Westown, New Plymouth

3 days ago

School subjects.

NumberWorks'nWords New Plymouth

What do you think should be introduced or reintroduced as part of the curriculum in modern day schools?

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13 hours ago

City mini GT baby stroller

Christine from New Plymouth

we need this brand of stroller because it will be easy for my daughter who has health challenges to use 0272831251

4 days ago

WAKE UP PEOPLE!

Russell from Lynmouth - Moturoa

STOP TALKING - PICK UP THE PHONE, SEND AN EMAIL OR WRITE A LETTER TO YOUR MAYOR AND ALL COUNCILLORS AND LET THEM KNOW HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT THE POTENTIAL OF HAVING ASSETS THAT YOU, YOUR PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS PAID FOR, BEING STOLEN BY THE GOVERNMENT TO APPEASE THEIR OUTRAGEOUS AGENDA. DO IT NOW … View moreSTOP TALKING - PICK UP THE PHONE, SEND AN EMAIL OR WRITE A LETTER TO YOUR MAYOR AND ALL COUNCILLORS AND LET THEM KNOW HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT THE POTENTIAL OF HAVING ASSETS THAT YOU, YOUR PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS PAID FOR, BEING STOLEN BY THE GOVERNMENT TO APPEASE THEIR OUTRAGEOUS AGENDA. DO IT NOW BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE TO HAVE YOUR SAY - IF THIS GOVERNMENT DECIDES TO CHANGE THE LAW (THEY ARE GOOD AT THAT) YOU MAY NOT GET A SAY AT ALL. YOUR RIGHTS AS A NEW ZEALANDER ARE GETTING STOMPED ON - WAKE UP PEOPLE!



The Three Waters $120B grab - what you’re not being told The three waters are drinking water, wastewater and stormwater. The Three Waters Plan (that you may have seen advertisements for) is a tricky co-governance plan for central government to get control of our assets which are managed by our local councils. After more than 60 iwi-only meetings, the Government and tribal leaders have divided New Zealand into four massive, unwieldy zones. Each zone will take ownership and control of our water and water-related infrastructure.

Who will be in control?
Each zone will have a mega agency, managed 50:50 by tribal and council appointees on a 12-member board. For instance, the 20 local authorities in the South Island entity will have only six seats in total, despite contributing all infrastructure. One tribe there will have the other six seats. Those tribal representatives will, in effect, have a veto over what your community gets and pays as 75% of the board must agree on all decisions.

Is co-governance a fair structure?
Based on the performance of existing co-governance entities, no they’re not. The public representatives have nothing at stake, so choose an easy life, taking their pay while agreeing to whatever the tribal appointees demand. And demand they do, often in an intimidating way.
How does this affect you?
Each water agency will decide what services you get or not, how well pipes are maintained or not, how quickly repairs are done or not, and where new infrastructure will be built or not. Most importantly, they will decide how much you pay, whether you receive any benefit or not. Private landowners, businesses and farms will be vulnerable to tribal agendas and conflicts of interest.
Will the board be answerable to you?
No. Board members are not elected. There is no way to challenge them, to make them accountable, to avoid conflicts of interest, or to remedy poor decision-making or damage done.
Will councils be paid for assets we ratepayers funded?
No. The Government will borrow money to settle any Council debt on existing water infrastructure, but they won’t buy the asset. They’ll simply confiscate billions of dollars of value, paid for by generations of ratepayers. Councils will no longer have water infrastructure as an asset to use as security for borrowing. This will undermine council viability.

The Government claims improved water services. Is this credible?
No it’s not. Independent experts have reviewed government’s estimates of cost reductions and say the figures are “founded on unsound evidence and faulty analysis” (Castalia) and “should not be relied on to project actual expenditure, revenue and pricing outcomes” (Farrier).
Are councils in favour of Three Waters?
Councils have less than two weeks to decide. Many are saying “NO” to Three Waters, many are so far sitting on the fence, some are in favour. Cash-strapped councils are being pressured by financial inducements from central government to support the confiscation.
Do councils have to consult with their communities?
Councils are legally bound to consult ratepayers over major decisions on water. Unfortunately, the Government’s determination suggests they may pass special legislation to nullify this democratic requirement.
Why do some call this a silent ‘revolution’?
It fits. The Government’s Three Waters proposal involves the dismantling of our democracy, the denial of access by individuals to decision-makers, and the loss of accountability to affected communities.
YOU CAN HELP –

1. Demand a referendum. Please contact your councillor today or tomorrow and demand a right to vote on whether or not your community wants to give your three waters infrastructure to central government, to be managed by just six council representatives (from all the councils in your water zone) and six iwi appointees.


Neil.Holdom@npdc.govt.nz -
Stacey.Hitchcock@npdc.govt.nz -
Gordon.Brown@npdc.govt.nz -
David.Bublitz@npdc.govt.nz -
Dinnie.Moeahu@npdc.govt.nz -
murray.chong@npdc.govt.nz -
marie.pearce@npdc.govt.nz -
Colin.Johnston@npdc.govt.nz -
tony.bedford@npdc.govt.nz -
harry.duynhoven@npdc.govt.nz -
anneka.carlson@npdc.govt.nz -
sam.bennett@npdc.govt.nz -
richard.handley@npdc.govt.nz -
richard.jordan@npdc.govt.nz -
amanda.clintongohdes@npdc.govt.nz -

2. Copy this page and deliver into letter boxes in your neighbourhood or email to others.
NOTE: Three Waters is part of the He Puapua plan to set up two governments for New Zealand, one by Maori for Maori, and the other, a fully multi-cultural government for everyone else. This system would be subject to a tribal monitoring committee.

19 hours ago

International Week of Happiness at Work - Monday 20 to Friday 24 September

Workbridge

International Week of Happiness at Work is a holiday that’s all about bringing happiness back into the workplace. If work is part of our daily lives, then one of the best ways to live a happier life is through being happy at work.
Happiness in the workplace encourages a culture of positivity and… View more
International Week of Happiness at Work is a holiday that’s all about bringing happiness back into the workplace. If work is part of our daily lives, then one of the best ways to live a happier life is through being happy at work.
Happiness in the workplace encourages a culture of positivity and inclusion, and this promotes job satisfaction for all employees. Supporting disability inclusion in the workplace supports all employees, and companies with strong disability inclusion programs have better access to talent and better employee retention.
Disability inclusion strengthens the workforce, supports diverse workplaces and builds morale and helps all employees do their best work.
Workbridge can support jobseekers and employers by providing a range of free employment support services for both job seekers and employers, individually tailored to suit every individual’s needs.

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21 hours ago

What's On: Waitara Savage and Entertainment Club

Nana from Hillsborough - Lepperton

Invite you to their Concert .Afternoon tea provided and Raffles $5 enrty. All welcome
Waitara Savage and Entertainment Club
  • Waitara Senior Citizen's Hall
1 day ago

Vaccination call

Blanton Smith Reporter from Taranaki Daily News

If you get vaccinated at the New Plymouth centre on Wednesday morning you'll also get a free bacon sandwich. It's the latest initiative from the TDHB to increase the numbers in Taranaki.

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1 day ago

RAW HONEY CAR BOOT SALE Wednesday 22 September 2021

Philippa from Westown

At 135 Coronation Ave, NP, 10 am to 4 pm
Extra Special Covid Price for Manuka MGO 200+/UMF 8+ **RRP $35 now $20!!!**
Multifloral 500 g **Special $8**
Multifloral Creamy 500 g $12, 1 kg $20
EFTPOS available
Enquiries contact Philippa on 0272207515

Price: $8

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1 day ago

RAW HONEY CAR BOOT SALE Wednesday 22 September 2021

Philippa from Westown

At 135 Coronation Ave, NP, 10 am to 4 pm
Extra Special Covid Price for Manuka MGO 200+/UMF 8+ **RRP $35 now $20!!!**
Multifloral 500 g **Special $8**
Multifloral Creamy 500 g $12, 1 kg $20
EFTPOS available
Enquiries contact Philippa on 0272207515

Price: $8

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1 day ago

Motor mower

Graeme from Strandon

Not used last season but was fine before then.
4 Stroke with catcher (repaired)
Aluminium body so no rust.
Broken throttle cable and hand control removed so engine speed needs to be set on mower engine side.
Contact via 0204 320 320

Price: $125

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2 days ago

Free recruitment service finds perfect match

Competenz

After years of searching for a new recruit for their business, Auckland engineering firm Stainless Machinings turned to Competenz’s free job matching service to find them an ideal candidate. In the space of a few short months, school leaver Stuart Martin joined the company.

“We’d been … View more
After years of searching for a new recruit for their business, Auckland engineering firm Stainless Machinings turned to Competenz’s free job matching service to find them an ideal candidate. In the space of a few short months, school leaver Stuart Martin joined the company.

“We’d been trying to recruit a young person for a couple of years, says Stainless Machinings owner Brian Lawry. “Competenz provided us with an excellent service and took all the hard work out of finding someone."

Read the full story here
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2 days ago

Grab your local paper and an Airfryer

Mags4gifts

Purchase a three month subscription to the Taranaki Daily News for just $146.64 and get a free Airfryer.

Visit mags4gifts.co.nz/airfryer and use the code "Airfryer" at checkout.Terms and Conditions apply.
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3 days ago

What's On: Working Bee

Brittany from Blagdon - Marfell

Biweekly on Sunday afternoons, come to the maara to garden with others, contribute to a community pataka kai, and support a thriving community. All are welcome, all ideas are valued.
Working Bee
  • Marfell Community Garden
6 days ago

Taranaki luge track to open

Blanton Smith Reporter from Taranaki Daily News

The region's first luge track will open on Saturday. Will you be checking it out?

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6 days ago

Another Escapee from Auckland

Neil from Hurworth

So another Escapee users his Essential Workers Permit to get out of Auckland to attend a Witt class in New Plymouth. Now he'll have to self - isolate and have multiple tests and when he is finished those and when he's clear he'll be allowed back in CLASS. That's BS, send him … View moreSo another Escapee users his Essential Workers Permit to get out of Auckland to attend a Witt class in New Plymouth. Now he'll have to self - isolate and have multiple tests and when he is finished those and when he's clear he'll be allowed back in CLASS. That's BS, send him back to Auckland and Fine him too. He has just put the whole of New Plymouth at risk not to Mention the rest of New Zealand. The Tutor did not report this to the police what is wrong with him too?

4 days ago

What's On: World Quaker Day

Alex from Stratford

Learn about this spiritual community, our values and beliefs in an informal inclusive gathering. 3 - 4.30pm. phone Liz 0272950435. All welcome
World Quaker Day
  • Community House
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