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Road closure: Lincoln Road

Road closure: Lincoln Road

Lincoln Road will be closed between Frederick Street and Dalefield Road during daytime hours on weekdays from Monday 12 September for at least four weeks. The road closure will allow contractors to install the water supply mains linking the potable water tanks and...

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Lane Closure: Dalefield Road

One lane of Dalefield Road will be closed from 7am to 6pm on Monday 2 to Friday 6 May as contractors continue work as part of the Dalefield wastewater treatment plant project. A detour will be in place for traffic trying to exit Dalefield Road onto State Highway 2,...

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Council begins work on its new animal facility project

Council begins work on its new animal facility project

24 March 2022 Carterton District Council has made a significant step forward towards the construction of its new animal facility by beginning work at the Dalefield Road site this month. The existing animal facility is no longer fit for purpose and does not meet the...

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Council seeks public feedback on Draft Annual Plan 2022/23

Council seeks public feedback on Draft Annual Plan 2022/23

25 March 2022 Media Statement – Council seeks public feedback on Draft Annual Plan 2022/23 Carterton District Council is seeking feedback from Carterton residents on its Draft Annual Plan for the 2022/23 financial year. Last year, the Council consulted the community...

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Maus finds new house

Maus finds new house

Carterton's most famous rodent is heading to a new home but leaves a legacy for future artwork in the district. Maus found fame during the spring of 2021 when he was a prominent feature on Carterton’s High St. The drawing painting hung on the south face of the town's...

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October/November 2022

Ruamāhanga Roading Update

Emergency works

The Council has successfully secured emergency funding from Waka Kotahi for the rain damage suffered in August 2022. The total estimate for the repairs is $800,000, of which $688,454 is at a 72% Funding Assistance Rate (FAR). This now brings us to $1,034,119 of emergency works over and above our normal road maintenance and renewal budget. While this is good news, the additional scope of work increases the pressure on the team and Fulton Hogan. Fulton Hogan is planning to increase resources for the contract through in-house resource and sub-contracting.

Resurfacing programme

The recent break in weather has allowed the team to start with the resurfacing programme which is planned to be completed before Christmas.

Routine maintenance

We can clearly see the impact of the persistent rain on the road network over the last three months. We responded to 276% more potholes compared to the same period last year. This significant increase is a result of both saturation and aging surfaces. The increased rate of deterioration will have a flow-on effect on the required maintenance, surfacing and rehabilitation of roads in the future.

Frederick Street water treatment plant upgrade

Phase 1 – Frederic Street Treatment plant upgrade

The upgrade of the Frederick Street plant is progressing well with the majority of the physical works now complete. The outstanding works include:

1. The installation of the final pipe pieces (basically 2 elbows) for the new UV.

2. Electrical connection of Borehole 3 to Treatment plant. Historically bore 3 had an independent electrical connection which made CDC vulnerable as we would lose the functionality of the bore in a power outage. The new connection will significantly improve our resilience as we have a dedicated generator for the Treatment plant.

3. New variable speed drives (VSD) for the bore pumps.

4. Programming and automation – Once all the hardware is completed, the plant will be able to operate manually while programming is completed. When completed the plant will be relatively fully automatic.

Water storage tanks 

Phase 2 – Dalefield Storage Tanks

The project is progressing well with a planned completion date of the end of November 2022. Wind is the main risk during the roofing and wall construction.

Key milestones for the project are:

1. Roof – Completed 27 October 2022

2. Walls – Planned completion 30 November 2022.

 

Dog tags for life

We have placed an order to be implemented next year for a permanent life of the dog tag system. At present, four councils in New Zealand are using the permanent tags including two in the North Island. The benefits of moving to a permanent tag are environmental as well as financial.

At present, Council orders approximately 2,500 long plastic tags and 1,000 round disk tags per year. Owners have the option to use either the tag or the disk, however this means that we invariably dispose of excess tags every year, and owners put the expired tags into the waste stream.

The change would mean that Council officers wouldn’t have to mail out new tags for people who pay for dog registrations online ($1.50 per envelope), and there would be savings in staff time from the public coming less frequently to the office for a new tag.

There are other benefits to the tags, including the option of uploading owner contact details which can be accessed by scanning the QR code on your dog’s tag, in the event your dog gets lost.

Greater Wellington Regional Council Proposed Plan Change One

Carterton District Council has made a submission to Greater Wellington Regional Council’s Proposed Regional Plan Change. We have prepared a summary of our submission below.

CDC is committed to adapting to and reducing our impact on climate change. The GWRC Proposed Plan Change seeks to go harder and faster than the Climate Change Amendment (Zero Carbon) Act 2019 and to include biogenic methane, which the Government has dealt with separately through the He Waka Eke Noa partnership with the Agriculture industry.

Climate change

We are concerned that Wairarapa will be used as a ‘carbon sink’ to offset emissions that are created by other Councils in the region – i.e. that the generation versus offset of emissions will be highly disproportionate in the eastern and western parts of the Greater Wellington region. CDC is particularly concerned that Wairarapa will be subject to significant afforestation to offset emissions from the wider region. The Proposed Plan Change also seeks to go harder and faster than the Climate Change Amendment (Zero Carbon) Act 2019 and seeks to include biogenic methane, whereas the Act specifically excludes biogenic methane.

National Policy Statement on Highly Productive Land

CDC notes that the National Policy Statement on Highly Productive Land (NPS-HPL) was released after Plan Change 1 was notified.

CDC requests that any amendments to the RPS to give effect to the NPS-HPL be undertaken via a variation or a separate future plan change, as the consequences of any amendments would likely be significant and should therefore be subject to a full and separate Schedule 1 process.

We make similar comments regarding the NPS on Indigenous Biodiversity in our submission.

Use of Freshwater Planning Process

CDC is concerned with the breadth of the Plan Change content that is considered subject to the Freshwater Planning Process (FPP), rather than the Schedule 1 process. The FPP process provides limited scope for future public input, and CDC is very concerned that a large number of provisions are subject to the FPP where freshwater is not the primary issue and is instead peripheral or only one of several issues to which the provision relates. This is an inappropriate use of the FPP process.

Overall we think the RPS Plan Change 1 needs a lot more work and refinement before being adopted by the Regional Council. We are disappointed at the timing of the Plan Change quietly issued during the middle of local body elections. We are disappointed our request GWRC extend the deadline for consultation, to allow new Councils the ability to review draft submissions, was refused.

The full submission can be found online at cdc.govt.nz/rpc

Wairarapa Combined District Plan

It’s time to review Wairarapa’s District Plan! The Wairarapa Combined District Plan is now over ten years old and is due for review. District Plans must be reviewed and updated every 10 years. The review is an opportunity to influence how land use and subdivision is managed in the districts.

It’s important to protect the things we value, and also to allow for growth.

Help us review the Draft Wairarapa Combined District Plan.

Come along to a community ‘drop-in’ session to find out more and share what you think.

Public feedback is now welcome until December 6th.

Visit www.wairarapaplan.co.nz to find out more or visit our Council office on Holloway Street.

The full submission can be found online at cdc.govt.nz/rpc

September/October 2022

Ruamahanga Roading Update

The Ruamāhanga Roads team was under significant pressure due to major weather-induced damage on the road network. To date, the accumulated rainfall from January 2022 is at 153% of the historical average. The extreme weather resulted in severe slips and damage which could potentially isolate remote communities. The team intervened in several responses, opening roads such as Te Wharau Road, Admiral Station Road and Clifton Grove (to name a few) with minimal disruption to road users.

Due to the resulting hardship, we have applied for emergency funding from Waka Kotahi to the value of $800,000. The application is currently under review and is separate to the approved flooding event in February 2022.

Emergency works have a significant impact on internal and contracted resources, as well as on our planned works programme and the ability to deliver a basic level of service. To date, the emergency works have resulted in an approximate 25% increase in workload just on the Carterton District Council Network – noting that we are only 2 months into the financial year. We are working with South Wairarapa District Council and Fulton Hogan to address the shortage of overall resources.

Frederick Street water treatment plant upgrade

Progress on the upgrade has been slow in September.

Even the recent good weather could not be utilised as the weather forecast predicted heavy rain which affected planning by our supplier. Work on the Frederick Street water treatment plant requires shutting the plant down and taking water from the Kaipaitangata Water Treatment Plant, which is easily affected by inclement weather affecting water quality. Due to weather delays, we have now lost a week on our programme for the delivery of stage 3 & 4 of the upgrade, which moves the completion of the upgrade to the first week of November 2022.

A reminder of the project’s four independent phases:

Phase 1 Frederick Street water treatment plant upgrade

Once completed, we will have the ability to supply up to 75 litres per second and have resilience in terms of the old UV treatment.

Phase 2 Water storage tanks

The water storage tanks are progressing well with the concrete foundations now complete. Assembly of the roof structure has started and is planned to be completed shortly.

Phase 3 Water main

Downer is progressing well with the pipeline. Downer has lost some time due to inclement weather, however we should see the project completed towards the end of October.

Phase 4 Pump station

Phase 4 will make all these improvements functional. The pump station will be situated at the Dalefield storage tanks and will circulate water between the treatment plant and the storage tanks.

 

Water storage tanks 

As per Phase 3 above, the storage tank construction is coming along nicely. Once completed, the tanks will hold an additional 4 million litres of potable drinking water.

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lincoln Road closures and work

Lincoln Road was closed between Frederick Street and Dalefield Road during daytime hours on weekdays from Monday 12 September, with the closure planned to be in effect for at least four weeks. The road closure has allowed contractors to begin installing the water supply mains linking the potable water tanks and Frederick Street water treatment plant.

Diversions were made available along Thomas Road and Brooklyn Road.

Further work on wastewater mains has continued on Dalefield Road between Lincoln Road and State Highway 2. This stretch of road has remained open but subject to lane closures. All work is weather dependent.

 

Weighbridge Construction at the Transfer Station

We have now finished installing a weighbridge on the outgoing exit road at the Transfer Station thanks to funding from the Ministry of the Environment under their Weighbridges Infrastructure Project. We expect the weighbridge to be fully functional by the end of year after the following has taken place: computer programming, integration with our Council/contractor accounts, testing, and staff training. Once fully operational, it will function as an additional ‘weigh out’ bridge to speed up entry/exit and to provide an accurate way of measuring all truck / trailer loads in the future.

We’re really pleased we were able to finish construction earlier than projected. Thank you to all Transfer Station users during the month of September for your patience and understanding while construction was underway.

Update on dog pound facility

We have drafted a revised proposal for South Wairarapa District Council and Masterton District Council CEO’s and elected members to consider. This proposal seeks to move beyond a joint facility model – this means instead of trying to have one pound across the three councils, our Council will have an agreement to use the other councils’ facilities on a ‘per night’ basis. It is anticipated CDC will not have ownership in either facility; will not determine the level of service; nor contribute towards the capital build costs.

Our current pound is old. It is used, but not on a daily basis; has a small outdoor exercise area; is without power; is poorly fenced; and needs significant work to bring it up to current MPI guidelines. It will need investment to become a more MPI compliant ‘day pound’. This will cost up to $75,000 in capital expenditure and will be taken from the existing dog pound capital budget.

Our Council agreed to the following at our Ordinary Council Meeting on 14 September:

  • Notes construction on the Carterton dog pound has been paused.
  • Agrees the proposed Dog Impound Service Agreement is progressed with South Wairarapa District Council and Masterton District Councils.
  • Approves $75,000 investment in the existing Carterton Dog Pound.
  • Notes the Dog Impound Service Agreement will save approximately $400,000 in capital costs once fully implemented.
  • Notes the Dog Impound Service Agreement will increase annual operating costs by between $15,000 – $30,000 once fully implemented.
  • Notes in the event a Dog Impound Service Agreement cannot be agreed with one or both councils, construction of a dog pound in Carterton will resume at a cost of $519,000.

Weighbridge Construction at the Transfer Station

We have now finished installing a weighbridge on the outgoing exit road at the Transfer Station thanks to funding from the Ministry of the Environment under their Weighbridges Infrastructure Project. We expect the weighbridge to be fully functional by the end of year after the following has taken place: computer programming, integration with our Council/contractor accounts, testing, and staff training. Once fully operational, it will function as an additional ‘weigh out’ bridge to speed up entry/exit and to provide an accurate way of measuring all truck / trailer loads in the future.

We’re really pleased we were able to finish construction earlier than projected. Thank you to all Transfer Station users during the month of September for your patience and understanding while construction was underway.

Wairarapa Combined District Plan

The Wairarapa Combined District Plan is now over ten years old and is due for review.

District Plans must be reviewed and updated every 10 years. The review of the District Plan is an opportunity to influence how land use and subdivision is managed in the districts.

The Draft District Plan will be released for public consultation at the end of October 2022 following the local government elections. This will be an informal feedback process and is an extra chance for the community to provide feedback ahead of the formal notification in 2023.

Formal notification and engagement on the Proposed District Plan will take place in mid-2023.

Further information on Draft District Plan engagement opportunities will be published on the website www.wairarapaplan.co.nz

August/September 2022

Ruamahanga Roading Update

Over the last few months, the team has been working on developing the forward work programme for various asset renewals including resurfacing, rehabilitation, and footpaths. The sites will now be verified and priced to ensure delivery in line with the approved budgets. Following the acceptance of estimates, the work will be programmed.

The forwards works programme is as follows:

  • Beach Road
  • Cornwall Road
  • Dixon Street
  • Flat Point Road
  • Garrison Street
  • Kent Street
  • Longbush Road
  • Ponatahi Road
  • Waihakeke Road
  • Ballinger Place

The footpath forward works programme is set for Faraday, Davy and Wheatstone Streets, improving access to the railway station and linking Carter Court. We are also working on Richmond Road in front of the funeral home.

Wastewater Reticulation Inflow & Infiltration (INI)

In July, we received roughly 5 times our daily wastewater intake at the wastewater treatment plant due to INI. The plant can manage normal intake but gets overwhelmed when we experience a significant spike. INI can be caused by things such as damage to infrastructure and connection of stormwater to the wastewater reticulation system. Infrastructure damage can be caused by earthquakes, tremors, mechanical damage, and age. Although we don’t allow stormwater connections to wastewater, we are confident some exist on the network. Our team is currently working on identifying the INI sources via night flow monitoring, smoke testing, CCTV, manhole inspections and pump station monitoring. Once these faults are identified, we will estimate cost, evaluate budgets and programme repairs.

 

Wastewater Treatment Ponds Upgrade

As anticipated and programmed, progress has been slow during June and July. We are still on track to deliver on the key milestones and practical completion in June 2023.

 
 
 

Potable Water Supply Improvement and Resilience Project

The project is made up by four independent phases:

  • Phase 1 Frederick Street treatment plant upgrade
  • Phase 2 Water storage tanks
  • Phase 3 Water main
  • Phase 4 Pump station

Covid-19 and adverse weather conditions over the past two months has had a significant effect on the delivery of this project. Our team of officers, consultants and contractors are working hard to deliver the 4 phases of this project before the end of the year.

Phase 1 – Frederic Street Treatment Plant Upgrade
Upgrading the bore pump capacity at the treatment plant has increased the volume of ground water we are able to take. We are required to treat ground water through UV treatment. We are therefore limited to the capacity of the UV treatment system. We are in the process of upgrading the UV treatment capacity to be able to supply more of what we can take. Once completed, we will have the ability to supply up to 75 litres per second and have resilience in terms of the old UV treatment.

Phase 2 – Dalefield Storage Tanks
The concrete for the reinforced foundations has now been poured which is a major milestone for this project. Once the concrete has cured, we will start assembling the tanks. Assembly is programmed to start in September with completion of the phase end of November 2022.

Phase 3 – Water Main
The water main welding trail was completed at the beginning of August, and we should see the start of the physical works soon.

Phase 4 – Freshwater Pump Station and Commissioning
Phase 4 will make all these improvements functional. The pump station will be situated at the Dalefield storage tanks and will circulate water between the treatment plant and the storage tanks. We are in the final stages of the pump station design, after which we will go to the market for tender.

Weighbridge Construction at the Transfer Station

We currently have a detour in place due to the construction of a new weighbridge at the Dalefield Road Transfer Station. We have been approved funding from the Ministry of the Environment under their Weighbridges Infrastructure Project. This will enable us to install a weighbridge on the outgoing exit road, as an additional ‘weigh out’ bridge to speed up entry/exit and to provide an accurate way of measuring all truck / trailer loads in the future.

Start date: 29 August 2022

Work hours: 7am – 6pm

Completion date: October 2022

During the construction period, there will be ongoing work on the exit road. Exiting traffic flows will be redirected to the left before the entry kiosk. Normal access to the transfer station is not disrupted. Work will be weather dependent.

Three Waters Council Transition Support Package

On the 19 July 2022, the Government announced a $44 million support package for councils to support activities relating to the three waters reform. This transition funding is in addition to the wider Government backing for the Three Waters Reform package, which includes $2 billion Better Off funding for Councils to deliver community wellbeing initiatives (of which CDC is allocated $6.8m), and $500 million for No Worse Off funding – yet to be allocated to Councils.

This additional support funding is designed to cover the extra costs Council will incur due to the mandatory requirement to participate in the reforms.

Each council, regardless of their size, will receive a minimum of $350,000 over 12 months. Further funding may be allocated based on the ‘Better Off’ funding method for larger Councils, however we do not expect CDC will be eligible for further “Services” funding beyond this initial allocation.

Details of further funding for the period beyond 30 June 2023 are expected closer to that time.

All councils will receive funding in four equal quarterly payments, in advance over 12 months. The first instalment will be paid to councils once the funding agreement is signed and provided to the Department with an accompanying payment request.

Subsequent payments will be made upon submission of quarterly payment requests with an accompanying high-level description of activities undertaken and spend incurred in the previous quarter.

The funding agreement specifies that expenditure must be related to Three Waters transition activity. This includes responding to requests from the National Transition Unit and the supply of information and resource to support councils’ preparation for the transition.

Under the agreement, any funding not expended on eligible transition related activity by the transition date (30 June 2024) will be repayable by Council to the Department.

July/August 2022

July weather event and surface flooding at the wastewater treatment plant

In July, we had another extreme weather event which resulted in a lot of surface flooding around the district, including at our wastewater treatment plant. This meant we had to ask residents to limit their water use to avoid overloading the system and causing wastewater backflow into people’s homes. The significant increase to our wastewater intake during times of heavy rain indicates that we have faults in our wastewater reticulation system which results in stormwater infiltrating the system. 

Why haven’t the new wastewater ponds solved the issue?

In July, we began filling Reservoir one, the first of three new reservoirs at the Daleton Farm site, however, this is not yet ready for operation. The project team is using a staged approach when filling the reservoirs to ensure safety of the team working on site, and to protect the surrounding environment. Filling is weather dependent, with cold mornings required to ensure the liner does not expand or crease during this crucial initial fill. Maintaining groundwater levels below the rising level of the reservoir is also important, to ensure the liner settles onto the base and slope of the structure while allowing air pockets to vent naturally.

What steps has the council taken since February to try to prevent this happening again?

Since the February flood, we have bought flow monitors which are programmed for installation in next couple of months. They will show us which catchments in the reticulation have the larger inflows. Work is continuing on the wastewater pipework capital expenditure renewals and we are prioritising these areas in this financial year [2022/23]. We have also done some camera investigations within the wastewater network to identify the faults. Over the coming weeks we will be making use of CCTV and smoke testing across the network to identify these faults. Smoke testing involves injecting a dense, non-toxic and odourless smoke into the wastewater network, and then watching to see where the smoke escapes.

We are also developing a longer term wastewater management plan which we expect to be included in the 10 August Policy and Projects Committee Meeting Agenda.

Parks and Reserves update

  • Most of the street beds have now been replanted with the spring display.
  • The hanging baskets have been planted and will be put back up in the next few weeks.
  • Two Gleditsia tricanthos trees were planted at Millennium Park to replace the Albizzias that were removed.
  • The weed spraying programme is underway and ongoing.
  • The Carrington Park toilets have had the floors resealed.
  • New shrubs have been planted around the junior bike safety track.
  • The toilet installation at Sparks Park is a work in progress due to current weather conditions.
June/July 2022

Independent review on the wastewater ponds upgrade and the clocktower remediation project

A report was put to Council at its Ordinary Council meeting on 29 June 2022 with recommendations on how to implement the advice contained in the independent review on the Wastewater Ponds Upgrade Project and the Clocktower Project. This review was undertaken by Calibre Consulting Ltd and was tabled at the Audit and Risk Committee meeting on 19 May 2022. The Calibre review identified 8 lessons with associated recommendations.

In response to the findings, Officers will develop a Project Management Guideline to guide staff and contractors through the various stages of a project. The guidelines will have a summarised flowchart with various actions and decision points that will require staff to identify, address and manage specific risks.

These recommendations were around the following 4 keys points:

  • Project Scope
  • Risk Assessment
  • Flowchart
  • Project management

These recommendations were adopted at the 29 June Ordinary Council meeting and the guidelines will be developed this calendar year. The Council will be reviewing current projects to fall in line with what will be developed.

CDC is taking steps to meet recommendations from an independent review of recent projects.

We are developing new Project Management Guidelines for staff and contractors. Council’s Procurement Policy will also be reviewed for alignment and consistency. The guidelines will not only address the findings but improve our overall delivery of projects. We are confident these will be in place by the end of 2022.

Animal Facility

In March, the Council started work at the Dalefield Road site for a new animal facility. The existing facility is no longer fit for purpose and does not meet the current legislative requirements.

Council received a report at its June 29 Ordinary Council meeting outlining that a further $229,000 would be needed to complete the project. This would take the total to $599,000.

At this stage, construction hasn’t begun, only groundworks and draft architectural plans.

Council resolved to defer the project and instructed the CEO to engage with Masterton and South Wairarapa District Councils’ CEOs to develop a business case for a single joint Wairarapa Animal Control Facility. The CEO would present this to Council by 31 August.

If the business case has not sufficiently progressed by 31 August, Council would consider changing the design of the Animal Shelter to fit within an existing cookie-cutter style design. The total cost of this option would be $549,000 [including contingency of 20% or $94,000 an increase of $179,000].

 

Annual Plan and rates resolution

By now you may have received your latest rates installment – the first for the 2022/23 financial year.
Each year the Council reviews how much revenue it needs to deliver services, and recalculates what it needs to charge for rates. This new recalculation comes into effect on the 1 July every year and is based on the Council’s plan for the year ahead.

The 2022-23 Draft Annual plan, published in March, recommended a 6% rise in average rates. We have not added any additional projects from the 2021/31 Long Term Plan which we consulted on last year.
However, we did invite residents to provide feedback before the plan was finalised. Having considered all feedback and making changes to the Plan, the average rates rise is now 5.75% which is reflected in this current rates installment.

We have worked to ensure that we can keep rates increases to a minimum, despite significant pressure from inflation, while still delivering all our core services in the community and remaining financially prudent.

GWRC Rates: While it is included in your rates bill, CDC does not set the portion of rates for Greater Wellington Regional Council [GWRC] charges. GWRC has set their overall average rate increase for 2022-23 of 12.27%.  With targeted rates for Carterton, this raises the average in this District to 15%.  Visit: http://gwrc.govt.nz/your-rates online for more information.

What’s in the Annual Plan?

  • Installation of the new pool slide
  • Year 2 of the 3 year roading programme
  • Wastewater and water renewals
  • Town centre carpark and depot relocation
  • IT projects
  • District Plan Review
  • Wastewater Treatment Ponds Upgrade
May/June 2022

Wastewater Update

Last month, we had water flowing into Reservoir One of the new reservoir ponds, marking a significant milestone in the project. Filling the reservoir begun after remediation took place to repair the liner damaged by Central Hawkes Bay Earthmovers. The capacity of Reservoir One is around 60,000 cubic meters, or roughly the same size as the existing three storage ponds.

Planning the repairs for Reservoirs 2 and 3 is underway, with the weather and cooler temperatures potentially adding risks to the repair timetable. The work will fall within the previously announced budget of up to $1.944 million which was approved last December by Council.

Ruamāhanga roading Update

Footpath Renewals Footpath renewals planned for the rest of the financial year include:

· Wakelin Street
· Mckenzie Terrace
· Moreton Road

To stay up to date visit cdc.govt.nz/works

 

Enaki Stream Realignment

Over time, the Enaki stream realigned itself through flood debris build-up. The new alignment posed a future risk to Belvedere Road and potentially the bridge. Through collaboration with Greater Wellington Regional Council and landowners, we have realigned Enaki Stream back to its 1999 alignment.

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Urban Water Storage

The improvement of the potable water supply and resilience has been divided into 4 phases:

Phase 1 – Frederick Street treatment plant upgrade

Phase 2 – 2 x 2000kL Potable Water Storage Tanks

Phase 3 – Water main between phase 1 and 2 via Lincoln Road.

Phase 4 – Pump station at Water Tanks.

The bolted steel tank sections have been delivered and are being stored under cover at a local storage facility ready for assembly in August. Construction on the reinforced concrete foundations has started.

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April/May 2022

Wastewater Update

The Council Operations Team now has a boat for working on the wastewater treatment ponds. This will enable the operators and our mechanic safe access to maintain the aerators and cables. The boat has been designed to be stable on the water, with special platforms to allow safe points to lean or stand on (with grab bars) when reaching to maintain plant and equipment.

This boat has been on the cards for some time as a suitable boat could not be found. We were fortunate to find a local fabricator to make one to our specifications.

Animal Facility

In March, the Council started work at the Dalefield Road site for a new animal facility. The existing facility is no longer fit for purpose and does not meet the current legislative requirements.

There is an extensive history of attempting to provide a shared Wairarapa service, however, a consensus has not been reached due to differing operational requirements and budgetary expectations. Council has now progressed a potential building design for its site at Dalefield Road. Work has begun onsite, with the topsoil being stripped and a hard standing laid down to allow a suitable working space during winter months. Services have been installed, such as water, sewerage, electricity, and security.

The building design has been complete for some time, with project managers working on structural clarifications. The Council is now awaiting sign-off from a structural engineer on the final design before applying for the appropriate consents.

Ruamāhanga roading Update

A review of the intersection of Moreton and Rutland Roads was undertaken after receiving reports of serious accidents in this area.

After considering the feedback, the Council decided to upgrade this intersection from a ‘Give Way’ to a ‘Stop’. This means vehicles will now need to come to a complete stop before proceeding through the intersection, hopefully reducing the number of incidents.

We have upcoming planned works as follows:
Drainage renewals: Belvedere Road

  • Location: 200A to 210 Belvedere Road
  • Work: Drainage Renewal
  • Estimated date: May 2022
  • Duration: +- 4 weeks

Footpath renewals: McKenzie Terrace

  • Location: McKenzie Terrace form Pembroke Street to Broadway (Western side)
  • Work: Footpath renewals:
  • Estimated date: May 2022
  • Duration: +- 4 weeks

To stay up to date visit cdc.govt.nz/works

Wairarapa Combined District Plan

The review of the Wairarapa Combined District Plan is in process along with the consideration of the Government’s intention to review the RMA.

At the Joint Committee’s Workshop on 31 March, a discussion paper on Setbacks From Waterways was considered.

The following draft chapters were also presented to the Committee for consideration:

  • Transport
  • Energy
  • Network Utilities
  • Low and Medium Density

Residential Zone

  • Settlement Zone
  • Future Urban Zone

The Committee will convene its next workshop in mid May 2022 to consider the following matters:

  • Natural hazards
  • Historic heritage
  • Notable trees
  • Light
  • Noise

To stay up to date visit wairarapaplan.co.nz

February/March 2022

Council and Committee Meetings

Due to COVID, we have temporarily moved all our Council and Committee meetings to an online format, meaning we won’t be meeting in person. We will make a recording of the meeting publicly available via our YouTube channel within 48 hours of the meeting taking place. You can still speak at the public forum of each meeting, either via video call, phone call or submitting a written statement.

Call us on 06 379 4030 or email demservices@cdc.govt.nz at least 24 hours prior to a meeting if you wish to participate. The full meeting calendar for 2022 and meeting agendas (which are available 3 working days prior to a meeting) can be found online www.cdc.govt.nz/meetings

Urban Water Storage

The foundation design work for the new storage tanks has been completed.

The tanks will be built on site from steel plates which are now in the country and are due in our yard this month.

The pipework between Dalefield Road and the Frederick Street Water Treatment Plant has been awarded and construction for the pipework will be completed this financial year.

Ruamāhanga roading Update

Last month’s flooding event saw many of our urban and rural roads affected by surface flooding and slips. Our contractors Fulton Hogan did a fantastic job assisting us with the response by closing roads and reacting quickly to service requests logged by residents. They also spent several days following the floods cleaning up the roads.

Some other important work we have done includes:

The road widening of Hughes Line. This project is progressing well and we are planning to complete the widening this month.
We are in the process of doing a condition assessment of our footpaths, which will inform our work programme for the upcoming financial year
We completed a drop out repair on Clifton Grove in January.

Wairarapa Combined District Plan

The review of the Wairarapa Combined District Plan is in process along with the consideration of the Government’s intention to review the RMA. The Wairarapa Combined District Plan Joint Committee is reviewing work on several topics which need evaluating irrespective of the Government’s approach. Common issues include urban growth, rural subdivision, protection of elite soils, heritage and engineering standards. There is a need to address the important matters but not over commit due to proposed legislative change planned to the RMA.

We have now compiled a first draft of the new chapters for review, weighing up the pros and cons of the proposed changes. Once the review is complete, the three Wairarapa councils will put together a revised draft to consult with the community on.

We have also launched a joint webpage where you can find everything you need to know and find out how to get involved.

www.wairarapaplan.co.nz

Library Update

We’ve noticed our customers like to come in earlier on Saturdays, so we have amended our opening hours to match.

Our Saturday opening hours are now 9.30am – 1pm

For those of you unable to come to the library, make sure you check out our popular Click and Collect service with 2 great options for book selection- you choose your books or we choose!

Talk to one of the team or visit www.wls.org.nz/clickandcollect

January/February 2022

Wastewater Ponds Update

In December, discharge was transferred from the outfall to the pivot irrigator. The irrigator has been in operation 7 days a week, with the last few nozzles turned off (due to ongoing works at the head of the new storage reservoirs) and the new power box which has been installed on the new reservoir bunding.

Urban Water Storage

Our town water demand this summer is extremely high. The daily peak flows have been averaging 3200m3. This is 700m3 a day over the optimal 2500m3. Producing 2500m3 a day allows the plants to retain chlorination contact time and allows reserves for emergencies. To keep up with demand, the plant operators had to run both plants, alternating between one supplying the township, while the other had a chance to recover and replenish the storage tanks.

The new storage tanks (which were delayed due to COVID) will hold an additional 4 million litres and are scheduled to arrive this month.

Ruamāhanga roading Update

Our current expenditure reports can be found in the February agenda for the Infrastructure and Services committee. These reports are set against the Waka Kotahi budget allocations and are for the period of works completed between 01/07/2021 to 31/12/2021. For the full breakdown of expenditure, see the Infrastructure & Services Committee Agenda at www.carterton.infocouncil.biz

We are now getting into better weather conditions which will help with completing the remainder of the work. The focus is on completing the final pre-seal repairs ahead of the 2021/2022 sealing programme, and on maintaining a safe network for road users. Programming for works over the summer months is underway which will include the pre-seal repairs for the 2022/2023 sealing season.

Parks and Reserves

Our street reserves and flower beds are looking fantastic, thanks to our parks and reserves team. Maintaining them, along with weed spraying with our steamer, will be high priority in February. The team has also been busy installing new doggy doo bins in town and removing graffiti. The junior flying fox in Carrington Park has been temporarily out of action while we await the arrival of some spare parts – we hope to see it back in action soon.

Five Towns Trail Network Project

The first newsletter will be sent out in the first quarter 2022 to contacts who have registered through the website.

Abseil Access is beginning construction of the Tauherenikau cycle/walk bridge. The Greytown Trails Trust is working on the signage requirements for this section. They have also installed 1 of 2 Eco-visio counters on the existing Greytown Rail Trail and data is now being recorded. Capturing the use of trails will demonstrate the need for more safe, accessible off-road trails around the region. The data will be linked to the reporting undertaken by the Wellington Regional Trails Coordination Committee and captures other key trails in the Region.

For more information and updates, visit www.fivetownstrail.co.nz

November/December 2021

Wastewater Ponds Update

Two trial aerators were installed in Pond 1 and Pond 2 in early October to assist with ongoing management of the wastewater ponds and to reduce odour. These aerators create a large oxidation dispersal field and as such, the Dissolved Oxygen (DO) levels have increased significantly especially in Pond 1. The combination of sunlight from sunny days and increased oxidation in pond 1 has brought the pond back into a healthy state.

Mains Renewals

The contractor undertaking the wastewater mains renewal on Dalefield Road has started work. The renewal of the Rhodes Street water mains from High Street North to Wyndham Street is complete. This renewal replaces another 1% of the existing Asbestos-Cement material pipe in our network.

The new water mains design to connect the new reservoirs on Dalefield Road into the Frederick Street Treatment Plant has been placed on Tender Link and we’ve received a positive response from a number of parties interested in the tender.

A section of misaligned wastewater main in Victoria Street identified during routine CCTV assessments late last year was replaced. This resulted in the main holding approximately 3m3 of waste metal and restricting wastewater flows. The section of pipe proved a complex process to repair due to its depth and it being a live service. However, the job was completed with minimal disruption.

Renewal of the water and wastewater mains in Memorial Square is in the preparation it can be done with minimal interference to the adjoining businesses and those who use the Memorial Square. We will provide more information on this once a start date has been set.

Swimming Pool Maintenance

A new shade cover has replaced the old ripped one over the toddler’s pool. The earthquake strengthening of the outdoor changing room block is now complete. The pools have been brought up to operational standards for the upcoming summer swim season. This season will provide some challenges for the pool contractor as they will be managing the complex under the proposed COVID-19 traffic light protocols and guidelines.

For more information, visit www.cdc.govt.nz/swimming-pool

Clocktower Remediation and Landscaping

The clock tower reserve landscape development is almost complete, with the installation of the lighting fixtures completed late November. The old tree stump between the clock tower and the road has been removed. The footpath will be renovated with new tiles, pavers and asphalt.

Five Towns Trail Network Project

The Five Towns Trail Network Master Plan was launched on 14 October. A website and email inbox has been created. A register of enquiries and interested contacts who would like project updates has been created by and will be maintained by the Regional Trails Coordinator.

The Master Plan has now been received by each of the 3 district councils with support from all. A Memorandum of Understanding between the Wairarapa councils and Wairarapa Trails Action Group is being developed. Its purpose is to facilitate, research and create a suitable legal entity with appropriate, representative governance to deliver the master plan.

For more information and updates, visit www.fivetownstrail.co.nz

 

 

October/November 2021

Wastewater Improvements

Construction activity around the wastewater treatment plant and along Dalefield Road will ramp up commencing this month with the arrival of Downer, the successful bidder for the Dalefield Road wastewater Renewal.

This is where the current wastewater pipeline between SH2 and Lincoln Road will be renewed, and is anticipated to take the duration of summer 2021/22.

Over the next 6 months, we will also see increased activity around the Dalefield Road wastewater wetlands pumping system upgrade that will redirect treated wastewater to the new reservoirs off Gallon Road, this work will be carried out by Ordish and Stevens who have already installed the pipelines to the new reservoirs.

Urban Water Supply

This summer we will see the commencement of the potable water storage tanks where the successful bidder REL will start by building two steel-reinforced concrete foundations followed by the installation of two new 2,000,000 litre steel water storage tanks. This was originally scheduled for November but there have been delays in the delivery of the tanks due to the COVID lockdown and the availability of steel.

Also coming up will be 900m of a new water supply pipeline between the water tanks, along Lincoln Road to the Frederick Street water treatment plant.

Website upgrade

This year we started upgrading our Council website.

We’re fortunate to be able to do this work inhouse, meaning we can provide a much better level of online service at no extra cost to ratepayers.

Here are some features we have already improved:

  • Reviewed hundreds of historic news posts and removed any no longer relevant, preventing incorrect and outdated search results.
  • Improved the search function and added a ‘search pages’ bar
  • Overhauled the home page with a simple layout and quick link buttons to most used pages, such as meeting agendas and transfer station.
  • Improved the layout of the building services section.

We will continue to give progress updates until completion in June 2022.

September/October 2021

Wastewater Treatment Pond Upgrade

The third and central pond still requires a small section to be covered in.

Sections of the work for stage 3 progressed immediately after lockdown, though progress has been slow over the previous 2 weeks due to wet weather. Despite this, we are still within the timeframe of our consents to have the reservoirs operating.

The remaining work to be completed on the reservoirs includes lining to pond 2, completion of the anchor trenches, minor embankment fill (over anchor trenches), three concrete spillways, valve chambers lids and covers, subsoil testing, topsoil (Embankment crests), turf reinforcement matting, grassing, site clean up and remaining remediation work.

It is anticipated that this work could be completed by the end of January 2022.

Three Waters Reform

Our response to the proposed reform is now available. Our feedback was sent to the Department of Internal Affairs [DIA] on 1st October. Please note, Councils have not yet been asked to make a decision. At this stage we still believe Councils will be able to choose whether they can be part of the new entities proposed in the reforms, but this hasn’t been confirmed.

To view the full letter to DIA outlining our feedback and the letter we sent to ratepayers, visit www.cdc.govt.nz/threewaters

Library Improvements

We’re improving how you can find and use all our library collections. Your Wairarapa Library Service card already gives you access to all the collections at Featherston, Greytown, Martinborough and Carterton. From the 12th of October, we’re joining other SMART libraries around the region. Your library card will open the doors to half a million items and 26 libraries.

Check out the new Wairarapa Library Service website here

Frederick Street Water Treatment Plant upgrade

September/October 2021

The switchover from the old mains switchboard to the new mains switchboard and generator was completed in September. Since changing over to automatically running the plant (Bore 5) on the generator, we have lost mains power twice, but the the generator successfully switched into operation.

Powering the booster pumps with new variable speed drives (VSD’S) is next to be completed, currently scheduled for the end of this month.

The 2nd UV unit has been ordered, but the lead in time for shipping is currently unknown as it is coming from the UK.

August/September 2021

Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade

Due to the COVID-19 Alert Level 4 lockdown, there are no new updates at this stage, however, work onsite has recommenced during Alert Level 2.

Frederick Street Water Treatment Plant upgrade

We have ordered an additional UV system and a port-a-com to house this in.

We have re-drilled an existing bore that had been capped off to explore if we could gain some additional water. The bore now provides a low level amount of water but does require extensive flushing prior to use.

New water sources for Carterton are crucial for our growing district. Work on future supplies has been brought forward, and analysis will start soon.

A quality options analysis will establish the available, and optimum source of potable water. We had funds set aside in the Ten Year Plan for next financial year to undertake an options analysis for an additional water source. After the Policy and Strategy committee had asked for the Eastern Growth area to have a greater density of housing they recommended to move the study to the current financial year. This recommendation was moved at the August Ordinary Council meeting.

Climate Change updates

Conservation week

Local organisations are urging the Wairarapa to take a moment to think about our climate this Conservation Week, 4-12 September. There’s a range of activities happening across the region – fish and insect monitoring, planting and weeding, expert presentations, art exhibitions, film screenings and more – there’s something for everyone. Plus, entry is either free or a koha! Climate Change Advisor, Mélanie Barthe, says some amazing guest speakers are lined up to speak at evening evetns being held in Carterton and Martinborough on the 3rd and 11th of September respectively.

For a programme of all the events on in your region this Conservation Week, click here

 

Town Centre Redevelopment

Mayor Greg Lang and Councillor Robyn Cherry-Campbell have been working hard with developers, businesses and building owners over the last 12 months to progress the redevelopment in the town centre. We’re excited to see Finom reopening at their new premises. The building next to 3Mile is having earthquake strengthening work done so the second hand shop can return to trading there. More townhouses are being built and some encouraging conversations are happening with businesses from other towns interested in relocating to our District.

We are also really pleased to see the town get behind Cafe Olé while they prepare to relocate to the Tryst building next to Double Dollar Plus. Olé will have to close for a few months while the building is being made fit for purpose but we are looking forward to their return as they are a unique part of our business community with a strong customer base.

 

Clock tower remediation & landscaping

The chimes are going again and there has been fantastic progress with the landscaping around the clocktower. Check out our video to get some insight into the inner workings of the clock mechanism and the chimes.

Three Waters Reform

Despite the Alert Level lockdown in August, the 3 Wairarapa Councils are still working through another period of analysis on our Districts’ drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater services. Councils are providing further analysis to Central Government by September 30.

We still do not know the exact costs for each Council. What we do know is no matter which model is chosen, household costs for water are likely to go up due to the following changes taking place:

  • Taumata Arawai Drinking water standards
  • The Water Services Bill currently going through Parliament
  • The proposed natural resources plan from GWRC
  • The national policy statement on freshwater management.

Whether councils join an entity or go it alone, the cost of meeting these new standards will rise.

What happens next?

At this stage, we believe Councils can opt out of being part of the new entities but this hasn’t been confirmed. The 1st October date is not a deadline for making a decision. Councils are using this time to gather as much information from Central Government to better understand the long-term impacts these reforms will have on our communities.

We don’t know what DIA will be asking of Councils at the end of this timeframe, but we will be able to give our feedback and have a better understanding of when the Government will start its community consultation.

 

July/August 2021

Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade

Ponds 1 and 3 have had the lining completed with a small section of pond 2 left to finish. Ponds 1 and 3 have had their spillways finished and landscaping and topsoiling around the perimeter of the dam wall has been completed. Work on the valve chamber headworks has been undertaken and pipework connecting the treatment plant with the inlets to the ponds is happening with the stainless steel pipe fabrication being made off-site for the inlets. The outlet tee-bars for two of the ponds have also been installed at the southern end of the pond.

Frederick Street Water Treatment Plant upgrade

We are currently in the planning phase of when we can plan a shutdown of the Frederick Street Water Treatment Plant and a swap over to the Kaipaitangata treatment plant to undertake a few days of work.

The council has teamed up with WaterOutlook as part of the improvements it is making to its monitoring of the urban water supply. WaterOutlook is a specialised software platform owned and operated in New Zealand and used for gathering and analysing water quality data. Council staff will use WaterOutlook to keep across the vast amounts of data involved in running the district’s 3 Waters systems. Having that data at our fingertips will save us significant amounts of time and help improve water quality and compliance outcomes going forward.

Climate Change updates

This month the three Wairarapa councils launched a Healthy Home kit thanks to Climate Change Advisors Mélanie Barthe and Natasha Tomic. This self-assessment toolkit will enable you to assess your home for warmth and damp, and understand how it’s performing. You will find useful tips and advice to improve the comfort of your home, and the health of occupants. You can borrow the kit for FREE from the Carterton, Greytown and Masterton Libraries (available at Martinborough and Featherston upon request).

To read the full statement click here

To view the self-user guide and record sheets visit www.cdc.govt.nz/healthyhome

Conservation week

Local organisations are urging the Wairarapa to take a moment to think about our climate this Conservation Week, 4-12 September. There’s a range of activities happening across the region – fish and insect monitoring, planting and weeding, expert presentations, art exhibitions, film screenings and more – there’s something for everyone. Plus, entry is either free or a koha! Climate Change Advisor, Mélanie Barthe, says some amazing guest speakers are lined up to speak at evening evetns being held in Carterton and Martinborough on the 3rd and 11th of September respectively.

For a programme of all the events on in your region this Conservation Week, click here

Town Centre Redevelopment

Exciting developments are continuing, including Finom’s announcement that it will be relocating to the old Salvation Army building on High Street, which has been restored and renovated. This is just one of many buildings which will be refurbished for a business to relocate to, with plans in place for the earthquake prone building the businesses relocate from. We will continue to update you as soon as the information is able to be made public.

 

Clock tower remediation & landscaping

The landscaping is coming along well with progress being made on the concrete seating around the base of the clocktower. In early July, the chimes stopped sounding after one of the motors burnt out. This was sent away to experts in Lower Hutt to repair. They rewired it, tested it and ran it before assessing the condition of the gearing and returning it to us. We are now in the process of refitting it to the mechanism to get the chimes going again soon.

 

Three Waters Reform

July/August 2021

Central Government has released the cabinet papers for the next steps of the three waters review detailing the number of proposed entities and the boundaries they will cover. In addition, the Government announced a $2.5 billion package to support local government transition through the reforms to New Zealand’s drinking water, wastewater and stormwater services.  $2 billion has been set aside for councils to invest in the future for local government, urban development, and the wellbeing of their communities.  $500 million of the 2.5bn seeks to address the costs and financial impacts that councils would incur such as the transfer of water assets, liabilities, revenue and staff to a new water services entity. The funding also ensures councils will be able to continue to sustainably perform their non-water related roles and functions.

What happens next?
Council staff and elected members will spend the next 8 weeks collating further information from Central Government and reviewing it to determine how this will affect both the council and our District as a whole. We are still unsure as to what DIA will be asking of Local Councils at the end of the 8 weeks, however, we should have a better idea of when central government intends to commence community consultation.  At this stage, the Council has made no indication whether it is leaning towards opting in or out, and any media reports which state otherwise are incorrect

 

 

 

June/July 2021

Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade

Viking placed the geo fabric on the remaining sections of pond 1 in the week ending 11 June 2021, they are still to complete pond 2 geo fabric then finish laying the black liner and have this tested for leak integrity. While waiting for the reservoirs to be completed, work on stage 3 has started on the upgrade of the existing wet well, located next to the UV treatment system on Dalefield Road. Late delivery of the stage 2 has pushed stage 3 into less desirable winter conditions therefore the remaining cannot now be completed until the end of next summer, but we are still within the time period of our consents to have the reservoirs operating. Once the physical works on the site are completed the upgraded plant will be commissioned.

Clock tower remediation & landscaping

The clock tower reserve landscape renovation is underway, with improved access, new seats and 3 specimen trees being the main features. The groundwork is being done by the Council using existing maintenance budgets from the Parks and Reserves budget. The team is making good progress but this work may take a few months, at which stage the Carterton Lions will help with the planting. There will be timber seating, lots of planting and trees for shading, creating a green and welcoming community space. An important feature includes lowering the ground level of the main seating space to footpath level to remove the current step up from the footpath, making the area accessible to those using wheelchairs or mobility scooters.

Three Waters Reform

DIA  has now released 4 evidence based reports in relation to the three waters reform, building the case for change.

What does this mean for our council and community?

We’re still waiting for release of the Cabinet paper which will decide how many entities it’s going to be, and we are hoping it will also provide details on the debt structure and how that may impact on council. There will be a public consultation prior to the opt-out decision expected by the end of the year, so we can consider the community’s views before making any final decisions.
 

Town Centre Redevelopment

On 30 June, the Council is set to adopt its Draft Ten Year Plan for 2021-2031 which included confirmation of Option B in the Consultation Document – include budget capacity of $331,000 for the purchase of land for public spaces and accessways/laneways in the town centre. Mayor Greg Lang has provided the following updates which have come from his work as part of the Mayor’s Town Centre Taskforce

  • High Street will not be flattened, and the fate of the majority of buildings is not demolition.
  • Of the two buildings which are earmarked for demolition, the businesses are relocating and there are exciting and innovative plans for what will go in their place. There will be no vacant lots on our High Street.
  • We have investors queueing up, waiting for a building to be listed for sale so they can snap it up. We have a strong vision, one which shows who we are, where we have come from and what we aspire to be, and this is resonating with investors.
  • At the moment the majority of the specifics of what’s happening remains commercially sensitive information. Exciting new ventures/businesses are looking at establishing and several existing businesses are ready to relocate to other High Street premises, and Mayor Lang is facilitating this to reduce the impact on their ability to trade. There are developers ready to action grand plans for the buildings they relocate from.

Frederick Street Water Treatment Plant upgrade

Council are mid-way through a planned upgrade of the Frederick Street treatment plant. The timing of the upgrades has been constricted due to rely on supply through the Kaipaitangata treatment plant while working on the Frederick Street plant.

Climate Change updates

Carterton District Council is taking part in the Wellington Regional Growth Framework (WRGF) through its participation in the Wellington Regional Climate Change Forum. We have an active voice in two projects of the WRGF:

  • Develop a regional emissions reduction action plan
  • Regional approach to planning for and managing climate change impact

Through those two projects, CDC plays an active role in climate change mitigation and climate change adaptation at a regional level.

 

 

July/August 2022

July weather event and surface flooding at the wastewater treatment plant

In July, we had another extreme weather event which resulted in a lot of surface flooding around the district, including at our wastewater treatment plant. This meant we had to ask residents to limit their water use to avoid overloading the system and causing wastewater backflow into people’s homes. The significant increase to our wastewater intake during times of heavy rain indicates that we have faults in our wastewater reticulation system which results in stormwater infiltrating the system. 

Why haven’t the new wastewater ponds solved the issue?

In July, we began filling Reservoir one, the first of three new reservoirs at the Daleton Farm site, however, this is not yet ready for operation. The project team is using a staged approach when filling the reservoirs to ensure safety of the team working on site, and to protect the surrounding environment. Filling is weather dependent, with cold mornings required to ensure the liner does not expand or crease during this crucial initial fill. Maintaining groundwater levels below the rising level of the reservoir is also important, to ensure the liner settles onto the base and slope of the structure while allowing air pockets to vent naturally.

What steps has the council taken since February to try to prevent this happening again?

Since the February flood, we have bought flow monitors which are programmed for installation in next couple of months. They will show us which catchments in the reticulation have the larger inflows. Work is continuing on the wastewater pipework capital expenditure renewals and we are prioritising these areas in this financial year [2022/23]. We have also done some camera investigations within the wastewater network to identify the faults. Over the coming weeks we will be making use of CCTV and smoke testing across the network to identify these faults. Smoke testing involves injecting a dense, non-toxic and odourless smoke into the wastewater network, and then watching to see where the smoke escapes.

We are also developing a longer term wastewater management plan which we expect to be included in the 10 August Policy and Projects Committee Meeting Agenda.

Parks and Reserves update

  • Most of the street beds have now been replanted with the spring display.
  • The hanging baskets have been planted and will be put back up in the next few weeks.
  • Two Gleditsia tricanthos trees were planted at Millennium Park to replace the Albizzias that were removed.
  • The weed spraying programme is underway and ongoing.
  • The Carrington Park toilets have had the floors resealed.
  • New shrubs have been planted around the junior bike safety track.
  • The toilet installation at Sparks Park is a work in progress due to current weather conditions.
June/July 2022

Independent review on the wastewater ponds upgrade and the clocktower remediation project

A report was put to Council at its Ordinary Council meeting on 29 June 2022 with recommendations on how to implement the advice contained in the independent review on the Wastewater Ponds Upgrade Project and the Clocktower Project. This review was undertaken by Calibre Consulting Ltd and was tabled at the Audit and Risk Committee meeting on 19 May 2022. The Calibre review identified 8 lessons with associated recommendations.

In response to the findings, Officers will develop a Project Management Guideline to guide staff and contractors through the various stages of a project. The guidelines will have a summarised flowchart with various actions and decision points that will require staff to identify, address and manage specific risks.

These recommendations were around the following 4 keys points:

  • Project Scope
  • Risk Assessment
  • Flowchart
  • Project management

These recommendations were adopted at the 29 June Ordinary Council meeting and the guidelines will be developed this calendar year. The Council will be reviewing current projects to fall in line with what will be developed.

CDC is taking steps to meet recommendations from an independent review of recent projects.

We are developing new Project Management Guidelines for staff and contractors. Council’s Procurement Policy will also be reviewed for alignment and consistency. The guidelines will not only address the findings but improve our overall delivery of projects. We are confident these will be in place by the end of 2022.

Animal Facility

In March, the Council started work at the Dalefield Road site for a new animal facility. The existing facility is no longer fit for purpose and does not meet the current legislative requirements.

Council received a report at its June 29 Ordinary Council meeting outlining that a further $229,000 would be needed to complete the project. This would take the total to $599,000.

At this stage, construction hasn’t begun, only groundworks and draft architectural plans.

Council resolved to defer the project and instructed the CEO to engage with Masterton and South Wairarapa District Councils’ CEOs to develop a business case for a single joint Wairarapa Animal Control Facility. The CEO would present this to Council by 31 August.

If the business case has not sufficiently progressed by 31 August, Council would consider changing the design of the Animal Shelter to fit within an existing cookie-cutter style design. The total cost of this option would be $549,000 [including contingency of 20% or $94,000 an increase of $179,000].

 

Annual Plan and rates resolution

By now you may have received your latest rates installment – the first for the 2022/23 financial year.
Each year the Council reviews how much revenue it needs to deliver services, and recalculates what it needs to charge for rates. This new recalculation comes into effect on the 1 July every year and is based on the Council’s plan for the year ahead.

The 2022-23 Draft Annual plan, published in March, recommended a 6% rise in average rates. We have not added any additional projects from the 2021/31 Long Term Plan which we consulted on last year.
However, we did invite residents to provide feedback before the plan was finalised. Having considered all feedback and making changes to the Plan, the average rates rise is now 5.75% which is reflected in this current rates installment.

We have worked to ensure that we can keep rates increases to a minimum, despite significant pressure from inflation, while still delivering all our core services in the community and remaining financially prudent.

GWRC Rates: While it is included in your rates bill, CDC does not set the portion of rates for Greater Wellington Regional Council [GWRC] charges. GWRC has set their overall average rate increase for 2022-23 of 12.27%.  With targeted rates for Carterton, this raises the average in this District to 15%.  Visit: http://gwrc.govt.nz/your-rates online for more information.

What’s in the Annual Plan?

  • Installation of the new pool slide
  • Year 2 of the 3 year roading programme
  • Wastewater and water renewals
  • Town centre carpark and depot relocation
  • IT projects
  • District Plan Review
  • Wastewater Treatment Ponds Upgrade
May/June 2022

Wastewater Update

Last month, we had water flowing into Reservoir One of the new reservoir ponds, marking a significant milestone in the project. Filling the reservoir begun after remediation took place to repair the liner damaged by Central Hawkes Bay Earthmovers. The capacity of Reservoir One is around 60,000 cubic meters, or roughly the same size as the existing three storage ponds.

Planning the repairs for Reservoirs 2 and 3 is underway, with the weather and cooler temperatures potentially adding risks to the repair timetable. The work will fall within the previously announced budget of up to $1.944 million which was approved last December by Council.

Ruamāhanga roading Update

Footpath Renewals Footpath renewals planned for the rest of the financial year include:

· Wakelin Street
· Mckenzie Terrace
· Moreton Road

To stay up to date visit cdc.govt.nz/works

 

Enaki Stream Realignment

Over time, the Enaki stream realigned itself through flood debris build-up. The new alignment posed a future risk to Belvedere Road and potentially the bridge. Through collaboration with Greater Wellington Regional Council and landowners, we have realigned Enaki Stream back to its 1999 alignment.

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Urban Water Storage

The improvement of the potable water supply and resilience has been divided into 4 phases:

Phase 1 – Frederick Street treatment plant upgrade

Phase 2 – 2 x 2000kL Potable Water Storage Tanks

Phase 3 – Water main between phase 1 and 2 via Lincoln Road.

Phase 4 – Pump station at Water Tanks.

The bolted steel tank sections have been delivered and are being stored under cover at a local storage facility ready for assembly in August. Construction on the reinforced concrete foundations has started.

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April/May 2022

Wastewater Update

The Council Operations Team now has a boat for working on the wastewater treatment ponds. This will enable the operators and our mechanic safe access to maintain the aerators and cables. The boat has been designed to be stable on the water, with special platforms to allow safe points to lean or stand on (with grab bars) when reaching to maintain plant and equipment.

This boat has been on the cards for some time as a suitable boat could not be found. We were fortunate to find a local fabricator to make one to our specifications.

Animal Facility

In March, the Council started work at the Dalefield Road site for a new animal facility. The existing facility is no longer fit for purpose and does not meet the current legislative requirements.

There is an extensive history of attempting to provide a shared Wairarapa service, however, a consensus has not been reached due to differing operational requirements and budgetary expectations. Council has now progressed a potential building design for its site at Dalefield Road. Work has begun onsite, with the topsoil being stripped and a hard standing laid down to allow a suitable working space during winter months. Services have been installed, such as water, sewerage, electricity, and security.

The building design has been complete for some time, with project managers working on structural clarifications. The Council is now awaiting sign-off from a structural engineer on the final design before applying for the appropriate consents.

Ruamāhanga roading Update

A review of the intersection of Moreton and Rutland Roads was undertaken after receiving reports of serious accidents in this area.

After considering the feedback, the Council decided to upgrade this intersection from a ‘Give Way’ to a ‘Stop’. This means vehicles will now need to come to a complete stop before proceeding through the intersection, hopefully reducing the number of incidents.

We have upcoming planned works as follows:
Drainage renewals: Belvedere Road

  • Location: 200A to 210 Belvedere Road
  • Work: Drainage Renewal
  • Estimated date: May 2022
  • Duration: +- 4 weeks

Footpath renewals: McKenzie Terrace

  • Location: McKenzie Terrace form Pembroke Street to Broadway (Western side)
  • Work: Footpath renewals:
  • Estimated date: May 2022
  • Duration: +- 4 weeks

To stay up to date visit cdc.govt.nz/works

Wairarapa Combined District Plan

The review of the Wairarapa Combined District Plan is in process along with the consideration of the Government’s intention to review the RMA.

At the Joint Committee’s Workshop on 31 March, a discussion paper on Setbacks From Waterways was considered.

The following draft chapters were also presented to the Committee for consideration:

  • Transport
  • Energy
  • Network Utilities
  • Low and Medium Density

Residential Zone

  • Settlement Zone
  • Future Urban Zone

The Committee will convene its next workshop in mid May 2022 to consider the following matters:

  • Natural hazards
  • Historic heritage
  • Notable trees
  • Light
  • Noise

To stay up to date visit wairarapaplan.co.nz

February/March 2022

Council and Committee Meetings

Due to COVID, we have temporarily moved all our Council and Committee meetings to an online format, meaning we won’t be meeting in person. We will make a recording of the meeting publicly available via our YouTube channel within 48 hours of the meeting taking place. You can still speak at the public forum of each meeting, either via video call, phone call or submitting a written statement.

Call us on 06 379 4030 or email demservices@cdc.govt.nz at least 24 hours prior to a meeting if you wish to participate. The full meeting calendar for 2022 and meeting agendas (which are available 3 working days prior to a meeting) can be found online www.cdc.govt.nz/meetings

Urban Water Storage

The foundation design work for the new storage tanks has been completed.

The tanks will be built on site from steel plates which are now in the country and are due in our yard this month.

The pipework between Dalefield Road and the Frederick Street Water Treatment Plant has been awarded and construction for the pipework will be completed this financial year.

Ruamāhanga roading Update

Last month’s flooding event saw many of our urban and rural roads affected by surface flooding and slips. Our contractors Fulton Hogan did a fantastic job assisting us with the response by closing roads and reacting quickly to service requests logged by residents. They also spent several days following the floods cleaning up the roads.

Some other important work we have done includes:

The road widening of Hughes Line. This project is progressing well and we are planning to complete the widening this month.
We are in the process of doing a condition assessment of our footpaths, which will inform our work programme for the upcoming financial year
We completed a drop out repair on Clifton Grove in January.

Wairarapa Combined District Plan

The review of the Wairarapa Combined District Plan is in process along with the consideration of the Government’s intention to review the RMA. The Wairarapa Combined District Plan Joint Committee is reviewing work on several topics which need evaluating irrespective of the Government’s approach. Common issues include urban growth, rural subdivision, protection of elite soils, heritage and engineering standards. There is a need to address the important matters but not over commit due to proposed legislative change planned to the RMA.

We have now compiled a first draft of the new chapters for review, weighing up the pros and cons of the proposed changes. Once the review is complete, the three Wairarapa councils will put together a revised draft to consult with the community on.

We have also launched a joint webpage where you can find everything you need to know and find out how to get involved.

www.wairarapaplan.co.nz

Library Update

We’ve noticed our customers like to come in earlier on Saturdays, so we have amended our opening hours to match.

Our Saturday opening hours are now 9.30am – 1pm

For those of you unable to come to the library, make sure you check out our popular Click and Collect service with 2 great options for book selection- you choose your books or we choose!

Talk to one of the team or visit www.wls.org.nz/clickandcollect

January/February 2022

Wastewater Ponds Update

In December, discharge was transferred from the outfall to the pivot irrigator. The irrigator has been in operation 7 days a week, with the last few nozzles turned off (due to ongoing works at the head of the new storage reservoirs) and the new power box which has been installed on the new reservoir bunding.

Urban Water Storage

Our town water demand this summer is extremely high. The daily peak flows have been averaging 3200m3. This is 700m3 a day over the optimal 2500m3. Producing 2500m3 a day allows the plants to retain chlorination contact time and allows reserves for emergencies. To keep up with demand, the plant operators had to run both plants, alternating between one supplying the township, while the other had a chance to recover and replenish the storage tanks.

The new storage tanks (which were delayed due to COVID) will hold an additional 4 million litres and are scheduled to arrive this month.

Ruamāhanga roading Update

Our current expenditure reports can be found in the February agenda for the Infrastructure and Services committee. These reports are set against the Waka Kotahi budget allocations and are for the period of works completed between 01/07/2021 to 31/12/2021. For the full breakdown of expenditure, see the Infrastructure & Services Committee Agenda at www.carterton.infocouncil.biz

We are now getting into better weather conditions which will help with completing the remainder of the work. The focus is on completing the final pre-seal repairs ahead of the 2021/2022 sealing programme, and on maintaining a safe network for road users. Programming for works over the summer months is underway which will include the pre-seal repairs for the 2022/2023 sealing season.

Parks and Reserves

Our street reserves and flower beds are looking fantastic, thanks to our parks and reserves team. Maintaining them, along with weed spraying with our steamer, will be high priority in February. The team has also been busy installing new doggy doo bins in town and removing graffiti. The junior flying fox in Carrington Park has been temporarily out of action while we await the arrival of some spare parts – we hope to see it back in action soon.

Five Towns Trail Network Project

The first newsletter will be sent out in the first quarter 2022 to contacts who have registered through the website.

Abseil Access is beginning construction of the Tauherenikau cycle/walk bridge. The Greytown Trails Trust is working on the signage requirements for this section. They have also installed 1 of 2 Eco-visio counters on the existing Greytown Rail Trail and data is now being recorded. Capturing the use of trails will demonstrate the need for more safe, accessible off-road trails around the region. The data will be linked to the reporting undertaken by the Wellington Regional Trails Coordination Committee and captures other key trails in the Region.

For more information and updates, visit www.fivetownstrail.co.nz

November/December 2021

Wastewater Ponds Update

Two trial aerators were installed in Pond 1 and Pond 2 in early October to assist with ongoing management of the wastewater ponds and to reduce odour. These aerators create a large oxidation dispersal field and as such, the Dissolved Oxygen (DO) levels have increased significantly especially in Pond 1. The combination of sunlight from sunny days and increased oxidation in pond 1 has brought the pond back into a healthy state.

Mains Renewals

The contractor undertaking the wastewater mains renewal on Dalefield Road has started work. The renewal of the Rhodes Street water mains from High Street North to Wyndham Street is complete. This renewal replaces another 1% of the existing Asbestos-Cement material pipe in our network.

The new water mains design to connect the new reservoirs on Dalefield Road into the Frederick Street Treatment Plant has been placed on Tender Link and we’ve received a positive response from a number of parties interested in the tender.

A section of misaligned wastewater main in Victoria Street identified during routine CCTV assessments late last year was replaced. This resulted in the main holding approximately 3m3 of waste metal and restricting wastewater flows. The section of pipe proved a complex process to repair due to its depth and it being a live service. However, the job was completed with minimal disruption.

Renewal of the water and wastewater mains in Memorial Square is in the preparation it can be done with minimal interference to the adjoining businesses and those who use the Memorial Square. We will provide more information on this once a start date has been set.

Swimming Pool Maintenance

A new shade cover has replaced the old ripped one over the toddler’s pool. The earthquake strengthening of the outdoor changing room block is now complete. The pools have been brought up to operational standards for the upcoming summer swim season. This season will provide some challenges for the pool contractor as they will be managing the complex under the proposed COVID-19 traffic light protocols and guidelines.

For more information, visit www.cdc.govt.nz/swimming-pool

Clocktower Remediation and Landscaping

The clock tower reserve landscape development is almost complete, with the installation of the lighting fixtures completed late November. The old tree stump between the clock tower and the road has been removed. The footpath will be renovated with new tiles, pavers and asphalt.

Five Towns Trail Network Project

The Five Towns Trail Network Master Plan was launched on 14 October. A website and email inbox has been created. A register of enquiries and interested contacts who would like project updates has been created by and will be maintained by the Regional Trails Coordinator.

The Master Plan has now been received by each of the 3 district councils with support from all. A Memorandum of Understanding between the Wairarapa councils and Wairarapa Trails Action Group is being developed. Its purpose is to facilitate, research and create a suitable legal entity with appropriate, representative governance to deliver the master plan.

For more information and updates, visit www.fivetownstrail.co.nz

 

 

October/November 2021

Wastewater Improvements

Construction activity around the wastewater treatment plant and along Dalefield Road will ramp up commencing this month with the arrival of Downer, the successful bidder for the Dalefield Road wastewater Renewal.

This is where the current wastewater pipeline between SH2 and Lincoln Road will be renewed, and is anticipated to take the duration of summer 2021/22.

Over the next 6 months, we will also see increased activity around the Dalefield Road wastewater wetlands pumping system upgrade that will redirect treated wastewater to the new reservoirs off Gallon Road, this work will be carried out by Ordish and Stevens who have already installed the pipelines to the new reservoirs.

Urban Water Supply

This summer we will see the commencement of the potable water storage tanks where the successful bidder REL will start by building two steel-reinforced concrete foundations followed by the installation of two new 2,000,000 litre steel water storage tanks. This was originally scheduled for November but there have been delays in the delivery of the tanks due to the COVID lockdown and the availability of steel.

Also coming up will be 900m of a new water supply pipeline between the water tanks, along Lincoln Road to the Frederick Street water treatment plant.

Website upgrade

This year we started upgrading our Council website.

We’re fortunate to be able to do this work inhouse, meaning we can provide a much better level of online service at no extra cost to ratepayers.

Here are some features we have already improved:

  • Reviewed hundreds of historic news posts and removed any no longer relevant, preventing incorrect and outdated search results.
  • Improved the search function and added a ‘search pages’ bar
  • Overhauled the home page with a simple layout and quick link buttons to most used pages, such as meeting agendas and transfer station.
  • Improved the layout of the building services section.

We will continue to give progress updates until completion in June 2022.

September/October 2021

Wastewater Treatment Pond Upgrade

The third and central pond still requires a small section to be covered in.

Sections of the work for stage 3 progressed immediately after lockdown, though progress has been slow over the previous 2 weeks due to wet weather. Despite this, we are still within the timeframe of our consents to have the reservoirs operating.

The remaining work to be completed on the reservoirs includes lining to pond 2, completion of the anchor trenches, minor embankment fill (over anchor trenches), three concrete spillways, valve chambers lids and covers, subsoil testing, topsoil (Embankment crests), turf reinforcement matting, grassing, site clean up and remaining remediation work.

It is anticipated that this work could be completed by the end of January 2022.

Three Waters Reform

Our response to the proposed reform is now available. Our feedback was sent to the Department of Internal Affairs [DIA] on 1st October. Please note, Councils have not yet been asked to make a decision. At this stage we still believe Councils will be able to choose whether they can be part of the new entities proposed in the reforms, but this hasn’t been confirmed.

To view the full letter to DIA outlining our feedback and the letter we sent to ratepayers, visit www.cdc.govt.nz/threewaters

Library Improvements

We’re improving how you can find and use all our library collections. Your Wairarapa Library Service card already gives you access to all the collections at Featherston, Greytown, Martinborough and Carterton. From the 12th of October, we’re joining other SMART libraries around the region. Your library card will open the doors to half a million items and 26 libraries.

Check out the new Wairarapa Library Service website here

Frederick Street Water Treatment Plant upgrade

September/October 2021

The switchover from the old mains switchboard to the new mains switchboard and generator was completed in September. Since changing over to automatically running the plant (Bore 5) on the generator, we have lost mains power twice, but the the generator successfully switched into operation.

Powering the booster pumps with new variable speed drives (VSD’S) is next to be completed, currently scheduled for the end of this month.

The 2nd UV unit has been ordered, but the lead in time for shipping is currently unknown as it is coming from the UK.

August/September 2021

Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade

Due to the COVID-19 Alert Level 4 lockdown, there are no new updates at this stage, however, work onsite has recommenced during Alert Level 2.

Frederick Street Water Treatment Plant upgrade

We have ordered an additional UV system and a port-a-com to house this in.

We have re-drilled an existing bore that had been capped off to explore if we could gain some additional water. The bore now provides a low level amount of water but does require extensive flushing prior to use.

New water sources for Carterton are crucial for our growing district. Work on future supplies has been brought forward, and analysis will start soon.

A quality options analysis will establish the available, and optimum source of potable water. We had funds set aside in the Ten Year Plan for next financial year to undertake an options analysis for an additional water source. After the Policy and Strategy committee had asked for the Eastern Growth area to have a greater density of housing they recommended to move the study to the current financial year. This recommendation was moved at the August Ordinary Council meeting.

Climate Change updates

Conservation week

Local organisations are urging the Wairarapa to take a moment to think about our climate this Conservation Week, 4-12 September. There’s a range of activities happening across the region – fish and insect monitoring, planting and weeding, expert presentations, art exhibitions, film screenings and more – there’s something for everyone. Plus, entry is either free or a koha! Climate Change Advisor, Mélanie Barthe, says some amazing guest speakers are lined up to speak at evening evetns being held in Carterton and Martinborough on the 3rd and 11th of September respectively.

For a programme of all the events on in your region this Conservation Week, click here

 

Town Centre Redevelopment

Mayor Greg Lang and Councillor Robyn Cherry-Campbell have been working hard with developers, businesses and building owners over the last 12 months to progress the redevelopment in the town centre. We’re excited to see Finom reopening at their new premises. The building next to 3Mile is having earthquake strengthening work done so the second hand shop can return to trading there. More townhouses are being built and some encouraging conversations are happening with businesses from other towns interested in relocating to our District.

We are also really pleased to see the town get behind Cafe Olé while they prepare to relocate to the Tryst building next to Double Dollar Plus. Olé will have to close for a few months while the building is being made fit for purpose but we are looking forward to their return as they are a unique part of our business community with a strong customer base.

 

Clock tower remediation & landscaping

The chimes are going again and there has been fantastic progress with the landscaping around the clocktower. Check out our video to get some insight into the inner workings of the clock mechanism and the chimes.

Three Waters Reform

Despite the Alert Level lockdown in August, the 3 Wairarapa Councils are still working through another period of analysis on our Districts’ drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater services. Councils are providing further analysis to Central Government by September 30.

We still do not know the exact costs for each Council. What we do know is no matter which model is chosen, household costs for water are likely to go up due to the following changes taking place:

  • Taumata Arawai Drinking water standards
  • The Water Services Bill currently going through Parliament
  • The proposed natural resources plan from GWRC
  • The national policy statement on freshwater management.

Whether councils join an entity or go it alone, the cost of meeting these new standards will rise.

What happens next?

At this stage, we believe Councils can opt out of being part of the new entities but this hasn’t been confirmed. The 1st October date is not a deadline for making a decision. Councils are using this time to gather as much information from Central Government to better understand the long-term impacts these reforms will have on our communities.

We don’t know what DIA will be asking of Councils at the end of this timeframe, but we will be able to give our feedback and have a better understanding of when the Government will start its community consultation.

 

July/August 2021

Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade

Ponds 1 and 3 have had the lining completed with a small section of pond 2 left to finish. Ponds 1 and 3 have had their spillways finished and landscaping and topsoiling around the perimeter of the dam wall has been completed. Work on the valve chamber headworks has been undertaken and pipework connecting the treatment plant with the inlets to the ponds is happening with the stainless steel pipe fabrication being made off-site for the inlets. The outlet tee-bars for two of the ponds have also been installed at the southern end of the pond.

Frederick Street Water Treatment Plant upgrade

We are currently in the planning phase of when we can plan a shutdown of the Frederick Street Water Treatment Plant and a swap over to the Kaipaitangata treatment plant to undertake a few days of work.

The council has teamed up with WaterOutlook as part of the improvements it is making to its monitoring of the urban water supply. WaterOutlook is a specialised software platform owned and operated in New Zealand and used for gathering and analysing water quality data. Council staff will use WaterOutlook to keep across the vast amounts of data involved in running the district’s 3 Waters systems. Having that data at our fingertips will save us significant amounts of time and help improve water quality and compliance outcomes going forward.

Climate Change updates

This month the three Wairarapa councils launched a Healthy Home kit thanks to Climate Change Advisors Mélanie Barthe and Natasha Tomic. This self-assessment toolkit will enable you to assess your home for warmth and damp, and understand how it’s performing. You will find useful tips and advice to improve the comfort of your home, and the health of occupants. You can borrow the kit for FREE from the Carterton, Greytown and Masterton Libraries (available at Martinborough and Featherston upon request).

To read the full statement click here

To view the self-user guide and record sheets visit www.cdc.govt.nz/healthyhome

Conservation week

Local organisations are urging the Wairarapa to take a moment to think about our climate this Conservation Week, 4-12 September. There’s a range of activities happening across the region – fish and insect monitoring, planting and weeding, expert presentations, art exhibitions, film screenings and more – there’s something for everyone. Plus, entry is either free or a koha! Climate Change Advisor, Mélanie Barthe, says some amazing guest speakers are lined up to speak at evening evetns being held in Carterton and Martinborough on the 3rd and 11th of September respectively.

For a programme of all the events on in your region this Conservation Week, click here

Town Centre Redevelopment

Exciting developments are continuing, including Finom’s announcement that it will be relocating to the old Salvation Army building on High Street, which has been restored and renovated. This is just one of many buildings which will be refurbished for a business to relocate to, with plans in place for the earthquake prone building the businesses relocate from. We will continue to update you as soon as the information is able to be made public.

 

Clock tower remediation & landscaping

The landscaping is coming along well with progress being made on the concrete seating around the base of the clocktower. In early July, the chimes stopped sounding after one of the motors burnt out. This was sent away to experts in Lower Hutt to repair. They rewired it, tested it and ran it before assessing the condition of the gearing and returning it to us. We are now in the process of refitting it to the mechanism to get the chimes going again soon.

 

Three Waters Reform

July/August 2021

Central Government has released the cabinet papers for the next steps of the three waters review detailing the number of proposed entities and the boundaries they will cover. In addition, the Government announced a $2.5 billion package to support local government transition through the reforms to New Zealand’s drinking water, wastewater and stormwater services.  $2 billion has been set aside for councils to invest in the future for local government, urban development, and the wellbeing of their communities.  $500 million of the 2.5bn seeks to address the costs and financial impacts that councils would incur such as the transfer of water assets, liabilities, revenue and staff to a new water services entity. The funding also ensures councils will be able to continue to sustainably perform their non-water related roles and functions.

What happens next?
Council staff and elected members will spend the next 8 weeks collating further information from Central Government and reviewing it to determine how this will affect both the council and our District as a whole. We are still unsure as to what DIA will be asking of Local Councils at the end of the 8 weeks, however, we should have a better idea of when central government intends to commence community consultation.  At this stage, the Council has made no indication whether it is leaning towards opting in or out, and any media reports which state otherwise are incorrect

 

 

 

June/July 2021

Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade

Viking placed the geo fabric on the remaining sections of pond 1 in the week ending 11 June 2021, they are still to complete pond 2 geo fabric then finish laying the black liner and have this tested for leak integrity. While waiting for the reservoirs to be completed, work on stage 3 has started on the upgrade of the existing wet well, located next to the UV treatment system on Dalefield Road. Late delivery of the stage 2 has pushed stage 3 into less desirable winter conditions therefore the remaining cannot now be completed until the end of next summer, but we are still within the time period of our consents to have the reservoirs operating. Once the physical works on the site are completed the upgraded plant will be commissioned.

Clock tower remediation & landscaping

The clock tower reserve landscape renovation is underway, with improved access, new seats and 3 specimen trees being the main features. The groundwork is being done by the Council using existing maintenance budgets from the Parks and Reserves budget. The team is making good progress but this work may take a few months, at which stage the Carterton Lions will help with the planting. There will be timber seating, lots of planting and trees for shading, creating a green and welcoming community space. An important feature includes lowering the ground level of the main seating space to footpath level to remove the current step up from the footpath, making the area accessible to those using wheelchairs or mobility scooters.

Three Waters Reform

DIA  has now released 4 evidence based reports in relation to the three waters reform, building the case for change.

What does this mean for our council and community?

We’re still waiting for release of the Cabinet paper which will decide how many entities it’s going to be, and we are hoping it will also provide details on the debt structure and how that may impact on council. There will be a public consultation prior to the opt-out decision expected by the end of the year, so we can consider the community’s views before making any final decisions.
 

Town Centre Redevelopment

On 30 June, the Council is set to adopt its Draft Ten Year Plan for 2021-2031 which included confirmation of Option B in the Consultation Document – include budget capacity of $331,000 for the purchase of land for public spaces and accessways/laneways in the town centre. Mayor Greg Lang has provided the following updates which have come from his work as part of the Mayor’s Town Centre Taskforce

  • High Street will not be flattened, and the fate of the majority of buildings is not demolition.
  • Of the two buildings which are earmarked for demolition, the businesses are relocating and there are exciting and innovative plans for what will go in their place. There will be no vacant lots on our High Street.
  • We have investors queueing up, waiting for a building to be listed for sale so they can snap it up. We have a strong vision, one which shows who we are, where we have come from and what we aspire to be, and this is resonating with investors.
  • At the moment the majority of the specifics of what’s happening remains commercially sensitive information. Exciting new ventures/businesses are looking at establishing and several existing businesses are ready to relocate to other High Street premises, and Mayor Lang is facilitating this to reduce the impact on their ability to trade. There are developers ready to action grand plans for the buildings they relocate from.

Frederick Street Water Treatment Plant upgrade

Council are mid-way through a planned upgrade of the Frederick Street treatment plant. The timing of the upgrades has been constricted due to rely on supply through the Kaipaitangata treatment plant while working on the Frederick Street plant.

Climate Change updates

Carterton District Council is taking part in the Wellington Regional Growth Framework (WRGF) through its participation in the Wellington Regional Climate Change Forum. We have an active voice in two projects of the WRGF:

  • Develop a regional emissions reduction action plan
  • Regional approach to planning for and managing climate change impact

Through those two projects, CDC plays an active role in climate change mitigation and climate change adaptation at a regional level.

 

 

July/August 2022

July weather event and surface flooding at the wastewater treatment plant

In July, we had another extreme weather event which resulted in a lot of surface flooding around the district, including at our wastewater treatment plant. This meant we had to ask residents to limit their water use to avoid overloading the system and causing wastewater backflow into people’s homes. The significant increase to our wastewater intake during times of heavy rain indicates that we have faults in our wastewater reticulation system which results in stormwater infiltrating the system. 

Why haven’t the new wastewater ponds solved the issue?

In July, we began filling Reservoir one, the first of three new reservoirs at the Daleton Farm site, however, this is not yet ready for operation. The project team is using a staged approach when filling the reservoirs to ensure safety of the team working on site, and to protect the surrounding environment. Filling is weather dependent, with cold mornings required to ensure the liner does not expand or crease during this crucial initial fill. Maintaining groundwater levels below the rising level of the reservoir is also important, to ensure the liner settles onto the base and slope of the structure while allowing air pockets to vent naturally.

What steps has the council taken since February to try to prevent this happening again?

Since the February flood, we have bought flow monitors which are programmed for installation in next couple of months. They will show us which catchments in the reticulation have the larger inflows. Work is continuing on the wastewater pipework capital expenditure renewals and we are prioritising these areas in this financial year [2022/23]. We have also done some camera investigations within the wastewater network to identify the faults. Over the coming weeks we will be making use of CCTV and smoke testing across the network to identify these faults. Smoke testing involves injecting a dense, non-toxic and odourless smoke into the wastewater network, and then watching to see where the smoke escapes.

We are also developing a longer term wastewater management plan which we expect to be included in the 10 August Policy and Projects Committee Meeting Agenda.

Parks and Reserves update

  • Most of the street beds have now been replanted with the spring display.
  • The hanging baskets have been planted and will be put back up in the next few weeks.
  • Two Gleditsia tricanthos trees were planted at Millennium Park to replace the Albizzias that were removed.
  • The weed spraying programme is underway and ongoing.
  • The Carrington Park toilets have had the floors resealed.
  • New shrubs have been planted around the junior bike safety track.
  • The toilet installation at Sparks Park is a work in progress due to current weather conditions.
June/July 2022

Independent review on the wastewater ponds upgrade and the clocktower remediation project

A report was put to Council at its Ordinary Council meeting on 29 June 2022 with recommendations on how to implement the advice contained in the independent review on the Wastewater Ponds Upgrade Project and the Clocktower Project. This review was undertaken by Calibre Consulting Ltd and was tabled at the Audit and Risk Committee meeting on 19 May 2022. The Calibre review identified 8 lessons with associated recommendations.

In response to the findings, Officers will develop a Project Management Guideline to guide staff and contractors through the various stages of a project. The guidelines will have a summarised flowchart with various actions and decision points that will require staff to identify, address and manage specific risks.

These recommendations were around the following 4 keys points:

  • Project Scope
  • Risk Assessment
  • Flowchart
  • Project management

These recommendations were adopted at the 29 June Ordinary Council meeting and the guidelines will be developed this calendar year. The Council will be reviewing current projects to fall in line with what will be developed.

CDC is taking steps to meet recommendations from an independent review of recent projects.

We are developing new Project Management Guidelines for staff and contractors. Council’s Procurement Policy will also be reviewed for alignment and consistency. The guidelines will not only address the findings but improve our overall delivery of projects. We are confident these will be in place by the end of 2022.

Animal Facility

In March, the Council started work at the Dalefield Road site for a new animal facility. The existing facility is no longer fit for purpose and does not meet the current legislative requirements.

Council received a report at its June 29 Ordinary Council meeting outlining that a further $229,000 would be needed to complete the project. This would take the total to $599,000.

At this stage, construction hasn’t begun, only groundworks and draft architectural plans.

Council resolved to defer the project and instructed the CEO to engage with Masterton and South Wairarapa District Councils’ CEOs to develop a business case for a single joint Wairarapa Animal Control Facility. The CEO would present this to Council by 31 August.

If the business case has not sufficiently progressed by 31 August, Council would consider changing the design of the Animal Shelter to fit within an existing cookie-cutter style design. The total cost of this option would be $549,000 [including contingency of 20% or $94,000 an increase of $179,000].

 

Annual Plan and rates resolution

By now you may have received your latest rates installment – the first for the 2022/23 financial year.
Each year the Council reviews how much revenue it needs to deliver services, and recalculates what it needs to charge for rates. This new recalculation comes into effect on the 1 July every year and is based on the Council’s plan for the year ahead.

The 2022-23 Draft Annual plan, published in March, recommended a 6% rise in average rates. We have not added any additional projects from the 2021/31 Long Term Plan which we consulted on last year.
However, we did invite residents to provide feedback before the plan was finalised. Having considered all feedback and making changes to the Plan, the average rates rise is now 5.75% which is reflected in this current rates installment.

We have worked to ensure that we can keep rates increases to a minimum, despite significant pressure from inflation, while still delivering all our core services in the community and remaining financially prudent.

GWRC Rates: While it is included in your rates bill, CDC does not set the portion of rates for Greater Wellington Regional Council [GWRC] charges. GWRC has set their overall average rate increase for 2022-23 of 12.27%.  With targeted rates for Carterton, this raises the average in this District to 15%.  Visit: http://gwrc.govt.nz/your-rates online for more information.

What’s in the Annual Plan?

  • Installation of the new pool slide
  • Year 2 of the 3 year roading programme
  • Wastewater and water renewals
  • Town centre carpark and depot relocation
  • IT projects
  • District Plan Review
  • Wastewater Treatment Ponds Upgrade
May/June 2022

Wastewater Update

Last month, we had water flowing into Reservoir One of the new reservoir ponds, marking a significant milestone in the project. Filling the reservoir begun after remediation took place to repair the liner damaged by Central Hawkes Bay Earthmovers. The capacity of Reservoir One is around 60,000 cubic meters, or roughly the same size as the existing three storage ponds.

Planning the repairs for Reservoirs 2 and 3 is underway, with the weather and cooler temperatures potentially adding risks to the repair timetable. The work will fall within the previously announced budget of up to $1.944 million which was approved last December by Council.

Ruamāhanga roading Update

Footpath Renewals Footpath renewals planned for the rest of the financial year include:

· Wakelin Street
· Mckenzie Terrace
· Moreton Road

To stay up to date visit cdc.govt.nz/works

 

Enaki Stream Realignment

Over time, the Enaki stream realigned itself through flood debris build-up. The new alignment posed a future risk to Belvedere Road and potentially the bridge. Through collaboration with Greater Wellington Regional Council and landowners, we have realigned Enaki Stream back to its 1999 alignment.

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Urban Water Storage

The improvement of the potable water supply and resilience has been divided into 4 phases:

Phase 1 – Frederick Street treatment plant upgrade

Phase 2 – 2 x 2000kL Potable Water Storage Tanks

Phase 3 – Water main between phase 1 and 2 via Lincoln Road.

Phase 4 – Pump station at Water Tanks.

The bolted steel tank sections have been delivered and are being stored under cover at a local storage facility ready for assembly in August. Construction on the reinforced concrete foundations has started.

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April/May 2022

Wastewater Update

The Council Operations Team now has a boat for working on the wastewater treatment ponds. This will enable the operators and our mechanic safe access to maintain the aerators and cables. The boat has been designed to be stable on the water, with special platforms to allow safe points to lean or stand on (with grab bars) when reaching to maintain plant and equipment.

This boat has been on the cards for some time as a suitable boat could not be found. We were fortunate to find a local fabricator to make one to our specifications.

Animal Facility

In March, the Council started work at the Dalefield Road site for a new animal facility. The existing facility is no longer fit for purpose and does not meet the current legislative requirements.

There is an extensive history of attempting to provide a shared Wairarapa service, however, a consensus has not been reached due to differing operational requirements and budgetary expectations. Council has now progressed a potential building design for its site at Dalefield Road. Work has begun onsite, with the topsoil being stripped and a hard standing laid down to allow a suitable working space during winter months. Services have been installed, such as water, sewerage, electricity, and security.

The building design has been complete for some time, with project managers working on structural clarifications. The Council is now awaiting sign-off from a structural engineer on the final design before applying for the appropriate consents.

Ruamāhanga roading Update

A review of the intersection of Moreton and Rutland Roads was undertaken after receiving reports of serious accidents in this area.

After considering the feedback, the Council decided to upgrade this intersection from a ‘Give Way’ to a ‘Stop’. This means vehicles will now need to come to a complete stop before proceeding through the intersection, hopefully reducing the number of incidents.

We have upcoming planned works as follows:
Drainage renewals: Belvedere Road

  • Location: 200A to 210 Belvedere Road
  • Work: Drainage Renewal
  • Estimated date: May 2022
  • Duration: +- 4 weeks

Footpath renewals: McKenzie Terrace

  • Location: McKenzie Terrace form Pembroke Street to Broadway (Western side)
  • Work: Footpath renewals:
  • Estimated date: May 2022
  • Duration: +- 4 weeks

To stay up to date visit cdc.govt.nz/works

Wairarapa Combined District Plan

The review of the Wairarapa Combined District Plan is in process along with the consideration of the Government’s intention to review the RMA.

At the Joint Committee’s Workshop on 31 March, a discussion paper on Setbacks From Waterways was considered.

The following draft chapters were also presented to the Committee for consideration:

  • Transport
  • Energy
  • Network Utilities
  • Low and Medium Density

Residential Zone

  • Settlement Zone
  • Future Urban Zone

The Committee will convene its next workshop in mid May 2022 to consider the following matters:

  • Natural hazards
  • Historic heritage
  • Notable trees
  • Light
  • Noise

To stay up to date visit wairarapaplan.co.nz

February/March 2022

Council and Committee Meetings

Due to COVID, we have temporarily moved all our Council and Committee meetings to an online format, meaning we won’t be meeting in person. We will make a recording of the meeting publicly available via our YouTube channel within 48 hours of the meeting taking place. You can still speak at the public forum of each meeting, either via video call, phone call or submitting a written statement.

Call us on 06 379 4030 or email demservices@cdc.govt.nz at least 24 hours prior to a meeting if you wish to participate. The full meeting calendar for 2022 and meeting agendas (which are available 3 working days prior to a meeting) can be found online www.cdc.govt.nz/meetings

Urban Water Storage

The foundation design work for the new storage tanks has been completed.

The tanks will be built on site from steel plates which are now in the country and are due in our yard this month.

The pipework between Dalefield Road and the Frederick Street Water Treatment Plant has been awarded and construction for the pipework will be completed this financial year.

Ruamāhanga roading Update

Last month’s flooding event saw many of our urban and rural roads affected by surface flooding and slips. Our contractors Fulton Hogan did a fantastic job assisting us with the response by closing roads and reacting quickly to service requests logged by residents. They also spent several days following the floods cleaning up the roads.

Some other important work we have done includes:

The road widening of Hughes Line. This project is progressing well and we are planning to complete the widening this month.
We are in the process of doing a condition assessment of our footpaths, which will inform our work programme for the upcoming financial year
We completed a drop out repair on Clifton Grove in January.

Wairarapa Combined District Plan

The review of the Wairarapa Combined District Plan is in process along with the consideration of the Government’s intention to review the RMA. The Wairarapa Combined District Plan Joint Committee is reviewing work on several topics which need evaluating irrespective of the Government’s approach. Common issues include urban growth, rural subdivision, protection of elite soils, heritage and engineering standards. There is a need to address the important matters but not over commit due to proposed legislative change planned to the RMA.

We have now compiled a first draft of the new chapters for review, weighing up the pros and cons of the proposed changes. Once the review is complete, the three Wairarapa councils will put together a revised draft to consult with the community on.

We have also launched a joint webpage where you can find everything you need to know and find out how to get involved.

www.wairarapaplan.co.nz

Library Update

We’ve noticed our customers like to come in earlier on Saturdays, so we have amended our opening hours to match.

Our Saturday opening hours are now 9.30am – 1pm

For those of you unable to come to the library, make sure you check out our popular Click and Collect service with 2 great options for book selection- you choose your books or we choose!

Talk to one of the team or visit www.wls.org.nz/clickandcollect

January/February 2022

Wastewater Ponds Update

In December, discharge was transferred from the outfall to the pivot irrigator. The irrigator has been in operation 7 days a week, with the last few nozzles turned off (due to ongoing works at the head of the new storage reservoirs) and the new power box which has been installed on the new reservoir bunding.

Urban Water Storage

Our town water demand this summer is extremely high. The daily peak flows have been averaging 3200m3. This is 700m3 a day over the optimal 2500m3. Producing 2500m3 a day allows the plants to retain chlorination contact time and allows reserves for emergencies. To keep up with demand, the plant operators had to run both plants, alternating between one supplying the township, while the other had a chance to recover and replenish the storage tanks.

The new storage tanks (which were delayed due to COVID) will hold an additional 4 million litres and are scheduled to arrive this month.

Ruamāhanga roading Update

Our current expenditure reports can be found in the February agenda for the Infrastructure and Services committee. These reports are set against the Waka Kotahi budget allocations and are for the period of works completed between 01/07/2021 to 31/12/2021. For the full breakdown of expenditure, see the Infrastructure & Services Committee Agenda at www.carterton.infocouncil.biz

We are now getting into better weather conditions which will help with completing the remainder of the work. The focus is on completing the final pre-seal repairs ahead of the 2021/2022 sealing programme, and on maintaining a safe network for road users. Programming for works over the summer months is underway which will include the pre-seal repairs for the 2022/2023 sealing season.

Parks and Reserves

Our street reserves and flower beds are looking fantastic, thanks to our parks and reserves team. Maintaining them, along with weed spraying with our steamer, will be high priority in February. The team has also been busy installing new doggy doo bins in town and removing graffiti. The junior flying fox in Carrington Park has been temporarily out of action while we await the arrival of some spare parts – we hope to see it back in action soon.

Five Towns Trail Network Project

The first newsletter will be sent out in the first quarter 2022 to contacts who have registered through the website.

Abseil Access is beginning construction of the Tauherenikau cycle/walk bridge. The Greytown Trails Trust is working on the signage requirements for this section. They have also installed 1 of 2 Eco-visio counters on the existing Greytown Rail Trail and data is now being recorded. Capturing the use of trails will demonstrate the need for more safe, accessible off-road trails around the region. The data will be linked to the reporting undertaken by the Wellington Regional Trails Coordination Committee and captures other key trails in the Region.

For more information and updates, visit www.fivetownstrail.co.nz

November/December 2021

Wastewater Ponds Update

Two trial aerators were installed in Pond 1 and Pond 2 in early October to assist with ongoing management of the wastewater ponds and to reduce odour. These aerators create a large oxidation dispersal field and as such, the Dissolved Oxygen (DO) levels have increased significantly especially in Pond 1. The combination of sunlight from sunny days and increased oxidation in pond 1 has brought the pond back into a healthy state.

Mains Renewals

The contractor undertaking the wastewater mains renewal on Dalefield Road has started work. The renewal of the Rhodes Street water mains from High Street North to Wyndham Street is complete. This renewal replaces another 1% of the existing Asbestos-Cement material pipe in our network.

The new water mains design to connect the new reservoirs on Dalefield Road into the Frederick Street Treatment Plant has been placed on Tender Link and we’ve received a positive response from a number of parties interested in the tender.

A section of misaligned wastewater main in Victoria Street identified during routine CCTV assessments late last year was replaced. This resulted in the main holding approximately 3m3 of waste metal and restricting wastewater flows. The section of pipe proved a complex process to repair due to its depth and it being a live service. However, the job was completed with minimal disruption.

Renewal of the water and wastewater mains in Memorial Square is in the preparation it can be done with minimal interference to the adjoining businesses and those who use the Memorial Square. We will provide more information on this once a start date has been set.

Swimming Pool Maintenance

A new shade cover has replaced the old ripped one over the toddler’s pool. The earthquake strengthening of the outdoor changing room block is now complete. The pools have been brought up to operational standards for the upcoming summer swim season. This season will provide some challenges for the pool contractor as they will be managing the complex under the proposed COVID-19 traffic light protocols and guidelines.

For more information, visit www.cdc.govt.nz/swimming-pool

Clocktower Remediation and Landscaping

The clock tower reserve landscape development is almost complete, with the installation of the lighting fixtures completed late November. The old tree stump between the clock tower and the road has been removed. The footpath will be renovated with new tiles, pavers and asphalt.

Five Towns Trail Network Project

The Five Towns Trail Network Master Plan was launched on 14 October. A website and email inbox has been created. A register of enquiries and interested contacts who would like project updates has been created by and will be maintained by the Regional Trails Coordinator.

The Master Plan has now been received by each of the 3 district councils with support from all. A Memorandum of Understanding between the Wairarapa councils and Wairarapa Trails Action Group is being developed. Its purpose is to facilitate, research and create a suitable legal entity with appropriate, representative governance to deliver the master plan.

For more information and updates, visit www.fivetownstrail.co.nz

 

 

October/November 2021

Wastewater Improvements

Construction activity around the wastewater treatment plant and along Dalefield Road will ramp up commencing this month with the arrival of Downer, the successful bidder for the Dalefield Road wastewater Renewal.

This is where the current wastewater pipeline between SH2 and Lincoln Road will be renewed, and is anticipated to take the duration of summer 2021/22.

Over the next 6 months, we will also see increased activity around the Dalefield Road wastewater wetlands pumping system upgrade that will redirect treated wastewater to the new reservoirs off Gallon Road, this work will be carried out by Ordish and Stevens who have already installed the pipelines to the new reservoirs.

Urban Water Supply

This summer we will see the commencement of the potable water storage tanks where the successful bidder REL will start by building two steel-reinforced concrete foundations followed by the installation of two new 2,000,000 litre steel water storage tanks. This was originally scheduled for November but there have been delays in the delivery of the tanks due to the COVID lockdown and the availability of steel.

Also coming up will be 900m of a new water supply pipeline between the water tanks, along Lincoln Road to the Frederick Street water treatment plant.

Website upgrade

This year we started upgrading our Council website.

We’re fortunate to be able to do this work inhouse, meaning we can provide a much better level of online service at no extra cost to ratepayers.

Here are some features we have already improved:

  • Reviewed hundreds of historic news posts and removed any no longer relevant, preventing incorrect and outdated search results.
  • Improved the search function and added a ‘search pages’ bar
  • Overhauled the home page with a simple layout and quick link buttons to most used pages, such as meeting agendas and transfer station.
  • Improved the layout of the building services section.

We will continue to give progress updates until completion in June 2022.

September/October 2021

Wastewater Treatment Pond Upgrade

The third and central pond still requires a small section to be covered in.

Sections of the work for stage 3 progressed immediately after lockdown, though progress has been slow over the previous 2 weeks due to wet weather. Despite this, we are still within the timeframe of our consents to have the reservoirs operating.

The remaining work to be completed on the reservoirs includes lining to pond 2, completion of the anchor trenches, minor embankment fill (over anchor trenches), three concrete spillways, valve chambers lids and covers, subsoil testing, topsoil (Embankment crests), turf reinforcement matting, grassing, site clean up and remaining remediation work.

It is anticipated that this work could be completed by the end of January 2022.

Three Waters Reform

Our response to the proposed reform is now available. Our feedback was sent to the Department of Internal Affairs [DIA] on 1st October. Please note, Councils have not yet been asked to make a decision. At this stage we still believe Councils will be able to choose whether they can be part of the new entities proposed in the reforms, but this hasn’t been confirmed.

To view the full letter to DIA outlining our feedback and the letter we sent to ratepayers, visit www.cdc.govt.nz/threewaters

Library Improvements

We’re improving how you can find and use all our library collections. Your Wairarapa Library Service card already gives you access to all the collections at Featherston, Greytown, Martinborough and Carterton. From the 12th of October, we’re joining other SMART libraries around the region. Your library card will open the doors to half a million items and 26 libraries.

Check out the new Wairarapa Library Service website here

Frederick Street Water Treatment Plant upgrade

September/October 2021

The switchover from the old mains switchboard to the new mains switchboard and generator was completed in September. Since changing over to automatically running the plant (Bore 5) on the generator, we have lost mains power twice, but the the generator successfully switched into operation.

Powering the booster pumps with new variable speed drives (VSD’S) is next to be completed, currently scheduled for the end of this month.

The 2nd UV unit has been ordered, but the lead in time for shipping is currently unknown as it is coming from the UK.

August/September 2021

Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade

Due to the COVID-19 Alert Level 4 lockdown, there are no new updates at this stage, however, work onsite has recommenced during Alert Level 2.

Frederick Street Water Treatment Plant upgrade

We have ordered an additional UV system and a port-a-com to house this in.

We have re-drilled an existing bore that had been capped off to explore if we could gain some additional water. The bore now provides a low level amount of water but does require extensive flushing prior to use.

New water sources for Carterton are crucial for our growing district. Work on future supplies has been brought forward, and analysis will start soon.

A quality options analysis will establish the available, and optimum source of potable water. We had funds set aside in the Ten Year Plan for next financial year to undertake an options analysis for an additional water source. After the Policy and Strategy committee had asked for the Eastern Growth area to have a greater density of housing they recommended to move the study to the current financial year. This recommendation was moved at the August Ordinary Council meeting.

Climate Change updates

Conservation week

Local organisations are urging the Wairarapa to take a moment to think about our climate this Conservation Week, 4-12 September. There’s a range of activities happening across the region – fish and insect monitoring, planting and weeding, expert presentations, art exhibitions, film screenings and more – there’s something for everyone. Plus, entry is either free or a koha! Climate Change Advisor, Mélanie Barthe, says some amazing guest speakers are lined up to speak at evening evetns being held in Carterton and Martinborough on the 3rd and 11th of September respectively.

For a programme of all the events on in your region this Conservation Week, click here

 

Town Centre Redevelopment

Mayor Greg Lang and Councillor Robyn Cherry-Campbell have been working hard with developers, businesses and building owners over the last 12 months to progress the redevelopment in the town centre. We’re excited to see Finom reopening at their new premises. The building next to 3Mile is having earthquake strengthening work done so the second hand shop can return to trading there. More townhouses are being built and some encouraging conversations are happening with businesses from other towns interested in relocating to our District.

We are also really pleased to see the town get behind Cafe Olé while they prepare to relocate to the Tryst building next to Double Dollar Plus. Olé will have to close for a few months while the building is being made fit for purpose but we are looking forward to their return as they are a unique part of our business community with a strong customer base.

 

Clock tower remediation & landscaping

The chimes are going again and there has been fantastic progress with the landscaping around the clocktower. Check out our video to get some insight into the inner workings of the clock mechanism and the chimes.

Three Waters Reform

Despite the Alert Level lockdown in August, the 3 Wairarapa Councils are still working through another period of analysis on our Districts’ drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater services. Councils are providing further analysis to Central Government by September 30.

We still do not know the exact costs for each Council. What we do know is no matter which model is chosen, household costs for water are likely to go up due to the following changes taking place:

  • Taumata Arawai Drinking water standards
  • The Water Services Bill currently going through Parliament
  • The proposed natural resources plan from GWRC
  • The national policy statement on freshwater management.

Whether councils join an entity or go it alone, the cost of meeting these new standards will rise.

What happens next?

At this stage, we believe Councils can opt out of being part of the new entities but this hasn’t been confirmed. The 1st October date is not a deadline for making a decision. Councils are using this time to gather as much information from Central Government to better understand the long-term impacts these reforms will have on our communities.

We don’t know what DIA will be asking of Councils at the end of this timeframe, but we will be able to give our feedback and have a better understanding of when the Government will start its community consultation.

 

July/August 2021

Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade

Ponds 1 and 3 have had the lining completed with a small section of pond 2 left to finish. Ponds 1 and 3 have had their spillways finished and landscaping and topsoiling around the perimeter of the dam wall has been completed. Work on the valve chamber headworks has been undertaken and pipework connecting the treatment plant with the inlets to the ponds is happening with the stainless steel pipe fabrication being made off-site for the inlets. The outlet tee-bars for two of the ponds have also been installed at the southern end of the pond.

Frederick Street Water Treatment Plant upgrade

We are currently in the planning phase of when we can plan a shutdown of the Frederick Street Water Treatment Plant and a swap over to the Kaipaitangata treatment plant to undertake a few days of work.

The council has teamed up with WaterOutlook as part of the improvements it is making to its monitoring of the urban water supply. WaterOutlook is a specialised software platform owned and operated in New Zealand and used for gathering and analysing water quality data. Council staff will use WaterOutlook to keep across the vast amounts of data involved in running the district’s 3 Waters systems. Having that data at our fingertips will save us significant amounts of time and help improve water quality and compliance outcomes going forward.

Climate Change updates

This month the three Wairarapa councils launched a Healthy Home kit thanks to Climate Change Advisors Mélanie Barthe and Natasha Tomic. This self-assessment toolkit will enable you to assess your home for warmth and damp, and understand how it’s performing. You will find useful tips and advice to improve the comfort of your home, and the health of occupants. You can borrow the kit for FREE from the Carterton, Greytown and Masterton Libraries (available at Martinborough and Featherston upon request).

To read the full statement click here

To view the self-user guide and record sheets visit www.cdc.govt.nz/healthyhome

Conservation week

Local organisations are urging the Wairarapa to take a moment to think about our climate this Conservation Week, 4-12 September. There’s a range of activities happening across the region – fish and insect monitoring, planting and weeding, expert presentations, art exhibitions, film screenings and more – there’s something for everyone. Plus, entry is either free or a koha! Climate Change Advisor, Mélanie Barthe, says some amazing guest speakers are lined up to speak at evening evetns being held in Carterton and Martinborough on the 3rd and 11th of September respectively.

For a programme of all the events on in your region this Conservation Week, click here

Town Centre Redevelopment

Exciting developments are continuing, including Finom’s announcement that it will be relocating to the old Salvation Army building on High Street, which has been restored and renovated. This is just one of many buildings which will be refurbished for a business to relocate to, with plans in place for the earthquake prone building the businesses relocate from. We will continue to update you as soon as the information is able to be made public.

 

Clock tower remediation & landscaping

The landscaping is coming along well with progress being made on the concrete seating around the base of the clocktower. In early July, the chimes stopped sounding after one of the motors burnt out. This was sent away to experts in Lower Hutt to repair. They rewired it, tested it and ran it before assessing the condition of the gearing and returning it to us. We are now in the process of refitting it to the mechanism to get the chimes going again soon.

 

Three Waters Reform

July/August 2021

Central Government has released the cabinet papers for the next steps of the three waters review detailing the number of proposed entities and the boundaries they will cover. In addition, the Government announced a $2.5 billion package to support local government transition through the reforms to New Zealand’s drinking water, wastewater and stormwater services.  $2 billion has been set aside for councils to invest in the future for local government, urban development, and the wellbeing of their communities.  $500 million of the 2.5bn seeks to address the costs and financial impacts that councils would incur such as the transfer of water assets, liabilities, revenue and staff to a new water services entity. The funding also ensures councils will be able to continue to sustainably perform their non-water related roles and functions.

What happens next?
Council staff and elected members will spend the next 8 weeks collating further information from Central Government and reviewing it to determine how this will affect both the council and our District as a whole. We are still unsure as to what DIA will be asking of Local Councils at the end of the 8 weeks, however, we should have a better idea of when central government intends to commence community consultation.  At this stage, the Council has made no indication whether it is leaning towards opting in or out, and any media reports which state otherwise are incorrect

 

 

 

June/July 2021

Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade

Viking placed the geo fabric on the remaining sections of pond 1 in the week ending 11 June 2021, they are still to complete pond 2 geo fabric then finish laying the black liner and have this tested for leak integrity. While waiting for the reservoirs to be completed, work on stage 3 has started on the upgrade of the existing wet well, located next to the UV treatment system on Dalefield Road. Late delivery of the stage 2 has pushed stage 3 into less desirable winter conditions therefore the remaining cannot now be completed until the end of next summer, but we are still within the time period of our consents to have the reservoirs operating. Once the physical works on the site are completed the upgraded plant will be commissioned.

Clock tower remediation & landscaping

The clock tower reserve landscape renovation is underway, with improved access, new seats and 3 specimen trees being the main features. The groundwork is being done by the Council using existing maintenance budgets from the Parks and Reserves budget. The team is making good progress but this work may take a few months, at which stage the Carterton Lions will help with the planting. There will be timber seating, lots of planting and trees for shading, creating a green and welcoming community space. An important feature includes lowering the ground level of the main seating space to footpath level to remove the current step up from the footpath, making the area accessible to those using wheelchairs or mobility scooters.

Three Waters Reform

DIA  has now released 4 evidence based reports in relation to the three waters reform, building the case for change.

What does this mean for our council and community?

We’re still waiting for release of the Cabinet paper which will decide how many entities it’s going to be, and we are hoping it will also provide details on the debt structure and how that may impact on council. There will be a public consultation prior to the opt-out decision expected by the end of the year, so we can consider the community’s views before making any final decisions.
 

Town Centre Redevelopment

On 30 June, the Council is set to adopt its Draft Ten Year Plan for 2021-2031 which included confirmation of Option B in the Consultation Document – include budget capacity of $331,000 for the purchase of land for public spaces and accessways/laneways in the town centre. Mayor Greg Lang has provided the following updates which have come from his work as part of the Mayor’s Town Centre Taskforce

  • High Street will not be flattened, and the fate of the majority of buildings is not demolition.
  • Of the two buildings which are earmarked for demolition, the businesses are relocating and there are exciting and innovative plans for what will go in their place. There will be no vacant lots on our High Street.
  • We have investors queueing up, waiting for a building to be listed for sale so they can snap it up. We have a strong vision, one which shows who we are, where we have come from and what we aspire to be, and this is resonating with investors.
  • At the moment the majority of the specifics of what’s happening remains commercially sensitive information. Exciting new ventures/businesses are looking at establishing and several existing businesses are ready to relocate to other High Street premises, and Mayor Lang is facilitating this to reduce the impact on their ability to trade. There are developers ready to action grand plans for the buildings they relocate from.

Frederick Street Water Treatment Plant upgrade

Council are mid-way through a planned upgrade of the Frederick Street treatment plant. The timing of the upgrades has been constricted due to rely on supply through the Kaipaitangata treatment plant while working on the Frederick Street plant.

Climate Change updates

Carterton District Council is taking part in the Wellington Regional Growth Framework (WRGF) through its participation in the Wellington Regional Climate Change Forum. We have an active voice in two projects of the WRGF:

  • Develop a regional emissions reduction action plan
  • Regional approach to planning for and managing climate change impact

Through those two projects, CDC plays an active role in climate change mitigation and climate change adaptation at a regional level.

 

 

July/August 2022

July weather event and surface flooding at the wastewater treatment plant

In July, we had another extreme weather event which resulted in a lot of surface flooding around the district, including at our wastewater treatment plant. This meant we had to ask residents to limit their water use to avoid overloading the system and causing wastewater backflow into people’s homes. The significant increase to our wastewater intake during times of heavy rain indicates that we have faults in our wastewater reticulation system which results in stormwater infiltrating the system. 

Why haven’t the new wastewater ponds solved the issue?

In July, we began filling Reservoir one, the first of three new reservoirs at the Daleton Farm site, however, this is not yet ready for operation. The project team is using a staged approach when filling the reservoirs to ensure safety of the team working on site, and to protect the surrounding environment. Filling is weather dependent, with cold mornings required to ensure the liner does not expand or crease during this crucial initial fill. Maintaining groundwater levels below the rising level of the reservoir is also important, to ensure the liner settles onto the base and slope of the structure while allowing air pockets to vent naturally.

What steps has the council taken since February to try to prevent this happening again?

Since the February flood, we have bought flow monitors which are programmed for installation in next couple of months. They will show us which catchments in the reticulation have the larger inflows. Work is continuing on the wastewater pipework capital expenditure renewals and we are prioritising these areas in this financial year [2022/23]. We have also done some camera investigations within the wastewater network to identify the faults. Over the coming weeks we will be making use of CCTV and smoke testing across the network to identify these faults. Smoke testing involves injecting a dense, non-toxic and odourless smoke into the wastewater network, and then watching to see where the smoke escapes.

We are also developing a longer term wastewater management plan which we expect to be included in the 10 August Policy and Projects Committee Meeting Agenda.

Parks and Reserves update

  • Most of the street beds have now been replanted with the spring display.
  • The hanging baskets have been planted and will be put back up in the next few weeks.
  • Two Gleditsia tricanthos trees were planted at Millennium Park to replace the Albizzias that were removed.
  • The weed spraying programme is underway and ongoing.
  • The Carrington Park toilets have had the floors resealed.
  • New shrubs have been planted around the junior bike safety track.
  • The toilet installation at Sparks Park is a work in progress due to current weather conditions.
June/July 2022

Independent review on the wastewater ponds upgrade and the clocktower remediation project

A report was put to Council at its Ordinary Council meeting on 29 June 2022 with recommendations on how to implement the advice contained in the independent review on the Wastewater Ponds Upgrade Project and the Clocktower Project. This review was undertaken by Calibre Consulting Ltd and was tabled at the Audit and Risk Committee meeting on 19 May 2022. The Calibre review identified 8 lessons with associated recommendations.

In response to the findings, Officers will develop a Project Management Guideline to guide staff and contractors through the various stages of a project. The guidelines will have a summarised flowchart with various actions and decision points that will require staff to identify, address and manage specific risks.

These recommendations were around the following 4 keys points:

  • Project Scope
  • Risk Assessment
  • Flowchart
  • Project management

These recommendations were adopted at the 29 June Ordinary Council meeting and the guidelines will be developed this calendar year. The Council will be reviewing current projects to fall in line with what will be developed.

CDC is taking steps to meet recommendations from an independent review of recent projects.

We are developing new Project Management Guidelines for staff and contractors. Council’s Procurement Policy will also be reviewed for alignment and consistency. The guidelines will not only address the findings but improve our overall delivery of projects. We are confident these will be in place by the end of 2022.

Animal Facility

In March, the Council started work at the Dalefield Road site for a new animal facility. The existing facility is no longer fit for purpose and does not meet the current legislative requirements.

Council received a report at its June 29 Ordinary Council meeting outlining that a further $229,000 would be needed to complete the project. This would take the total to $599,000.

At this stage, construction hasn’t begun, only groundworks and draft architectural plans.

Council resolved to defer the project and instructed the CEO to engage with Masterton and South Wairarapa District Councils’ CEOs to develop a business case for a single joint Wairarapa Animal Control Facility. The CEO would present this to Council by 31 August.

If the business case has not sufficiently progressed by 31 August, Council would consider changing the design of the Animal Shelter to fit within an existing cookie-cutter style design. The total cost of this option would be $549,000 [including contingency of 20% or $94,000 an increase of $179,000].

 

Annual Plan and rates resolution

By now you may have received your latest rates installment – the first for the 2022/23 financial year.
Each year the Council reviews how much revenue it needs to deliver services, and recalculates what it needs to charge for rates. This new recalculation comes into effect on the 1 July every year and is based on the Council’s plan for the year ahead.

The 2022-23 Draft Annual plan, published in March, recommended a 6% rise in average rates. We have not added any additional projects from the 2021/31 Long Term Plan which we consulted on last year.
However, we did invite residents to provide feedback before the plan was finalised. Having considered all feedback and making changes to the Plan, the average rates rise is now 5.75% which is reflected in this current rates installment.

We have worked to ensure that we can keep rates increases to a minimum, despite significant pressure from inflation, while still delivering all our core services in the community and remaining financially prudent.

GWRC Rates: While it is included in your rates bill, CDC does not set the portion of rates for Greater Wellington Regional Council [GWRC] charges. GWRC has set their overall average rate increase for 2022-23 of 12.27%.  With targeted rates for Carterton, this raises the average in this District to 15%.  Visit: http://gwrc.govt.nz/your-rates online for more information.

What’s in the Annual Plan?

  • Installation of the new pool slide
  • Year 2 of the 3 year roading programme
  • Wastewater and water renewals
  • Town centre carpark and depot relocation
  • IT projects
  • District Plan Review
  • Wastewater Treatment Ponds Upgrade
May/June 2022

Wastewater Update

Last month, we had water flowing into Reservoir One of the new reservoir ponds, marking a significant milestone in the project. Filling the reservoir begun after remediation took place to repair the liner damaged by Central Hawkes Bay Earthmovers. The capacity of Reservoir One is around 60,000 cubic meters, or roughly the same size as the existing three storage ponds.

Planning the repairs for Reservoirs 2 and 3 is underway, with the weather and cooler temperatures potentially adding risks to the repair timetable. The work will fall within the previously announced budget of up to $1.944 million which was approved last December by Council.

Ruamāhanga roading Update

Footpath Renewals Footpath renewals planned for the rest of the financial year include:

· Wakelin Street
· Mckenzie Terrace
· Moreton Road

To stay up to date visit cdc.govt.nz/works

 

Enaki Stream Realignment

Over time, the Enaki stream realigned itself through flood debris build-up. The new alignment posed a future risk to Belvedere Road and potentially the bridge. Through collaboration with Greater Wellington Regional Council and landowners, we have realigned Enaki Stream back to its 1999 alignment.

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Urban Water Storage

The improvement of the potable water supply and resilience has been divided into 4 phases:

Phase 1 – Frederick Street treatment plant upgrade

Phase 2 – 2 x 2000kL Potable Water Storage Tanks

Phase 3 – Water main between phase 1 and 2 via Lincoln Road.

Phase 4 – Pump station at Water Tanks.

The bolted steel tank sections have been delivered and are being stored under cover at a local storage facility ready for assembly in August. Construction on the reinforced concrete foundations has started.

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April/May 2022

Wastewater Update

The Council Operations Team now has a boat for working on the wastewater treatment ponds. This will enable the operators and our mechanic safe access to maintain the aerators and cables. The boat has been designed to be stable on the water, with special platforms to allow safe points to lean or stand on (with grab bars) when reaching to maintain plant and equipment.

This boat has been on the cards for some time as a suitable boat could not be found. We were fortunate to find a local fabricator to make one to our specifications.

Animal Facility

In March, the Council started work at the Dalefield Road site for a new animal facility. The existing facility is no longer fit for purpose and does not meet the current legislative requirements.

There is an extensive history of attempting to provide a shared Wairarapa service, however, a consensus has not been reached due to differing operational requirements and budgetary expectations. Council has now progressed a potential building design for its site at Dalefield Road. Work has begun onsite, with the topsoil being stripped and a hard standing laid down to allow a suitable working space during winter months. Services have been installed, such as water, sewerage, electricity, and security.

The building design has been complete for some time, with project managers working on structural clarifications. The Council is now awaiting sign-off from a structural engineer on the final design before applying for the appropriate consents.

Ruamāhanga roading Update

A review of the intersection of Moreton and Rutland Roads was undertaken after receiving reports of serious accidents in this area.

After considering the feedback, the Council decided to upgrade this intersection from a ‘Give Way’ to a ‘Stop’. This means vehicles will now need to come to a complete stop before proceeding through the intersection, hopefully reducing the number of incidents.

We have upcoming planned works as follows:
Drainage renewals: Belvedere Road

  • Location: 200A to 210 Belvedere Road
  • Work: Drainage Renewal
  • Estimated date: May 2022
  • Duration: +- 4 weeks

Footpath renewals: McKenzie Terrace

  • Location: McKenzie Terrace form Pembroke Street to Broadway (Western side)
  • Work: Footpath renewals:
  • Estimated date: May 2022
  • Duration: +- 4 weeks

To stay up to date visit cdc.govt.nz/works

Wairarapa Combined District Plan

The review of the Wairarapa Combined District Plan is in process along with the consideration of the Government’s intention to review the RMA.

At the Joint Committee’s Workshop on 31 March, a discussion paper on Setbacks From Waterways was considered.

The following draft chapters were also presented to the Committee for consideration:

  • Transport
  • Energy
  • Network Utilities
  • Low and Medium Density

Residential Zone

  • Settlement Zone
  • Future Urban Zone

The Committee will convene its next workshop in mid May 2022 to consider the following matters:

  • Natural hazards
  • Historic heritage
  • Notable trees
  • Light
  • Noise

To stay up to date visit wairarapaplan.co.nz

February/March 2022

Council and Committee Meetings

Due to COVID, we have temporarily moved all our Council and Committee meetings to an online format, meaning we won’t be meeting in person. We will make a recording of the meeting publicly available via our YouTube channel within 48 hours of the meeting taking place. You can still speak at the public forum of each meeting, either via video call, phone call or submitting a written statement.

Call us on 06 379 4030 or email demservices@cdc.govt.nz at least 24 hours prior to a meeting if you wish to participate. The full meeting calendar for 2022 and meeting agendas (which are available 3 working days prior to a meeting) can be found online www.cdc.govt.nz/meetings

Urban Water Storage

The foundation design work for the new storage tanks has been completed.

The tanks will be built on site from steel plates which are now in the country and are due in our yard this month.

The pipework between Dalefield Road and the Frederick Street Water Treatment Plant has been awarded and construction for the pipework will be completed this financial year.

Ruamāhanga roading Update

Last month’s flooding event saw many of our urban and rural roads affected by surface flooding and slips. Our contractors Fulton Hogan did a fantastic job assisting us with the response by closing roads and reacting quickly to service requests logged by residents. They also spent several days following the floods cleaning up the roads.

Some other important work we have done includes:

The road widening of Hughes Line. This project is progressing well and we are planning to complete the widening this month.
We are in the process of doing a condition assessment of our footpaths, which will inform our work programme for the upcoming financial year
We completed a drop out repair on Clifton Grove in January.

Wairarapa Combined District Plan

The review of the Wairarapa Combined District Plan is in process along with the consideration of the Government’s intention to review the RMA. The Wairarapa Combined District Plan Joint Committee is reviewing work on several topics which need evaluating irrespective of the Government’s approach. Common issues include urban growth, rural subdivision, protection of elite soils, heritage and engineering standards. There is a need to address the important matters but not over commit due to proposed legislative change planned to the RMA.

We have now compiled a first draft of the new chapters for review, weighing up the pros and cons of the proposed changes. Once the review is complete, the three Wairarapa councils will put together a revised draft to consult with the community on.

We have also launched a joint webpage where you can find everything you need to know and find out how to get involved.

www.wairarapaplan.co.nz

Library Update

We’ve noticed our customers like to come in earlier on Saturdays, so we have amended our opening hours to match.

Our Saturday opening hours are now 9.30am – 1pm

For those of you unable to come to the library, make sure you check out our popular Click and Collect service with 2 great options for book selection- you choose your books or we choose!

Talk to one of the team or visit www.wls.org.nz/clickandcollect

January/February 2022

Wastewater Ponds Update

In December, discharge was transferred from the outfall to the pivot irrigator. The irrigator has been in operation 7 days a week, with the last few nozzles turned off (due to ongoing works at the head of the new storage reservoirs) and the new power box which has been installed on the new reservoir bunding.

Urban Water Storage

Our town water demand this summer is extremely high. The daily peak flows have been averaging 3200m3. This is 700m3 a day over the optimal 2500m3. Producing 2500m3 a day allows the plants to retain chlorination contact time and allows reserves for emergencies. To keep up with demand, the plant operators had to run both plants, alternating between one supplying the township, while the other had a chance to recover and replenish the storage tanks.

The new storage tanks (which were delayed due to COVID) will hold an additional 4 million litres and are scheduled to arrive this month.

Ruamāhanga roading Update

Our current expenditure reports can be found in the February agenda for the Infrastructure and Services committee. These reports are set against the Waka Kotahi budget allocations and are for the period of works completed between 01/07/2021 to 31/12/2021. For the full breakdown of expenditure, see the Infrastructure & Services Committee Agenda at www.carterton.infocouncil.biz

We are now getting into better weather conditions which will help with completing the remainder of the work. The focus is on completing the final pre-seal repairs ahead of the 2021/2022 sealing programme, and on maintaining a safe network for road users. Programming for works over the summer months is underway which will include the pre-seal repairs for the 2022/2023 sealing season.

Parks and Reserves

Our street reserves and flower beds are looking fantastic, thanks to our parks and reserves team. Maintaining them, along with weed spraying with our steamer, will be high priority in February. The team has also been busy installing new doggy doo bins in town and removing graffiti. The junior flying fox in Carrington Park has been temporarily out of action while we await the arrival of some spare parts – we hope to see it back in action soon.

Five Towns Trail Network Project

The first newsletter will be sent out in the first quarter 2022 to contacts who have registered through the website.

Abseil Access is beginning construction of the Tauherenikau cycle/walk bridge. The Greytown Trails Trust is working on the signage requirements for this section. They have also installed 1 of 2 Eco-visio counters on the existing Greytown Rail Trail and data is now being recorded. Capturing the use of trails will demonstrate the need for more safe, accessible off-road trails around the region. The data will be linked to the reporting undertaken by the Wellington Regional Trails Coordination Committee and captures other key trails in the Region.

For more information and updates, visit www.fivetownstrail.co.nz

November/December 2021

Wastewater Ponds Update

Two trial aerators were installed in Pond 1 and Pond 2 in early October to assist with ongoing management of the wastewater ponds and to reduce odour. These aerators create a large oxidation dispersal field and as such, the Dissolved Oxygen (DO) levels have increased significantly especially in Pond 1. The combination of sunlight from sunny days and increased oxidation in pond 1 has brought the pond back into a healthy state.

Mains Renewals

The contractor undertaking the wastewater mains renewal on Dalefield Road has started work. The renewal of the Rhodes Street water mains from High Street North to Wyndham Street is complete. This renewal replaces another 1% of the existing Asbestos-Cement material pipe in our network.

The new water mains design to connect the new reservoirs on Dalefield Road into the Frederick Street Treatment Plant has been placed on Tender Link and we’ve received a positive response from a number of parties interested in the tender.

A section of misaligned wastewater main in Victoria Street identified during routine CCTV assessments late last year was replaced. This resulted in the main holding approximately 3m3 of waste metal and restricting wastewater flows. The section of pipe proved a complex process to repair due to its depth and it being a live service. However, the job was completed with minimal disruption.

Renewal of the water and wastewater mains in Memorial Square is in the preparation it can be done with minimal interference to the adjoining businesses and those who use the Memorial Square. We will provide more information on this once a start date has been set.

Swimming Pool Maintenance

A new shade cover has replaced the old ripped one over the toddler’s pool. The earthquake strengthening of the outdoor changing room block is now complete. The pools have been brought up to operational standards for the upcoming summer swim season. This season will provide some challenges for the pool contractor as they will be managing the complex under the proposed COVID-19 traffic light protocols and guidelines.

For more information, visit www.cdc.govt.nz/swimming-pool

Clocktower Remediation and Landscaping

The clock tower reserve landscape development is almost complete, with the installation of the lighting fixtures completed late November. The old tree stump between the clock tower and the road has been removed. The footpath will be renovated with new tiles, pavers and asphalt.

Five Towns Trail Network Project

The Five Towns Trail Network Master Plan was launched on 14 October. A website and email inbox has been created. A register of enquiries and interested contacts who would like project updates has been created by and will be maintained by the Regional Trails Coordinator.

The Master Plan has now been received by each of the 3 district councils with support from all. A Memorandum of Understanding between the Wairarapa councils and Wairarapa Trails Action Group is being developed. Its purpose is to facilitate, research and create a suitable legal entity with appropriate, representative governance to deliver the master plan.

For more information and updates, visit www.fivetownstrail.co.nz

 

 

October/November 2021

Wastewater Improvements

Construction activity around the wastewater treatment plant and along Dalefield Road will ramp up commencing this month with the arrival of Downer, the successful bidder for the Dalefield Road wastewater Renewal.

This is where the current wastewater pipeline between SH2 and Lincoln Road will be renewed, and is anticipated to take the duration of summer 2021/22.

Over the next 6 months, we will also see increased activity around the Dalefield Road wastewater wetlands pumping system upgrade that will redirect treated wastewater to the new reservoirs off Gallon Road, this work will be carried out by Ordish and Stevens who have already installed the pipelines to the new reservoirs.

Urban Water Supply

This summer we will see the commencement of the potable water storage tanks where the successful bidder REL will start by building two steel-reinforced concrete foundations followed by the installation of two new 2,000,000 litre steel water storage tanks. This was originally scheduled for November but there have been delays in the delivery of the tanks due to the COVID lockdown and the availability of steel.

Also coming up will be 900m of a new water supply pipeline between the water tanks, along Lincoln Road to the Frederick Street water treatment plant.

Website upgrade

This year we started upgrading our Council website.

We’re fortunate to be able to do this work inhouse, meaning we can provide a much better level of online service at no extra cost to ratepayers.

Here are some features we have already improved:

  • Reviewed hundreds of historic news posts and removed any no longer relevant, preventing incorrect and outdated search results.
  • Improved the search function and added a ‘search pages’ bar
  • Overhauled the home page with a simple layout and quick link buttons to most used pages, such as meeting agendas and transfer station.
  • Improved the layout of the building services section.

We will continue to give progress updates until completion in June 2022.

September/October 2021

Wastewater Treatment Pond Upgrade

The third and central pond still requires a small section to be covered in.

Sections of the work for stage 3 progressed immediately after lockdown, though progress has been slow over the previous 2 weeks due to wet weather. Despite this, we are still within the timeframe of our consents to have the reservoirs operating.

The remaining work to be completed on the reservoirs includes lining to pond 2, completion of the anchor trenches, minor embankment fill (over anchor trenches), three concrete spillways, valve chambers lids and covers, subsoil testing, topsoil (Embankment crests), turf reinforcement matting, grassing, site clean up and remaining remediation work.

It is anticipated that this work could be completed by the end of January 2022.

Three Waters Reform

Our response to the proposed reform is now available. Our feedback was sent to the Department of Internal Affairs [DIA] on 1st October. Please note, Councils have not yet been asked to make a decision. At this stage we still believe Councils will be able to choose whether they can be part of the new entities proposed in the reforms, but this hasn’t been confirmed.

To view the full letter to DIA outlining our feedback and the letter we sent to ratepayers, visit www.cdc.govt.nz/threewaters

Library Improvements

We’re improving how you can find and use all our library collections. Your Wairarapa Library Service card already gives you access to all the collections at Featherston, Greytown, Martinborough and Carterton. From the 12th of October, we’re joining other SMART libraries around the region. Your library card will open the doors to half a million items and 26 libraries.

Check out the new Wairarapa Library Service website here

Frederick Street Water Treatment Plant upgrade

September/October 2021

The switchover from the old mains switchboard to the new mains switchboard and generator was completed in September. Since changing over to automatically running the plant (Bore 5) on the generator, we have lost mains power twice, but the the generator successfully switched into operation.

Powering the booster pumps with new variable speed drives (VSD’S) is next to be completed, currently scheduled for the end of this month.

The 2nd UV unit has been ordered, but the lead in time for shipping is currently unknown as it is coming from the UK.

August/September 2021

Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade

Due to the COVID-19 Alert Level 4 lockdown, there are no new updates at this stage, however, work onsite has recommenced during Alert Level 2.

Frederick Street Water Treatment Plant upgrade

We have ordered an additional UV system and a port-a-com to house this in.

We have re-drilled an existing bore that had been capped off to explore if we could gain some additional water. The bore now provides a low level amount of water but does require extensive flushing prior to use.

New water sources for Carterton are crucial for our growing district. Work on future supplies has been brought forward, and analysis will start soon.

A quality options analysis will establish the available, and optimum source of potable water. We had funds set aside in the Ten Year Plan for next financial year to undertake an options analysis for an additional water source. After the Policy and Strategy committee had asked for the Eastern Growth area to have a greater density of housing they recommended to move the study to the current financial year. This recommendation was moved at the August Ordinary Council meeting.

Climate Change updates

Conservation week

Local organisations are urging the Wairarapa to take a moment to think about our climate this Conservation Week, 4-12 September. There’s a range of activities happening across the region – fish and insect monitoring, planting and weeding, expert presentations, art exhibitions, film screenings and more – there’s something for everyone. Plus, entry is either free or a koha! Climate Change Advisor, Mélanie Barthe, says some amazing guest speakers are lined up to speak at evening evetns being held in Carterton and Martinborough on the 3rd and 11th of September respectively.

For a programme of all the events on in your region this Conservation Week, click here

 

Town Centre Redevelopment

Mayor Greg Lang and Councillor Robyn Cherry-Campbell have been working hard with developers, businesses and building owners over the last 12 months to progress the redevelopment in the town centre. We’re excited to see Finom reopening at their new premises. The building next to 3Mile is having earthquake strengthening work done so the second hand shop can return to trading there. More townhouses are being built and some encouraging conversations are happening with businesses from other towns interested in relocating to our District.

We are also really pleased to see the town get behind Cafe Olé while they prepare to relocate to the Tryst building next to Double Dollar Plus. Olé will have to close for a few months while the building is being made fit for purpose but we are looking forward to their return as they are a unique part of our business community with a strong customer base.

 

Clock tower remediation & landscaping

The chimes are going again and there has been fantastic progress with the landscaping around the clocktower. Check out our video to get some insight into the inner workings of the clock mechanism and the chimes.

Three Waters Reform

Despite the Alert Level lockdown in August, the 3 Wairarapa Councils are still working through another period of analysis on our Districts’ drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater services. Councils are providing further analysis to Central Government by September 30.

We still do not know the exact costs for each Council. What we do know is no matter which model is chosen, household costs for water are likely to go up due to the following changes taking place:

  • Taumata Arawai Drinking water standards
  • The Water Services Bill currently going through Parliament
  • The proposed natural resources plan from GWRC
  • The national policy statement on freshwater management.

Whether councils join an entity or go it alone, the cost of meeting these new standards will rise.

What happens next?

At this stage, we believe Councils can opt out of being part of the new entities but this hasn’t been confirmed. The 1st October date is not a deadline for making a decision. Councils are using this time to gather as much information from Central Government to better understand the long-term impacts these reforms will have on our communities.

We don’t know what DIA will be asking of Councils at the end of this timeframe, but we will be able to give our feedback and have a better understanding of when the Government will start its community consultation.

 

July/August 2021

Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade

Ponds 1 and 3 have had the lining completed with a small section of pond 2 left to finish. Ponds 1 and 3 have had their spillways finished and landscaping and topsoiling around the perimeter of the dam wall has been completed. Work on the valve chamber headworks has been undertaken and pipework connecting the treatment plant with the inlets to the ponds is happening with the stainless steel pipe fabrication being made off-site for the inlets. The outlet tee-bars for two of the ponds have also been installed at the southern end of the pond.

Frederick Street Water Treatment Plant upgrade

We are currently in the planning phase of when we can plan a shutdown of the Frederick Street Water Treatment Plant and a swap over to the Kaipaitangata treatment plant to undertake a few days of work.

The council has teamed up with WaterOutlook as part of the improvements it is making to its monitoring of the urban water supply. WaterOutlook is a specialised software platform owned and operated in New Zealand and used for gathering and analysing water quality data. Council staff will use WaterOutlook to keep across the vast amounts of data involved in running the district’s 3 Waters systems. Having that data at our fingertips will save us significant amounts of time and help improve water quality and compliance outcomes going forward.

Climate Change updates

This month the three Wairarapa councils launched a Healthy Home kit thanks to Climate Change Advisors Mélanie Barthe and Natasha Tomic. This self-assessment toolkit will enable you to assess your home for warmth and damp, and understand how it’s performing. You will find useful tips and advice to improve the comfort of your home, and the health of occupants. You can borrow the kit for FREE from the Carterton, Greytown and Masterton Libraries (available at Martinborough and Featherston upon request).

To read the full statement click here

To view the self-user guide and record sheets visit www.cdc.govt.nz/healthyhome

Conservation week

Local organisations are urging the Wairarapa to take a moment to think about our climate this Conservation Week, 4-12 September. There’s a range of activities happening across the region – fish and insect monitoring, planting and weeding, expert presentations, art exhibitions, film screenings and more – there’s something for everyone. Plus, entry is either free or a koha! Climate Change Advisor, Mélanie Barthe, says some amazing guest speakers are lined up to speak at evening evetns being held in Carterton and Martinborough on the 3rd and 11th of September respectively.

For a programme of all the events on in your region this Conservation Week, click here

Town Centre Redevelopment

Exciting developments are continuing, including Finom’s announcement that it will be relocating to the old Salvation Army building on High Street, which has been restored and renovated. This is just one of many buildings which will be refurbished for a business to relocate to, with plans in place for the earthquake prone building the businesses relocate from. We will continue to update you as soon as the information is able to be made public.

 

Clock tower remediation & landscaping

The landscaping is coming along well with progress being made on the concrete seating around the base of the clocktower. In early July, the chimes stopped sounding after one of the motors burnt out. This was sent away to experts in Lower Hutt to repair. They rewired it, tested it and ran it before assessing the condition of the gearing and returning it to us. We are now in the process of refitting it to the mechanism to get the chimes going again soon.

 

Three Waters Reform

July/August 2021

Central Government has released the cabinet papers for the next steps of the three waters review detailing the number of proposed entities and the boundaries they will cover. In addition, the Government announced a $2.5 billion package to support local government transition through the reforms to New Zealand’s drinking water, wastewater and stormwater services.  $2 billion has been set aside for councils to invest in the future for local government, urban development, and the wellbeing of their communities.  $500 million of the 2.5bn seeks to address the costs and financial impacts that councils would incur such as the transfer of water assets, liabilities, revenue and staff to a new water services entity. The funding also ensures councils will be able to continue to sustainably perform their non-water related roles and functions.

What happens next?
Council staff and elected members will spend the next 8 weeks collating further information from Central Government and reviewing it to determine how this will affect both the council and our District as a whole. We are still unsure as to what DIA will be asking of Local Councils at the end of the 8 weeks, however, we should have a better idea of when central government intends to commence community consultation.  At this stage, the Council has made no indication whether it is leaning towards opting in or out, and any media reports which state otherwise are incorrect

 

 

 

June/July 2021

Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade

Viking placed the geo fabric on the remaining sections of pond 1 in the week ending 11 June 2021, they are still to complete pond 2 geo fabric then finish laying the black liner and have this tested for leak integrity. While waiting for the reservoirs to be completed, work on stage 3 has started on the upgrade of the existing wet well, located next to the UV treatment system on Dalefield Road. Late delivery of the stage 2 has pushed stage 3 into less desirable winter conditions therefore the remaining cannot now be completed until the end of next summer, but we are still within the time period of our consents to have the reservoirs operating. Once the physical works on the site are completed the upgraded plant will be commissioned.

Clock tower remediation & landscaping

The clock tower reserve landscape renovation is underway, with improved access, new seats and 3 specimen trees being the main features. The groundwork is being done by the Council using existing maintenance budgets from the Parks and Reserves budget. The team is making good progress but this work may take a few months, at which stage the Carterton Lions will help with the planting. There will be timber seating, lots of planting and trees for shading, creating a green and welcoming community space. An important feature includes lowering the ground level of the main seating space to footpath level to remove the current step up from the footpath, making the area accessible to those using wheelchairs or mobility scooters.

Three Waters Reform

DIA  has now released 4 evidence based reports in relation to the three waters reform, building the case for change.

What does this mean for our council and community?

We’re still waiting for release of the Cabinet paper which will decide how many entities it’s going to be, and we are hoping it will also provide details on the debt structure and how that may impact on council. There will be a public consultation prior to the opt-out decision expected by the end of the year, so we can consider the community’s views before making any final decisions.
 

Town Centre Redevelopment

On 30 June, the Council is set to adopt its Draft Ten Year Plan for 2021-2031 which included confirmation of Option B in the Consultation Document – include budget capacity of $331,000 for the purchase of land for public spaces and accessways/laneways in the town centre. Mayor Greg Lang has provided the following updates which have come from his work as part of the Mayor’s Town Centre Taskforce

  • High Street will not be flattened, and the fate of the majority of buildings is not demolition.
  • Of the two buildings which are earmarked for demolition, the businesses are relocating and there are exciting and innovative plans for what will go in their place. There will be no vacant lots on our High Street.
  • We have investors queueing up, waiting for a building to be listed for sale so they can snap it up. We have a strong vision, one which shows who we are, where we have come from and what we aspire to be, and this is resonating with investors.
  • At the moment the majority of the specifics of what’s happening remains commercially sensitive information. Exciting new ventures/businesses are looking at establishing and several existing businesses are ready to relocate to other High Street premises, and Mayor Lang is facilitating this to reduce the impact on their ability to trade. There are developers ready to action grand plans for the buildings they relocate from.

Frederick Street Water Treatment Plant upgrade

Council are mid-way through a planned upgrade of the Frederick Street treatment plant. The timing of the upgrades has been constricted due to rely on supply through the Kaipaitangata treatment plant while working on the Frederick Street plant.

Climate Change updates

Carterton District Council is taking part in the Wellington Regional Growth Framework (WRGF) through its participation in the Wellington Regional Climate Change Forum. We have an active voice in two projects of the WRGF:

  • Develop a regional emissions reduction action plan
  • Regional approach to planning for and managing climate change impact

Through those two projects, CDC plays an active role in climate change mitigation and climate change adaptation at a regional level.