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campervans off rough roads „„ By Sarla Donovan TOURISTS ON Banks Peninsula are being led down narrow, winding gravel roads by their GPS systems. Banks Peninsula Community Board member Tori Peden told a recent board meeting that tourists were driving on unsealed rural roads which are unsuitable for large vehicles, including Harmans Track and the Port LevyPigeon Bay Rd. She said GPS systems are indicatTori Peden ing those roads as the shortest route to some destinations – but they are potentially dangerous for vehicles like campervans. Ms Peden – who lives on a shingle road in Little River – said residents were concerned about tourists using the steep, twisting Harmans Track as a shortcut. “It’s a four-wheel-drive-only, gravel road but GPS units are sending campervans down there. Residents are quite concerned that there are tourists coming

•From page 1 She said there had been a lot of memorable stories over the years, but one of the more recent was the fortitude shown by the community following the September, 2010, and February, 2011, earthquakes. “The strength of our community to pull together after the earthquake was mirrored by the endurance of our fish. They survived in a broken, redstickered building for almost three months with very little water and no food. They are still

SIGNS: GPS systems are directing tourists to the Harmans Track stock route, which residents say isn’t suited to large vehicles.

down that road when it’s very narrow with blind corners. Once you’re on it, you can’t turn around and it’s quite hard to pass vehicles.” She said there was a sign at the top of the track at present, but it needed to be larger and specifically targeted at tourists. The track comes out in the Purau Valley. City council staff are now looking at installing more signage on the peninsula notifying drivers that certain roads aren’t suitable for large vehicles or vehicles which are not 4WD.

Board member Janis Haley said for the unaware, it can be quite an issue as the condition of some Banks Peninsula roads was “absolutely atrocious”. Akaroa Police Senior Constable Tim Johnson said anything that made it easier and safer for tourists travelling by road was positive. •HAVE YOUR SAY: Should there be better road signs for tourists on the peninsula? Email your views to sarla.

alive and appear very happy.” Community connections were the reason Ms Dally has stayed. “Those strong relationships meant a great deal in working with their young children. Over the years, I have also worked alongside many amazing teachers with their own individual passions. Each day is different, exciting, rewarding, challenging.” Living locally, she will no doubt continue to bump into past pupils and their families when out walking.

In Brief SKATEBOARD DETERRENT Steel studs have been placed on the kerb areas in the Sumner Centre’s Nayland St car park in an attempt to discourage skateboarders from using the space. The city council has also installed signs directing motorists to the car park after local businesses complained about the noise being created by skateboarders.

PHOTO COMPETITION A photo competition with the theme Life in the Crater will run through to February 28. Akaroa businesses have sponsored 10 separate prizes for the Akaroa Summer Photographic Competition. It aims to attract images that best reflect the theme. Entries are open can be submitted to adp@akaroa. com.

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