ISSUE 172, OCTOBER 2012
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
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.
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ISSUE 172, OCTOBER 2012
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
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
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
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
Roslyn Branch Library comes alive with monster masks.
ISSUE 172, OCTOBER 2012
The Beat Girls
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.
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Group of local men on their motor bikes c1920
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Seminar for landlords
and property managers
MOULD IN HOUSES:
PREVENTION AND REMOVAL
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
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
Adriana Fontan - Eco Design Advisor, Palmerston North City Council
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 | email@example.com | 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.
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
safety in an
If you are a person with disabilities
you need to ensure you feel safe
if there is an earthquake or Civil
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