Issue No. 545 - 17 November 2011
Library Home Service officially launched
The Wanganui Library Home Service was officially launched at a special event held at the Alexander Library on Wednesday, November 16.
A generous bequest from Josephine Duncan, a long-time supporter of the library, enabled Wanganui District Library to partner with Age Concern Wanganui to develop a scheme which would enable everyone in the community to access library services.
The official launch was attended by Deputy Mayor Rangi Wills, Cr Sue Westwood who is a member of the Library Board, representatives from Age Concern and the Library Home Service volunteers and customers.
The Home Service offers a range of library services to people in the community who are unable to visit the library whether due to temporary incapacity through illness or injury, disability, or because of age. It literally brings the library into their homes.
The service was set up in May this year and so far 18 volunteers have been recruited and undergone training by Age Concern.
The service is used by individuals in their homes as well as people in rest homes. Each participant meets with a Library Home Service volunteer to discuss the kinds of books and items they are interested in and the volunteer matches up their likes and preferences with items from the library.
"Jo's generous bequest has enabled the library to extend its service into people’s homes," Cr Westwood said.
"It will prove of inestimable value to those no longer able to attend the library. The Library Board appreciates the assistance given by Age Concern in this project and we hope that there will be a strong uptake of this new opportunity."
Wanganui Library is keen that the Library Home Service is taken up by all who need it. If you would like to become a volunteer or if you, or someone you know, would like to use this service, contact Carol Tong, phone 349 3203.
There’s water fun for everyone in this year’s Christmas Parade
Wanganui District Council is promoting "water fun for everyone" with their float in this year's Christmas Parade.
With the summer season approaching it’s important to make sure that we all stay safe in and around the water.
The Splash Centre and Wanganui East Aquatic Centre offer a fun place to swim. The Splash Centre offers a range of lessons for people of all ages to learn to swim and develop their skills. It's a great place to spend time together as a family.
Council also has advice and information about safety for home swimming pools which is available from the Customer Services Desk at the Municipal Building.
Look out for our float in the parade, give us a wave and make sure you stay water safe this summer!
Taste of Cultures for Wanganui
The Wanganui Multicultural Group's 'Taste of Cultures' event held on Saturday, November 12, was a great success giving Wanganui people are glimpse of just some of the different backgrounds of our residents.
Around 350 people visited the event held in Majestic Square and enjoyed food from different countries and a host of entertainment including Columbian dancing, Glendarroch Scottish country dancing, a Tae Kwan Do display and zumba.
If you would like to find out more about the Wanganui Multicultural Group contact Marie Gorinski, Wanganui District Council, phone 349 0001.
Study venues for school students
The Awa City Computer Clubhouse and Alexander Heritage and Research Library are offering a place for young people to study during the end of year exam period.
The Awa City Clubhouse is open to all school students in Years 11, 12 and 13 from 1.00pm to 3.00pm, Monday to Friday, until December 9. The clubhouse is at 7 Park Place inside the Youth Services Trust building.
The Alexander Heritage and Research Library offers a quiet place to study weekday afternoons between 1.00pm and 5.00pm. There’s free wi-fi and access to research computers to assist with your studies.
Have you visited the Visitor Information Centre recently?
With the holiday season fast approaching the Visitor Information Centre is the place to go for information, advice and bookings for your next New Zealand holiday. The Centre acts as a booking agent for Intercity, Interislander and Bluebridge and our knowledgeable staff can prepare a personalised itinerary for your trip.
If you’ve got visitors from out of town the staff can also give you lots of ideas on things to see and do in the district. The staff have been out and about experiencing lots of the fun things Wanganui has to offer – so they know first hand the kinds of activities, accommodation and services that are available.
There’s also a great range of items for sale, with unique gifts to suit every age and budget. Call in to get your Christmas presents and buy something special.
The building is also home to the Quay Gallery on the first floor.
The 'Wanganui Experience' auditorium is also on the first floor. The audio-visual experience takes the viewer on a journey down the Whanganui River to the city and out to the sea, over the course of a day. Visually stunning, the four-minute film offers a glimpse of the natural and cultural heritage of the district.
The Visitor Information Centre is located at 31 Taupo Quay and open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.00pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 9.00am to 3.00pm.
Rates Instalment 2 due date reminder
Council offers direct debit as a method of payment. Frequency of payments can be weekly, fortnightly, monthly, quarterly or yearly. Please contact the rates department for further information, phone 349 0001.
Rates rebate reminder 2011/12 rating year
Ratepayers who may qualify for a rates rebate must make an application by 30 June 2012 for the 2011/12 rating year. (The rating year runs from 1 July – 30 June).
If your income is low to moderate (maximum $23,240) then you may be eligible for a rates rebate up to $580. To determine if you are eligible we require your gross income earnings (before tax) for the tax period ending 31 March 2011. The rates rebate will be calculated on your income earnings and your 2011/12 Wanganui District Council rates and Horizons Regional Council rates.
Please contact the rates department for further information, phone 349 0001.
Lake Wiritoa Users Annual Meeting
The Lake Wiritoa Users Annual Meeting will be held at 2.00pm on Thursday, 17 November 2011, in Committee Room 2, Wanganui District Council, 101 Guyton Street, Wanganui.
If you would like further information, please contact Dave Kerwin, Wanganui District Council, phone 349 3078.
Building consents for Christmas
For those people contemplating building work during the Christmas break, please ensure that you have your fully complying documentation into Council before 22 November 2011.
Council will approve your project within the statutory 20 working days allowed by the Act. Please ensure that any exempt work fully complies with the NZ Building Code.
Water main replacement in Wikitoria Road, Wanganui
Tenders are invited for laying approximately 1100 metres of 150mm diameter water main in Wikitoria Road.
Tender documents can be obtained from Customer Services Desk, Municipal Building, 101 Guyton Street, Wanganui, Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 5.00pm.
Tenders close on 6 December 2011 at 4.00pm.
Environmental Health Office (parental leave cover)
Applications close 24 November 2011.
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We welcome members of the public to attend our meetings.
Youth – November 21 (4.00pm, Council Chamber)
Wanganui Rural Community Board – November 23 (4.00pm, Committee Room 2)
Infrastructure and Property – November 29 (2.00pm, Council Chamber)
Community and Environment – December 1 (2.00pm, Council Chamber)
Strategy and Finance – December 6 (2.00pm, 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.