Issue No. 499 - 30 December 2010
Winning sculpture takes pride of place

Balancing Act – which took out first prize in the inaugural Sculpture Wanganui event – is now in pride of place on the Whanganui River bank on Somme Parade.

Sculpture Wanganui is an annual public arts event with the aim of placing Wanganui and the Whanganui River on the national and international sculptural arts map.

Artist Daniel Clifford's work, often referred to as "the pencils", was selected from 12 entries as the winner of Sculpture Wanganui 2010, with a prize of $50,000. The other finalists were artists Mikel Durel (with Max Cody and Kerry McDonnell), Paul Dibble and Matt Pine. The Powerco Wanganui Trust People's Choice Award winner was Kereru by Paul Dibble.

Daniel Clifford's artist's statement:
Balancing Act attempts to straddle concepts of the sublime in a traditional and contemporary sense. Traditionally the sublime was to be found in an awe inspiring sense of scale and in this manner the region of Whanganui provides a great deal of this. The contemporary version of the sublime discusses the notion of language and its structure.

This sculpture takes its inspiration from the Staedtler tradition pencils the artist used throughout his studies in fine arts and Balancing Act reflects the artist's idea that Maori is traditionally an oral culture and European is traditionally a written culture.

Balancing Act is made of aluminium and reinforced with stainless steel and is built to withstand the elements.

The council recently announced details for Sculpture Wanganui 2011 and an associated symposium. Sculpture Wanganui 2011 entries are due by March 11, with the finalists to be announced on March 18 and the awards ceremony scheduled for May 6.

Community invited to support sculpture purchase

Mountains to the SeaWanganui District Council has signed an agreement to support the purchase of the 'Mountains to the Sea' sculpture, which was one of four short-listed entries in the inaugural Sculpture Wanganui event.

The agreement is to purchase the work through private funds, offering the Wanganui community the chance to contribute to paying for the work.

"This is a unique opportunity for people to contribute together to secure a wonderful third sculpture for our waterfront," Mayor Annette Main said.

"Public art works can be expensive to buy, way beyond the reach of most people. Inviting the public to make a contribution to the work means that as many people as possible can help to purchase the sculpture.

"We will be keeping a record of everyone who contributes, whatever the size of their donation, and recognise their contribution publicly."

'Mountains to the Sea' was created by local artists Mikel Durel Browne, Kerry McDonnell and Max Cody. The andesite stone comes from farmland close to National Park, which is near the source of the Whanganui River. The sculpture represents the awa, the source of the awa, the significance of water borne travel and the many generations of people that lived on or near the Whanganui River.

Funding for the sculpture is being sought from individuals and businesses. Anyone wishing to support the project should contact Don Hunter, Arts Coordinator, Wanganui District Council, phone (06) 349 0001, email Don Hunter, or make a contribution at the Municipal Building, 101 Guyton Street, Wanganui.

William Birch reserve upgrade – new toilets installed

New public toilets at William Birch Pool reserve opened last week.

The William Birch toilets are the only public toilets between Waverley and Wanganui. They will be opened by 8.00am every day and locked at dusk. The toilets will be cleaned three times a week, Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.

William Birch Pool was built in the 1930s and was once the Maxwell School pool. It is part of a heritage trail and has been a scenic attraction for visitors. However, in more recent years the reserve has suffered from vandalism and reduced maintenance.

In 2009 local residents approached the council to have the pool area cleared and opened up, and to have a toilet block built. The previous toilet block was removed several years ago after serious vandalism. Council agreed to the installation of a new toilet block on the basis that there would be an ongoing partnership between council and the local community to maintain the reserve.

Work began this winter on clearing the pools which regularly silt up. Groups of periodic detention workers have spent several days during winter helping to clear the silt from the ponds and tidy up the surrounds. The very wet weather during winter meant that no sooner had the silt been cleared than more silt came down and blocked up the pools again. The pools are not suitable for swimming but the reserve remains an attraction for visitors.

New gates have been installed to restrict vehicle access into the reserve.

Book online for events at the Royal Wanganui Opera House

The Royal Wanganui Opera House has a new online booking system.

The system is available on the Opera House website . The changes to the site are not complete but bookings can be made. Bookings do carry a transaction fee.

Holiday opening hours

Our closures for the 2010/11 Christmas and New Year Holiday period can be viewed here (PDF, 10KB). However, for urgent enquiries you can still contact us at any time on phone (06) 349 0001.

Computer Clubhouse Christmas closure

Wanganui's Computer Clubhouse, in Park Place, will be closed over the holiday period from Monday, December 20, until Tuesday, 25 January 2011.

Liquor Ban on New Year's Eve at Mowhanau Beach

A liquor ban will be in force this New Year's Eve at Mowhanau Beach.

The ban will be in place between 3.00pm on 31 December 2010 and 3.00am on 1 January 2011.

The general ban area includes roads, domain, foreshore and public areas within the Mowhanau Village/Domain starting outside the Mowhanau Community Hall.

More specifically it is the area bounded by the low water mark to the south-west; the Kai Iwi Stream to the north-west; the Mowhanau Stream to the south-east, including SO14957, SO18911, and Sec 71 of the Mowhanau Domain, including roadways and public thoroughfares of Sunset Parade, Waitangi Parade, Broadview Heights, Tangi Street and Mowhanau Drive up to a point adjacent the entrance to the Mowhanau Hall.

Children's events at Library for summer holidays

More information about the holiday programme is available here (PDF, 1.47MB).

Use of sprinklers

Consumers are advised that automatic garden sprinklers can be used any day but only between 7.00pm and 9.00pm.

Hand-held hoses can be used at any time.

Have your say
Proposed Wanganui District Council Restriction of Cruising Bylaw 2011

Public Notice
(Sec 83, 86, 89, 155 and 158 of the Local Government Act 2002)

Submissions are now invited on the Proposed Wanganui District Council Restriction of Cruising Bylaw 2011.

This draft Restriction of Cruising Bylaw 2011, as proposed, will prohibit drivers cruising on certain roads in the Wanganui District at specified days and times.

The bylaw will enable the Police to take enforcement steps against those carrying out cruising on the specified roads of Wanganui where cruising becomes a nuisance.

The issue associated with the specific activity of cruising in Wanganui is one of noise and disturbance to other road users and, more specifically, residences and businesses near the location in which cruising occurs.

The proposed Wanganui District Council Restriction of Cruising Bylaw 2011 will initially prohibit cruising on Victoria Avenue.

Copies of the Proposed Bylaw, Summary of Information, Statement of Proposal and submission forms are available from the Customer Services Counter, Municipal Office Building, 101 Guyton Street, and at the District Library, Queens Park, during normal opening hours. These documents are also available by telephoning Customer Services on (06) 349 0001; and on this page.

Submissions should be addressed to:

The Chief Executive
Wanganui District Council
PO Box 637
101 Guyton Street
Wanganui

Submissions close at 5.00pm on Friday, 4 February 2011.

Have your say
Proposed Wanganui District Council Traffic Bylaw 2011

Public Notice
(Sec 83, 86, 89, 155 and 158 of the Local Government Act 2002)

Submissions are now invited on the Proposed Wanganui District Council Traffic Bylaw 2011.

The Council wishes to revoke its existing Traffic Bylaw and replace it with an updated version with minor inclusions, deletions and amendments as part of a bylaw review process.

The proposed Traffic Bylaw 2011 is written in a way to empower and authorise Council to specify certain things, from time to time, by Council resolution.

Copies of the Proposed Bylaw, Summary of Information, Statement of Proposal and submission forms are available from the Customer Services Counter, Municipal Office Building, 101 Guyton Street, and at the District Library, Queens Park, during normal opening hours. These documents are also available by telephoning Customer Services on (06) 349 0001; and on this page.

Submissions should be addressed to:

The Chief Executive
Wanganui District Council
PO Box 637
101 Guyton Street
Wanganui

Submissions close at 5.00pm on Friday, 4 February 2011.

Council meetings

We welcome members of the public to attend our meetings. Details of upcoming meetings are:

Hearings and Regulatory – Tuesday, January 11 (Committee Room 2, 9.00am)
- Resource Consent Application – 35B Drews Avenue – Demolition of building in Old Town Conservation Zone.

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.

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