Across Tasman District we have remembered fallen soldiers through the naming of streets and buildings, by the planting of trees, and through erecting individual monuments.
For the 100-year anniversary of Armistice Day on Sunday, 11 November, we will install special street signs acknowledging the service of fallen veterans from Richmond.
The Richmond-Waimea Returned and Services Association approached the Council about taking part in the Poppy Places project by adding poppies to street signs named after the fallen soldiers.
Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne said the Council was proud to be part of the project.
“The poppy is an instantly recognisable symbol that will ensure their sacrifice is not forgotten.”
Richmond-Waimea RSA president Ross Norgate has been a Richmond resident for more than 60 years, and said he was aware of the history of the street names. “But over time the memory of who our streets were named for fades, and adding the poppy is a powerful way to flag the significance of these places for future generations.”
"I'd like to acknowledge and thank the Council for making it happen in time for the 100-year anniversary of the Armistice."
The Poppy Places Trust believes there are perhaps 3000 places which, if left to history, may disappear from our collective consciousness. Its aim is to provide a "place" where these stories can be captured and forever stored – at www.poppyplaces.nz.
Services commemorating the signing of the Armistice will be held on Sunday, 11 November.
I had the pleasure of recently joining the descendants of the first German settlers of Sarau (Upper Moutere) for the 175th anniversary. The day was celebrated amongst friends with a wonderful display which showed the history of their first arrival. They left behind their family, friends and support networks to sail away from old hierarchies, religious traditions and, for many, serfdom, across the oceans to arrive in Nelson in winter.
These settlers worked alongside English and Scottish emigrants establishing small industries including grain, flax mills and hops – which of course we still have today and which is quickly becoming a growth industry with many independent breweries in our region.
We also have to thank these settlers for planting orchards and introducing commercial winemaking to New Zealand. Following the extreme hardship the first settlers endured, they have helped to build our region into what we are today.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s visit to Abel Tasman National Park last week further affirmed what a diverse and beautiful region we live in. It was my pleasure as Mayor to help welcome Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan, who met with students from Collingwood Area, Motupipi, Central Takaka Primary, Golden Bay High, and Motueka High Schools as well as Youth Ambassadors, representatives of iwi and Department of Conservation staff. Having journeyed across from Wellington by helicopter they had a view over the spectacular hills, craggy valleys, lush forest and the clear blue waters of Tasman Bay.
The recent completed major upgrade of Queen Street, Richmond, has also been recognised as the recipient of the “Keep New Zealand Beautiful - Best Street Award”. Queen Street is celebrated as a street that clearly stands out for its beauty, cleanliness, plantings and sense of community pride. It was recognised for its dramatic transformation, a project which started as improvement for managing the stormwater challenges but has ended up providing so much more. We live in a beautiful part of New Zealand and it is wonderful to have so much to celebrate, both historically and in our lives.
Mayor Richard Kempthorne
A summary of recent Council meetings and the decisions made.
Decided to chlorinate the Kaiteriteri water supply from 1 December 2018 to 31 March 2018 when there is a large holiday population. More on page 3.
Received an analysis of crash trends on local roads, which indicates an increasing trend. The results will be used to focus the Council’s road safety efforts, with particular attention needed on addressing loss of control crashes, primary and secondary collector roads, and alcohol and drugs.
Heard there has been more contamination of recycling in recent weeks. To address this we will increase recycling bin inspections, and remind residents of the need to keep recycling clean.
Heard construction of Tasman’s Great Taste Trail from Norris Gully to Kohatu is now well underway, and expected to be complete in February.
Approved an Age-Friendly Policy for public consultation in response to Tasman’s ageing population. More on page 3.
Received the results of a survey seeking feedback on the Mudcakes and Roses magazine for over-50s.
There were 76 responses to the survey, with 97% liking the writing style and 79% supporting its funding.
Summer chlorine treatment planned for Kaiteriteri
The Riwaka-Kaiteriteri water supply will be chlorinated over summer.
This year we completed a new $1.4 million water treatment plant for Riwaka-Kaiteriteri to ensure a safe drinking water supply for the area. Previously water was pumped directly from bores into the pipe network.
Kaiteriteri’s water is treated at the new plant with ultra-violet light treatment, which ensures it is safe and clean when it enters the pipe network. However, pipe breaks or illegal connections create a risk of contamination entering the system through the reticulation. Chlorine provides a residual disinfectant throughout the pipe network.
The treatment system was designed to allow for permanent and emergency chlorination as required.
The consequences of a water-borne illness outbreak in Kaiteriteri in summer would be serious and difficult to contain, with large numbers of people camping in close proximity.
For that reason, we have decided to chlorinate the water supply from 1 December 2018 to 31 March 2019. We’ll assess feedback from the trial in early 2019.
Our population is ageing, which means we have an increasing number of residents aged 65 and over.
The number of older residents in Tasman is projected to almost double over the next 20 years.
We’ve drafted an Age-Friendly Policy to guide our planning and better meet the needs of the growing number of older residents. The policy is open for consultation now, and we want to know if you think we have got it right.
The policy outlines the issues and implications of an ageing population for Tasman. Our community has told us that the main issues for our older residents are social connection, accessibility, and affordability.
Closely linked is the need for a range of transport and housing options. The policy addresses these issues by setting goals and objectives for the Council, which aim to improve the wellbeing of the growing number of older residents. We think these objectives will also benefit residents of all ages and abilities.
Does the policy identify and address the opportunities and challenges of an ageing population? Will the objectives improve the wellbeing of our older residents?
Find out more and make a submission at www.tasman.govt.nz/feedback. Information and submission forms are available at Tasman District Council offices and libraries.
You can also phone your local Tasman District Council office and ask for information to be posted to you.
Feedback is open from 9 November 2018 to 25 January 2019.
The upgraded Queen Street has won the title of Best Street at the annual Keep New Zealand Beautiful Awards.
This award recognises and celebrates a street in New Zealand that clearly stands out for its beauty, cleanliness, plantings and sense of community pride.
Queen Street was recognised for its dramatic transformation over the past 18 months. Previously the main street of Richmond was prone to flooding, and featured a design favouring cars and commuter traffic.
An 18-month project to increase the street’s resilience to floods, upgrade undersized and ageing pipes and services, and redesign the streetscape to reflect Richmond’s transition from a rural service town to an urban centre in its own right, has completely changed the heart of Richmond.
Queen Street is now a safe, accessible and modern street that meets the needs of a rapidly growing urban community. The pedestrian-focussed public space features interactive public art, plantings, history information panels, bike facilities and future-proofed power and fibre connections. It’s a great space for events, social activity, outdoor dining and community connection.
Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne said the award was a wonderful tribute to the work put in to give Richmond a vibrant main street that serves the community’s needs.
“I believe it will also be a great boost to and source of pride for both Richmond residents and the local business community, who showed resilience throughout the challenging construction period. We have a main street to be proud of, and with summer fast approaching I’m looking forward to seeing both our own community and visitors to the area enjoying the fantastic public space.”
In our budgets for the next 10 years we have included funding for several other town centre upgrades, including Brightwater, Collingwood, Takaka, Mapua and Motueka.
What’s black and white and red all over? A sunburnt zebra.
Jokes aside, the zebra crossings in Richmond’s Queen Street are getting a coat of red to make them more visible to approaching motorists.
The crossings will work in exactly the same way they do now, with vehicles required to stop for
pedestrians to cross.
The addition of colour to the crossings was recommended in a post-construction safety audit of Queen Street, which found some drivers were not stopping for pedestrians. The red markings will be more visible to motorists and improve safety for pedestrians.
Similar red crossings have been used in Rotorua and Lower Hutt.
The safety audit recommended several minor improvements to the street, which we will implement over the next few months.
The Tasman District Council has adopted its Long Term Plan for 2018 to 2028.
Over the next few issues of Newsline we'll examine some of the plans for various parts of the District.
So what's in it for Murchison?
Consultation on the options for redeveloping the Motueka Library is open now. Visit www.tasman.govt.nz/feedback for more information.
We’re consulting on a change to our Freedom Camping Bylaw that would allow freedom camping at the Fittal Street car park in Richmond.
The change would set aside about 17 spaces for both self-contained and non-self contained vehicles to camp at the car park, near the entrance to the Richmond Resource Recovery Centre. Time limits will apply. There is already a campervan dump station and drinking water on the site, and we plan to install accessible toilets and a rubbish compactor as well.
Find out more:
Information and submission forms are available at Council offices and libraries. Visit
Current applications for alcohol licences are advertised on our website.
Information on applications, and how to object, is available at www.tasman.govt.nz/link/alcohol-
Go in the draw to win a $50 garden voucher – just fill in our short water conservation survey.
Find the survey at www.tasman.govt.nz/feedback. Be in quick, the survey closes on Sunday 11
November. The winner will receive a $50 voucher to spend on dry-tolerant plants.
In a major earthquake we will all rely on emergency services being able to help. To respond, life-saving services must be able to continue operating and get to the places where they are most needed.
We need your help to identify the important traffic and pedestrian routes in our District, so we can prioritise strengthening work on, or demolition of, earthquake-prone buildings.
Strengthening or demolition of priority buildings will save lives. It will also keep our strategic transport routes open so critical services can continue operating.
Find out more:
Information and submission forms are available at Tasman District Council offices and libraries. Visit www.tasman.govt.nz/feedback.
Tasman District Council’s Creative Communities Scheme, funded by Creative New Zealand, provides grants to support community involvement in the arts – whether it’s music, theatre, festivals, mural painting, outdoor sculptures, art in public spaces, kapa haka, singing, art workshops or something else. There is a focus on art projects that have broad community involvement, involve young people or support the diverse arts and cultural traditions of local communities.
How to apply: Visit www.tasman.govt.nz/link/creative-communities for application forms, or phone Mike Tasman-Jones on 543 8403 for further information.
Secondhand Sunday is back on Sunday 2 December – it’s the region-wide garage sale where everything is free! Register now to take part if you’re keen to clear some space before Christmas by handing on household items you no longer need. On the day, put out your pre-loved treasures for others to come and collect, and pop the downloadable sign on your letterbox.
For those looking for no-cost Christmas gifts, you can find a list of participating addresses on our website the day before. Then head out and help yourself!
Find out more: Head to tasman.govt.nz/link/shs for more information and to register.
Between 2.00 pm and 7.30 pm on Friday 16 November 2018 and between 8.00 am and 5.00 pm on Saturday 17 November 2018, (backup day 18 November, 8.00 am – 5.00 pm) part of Kaiteriteri Bay is reserved for Motueka Waka Ama Club’s annual ‘Waka te Tasman’ regatta. A speed-limit uplifting is also in force for certain vessels directly involved in the regatta. Vessels wishing to transit through or use the reserved area during the event may do so only after consulting with the event organisers, and then may only do so if and when, and under such conditions, that the event organisers may choose to specify.
Delays can be expected, but access will not be unreasonably denied. Event communications are on Channel 17 on Marine VHF radio. If in doubt, call ‘Race Control’ or consult an event marshal (who will be wearing a high-visibility vest). Vessels entering or within the reserved area are required to comply with any direction given by the event organisers or event officials as if it were a direction given by the Harbourmaster.
Race co-ordinator: Todd Jago 0274 335 040.
Visit tasman.govt.nz/link/maritime-events for a map of the reserved area.
A special licence allows for the sale of alcohol at special occasions or events. They are normally used to licence one-off events where no licence is currently held, such as a food and wine festival or a quiz night. A special licence can also be used to extend the hours or area of a licensed premises for a special occasion or event.
A special licence is a temporary licence. There are two types of special licence:
How to apply: Visit www.tasman.govt.nz/link/special-licence for more information and application forms.
On 1 October our new digital building consents system, AlphaOne, went live. There are now 140 registered users in Nelson and Tasman.
It’s still early days, but feedback from the building industry so far is positive, with users reporting faster processing of consents and Code Compliance Certificates (CCCs). Jennian Homes construction manager Simon Hampton says: “The AlphaOne system has provided us with a far quicker and better turnaround on-site by the building inspectors being able to issue site inspections notices and also at final inspections being able to issue CCCs. “The new portal has also enabled us to have greater visibility of and access to site inspections and be
able to complete CCC applications quicker and easier.” We are also launching a new AlphaOne Building app for site managers, builders and subcontractors to book inspections. You can download the AlphaOne Building app from PlayStore or the iTunes Store.
Apple users will need to register online before using the app: www.consents-topofthesouth.abcs.co.nz.
Head to www.tasman.govt.nz for more information.
The Richmond Rotary Club will mark 15 years of successful fundraising for local charitable organisations and community groups on Sunday 17 February 2019 at its increasingly popular Wine and Food Festival.
Nelson Hospice Trust will be a principal recipient for 2019 to assist with the building and establishment of the new Hospice in Stoke.
The event will be held in the Middle Earth Vineyard, Brightwater. Taste renowned Nelson wines, local craft beers, local ciders and Nelson food specialties whilst being entertained by popular local bands and stage performances. Returning to Nelson for a special guest appearance at next year’s festival will be The New Zealand Army Band. Dance along to the beat of the New Orleans Blues and other favourites. Don’t miss this day of entertainment and showcase of some of what is truly Nelson’s fun and fare. Early bird tickets $20.00, gate sales $25.00 (children under 12 years free). Tickets will soon be available at specified outlets throughout Tasman and Nelson. For updates refer to www.nwff.co.nz.
The 0800 CYCLE CRASH (0800 292 532) number gathers data about cycle crashes on our roads. A four minute survey is all it takes to gather information about where a crash happened and why so we can make cycling safer in the Nelson Tasman region. The information helps us direct resources towards safer cycling. 0800 CYCLE CRASH, a joint project supported by Tasman District Council, Nelson City Council and The New Zealand Transport Agency, gathers information to: highlight trends and blackspots, guide future education and enforcement programmes, improve design and maintenance of cycle paths and roads
So please... if you are involved in, or see, a cycle crash or near miss, phone 0800 CYCLE CRASH (or 0800 292 532) and tell us about it.
Applicant: Richmond Unlimited
Event: Richmond Santa Parade
Location of road closure: Queen Street, from intersection of Edward Street to intersection of McIndoe
Place. Full length of Edward Street. Full length of McIndoe Place. Croucher Street for length of Sundial
Square. Closure of the Petrie/Harkness Carpark. (Resident access available.)
Date and time: Sunday 25 November 2018, 6.30 am to 4.00 pm.
Applicant: Richmond Unlimited
Event: Richmond Market Day
Location of road closure: Queen Street, from Richmond Night’n’Day to Richmond Noel Leeming.
Date and time: Friday 28 December 2018, 6.00am to 6.00pm.
Date objections close: Friday 30 November 2018.
Throughout November we’re celebrating National Novel Writing Month at Richmond Library with
weekly Come Write In sessions and three author talks.
Bring your writing materials and Come Write In Richmond Library’s Constance Barnicoat room from 11.00 am - 2.00 pm any Thursday in November. It’s a great opportunity to get writing in the company of other writers.
Three authors at different stages in their careers will also give talks in November.
All events are free and bookings are not required.
Commemorate Armistice Day at Motueka Library on Friday 23 November, 11.00 am – 12.00 noon and find out about foods that were eaten on the Home Front during World War I. Join us for conversation, trivia and tastings – and yes, there will be Anzac biscuits! While you’re in the library whet your appetite with our wide range of cookery books.
This year our popular summer reading programme for kids has a summer safari theme. Summer Safari is designed to encourage children to continue reading through the six-week school holiday break. It's a fun way to keep up the reading habit.
Registrations open on the library’s website - www.tasmanlibraries.govt.nz - on Monday 10 December from 9.30 am. You’ll find more information on the library website from mid-November.
Local author Ali Beasley wrote Emilia’s Colours, The Gift of Autism to raise awareness and understanding of the invisible disability of autism. “My daughter Emilia is autistic. Autistic kids challenge you to parent in a different way, and to be brave and strong and gentle and wise,” says Ali. “To move to a place of acceptance has been one of the hardest journeys for me as a parent. I hope my book will support other families in a similar position.”
Ali will talk about her book at Motueka Library on Thursday 29 November, 11.00 am – 12.00 noon. Copies of Emilia’s Colours will be available to buy for $24 each. Cash sales only.
Thank you to everyone who contributed stories, original photos, letters or other unique items showing what life was like for women in the Tasman or Nelson area between 1893 and 1993.
You’ll find some of these stories on Kete Tasman, ketetasman.peoplesnetworknz.info.
Just click on the HerStory link. You’ll also find the text for some of the talks delivered in our libraries over the year.
Are you finding reading books with standard-sized print a bit more challenging than you used to? Your library has a couple of solutions to help you continue enjoying the pleasures of reading. Our books in large print provide fiction and some non-fiction in a format that’s easier to read than some standard print books. And you’re still getting the latest bestsellers. Another option is books on CD, also known as Talking Books. These books also provide a wide range of fiction and non-fiction. All you need is a CD player or CD drive on your computer. If you’re an e-book user, did you know you can enlarge the font size to suit your eyesight? If you need some help sorting that out just ask one of our friendly staff next time you’re in the library.