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Dear Taranaki Regional Council,

Please supply the following information under the [Official Information Act (OIA) / Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act (LGOIMA)]:
1. Does the organisation carry out drugs and alcohol testing (among employees or other persons)?
2. If drug and alcohol testing does take place at the organisation:
a. Who currently provides the testing service i.e., name of service provider(s)?
b. For each (named) service provider:
i. What is the nature of the drug & alcohol testing service delivered e.g., saliva, urine, breath and alcohol and synthetic cannabinoids?
ii. In what geographic location(s) is the service delivered?
iii. Is the service provided under contract? If yes:
1. How many contracts does the provider have with your organisation?
2. What is the term of that/those contract(s)?
3. What is the dollar value of that/those contract(s)?
4. Are there options for renewing that/those contract(s)?
c. What organisation(s)/company(ies) previously conducted drug and alcohol testing for your organisation (repeat all of ‘b’ for previous service providers)?
If you need any more information from me, please let me know as soon as possible.
I understand that a decision on a request for information under the [OIA/LGOIMA] should be made within 20 working days of receiving that request.
If you do not normally deal with official information requests, or you need advice on dealing with this request, guidance is available from the Ombudsman at www.ombudsman.parliament.nz.

Yours faithfully,
Lynn Worthington

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From the Chair

Let's make the most of this journey

[4]David MacLeodKa mihi nui ki a koutou katoa, greetings to you all. It’s no
exaggeration to say we’re on the cusp of a new era in the way local and regional
communities govern and manage their environment, their social, cultural and
economic development and the delivery of essential everyday services.

Change is already well under way. Here at the Taranaki Regional Council, we’ve
just signed off a new Long-Term Plan that includes significant investments to
allow us to implement the far-reaching new requirements that are part of the
Government’s Essential Freshwater reforms. This will be one of the biggest
projects we’ve ever undertaken.

We’ve also decided to introduce a Māori constituency for next year’s local body
elections. We heard eloquent arguments for and against during the public
consultation and hearings, and in the end we decided that it’s the right thing
to do. We believe the majority of our community supports a move to better, more
meaningful Māori representation on the Council. 

But all that’s just the start of the changes. The Government recently announced
a two-year review of the future of local government. It will look at what we do,
how we do it and how we fund it, as well as current representation arrangements.

We haven’t seen such a comprehensive review since the 1980s, and now is the
ideal time to have another good look.  

It’s timely because the Government’s also working on new legislation that will
replace the Resource Management Act, rolling out the ‘3 Waters’ reforms, and
building a national pathway to zero emissions. 

Each of these is likely to have a great deal of impact on all councils. The RMA
alone accounts for well over half of TRC’s programmes and activities, while 3
Waters and climate change will also bring new responsibilities to us.

So there are a lot of balls in the air. One thing we can be sure of, though, is
that in five years’ time, councils will be quite different from what you know
today.

Change brings challenges and opportunities – but we’ve seen before that Taranaki
can meet these with imaginative and positive responses. I’m confident we can do
so again. In the meantime, we’re getting on with the immediate priorities. 

You can find out more about our Long-Term Plan in this edition of Talking
Taranaki. You’ll also find news about other aspects of our work in supporting
livelihoods, improving lifestyles and taking Taranaki forward.

David MacLeod, Chair

New faces on the TRC executive team

[5]Abby Matthews and Daniel HarrisonAbby Matthews has been appointed TRC’s
Director-Environment Quality following the retirement of the long-serving Gary
Bedford. Abby was previously the Science and Innovation Manager at Horizons
Regional Council.

Another recent newcomer is Daniel Harrison, the Director-Operations. Daniel was
previously the Council’s Rivers Manager and his promotion followed the departure
of Stephen Hall.

Abby and Daniel join Fred McLay (Resource Management) and Mike Nield (Corporate
Services) in the executive management team led by Chief Executive Steve Ruru.

Improving lifestyles

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Removal of West Stand bleachers, Yarrow Stadium.

Heavy lifting on the main pitch

Our time-lapse video captures the removal of the 351 2.8-tonne bleachers from
Yarrow Stadium’s West Stand, to allow access for piling and other work to
strengthen the structure to meet earthquake standards. The piling is now well
advanced. 

Good progress is also being made on demolishing the East Stand, which will be
replaced by a new stand designed to be suitable for a wider range of uses. 

The $50m Yarrow Stadium redevelopment project follows the closure of both stands
in 2017 and 2018 when they were found to be earthquake-prone. The Government has
awarded the project a $20m 'shovel-ready' COVID-19 recovery grant.

Keep up with news about the project on the Yarrow Stadium Facebook page,
[7]www.facebook.com/YarrowStadiumTaranaki, or at
[8]www.trc.govt.nz/yarrow-stadium

Taking Taranaki forward

TRC Long-Term Plan in a nutshell

The TRC adopted its Long-Term Plan 2021/2031 on 17 May. It includes:

* Funding for additional freshwater-focused scientific, technical and cultural
resources, as well as increased land management services, to implement new
requirements, regulations and standards under the Government’s Essential
Freshwater package. The extra environmental spending will total just under
$3 million over three years, most of it starting in 2021/2022.
* Investigating alternative fuel options for the Citylink bus fleet, with
conversion to start mid-2022, and investigating options for new Citylink
routes and extra services on existing routes, with trial services starting
mid-2022. Budgeting provisions for the fuel conversions and extra services
will be made in the 2022/2023 Annual Plan.
* Contributing $100,000 towards development of a Regional Recovery Plan to
ensure the region talks with one voice when seeking COVID-19 recovery
assistance from the Government.
* Refurbishing the Council’s Stratford office at a cost of $6 million over two
years, to be funded with a loan repaid from rates.
* Restoring financial support for Wild for Taranaki, the regional biodiversity
umbrella group, to $235,000 a year.
* 2021/2022 rates increases of less than $30 for the year for the average
householder, and of around $60 for a farm worth $2 million, with smaller
increases budgeted in subsequent years. Rates for many commercial and
industrial ratepayers will reduce slightly in 2021/2022. Yarrow Stadium
targeted rates are all reducing by 45%. 

[9]See the full LTP document

Around & about the region

[10]Riparian plants
A million plants on the move

A million native plants are being distributed to nearly 1000 Taranaki farmers
and landowners this week under TRC’s 27-year-old Riparian Management Programme,
in which farmers voluntarily fence and plant their streams. This year, $5m in
Jobs for Nature funding will help many complete their riparian plans. The rest
must order next year’s plants by 1 July to get the wholesale rate.

[11]WWW.TRC.GOVT.NZ/RIPARIAN2021

[12]Freshwater vision workshop
Freshwater visionaries  

About 16 people attended a public workshop in New Plymouth last month to share
ideas on what Taranaki's long-term vision should be for the future of the
region's rivers, streams and lakes. TRC is developing the vision as part of
reviews of plans and documents that set out how freshwater will be managed into
the future. Ideas gathered at the workshop and in an earlier survey are now
being analysed. The aim is to settle on a vision that’s ambitious yet achievable
(difficult but not impossible) and sets a timeframe (30 years, for example).

[13]WWW.TRC.GOVT.NZ/VISION

3D mapping for Taranaki

Detailed 3D maps of Taranaki will be available later this year following an
aerial LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) laser survey now under way. The
$750,000 project is funded from the Provincial Growth Fund, via Land Information
NZ Toitū te Whenua (LINZ), with contributions from Taranaki’s councils and
Auckland  University. TRC is the lead agency.

[14]WWW.TRC.GOVT.NZ/LIDAR
Your Councillors

New Plymouth Constituency

[15]Tom Cloke

[16]David Lean

[17]Charlotte Littlewood

[18]Elvisa Van Der Leden

[19]Craig Williamson

Stratford Constituency

[20]Matthew McDonald

North Taranaki Constituency

[21]Mike Davey

[22]Donald McIntyre

South Taranaki Constituency

[23]Michael Joyce

[24]David MacLeod (Chair)

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Time for courageous conversations

[4]David MacLeodKa mihi nui ki a koutou katoa, greetings to you all. You might
be aware that the delivery of drinking water, wastewater and stormwater services
has been in the news lately, as the Government puts more flesh on its Three
Waters reform proposals.

These services are crucial to us all, and sadly, we’ve seen how catastrophe can
result when their delivery goes wrong. But Three Waters is only one part of the
significant changes taking place in the way communities are governed and
supported by their local councils. 

We’ve also got the new legislation replacing the Resource Management Act, the
swiftly developing national pathway to zero emissions, and new efforts to honour
the Treaty of Waitangi by ensuring Māori have an effective role in
decision-making at all levels.  Overarching it all is a formal review of the
future for local government. 

It’s clear to me, and many others in local government, that all this adds up to
a real opportunity to re-imagine the way in which local government might lead
and support its communities. We’re looking at a future that will be
fundamentally different from that of 30 years ago when the current model was put
in place. And we need to be open to change and ‘giving up’ some of what we have
known in the past.  

The onus is on us as communities and local authorities. Unless we are open to
having some of the courageous conversations that are needed to take us into a
new future, we will not be good ancestors for the future generations that will
come after us. 

In the past week we’ve seen encouraging signs that the Government is committed
to working in real partnership with councils and local communities to ensure we
find the best way forward. 

Individual councils need time to discuss and digest the unfolding Three Waters
proposals, and consult their communities, for example. So it’s heartening that
the Government has recognised this by abandoning its initial timeframe and
creating some breathing space. It’s also put its money where its mouth is, with
a commitment to cover Council costs and ensure none is worse off after the
reforms are implemented.

I see these as signs of good faith. They give me more confidence about the
future. 

Rapid change is challenging. I can empathise with farmers feeling pressured to
the point that they mount a protest. The pressure is real, and councils are
feeling a similar squeeze. 

But be assured that TRC remains committed to finding outcomes that will
strengthen Taranaki communities and ensure the region has the voice it deserves
at a national level.

If you have any ideas, questions or concerns, talk to your TRC Councillor.
You’ll find our contact details in this email.

And watch this space!

David MacLeod, Chair

Supporting livelihoods

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Weed of the Week: Pampas

Putting a hex on unwanted plants

Have you met Taranaki Regional Council’s very own Weed Wizard? He’s been putting
out weekly videos highlighting pest plants to help you identify the weeds that
are common in Taranaki. 

He takes a light-hearted, engaging approach, but he knows his stuff. And the
information he shares is very useful if you care about Taranaki’s precious
native biodiversity.

With scores of weeds in the National Pest Plant Accord (NPPA), it's going to
take a team effort to start controlling them. We know it's an uphill battle, but
every little bit will make a difference.

Catch all the Weed Wizard’s videos at [6]www.trc.govt.nz/WeedWizard. 

Pampas is the first weed off the block, but you can also learn about a dozen
others ranging from African clubmoss to wild cherry. Generally there is no
obligation to remove these weeds from your property, but it’s a really good
thing to do!

Here at TRC, we focus our own control efforts on the 16 plants in the Taranaki
Regional Pest Management Plan. Of these, we do direct control on five while the
other 11 must be controlled by landowners – including nasties such as old man's
beard, giant gunnera and ginger. 

See www.trc.govt.nz/pest-plants.

Taking Taranaki forward

Who are heroes of our environment?

Nominations have opened for this year’s Taranaki Regional Council Environmental
Awards, which recognise efforts to protect and enhance the environment – at any
scale from neighbourhood to regional. 

The Council has presented 313 environmental awards since the programme began in
1993. Awards are made across five categories – business, dairy farming, land
management, community and education. 

Nomination forms are available online at [7]www.trc.govt.nz/enter-awards-2021.
Nominations close on 20 August and awards will be presented in October.  
Sponsorship support from Fonterra, Corteva and Contact Energy mean they can be
presented at a catered evening function.
[8]Waitara Taiao were among the TRC Environment Awards winners in 2020.

Waitara Taiao were among the TRC Environment Awards winners in 2020.

Around & about the region

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Winter magic at Tūpare

Winter magic at Tūpare

For an antidote to winter, check out Tūpare, on Mangorei Rd, New Plymouth. Its
many deciduous trees take on an austere majesty at this time of year, while the
winter-flowering plants really stand out. Head Gardener Mitch Graham offers his
insights in the video above.

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Fresh look at representation  

Community feedback is sought on the way the Council proposes to rearrange its
representation following its April decision to  introduce a Māori constituency
(ward) for the  2022 local body elections. The initial proposal is  to remain at
11 elected members, with one  elected from a region-wide Māori constituency. The
other 10 would be elected from the existing  four general constituencies (New
Plymouth, North Taranaki, Stratford and South Taranaki),  but with South
Taranaki dropping to two members from the current three. Submissions close on 13
August, with a final proposal to be decided in September.

[11]WWW.TRC.GOVT.NZ/HAVEYOURSAY

Team to design new stand

A consortium led by GHD Woodhead Creative Spaces and New Plymouth-based firm
Boon has been awarded the design contract for Yarrow Stadium’s new East Stand to
replace  TSB Stand. The architects will be supported by Beca (structural and
civil engineering), Aurecon (mechanical and electrical services) and Holmes
(fire services). More contracts will be confirmed shortly. It’s the biggest
component of the project’s total $50m budget and the design priority is
flexibility - making the new stand more usable, more often, by more people..

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Your Councillors

New Plymouth Constituency

[13]Tom Cloke

[14]David Lean

[15]Charlotte Littlewood

[16]Elvisa Van Der Leden

[17]Craig Williamson

Stratford Constituency

[18]Matthew McDonald

North Taranaki Constituency

[19]Mike Davey

[20]Donald McIntyre

South Taranaki Constituency

[21]Michael Joyce

[22]David MacLeod (Chair)

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From the Chair

Region busy as Delta clouds clear

[4]David MacLeodKa mihi nui ki a koutou katoa, greetings to you all. 

The arrival of the Delta variant came as a rude shock to many of us, even if
we’d realised it was highly likely given the alarming news emerging from other
nations near and far. 

The clouds have since cleared somewhat, at least for those of us outside
Auckland. But hopefully one lesson endures: We simply can’t afford to be
complacent. Vaccination is the major key to minimising future COVID-related
restrictions on our personal freedoms and on economic activity. I hope the
majority of New Zealanders can be vaccinated quickly.

The impact of a sudden lockdown varies from person to person and from sector to
sector, with some doing it tough. No one could deny, for example, that these are
particularly challenging times for those in tourism and hospitality. And while
Taranaki isn’t a Queenstown or a Rotorua, highly dependent on overseas visitors,
it’s always a worry when our biggest source of domestic visitors is locked down
for an extended period.

Overall, though, Taranaki resilience shone through during the two weeks or so of
strict lockdown we endured. As always, calving and the demands of springtime
kept our farmers fully occupied. Our essential workers performed to their usual
high standard. And as restrictions eased, other activities resumed with no major
hitches.

Some Council officers had essential-worker status during the hard lockdown so
they were ready to respond to any pressing matters such as pollution. Other
staff worked from home on resource consent applications and other administrative
duties. 

With the easing of restrictions, our business is more or less back to normal.
And normal means busy. There’s a lot going on out there – from land management
to biosecurity, from biodiversity to environmental monitoring, from gardens to
public transport, and so on. Some of this work is highlighted in this
newsletter.

Equally relentless are all the big changes being driven from Wellington:
Essential Freshwater, Three Waters, RMA reform, and the overarching review of
the future for local government. 

The Essential Freshwater reforms are the most pressing issue for many in
Taranaki, and in this email you’ll find details of our new web pages designed to
help you understand what the changes mean for you. 

Last but not least, I’d like to thank all those who gave us their feedback as we
considered representation arrangements for next year’s local body elections.
Your submissions were thoughtful and useful, and our decision is covered in this
newsletter. It’s a reminder that none of us can make assumptions about the
outcome of any consultation process until the decision is actually made. 

David MacLeod, Chair

Around & about the region

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For the love of leaf-veined slugs

More backyard adventures

Taranaki’s award-winning Backyard Biodiversity series was revived for the
August-September lockdown, with six new videos encouraging families to engage
with the environment. This one’s on slugs and others cover topics ranging from
feeding native birds to eliminating pest plants. The videos were produced by
Council and Rotokare Scenic Reserve Trust educators working from their homes.
Their 2020 series was a winner in local government awards..

[6]WWW.TRC.GOVT.NZ/BACKYARD-BIODIVERSITY

11 councillors next year  

There will be 11 councillors elected next year, including one representing a
region-wide Māori constituency.  That’s what councillors decided after reviewing
representation arrangements and considering public submissions. Five members
will be elected from the New Plymouth constituency, two from North Taranaki, one
from Stratford, two from South Taranaki and one from a new Māori constituency.
Councillors had also considered a 13-member council, with three South Taranaki
members and two from one or more Māori constituencies. There are currently 11
councillors, including three from South Taranaki.

[7]WWW.TRC.GOVT.NZ/SEATS22

On target amid big changes

The Council achieved most of its targets for the year to 30 June, in the face of
the continuing roll-out of profound changes driven by central Government as well
as COVID-19 disruptions. Chair David MacLeod says it’s pleasing to have finished
the year in a strong financial position, as outlined in the 2020/2021 Annual
Report.

[8]WWW.TRC.GOVT.NZ/21REPORT

Protecting livelihoods

Essential reading on freshwater

A new section of the TRC website is designed to help farmers and others stay
up-to-date with the latest information on the Government’s Essential Freshwater
reform and how it might impact day-to-day farming activity in this region.

There’s information and resources on new regulations and requirements including
those on winter grazing; the synthetic nitrogen fertiliser cap; intensification
and land-use change; stock exclusion; feedpads, feedlots and stock-holding
areas; structures in rivers and lakes; and wetlands.

The information and associated resources  will be updated and expanded as the
package continues to roll out. 

Find it all at [9]www.trc.govt.nz/essential.

Improving lifestyles

Never fear, the gardens are near

Pukeiti, Tūpare and Hollard Gardens are at their gorgeous springtime best,
providing a perfect escape from pandemic anxiety. Visitors have been wowed by
the early large-leaf rhodos, such as this one near Pukeiti’s new fitness trail,
and many more colourful treats lie in wait. The gardens are open all day, every
day and entry is free. Garden workshops and other events are subject to
last-minute changes. See [10]facebook.com/PukeitiGardens,
[11]facebook.com/TupareGardens and [12]facebook.com/HollardGardens.

Taking Taranaki forward

Clear progress at Yarrow Stadium

The Yarrow Stadium Plus project remains on track, with the COVID-19 lockdown
causing only relatively minor delays. 

As our picture shows, demolition of the East Stand (TSB Stand) is almost
complete, and work is well underway on designing a replacement. GHD Woodhead
Creative Spaces and New Plymouth-based Boon will be leading the redesign, with
local hapū involved. The brief is to design a stand more usable, more often, by
more people. 

Meanwhile, good progress is also being made on repairs to the West Stand (Noel &
Melva Yarrow Stand), where the main focus has been stabilising the underlying
ground with new piles. Installation of new LED lighting is about to begin, with
work starting on the new state-of-the-art hybrid turf later this year. See
[13]facebook.com/YarrowStadiumTaranaki.

Your Councillors

New Plymouth Constituency

[14]Tom Cloke

[15]David Lean

[16]Charlotte Littlewood

[17]Elvisa Van Der Leden

[18]Craig Williamson

Stratford Constituency

[19]Matthew McDonald

North Taranaki Constituency

[20]Mike Davey

[21]Donald McIntyre

South Taranaki Constituency

[22]Michael Joyce

[23]David MacLeod (Chair)

[24]Neil Walker
 
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