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Lyall Bay’s Olympian
By Nikki Papatsoumas
Olympian Emma Robinson describes her experience at the Rio 2016 Olympics as “something you can’t really put into words”. The 21-year-old Lyall Bay native made her Olympic debut in Rio last month and visited home last week to spend time with family and friends and run swim clinics for her home club, Capital Swim. Robinson qualified for the New Zealand Olympic Team in late March, on the opening night of New Zealand open swimming championships, coming in nearly three seconds under the nomination time in the 800m freestyle. Continued on page 2 Emma Robinson returned from a campaign at the Rio 2016 Olympics last week.
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Wellingtonians have cheaper weekend bus fares to look forward to next month. For four weeks from November 28, Go Wellington buses will change to a $1 fare for one zone of travel and $2 adult fare and $1.50 fare for children for two or three zones of travel. It is hoped this will encourage people to use public transport to travel in and out of the city. The Wellington City Council has budgeted $200,000 for the initiative. Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown said the public transport initiative would help to get more Wellingtonians onto buses and into the central city during the busy weekends in the run-up to Christmas. “This initiative will provide
Continued from page 1 After competing in the Rio 2016 Olympics in the Women’s 800m Freestyle, Robinson placed 16 out of 30, and managed to shave a few seconds off her personal best. The talented young swimmer has now found herself catapulted onto the world stage. Robinson said thinking back on her Olympic experience was surreal. “It was just amazing being in a village of around 12,000 athletes a welcome boost for retail faresanbring multiple who have attitude towardsbenefi sportts sales.” to the that you do. city. You don’t really find Councillor Iona Pannett, “ThisZealand. shows support for an that in New Chair of Wellington City“Usually environmentally I am a lot moresustainable nervous, Council’s Environment Comtravel option for people who but I had done the work and knew mittee, said the cheaper bus want to go shopping in to the what to do and it was the time
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Thursday September 8, 2016
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Safer barriers around grass berms are being trialled in Miramar after questions around the safety of homemade berm barriers were raised following the death of a cyclist. Many residents close to Wellington Airport, fed-up with passengers and airport staff parking in the area, have made their own berm parking barriers out of a variety of materials. Roughly 40 grass berms in Miro, Kedah and Kauri Streets in Miramar have ‘home-made’ berm barriers. Questions about the safety of these barriers were raised by the Coroner in 2015, following the death of cyclist who was killed after he hit a berm on Kedah Street in 2013. As part of an initiative with Wellington City Council, new trial marker posts and plants have now been placed around grass berms on Kedah Street in Miramar, in an attempt to safely protect berms outside residents’ properties. Principal traffic engineer for the Wellington City Council, Charles Kingsford, said the trial berm barriers would remain in place until October.
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Over the next two months, residents in the area will be invited to share their views and the feedback received will be part of developing the council’s final guidelines for safer berm protection. “The most important thing we want to address is safety,”
Charles said. Chair of the Miramar and Maupuia Residents’ Association Robin Boldarin lives nearby. She said cars would often park up on berms for two or three days. “I am very pleased to see this happening. The most
important thing is safety and to see this happen is really good.” The cost of the trial is around $4000 and if successful the council will supply and install the marker posts and provide advice on planting to residents in the area.
Serving up wild food from our worst pests Over the next two Sundays a ‘Pest Feast’ will be served up at the Harbourside Market. Locals will be able to taste goat curry, satisfy their stomach by snaring some wallaby pies and venison burgers, and even try a gorse flower sorbet. The Pest Feast will be served up as part of Conservation
Week, which is organised by the Wellington City Council in partnership with the Department of Conservation. As part of the Pest Feast, six of the Harbourside Market’s regular stall holders and some independent chefs have taken on the challenge to create some wild food from invasive flora
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Government House a celebration of New Zealand
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Seatoun Village Hall is holding its first ever garage sale. With over 20 stalls there is something for everyone, from homewares, clothing, toys, retro, books, curios, food and more. The garage sale will take place on Saturday, September 10 from 10am to 1pm at the Seatoun Village Hall, 22 Forres St, Seatoun.
Most will know Government House as the official residence of the GovernorGeneral of New Zealand. However, many locals would be surprised to know they can tour this grand Edwardian House, which is perched above Newtown, for free. Previous Governor-General Sir Jerry and his wife Lady Janine Mateparae moved out of Government House last month. On Wednesday, September 28, Dame Patsy Reddy, will be sworn in as Governor-General and she and her husband Sir David Gascoigne will take up residence at Government House. While staff are busy preparing for the arrival of Dame Patsy and Sir David,
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they are also trying to encourage more people to tour the house and learn more about its history. Visitor Centre Educator Owen Mann said despite being in their own backyard, many Wellingtonians were not aware the Visitor Centre regularly ran free, guided tours of the house for individuals, groups and schools. “That is the lucky thing about New Zealand you can come and visit this very special place and feel very welcome,” Owen said. “This house belongs to every New Zealander and people should come and have a look.” Those enjoying a tour of the House, will be taken through a number of public rooms on its ground floor, including the ballroom, state dining room and recep-
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tion rooms. Government House, which has a floor area of about 4,200 square metres, was built in 1910. From late 2008 through to early 2011, the house was closed while the building was given a $44 million revamp, which included a new roof, the renewal of original features and landscaping. The building was also seismically strengthened. Significant changes were also made to the internal layout of the house and to the layout of the grounds. “The House needed the work as it was well below earthquake code, cold, damp and leaked.” Owen said. Owen said those taken on guided tours always found themselves immersed in the rich history of the house, and encouraged more Wellingtonians to visit. To book a tour of Government House head to www.gg.govt.nz/tours. Bookings are essential and must be made 24 hours prior to a tour taking place.
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Fraser Clark with his grandfather Nick Carter’s Olympic memorabilia. By Nikki Papatsoumas
Visitors to Wellington City Library this month have the rare opportunity to take a peek at Olympic memorabilia from almost seven decades ago. On display on the library’s first floor are relics from former Olympian Nick Carter. Carter was part of the 1948 New Zealand Olympic Team, and competed in road cycling at the London Olympics that year. Carter’s grandson Fraser Clark
works at the library, and was able to raid his family’s personal collection for the display. The exhibit incorporates a blazer, the New Zealand Flag which flew at the 1948 Olympics, his grandfather’s trip diary with an entry for every day of the nine months he was away, a menu signed by the Olympic team, a bible, ribbon and a jersey. A lot of the memorabilia on display was from his family’s personal collection, Fraser said. Other parts had been taken out
of storage from the New Zealand Olympic Committee after being loaned to the committee by his family, he said. Fraser said it was quite extraordinary his grandfather’s pieces had survived the decades. “They could easily have been thrown away or damaged,” Fraser said. “We are so proud so we try to keep everything he kept from the Olympics in good condition.” The display will be on show at Wellington City Library until the end of September.
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Pre-school aged children had the opportunity to play dress up last week. Last Friday, the Porse playgroup at the Family Space in Miramar got involved in a national fundraising event for KidsCan. KidsCan held its annual KidsCan National Mufti Day last
Friday, September 2. The event calls on schools, businesses, daycares or any other community groups to get involved by wearing mufti or coming up with their own fancy dress theme. All money raised on the day helps the organisation to help Kiwi kids in need. Programme tutor Suzanne Archer oversees the Friday play-
group each week, and said she thought the fundraiser would be a great thing to get behind. “We wanted to help because it is about the children and it helps disadvantaged children so it felt like a good fundraiser for us.” “Children are donating themselves, and it is great because then they know there is a concept behind it.” Suzanne thanked the Cos-
tume Company for lending costumes to the teachers, who were dressed as fairies, dragons, Mr Men, cows and even sharks. “We’ve had children actually run in today it makes it that little bit more exciting,” she said. Porse’s Friday playgroup runs every Friday during school term from 9.30am to 11.30am and is for children between the age of zero to five.
CanTeen calls for people power CanTeen is seeking help from the community this September for its annual street fundraising drive. The CanTeen Street Appeal will take place next Friday, September 16. The appeal forms a key part of the charity’s fundraising each year and requires significant people power. This year CanTeen chief executive Bruce Pilbrow asked
locals to support the cause in any way they could. “We’ll be hitting the streets across the country on September 16. If people can spare just two hours then they’ll be helping us raise funds to ensure young people have the support they need when they’re faced with cancer,” Bruce said. CanTeen is the only New Zealand organisation dedicated to supporting young
people aged between 13 and 24, who are living with cancer. The organisation creates opportunities for members to share their experiences with other young people who know what it is like to deal with cancer, so that they don’t have to go through the experience alone. “Whether it’s their own cancer diagnosis or the diagnosis of a sibling or parent, cancer
has a significant impact on the lives of young people in every community across New Zealand,” Bruce said. “Our aim is to make sure support is within reach of every young New Zealander during an incredibly hard time in their lives.” Anyone interested in volunteering for the CanTeen Street Appeal can head to canteen. org.nz to sign up.
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Love Tennis Weekend 10 - 11 September 2016. Come play tennis! Participating Tennis Central Region tennis clubs are opening their doors for a LOVE TENNIS WEEKEND and inviting anyone and everyone to ‘give it a go’ on court, for FREE! In an effort to get more people playing tennis, clubs are joining forces for a combined open day whereby just attending, people will have the chance to win a trip for two to the ASB Classic
in Auckland early January. And for those who join up over this exciting weekend there’s an extra carrot- they will go in the draw to win a corporate table at the Maxim Financial Wellington Open. All existing tennis club members are encouraged to get behind this campaign to support their local club and bring along a friend to try out TENNIS FOR FREE. No need to own a racquet, clubs will provide them. BBQ,
Tennis giveaways and prizes on offer too. Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September, 1-4pm daily. Tennis Central Marketing & Promotion Manager, Mel Jansen says “now’s a great time for tennis, the Olympics have just finished, the US Open about to start and with summer on the way, people are feeling inspired about keeping fit and healthy. The Love Tennis Weekend encourages anyone, of any age and any ability,
to find a club near them and give it a shot.” For more information and list of participating clubs visit www.tenniscentral.kiwi/lovetennis Wellington, Kapi Mana, Hutt Valley, Taranaki, Manawatu, Wairarapa * ASB Competition includes Day/Night ASB Classic Session Wednesday 11 January, 1 night accommodation and flights to Auckland for 2.
Rangimarie Municipal Tennis Club Inc. The club has been based at the courts at Martin Luckie Park, Lavaud Street in Berhampore for over eighty years. Many things have changed in the area over that period, but the club has maintained a constant presence.
Long time and new members make up the membership list. Our members come from a variety of backgrounds, but have in common an enjoyment of a good game of social tennis, fun, laughter and great con-
versation! Any fine Sunday throughout the year from 2-5pm, there will be members playing pick-up games of doubles tennis. Come along and try out Rangimarie Tennis Club – 3 Astroturf
courts and great value at only $60 per all year round subscription! The club’s newsletter “NewsFlash” says it well with the byline,“Rangimarie- Where you don’t just play you belong”.
Adults new to tennis will love Tennis Xpress which is a new coaching programme using modified equipment (slower bouncing balls) which ensures that players quickly learn the game of tennis. We run a similar programme called Community Hot Shots
on Friday afternoons for kids aged 4 to 12. We also offer organised club play and court bookings day and night (under lights). For more information: www.miramartennis.org.nz
Miramar Tennis Club Miramar Tennis Club is looking forward to celebrating the start of a new season with an open invitation to their Love Tennis Weekend on 10th and 11th September. This is an opportunity for anyone interested in playing tennis to come to the club and have a
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U3A discussion group
Students from Worser Bay School alongside Sarah Lancaster from Sew Love.
U3A stands for University of the Third Age, and is a global organisation that supports learning and social activities for people in the third age. The Island Bay chapter of the group hosts a weekly social get together with different speakers each week on fascinating subjects followed by tea or coffee and discussion. Meet-ups take place every Thursday afternoon at the Island Bay Community Centre from 1.30pm.
One step closer to a plastic free peninsula By Nikki Papatsoumas
Worser Bay School students are hoping to make the Miramar Peninsula plastic free, one reusable bag at a time. The Worser Bay School community launched a ‘Plastic Free Peninsula’ campaign in July. As part of the campaign students, staff and parents were raising awareness about plastic in the Miramar Peninsula coastal environment, and were taking action to address the problem and reduce consumption, both at school and at home. To kick off their campaign, the school community hosted a movie
night, featuring inspiring short films about how to avoid plastic, and carried out beach clean-up. Students were now taking a stand against single use plastic by sewing their own reusable bags. Mobile sewing service Sew Love paid a visit to the school earlier this week, and helped each student make a zero waste tote bag out of an old pillowcase and necktie. Sarah Lancaster from Sew Love provides a mobile sewing school to communities around the country from “Cecil” the campervan. Sarah said this was the first time she had taught a large group of school students, and the children had been extremely enthusiastic.
“It is so neat to see how stoked they are. They can see that it is possible and how easy it is to make a difference. “The students have a real understanding of how individual behaviours can have a positive collective impact.” Following the Sew Love event at Worser Bay School, there will be other planned events to connect with other local schools and business communities. For more information head to www.plasticfreepeninsula. wordpress.com. For more information on Sew Love, head to the Sew Love Facebook page.
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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street.
Q: Do you think you are prepared if an earthquake was to strike?
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“I am from the UK so I don’t really know, I feel like I am ready.”
“I don’t have any emergency stuff at home, but at work we are fully prepared.”
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“At work I am, we have a Civil Defence kit. But I am not as prepared at home.”
Lenuasi Tueli, Newtown “No, I don’t have anything at all. I think I should definitely be more prepared.”
LETTERS to the editor Runway essential for Wellington I believe the extension to the airport runway is essential for Wellington. We are the capital city and should have more international flights landing here. To have to fly via Auckland for most international flights is a pain. Jayne Chait, Wellington
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Memories of childhood I refer to the article (CSN September 1) about the 70th anniversary of South Wellington Intermediate School. Its principal “hasn’t done her homework” on the state of primary/intermediate education before and during World War II. It is simply untrue that, in those days, most children’s education ended with what we now call year six. The school leaving age was
Dear Ed, There appears to be a concerted effort by a small number of vested interests seeking to have the ratepayers of greater Wellington pay for what appears to be an unwanted and/or unnecessary extension to the airport runway. They appear to be airport shareholders, mayoral candidates or the business roundtable that stand to gain financially whether or not a long haul jet ever lands there. There are no quantifiable arguments in favour of spending hundreds
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raised from 14 to 15 in 1941; and though today’s “social promotion”, with no exams, was a long way in the future, most school kids got to year eight before they either left school or commenced secondary school. As an old Taranaki boy, I don’t think the Taranaki Education Board had any intermediate schools at all during my 1940s years of primary education; but it
of millions of ratepayer funds on this vanity project. Conversely, we can expect serious disruption of access to the eastern suburbs during the construction period with an anticipated 500 truck movements each day for several years. In addition the pristine ecosystem of the southern coast will be altered and not for the better. Alternatively, we could wait and see how well, or otherwise, the Singapore experiment works. Asia bound cargo loaded at Wel-
lington will remain on board through to Singapore and may well be ‘topped up’ at Canberra as will the passenger manifest. It makes pure economic sense. It might also be said that 90 per cent of the ratepayers of the region will not be able to afford the fare. The likely passenger load will be paid for by corporates, government, and council “poobahs”. To say “build it and they’ll use it” is pure pie in the sky. Tony Sutcliffe, Strathmore
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Produce department ‘Battle of Somme’ screens in the capital takes out top spot
The team from the Wellington City New World produce department.
The produce department at Wellington City New World has been crowned the best in the North Island. Wellington City New World won the Foodstuff Co-Op Award 2016 for best Produce Department in the North Island at a ceremony which took place last month. Produce manager Vinu Lala heads a team of 15 staff, who were all dedicated to ensuring the supermarket’s produce department was as inviting as possible for customers. Vinu said the key to their win was the fact staff sourced the supermarket’s produce themselves. “We select our own produce so everything
that comes in is hand-picked by us. We have good quality fruit and good quality produce which makes it easier for people to shop.” He said staff often had customers comment on the layout and look of the produce department. “When the cruise ships dock we get comments saying they have travelled around the world and haven’t seen a produce department like this.” Vinu has been working at New World for nearly two decades and said for him, produce was “in his blood”. “I grew up doing it through the family business it is what I have been doing my whole life.”
Wellington Free Ambulance’s Onesie Day Appeal Wellington Free Ambulance’s Onesie Day Appeal will take place this Friday, September 9. Collectors will be on the streets on Onesie Day and throughout the weekend, collecting donations and ensuring the ambulance’s vital service remains free to patients. A number of well-known Wellingtonians, schools and businesses will jump into their onesies to raise for money for Wellington Free Ambulance this Friday. Head of fundraising and communications for Wellington Free Ambulance, Diane Livingston, said the appeal celebrated the
In 1916, during the Battle of the Somme, two cinematographers risked life and limb to bring the world the first ever documentary footage of war. One hundred years later, the British High Commission is screening a digitally-remastered version of the film, accompanied by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra alongside an orchestral score by British composer Laura Rossi. Two screenings of The Battle of Somme will be made available to the public on Saturday, September 24. British High Commissioner Jonathan Sinclair said the remarkable restoration of the film provided a moving glimpse into what life on the western front must have been like. “It’s occasionally hard to watch but it
is a lasting testament to the courage and honour that soldiers – from all sides and nations – showed in the heat and horror of battle.” When it screened in 1916, The Battle of the Somme was the first feature length documentary about war. In the first three months of release, the film was seen by over 20 million people in Britain and Ireland, out of a population of 43 million. The British High Commission is putting on two free screenings of The Battle of the Somme with live accompaniment by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra at the Michael Fowler Centre on the September 24 at 3pm and 7pm. For more information and to book tickets, head to the ‘UK in New Zealand’ Facebook page.
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Maurice Roberts is the new manager of the Salvation Army’s Family Store in Miramar. The Family Store in Miramar has a friendly new face at its helm. Miramar local Maurice Roberts came on board as manager of the Salvation Army’s Family Store in Miramar at the end July. Maurice is no stranger to community work, having previously served as chairperson of the Eastern Southern Youth Trust and chair of Kidz Corner Miramar. Maurice is also part of the leadership team of the Strathmore Community Church and is a board member of the Strathmore Park Community Centre. “I have always been interested in community engagement and development and giving back into the community, so I saw this as a good opportunity to use some of the experience I have had in the last 10 to 15 years,” he said. He said the store had been through a few “difficult” patches over the last cou-
ple of years, and his challenge was now to “restore the shop to its former glory”. Despite having only been on board a few weeks, Maurice said he was already having a lot of fun. “It’s fun and it’s lovely interacting with the people who donate. They are really generous and donate really good stuff. “Every day we are blessed by wonderful people dropping off their donated goods. They often apologise and say ‘we hope it is okay to give you these, or that’, but we thrive on these donations which are our lifeblood.” Maurice encouraged locals to pop into the store and check out some of the quality goods at affordable prices on offer, with stock changing frequently throughout the day. “There are also plenty of fresh ideas on the cards for the store so watch this space,” Maurice said.
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The owners of one of Wellington’s most popular gyms for children are taking on an exciting new opportunity. Bigair offers gymnastics, cheerleading, trampolining, tumbling and free running (Parkour) classes to children across the capital. Island Bay locals William and Leanne Davenport took over Bigair in Tawa six years ago, and in that time, have increased the number of children participating from around 500 to just over 1000. The couple now believe they can replicate the high standard of service they deliver in Tawa in their own community. With this in mind they are opening a new fully equipped and purpose built facility in Landfill Rd, Owhiro Bay. William said the aim of Bigair had always been to expose children and parents to Gymsport activities.
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Haul of medals for dojo By Nikki Papatsoumas
Bronze medalist team kata six to nine years, Mila Moriarty, Tessa Staples and Ella Hansen.
A group of young athletes from a local dojo took home a haul of medals at a recent competition. Students from Family Fit Karate took place in the Karate New Zealand National Championships at Te Rauparaha Arena, in Porirua in July. Sensei Patricia Reilly, who runs Rembuden Karate in Brooklyn, said six of her students between the ages of eight and 16 participated in the national competition. “They all came back with medals, in fact it was the most medals we have ever received,” she said.
E-bike track trial for capital E-bikes will now be welcomed on selected city tracks. As well as this new tracks may be in the pipeline if recommendations by the Wellington City Council’s environment committee are adopted later this month. Last week, councillors at the environment committee meeting debated the 2016 Open Space Access Plan which provides direction on the use, management and development of the track network through the city’s Town Belt and other reserves. The committee voted to conduct a oneyear trial of electric bicycles on a limited number of tracks in the city’s parks and reserves. The committee also agreed to continue with six key initiatives for new tracks around the city, including a coastal track linking Owhiro Bay to Makara Beach. The recommendations are subject to further debate at a meeting of the full council on September 28. The committee’s chair, Councillor Iona Pannett, said 269 submissions were received earlier this year for the Open Space Access Plan review.
All of the girls won a medal each – bringing the clubs total haul to six. In particular, Patricia said Zoe Ashton performed well. Ashton took away a gold medal in kata, a system of individual training exercises in karate. She said after taking away gold in the 10 to 11 girls development grade last year, Ashton was required to compete at intermediate level this year. “It is fantastic. Now she will be moving up to the premier grade next year.” With karate being announced as an Olympic sport in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Patricia said Zoe would likely have her sight
set on competing as a premier athlete. “She has definitely got the ability and she has got the talent and determination. She has been an inspirational figure to the other girls.” Patricia also commended Nikisha Goundar, who walked away with a silver medal in the intermediate women’s division. As well as this, Victoria Prestwood-Smith took away silver in the individual kata and Mila Moriarty, Tessa Staples and Ella Hanson picked up bronze in the team kata. For more information, head to www.brooklynrembuden. co.nz
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The media versus McCaw How much is too much Richie McCaw? It feels like the worm is turning for arguably the greatest All Black ever as he is paraded at sporting events, social events and even his own movie premiere. A man who could do no wrong after leading his rugby mad country to two World Cup final wins is reaching exposure saturation point, right? McCaw has been portrayed, by others not himself, as a quiet, humble, typical Kiwi guy. Yet the first year of his rugby exile has been anything but quiet. But I don’t believe it is all his fault. McCaw got engaged - most people do. He supported said fiancée with her Olympic quest - we all would do the same thing in that position. He competed in a multisport event - a common occurrence for the fit and able. All of those reasonably generic things gain added scrutiny because he is Richie McCaw. Sure there is his movie and hometown
“That’s a very clear indication of the passionate views of so many Wellingtonians about how our cherished reserves and open spaces should be treated and used. She said the very fast advent of e-bikes, including those for off-road use, has encouraged the committee to propose the one-year trial. “We know there are growing numbers of mountain biking enthusiasts who want to take e-bikes on to our tracks. “We also know there are a lot of walkers and other track users who are concerned about the use of bikes with a motor,” she said.
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of Kurow wanting to make a statue of him (which looks hideous in early drafts) but this is the price he pays for his success and the price we pay for having media who have become obsessed over the ‘celebrity’ instead of the news. Stories on McCaw, Lorde, Sonny Bill Williams, Steven Adams and even Anna Guy get way too much priority for the complete lack of news value they have. In a weird way, McCaw should be applauded for accepting the media scrutiny as well as he does. Perhaps he is a shy, quiet guy but it’s unlikely that we, as New Zealanders will ever get to find out. For the next 50 years he will be wheeled out at every major rugby moment and let’s be honest, this is New Zealand so there will be plenty of them. Brace yourselves for the McCaw wedding album, McCaw’s first child - it’s all coming. Don’t like it, don’t read it and don’t follow me into the cinema to watch his movie this week.
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Mayoral Candidates The Cook Strait News asked Wellington City Council mayoral candidates in this year’s local government elections to answer a set of questions chosen by our readers. This week, the Cook Strait News will profile three of the eight candidates standing for mayor. The following five candidates will be profiled in the next edition of the paper.
1. Are you in favour of the proposed airport extension? 2. Are you in favour of more cycleways in Wellington? 3. Are you in favour of any amalgamation of councils in the Wellington region? 4. Are you in favour of a second Mt Victoria traffic tunnel? 5. Are you in favour of light rail transport between the airport and the CBD? 6. Do you think homelessness and begging is an issue in Wellington’s southern and eastern suburbs? 7. What is your preferred option for the Basin Reserve traffic situation, if any? 8. What do you consider is the most urgent infrastructure needed in Wellington? 9. What do you believe is a reasonable increase in residential rates each year?
1. Yes – with conditions. We need to see how the resource consent and business case issues are addressed before making a final decision. Any city investment needs to be reflected in the city’s ownership stake, not a donation. 2. Yes – assuming they’re the right cycleway in the right place, such as the high-quality harbour cycleway I’m championing. 3. No – we don’t need formal amalgamation, but we do need better sharing of resources and capabilities across council boundaries. 4. Yes - We need four lanes to the planes and to double-tunnel The Terrace and Mt Victoria because that’s how and where much of the vehicle traffic moves, and we need a high quality solution for that stretch of road. 5. No – we’ve already looked in depth at light rail, technology is moving on and the business case just doesn’t stack up. 6. In some areas – and in addressing it, we need to make sure everyone is treated with dignity, irrespective of their living situation. 7. We need to find a way of resolving the congestion and contentious issues at the Basin, and – as Memorial Park has demonstrated – there are ways of doing this that could improve the Basin Reserve itself. There has been some discussion about tunnelling and cut-and-cover approaches that should be explored, because one of my objectives for improvements at the Basin Reserve will be to protect and enhance the cricket ground. 8. Double tunnelling Mt Victoria, The Terrace and other transport issues with smarter roads, sensible cycleways and some clever solutions in the geographic choke points. At the same time, we need to continue to invest infrastructure to bring more tourists to the capital and make sure we’re an attractive place to do business. 9. I’m a businesswoman and mother, so I understand the importance of living within our means. The art is in balancing people’s expectations of how the council can assist the city to grow and thrive as well as their expectation that rates will be affordable for both families and businesses. So as a city we need to have that debate every year to make sure we have the balance right.
1. Yes, but subject to three caveats: Resource consent approval, central government support and funding, and strong commitment from an airline partner. 2. I support Wellington’s cycling framework and want to see it delivered. I have young kids and support having safer streets where motorists and cyclists are separated as best as possible. 3. No, the majority of Wellingtonians have said they don’t want a super-city and l respect this decision. 4. Yes. It’s necessary because it’s one of the major choke points in the city. 5. Yes, but a realistic timeframe is 10 to 12 years. In the meantime it’s necessary we preserve our public transport corridor to help get traffic moving. 6. It’s a concern and that’s why I’m committed to reducing begging and homelessness across Wellington. I will prioritise funding for our NGO partners. I’ll ensure people living on the streets are cared for, housed and have access to income. 7. We should have a cut and cover tunnel at the Basin like we have at the Arras Tunnel. This will be both a good transport and urban design outcome. 8. We need a second tunnel at Mt Victoria and a cut and cover tunnel at the Basin Reserve. 9. Approximately two to three per cent. Rates need to be affordable and also need to be balanced to allow the city to grow. Two to three per cent is a good balance.
Closing statement My promise is to get Wellington ready for the next 100 years of growth and make this city a place where future generations can thrive. And that’s about having the right mix of sensible policies, a great environment, affordable investments and strong, effective leadership – so vote Jo for Mayor.
2. Yes 3. Yes 4. Yes 5. No 6. Yes 7. The solution to this issue is a total plan from the Terrace Tunnel to the airport - it’s all State Highway 1. There needs to be a better plan for the basin than the last one. 8. A total solution for the Terrace Tunnel to the airport agreed by the government and then consented and funded over several projects. We can’t forget water storage either. 9. Three per cent maximum.
Closing statement Wellington needs new energy and new leadership. For things to change and the city to progress it needs an experienced mayor who isn’t connected to the dysfunction of the current council. I want to serve just two terms and get things moving in our economy and arts and sport communities, along with infrastructure investment and a decent relationship with government.
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Closing statement I’ve got the necessary experience to lead Wellington City Council as mayor. I have an extensive background in business and law and have served Wellington as deputy mayor. I’m heavily engaged in local communities and want to lead a bold, positive capital and get things done.
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