Highlands Park, New Plymouth

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7 days ago

Airport Company wants another $20M !

Peter from New Plymouth

I was one of those invisible ratepayers who made submissions to the NPDC about our new $30M airport.

It was neither needed nor warranted in my opinion, our Mayor on the other hand opined that " it would keep the tills ringing" . So hows that going Neil?

While we were assured that … View more
I was one of those invisible ratepayers who made submissions to the NPDC about our new $30M airport.

It was neither needed nor warranted in my opinion, our Mayor on the other hand opined that " it would keep the tills ringing" . So hows that going Neil?

While we were assured that it would not ever be a burden on the ratepayer, no sir not ever, it was entirely predictable that it would be given the councils, any councils, history of dabbling in commerce. It was just a matter of when and how!

And now they want another $20 million or so. Outrageous.
Its time the council was called to account and some resignations tendered . I'll hold my breath.

16 hours ago

Nissan Serena 2006 Rear Seats

Beverley from Oakura Coastal

Make an offer, perfectly good
set of rear seats for Nissan Serena 2006 model.

Price: $200

21 hours ago

What's On: Annual Giant Plant Sale

Pat from Brooklands - Vogeltown

Fundraiser for Hospital chaplaincy in Taranaki. All over the city, plants are being potted up ready for this event - maybe you are too? contact Pat Schwass 753 9309
Annual Giant Plant Sale
  • St. Andrews Church
19 hours ago

Taranaki Down Syndrome Association - Auction Fundraiser on trade-me

Sandy Slattery from Taranaki Down Syndrome Association

Check out the Taranaki Down Syndrome Association Auction Fundraiser on trade-me - auction closes 10 July 2020. Go to trade-me and search for TDSA Auction, or go to the TDSA community FB public Facebook. Please share with family and friends to help us reach as many people as possible - THANK YOU!

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Check out the Taranaki Down Syndrome Association Auction Fundraiser on trade-me - auction closes 10 July 2020. Go to trade-me and search for TDSA Auction, or go to the TDSA community FB public Facebook. Please share with family and friends to help us reach as many people as possible - THANK YOU!

There are nine items that have been very generously donated from local Taranaki people and businesses up for auction; they are as follows:

1. Rugby boots signed by Beauden Barrett from Rugby World Cup 2019
2. Molemap from Naevus Mole Mapping
3. One night stay for two at Wai-iti Beach Retreat
4. Chiefs rugby jersey signed by Warren Gatland
5. Chiefs rugby ball signed by the team
6. Chiefs rugby jersey signed by the team
7. Beauty Pamper Voucher from R and Co Skin And Beauty
8. Taranaki Play Ball Party voucher
9. Locally handmade Macrame Pot Hanger

Go to Trade-me and search for TDSA Auction OR go to the Taranaki Down Syndrome Community Facebook public page.

20 hours ago

Help

Robyn from Blagdon - Marfell

Does anyone have a clothing rack they don't want or need anymore and would like to donate it to super swop stop (the free op shop) as mine broke and I don't one. Can't afford one due to being on sickness benefit

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20 hours ago

Wanted to buy

Stella from Frankleigh Park

Hi looking for Polycarbonate Sheeting or similar for a shed.
Thank you
Rod Smith

1 day ago

The Old Beaten Track

Carl from Frankleigh Park

Title: The Old Beaten Track

We all know the risk on the horizon right? Social, economic and environmental instability are destabilising our fragmented food system. Just imagine if another disaster had happened at the same time as COVID-19. Which is not a stretch of the imagination when you look … View more
Title: The Old Beaten Track

We all know the risk on the horizon right? Social, economic and environmental instability are destabilising our fragmented food system. Just imagine if another disaster had happened at the same time as COVID-19. Which is not a stretch of the imagination when you look at the news and see geopolitical relations at the moment or see strange weather patterns that are creating droughts lasting into Autumn.

The real and perceived logistic breakdowns in the food chain have shown many people it is more important than ever to build a stronger local food supply, so that the food grown in their backyard, street, town or region is feeding the communities who live nearby.

Meanwhile, a 38-hectare site, which is on prime site in the central city is being used to ride horses around in circles. The Taranaki Racing Inc (TRI) pays the council $1 per annum for that privilege.

The public are being asked for their views on the future of New Plymouth's racecourse at the moment.

Four options are being offered in the survey:
- Granting a “forever” or perpetual lease to the race club.
- Granting a lease of up to 33 years.
- Creating a short-term lease of three to five years.
- Ending the lease.

I encourage you to make your opinion heard and fill in the very quick survey available through the NPDC website.

www.newplymouthnz.com...

The survey closes on July 10 and will be used to inform decision making.

Please note that I don’t want to demonise horse racing fans, we all need our hobbies. But there are plenty of country tracks where the racing can continue.

Imagine an urban food hub with orchards, community gardens, market gardens, food forests and educational sites with the latest innovative regenerative agriculture techniques being showcased.

Food is front centre as one of the four pillars of Taranaki's future economy. Justine Gilliland, chief executive of Venture Taranaki said the following in the Taranaki 2050 Roadmap Report.

“Starting now, we will cooperate and collaborate to drive innovation and
individual/collective opportunities to establish Taranaki as a respected region for premium, sustainable/low-emissions food and fibre by 2040, to achieve prosperity, environmental and social success, with the collective value of kaitiakitanga.”

Taranaki’s economy has a significant food and fibre industry. It contributes more than $1.5 billion annually to Taranaki’s economy, sustains over 10,200 jobs in 3,813 businesses and comprises more than half of Taranaki’s manufacturing base. Taranaki has the second highest food production GDP per capita in New Zealand. I think that is worth celebrating and amplifying.

Future predictions are that food is going to be playing an even bigger part of our economy going forward post COVID-19. WITT is just across the road from the current Racecourse. I know they would really appreciate a site nearby where they can engage in hands-on education for their horticulture and agriculture students.

In Melbourne, Australia the Collingwood Children's Farm is a thriving inner city site that is a great resource for schools to take their kids and every weekend it is abuzz with Farmers Markets and visitors to their farm to fork cafe.

More than 160,000 children live in households without enough food or the variety of foods that are required for good health. That is 1 in 5 children in Aotearoa. At the same time farmers have high suicide rates and agriculture is New Zealands biggest contributor to carbon emissions.

The food system is broken, but we know how to fix it, we just need to showcase the regenerative agriculture methods to this and future generations of farmers. We need to connect the dots between the urban consumers and the rural farmer. We need to show tourists that we have a vibrant food story and practice in Taranaki and New Zealand.

The path to change is lined with delicious and nutritious food. We just need to be bold and set a path that is different from the old beaten track.

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3 days ago

How affordable is travel within NZ?

Lorna Thornber Reporter from Stuff Travel

Hi everyone, I'm Lorna, a Stuff travel reporter. We're doing a story on how affordable travel within NZ is. For those of you who have travelled within the country post-lockdown, we'd like to hear whether you've been able to find suitable flights, accommodation and activities … View moreHi everyone, I'm Lorna, a Stuff travel reporter. We're doing a story on how affordable travel within NZ is. For those of you who have travelled within the country post-lockdown, we'd like to hear whether you've been able to find suitable flights, accommodation and activities within your budget. Do you think accommodation providers and tourism operators are doing enough to entice New Zealanders to explore their backyard? Please let us know in the comments below, your message may be used in our story.

1 day ago

What's On: NPDC Sustainable Homes and You

Stuart from Westown

Learn about new NPDC zero interest loans for a wide range of sustainability improvements to your home and property. NPDC Councillor Amanda Clinton-Ghodes and Senior Planner Greg Stephens. Tradies welcome.
NPDC Sustainable Homes and You
  • New Plymouth District Council Chambers
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1 day ago

Beekeeping for Beginners.

Chris from Hurworth

The Taranaki Beekeepers Club is starting this seasons beginners course on Monday 6th July, 7pm, at the West Baptist Church on South Rd.

This course is aimed at the novice beekeeper and covers the basics of beekeeping.

The course is on the first Monday of each month until Christmas and takes … View more
The Taranaki Beekeepers Club is starting this seasons beginners course on Monday 6th July, 7pm, at the West Baptist Church on South Rd.

This course is aimed at the novice beekeeper and covers the basics of beekeeping.

The course is on the first Monday of each month until Christmas and takes you through the season as it happens so the information is relevant to what you should be doing at each stage.

No charge for the course however there is an expectation that you will join the Club, ($30 per year)

Please direct any enquiries to Chris on 027 444 8200 or we will see you on Monday.

Free

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1 day ago

Bekeeping

Chris from Hurworth

Taranaki Beekeepers Club Beginners course starts Monday 6th July at West Baptist Church on South Rd at 7 pm.

All Welcome.

Phone Chris on 027 444 8200 for more details.

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1 day ago

What's On: CV Classes at the Library

Emily from New Plymouth

Learn how to structure a CV and cover letter. 10-12. Classes are free. Book your space by calling 067596060, pop into the Library or book via the Puke Ariki website.
CV Classes at the Library
  • Puke Ariki Library
2 days ago

What's On: Open night

John from Whalers Gate

The New Plymouth Observatory is open every Tuesday night from 7:30pm till 9:30pm for viewing of the night sky. Check out our Facebook page for updates and current events.
Open night
  • New Plymouth Observatory
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