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Residents in Newlands and the northern suburbs will have a more direct walking and cycling route to Ngauranga, if a proposal to upgrade Wakely Road track goes ahead. Wellington City Council has brought forward plans to up-

grade the part of Wakely Road that is currently a rough fourwheel drive track, connecting Newlands with Centennial Highway and Ngauranga. The public can have their say on the proposal until Friday, August 11, 5pm.

Students from Victoria University of Wellington have received five of the 11 individual Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Latin America awarded in the latest round. The scholarships were announced today by Tertiary Education Minister Paul Goldsmith. The five Victoria University students will use the scholarships to undertake study or internships in Brazil, Peru, Columbia, Argentina and Mexico. The scholarships were established last year to build New

Zealand’s connections with Latin America. Julia Innocente-Jones, Victoria’s assistant vice-chancellor, has welcomed Victoria’s success in this year’s round, given the importance the university places on Latin America. She said the scholarships would enable students to strengthen their knowledge of, and connection to, the region. The Victoria scholarship winners include Laura Wilson, who will study at Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico. Laura said she had always

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shared path, and the other proposed improvements?” The footpath on the northern side of Centennial Highway would become a designated shared path up to Glover Street from the Hutt Road intersection. From Glover Street, it would be legal for people to cycle uphill on the footpath to reach the start of the track. To avoid conflict with pedestrians in this area, people biking downhill from Wakely Road would continue to use the existing separate cycle path as far as Glover Street and then join the shared path. Signs would be in place to show people where they can ride. City councillors will consider the Wakely Road proposal in mid-September. Construction work on Wakely Road track would likely start later in 2017 and be staged over two years.  For more information visit

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The track part of Wakely Road starts at the Spenmoor StreetLyndfield Lane intersection in Newlands and comes out on Centennial Highway above Glover Street. Work would include improving storm water drainage and pulling out the old culverts, levelling and paving the surface, grading corners, installing more safety fences in the steeper areas, and cutting back vegetation. Signs would also be installed at both ends of the path. “Upgrading of the Wakely Road track will provide a safer alternative to the Ngauranga Gorge, for cyclists,” Peter Gilberd, Northern Ward Councillor, said. “I would urge people who use, or would use, the track, to let council know their views. “Will you use the track for walking or cycling to work? “Will you use it for recreational cycling, running, walking, or dog-walking? “Do you support changing this unformed road into a paved,

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been fascinated by other cultures and what we can learn from people from different areas of the world. She is studying towards a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology and International Relations. Zac Thomas is another recipient. He will work for the Colombian Government as an intern for 10 weeks, based in Medellin. Zac’s work will involve research and helping to develop government policy.

He is studying towards a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts, majoring in International Relations, Economics and Spanish. Victoria Beck, who will study international relations at PUCRio University in Brazil for a year. She also plans to study Portuguese and do some voluntary work. Originally from Germany, she is studying towards a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations, Spanish, and Latin Studies.

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