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Thursday April 07, 2016

Brooklyn’s new turbine is larger than life By Bethany Tiddy MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

The new Brooklyn wind turbine was taken up to Polhill on Tuesday and will be installed throughout the next week. Meridian said the new turbine was 67 metres high - the height of the Beehive building - with 20.8m blades - slightly smaller than the length of a tennis court. The Meridian media manager, Michelle Brooker, said the expected life of the new turbine was 20 years and will power 490 average homes per year. “The turbine will be operating by April 15,” she said. According to Meridian, the budget to replace the turbine was $2.9 million. Meridian replaced the ageing Brooklyn turbine in December last year after it experienced mechanical issues. It was removed and delivered to its new owners, Energy3. The original Brooklyn wind turbine was installed in March 1993 and was chosen because of Wellington’s strong winds. Brooklyn Community Centre office coordinator Euan Harris said the community was looking forward to seeing the new wind turbine. “It’s a lot more modern,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of contact from Meridian, they’ve been very helpful,” Euan said.

‘Winter Warm Up’ market this weekend Locals who like their shopping local, ethical and eco-friendly can head along to Sustainability Trust’s ‘Winter Warm Up’ Market this weekend. This Saturday, Sustainability Trust’s EcoCentre in Forresters Lane will be transformed into a cosy space for people to shop for home and family and learn about how to keep their homes warm and dry this winter. Market goers can expect to see delicious offerings from Wellington Chocolate Factory, Lady Lemon and Community Fruit Wellington, clothing from Hoopla Kids, homewares from Niche Textile Studio and Verdant Design, cosmetics from Sante, and Sustainability Trust’s own range of eco-friendly goods. There will also be an electric car there for people to try out and Rides Ltd will be on hand to talk about their ride-sharing app. Sustainability Trust’s home experts will also be giving do-it-yourself demonstrations on ways to make homes warmer through the day and will be on site to answer questions about insulation, heating and draught-proofing. Sustainability Trust spokesperson Rena Kohere said winter shouldn’t be a struggle. “We’re hosting this market because we want Wellingtonians to celebrate all the good things in life, like delicious food, cheerful company and a cosy house to go home to. “Whether you own your house, rent, or are a landlord, there will be lots at our market to help people get more out of their homes, for less. “From handmade door-snakes, to the latest in solar technology, we’ve got lots of products and info to help make winter fun.”  The Warm Up for Winter Market will be held on Saturday, April 9 from 10am to 2pm. The first 50 people through the door will receive a goody bag.

Car parks make a move By Nikki Papatsoumas

Disability car parks outside the Island Bay Medical Centre were moved back to the kerb last Thursday. The car parks were moved earlier this year as the Island Bay cycle way took shape, to the disappointment of the local community. A Wellington City Council spokeswoman said the disability car parks were moved back to the kerb last week as part of changes to the cycleway layout near the shopping centre. She said this was to make it “more consistent for everyone”. “For users of those car parks, this is a more practical arrangement,” she said. Councillor Paul Eagle said reconfiguring the carparks was practical, safe and worked for everyone. “At last we have an example where the council has listened to both sides of the debate and done something which should please everyone. “[However] it’s taken far too long and it still doesn’t address the unhappiness with the rest of the design.” Other changes to the cycleway layout near the coastal community’s shopping centre involved extending the shared space area in the shopping centre by about 50 metres south of Medway St. New speed cushions were also installed where the cycleway and shared space merge and two parks were added near Island Bay New World. Meanwhile yellow posts have been installed at most intersections and at a

Disability car parks outside of Island Bay Medical Centre have been moved back to the kerb.

few other spots along The Parade to give added protection for people on bikes and to let drivers know to take extra care.

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Life Flight opens its doors this weekend Life Flight is holding its popular annual Open Day this Sunday at its Rongotai base. Life Flight provides emergency air services - flying people to the urgent medical care they need and dramatically improving their chance of survival and recovery. More than 26,000 patients have been helped by Life Flight staff in their time of need. As part of this Sunday’s Open Day,

there will be rescue demonstrations, emergency service displays, food, spot prizes and plenty of entertainment for children. Fourteen emergency services will be on display, including Life Flight’s Westpac Rescue Helicopter, Life Flight’s Air Ambulance Plane, Police, Fire, Air Force and Wellington Free Ambulance. Three sports stars will also make a special appearance after flying in

A rescue demonstration at Life Flight’s Open Day

by helicopter about 10.45am. Everyone who attends will also have the opportunity to enter the draw to win a flight on Life Flight's Westpac Rescue Helicopter. Life Flight’s Open Day will take place this Sunday, April 10 from 10am to 2pm at 17 Bolt St, Rongotai. Entry by gold coin donation and all proceeds will help Life Flight save lives.

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