Wednesday June 28, 2017
readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: What do you think about New Zealand’s victory at the America’s Cup?
Deanna Sigmund, Johnsonville “I’m very stoked. I followed the cup and really enjoyed the commentating. I’m absolutely ecstatic about it.”
Belinda McMillan, Kapiti “I followed it on the radio every day when I was getting ready for work. The New Zealander boys were so humble about their win. It’s just amazing.”
Gareth Curtis, Johnsonville “I was up Tuesday morning to watch the race. I’m very happy that we have won.”
David Feehan, Newlands “It’s great. It’s going to provide economic benefit for us when the cup will be held in Auckland – which is going to be good for tourism industry, our slumping boat building industry and, as a musician I know, it will provide jobs for artists.”
Peter Luke, Johnsonville “The victory is fantastic. It looked like they took it easy in the qualifiers and were at their best at the end.”
Molly Fiso, Johnsonville “It’s fantastic, I’m so proud. They have won with style. It’s an awesome day for everybody. We are so very blessed with our sportsmen in New Zealand.”
EYE ON CRIME In Johnsonville the garage of a house in Ohariu Road was broken into when an intruder jemmied the padlock securing the door. Tradesman’s power tools, a charger and batteries and an apron containing hand tools were stolen. A black Mitsubishi Outlander stationwagon parked locked on the road in Chesterton Street overnight had its right rear window smashed to gain entry. The vehicle was searched and a pair of sunglasses stolen. Also in Chesterton Street a grey Nissan
Murano stationwagon, parked locked on the road overnight, had its driver’s side window smashed to gain entry. The vehicle was searched but it is not yet known if anything was stolen. Other vehicles in this street are believed to have been interfered with during the same time frame. A brown Nissan hatchback parked locked overnight in Sunflower Way suffered a smashed front left side window. A wallet left in the vehicle, containing a driver’s licence, bank cards and cash was stolen. A pair of sunglasses was also taken.
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In Newlands a new house nearing completion was broken into via a forced aluminium window at the side of the house. An oven, a vanity unit, a light fitting, paints and hand tools were stolen. In Churton Park a garden centre in Middleton Road was entered when intruders climbed over a rear fence. This entry did
not trigger the alarm. A number of bonsai trees were stolen. In Ngaio a new metal ladder, left outside the front window of a house in Motueka Street, was stolen. In Crofton Downs a number of bonsai trees, located at the rear of a house in Randolph Road, were stolen.
Northland Tunnel strengthening nearing halfway Earthquake-strengthening work on the Northland Tunnel is progressing well, with 40 percent of work now complete. New columns and a reinforced concrete beam on the Karori side of the tunnel have been constructed. Sixteen rock anchors have also been installed to secure the steep slope above the portal, and cracks in the existing retaining walls have been repaired. Wellington City Councillor Chris CalviFreeman, portfolio leader for transport strategy and operations, said work originally due to be finished by the end of June had been extended to mid-September. “The strengthening work is taking longer than expected as our engineers found variable ground conditions behind the portal walls, which needed further investigation and redesign. “The limited availability of specialist
subcontractors following the Kaikoura earthquake led to more delays,” Mr CalviFreeman said. “We’ve got extra resources now and expect to complete work by mid-September.” The tunnel was built in 1927 and is listed as a heritage structure; all changes will be in keeping with the existing design. The work will make the tunnel’s portals and adjacent retaining walls stronger and more resilient, similar to the works carried out on the Hataitai bus tunnel and the Karori Tunnel in recent years. Work hours are Monday to Saturday, 7am to 6pm. The tunnel will operate in both directions but will be reduced to one lane at times during the day. During working hours, members of the public are asked to park outside the construction area.
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Independent Herald 28-06-17