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Thursday June 8, 2017

Rongotai Road barriers to protect pedestrians

Children perform at Newtown Library. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

Preschoolers celebrate Samoan language By Emma McAuliffe

Newtown Library got into the spirit of Samoan Language Week last week with a special story time for preschoolers. As part of the event three local Samoan language preschools (a’oga amata) - A’oga Amata EFKS, PIPC A’oga Amata and Sagata Ana Aoga Amata- performed songs and legends for the audience.

Multicultural customer specialist for the libraries, Debbie House said Thursday’s event was the first time since she had been in the role that they had celebrated Samoan Language Week. “We thought it would be good for the community and a good way for children to come and warm up the space on this cold day,” she said. Samoan Language Week-Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa is an annual

event which this year ran between Sunday, May 28 and Saturday, June 3. T h i s ye a r ’s t h e m e wa s “Ma’au i lou ofaga. Maua’a lou fa’asinomaga” which means “Keep your identity alive to thrive”. The Samoan language is the third most commonly spoken language in New Zealand, immediately following English and Te Reo Maori.

Barriers are being put on a section of a busy Kilbirnie road to reduce the danger to pedestrians crossing the road following years of near misses. Temporary barriers are to be installed on a section of Rongotai Road later this month in a trial move to reduce the danger to people using a pedestrian crossing just to the west of the Mahora Street intersection. A schoolboy was hit on the crossing by a vehicle in March and there have been a number of near-misses in recent years. The ‘flexi-post’ barriers intended to be installed would prevent traffic forming into two parallel queues on the single-lane section of the roadway. This trend, especially during morning rush hours, means motorists have a limited view of the pedestrian crossing. Wellington City Council’s Transport Portfolio Leader, Councillor Chris CalviFreeman, said many motor-

ists heading along Rongotai Road and intending to turn right into Evans Bay Parade have, in recent years, started overtaking queuing traffic. “Quite a few of them whizz through the pedestrian crossing – even when people are using it. “This is clearly very dangerous,” he said. The installation of the barriers may slow the flow of westbound traffic on Rongotai Road at peak hours. “However I’d prefer to see this interim safety solution in place rather than a pedestrian getting bowled and seriously injured – or worse,” Mr Calvi-Freeman said. Council traffic engineers would monitor traffic conditions after the lane changes are made – most likely around June 11. The possible installation of stop-lights at the pedestrian crossing would depend on the funding and the priority for safety improvement projects in 2017/18.

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