offer, the places to stop and stay, things to do, our quaint towns, wide open spaces, beautiful tranquil scenery, breath taking walks, abundant bird life, the flowing water of our beautiful river and papa cliffs, free parking, no traffic lights, why wouldn’t they want to come and stop and stay for a while.

We had a Rangitikei prize pack full of a slice of the Rangitikei. On Friday 290 people entered the prize draw. On day 2 we had 260 enter and on Sunday, which was a much quieter day, 215. In comparison Taranaki had about 170 people enter their draw on the Friday. Staff had quality conversations with each person who visited our site and ensured that those visitors to our stand went away knowing something about the Rangitikei. Many more people visited the stand but not all entered the prize draw. We know that we handed out thousands of brochures.

The Covi Motorhome Show was a great start for Rangitikei. It really highlighted that we are a district that doesn’t have distinct product such as the ‘Otago Rail Trail’. Motorhomes and caravanning has grown enormously and one thing to factor is the Auckland housing market. The person who is close to or looking to retire, sell up, have discretionary money, they buy a motorhome and go travelling the country. They are looking for quiet idyllic places to camp and Rangitikei certainly is one of them. We would like to thank Awastone Mangaweka, What a Load of Bull Bulls, Scully’s of Bulls, Brown Sugar Café Taihape, Bulls 4 Square and Rangitikei Golf Club Bulls for prizes.

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Forward Works Planned – March/April

Turakina Valley Road – Majuba Bluff and Drysdale: extensive works being undertaken to widen narrow sections of the road...

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Forward Works Planned – March/April


Turakina Valley Road – Majuba Bluff and Drysdale: extensive works being undertaken to widen narrow sections of the road and repair a dropout. Expect delays at the site as well a road closure of 2-3 days for bank cutting. The road will not be available to through traffic between 8am and 5pm for most of March so earthworks can be finished before the on-set of winter. (Regular updates are provided on Council’s website)


Taihape Napier Road – road widening and pavement works taking place, expect minor delays.


Parewanui Road – road widening and pavement works taking place, expect minor delays.


Reseals undertaken district wide – expect minor delays and loose chips.

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Have you visited our website lately?

If you have you will notice a massive improvement in the speed of our site. If you haven’t visited our site lately here...

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Have you visited our website lately?

If you have you will notice a massive improvement in the speed of our site. If you haven’t visited our site lately here is a link to it www.rangitikei.govt.nz. There is lots of great information to give you guidance on Council’s functions.

We recently provided options for paying rates and dog registration payments on line. If you pay by Credit Card, you will only be charged a 1% service fee to offset the fees that the Council is charged from Westpac.

You can also use the Account2Account option. This option will take you to a login screen for the bank you select, and then you will use your Internet Banking credentials to log in and pay by internet banking. No Service Fee is charged. The links are below.

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Recent Upgrades on Council’s Facilities

Thanks to funding from JBS Dudding Trust, its great to see some renovations and improvements done on some of our Council...

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Recent Upgrades on Council’s Facilities

Thanks to funding from JBS Dudding Trust, its great to see some renovations and improvements done on some of our Council facilities – including new heat pumps and stoves have been installed at Tutaenui Hall; new vinyl at Mataroa, Makuhou, Ohingaiti and Koitiata Halls, along with other improvements ranging from new fittings to necessary electrical, plumbing and painting work.

Powerco funding has allowed for new, lowered ceiling panels, and acoustic wall panels to be installed at Koitiata Hall, while Council funding has enabled the exterior painting of Koitiata Hall, and re-roofing of Dudding Lake Ablution block and the newly completed Mangaweka Hall.

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Working for the Youth

The Northern Youth Advisory Group met this month and have agreed that Council’s Youth Development Coordinator, Oliver Sa...

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Working for the Youth

The Northern Youth Advisory Group met this month and have agreed that Council’s Youth Development Coordinator, Oliver Sanderson, will work with local agencies to identify any gaps with what is currently available in Taihape for the Easter school holidays.

He will organise with local agencies, including YouthLine and Work and Income Youth Services, to plug those gaps with physical activities that involve getting to know Taihape better (such as Memorial Park walkway, Birds on Signs treasure hunt and Mount Stewart trails). The donation from the Harley rides given by the Sons of Jeremiah, at the instigation of Rata Sidwell, will contribute towards the costs of these and other activities. It is a fantastic gesture that we are extremely grateful for.

Siobhan Bentley, pictured, won the ‘major prize’ of being part of the group ride with the Sons of Jeremiah – travelling up the scenic Spooners Hill to meet the main highway – and then travelling back SH1 to Taihape.

We are looking for more adult helpers to support these and other activities – they must be willing to undergo Police vetting so that we can be sure our young people will be safe (we are not worried about parking tickets!). So any publicity that you can help us with will be most welcome. Anyone interested to volunteer can contact me or Oliver on 0800 422 522.

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Support for de-sexing dangerous dogs in the district

Manawatu and Rangitikei District Councils have obtained government funding for a programme offering free de-sexing to ne...

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Support for de-sexing dangerous dogs in the district

Manawatu and Rangitikei District Councils have obtained government funding for a programme offering free de-sexing to new or unregistered dogs in the district that would normally fall under the classification of “menacing or dangerous” breeds or type listed in the 4th Schedule of the Dog Control Act 1996.

These include breeds of dog such as Brazilian Fila, Dogo Argentino, Japanese Tosa and the Perro de Presa Canario and types of dog such as the American Pit Bull Terrier.

This programme will also include a reduced cost towards microchipping of new dogs to the district register.

Funding has been provided in part by central government as part of the national strategy to reduce the risk and harm of dog attacks.

The Department of Internal Affairs’ contribution is designed to reduce the number of menacing or dangerous dogs by restricting unwanted breeding and decreasing aggressive behaviour.

MDC and RDC will be working in partnership with SRVS Vet Services and Totally Vets on the project.

Senior Animal Control Officer Robert Peterson says both Councils’ Dog Control Bylaw requires all dog’s classified as menacing or dangerous to be de-sexed.

“This programme provides all new or unregistered dog owners with an opportunity to have this done for free.”

Currently both Councils enforce the neutering of any dog classified as menacing or dangerous and want to support those owners who may have dogs that qualify but have not been registered due to the costs involved in de-sexing.

For owners interested in taking advantage of this opportunity, please contact either Manawatu or Rangitikei District Council and provide them with your details.

Following this, you will be contacted by an Animal Control Officer who will confirm your eligibility, explain the process to you and help book an appointment for your dog, assisting you through the whole process.

“This free programme gives owners the incentive to act responsibly. It’s a win-win for owners and our community.”

The programme runs from 24 March – 30 June 2017.

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March Highlights from Athol Sanson

It’s been great to see some sun over the last month and with no wind! This settled period has enabled the parks team to...

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March Highlights from Athol Sanson

It’s been great to see some sun over the last month and with no wind! This settled period has enabled the parks team to finally get onto the summer tidy-up jobs we have been waiting to do.

From the last newsletter the painting for summer 2017 is largely finished with all the cemetery’s, main parks, playgrounds, seats, tables and structures in the region given a fresh coat of paint. Many structures have also been cleaned.

The wasp control in Taihape is yet to start due to a lack of numbers on our testing stations. I have no doubt we will reach critical numbers to allow us to poison shortly. We have had an increasing number of phone calls about wasp nests from the public, which correspond to the buildup on our test stations. We will be looking at the 28th or 29th March to commence baiting.

Wilson Park has also been mulched and the playground painted. For the team, they have taken pride as local residents tiding these sites. However recently they were at Wilson Park and noticed one of the newly planted trees snapped off. This is incredibly disappointing for us as these trees were planted for the community for long term shade. The current trees around the playground are safe but are in very poor condition. They will have to be removed in the next 10 years and the newly planted trees are their replacement.


Small projects in March

We have also worked on a number of small projects during the month when time has permitted; these included:

Ingle Walkway
This very popular walkway, running between Armagh Street and Milne Street, had been a bit neglected over the past few years. During a wet spell in February we received a call from a local resident about how slippery the path had become. During any normal summer it would have been dry and safe to walk on. However with the constant rain the path had grown a good layer of moss resulting in a very slippery surface and with wet weather forecast we decided to resurface the path. This work has really lightened up this area and has really improved the walking surface.

We are planning other work in this small reserve over the next few months with the possibility of creating a fernery under the maturing canopy.

Hunterville SH1 Gardens
Over the last year I have been watching with increasing concern the growth of the flaxes in the gardens along SH1 in Hunterville. These flaxes were blocking sightlines from car parks and driveways and have now been removed.

A common mistake had been made with these gardens in the past. Plants had been purchased from a nursery in this case Phormium “Emerald Gem”. This is usually a small growing flax that only reaches a height of 0.4m when mature. However to achieve a uniform plant it needs to be tissue cultured. In the case of these flaxes the seeds were harvested from planted specimens. Unfortunately by harvesting seeds these flax had cross pollinated with a nearby Mountain Flax. This resulted in the stronger plant becoming dominate.

For me as a horticulturist I need to choose plants carefully so we don’t have to go through a costly exercise like this again. The gardens will be replanted during winter 2017.

Inorganic Litter Collection Bulls: Rangitikei River
Following concerns from the local community the Parks and Reserves team have started a weekly inorganic litter collection in the Bulls Bridge area.

This area has seen significant fly tipping in the past which has resulted in continued calls to manage and resolve this growing issue.

On the first collection we removed a truckload of rubbish ranging from car tyres to decomposing animal carcasses. For me the worst offence was seeing a large ute load of items thrown onto the riprap embankment of the river near the raised picnic area.

In the next flood this toxic rubbish (televisions etc) would have ended up in the river. This river is so important to our region we need to take better care of it.

This area is regularly used by visitors to our region and also by the local community for recreational activities, seeing dumped rubbish and rotting carcasses is something we do not want to portray as a region.

Over the next few weeks the Rangitikei District Council will be working with Horizons Regional Council to resolve this issue. A number of options are available to us which will hopefully see this resolved. If you see anyone dumping rubbish in this area please report it to the Rangitikei District Council without delay on 0800 422 522.

Native Plant Seed Collection
March is the peak time for seed collection of native plants. Many of you will know from my previous articles that, as part of our future land management, we now look at planting eco-sourced plants in areas of environmental significance.

Last March we highlighted Koitiata sand dune movement as part of this practice. I am pleased to report that the seeds have germinated well and we currently have 1800-2000 small plants for planting this year (See photos). We are hoping to get the local community and schools to plant them around the beginning of June this year to mark Arbor Day. We have also undertaken further seed collection in March for further plantings in 2018.

We also have plants for Taihape from seeds sourced in Memorial Park. Again we are hoping to work with a school to plant these in early June.

Collection of seeds during March also focused on Marton B and C dams. With the pending removal of the pines it is become increasing evident that future management of this area will require planting, in some form.

It is my view this needs to be done well and part of good land management practices is to plant the right plant in the right location. By selecting naturally occurring plants from this area will ensure a good survival rate as the plants have adapted to local site conditions.

At this stage we are unsure of numbers that will be used and in what area. We have focused the seed collection on the plants that are appropriate to the Riparian Margins. These being: Toe Toe, Whiteywood, Coprosma, Carex species, Juncus, Cabbage trees, rushes, Pittosporum etc.

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Mayors Message

Firstly, thanks to everyone who has submitted on Council’s draft Annual Plan and to those that attended the public meeti...

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Mayors Message

Firstly, thanks to everyone who has submitted on Council’s draft Annual Plan and to those that attended the public meetings held across the District. There was a good turnout at each of these meetings and it shows these are really worthwhile holding.

As part of the submission process we had a public meeting in Bulls where we were able to update the community on the building progress and explain that the increased budget meant that we had a legal obligation to reaffirm our plans by way of the annual plan.

The potential replacement of the Mangaweka Bridge also was discussed at a public meeting where about 85 people from both the Rangitikei and Manawatu turned up. Both Councils have, as their preferred position, the replacement of the bridge and we need to build a funding support case with the New Zealand Transport Agency.

A couple of days ago I took the opportunity to have the Associate Minister of Roading, David Bennett and our MP, Ian Mc Kelvie visit the bridge in a bid to gain high level political support for the new bridge.

For our annual plan we have received in excess of 250 submissions, on a variety of issues. Those who have asked to speak to Council directly about their submissions will do this on 20 April. Following that submissions will be summarised and Council will consider all the points raised and make a final decision on the Annual Plan for 2017/18 on 25 May.

Thanks again to everyone who had their say.

Andy

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