Issue No. 400 - 5 February 2009
Water from new bore feeds into city supply
Work has been under way to get water from the new Abelard Bore into the city supply from Thursday, February 5.
It's one of the measures the Council is putting in place to help compensate for the loss of No. 3 Bore at Kai Iwi, which normally supplies about one-third of the city's water. The pump at No. 3 Bore suddenly stopped working on January 23 after many of the screens around the hole failed, allowing sand to get into the pump.
Another pump has been put down the hole at No. 3 Bore to take free-flow water into the city supply. However, it is only providing 60 litres per second instead of the bore's usual 115 litres per second. The lower flow ensures that sand is not entering the supply.
Meanwhile, the focus has turned to the new soft water bores, which are under construction at Westmere, to provide additional capacity.
A temporary pipeline has been constructed, connecting Abelard to the reservoir. This includes an under-road crossing at State Highway 3. Specialist connections, valves and controls have been built and installed to enable the water to be fed into the city supply from February 5. The photos show work in progress at Abelard.
Work is also continuing at Heloise, the other soft water bore. However, it will take longer to get this bore on-stream.
The ban on use of domestic garden sprinklers remains in place as another measure to ensure adequate water supply to Wanganui over the summer's peak water consumption period.
Mayor thanks Masters Games volunteers
The 2009 ACC NZ Masters Games is taking place in Wanganui until Sunday, February 8. The event attracts thousands of entrants locally, from across New Zealand and from all over the world.
The Games would not be possible without the large number of local people (around 200) who volunteer their time to help with all aspects of organisation and delivery of the Games.
Mayor Michael Laws wants to thank all the volunteers associated with the Masters Games.
"They make the Games happen," he said.
"After the Games have finished I intend to hold a special reception to formally thank them for their service. All of Wanganui gains from their endeavour & enterprise."
Waitangi Day celebrations
Friday, February 6
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Artists Open Studios weekends taking place in March
The ninth annual Whanganui Artists Open Studios will be taking place over two consecutive weekends – March 21-22 and March 28-29. Organisers anticipate that more than 50 artists and collectives will participate in the event which sees artists welcoming members of the public into their studios to discuss and view their work.
In addition to studio spaces, there will be special exhibitions held in diverse places including main street shops, cafes, restaurants and the Observatory.
Event Organiser Jo Ockey says "the Artists Open Studios show a really positive side to Wanganui – a city-wide celebration of the arts. The Artists Open Studios only exist as a result of the support from a wide cross-section of the community, funding from Wanganui District Council's Impact Fund, private companies and grants and donations made by individual patrons".
Waitangi Day – Friday, 6 February 2009
The following arrangements will be observed by the Council on Waitangi Day. For urgent matters, you can contact us any time on (06) 349 0001.
Municipal Office Building
i-SITE Visitor Centre
Wanganui District Library
Whanganui Regional Museum
Royal Wanganui Opera House
After hours services are listed in the telephone directory under 'Wanganui District Council'.
Have your say
Draft Wanganui War Memorial Hall Policy
The Council is undertaking a policy review of the management of the Wanganui War Memorial Hall and we are seeking public feedback. We encourage you to have your say.
The vision for the War Memorial Hall is to provide a high quality facility that caters for a range of community and commercial activities, while preserving our historic heritage.
The goals of the Wanganui War Memorial Draft Policy are:
The draft policy covers:
A key component of the draft policy is that the hall shall not be available for rental by transient, itinerant traders. The intention of this is to ensure our local businesses and economy are supported.
Copies of the draft Wanganui War Memorial Policy and feedback forms are available for public inspection, during normal working hours, at the Customer Service Desk at the Wanganui District Council, 101 Guyton Street, phone (06) 349 0001, the District Library, Queens Park, Wanganui, and on this page.
The consultation period closes on 13 March 2009 at 5.00pm.
Your feedback is welcomed and should be addressed to:
Other methods of delivering your feedback:
Details of the following vacancies are available on this page:
Economic Development Officer - Visitors and Events
Customer Services Advocate
Upcoming Council meetings
We welcome members of the public to attend our meetings
Youth – Monday, February 9 (4.00pm)
Council – Extraordinary Meeting – Monday, February 16 (approximately 4.00pm or immediately following Elected Members' Workshop held to discuss the Draft 10-Year Plan 2009-2019)
Wanganui Rural Community Board – Wednesday, February 18 (4.00pm, Committee Room 2)
Community Development – Tuesday, February 24
Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held at 3.00pm in the Council Chamber, 1st Floor, Municipal Office Building, 101 Guyton Street, Wanganui.
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.
Meeting Cancellation – Hearings Committee
As there is no business to transact, the Hearings Committee meeting scheduled for February 12 has been cancelled.