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Timeline photos 26/12/2022

UPDATE: Tuesday 27 December, 6:52pm: The roading crew has cleared one lane so Mangamahu Road is now open.

Monday 26 December, 3.39pm: Please be aware Mangamahu Road (at Baker's Bluff, around 10km from Mangamahu township) is closed due to a slip. Roading contractors are working there now and the road is expected to be cleared by tomorrow night (Tuesday 27 December). Travel safe everyone.

Timeline photos 22/12/2022

The Whanganui Rural Community Board has a new representative for its Whanganui subdivision – Jenny Tamakehu will join David Wells as one of the area's two board members.
Read more in our public notice: https://bit.ly/3HRdJG2

Timeline photos 22/12/2022

The annual Boxing Day Cemetery Circuit motorcycle race event in Whanganui is back for 2022!

Please be aware a number of road closures will be in place around the circuit from 4am until 11pm on Monday, 26 December.

This includes parts of Taupo Quay, Heads Road, Guyton Street and Wilson Street.

Detours will be in place during the closures.

Read more in our public notice: https://bit.ly/3BTiNWH

Council - 20 December 2022 22/12/2022

Council - 20 December 2022

The final council meeting for 2022 covered a wide range of issues, including debate about Three Waters, local government reform and the new committee structure. If you wish to view a particular agenda item on the livestream of the meeting, check out the bookmarked version on our YouTube channel.

Council - 20 December 2022 Welcome to the livestream of the full Whanganui District Council meeting, held on Tuesday, 20 December 2022.Please see the bookmarked agenda items below - si...

Consent lodged this week for priority dredging 22/12/2022

Consent lodged this week for priority dredging

A milestone has been reached in the Te Pūwaha project, with Whanganui District Council and the Whanganui Port Operating Company lodging a consent for priority dredging this week.

Subject to consent being approved, priority dredging will be carried out immediately around the three main wharves and the proposed vessel lifting infrastructure.

The application also includes dredging for the Wharf Street public boat ramp and a new area to the south of the ramp where a diving and bombing platform is proposed to create a safe swimming space for rangatahi, ready for late 2023. The intention is for the bombing platform to be created locally using recycled material from wharves, with an opportunity for UCOL students to support the building of the structure.

Check out the media release to find out all the details:

Consent lodged this week for priority dredging Te Pūwaha, the Whanganui Port revitalisation project continues to progress, with consent for a priority dredging area lodged this week by Whanganui District Council and the Whanganui Port Operating Company.

New director announced for Sarjeant Gallery 22/12/2022

New director announced for Sarjeant Gallery

We are very excited to announce that Andrew Clifford, currently director of Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery in West Auckland, has been appointed to the role of director for the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Andrew will arrive to take up his role in March 2023!!

New director announced for Sarjeant Gallery Andrew Clifford, currently director of Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery in West Auckland, has been appointed to the role of director of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui.

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No surprises - there's another severe thunderstorm watch in place for our patch from 2pm until 9pm today, Thursday 22 December.
This watch covers a large part of the central North Island, including the Whanganui district.

MetService New Zealand says thunderstorms are expected to develop around midday, and some of these may become SEVERE from early afternoon until this evening, bringing localised downpours with intensities of 25mm to 40mm of rainfall per hour.

Check out the warnings and watches below.

www.metservice.com

Timeline photos 21/12/2022

Meri Kirihimete from Whanganui District Council!

Letting you know that council customer services at 101 Guyton Street closes at 12 noon this Friday, 23 December and reopens at 8.30am on Wednesday, 4 January 2023.

Please also be aware the Durie Hill Elevator will close at 5pm today for a staff Christmas event.

We hope you get to enjoy our beautiful district over the summer break and if you’re travelling, stay safe.

For opening hours for council facilities and services over the Christmas and New Year holiday period, please visit: https://bit.ly/3BQ1eqv

Timeline photos 20/12/2022

A reminder that nominations close at 12 noon tomorrow, Thursday 22 December, for the Whanganui Rural Community Board by-election.

If you or somone you know would make an effective member of the board as a Whanganui subdivsion representative, please make sure that a completed nomination form and payment is received in time to be processed before 12 noon tomorrow at council customer services, 101 Guyton Street. Find nomination details at: https://bit.ly/3WhDHa0

If you would like more information, please call 06 349 0001 and ask to speak with the council's deputy electoral officer, Anna Palamountain.

Timeline photos 20/12/2022

UPDATE: 11.25AM Friday, 23 December

Burma Hill Road has fully reopened. Thanks for your patience while this slip was cleared.
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Burma Hill Road is closed by a large slip (near the far end of Mangamahu Road) and is expected to take several days to reopen. The far section of the road can still be accessed via Fields Track.

At this stage there are no other closures and road crews are out and about working to keep the rest of the rural roading network open. Please take care if you're travelling in the district.

20/12/2022

Council meeting - 20 December 2022

Please join us tomorrow, Tuesday 20 December for the livestream of the full council meeting – the last meeting for 2023. The meeting will begin at 1pm with public-excluded items and is expected to open to the public around 2pm.
You can also watch the livestream at a later time on our website and pages.
Find the meeting agenda here: https://www.whanganui.govt.nz/.../Council-20-December-2022

19/12/2022

Looks like our district may be in for thunderstorms today with a severe thunderstorm watch issued for much of the central North Island from 1pm to 9pm.
MetService New Zealand says the thunderstorms are slow-moving and there is the potential for localised downpours.

⛈Thunderstorms may bring torrential downpours to parts of northern and central New Zealand today⛈

Daytime heating and wind convergence is expected to combine with an unstable atmosphere to produce scattered thunderstorms across northern and central New Zealand today.

The thunderstorms are expected to bring heavy rain, and because they will be slow-moving there is also the potential for localised downpours, which can cause surface and/or flash flooding. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for this possibility, and if MetService meteorologists identify that a thunderstorm has become severe, usually by examining three-dimensional weather radar, they will issue a warning on that storm.

For Hawke’s Bay south of Napier, the Tararua District and Wairarapa north of Featherston, in addition to the threat of thunderstorms and localised downpours today there is also the likelihood of widespread heavy rain associated with a slow-moving band of rain, and a Heavy Rain Warning has been issued.

The latest Severe Weather Warning and Severe Thunderstorm Watch can be viewed at http://bit.ly/AllWarnings

You can also view real-time rain radar images at http://bit.ly/NZRainRadar ^PL

Photos from Whanganui District Council's post 19/12/2022

Want to be part of the community co-design workshops for the central government-funded ‘Streets for People’ projects on lower St Hill Street and Guyton Street?

Workshops start in February – you can register your interest by emailing [email protected]

The goal of the streetscape improvements is to improve public transport connections, enhance safety and convenience for pedestrians and cyclists – and make both two streets more inviting, people-friendly spaces to visit.

The council successfully secured $1.26M funding from Waka Kotahi for the projects in September.

Click on the media release to find out more: https://bit.ly/3HI2Oyp

19/12/2022

Whanganui's hill country may be in line for severe thunderstorms this afternoon. MetService New Zealand has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for the hill country of South Taranaki and Manawatū-Whanganui until 8pm tonight.

This slow-moving line of thunderstorms may bring periods of heavy rain and hail.

Keep an eye on updated warnings and watches here:
https://www.metservice.com/warnings/home

Timeline photos 18/12/2022

UPDATE: Monday, 19 December 2.00pm

Our roading team advises that crews are continuing to work at the three closure sites and expect to have these cleared and open by the end of today.

At this stage all other roads are open with debris and scouring reducing some rural roads to one lane. Work will continue tomorrow to clear these sites.

Take care if you're travelling in the district today as roads may be slippery and keep an eye out for our roading crews.
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UPDATE: Monday, 19 December 8:32am:

Due to recent rain, Longacre Road in Okoia is also closed due to a slip. There are a number of smaller slips around the roading network as well, reducing the roads to one lane. Drive with care.

Sunday, 18 December:

Please be aware, two Mangamahu roads are currently closed due to slips caused by last night's rain.

Mangamahu Road is blocked - the roading crew is working on the slip and expect to have it open to one lane tonight (Sunday, 18 December).

Creek Road is also blocked and is expected to be cleared by midday tomorrow (Monday, 19 December).

Urgent clearing of Wharf Street boat ramp this weekend 16/12/2022

Urgent clearing of Wharf Street boat ramp this weekend

An excavator has been brought in to clear silt from the Wharf Street boat ramp, ensuring essential river access for Whanganui’s Coastguard vessel. The emergency works, managed by the Whanganui Port Operating Company and with funding from Whanganui District Council, start tomorrow (Saturday 17 December) and will be carried out over two to three days. Click on the link beside the image to find out more:

Urgent clearing of Wharf Street boat ramp this weekend From this Saturday 17 December, an excavator has been brought in to clear the Wharf Street boat ramp of sediment, ensuring essential river access for Whanganui’s Coastguard vessel. The emergency works, managed by the Whanganui Port Operating Company and with funding from Whanganui District Council...

16/12/2022

The Whanganui East Pool is set to open for the 2023 summer season! The pool complex includes a 33 metre outdoor pool, a learner pool, hydro slide, diving board and BBQ facilities. Cool off, get active and spend some time with friends and family. The pool will be open from midday on Monday, 9 January 2023.
https://www.whanganui.govt.nz/Your-Council/News-Events/News/Whanganui-East-Pool-open-for-2023-summer-season

15/12/2022

Summer is here and it’s important to head to safe swim spots. The Whanganui port at Castlecliff is not an option but luckily it’s not much further to go to Castlecliff Beach to swim between the flags. Know any school-age students keen on video making? Tell them about our video competition which closes at 5pm tomorrow (Saturday 17 December). Videos need to include at least two of the ‘safe swim’ messages from the list below.

To enter, upload the video to your TikTok account, click ‘share to email’ and send your video to [email protected]

Don’t have a TikTok account? You can upload your video to YouTube and email us the link.

Remember to include your name and phone number in the email.

SAFE SWIM MESSAGES

- Know your limits.

- Never swim alone.

- Swimming at Castlecliff wharf is banned because it’s dangerous.

- If you’re at the beach, watch out for rips because they can carry you away from shore. How do you spot a rip? It can look like murky brown water caused by stirred-up sand, a smoother surface with waves breaking either side, debris floating out to sea, or a rippled look when the water around it is calm.

- The two Whanganui beaches patrolled by surf lifeguards are Castlecliff Beach and Kai Iwi Beach. Lifeguards are on site with flags out from 12 noon to 6.00pm over summer.

- Most rowing clubs are okay with swimmers using the pontoons as long as you keep clear of rowers getting boats in and out of the water.

- Swim spots can change from one day to the next so check the area each time you visit.

- Look for hidden logs or debris when diving and swimming and check the water’s depth because water levels can change dramatically.

- Jumping off the Town Bridge is not encouraged. If you do, check for hazards first.

- Keep clear of boats because you could be caught in a boat’s wash and struck by the propeller.

- Tamariki under five years old and learners need to be actively supervised around water – keep them within arm’s reach. Make sure other children are within your sight at all times.

- Avoid swimming for 2-3 days after heavy rain.

- Before swimming, go to www.lawa.org.nz to check water quality.

Summer holidays are upon us and we encourage you to choose safe swimming spots.

Swimming at the port is prohibited so head to nearby Castlecliff Beach instead. Best of all swim between the flags when the lifeguards are on duty.

Plus, Whanganui District Council have a great competition on offer. Make a cool video sharing the safe swim message and be in to win some awesome prizes! To find out more about the video competition, check out the Whanganui District Council page.

https://www.whanganui.govt.nz/Your-Council/News-Events/News/Swimming-at-port-prohibited

Horizons Regional Council
Whanganui & Partners
Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui

Timeline photos 15/12/2022

We're proposing to close a section of Watt Street in February over two nights as part of the 2023 Downer New Zealand Masters Games.

The proposed closure would take place between Cameron Terrace and Drews Avenue (outside games headquarters at the Whanganui War Memorial Centre) on Friday, 3 February and Saturday, 11 February 2023 between 5pm and midnight.

Read more about the proposals at https://bit.ly/3hljvoE

13/12/2022

An outdoor fitness park on the shared pathway, between Whanganui City Bridge and Cobham Bridge, opens next Monday, 19 December. This is a joint effort between the council’s Sport and Recreational Facilities advisory group, Rotary Club of Whanganui and Ali Arc Industries, in time for the Christmas and New Year holidays!

Timeline photos 12/12/2022

Know any school students keen on videomaking? Let them know they can make a video about safe swimming in Whanganui and win prizes!

Prizes will be a mix of vouchers and products donated by:
UGC Hair studio
Little Prince Design & Print
Palm 2wenty 2wo
4Aroha
Toirere Designs
Whanganui Pakihi Maori
TwentyEight
Port Employment Precinct
Whanganui & Partners

Videos need to include at least two of the ‘safe swim’ messages listed at the end of this post. Surf lifeguards are happy to be approached at the beach to be included in videos.

To enter, upload the video to your TikTok account, click ‘share to email’ and send your video to [email protected] by 5.00pm this Saturday, 17 December. Don’t have a TikTok account? You can upload your video to YouTube and email us the link. Remember to include your name and phone number in the email.

SAFE SWIM MESSAGES

- Know your limits.

- Never swim alone.

- Swimming at Castlecliff wharf is banned because it’s dangerous.

- If you’re at the beach, watch out for rips because they can carry you away from shore. How do you spot a rip? It can look like murky brown water caused by stirred-up sand, a smoother surface with waves breaking either side, debris floating out to sea, or a rippled look when the water around it is calm.

- The two Whanganui beaches patrolled by surf lifeguards are Castlecliff Beach and Kai Iwi Beach. Lifeguards are on site with flags out from 12 noon to 6.00pm over summer.

- Most rowing clubs are okay with swimmers using the pontoons as long as you keep clear of rowers getting boats in and out of the water.

- Swim spots can change from one day to the next so check the area each time you visit.
- Look for hidden logs or debris when diving and swimming and check the water’s depth because water levels can change dramatically.

- Jumping off the Town Bridge is not encouraged. If you do, check for hazards first.

- Keep clear of boats because you could be caught in a boat’s wash and struck by the propeller.

- Tamariki under five years old and learners need to be actively supervised around water – keep them within arm’s reach. Make sure other children are within your sight at all times.

- Avoid swimming for 2-3 days after heavy rain.

- Before swimming, go to www.lawa.org.nz to check water quality.

12/12/2022

There may be blue skies now but MetService New Zealand has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the Whanganui district from 2pm until 9pm today. This means conditions are favourable for severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area. People in these areas should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and monitor for possible severe thunderstorm warnings.
Keep up-to-date with warnings and watches here: www.metservice.com/warnings/home
Read more below👇

Timeline photos 12/12/2022

Preliminary work to install a new water main along Airport Road from the intersection of Airport and Landguard roads is taking place this week from 12-16 December.

Contractors will be onsite during the week to finalise a route for the water main that will ultimately connect with the council’s wastewater treatment plant on Airport Road.

More information in our public notice at: https://bit.ly/3hfiZZd

Timeline photos 11/12/2022

If you’re down at Castlecliff Beach this week you might see contractors moving piles of driftwood to the side of the beach and clearing sand.

The council does this every year to prepare the beach for the community to enjoy over summer. It’s also really important to create a clear pathway so our Surf Lifesaving Club has quick access to the sea in an emergency. Contractors will clear sand from behind the seawall to stop large amounts blowing into the carpark and around the Duncan Pavilion, to keep these areas accessible and useable. This work will be finished before the weekend.

In terms of future plans, the council’s working with local groups ahead of consulting the whole community on a coastal plan for Whanganui next year. If you have any thoughts you’d like to share before then please email [email protected]

www.metservice.com 10/12/2022

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UPDATE 7:38pm: It's still a bit damp out there but - good news - the severe thunderstorm watch issued for Whanganui earlier today has now been lifted.

Metservice New Zealand says thunderstorms are expected over many North Island areas this afternoon and evening (Saturday). A few of the thunderstorms could be severe with heavy rainfall and hail. This can cause surface and flash flooding, making driving hazardous, and can also lead to slips. Whanganui has a severe thunderstorm watch in place until 10pm. Conditions can change quickly - keep an eye on Metservice's detailed information and latest updates on this link: https://www.metservice.com/warnings/home?utm_content=buffer03361&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer&fbclid=IwAR0F4NzHPcvaDh9cLd3ZMnvuUIgH7rPZPcSfkJJRY5NT3hd5sH33OOoUcLY

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Timeline photos 08/12/2022

We have an action-packed weekend coming up!

It kicks off tomorrow, Saturday 10 December with the annual Mainstreet Whanganui Christmas parade in the central city. The parade starts at 2pm.

Then on Sunday 11 December there's plenty to celebrate and enjoy, including Hoops in Parks at Castlecliff Domain from 11.30am followed by the Succulent Sun Daze street party in Rangiora Street from 4pm.

Also on Sunday, runners and walkers take to the streets for the annual 3 Bridges Marathon.

There'll be various road closures in place for these events to keep participants safe – keep an eye out for the detour signs.

More details in our public notices: https://bit.ly/3UXMUmB

Safe swimming in our district this summer 08/12/2022

Safe swimming in our district this summer

With summer weather not far away the council's wellbeing team is thinking about water safety in our district. As well as giving swim spot information to schools, we're running a competition for school students. Create a short video about safe swimming in Whanganui and win prizes!

Videos need to include at least two of the ‘safe swim’ messages listed below.

To enter, upload the video to your TikTok account, click ‘share to email’ and send it to [email protected] by 5.00pm on Saturday, 17 December.

Don’t have a TikTok account? You can upload your video to YouTube and email us the link.

Remember to include your name and phone number in the email.

SAFE SWIM MESSAGES

- Know your limits.

- Never swim alone.

- Swimming at Castlecliff wharf is banned because it’s dangerous.

- If you’re at the beach, watch out for rips because they can carry you away from shore. How do you spot a rip? It can look like murky brown water caused by stirred-up sand, a smoother surface with waves breaking either side, debris floating out to sea, or a rippled look when the water around it is calm.

- The two Whanganui beaches patrolled by surf lifeguards are Castlecliff Beach and Kai Iwi Beach. Lifeguards are on site with flags out from 12 noon to 6.00pm over summer.

- Most rowing clubs are okay with swimmers using the pontoons as long as you keep clear of rowers getting boats in and out of the water.

- Swim spots can change from one day to the next so check the area each time you visit.

- Look for hidden logs or debris when diving and swimming and check the water’s depth because water levels can change dramatically.

- Jumping off the Town Bridge is not encouraged. If you do, check for hazards first.
- Keep clear of boats because you could be caught in a boat’s wash and struck by the propeller.

- Tamariki under five years old and learners need to be actively supervised around water – keep them within arm’s reach. Make sure other children are within your sight at all times.

- Avoid swimming for 2-3 days after heavy rain.

- Before swimming, go to lawa.org.nz to check water quality.

Check out the media release to find out more:

Safe swimming in our district this summer With the summer holidays approaching, Whanganui District Council is reminding the community to stay safe in the water this summer and running a ‘safe swim’ video competition for school students.

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