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The Building Act 2004 stops the statutory processing clock over Christmas and New Year. The period between 20 December a...
The Building Act 2004 stops the statutory processing clock over Christmas and New Year.
The period between 20 December and 10 January is excluded from the 20 working day timeframe, which means that during these dates the processing clock stops.
Any Resource or Building Consent submitted after Tuesday 20 December will not be processed until Tuesday 10 January 2017 due to the Christmas/New Year break.
If you want your Resource or Building Consent to be processed before Christmas (barring any further information requests which stop the processing clock), they must be submitted by Monday 21, November 2016.
Thursday, 1 December Full Council Meeting, 1pm - Marton Council Chamber Monday, 5 December Audit and Risk Committee Meet...
Thursday, 1 December
Full Council Meeting, 1pm – Marton Council Chamber
Monday, 5 December
Audit and Risk Committee Meeting, 2pm – Marton Council Chamber
Wednesday, 7 December
Taihape Community Board Meeting, 5.30pm – Taihape Council Chamber
Tuesday, 13 December
Te Roopu Ahi Kaa meeting, 11am – Marton Council Chamber
Tuesday, 13 December
Ratana Community Board meeting, 6.30pm – Ratana Paa
Thursday, 15 December
Finance/Performance Committee meeting, 9.30am – Marton Council Chamber
Thursday, 15 December
Assets/Infrastructure Committee meeting, 10.20am – Marton Council Chamber
Thursday, 15 December
Policy/Planning Committee meeting, 11.10am – Marton Council Chamber
Thursday, 15 December
Full Council meeting, 1pm – Marton Council Chamber
Members of the public are welcome to attend any of these meetings.
Recently there have been instances of people door-knocking asking to view Council's flats, and advising that they may be...
Recently there have been instances of people door-knocking asking to view Council’s flats, and advising that they may be taking over the management of the flats and increasing the rent amounts.
These individuals are NOT acting on any authority from Council; if someone comes to your premises and says the Council sent them – please notify the Police.
Council will not authorize any visits to view tenanted flats without prior notification to the tenants.
If there are any changes with regard to the management of the flats, or to rent amounts, you will be notified of these by letter from Council. If you have any concerns or queries please contact the Council on 0800 422 522.
A new housing complex was formally opened on Friday, 23 September – this complex houses staff working at Mangaweka Aspar...
A new housing complex was formally opened on Friday, 23 September – this complex houses staff working at Mangaweka Asparagus – what a great initiative!
The Rangitikei District Council has some exciting youth developments. Two new Youth Zones have opened, based on the prev...
The Rangitikei District Council has some exciting youth developments. Two new Youth Zones have opened, based on the previous facilities at the Marton and Taihape Youth Hutts.
The new services will be coordinated by two new part-time youth workers – currently being recruited – one in each of Marton and Taihape. The extension of the current after-school programmes has come about following consultation with young people at the Level Up Youth Forum in Bulls earlier this year.
They wanted safe youth led spaces to connect, hang out and find out about all the activities and opportunities that are available in the area to them! A range of activities will be available in the Zones and adult volunteers and mentors are encouraged to join the ‘Youth Workforce’ to support our youth to succeed through life. If you can spare a few hours every couple of weeks or are already running activities for young people that we can help to publicise, then contact Nardia Gower email@example.com to find out more.
An upgrade of the heating and filtration system had been planned for the Taihape Swim Centre. A quote received a few yea...
An upgrade of the heating and filtration system had been planned for the Taihape Swim Centre.
A quote received a few years ago estimated this would cost $150,000, an updated quote was obtained recently which found that further work was required to achieve compliance at the Pool, therefore the costs have increased.
The Council, with the Taihape Community Development Trust, are now looking at options to fund this increase as it is hoped to undertake the work in the swimming off-season. An update will be provided to Council in January.
The District Plan Change 2016 is now almost complete. There were no appeals received on the decision and the Plan Change...
The District Plan Change 2016 is now almost complete. There were no appeals received on the decision and the Plan Change will become fully operative 14 November 2016.
The Plan Change makes a number of changes to the District Plan which will increase its ease of use including; removal of the liquefaction, ground shaking, landslide and active fault overlays and associated rules, amendment of flooding provisions to increase consistency with the One Plan, reducing the 20 metre building setback to 5 metres (does not include dwelling setback) and amendment to heritage provisions.
The bridge at Rata was severely damaged in the June 2015 floods. A temporary bridge had to be installed to provide acces...
The bridge at Rata was severely damaged in the June 2015 floods. A temporary bridge had to be installed to provide access to residents and the community while a more permanent solution was found.
This solution was a new bridge, funded by the New Zealand Transport Agency and Rangitikei District Council.
Jim Mestyanek was project engineer for the rebuild and said “Everyone involved in the job pulled together to make the finished product not just strong and durable, but appealing to the eye and, importantly, wider and safer than the previous bridge. It’s a credit to designer, contractors, and local residents.”
The bridge was completed on time and within budget and is now open for the Rata community to use.
Those involved in the project and are credited with its success are:
The Marton Park Management Plan has recently been developed in conjunction with the community and was approved by Counci...
The Marton Park Management Plan has recently been developed in conjunction with the community and was approved by Council on 3 November 2016. The Marton Park Management Plan provides the vision, objectives and a site plan for the future development of Marton Park. The consultation process consisted of written submissions, three Park Walks and a workshop.
The majority of submissions supported the draft Plan. Community-led project groups were established, with group leaders as follows:
If you are not already involved in a project group, but want to be involved, or have any further questions please contact Katrina Gray, Senior Policy Analyst/Planner on 06 327 0099.
Amazing, colourful and quirky, suits all kinds of learners between the ages of 3-9, addressing literacy, numeracy and cr...
Amazing, colourful and quirky, suits all kinds of learners between the ages of 3-9, addressing literacy, numeracy and creativity.
Children of all abilities can play games, use creative tools and display their art work in a gallery.
The Busy box area contains over forty quick-fire mini-games where children compete against each other collecting stickers and stars as they progress.
Stickers can be used to build their own busy world scene which can be saved to the gallery.
New addition Busy Projects is a whole new area where children can use paint and writing tools to create pictures and write about topics such as minibeasts, pirates and superheroes.
Within the Busy projects area children can view contributions made by other subscribers from all around the world!
A growing selection (70+) of games can now be accessed on iPads and Android tablets.
In early August, during a storm event, the dune at Koitiata advanced a further 20 metres towards the access road and pla...
In early August, during a storm event, the dune at Koitiata advanced a further 20 metres towards the access road and playground.
There was concern among the locals at how fast the erosion was moving and, on their own initiative, they brought in mulch and cut grass; moved a significant amount of logs, to collect the sand; collected seeds from the immediate dune area, all done with the assistance of the Council’s Parks and Reserves Team.
Council is treating this erosion very seriously so at a recent Council meeting they agreed to provide an extra $10,000 to cart in extra mulch, erect more sand fences and undertake further planting.
Well done to our Parks Team for a great job done installing the new water supply system at Taihape Memorial Park last we...
Well done to our Parks Team for a great job done installing the new water supply system at Taihape Memorial Park last week!
The last few months have been very busy for the Parks and Reserves team. With the warmer days and longer daylight hours...
The last few months have been very busy for the Parks and Reserves team. With the warmer days and longer daylight hours the lawns and weeds have really taken off.
We have been busy undertaking a lot of topdressing and grass seeding in our regions cemeteries and parks. We only have a short window for grass seeding and hopefully all the important areas will be completed shortly.
We are seeing significant spring grass growth across the region with Taihape leading the growth rate.
The Centennial Park cricket ground renovations have been a real success with the germination of the grass seed now through and weekly mowing commencing to reduce the height of the grass by the cricket season.
The Hunterville town gardens have taken off and the roses are showing signs of the first flowers of the year. The splash of colour in the town will really lift this area.
Recently I was leaving Marton Park via Maunder Street as I approached Signal Street I noticed some trees with large green balls attached to the trunks. They were really obvious due to the lack of leaves on the trees. This strange plant was identified as one of our New Zealand mistletoes.
Ileostylus micranthus is a woody many branched shrub up to 1m with green to yellow-green, leathery leaves. A partial parasite, it is attached to the host by ball-like masses of runners with suckers located at intervals along the host branch.
An endemic genus with this species being found on a wide variety of hosts in coastal to lowland forest throughout New Zealand.
The population of this plant, when I looked closely, was very healthy and doing well on a number of host species. To date I have identified five host species for this great little plant. The host plants cover an area of approximately 10,000m2.
The plant suffers heavily in the wild with possum browsing and seeing this population doing so well indicates few of these troublesome pests are in the Marton township.
From here we will need to record with DOC were the population is and notify the landowners of this important plant growing on their properties. I was hoping to find some in Marton Park but the population hasn’t spread that far yet.
While recently working in Taihape it was fantastic to see the local populations of kowhai starting to show colour. This kowhai is one of the last to flower and by all indications it’s going to be a great year. The hills around Taihape are covered in this plant and it is a real treat to see them in full bloom.
Sophora godleyi, also known as Godley’s kowhai, papa kowhai or Rangitikei kowhai, grows naturally in the west of the North Island of New Zealand from Te Kuiti to the Manawatu. It is one of eight recognised species of Kowhai in New Zealand. It is named after Dr. Eric Godley, former head of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) Botany Division.
It differs from other kowhai, that it has a more twisted juvenile appearance which grows out with time. It is an extremely hardy plant that thrives in most areas of our region.
This great little tree is widely planted around our towns in the region. During late September and early October this plant flowers heavily. I have planted this at my property and for the last few nights the flowers have given off an amazing scent.
Pittosporum tenuifolium is a small evergreen tree with wavy silvery green, glossy leaves (up to 10 meters) native to New Zealand. The flowers generally go unnoticed because of their colour, a very dark reddish-purple, and are scented only at night.
It is found growing wild in coastal and lower mountain forest areas up to an altitude of 900m.
On a nice evening walk though some of our parks and streets you will be very surprised at the scent this little tree gives off for just a few nights a year.
Rhododendron ‘Sir Robert Peel’
In all our centres this amazing tree is in full bloom. This rhododendron it is a pre-1850 hybrid and thrives in many of our varied climates. It must be one of the larger growing Rhododendrons in this country and are a highlight this time of year in many parks in New Zealand.
This tree can reach a considerable age, the specimens must be at least 70+ years old that we have in our region.
You can see them flowering in Marton Park, Hunterville (Plunket rooms) and Memorial Park in Taihape.
Recently the Parks team have been busy planting flowers at Marton Park, you should see the results of this soon.
In August the Bulls Community were presented with the draft plans for the proposed Bulls multi-purpose complex. Followin...
In August the Bulls Community were presented with the draft plans for the proposed Bulls multi-purpose complex.
Following the public meeting the community had the opportunity to have their say on the draft design. Council received a good level of feedback, with the most common concerns/suggestions being the size of the hall space and stage area being too small, and not enough toilets being provided. Council listened to this feedback and subsequently sought a redesign of the hall space/stage area and an increase in the number of toilets, specifically the hall being capable of seating 300 people and 3 more toilets being included. These changes have been made to the next stage of design by the architects and come at an increase in the cost of the project of $423,000.
It was also identified to Council that the original budget was set in 2014 and had not been inflation adjusted, as it had been assumed the project would proceed to construction in 2015. Applying an inflation adjustment to the original approved budget and allowing for the additional costs to meet community expectations meant Council needed to consider the new budget figure of $4.36million.
These increased costs were recently presented to Council, with a proposal of how to fund the extra costs, this is through increased local fundraising and corporate sponsorship, and a provision of reserves and/or additional property sales. While considering the amended costs Councillors commented that they want to build this once and do it right and the views of the Bulls community need to be taken into account to ensure the buy-in from the community. The revised funding model adopted by Council is shown below:
Council – rate funded loan
Council – surplus property sales
Local community funding
Regional/local trusts funding
Council – reserves/additional property sales
Firstly I would like to thank everyone who voted for me in the recent elections, I was very thrilled to come back as you...
Firstly I would like to thank everyone who voted for me in the recent elections, I was very thrilled to come back as your Mayor, and the vote I see as an endorsement of Council’s direction.
As you now probably know there were not too many changes around our Council table, with three new Councillors being elected – Cr Jane Dunn and Cr Graeme Platt in the Bulls ward and Cr Dave Wilson in the Marton ward.
The Council has a busy three years ahead with new multi-purpose facilities planned for Bulls, Marton and Taihape. We have started the concept design work and fundraising for the Bulls Community Centre and expressions of interest for initial concept work and heritage assessment for the Marton facility are currently being sought.
Other major projects include:
Upgrade of the Bulls, Marton and Ratana wastewater treatment plants; ensuring there is a sustainable provision of stock and irrigation water within the area currently serviced by the Hunterville rural water scheme, extended south to Marton and providing safe, potable and affordable water to Hunterville town; options for community housing; upgrading the Taihape pool; and a number of other smaller projects as outlined in our Long Term Plan.
This triennium I will continue my regular fortnightly visits to Taihape, and as always I am happy to meet with you, either in my office or I can come to you.
Elections for the Mayor and Council were held on Saturday, 8 October. Three new Councillors were elected - Jane Dunn and...
Elections for the Mayor and Council were held on Saturday, 8 October. Three new Councillors were elected – Jane Dunn and Graeme Platt for the Bulls ward and Dave Wilson for the Marton ward.
Back: Jane Dunn, Soraya Peke-Mason, Dean McManaway, Graeme Platt, Chief Executive Ross McNeil, Ruth Rainey
Front: Lynne Sheridan, Cath Ash, Deputy Mayor Nigel Belsham, His Worship the Mayor Andy Watson, Angus Gordon, Dave Wilson, Richard Aslett