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Continued from page 1 By Sam Duff Helen says her kids would spent their childhoods on the beach and do not know any different. Surf lifesaving competitions around the country used to be much bigger than they are now, Helen says. “In our day it was about that camaraderie,” she says. “It

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used to be a big event to go to. member a few years ago and “Now it’s just down to three I was pleased with that.” major beaches. Helen says she has a life“In those days you would long love of the water. have 5000 competitors and “Not enough people know these days you are lucky to how to swim or can swim conhave 2000.” fidently and that’s why surf Now that her kids are grown lifesaving is so important,” up Helen says she will start she says. helping out with the senior A highlight of being inHearty, section of the club. volved in surf lifesaving is “I will always be involved. school beach education, Helen wholesome “I became a 21 years club says.

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After 35 years as a florist Cheryl Williams says she no longer notices the smell of fresh flowers in her Kilbirnie shop. Cheryl says the time has come for her to be the one to stop and smell the roses after owning and running Scheherazade for 27 years. The Johnsonville resident has sold her store and will spend a bit more time in the garden. “There’s always something to do,” she says. “I won’t be getting up to go to the market at 6am.” Scheherazade was first opened on Woodward Street in 1952 by its original Dutch owner, Cheryl says. When rent in the CBD became too much in the late 1980s, Cheryl says she moved the store to Kilbirnie. “I have just loved it,” she says. “Floristry is one of the


FRESH AS A DAISY: Cheryl Williams is selling up shop and retiring after owning Kilbirnie floristry Scheherazade for 27 years. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

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Another election nicest jobs around. It’s lovely dealing with the flowers and the people. “You have sad occasions and you have happy occasions but you can always make people smile with a nice flower.” Cheryl, who was born in Wellington, says her favourite

flower is the peony rose. “They’re one of the oldest flowers. “We don’t have them for very long and they’re just lovely and big.” While she will miss the flowers and her customers, Cheryl says she will not miss the early

Nominations are now open for the Wellington City Council Pacific Advisory Group by-elections. The group was formed in 2003 as a connection between council and pacific communities. Nominations close on October 8 with the by-election being held on October 15. Nomination forms can be collected from the council office on Wakefield Street or found on the council website.

mornings and long days. “I have just enjoyed working in the area and looking after everybody but you have to give it up sometime. “I will be able to smell the roses. It’s my turn.” Scheherazade has been sold to a new owner, Cheryl says.

Changes to car parks proposed park will be scrapped; meanwhile a broken yellow line on Miramar North Road will be A disabled car park in Berextended by 171 metres. hampore is being ditched as Eight spaces outside Welpart of a city-wide review of lington Zoo in Newtown and parking. Ten spots outside the Kilbirnie pool will go from being allday car parks to having time limits. On Broadway, in Miramar, the bus stop by the Monorgan Street intersection will move 30 metres to the East. Chairman of the Transport and Urban Development Committee deputy mayor Justin Lester says the review is a EMPTY PARKS: Wellington City Council have proposed changes regular occurrence. “We do traffic resolutions to some of the cities car parks. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff By Sam Duff

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Recalling good times Get Nana out of the rest home, it is time for her to celebrate the International Day of Older Persons. Wellington City Council will celebrate on Wednesday at the central library from 10 am till 1130. Locals are invited to attend with their memories and keepsakes from Wellington’s past. RSVP by contacting or phone 803 8330.

Descending on Wellington The largest and longest running New Zealand floorball tournament was held at the ASB Sports Centre in Kilbirnie last week. Originating in Sweden, floorball is a type of hockey played with carbon fibre and plastic sticks. Teams from Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, Palmerston North, Ohakea and Australia took part in the 15 category competition.

Emerging artist exhibits Worldly forms suspended from handwoven nets will take over To Poneke as emerging artist Natalie Smith debuts her first solo show. Shadows out of Time explores the idea of dystopian society and runs from October 23 till November 8 at the Toi Poneke gallery.

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CRAFT ALERT: Seatoun Arts and Crafts president Gillie Cox with a dress she has made for the exhibition. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

Ceramics, knitting and painting are just a few of the arts and crafts that will be on display in Seatoun next month. Seatoun Arts and Crafts will hold their 43rd exhibition for members to show-off their wares to the public. President of Seatoun Arts and Crafts Gillie Coxill says members come from far and wide to display what they have been working on. “The range of stuff people do is incredible,” she says. “It’s really nice.” From professionals to amateurs, Gillie says each year there is a broad spectrum of items on display.

“We just like to involve as many people as possible.” Gillie, a costume designer by trade, says she has been involved in the club for about five years. “It’s just really nice to get to know people you would not normally meet at all and just enjoy their feeling for the arts as well.” Seatoun Arts and Crafts have recently started a knitting group which meets at the Polo Café in Miramar, Gillie says. “If I don’t knit each day I go mad,” she says. “Everywhere you look is a ball of wool.”  The Seatoun Arts and Crafts Exhibition will be held from October 17 to 19 at St Christopher’s Hall.

Cheers big ears Wellington Zoo has some new residents in its Grassland Cat habitat, New Zealand’s first caracals. Caracals have distinctive large ears and will join the servals in the enclosure, according to chief executive Karen Fifield. “Caracals are such striking and interesting animals,” she says. “It’s fantastic to have them here.” “Both Servals and Caracals have distinctive large ears, and are amazing athletic cats able to jump metres into the air from the ground. “I’m sure our visitors will love getting the chance to meet our new cats and welcome back some favourites.”

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Monday September 29, 2014 SITTING TIGHT: MP for Rongotai Annette King says the Labour party need a generational change.

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I don’t know. I’ve been fortunate to never be in that position. I imagine it would be a hard choice between what makes you feel good and what you need.

What’s one thing that you’ll never throw away? My banjo ukulele, which was given to my mum by my grandfather in 1953 and has been on many adventures with me.

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What makes you smile? Mass surveillance, strong leadership and exploiting natural resources. Oh hang on...

What is your guilty TV pleasure? Greenwing

Flying to Takaka in a tiny airplane and staying in a house bus frequented by an over familiar white cat and a weka each morning.

Who would you love to have a meal with? Leonard Cohen and Arundhati Roy – preferably both together.

What’s next on your wish list? Years ago I spent some time on the Thai-Burma border but you couldn’t enter Burma at that time. The people there inspired me immensely and I’d love to go back and travel in Burma.

What is one thing Cook Strait News readers would be surprised to know about you? I once took part in an archeological dig on an island off the west coast of Ireland.

Paying tribute to suffragettes By Sai Raje Berhampore artist Justine Fletcher’s latest art installation brings together ordinary bits and bobs – spoons, graters, a jelly mould, a door knob – cast in resin and made into 14 chandeliers. The idea behind the work of art, though, is anything but ordinary. Called 1260 – Sign for Change, Justine’s 14-chandelier

installation pays tribute to 1260 Wellington women who led the landmark third Suffrage petition in 1893 that had almost 24,000 signatories. The chandeliers each represent a Wellington suburb and hang from the gallery’s ceiling in a layout that is near identical to their geographical locations in the city. “There is also a recycling focus along with the inspiration of the women who fought for

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Question: What advice would you give to your younger self?

Teresa Jane Christian, Newtown

Amy Paine, Mount Cook

George Curee, Mount Cook

Steven Wilkie, Newtown

Sue Moar, Mornington

“Well there was an old saying from my parents. ‘Train the child up the way that child shall remain’.”

“Don’t take out student loans.”

“Keep away from alcohol, cigarettes and drugs. Have lots of sex.”

“Stay at school for as long as you can. Qualifications are king.”

“Just really enjoy each moment. Don’t get stressed and don’t worry too much about if things go wrong because in the end things will work out.”


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Nikos Otis, Newtown “Don’t be so mean to your Dad and do your uni work.”

History could be lost forever

Angry about possible rise

Who will pay for extension?

Dear Ed, It is a matter of deep regret that St Christopher’s Church and Hall is likely to end up under a wrecking ball as the Presbyterian Church has decided to sell these properties. Here we have another landmark at risk of being demolished with a loss of cultural heritage for both Seatoun and Wellington City. This church and hall had served Seatoun for over 100 years, but the Presbyterian Church has decided that they no longer serve their purpose. St Christopher’s Fellowship

Dear Ed, I read with disgust but not surprise at the signalling of rates rise by the Mayor Celia Wade-Brown in your paper (September 22). After all under her leadership, she has pushed for a living wage which is a resource that should be appropriated for key investment projects instead of an economic ideology that is unsound and unproven to solve the underlying causes of low wage. If raising the minimum

Dear Ed, the eight big ideas of the Wellington City Council in the Long Term Plan, support the runway extension after surplus ratepayer’s funds of $1 million were donated to Wellington Airport in its Resource Consent bid. Ratepayers have not been consulted and I suggest that it is high time that this eventuated. It is noted that the estimated cost is now $350 and not $300 as originally estimated.

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wage or giving a living wage would solve world poverty, you may wonder why countries in Bangladesh would not simply legislate this law like the leadership here have done. I hope the residents in Wellington will take the opportunity in the next Council election to end the leadership of the present Mayor as she continues with her pie in the sky ideas for revitalizing this city. Gek McGregor, Strathmore


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When Infratil, owners of the Airport, are only prepared to donate $60 million, perhaps the Mayor can publicly state who is going to front up with the balance of an estimated $290 million? It must also be noted that no airline has put its hand up to operate from the proposed extended runway at this stage. Who is going to take the risk on this substantial financial investment?

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holds regular Sunday meetings and supports an active mission to Kahurangi School and other community groups. We believe in preservation of cultural heritage in Seatoun. Once gone in the name of progress, it is lost forever. The cost of strengthening the church up to earthquake standards is well worth it. It could become the Old St Pauls of the Eastern Suburbs as a venue for weddings, funerals, community groups and concerts. Des Brough, Strathmore Park (abridged)

Monday September 29, 2014


Pretty in pink

LETTERS to the editor

SHAKE DOWN: Zumba instructors, back left, Rosie Teague and Swan de Avio with, front left, Natasha Macaulay, her daughter Nina Macaulay and Alison Childs. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

IN DISREPAIR: The future of the General Headquarters Building on Buckle Street, owned by the Defence Force, is in question. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

Save the GHQ building Dear Ed, in my opinion the GHQ Building, corner of Buckle and Taranaki Streets, should be part of the National War Memorial Park. This building not only has

historical significance but also tremendous physical presence and it’s already on site. A worthy old warrior waiting to be re-awaken. Dale McTavish, Newtown

Scrap the traffic lights Dear Ed, it seems that the Wellington City Council’s motivation for installing traffic lights at the northern entrance to Island Bay is due the reduced road width created by the Council’s planned cycle lanes. The existing round-a-bout is cyclist friendly, keeps traffic flowing, and the wonderful natives planted on the traffic island are a great welcome to the area.

Is the Council trying to solve a problem that doesn’t exist? If, indeed, the reason for lights is to do with the road narrowing, this significant change should have been properly flagged in the original cycleway consultation. Traffic lights are out of character with the area and will not improve on the purpose of a round-a-bout. Helen Scobie, Southgate

By Sam Duff Put on your pink jump suit and warm yourself up for a shake down on the dance floor – a group of local Zumba instructors are taking part in a Zumbathon. Local instructor Natasha says proceeds from the Zumbathon will be donated to the New Zealand Breast Cancer foundation. “This cause is very dear to my heart because I come from a family of five kids and a solo mother that survived breast cancer when I was

seven,” she says. “She had a lot of stress in her life and I think that was a contributing factor to her cancer.” Natasha says Zumba helps her to release stress as it gets her blood pumping and it is fun. “I wasn’t formally trained in dancing as a kid because we couldn’t afford it,” Natasha says. “But I got all my practice in at Barnies in the 1990s.” Natasha says they have had support from a number of local businesses in putting together the

Zumbathon. Fellow instructor Swan de Avio says breast cancer effects many people’s lives. “Everyone can say that they have been touched in some way by breast cancer,” Swan says. “A lot of breast cancer survivors say that it was happiness and fun that got them through it.”  The Wellington Zumbathon is being held on Saturday October 18 at the Wellington High School hall. Email zumbapartywgtn@ for more information.

Rotary Club of Wellington South

PRIDE OF WORKMANSHIP AWARDS for 2014 The Rotary Club of Wellington South is seeking nominations from Residents and / or Employers in the Southern and Eastern Suburbs of Wellington for persons whom they believe may be eligible for a

PRIDE OF WORKMANSHIP AWARD These awards are intended to recognise those individuals (“unsung heroes”) who perform their role in life, or their work (whether paid or voluntary; full time or part time) conscientiously, with pride in what they do, and attention to detail, and who may otherwise go unrecognised. Applications for these awards close on Friday 10 October. For more information and nomination forms please contact: Francis Fanning tel 04 3810900 email, Monty Arnott 04 9724025 email or Tom Mahony 029 454 4005 email

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Bring on Summer With the beautiful spring days getting longer it seems that crowds are swelling at some of our favourite spots. The Cook Strait News decided to see who was out doing what last week. PHOTOS: Sam Duff

WALKERS: Suzy Acar-Reynolds and Kirsty Chinn take a stroll with their dogs down Lyall Bay beach.

BUDDIES: Bill and his furry best mate Harry pose for a photo.

SUNSHINE: At Owhiro Bay Luca Immelman-Vermeulen, Lize Immelman and Hayley Gastmeier take a break at the beach.

COFFEE CHUMS: Jimmy Jansen and Sarah Shuttleworth enjoy a coffee on Cuba Street.

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Tunnel set for spruce-up The surrounding hillside and entrances to the Hataitai bus tunnel could collapse in the event of a large earthquake, according to Wellington City Council. A structural assessment undertaken by the council has shown that while the tunnel could withstand a reasonable quake it will need seismic strengthening. Earthquake strengthening will begin on the 100 year old tunnel in early November and last about six months. Councillor Justin Lester says the work will reduce the risk to bus patrons and ensure the tunnel can still be used following a quake. “This project is part of our ongoing programme where we’ve been targeting high-risk routes, strengthening road and pedes-



trian bridges, and building new retaining walls that are designed to perform well in earthquakes,” he says. “Hataitai bus tunnel is also a heritage structure in our district plan, so we will do some repair work to the façade while we’re working on this project.” The tunnel, which was opened in 1907, is used by approximately 338 buses each week day. If the Hataitai bus tunnel needs to be closed while it is strengthened then patrons will be warned about changes to services, Mr Lester says.

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Blue September for John By Sam Duff

BUCKET LIST: John Rainforth says having prostate cancer made him tick the Heaphy Track off his bucket list. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

At the age of 57, Maupuia resident John Rainforth discovered he had prostate cancer and thought it was a death sentence. Almost 11 years later John has completed the Heaphy Track in Nelson, which was on his bucket list, five times. “It was such a magical sort of experience,” he says. “It was brilliant.” “They often call it [cancer] a wake-up call, and it was for me.” In 2003 John says he was having a regular check-up

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with his Doctor and she decided to check his PSA levels, a key sign somebody may have the disease. “Over three years my PSA levels had risen.” Once he was told he had the disease John says he sat there in stunned silence. “I left the room with all these feelings going through my mind,” he says. John says he wondered if he would die and who would look after his family. One way in which John coped with his diagnosis was finding out everything he could about prostate

cancer. “I would rather deal with the known rather than the fear of the unknown.” A support group called the PALS, Prostate Awareness is a Life Saver, also gave John the advice and friendship he needed while battling the disease. Initially John, a former radio technician, had surgery to remove his prostate gland and then in 2010 when his PSA levels rose again he went through a six week treatment of radio and hormonal therapies. Regular check-ups keep

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Let us lighten the load! ART FOR ART’S SAKE: Charlotte Adams, 15, and Kip Hosey, 14, were among youngsters who helped paint the mural featuring kowhaiwhai designs on Moxham Avenue in Hataitai. PHOTO CREDIT: SAI RAJE.

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Every day our roving reporter Sam Duff breaks news and meets locals throughout the Eastern and Southern suburbs, from Lyall Bay beach to the cafes of Newtown. Each week he shares a few tales from his travels.

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PARADISE: The beach at Tarakena Bay on a sunny day last week. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff




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I will not lie; the life of a reporter around the south coast is pretty sweet. With the weather heating up and summer just around the corner the temptation to spend time outside is too much. While having fish and chips on the beach at Tarakena Bay last week I realised how beautiful an area we live in. On that same day I got to go to the wharf at Seatoun, check out the views from Kingston and wander through the bush in Houghton Valley. We are truly lucky to live in such place.

When I was travelling through China several years ago I showed a young guy a photo of Wellington on my camera. He was blown away and said it was like what he saw in movies. Most people throughout the world do not have what we have on their door steps – amazing views, beautiful beaches and plenty of stuff to do. So next time you leave the house open your eyes. Take a moment to put down your copy of the Cook Strait News, take a deep breath, check out the view and smile. You live in paradise.


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By Sai Raje The curtain went up on new children’s play Heebie Jeebies at the Newtown Community and Cultural Centre yesterday. After helping devise, write and edit the script for the play, and rehearsing it for the last 10 weeks, 50 children from Newtown and Churton Park went on stage to perform it. Led by teacher Deborah Eve Rea of the Wonderplay Drama group, Heebie Jeebies is the first show put together by the group, and includes children aged 4 to 13 who train in drama at the Churton Park and Island Bay community centres. The play is about 11 year old Haley and her group of friends, who stumble upon a world of spooks, spirits and scares, bogeymen, boggles, bumps in the night, ogres, uglies and

apparitions while at a slumber party. Deborah says each child has at least three lines in the play and their own unique character. “I have specifically written it for the children, with each child having a special character dreamt up just for them,” she says. “There’s also a special cameo for a lucky mum or dad. “They have also been involved in the devising and writing process, and have even designed their costumes and backdrops for each scene.” The children, Wonderplay group’s students from Churton Park and Island Bay, have been rehearsing separately so far. “But they are most looking forward to meeting and working with the other location’s Wonderplay students and also, of course, showing off their new skills to family and friends.”

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Softball team back

TEAM EFFORT: The Houghton Valley School under-12 Divas are chuffed with winning their competition. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

GAME READY: The Island Bay Softball Club Premier two men’s team will play in the coming season after a gap of almost 10 years. PHOTO CREDIT: SAI RAJE.

By Sai Raje The Island Bay Softball Club will be back with a bang for the new season in October, as it fields its premier two men’s and women’s teams after a gap of almost 10 years. The club’s premier two men’s team coach and senior player Regan Taouma says making the premier two grade is a big deal for the club. “We will be looking up to gain premier one now,” Regan says. Team manager Mark Richardson says he expects the new team to start by winning the premier two grade. “Our team is a good blend of everything,” Mark says.

“We have good pitchers and catchers, top quality players, and a good mix of ages in the team. “We have the potential to stay and do really well in premier two.” He says the club has been on an important journey since 2000. “Over the last 14 years, the club existed more on a social basis, and the sport had taken a fall. “But the team we now have, especially led by senior players like Regan Taouma and Ricky Grant, has been really pushing to get things going. “These guys have really encouraged people to turn the tides of the club.” Island Bay Softball Club

Surf club members strike gold By Sam Duff Locals Samantha Lee and Tash Hind are bringing home the gold from the World Surf Lifesaving Champs in Montpellier, France. The Lyall Bay Surf Lifesaving Club members have competed in the competition which saw New Zealand beat-off Australia and France to defend the nation’s world title in the over-all

president Paul Durkin says they are also keen to continue promoting the growth of junior grade softball. “We will add two junior teams this season. “Our purpose through proper guidance and exemplary leadership, and our baseball and softball programmes is to assist children and young people to grow, learn and excel,” Paul says. The club will also sponsor a Wellington Southern Suburbs Junior Sports Day for children aged 3 to 17 on October 4 to kick-start the new season. “We expect a good response and turnout from families, schools and the communities,” Paul says.

Netballers come from behind By Sam Duff A Houghton Valley School netball team has defied the odds and gone from losing most of their games to winning the entire competition. Parent Claire Wood says that last season the girls were hammered but thanks to their coach and some good-old hard work they fought back. “They only won a handful of games,” she says. “They were hammered game after game. “They had a tough season. They were terrific the way they kept going again and played their hearts out.” Claire says that after last season another parent, Hirata Titcombe, stepped up and decided to coach the girls. “She’s been absolutely fantastic and she’s taken the approach

SUCCESS: Houghton Bay resident Samantha Lee has won three gold medals at the World Surf Lifesaving Champs in France.

competition. Lisa Lee from the Lyall Bay Surf Lifesaving Club says the world champs is a four day competition with two days in the pool and two days on the beach. Samantha, from Houghton Bay, has won three golds, a silver and set two world records while Tash, from Lyall Bay, picked-up one gold, two silvers, one bronze and set one world record.

Samantha says it felt awesome to return to the champs after two years and do so well again. “The highlight of my competition was either the first day of racing where I won two individual golds, retaining my world titles from two years ago, and then joining up with three other girls in the team to get a world record in one relay and then a silver in another relay,” she says.

of hard work and discipline,” Claire says. Hirata says she had Sue Geale from Netball Wellington talk to the girls. She admired the team’s spirit and gave them a pep talk, Hirata says. “The end result is this season they have won their grade,” Claire says. “They have really enjoyed themselves and they have played a blinder this year. “It’s really testament to her and the hard work she’s put in and the work the girls have done.” Team member Ella Wood says she enjoys Netball and taking part in the games. “We work as a team and we support each other,” she says. The HVS Divas won grade D of the Motu Kairangi netball tournament earlier this month.

TOP DOG: Tash Hind from Lyall Bay has won a gold medal at the World Surf Lifesaving Champs.

Samantha says it was an epic start to the competition. “Another highlight was the last day on the beach when we only had two relays left to compete in and the points were getting really close but our beach athletes were so pumped and determined and did an amazing job in the relays.” After a busy few months, including competing at the Commonwealth games Samantha

says her and Tash will be having a short holiday in Europe with team mates. “I'm home mid-October and I'll get back into training and work on building my fitness base for the next season.” Samantha, who was recently named Surf Lifesaving New Zealand’s international sports person of the year, has the goal of competing at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

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End fixation with flyover, says Pannett

YOUNG TECHY: A local lad checks out a 3D printing machine at the Miramar Community Centre last week.

ZIPPING ROUND: Traffic passes Wellington’s Basin Reserve cricket ground. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

The NZTA needs to end its fixation with the idea of building a flyover motorway near Wellington’s Basin Reserve, according to councillor Iona Pannett. The transport agency last week decided to appeal an earlier board of enquiry decision to axe the $90 million flyover plan. This will lead to many more months of uncertainty for the area, Ms Pannett says. “The Agency and its predecessor Transit have been fixated on this project since 2001,” she says. “It is time for the Agency to accept the Board’s decision and to reconsider better alternatives.”

An appeal is an irresponsible use of taxpayer money as NZTA has already spent $11 million on the original application, Ms Pannett says. “An appeal will eat up further resources which could be better utilised elsewhere. “This appeal indicates that the Agency has failed to accept that they did a poor job of presenting their case and now want a second bite of the cherry.” Meanwhile Mayor Celia WadeBrown says she is urging transport officials to take a fresh approach to transport in the Capital.

“The NZTA’s decision to appeal the flyover decision does not change Wellington City Council’s commitment to improving choices across the city and the region, which includes some solution at the Basin Reserve,” she says. “As a city, a region and a country we must also consider progressive ideas to reduce peak demand on our roads.” The proposed bus rapid transit routes and the cycle network would improve choices for commuters, Mayor Wade-Brown says.

Tech day in Miramar

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munity centre, says it was an exciting day and at least 140 locals attended. “The atmosphere was fizzing with energy,” she says. Activities included using MakerBox, 3D modelling, Fabriko, Fedora and Mohawk media. The organiser of the free event was Jess Weichler of Wellington’s Makerspace.

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