Issue No. 555 - 26 January 2012
Accommodation support for Wanganui Glass School students
The opportunity to study glass in Wanganui has become even more attractive with Mayoral Accommodation Scholarships offering free accommodation for five 2012 first year Diploma in Glass Design and Production students at the Wanganui Glass School.
The Mayoral Accommodation Scholarships for 2012 are fully funded by UCOL. The initiative's aim is to encourage people to study glass art, design and production in Wanganui.
All new first year glass diploma students are eligible for one of five individual rooms situated in one of UCOL's student flats in Wicksteed Street. The accommodation is self-contained, with individual private bedrooms and shared lounge/dining/kitchen facilities and bathroom amenities. The flat also includes a laundry. The flats are close to the Whanganui Glass School at UCOL's Quay School of the Arts campus and only a short walk to the main retail area of town.
Each of the five accommodation scholarships is valued at $120 per week and lasts throughout the lucky recipients' 2012 study in the programme.
Mayor Annette Main believes the unique opportunity to study glass art and design in Wanganui should be available to as many people as possible and is delighted to give the initiative her support.
"The costs of tertiary study and living away from home can be a significant barrier to study. The accommodation scholarship initiative is one way of encouraging people to give it a go by reducing their financial pressures in the first year of study."
Glass art, design and production are now an established feature of Wanganui’s artistic and cultural scene and its development is important to the local economy. The glass school programme often attracts interest from overseas, as well as locally and throughout New Zealand. Many graduates of the glass programme have studios in Wanganui with many showing their work in exhibitions, distinguished galleries and other outlets.
"Wanganui is the only place in New Zealand where you can study hot glass techniques like this, it is a very specialised course. Hopefully the offer of an accommodation scholarship will make entry to the course even more attractive and I look forward to welcoming the new glass students to Wanganui. I know they will have a fantastic time living and studying here."
All students who are fully enrolled into Year One of UCOL's Diploma in Glass Design and Production by 12 February 2012 will be eligible for one of the five UCOL funded Scholarships. The recipients will be drawn by ballot by Mayor Annette Main.
Summer Glass School 6-10 February 2012
If you'd like to learn glass art techniques, Wanganui Glass School is offering the following workshop:
Introduction to Glass Blowing with David Traub - 5 day workshop $599
If you would like more information about the Summer Glass School or to register for a place click here.
No.12 Tram back on tracks
The restored No.12 Tram was relaunched from the Tram Shed on Monday, January 23, as part of the More FM Boardwalk Festival.
Mayor welcomes Korean students
Mayor Annette Main hosted a group of Korean students from Pohang, who are currently in Wanganui as part of a YMCA organised camp.
The aim of the camp is to allow the Korean students, aged from 10 to 14 years, to experience the kiwi lifestyle, to understand and to learn the Maori culture, and to develop their English skills.
The students presented Mayor Main with an ornamental bridal mask which used in traditional 'Talchum' Korean masked plays.
Have your say on flood protection
Wanganui residents are invited to have their say on the next stage of flood protection for our community.
Horizons Regional Council is seeking views on a proposal to build stopbanks in the Kowhai Park/Anzac Parade and Putiki areas. A newsletter outlining the proposals has been posted to Wanganui residents.
In 2009, following extensive consultation with the community, Horizons Regional Council began a staged programme of works to protect Wanganui from a 200-year flood.
Estimates put the flood damage cost of this scale of event at $141.4 million.
Last year saw the completion of the first stage of work in the Balgownie area, which protects the industrial hub of Wanganui. The Balgownie works have taken two years to complete and consist of 3.3km of new stopbanking, flood walls and temporary barriers.
"The risk of flooding in the Kowhai Park/Anzac Parade and Putiki areas from the Whanganui River is well-known and many Wanganui residents will remember the floods that inundated houses on Anzac Parade and prevented access to parts of our city," Mayor Annette Main said.
"Please take the time to read the newsletter when you receive it, ask your questions at one of the public meetings, and provide your feedback on the proposed works.
"Wanganui residents' input will be important to help Horizons to decide when, or whether, this protection work should be undertaken."
A public meeting is being held at Wanganui Girls' College Hall at 7.00pm on Thursday, January 26.
You can find out more on Horizons Regional Council's website or call Horizons on 0508 800 800.
Ultrafast Fibre cable drums opportunity for not-for-profit organisations
Ultrafast Fibre Ltd will install a 340 km network of ultrafast fibre to schools, hospitals, businesses and homes in Wanganui over the next four years. The fibre is delivered on large, wooden cable drums, which the company is looking to give away.
"At the moment we have 12 cable drums available to give away. And, over the next four years, we'll have approximately 3 or 4 more each month. The drums are generally about 2.1m high although there will be smaller ones available," says Jack Ninnes, Stakeholder Relationship Manager at Ultrafast Fibre Ltd.
The company is looking to the community for innovative and sustainable ways to recycle or dispose of the drums.
"We'd love to see a not-for-profit organisation come up with an innovative idea for using the cable drums, which ultimately gives something back to the community. We're happy to give the cable drums away for free – organisations interested simply have to make arrangements to pick them up from our contractor's yard in Wanganui each month," says Mr Ninnes.
The cable drums are made of untreated wood, so they can be dismantled and used as safe firewood. Ultrafast Fibre Ltd will give preference to not-for-profit organisations wanting the cable drums on a long-term basis, but will also accept inquiries from individuals.
To register your interest in acquiring the cable drums email.
Athletics at Cooks Gardens
The Cooks Classic, Round 4 of the Asics Athletics NZ Grand Prix series showcasing NZ ‘s top Athletics talent along with a sprinkling of Internationals from Australia, UK and the USA is taking place on January 27-28.
Feature Event: 50th Anniversary International Mile Men with a prize money pool for 1st to 5th of $3,500. Prizes to be presented by Bruce Tulloch (UK) - 2nd in 1962 World Record Mile Race behind Sir Peter Snell.
Click here for more information.
Council's Pensioner Units are for older people with limited means who are able to live independently. We have 16 separate complexes in various parts of the city.
The weekly rental is $91.50 for one person and $103.50 per week for couples. These self-contained units include carpets and drapes. The rental includes ground maintenance. Application forms are available either at the Property Office, Wanganui District Council, 101 Guyton Street, or on request.
For further information contact Martha Hourigan, Wanganui District Council Property Group, phone 349 3183 or 027 201 2743 or email.
Building Compliance changes: Designers/Builders/Engineers - are you ready for 1 February 2012?
A number of very important changes for the building industry occur on 1 February 2012.
The new NZS 3604: 2011 Timber Framed Buildings Standard becomes the Acceptable Solution, and supercedes the ‘old’ 1999 version.
There are significant changes in the new version that will require addressing at Building Consent application time on ALL consents received on or after 1 February 2012.
You are advised to read the Department of Building and Housing (DBH) Building Controls Update Bulletin # 116, online at www.dbh.govt.nz/bc-update-116, and the subsequent Standards advisory notes. Further changes are also involved with E2/AS1.
Another important change also occurs on 1 February 2012. B1/AS2 is no longer the Acceptable Solution for timber barriers and is being withdrawn. It has been superceded by a Barrier Guidance document of 75 pages available for download from the DBH website at www.dbh.govt.nz.
Use of sprinklers
Consumers are advised that automatic garden sprinklers can be used by all residents (irrespective of whether their house number is an odd or even number) between the following times:
7pm to 9pm During the hours of daylight saving
Hand-held hoses can be used at any time.
Recycle your unwanted paint and help wipe out graffiti
The Wanganui District Council is working with the Wanganui Resene PaintWise Programme. Wanganui residents can return unwanted paint (no solvents accepted) and paint packaging to the Resene Colour Shop. It is then mixed into varying shades of grey paint. Resene donates the resulting good quality waterborne Resene paint to community groups in Wanganui.
Residents can return up to 10 packs of any brand of paint free of charge.
Where: Resene Colour Shop, 17 Wilson Street, Wanganui; phone 348 0048
You can also help by reporting graffiti as and when it happens. Telephone the Graffiti Hotline 349 0500 for removal of graffiti in highly visible areas of Wanganui.
Wastewater discharge to the Whanganui River
Recreational users are advised of potential health risks arising from the discharge of wastewater to the Whanganui River.
Under the coastal permits issued for the wastewater project, the Council is required to regularly inform the public of these potential risks.
At present, the existing combined sewer and stormwater system may overflow and discharge wastewater into the Whanganui River during periods of rain. However, this overflow will be eliminated progressively as sewage is removed from stormwater systems on both private and public property throughout urban Wanganui.
Property owners are reminded that the deadline to comply was 1 July 2007. All sewage must leave their property in a separate pipe that contains no stormwater.
For further information, please contact the Separation Hotline on 349 0001.
Click here for details.
We welcome members of the public to attend our meetings.
Council – January 30 (2.00pm, Council Chamber)
Youth Committee – February 13 (4.00pm, Council Chamber)
Agendas are available at the Customer Services Counter, Municipal Office Building, 101 Guyton Street, Wanganui and the Wanganui District Library two working days prior to the meeting.