Friday, June 30, 2023

Fire and Emergency NZ latest news


 

Fire and Emergency NZ Training Accreditation has been Downgraded


Today NZQA has published an External Evaluation and Review (EER) into Fire and Emergency’s approval and accreditation of its NZQA accredited training programmes and unit standards.


For background, Fire and Emergency is accredited for two NZQA accredited programmes and approximately 300 different, individual NZQA Unit Standards. Last year alone, 13,500 unit standards were achieved across 60 different unit standards.


The EER confirms a downgrade from being a category 2 to a category 4 Government Training Establishment provider. We fully accept there are areas we need to improve, and we are working hard to do better by our people, the other agencies we provide training for and all New Zealanders. 


We had already identified the areas for improvement set out in the EER and work was already underway when the EER was undertaken.


We are confident the training our people are providing to personnel is of a high standard. 


This downgrade is focused on the systems and processes we have in place to provide assurance over the quality of our training and assessments. 


We are engaging with two external providers to support us as we work through the redevelopment and moderation of the assessments that need reviewing.


Whilst overall confidence of the Fire and Emergency training system cannot be assured until the time of the next EER, significant steps in the right direction have occurred.


It is on this basis, and the assurance of the external oversight that will be provided by external providers, that has given NZQA the confidence to grant an exemption to the normal restrictions that would apply to a Category Four provider. 


The steps taken to date have clearly indicated the systems put in place provide assurance that the training delivered will be to the required standard.


Fire and Emergency NZ


Pigeon Post News Richmond, Tasman.


Thursday, June 29, 2023

MetService News Release

A few days of windy, showery weather 




New Zealand is in for a few days of windy, showery weather according to MetService. A strong and unstable south-westerly flow will affect the entire country until early next week. 

MetService meteorologist Alain Baillie says, "This will mean snow to very low levels in the far south, with heavy snow possible in elevated areas, including the resorts near Queenstown, with the town itself also likely to get snow.”  

Snow could also fall to 200 metres around Dunedin, and 300 metres over Banks Peninsula from Saturday night, which will affect many roads.  

Those travelling about the South Island, particularly if you’re traveling through passes, should check the MetService website for Road Snow Warnings and with Waka Kotahi NZTA regarding road closures before heading out.  

“Severe gale winds are possible for the entire North Island, particularly the east coast south of Napier, as well as parts of Nelson and Marlborough and the southern and eastern coasts of the South Island from Saturday until Monday.” 

“Meanwhile, heavy rain could impact from the Central Plateau south to the Tararua Range and the Buller region of the South Island from Saturday,” Baillie continues. 

The forecast temperatures across the weekend are about average for this time of year, but this could be deceptive.

“The strong wind and frequent showers will mean the 15 degrees forecast for Auckland will feel more like 8 or 9 degrees. Dunedin and Invercargill are forecast to reach only 6 degrees on Sunday, but it will feel literally freezing for most of the time, so layer up if venturing outside.”, Baillie cautions. 

The weather will slowly ease through Monday and Tuesday as a welcome high pressure system inches its way across the Tasman Sea. 


Please keep up to date with the most current information from MetService at metservice.com/



MetService

Pigeon Post News, Richmond

Monday, June 26, 2023

Tasman’s Annual Plan adopted and Rates set for next twelve months

 



ONLY 97 SUBMISSIONS RECEIVED BY TASMAN DISTRICT COUNCIL EVEN THOUGH A HIGH RATE INCREASE PROPOSED



Tasman District Council has adopted its Annual Plan for 2023/2024, enabling rates to be set for the next 12 months at a rates revenue increase of 8.57%.


The Annual Plan was adopted at a Full Council meeting on June 22, 2023 and confirms what services and projects we intend to deliver, what they will cost and how they will be funded.


Costs have been affected by higher-than-anticipated inflation, increased interest rates, labour shortages and greater depreciation costs.


As a result, this year’s Annual Plan has required us to look closely at our programme of works and capital projects while finding the best way to deliver essential services and infrastructure to the people of Tasman.


Acting Mayor Stuart Bryant said the decision to increase rates was not taken lightly, especially at a time when many households and businesses were dealing with the pressures of the high cost of living, uncertain economic conditions and potential effects of adverse weather events.


“Significant discussion and work has been undertaken by staff and elected members to reduce the rates increase from the initial 9.06%.”


“However, any rates increase is another cost for the community, and so it is important to ensure the necessary service levels and investment is balanced by the cost to the community. 


“Adopting our Annual Plan will help us meet community concerns about increased costs while ensuring the Council’s position remains sustainable.”


There were 97 submissions received on the Annual Plan with most submitters favouring proposed budget reductions included in the consultation document.


As a result, some changes have been made to what was set out in Tasman’s 10- year Plan for 2023/2024 to help contain the rates revenue increase.


This included using a combination of Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) credits and forestry surpluses, reallocating Better Off Funding from the Government while using more reserve financial contributions to help fund the development of specific recreation and cultural facilities.


While these decisions will raise net debt, it will still allow us to remain within the cap of $250 million at the end of the 2023/2024 financial year.


The Annual Plan budget has included a number of new social and environmental projects for 2023/2024, including;

  • New public transport service starting in mid-2023, to Motueka (via Māpua and Tasman) and Wakefield (via Brightwater and Hope).
  • Significant improvements to cycling and walking infrastructure in Richmond, Motueka and Māpua.
  • $1 million to increase road maintenance.
  • Starting a joint plan with Nelson City Council to replace the Nelson and Tasman Resource Management Plans with a new combined plan.
  • Producing new freshwater plans to implement the National Policy Statement on Freshwater Management.
  • Carrying out planting and upgrading recreation facilities at Kingsland Forest Park.

The final Annual Plan document will be available on the Council’s website in the coming weeks. Copies will also be made available at the Council’s service centres and libraries.


The Council also increased its fees and charges for services for the 2023-24 year. The nearly 10% increase across all fees and charges is to take account of the stagnant or reduced charges over the last two years designed to minimise the impact of Covid recovery and a slowing economy.


Stuart said as the economy begins to right itself it is now appropriate to ensure the fees and charges  reflect the true cost of delivering those services. 


“Fundamentally those that use the services, which include Resource and Building consents, licences and hire of facilities amongst others - and gain benefit - should be paying for them.”


“These costs should not be subsidised by all ratepayers, especially when they see no benefit. In effect, the increase and righting of fees and charges provides a greater level of transparency to the costs of the organisation.”


The new fees and charges will apply from 1 July 2023.


Tasman District Council


Pigeon Post News, Richmond

GO Rentals new facility at Nelson Airport


Nelson Airport

Nelson Airport development continues with new facility for GO Rentals


Multi-award winning national rental car company GO Rentals has begun construction of a modern, new facility for its back of house car grooming and maintenance at Nelson Airport.


The facility, a 230 square metre building on a 2000 sqm site, is the first phase of Nelson Airport’s future development plans. The airport has been granted resource consent to develop 8000 square metres of land and create a road at the southern end of the airport precinct.

Construction of GO Rentals’ new building began on Monday 19 June. It will provide for the company’s car grooming, maintenance and vehicle storage on-site, allowing for more efficient servicing of its airport rental car fleet. The facility will be complete by early 2024.

Clear roofing panels will reduce day-time lighting requirements, recycled asphalt millings are part of the asphalt mix and aggregates that are removed from the Value Carpark will be reused in the construction of new pavement around the site.

GO Rentals Chief Operating Officer James Dalglish says the development is an exciting step for the company and Nelson Airport, and will contribute to GO Rentals’ journey towards a climate-friendly rental car fleet and operations. The company already offers a range of electric vehicles within its Nelson fleet, including Tesla’s, BYD and new hybrids.

“We know our customers want low-emission options and our goal is to increase these at Nelson Airport over time. By this time next year, a third of our fleet will be clean-energy powered (a mix of EV and hybrid),” James says. The new facility will be equipped with EV charging facilities.

GO Rentals is paving the way in the car rental industry in terms of sustainability and climate change action and is New Zealand’s first rental car business to partner with CarbonClick. When customers rent a vehicle with GO Rentals, they get the opportunity to offset their emissions with CarbonClick – reducing the impact of their drive and can calculate their driving footprint by offsetting via the website. The rental car company are also proud to be Toitū net Carbonzero recertified, accurately measuring the greenhouse gas footprint of their business.   

“We have a lot of confidence in Nelson Airport as a base of operations and can see a strong future for GO Rentals in this location,” James says.

The airport has seen passenger numbers return at a stronger rate than forecast over the past year, and is now anticipating 900,000 travellers will have passed through the terminal by the end of the financial year on 30 June 2023.

Airport Commercial Manager Simon Barr says the development shows the return of travel demand post-Covid is great for airport-related businesses and the wider region.

“A successful airport contributes to the sustainability and prosperity of the region, so we’re thrilled to see the return of activity and the exciting development that it’s unlocking at the precinct, including this development with GO Rentals.”

The next phase of the airport’s development plan is to create additional commercial and light industrial tenancies in the area currently occupied by the Value Carpark. Work is underway to look at the options for catering for future carparking demand in a different location. Work will commence soon on consent applications for future development stages.



Pigeon Post News, Richmond

METSERVICE WEATHER RELEASE FOR THIS WEEK MONDAY 26th - FRIDAY 30th JUNE


 

MONDAY TO FRIDAY 26th - 30th JUNE



A warm and wet start, but cold southerlies coming


MetService is forecasting a warm and wet start to the week for many as a complex area of low pressure affects the country. However, a change in regime is coming at the end of the week as the persistent mild northerlies give way to cold southerlies.

 

Rain or showers are forecast for much of Aotearoa New Zealand today as a band of rain moves eastwards across the country, followed by an unstable showery flow. Thunderstorms are also possible for the north and west of both Islands this afternoon and evening.

 

An Orange Warning for Heavy Rain is in force for the ranges of Westland through to 9pm tonight (Monday).  MetService meteorologist Amy Rossiter said, “86mm of rain has already fallen in Franz Joseph from midday Sunday through to 9am Monday, with a further 30-50mm expected to fall today.”

 

After a prolonged period of rain for Tairāwhiti/ Gisborne, (from Friday 16th through to Sunday 25th) which saw over 585mm of rain recorded in the Raukumara Range, and 255mm in Gisborne, a north-easterly flow continues to bring further showers to the region. “Surface flooding and slips are still possible due to how saturated the region is, but rainfall amounts are expected to be well short of warning criteria so no further warnings or watches will be issued,” adds Rossiter.

 

Tomorrow, a low-pressure centre deepens to the east of NZ, which remains slow-moving for a couple days driving strong easterlies and rain with possibly heavy falls into the east from Wairarapa to Canterbury.

 

Late in the week, a series of active and fast-moving fronts approach the country from the Southern Ocean, which will bring a change to wintry conditions. Temperatures are forecast to drop as cold air spreads up the country, and there is the possibility of snow, especially for those higher elevations in the south. “While it is too far out to pinpoint the finer details of the forecast for next week it is looking like a cold and windy start to the school holidays.” Rossiter said.


MetService


Pigeon Post News, Richmond


Sunday, June 25, 2023

MOTUEKA TRANSPORT CHOICES PROJECT SABOTAGED

Motueka - No space for cyclists on High Street

 

Extensive community feedback defers cycle lanes on Motueka’s High Street


An impressive volume of feedback from the community will continue to shape the Motueka Transport Choices Project. To date, Tasman District Council (TDC) has received almost 500 pieces of feedback across the project.  

 

Transport Choices is a Council managed - Waka Kotahi (NZ Transport Agency) funded project. The nationwide fund is from the agency’s Climate Emergency Response Fund (CERF) that encourages New Zealanders to choose transport options that lower overall emissions into our environment. To enable that choice, the Transport Choices project seeks to make the streets around Motueka safer and more appealing for walking and cycling.


Responses to the proposed project work have been varied, from ardently supportive through to passionately against, with a huge variety of opinions in between, said Transportation Manager Jamie McPherson 


“The community has given us some excellent ideas for how they want or need the transport system to function for them and their families, and how to keep mobility scooters, scooters, walkers, e-bikes and cyclists safe in our community.”


“Such a diverse range of opinions means ultimately not everyone will be satisfied with the final results, but it is important that we stay focussed on what the overall best outcomes are for the community.”


Where to from here?


The installation of cycle ways on High Street between Wharf Road and Whakarewa Street has been deferred and will not occur as part of the current Transport Choices Motueka project.  


We will revisit what is possible and what the community would like to see on High Street in the future.  Many safety concerns from residents and businesses were raised in the feedback about this stretch of State Highway. These will be summarised and fed back to Waka Kotahi. 

 

We have a number of other priority projects being investigated and are working through the list of alternative suggestions raised by the community to enable safer walking and cycling. 

 

Working with residents, businesses, schools and community groups to inform safe and convenient connections for all active transport users will help us decide the next steps for the project and to work out what is possible under the budget and timeframes determined by Waka Kotahi. 


The ‘next steps’ plan will be presented to the Motueka Community Board at their July meeting and updates to the project will be posted on the Shape Tasman website. 


Tasman District Council


Pigeon Post News, Richmond

Nelson Airport News - eBus service

Nelson Airport


 AIRPORT ROADWORKS PROGRESSING IN PREPARATION FOR NEW eBUS SERVICE

Nelson Airport and the Nelson City Council are working together on a new bus shelter and altering pedestrian crossings for the new airport bus service.
 
 Nelson-Tasman's eBus service will begin operating on 1 August, bringing greater choice to airport customers, tenants and staff.
 
To allow buses to travel safely and smoothly through the airport precinct, changes are required to the gradient of the pedestrian crossing points on the airport entry road and in front of the terminal. Work to alter the crossings and construct a bus shelter will begin on 6 June and run through until late July (weather dependent).
 
 Nelson Airport Communications Manager Beth Catley says the roadworks will cause some disruption to traffic flows through the airport precinct.
 
 “We’re asking people to take extra care when driving through our entry road, Pick Up Drop Off Lane and through the carpark. You may need to allow a little extra time when planning your trip to the airport to make your way through the diversions. There is likely to be some congestion so please be patient. Safety is the top priority.
 
 “There will be traffic management staff on site to support safe traffic flows so please follow their instructions and take it slowly and safely.”


Work has started at Nelson Airport in preparation for the new eBus service to the airport starting on the 1 August.

The key things to be aware of if you are coming to the airport during June and July are:

  • The Commercial Lane (closest to the terminal building) will be CLOSED to all vehicles other than taxis and drop-offs for customers with accessibility needs for the duration of the works
  • The Pick Up Drop Off (PUDO) lane will remain open, but will be busier than usual due to the additional traffic diverted from the Commercial Lane
  • New temporary pedestrian crossing points will be provided to ensure a safe route is maintained from the carpark to and from the terminal
  • A new bus shelter will be constructed near the terminal

“We recommend customers opt to park in the Main Carpark rather than in the PUDO lane, even if you are making a quick stop and drop, to help ease congestion. Parking will be free for your first 30 minutes, rather than the usual 15 minutes, to recognise the extra time people may need during this period,” Beth says.

“We really appreciate everyone’s patience while these works take place. The new bus will add to the sustainable transport options available for people travelling to and from the airport, so it’s well worth putting up with a few weeks’ disruption to enable the introduction of this much-needed service.”

To find out more about the new bus service visit
shape.nelson.govt.nz/ebus


A map of the roadworks taking place at Nelson Airport - works area in red


Nelson Airport


Pigeon Post News, Richmond


Tuesday, June 20, 2023

 


Serious crash, Kawatiri-Murchison Highway, Tasman District



Emergency services are responding to a single-vehicle crash involving a truck on the Kawatiri-Murchison Highway, Tasman District.

Police were called about 1.08pm today 20 Jun 2023.

Initial reports indicate there are serious injuries and the Serious Crash Unit has been advised.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area as a helicopter is enroute.

Enquiries into the circumstances of the crash are underway.

Tasman Police

Pigeon Post News, Richmond, Tasman.

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