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Conversations with a Mayor: Past Episodes 2023-2024

Every six weeks New Plymouth mayor, Neil Holdom, comes in to talk with Anne Dawson about the exciting things that are happening at the NPDC.

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Every six weeks New Plymouth mayor, Neil Holdom, comes in to talk with Anne Dawson about the exciting things that are happening at the NPDC.

 

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TRC Plans

The TRC are deep in planning mode. Chair, Charlotte Littlewood talks about the 10-year plan, traffic management, and more.

Duration: 00:13:58 | Date: 22 February, 2024

The Year Kicks Off with Mayor Phil

We kick off the show for 2024 by talking with Mayor Phil Nixon. Find out what’s been happening and what’s coming up in South Taranaki.

Duration: 00:18:45 | Date: 8 February, 2024

Neil Volzke - Last Chat for 2023

Tune in to find out the interesting things happening around the maunga.

Duration: 00:19:49 | Date: 21 December, 2023

Phil Nixon - Roll on Summer

Tune in to find out the interesting things happening around the maunga.

Duration: 00:20:05 | Date: 14 December, 2023

Charlotte - New Government

Tune in to find out the interesting things happening around the maunga.

Duration: 00:20:21 | Date: 30 November, 2023

Looking Back and Looking Forward

Tune in to find out the interesting things happening around the maunga.

Duration: 00:21:29 | Date: 23 November, 2023

Phil Nixon - Christmas is Coming

Today Mayor Phil and Michelle talk about the recent Taranaki Garden Festival, and Arts Trail, and the many events in South Taranaki in the lead up to Christmas

Duration: 00:18:52 | Date: 16 November, 2023

Neil Volzke - Waste Expo, Stratford High Jubilee, Scarecrows & Speed Management

Today we talk about the Waste Wise expo, the speed management plan, the Scarecrow Trail, Antenno App, and the renaming of the Pembroke Road.

Duration: 00:18:04 | Date: 26 October, 2023

Having Your Say

The elections are done - what impact will they have on local government? Does anyone really listen to comments and submissions? Cool things happening in Te Hāwera’s King Edward Park.

Duration: 00:20:07 | Date: 19 October, 2023

TRC -The Year in Review

Charlotte looks back at her first year as Chair of TRC, and it’s Spring, which means pests are on the rise.

Duration: 00:16:07 | Date: 5 October, 2023

Neil Volzke - Elections and Scarecrows

Tune in to find out the interesting things happening around the maunga.

Duration: 00:20:14 | Date: 28 September, 2023

Phil Nixon - Kiwi

Phil shares the story behind the race horse, Kiwi, and talks about the STDC’s role in creating the bronze statue of Kiwi that has just been unveiled in Waverley. Also in the show: new deadlines for citizen award and Youth to Work nominations, invitations for feedback on zero waste proposals, and other good things that are coming up around the region.

Duration: 00:16:21 | Date: 21 September, 2023

Neil Holdom - Let's Park That


Car parks in New Plymouth are one of the issues of the moment for NPDC. Mayor Neil Holdom shares his thoughts and council plans on the subject. Then - summer’s coming and that means outdoor concerts and events at the Bowl and Pukekura Park.

Duration: 00:31:18 | Date: 14 September, 2023

Charlotte Littlewood_Focus On Environment

TRC are on the hunt for environmental heroes. Charlotte talks about what an environmental hero is. Find out, also, about the Coastal Plan that has just been signed off, and about the cool things happening through Taranaki Enviroschools with help from Mitre 10.

Duration: 00:17:12 | Date: 7 September, 2023

Neil Volzke - Have your say on Food Waste and Transport Options

Stratford Mayor Neil Volzke joins us to share the goings-on. Find out how you can have your say on alternative transport, and food waste management. We also hear about the sinking lid on gaming machines, and a recent "meet the candidate" session.

Duration: 00:25:05 | Date: 31 August, 2023

Phil Nixon - Awards and Events

Tune in to find out the interesting things happening around the maunga.

Duration: 00:19:32 | Date: 24 August, 2023

Referendums and Consultation

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Duration: 00:23:37 | Date: 17 August, 2023

Charlotte - Roads and Rail

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Duration: 00:15:59 | Date: 10 August, 2023

Neil Volzke - Potholes and Local Govt Conference

Stratford's mayor, Neil Voltzke shares the latest celebrations and news from Stratford District Council, including the recent meeting with all Taranaki mayors to launch Neil Holdom's petition about roading, funding and potholes, and his thoughts on the Local Government Conference, which he attended last week.

Duration: 00:22:16 | Date: 3 August, 2023

Phil Nixon and the All Blacks

South Taranaki's Phil Nixon shares the news of an exciting gift for the district from the All Blacks

Duration: 00:19:37 | Date: 27 July, 2023

TRC - From Possums to Plastic

Charlotte Littlewood, from Taranaki Regional Council, shares what's been happening around the region, everything from possum trapping, Yarrow Stadioum and bus concessions through to plastic-free July and recycling.

Duration: 00:18:20 | Date: 13 July, 2023

Speed Limits and Swimming Pools

Tune in to find out the interesting things happening around the maunga.

Duration: 00:21:55 | Date: 6 July, 2023

Phil Nixon - Celebrating Waka, Volunteers and More

Mayor Phil shares some of the good news stories from South Taranaki this week, such as the 150-year-old waka recovery, the great work of volunteers in the region, the new bush classroom at Rotokare, and rangatahi beginning to use their voice. Then there’s the rate increase and the ‘Future of Local Government Report’ to talk about, too.

Duration: 00:19:54 | Date: 29 June, 2023

Neil Holdom - Rates and Reports

Hear Neil's views on the newly released report on Local Government Reforms. He also discusses the rates increase and the thinking that's going into the next 10-year plan, including a survey. And did you know that Puke Ariki is celebrating 20 years this year?

Duration: 00:34:02 | Date: 22 June, 2023

Charlotte - Stadium, Roads and Resources

What effect are inflationary pressures having on the stadium rebuild? What natural resources are included in the Natural Resources Plan? What about those resources that aren’t included? How will road maintenance be funded in the future? TRC Chair, Charlotte Littlewood, has a go at answering these questions, and more.

Duration: 00:22:22 | Date: 15 June, 2023

Neil Volzke - Earthquake-proofing

Stratford Mayor Neil Volzke catches us up on the local news, including the 5 new local projects funded through the new Waste Levy Fund. Then a more in-depth look at earthquake prone assessments, and what they mean for council-owned buildings.

Duration: 00:22:21 | Date: 8 June, 2023

Phil Nixon - Funding, Youth and Awards

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Duration: 00:19:32 | Date: 1 June, 2023

Neil Holdom Talks Weather and Stuff

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Duration: 00:30:18 | Date: 25 May, 2023

Wild Ginger and More

TRC Chair, Charlotte Littlewood, brings us up to date on a whole range of topics, from the fight against the noxious wild ginger weed, through the stadium rebuild, to data collection, waterways and the RMA changes

Duration: 00:26:26 | Date: 18 May, 2023

Citizens Awards and Gambling Venues

Covered by Stratford District Council mayor, Neil Volzke this week: Nominations for citizen and youth citizen awards, events that are planned for Youth Week, review of the Gambling Venues plan soon to be open for public consultation and more thoughts around the changes to 3 Waters.

Duration: 00:23:45 | Date: 11 May, 2023

Phil Nixon - Coronation, Skateboards & Antenno App

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Duration: 00:18:12 | Date: 4 May, 2023

Neil Holdom Accessing Change

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Duration: 00:30:25 | Date: 25 March, 2023

It's All About the Environment

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Duration: 00:18:33 | Date: 20 April, 2023

Roundabout Town

Stratford's mayor, Neil Volzke on ceremonies (citizenship and ANZAC Day), the Shakespeare Festival, shade in public paces, housing and Stratford's

Duration: 00:29:50 | Date: 13 April, 2023

South Taranaki - Community

Local government is all about community: community meetings, community activities, community feedback

Duration: 00:17:53 | Date: 6 April, 2023

Rates and Housing

Rates and housing: Neil Holdom is in to talk about the connection between your property's QV and the rates, why the rates are increasing by 12.5%, and homelessness in the CBD.

Duration: 00:25:09 | Date: 30 March, 2023

TRC Consultation

Tune in to find out the interesting things happening around the maunga.

Duration: 00:24:17 | Date: 23 March, 2023

Roads, Rubbish and Percy Thompson

Tune in to find out the interesting things happening around the maunga with Stratford mayor, Neil Volzke.

Duration: 00:21:32 | Date: 16 March, 2023

A Bit of Everything in STDC

Mayor Phil pays tribute to Chester Borrows and talks about some of the happenings around South Taranaki, such as the bi-election results, how Sth Taranaki is supporting Wairoa post-Gabrielle, the importance of creativity in the community, the census and the Speed Management Review.

Duration: 00:18:59 | Date: 9 March, 2023

Neil Holdom and Community

New Plymouth Mayor, Neil Holdom explains how NPSC are supporting in the wake of cyclone Gabrielle. We also hear about community development and the return of WOMAD.

Duration: 00:29:45 | Date: 2 March, 2023

Charlotte Littlewood

Charlotte gives us an overview of the role of the TRC, and explains a little about the current focus of the council. Freshwater reform, biodiversity, improved public transport, and climate change. In the wake of Cyclone Gabrielle, what lessons can we learn for future-proofing our region?”
- Freshwater reform
- Biodiversity/ predator free
- Public transport/ climate change.

Duration: 00:31:40 | Date: 23 February, 2023

Stratford Events and Youth Council

Stratford mayor, Neil Volzke talks about spending Government money and upcoming events. And just what is the Youth Council, how does it work and what do they do?

Duration: 00:18:57 | Date: 16 February, 2023

Busy Times in South Taranaki

STDC Mayor, Phil Nixon, gives a rundown on some of the cool things coming up over the next wee while around the rohe

Duration: 00:14:48 | Date: 9 February, 2023

Water, Water Everywhere

We talk about the floods in Auckland and how the infrastructure works (or doesn't in this case), the water meters being installed around the motu and what impact they'll have on the New Plymouth home owner. Hear, also, about NPDC's newly appointed CEO and the success of the Festival of Lights.

Duration: 00:32:31 | Date: 2 February, 2023

Taranaki Regional Council Charlotte Littlewood

The Taranaki Regional Council is the fourth of our region's councils. Anne talks with TRC Chair, Charlotte Littlewood, about how all four council fit and work together, and about the responsibilities and projects of the TRC in this 'once-over-lightly', 'getting-to-know-you' episode.

Duration: 00:22:29 | Date: 26 January, 2023

Summer Holidays with Mayor Phil

Tune in to find out the interesting things happening around the maunga.

Duration: 00:11:00 | Date: 12 January, 2023