Thursday April 28, 2016
Patients unable to access Hataitai Village Surgery By Kelly Hennessy Cook Strait News Intern
Construction on Moxham Ave has blocked wheelchair access to Hataitai Village Surgery for over a month now, local residents say. The pharmacy at Hataitai shop is
undergoing work and the zone around it has been declared a hazard area. This has made it impossible to access the wheelchair ramp up to Hataitai Village Surgery. “It’s really unfair at the moment, just a nasty situation,” said Glyn Durante, a patient of the doctors’. “I was there the other day for an appointment, and heard that someone had missed a 1pm appointment, and I just thought, what kind of patient was that? Maybe they could not get in,” Glyn added. The blocked Moxham entrance leaves Taurima St as the only point of egress, forcing patients to use the stairs. Those in a wheelchair or with a walker frame are unable to make it up the steps. “It would be helpful to have some different accommodation,” Glyn said. Though she has phoned the council, their options are limited because it is private property. However, Councillor Simon Marsh has spoken to the owners of the medical center, who agreed that the construction was posing a problem. The doctors have worked out a temporary solution. For now, patients who are not able to navigate the steps may call in advance, and the doctors will make the necessary accommodations.
Skate park upgraded Resurfacing work on the Treetops skate park in Newtown was completed late last week. By Nikki Papatsoumas
Resurfacing work on a local skate park has been completed to the delight of local skate boarders. Earlier this year, the Cook Strait News reported that local man Tom Culy had raised $10,000 in an effort to see his neighbourhood skate park undergo a much needed upgrade. Tom told the Cook Strait News, the ‘Treetops’ skate park off Russell Tce in Newtown had become tired and dilapidated in recent years. Originally built as the Newtown Skating Rink in 1971, the space was used daily by skate boarders, basketballers, children and the general community, he said. Tom said with the area being used more frequently he thought it was time to address its worn-out surface. So he started a PledgeMe campaign and
raised the money needed to enable 300 square metres of the rink to be ‘diamond grinded’ – eliminating its weathered surface and replacing it with a polished finish. Resurfacing work was completed at the end of last week and Tom said many skaters had already begun to enjoy the new surface. “Heaps of people are using it so far. All the skate community love it,” he said. “It’s just awesome. I have emailed all the pledges who have donated. That way everyone who helped out or donated feels a part of it.” For those companies who made a large pledge a plaque would be installed naming them and thanking them for their efforts, Tom said. He said a demonstration was now planned for May 14 to officially open the newly renovated skate park.
Smart cities cycle: easy riding in the east We want to make it safer and easier to cycle in the eastern suburbs – have your say on possible new routes. Drop-in sessions: 4.30pm–7.30pm, Wednesday 4 May; 9am–3pm, Saturday 7 May Go to cycleways.wellington.govt.nz Feedback closes 5pm, Monday 23 May
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