Wednesday July 26, 2017
Slow down around schools as new term begins As children head back to school this week, a road safety charity is reminding drivers to slow down and look out for little ones. Brake is calling on drivers to slow down to 30kmh outside schools to help protect young lives. At speeds of under 30kmh drivers have a much better chance of being able to stop in time if a child runs out than at higher speeds.
The charity is also reminding drivers about the 20kmh speed limit, in both directions, if passing a school bus that has stopped to let children on or off. Brake’s Caroline Perry said the death of a child on the road is devastating and we’re reminding drivers that they have a responsibility to do everything they can to protect other road users when they’re at the wheel.
Fraser St after it snowed in 2011. Photo: ALAN STRATFORD LEFT: Cameron James captured this photo of the hills above Wainuiomata recently. Photo: CAMERON JAMES.
Flashback of ‘Snow-nui’ Snow doubt about it, Wainuiomata can get pretty cold. The ranges that make up the Rimutaka Forest Park had a dusting of snow recently but that was nothing compared to what Alan Stratford can remember.
Stratford showed the Wainuiomata News a photo from August 2011 when Wainuiomata turned into a winter wonderland. The photo was taken from Stratford’s home on Fraser St.
Stolen fruit trees to be replaced By Emma Hatton MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT
Twenty new fruit trees will be planted next month in community parks across Wainuiomata. Ngaturi Park and Rotary Park will each have 10 trees planted as part of the Ngahere Kai project – collaboration between the Hutt City Council and Common Unity project Aotearoa that aims to make locally grown food accessible to all families. The project saw fruit trees planted in the parks on fathers’ day 2016, only to be vandalised and stolen earlier this year. Hutt City councillor Josh Briggs said this time the trees trunks would be painted with a non-harmful paint to deter thieves. “They will be clearly distinguished and look out of place elsewhere if they are
stolen,” he said. Briggs said the project took a sustainable approach and the fruit trees would be allowed to mature before more planting was done. “Future planting will happen in time, we have the aspiration that there will be community ownership and that the trees will mature. “It’s small steps,” he said. Ngahere Kai looks after over 300 fruit trees in Lower Hutt. The trees are maintained by experts and volunteers. A tree planting will be held at Ngaturi Park on August 6 from 10am. Another at Rotary Park will be held on August 13 from 10am. Contact Josh Briggs if you would like to be involved as a volunteer: josh.briggs@ huttcity.govt.nz.
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Wainuiomata News 26-07-17