Thursday March 17, 2016
Praise for cycleway after negative survey results By Colin Engelbrecht MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT
Support for the Island Bay cycleway is still strong, despite the results of a survey carried out the Island Bay Residents Association. Last week the association released the results of its recently completed survey, showing 87 per cent of the 1792 respondents were against the cycleway’s current design.
With approximately 5100 registered voters in Island Bay, 35 per cent of the coastal community responded to the survey. Since the survey data was released last Wednesday, several Island Bay residents have spoken out in favour of the controversial cycleway. Chris Poynter, who works as an intensive care specialist and anaesthetist at Wellington Hospital, uses the cycleway every day.
Chris said he used to be worried about biking past buses during big gusts of wind but now felt much safer. “I work intensive care and I’ve seen the results of vehicles hitting people and I didn't want to end up the same,” he said. He said he felt well protected from traffic while using the cycleway and because of the space, car doors opening were not an issue.
From left, Cat McKay, Janet Miller, Noam McKay, Finn McKay, Douglas Miller, Peter Galvin, Billy Smith, Florence Galvin, Doth Smith, Kirsty Smith, Agatha Solinas, Anna Solinas and Giacomo Solinas are all supporters of the current cycleway. (PHOTO CREDIT: Colin Engelbrecht)
He said he was now concerned with the movement to paint it back. “It seems counterproductive to go back, I’d be pretty disappointed if we lost it.” Island Bay resident, Kirsty Smith said, since the cycleway was completed, her two children have used it to travel to and from school. “The reality is that if it goes back to the old cycleway, my kids will not be biking,” Kirsty said. Mayor of Wellington Celia Wade-Brown, an avid supporter of the cycleway, said the Island Bay Residents Association had raised some important concerns through its survey, but said she was disappointed that no children were included in the survey and that the cycleway wasn’t complete when the survey was launched. “I urge all parties to await the outcome of an independent safety audit from an organisation that has had no involvement in this project so far. I’m delighted that over half of the… survey respondents want some form of cycleway.”
New outdoor space for playcentre By Nikki Papatsoumas
Children and parents from Hataitai Playcentre were proud to show off their new outdoor play area at a special ceremony last week. Last Thursday, children, parents and those involved in the design process, gathered to celebrate the completion of the playground, which was officially opened by Rongotai MP Annette King. The new playground has been designed to provide learning facilities that are natural, sensory and environmentally sustainable. The project has been in the pipeline for the last five years and has taken 12 months to complete.
Speaking at last week’s opening ceremony, Ms King said over the years she had seen how the huge commitment and hard work of parents had turned the space into a very popular playcentre. “As long as I have been Rongotai MP I have been coming here and that is 23 years. “I have been a regular visitor and when I first came here it was very much an old house. They have worked on making it the wonderful space it is now.” The playground was made possible thanks to a donation from Wellington Playcentre Association and donations from businesses, charities and the local community.
Rongotai MP Annette King, along with children from Hataitai Playcentre at the official opening of the centre’s new garden last week.
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Road closures There are several road closures this weekend, as part of the CubaDupa Festival. Over the CubaDupa weekend, road closures and parking restrictions will be in place from 11pm on Friday March, 18 to 5am on Monday, March 21. Roads will be open to pedestrians from Manners Street up to Karo Drive and between Taranaki and Victoria Streets (with the exception of Vivian Street). If you are planning to drive into the central city, allow plenty of time for travelling in and around Wellington, or leave the car at home and catch the bus or train. For more information on road closures, head to www.wcc.govt.nz
The much anticipated Berhampore Primary School Knack Market is returning this weekend. Autumn Knack is focused on original, sustainable and well-made local craft work with regular stalls and newcomers. This year’s market will also boast a World Food Fair in the school’s hall on Friday evening and activities for kids on Saturday. Knack Market runs from 6pm to 8pm on Friday, March 18 and 9.30am to 1.30pm on Saturday, March 19.
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This Saturday, Te Aro Pa papakainga, at Evans Bay Parade, will officially open its doors to fourteen affordable new Wellington homes. Papakainga translates as ‘nurturing place to return to’ and reflects a type of housing development that happens on multiply-owned Maori or ancestral land. Te Aro Pa is owned by a private trust which represents the collective owners of the land. Their vision for this development is to create a contemporary village made up of young families, kaumatua and professionals who have a connection to the original Ngati Ruanui and Taranaki Iwi people of Te Aro Pa. The homes are made up of ten three-bedroom units and four one-bedroom units, in two blocks separated by a shared garden.
Famed Knack Market returns this weekend
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leni’s Hair Design is celebrating its 10th birthday this month. The face behind the popular salon, Eleni Servos, has been a hairdresser for 24 years and made the move to her boutique Miramar salon a decade ago, bringing with her a loyal client base.
“It’s fantastic to celebrate this very special milestone with my loyal customers and the wider community.” The Strathmore local said she felt lucky to be in a job that she loved and welcomed new clients to pop in and visit at her salon at 12 Park Road in Miramar.
12a Park Rd, Miramar, Wellington 04 388 7632 | MOBILE: 021 034 7321
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