Square Circular October 2012 - Palmerston North City Council


Square Circular October 2012 - Palmerston North City Council


This photo of the wetland and land passage at the

Awapuni Wastewater Treatment Plant was taken by

UCOL student Penny Aspin.

The passage allows the treated water to pass through the

wetland and a rocky land passage before flowing into the River.

The structure was built in collaboration with the Te Ohu Marae

Working Party where a range of marae from the Manawatū

River catchment worked with the Council to better incorporate

Tangata Whenua values.

Penny was looking for a topic for a project as part of

her Bachelor of Visual Imaging Degree. She wanted to use

photography to communicate an idea and saw on the Council’s

website that the 10 Year Plan has a big focus on sustainability.

She then approached Andrew Boyle, head of community

planning about what she could do.

“I am really pleased with the quality of the photos and the

creativity that went in to them,” Andrew Boyle said. “They show

how the Council is achieving its Vision of Palmerston North as a

vibrant, caring, innovative and sustainable City.”

As Penny has a background in ecology she felt that the

Council’s focus on sustainability would be a great topic for her.

It would allow her to communicate a broad range of ideas.

The five photographs Penny took for her assignment will

be on display at the Central Library from 18 October 2012 to 9

November 2012.

Your summer

challenge is here

Summer is just around the corner and if you

want to get fit, look great, feel less stressed

and maybe win some prizes, then grab some

workmates and sign up for Sport Manawatū’s

BNZ Workplace Challenge.

The free five week Workplace Challenge encourages local

businesses to get physically active as much as possible for the

month of November. Each team of five records the amount

of time they are active each day to compete for our region’s

“Most Active Workplace” award.

Throughout the Workplace Challenge Sport Manawatū

sends weekly emails with tips on how to get active and

provides updates on everyone’s progress so teams can see

how they are measuring up. Many local clubs and activity

providers are involved offering free or discounted services,

classes and facilities to participants.

By Rachel O’Connor, Sport Manawatū

Getting your workplace active has many benefits explains

Sport Manawatū’s events and recreation manager Kathy

McMillan. “Having an active workplace can help to reduce

stress and sickness, and encourage a positive atmosphere.

Taking part in the activities offered is also a great way to

have a bit of fun with your workmates and also get ready for


Teams can choose to do activities as a group, individually,

after hours, in weekends, on the way to work. “You can choose

when to get active so it fits with your lifestyle,” says Miss


Prior to the challenge participants will collect information

packs with tips on getting active, a list of activities being

offered and encouragement to stay motivated. There are also

lots of prizes and giveaways for participants to win!

The Challenge runs from November 5 to December 9. Sign

up now at: sportmanawatu.org.nz/workplaces.

The Square Circular is brought to you by the Palmerston North City Council pncc.govt.nz

Editor: Carole Brungar | Design & Layout: Simone Viljoen at Print Synergy | Photography & Editorial Contributions: Carole Brungar & Simone Viljoen

For further Council news and information including current and back copies of the Square Circular please go to pncc.govt.nz/YourCouncil


Planning to spend Labour

Weekend out in the garden?

If you plan to spend the weekend out in the garden,

mowing, weeding, pruning, and planting, chances are

you’re going to have a pile of green waste to get rid of.

You can take all your clippings, weeds and branch trimmings to

Awapuni Landfill.

Monday – Saturday

7:30am - 4:30pm

Sunday and Public Holidays 12noon - 4pm

Costs: Car $5, Trailer $15, Van or Utility $15, Van/Utility & Trailer $30.

If you are looking to build new gardens, compost is available for sale on


Per cubic metre

= $50.00 per cubic metre

Small trailer (1/2 cubic metre) = $30.00 per load

Bulk quantities (4 plus cubic metres) = $40.00 per cubic metre.

Arapuke Forest takes shape

The planting season has finished for another year in

Arapuke Forest Park, formally Woodpecker Forest. Another

18,000 seedlings have now gone in the ground, adding to

the 18,000 planted last year.

Planting season ends on a high note

A significant milestone was reached at Edwards Pit Park in Roslyn earlier this month when

the last of 11,000 native plants went in the ground to cap off this year’s planting season. The

plants were sourced from A’Rosha’s nursery in Longburn and donations from the public.

Palmerston North City Council and Horizons Regional Council also provided funding for

purchasing plants.

A wide range of volunteers were involved in this huge

planting effort, including Scouts, Keas and Cubs and

children from Tiritea School who were all coordinated by

members of the Pit Park People Society.

A special mention must also go to the Dera Saucha

Sauda, a spiritual group who practice humanitarianism

and selfless services to others, which came down from

Auckland on two occasions to help out. This group alone

accounted for around 7000 plants going in the ground,

the most achieved by any single group in the nine years

that planting has taken place at the park.

“It has been fantastic to see the progress made at the

park in the last few months and it is not just a milestone in

terms of the number of plants in the ground.” PNCC leisure

assets planner, Jeff Baker said. “In fact the efforts of the Pit

Park People Society and volunteers this year have meant

that all native planting for the southern and eastern parts

of the park (an area of around 1.5 hectares) has now been


The transformation of Edwards Pit Park from a former

gravel extraction pit into a passive recreation space

featuring extensive native planting, open space and

walkways is being delivered through a partnership

between PNCC and the Pit Park People Society.

Recently, the group was declared the Regional Winner

for the Heritage and Environment section of the 2012

Trustpower Community awards. If you would like to get

involved in the project come down to the park at 637

Featherston Street on the third Sunday of each month at

1.30pm or check: facebook.com/pitpark.palmerstonnorth.

PHOTO: Children from Tiritea School help with the

planting. Photo courtesy of Pit Park People.

Local planting contractor Daniel Ritchie plants

Kahikatea in one of the gullies in Arapuke Forest Park.

At the end of each harvest season the harvest debris are windrowed

to ready the land for the contract planters. The plantings are being

managed in order to allow for the remaining harvest works and to enable

development of the Forest for mountain bikers, trampers and future


Areas of exotic species such as Douglas Fir, Redwoods, Mexican Cypress,

Japanese Cedar and Ovens’s Cypress have been planted, providing a

variety of forest types that will add value for recreational forest users and

future harvests. The exotics are being planted around the newly developed

mountain bike tracks which will enhance the tracks in future years.

“The wet spring and moderate summer last year meant we had a very

good plant survival so we expect to see young exotics begin to show their

heads this summer,” Brian Way, leisure assets officer said. “The drier end to

the summer allowed our track builders to complete 5km of new mountain

bike tracks while walkers can also enjoy the walks and views the Park now


Pinus radiata spend approximately 28 years in the ground and in

exposed areas are prone to blow over as they get older. In contrast the

longer lived exotic species being used will stay in the ground for between

40 and 80 years and are much more stable in the wind. The steeper slopes

and gullies will be left to regenerate in natives. In places, Council will help

with this process by adding canopy species such as Kahikatea.

Harvesting will start again in January 2013. Until then there are no

restrictions on recreational use of the Forest for mountain bikers and


For those people new to the Manawatū, Arapuke Forest Park can be

found across “Blacks Bridge” at the end of Kahuterawa Rd just 15 minutes

drive from the City.

Over the coming issues we will introduce you to

the libraries in your community. Our second visit

in this series is to the Roslyn Branch Library in

Kipling Street.

We happened along on Thursday 4th October during the

school holidays and the library was packed with more than 50

children and 28 parents. The reason for such a busy library was

that there was a session of monster mask making in progress.

There were both pre-schoolers and primary children from

all over the City not just Roslyn area. The children were busy

designing masks, cutting, colouring and taping.

“We try and run activities for the children who aren’t going

away over the holidays,” Craig Johnston acting branch librarian

said. “Since the library was extended, it has become light and

spacious with residents treating it like an extension of their

living room, which is great. It’s like a community centre now,

we have people using the computers, reading the daily papers,

looking for books, participating in activities and recently we

held an art exhibition here. It’s really neat to have so many

different ages use the library.”

Roslyn Library hours are:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 6pm

Tuesday, Thursday 2pm to 5pm

Saturday 10am to 1pm

A visit to

the library

Roslyn Branch Library comes alive with monster masks.


New Zealand’s


Girl Group

The Beat Girls

The Globe

Saturday 27 October 2012

Performing ‘Swing Time’ a tribute to the swing

and jive artists of the 1930s and 40s.

A fundraiser to help with building extensions.

life and death

The difference between

Access to rating and services

information now in your hands

Two online solutions have been developed providing easy access to rating valuations,

property information, Council services, planning zones and more.

Palmerston North City Council GIS team leader

André Kruger says geoguide.palmerstonnorth.com

was developed to make information more accessible

to residents and future residents.

“When you’re hunting for a property you can use

the site to find out what Council services it receives,

when rubbish day is, are there storm-water drains,

speed limits in the area, the location of nearby sports

grounds and other Council facilities.

“The user interface is intuitive and will be

particularly helpful to those who’re planning to move

to Palmerston North, real estate and commercial

agents and contracting companies.”

With technology evolving and the speedy uptake

of smartphones, tablets and iPads Mr Kruger says his

team have also used a mobile application, LAYAR, to

provide more ways of delivering rating and valuation


LAYAR is a mobile platform that allows you to

discover information about the world around you.

Using Augmented Reality technology it displays

digital information called ‘Geo Layers’ into your smart

phone’s field of vision.

“You point your phone at a property, hit the screen

and up comes the rateable value, land and capital


Smartphone users can download LAYAR from the

AppStore or Google Play. Once installed just search

the layers for ‘PNCC’ to find the PNCC RID layer.

Mr Kruger says both initiatives were developed inhouse

at minimal cost to rate-payers and Geoguide is

sponsored by Property Brokers.

By Hamish Bell

Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) can mean the

difference between life and death for people who go into

cardiac arrest and the Palmerston North City Council wants

residents to know where their nearest defibrillator is.

An online AED directory has been put together indicating where AEDs are

known to be located throughout the country.

“Early Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and early defibrillation have

proven benefits and increase the chance of survival with adult cardiac arrest,”

St John Manawatū district operations manager Steve Yanko says. “Many of the

businesses and organisations that have automated electronic defibrillators

have trained personnel who are able to use the device properly. If people can

get CPR and an AED in action on a person who has gone into cardiac arrest,

their chance of surviving increases by 40%,” Mr Yanko said.

Using an AED and doing CPR before the paramedics arrive gives the patient

higher chances of a normal recovery.

For the complete directory of AEDs in Palmerston North and New Zealand,

go to aedlocations.co.nz.

Don’t forget AEDs may not be available 24/7 due to business hours. In an

emergency always dial 111.


Group of local men on their motor bikes c1920

2011P_IMCA-DigitalMaster_005546.jpg | Pataka Ipurangi: Manawatu Memory Online digitallibrary.pncc.govt.nz

Seminar for landlords

and property managers



Thursday 8 November 2012 – 4.15pm to 6pm

Missoula Room, Palmerston North City Council, First floor

Free admission – No booking required

City Library and Ian Matheson City

Archives are joining forces with the

local community to present their

fifth annual Local History Week

starting Monday 5 November to

Sunday 11 November 2012.

“The activities and events offered this year

are all about celebrating who we are as a local

community and learning more about this

fabulous part of the country we live in,” City

archivist Lesley Courtney said. “We do this by

getting people involved, either by sharing

their knowledge and stories or, by inviting

them to actively participate in the week by

attending a talk, taking a guided walk or bus

tour, celebrating a book launch, or watching a

great film”.

Our early movie-going habits, Massey

University student capping revues, bush

burning in the Manawatū, the early settler

Louisa Snelson, and the origins of the Kairanga

district all come under the microscope this

year in the popular series of lunchtime talks.

Guided tours around Hokowhitu, Savage

Crescent, the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit,

Wharerata, and a picnic on the lawn at Caccia

Birch are all expected to be popular.

There are several not-to-be-missed evening

events as well. On Monday 5 November Te

Manawa is hosting the annual Mina McKenzie

Memorial Lecture and this year the talk is

‘Kahu Ora: living cloaks, living culture’ by

Awhina Tamarapa. Wednesday 7 November

the first published history of Hokowhitu by

author Garry O’Neill is to be launched, and

then on Thursday 8 November the Library

will be hosting a special screening of the NZ

film “The Kerry Scott Story: A History of the

Tongariro Power Development”.

Many groups (as well as individuals) make

the week possible. This year Te Manawa,

Palmerston North Heritage Trust, Historic

Places Manawatū-Horowhenua and The

Manawatū Journal of History are all local

organisations supporting the programme,

either by exhibiting, sponsoring an event,

offering guided tours of facilities or walks

around historic districts.

The Local History Week programme is

available from any branch of the Palmerston

North City Library, or at citylibrary.pncc.govt.nz.








Doors open - registration


Ana Da Cunha - Environmental Health Officer, Palmerston North City Council

Adriana Fontan - Eco Design Advisor, Palmerston North City Council

Mould and health

Tui Shadbolt - Coordinator Health Protection, Public Health Service

Mould prevention

Adriana Fontan - Eco Design Advisor, Palmerston North City Council

Mould removal/remediation

Keith Moody - ENVIRO Clean & Restoration

Discussion and networking

End of event

Note: There will be no access to the building after 5pm

Eco Design Advisor

Contact: Adriana Fontan | Eco Design Advisor | Palmerston North City Council

Phone: (06) 356 8199 | adriana.fontan@pncc.govt.nz | www.ecodesignadvisor.org.nz

Call the Eco Design Advisor to book a free consultation for independent technical advice on sustainable

design, indoor moisture and air quality, insulation and heating, customised to suit your property.

Think of

your pets

this Guy


With Guy Fawkes approaching it’s

time to think about your pets. While

you and your family are outside

enjoying the colours, patterns and

noises your pets are often hiding

inside stressed and frightened.

Make plans with your family now to enable

your pets to make it through the night as

normally as possible. If you have a dog, take

them out for a long walk during the late

afternoon and then at dinner time give them a

good meal. A tired and well fed dog will be less

anxious during the evening.

However, if your dog is anxious keep him

in the house and create a calm environment

by closing the blinds, turning the radio or

television on to help draw his attention away

from the noise and make sure he can’t escape.

Keep your cat inside for the evening too.

If you have a cage put any outdoor pets like

rabbits or guinea pigs in the car shed over

night or in your laundry and cover if need be.

If you own a horse, organise for your horse to

be moved away from any fireworks displays,

stabling is the best option if practical.

Remember: Ensuring your animals are microchipped

or wearing some form of identification

will mean they can be returned to you if they

escape. Check with your local vet or contact

the Council on 356 8199 for advice on microchipping

your pet.

Secure your

safety in an


If you are a person with disabilities

you need to ensure you feel safe

if there is an earthquake or Civil

Defence emergency.

The first thing to do is organise a support

network. Choose three people from family

members, carers, friends or neighbours

and talk with them about what you will

need to do in order to ‘get thru’ in the

event of an emergency. Look at joining the

Neighbourhood Support network if one exists

in your street. If you need special equipment,

make sure that your support people are

familiar with how it operates.

If you have a hearing impairment you may

have to rely on a support person to alert

you to an emergency. Those who are blind

or are partially sighted may need to depend

on others if they need to evacuate to an

unfamiliar welfare shelter.

Work through an emergency plan with your

support people so that you don’t need to

worry if a disaster happens. If you’re travelling

away from home let your support people

know where you will be and you may need to

know where to go while you are on holiday if

you need medical assistance. If you are staying

in a hotel or motel, make sure they are aware

of your disability or medical condition and

what your requirements might be in case of an


When putting together your emergency

kit, you will need to make sure that you have

at least seven days’ worth of medication

included. For those with hearing impairments

a writing pad and pen will help you

communicate with others, and if you have a

guide dog, don’t forget to include food and

vaccination records.

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