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Forward Works – September / October

Stage 2 of the Broadway Watermain, Stormwater and Kerb Upgrade (between Signal and Lambert Streets) Watermain installati...

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Forward Works – September / October

Stage 2 of the Broadway Watermain, Stormwater and Kerb Upgrade (between Signal and Lambert Streets)


Watermain installation – Broadway northern side of top roundabout


Continuation of clearing of slips from the September weather event

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Liquor Licensing

Please refer to Councils Website for all liquor applications, new and renewals. Public notices can be displayed here and...

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Liquor Licensing

Please refer to Councils Website for all liquor applications, new and renewals. Public notices can be displayed here and/or in a local newspaper depending on the applicants preference, advice on doing an objection is found here too.

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September Highlights – from Athol Sanson

The last few weeks have been very busy for the Parks and Reserves team. After such a long wet winter it has been great t...

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September Highlights – from Athol Sanson

The last few weeks have been very busy for the Parks and Reserves team. After such a long wet winter it has been great to see some settled weather and some well needed sun.

The winter has been a difficult one for the team who have struggled to mow and maintain many of our Parks due to swamp like ground conditions. If this fine spell of weather continues the Parks will soon be back in top condition.

The event season is now underway in our region with many of the Parks hosting events during spring and summer. It is with great pride that we showcase the Parks during these events and also help out when requested. If you have an event planned in the coming months and require some additional ground maintenance please do not hesitate to contact us.


Conservation Week 15th – 23rd September

This year we hosted two events as part of Conservation Week, with 800 plants being planted at Memorial Park, Taihape and Marton B & C dams.

The Marton Dams Open Day was a great success with 50 people attending to plant 300 plants and to take part in a guided walk. The walk highlighted the current work being undertaken on site by the Parks and Reserves team but also to discuss the future development of this special environment. Our thanks must go to Terry at Mitre 10 Marton and Brendan at Marton New World for sponsorship of this Open Day.

On the 20th of September we hosted our second planting within Memorial Park with a number of locals and pupils from Taihape Area School.

The planting was followed by a walk through this fantastic reserve. The walk focused on the importance of this bush to the Taihape Community. Our special thanks must go to the Department of Conservation and Michael from the Taihape Rotary for helping with this event. Working with other agencies such as DoC and Rotary, who have the same goals as us, is very rewarding for everyone involved.

It was fantastic to see such a good turnout and to receive such positive feedback on the future of these important sites to the Marton and Taihape communities.


Memorial and Papakai Parks, Taihape (Hautapu River Park)

Over the last few months the Council has been working with a local community group in Taihape for the restoration and development of these important Parks.

For those of you who do not know these Parks, Papakai and Memorial Parks adjoin each other and are separated by the Hautapu River. Both are original forest remnants and consist of mature Kahikatea, Matai, Totara and other forest species. Some of the trees in these reserves are close to 800 years old and are quite spectacular when you are up close to them.

Historically the reserves had connecting tracks and picnic areas and were once a popular place for the locals to take their families for swimming and recreation. Many of the original features such as BBQs and tracks are still present but are in very poor condition and the Parks are now difficult to access.

This is about to change with the Society of Friends of Taihape (SOFOT) wanting to restore and develop these reserves back to their former grandeur.

The start of the process was to engage a designer to help put the vision for the Parks into a concept plan. Isthmus Group from Wellington was engaged to develop the plan, a meeting with the SOFOT and other interested groups was held to look at the issues with public access. The plan has now been finalised, after full consultation with a number of organisations, with work set to commence on this during summer 2018/2019.

My favourite part of this project will be to link the two Parks with four walking bridges. This will be a very big undertaking and may take time to complete however once completed these Parks will give visitors and locals an amazing recreational opportunity.


Our Kowhai

Over the next week you will see the region’s naturally occurring Kowhai beginning to flower. It always flowers later than other kowhai due to the higher altitude it grows at. But early indications show the flower is set to be a ripper. Late September/early October is the best time to see this plant flowering in our Hill country and a drive to Taihape is always spectacular.

You can get very close to this tree at Memorial Park in Taihape within a short walk from the sports fields, these are naturally occurring populations.

Just one last thing, if you are lucky enough to walk around our town streets in a still evening you will smell a highly scented shrub that is filling the air with perfume at present. It is our common native Pittosporum tenuifolium and it really is amazing.

Athol

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Taihape gains motorhome-friendly status

Taihape has joined 42 other New Zealand towns with “motorhome friendly” status, one of which already includes Marton. Th...

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Taihape gains motorhome-friendly status

Taihape has joined 42 other New Zealand towns with “motorhome friendly” status, one of which already includes Marton.

The award was presented to Rangitikei Mayor Andy Watson by New Zealand Motor Caravan Association Whanganui Chair, Dave Burroughs. The NZMCA has approximately 85,000 members nationwide and actively promote towns that are motorhome friendly.

One of the chief drivers for Taihape being awarded this status was due to Chair and deputy Chair of Taihape Community Board, Michelle Fannin and Ann Abernethy and local enthusiasts such as Gail Larsen.

Michelle acknowledged it had taken “longer than expected” to gain the recognition from the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association but there was a groundswell of support now to take the next step – identifying suitable areas to develop into motorhome-friendly sites.

She said the area needed to be all-weather friendly for motorhomes with a hard surface to park on, and not impinge on any other user’s experience.

A submission from the Taihape Community Board would identify possible sites and be presented to Council within the next few months.

District Councils that recognise and support motor caravan recreation and tourism can increase their local economy by 50 % during peak periods. (NZMCA website)

The picture below is of Mayor Andy Watson receiving the certificate from Whanganui Chairperson Dave Burroughs. Next in line is Michelle Fannin (Chair of Taihape Community Board) Ann Abernethy (Dep Chair of Taihape Community Board) Gail Larsen (motorhome enthusiast) and Richard Aslett (Councillor from Mangaweka).

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Inside a Waitangi Tribunal Hearing

Inside the courtroom – Hearing Week 8, Rata Marae, Te Houhou Road, south of Hunterville, North of Marton Having never at...

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Inside a Waitangi Tribunal Hearing

Inside the courtroom – Hearing Week 8, Rata Marae, Te Houhou Road, south of Hunterville, North of Marton

Having never attended a Waitangi tribunal hearing before, I was intrigued at both the process and the level of professionalism shown. I was warmly welcomed to observe the proceedings and take photographs. I thought if it was of interest to me, it could be to many of you as well.

While the tribunal panel is sitting, the process follows a formal hearing as you may see in a court sitting, chaired in this District Inquiry by Judge Layne Harvey.

The Kupu Whakaaraara used for this hearing:
Ka tiaho mai ngā whetū, Hei tofu o te kauae runga, Ka whitiwhiti mai it te rā, Hei ara ki te kauae raro, Ki te whaiao ki te ao mārama, Ko Papa e tūhonotia, E te pito i te Cono, I Wairua Ko Rangi e tūhonotia, E te kāwai a Tākawe o Kahukura, Whiti whano haremai te toki, haumi e hui e tāiki e!

Week 8 Substantive Waitangi Tribunal Hearings WAI: 2180 Taihape: Rangitikei ki Rangipo District Inquiry at Rata Marae

This week is considered a milestone week from Mōkai Pātea Waitangi Claims Trust perspective. The first hearing started in 2016. Week 8 commenced on Monday and will finish on Thursday afternoon followed by Hakari at 1.30pm. Hosted by Ngati Hauiti on behalf of the Mōkai Pātea Waitangi Claims Trust, established by the four iwi of Mōkai Pātea, Ngāi Te Ohuake, Ngāti Hauiti, Ngāti Whitikaupeka, and Ngāti Tamakōpiri to collectively settle the four iwi’s claims against the Crown for breaches of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in the Mōkai Pātea rohe.

Why is it a milestone?
Substantive Hearings are usually a combination of Tangata Whenua and Technical Witnesses evidence. This is the last week where Tangata Whenua evidence is presented. Mōkai Pātea Waitangi Claims Trust (the collective four iwi) final Tangata Whenua evidence was presented on Monday.

Tuesday saw the Technical Evidence presented by David Armstrong on Environmental Change in the Inquiry District (1890 – 1970).

Wednesday David Alexander presented Technical evidence on Environmental issues from 1975 to now.

Further evidence and witnesses was presented from Ngāti Kauwhata, Ngāti Wehiwehi, Ngāti Kauwhata ki te Tonga, Ngāti Hinemanu Ngati Paki, and Horowhenua from late Wednesday and Thursday morning/early afternoon.

Next Stages of the Waitangi Tribunal Process WAI: 2180 Taihape: Rangitikei ki Rangipo District Inquiry

  • Week 9 (10-15 December 2018 at Waiouru): The Crown will respond to the evidence presented to date
  • Week 10 (18-22 March 2019 venue to be determined): Closing submissions by all claimants
  • Week 11 (13-17 May 2019 venue to be determined): Crown Closing
  • There is still the Landlocked Lands hearing where a date is yet to be determined.
  • And the Kawekas and Gwavas matter which is not part of this Inquiry district, but will determine whether Ngati Hinemanu me Ngati Paki have a claim to that area under the Heretaunga Settlement. (Date yet to be determined)

People in the Photographs
In the Panorama Shot below is legal counsel representing claimants, at the presenting table answering questions is Technical Witness David Alexander presenting on the Environmental Issues (Land) from 1975 with Legal Counsel Leo Watson. To the Right is the sitting Waitangi Tribunal Panel from back to front, The Honourable Sir Douglas Kidd KNZM, Professor Pou Temara, Judge Layne Harvey, Dr Monty Soutar, Dr Angela Ballara. Front Right is the Crown Legal Counsel. Ministry of Justice staff providing the administrative support to the panel sit behind the panel, including translations services (booth) and technical support. (The formal sessions are all audio recorded and a transcript of the sessions are circulated to all counsel for correction and/or endorsement).


RDC Iwi Advisor Lequan Meihana attended part of the hearings at Rata Marae to show our support for the process involving all Iwi in our region. Image right: Lequan Meihana outside Rata Marae.

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Donated house on Walton Street Bulls “preening” from attention

The house on Walton Street being renovated as part of the fundraising efforts for the Bulls Community Centre is preening...

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Donated house on Walton Street Bulls “preening” from attention

The house on Walton Street being renovated as part of the fundraising efforts for the Bulls Community Centre is preening under all the attention it’s been getting.

The house was given to the fundraising project at a very low cost by Central House Movers in Bulls, and the community is rallying around getting it ready for sale. With “good bones” and native timber we’re all hoping this house raises a goodly sum when it goes to auction next year.

In this video Mayor Andy Watson talks to Mike O’Byrne from Central House Movers about progress to date.

If you want to receive regular updates about the fundraising efforts’ please contact Chair Fundraising Committee Bronwyn Meads 027 302 2888 or email bronwyn696@gmail.com for more information.

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