The Green, Waiwakaiho, Taranaki
"Richard [Bain], alongside Belinda Willis from GeoSync, has designed each section to maximise the sun, views, and privacy for each landowner by off-setting and terracing which gives each section its own stunning view to the north-west through the golf course.
Over and above the boundary hedging and fencing already provided, every section is level, retained, certified, and comes complete with vehicle crossing and services to the boundary.
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Two primary schools with rolls bursting at the seams will see some relief with the government set to fund a new classroom for each.
On Monday, New Plymouth National MP Jonathan Young announced the government would be investing $800,000 for a classroom at West End School and one at Oakura School.
"[Zoning] was one of the first things we did - we saw it as a proactive stance, we recognise the growth that's happening and want to look after who's in our area." [said Lynne Hepworth, principal of Oakura]. They had brought in a team of people [including Belinda Willis from GeoSync] with planning and architectural knowledge to look at future planning for the school so they could best manage the growth, but use the space to its best potential, Hepworth said.
Although Taranaki farmers now have to queue up to establish QEII open space covenants on their properties, the owners of a North Taranaki lifestyle block are thrilled their stand of native bush now has permanent protection.
Queen Elizabeth II National Trust helps landowners permanently protect special natural and cultural features on their land with open space covenants. Sixteen new covenants were allocated to Taranaki in the 2015-16 year. Nationally, the trust funds 120 covenants a year.
QEII Trust field officer Neil Phillips, of New Plymouth, said although the number of covenants that could be established in Taranaki depended on available funding and on what was happening in other areas of New Zealand, up to 30 had been established in the region in some years.
Phillips said the bush was fenced to ensure the best line before it was surveyed for the covenant by Geosync director Belinda Willis, of New Plymouth. Establishing a covenant could improve farmers' ability to manage their farms. "Subdividing the farm, with fences around bush, can give better control of pasture and stock.