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Wednesday October 4, 2017

inbrief news Medium density housing proposals to be considered Hutt City Council will soon consider proposals to enable medium density housing and a wider range of housing types to be built in the city. There will be a particular focus on 10 carefully selected urban centres. Insufficient land for residential development on the valley floor, growing demand for housing and a narrow selection of housing types and sizes have long been identified as major obstacles to sustainable economic growth and fully realising council’s vision of rejuvenating the city. Council has been working for several years on a range of housing proposals that Hutt City Council mayor Ray Wallace says will address housing affordability, provide space for new families and offer more suitable housing options for older residents. Next month, a full council meeting will discuss proposed changes to the District Plan.

Health and Ability Expo A Health and Ability Expo was held on October 3 at Petone Working Men’s Club. People with a disability or who care for someone who does were invited to come along to take advantage of the 50 exhibitors that were offering knowledge, information and expertise to make life easier and to enable people to maximize their wellbeing.

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SGCNZ National Shakespeare Schools Production 2017

The Winter’s Tale Director Robin Payne The Comedy of Errors Director Peter Hambleton The Taming of the Shrew Director Eleanor Bishop Sat 7 October 7.30pm Te Aro Room Mac’s Function Centre

Sun 8 October 2pm Wild Theatre Wellington Zoo

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Free entry for young children wanted Hutt City Wainuiomata Ward councillor Campbell Barry is calling for the introduction of free entry for under fives to all of Lower Hutt’s six swimming pools. “Seven out of 10 children in New Zealand can’t swim, and Lower Hutt, like most of New Zealand, is surrounded by rivers and beaches. We should be leading the way in getting our children in the water as young as possible,” Campbell says. “Council currently offers a fantastic learn to swim programme for kids but the reality is a lot of families in our city can’t afford the cost. Making our pools more accessible for parents with young children can only be a positive when it comes to water safety and their well-being.” Motivations for Campbell introducing the policy to council was witnessing a teenager nearly drown at Petone Beach last summer because he didn’t know how to swim properly.

“It was a very scary thing to witness, he was just lucky that people were around to save him. “I truly believe that making our pools more accessible for children in their early years will be a life saver for some.” The estimated cost of introducing free entry for under fives would be $130,000 per year. Council currently charges $3.50 for everyone who is 15 and under. Parents supervising children under eight can enter the pool for free. Campbell says the policy would be cost neutral on ratepayers by re-prioritising a small amount of council spending in the central business district or by making minor changes to the pools current fee structure. Campbell will be presenting his policy proposal to council in November, with the aim of having it be part of next year’s Long Term Plan consultation.

Hutt City councillor Campbell Barry with his niece Karly McCabe at Huia Pool. PHOTO: Supplied

Matariki to become a major event Wellington will formally make Matariki, the Maori New Year, a major civic festival in 2018, Wellington City Council mayor Justin Lester has announced. Plans are already under way for a programme of events for the month-long period of Matariki, which occurs around June and July every year. Earlier this year, the council committed $500,000 in its Annual Plan budget to making Wellington New Zealand’s capital of culture, with half of that money pegged for the city’s Matariki celebrations in 2018. Justin says the winter months in New Zealand tend to be quiet and that presents an opportunity to celebrate an event that is relevant to New Zealand. “We want Wellington to lead the

Matariki fireworks display. PHOTO: Supplied

country in making this a major civic event,” Justin says. Matariki is the Maori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades, which rises in mid-winter. Traditionally, it represented the start of the New Year for Maori. It is also a time for remembering the dead and celebrating new life.

As part of this, Wellington will be moving its annual major fireworks event, The Wellington Sky Show, to Matariki from 2018. “It’s time for the city to show national leadership by supporting these groups and working with them to produce a city-wide Matariki programme that all Wellingtonians can be proud of.” F QU REE OT ES

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