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Cycleway nears completion „„ By Julia Evans THE PAPANUI Parallel Cycleway has entered the final stages of its construction. Completion of the Papanui section of the city council’s $156 million project is set for June. The route will connect Northlands Shopping Centre and the Northern Line Cycleway to the central city, offering a

safer option for cyclists than main arterial roads. An update from the city council said construction is progressing well from the northern end of Rutland St south to Bealey Ave. Businesses on Rutland St had struggled with construction right on their doorsteps and one dairy owner made just $40 a day.

However, work has now moved further along the street. The cycleway is expected to attract new commuters, shoppers and recreational cyclists. “The major cycle routes aim to encourage new groups of people to try cycling as a commuting option by connecting suburbs, shopping areas, businesses, schools and sporting destinations,” said city council head of

transport Chris Gregory. He said it’s very exciting for the city. “As each route nears completion, I think residents around the city can see the big picture coming together now as we develop this network.” Mr Gregory said the city council is aware that residents are getting anxious to begin using it.

Museum guide a permanent exhibit „„ By Tom Doudney THE AIR Force Museum’s oldest and longest-serving guide is used to showing people the exhibits but now he is part of one himself. A cardboard cut-out of Burnside resident Laurie Turner, 93, is among about 30 currently positioned around the museum to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Royal New Zealand Air Force. A total of 80 such cut-outs of those who have served RNZAF were created, each accompanied with information about the person’s career. More will soon be placed in the museum. They comprise a diverse selection of individuals, with all manner of ranks

and trades. The display was launched at the Air Tattoo at Ohakea last month, where it was viewed by thousands. Mr Turner has been volunteering as a guide at the museum since it opened in 1987. His cut-out depicts him in his younger days with RNZAF. Having served as a bomb aimer during World War 2, Mr Turner returned to the RNZAF as an accounts officer in 1952. In 1955, he was posted to No. 14 Squadron, which was about to finish its deployment to Cyprus. He assisted with the arrangements for the squadron’s move to Tengah, Singapore. He retired in 1973, after several decades managing the finances of the service.

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ON DISPLAY: Laurie Turner and his cardboard cut-out at the Air Force Museum.

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In Brief CRANFORD REGENERATION Rural land in Papanui and St Albans is one step closer to being rezoned for residential development. The city council is opening public feedback on Thursday regarding the draft Cranford Regeneration Plan that would see 125ha of former farm land between McFaddens and Winters Rd redeveloped. The city council said it considers the edge of the basin suitable for residential development and proposes rezoning 38ha for housing. NAKED MAN Police were called to Leinster Rd on March 20 after reports of an intoxicated man running along the road naked. A unit was dispatched to the area but the man could not be located. TREE REMOVAL LIKELY A proposed widening of the St James cycleway at the junction with Harewood Rd would likely see the removal of trees. This comes as route options are being discussed for the extension of the cycleway from St James Park through the Papanui shopping area and past Papanui High School northwards. The trees are silver birches but Papanui-Innes Community Board member John Stringer urged residents to let him know if they have any concerns.

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NorWest News 28-03-17  

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