Wednesday October 4, 2017
Plan to improve more of Hutt Road pathway New changes proposed for Hutt Road could see improved walking and cycling facilities extended further south to the Tinakori Road intersection The proposals are designed to support the upgrade work that is well under way on the section of pathway between Caltex Fuel Stop and Aotea Quay overbridge. Wellington City Council’s portfolio leader for walking, cycling and public transport, councillor Sarah Free says the latest proposals tie in with other changes designed to make the new facilities safer. The proposals, which are open for feedback until Monday, October 16, include creating about 70 onroad car parking spaces between Westminster Street and Placemakers’ driveway, and widening and upgrading another section of the existing Hutt Rd shared path from the Aotea Quay overbridge to Tinakori Road. “We have taken a lenient approach to the informal parking that happens on the footpath here for a long time, but for safety reasons will now be phasing it out,” Sarah says. “This will allow people on bikes and on foot to use the newly up-
graded walking and cycling facilities as intended, without having to negotiate vehicles parked on the path – or watch for people driving and reversing along the pathway.” Since Monday people who park on the pathway between Spotlight and Aotea Quay overbridge will risk getting a ticket. Sarah says some of the businesses along Hutt Rd have been able to make changes that will allow them to provide more parking within their own properties. In addition, the proposed new on-road spaces and minor change to a parking restriction time in Westminster Street will provide an alternative for some of the people wanting to get to businesses or park in this area. At this stage, the new parking is likely to be installed later this year. “The council is working in partnership with the NZ Transport Agency and Government to provide safer paths, bike lanes, and facilities. “Hutt Rd is one of our busiest bike routes, a key link in the planned northern connection between Melling and the CBD, and an important part of our bigger shared goal to develop a connected citywide cycle network.”
An artists impression of the new Hutt Road cycleway. PHOTO: Supplied
Asthma research hopes to reduce children’s allergy risks Researchers from the University of Otago are looking for participants to take part in a study aimed at reducing the risk of asthma and allergies in babies. If you are pregnant and have an estimated date of delivery before May 2018, will live in the Wellington region for the next two years and are keen to be part of the project, known as the Nest Study, researchers would love to hear from you. Many studies have shown a link between cold and damp houses and asthma in children and research has recently shown that dampness is also related to the onset of wheezing in children. The study will examine how improved heating and the use of different types of bedding might help reduce the
risk of wheezing and asthma in young children. Those who are part of the study will receive a $200 power voucher to help heat their baby’s room for their first winter. The baby will also receive a sleep sack to use until they are two years-old. If participants don’t already have insulation in their ceiling and floor, their home will also be checked for free by the Sustainability Trust. Researchers need to see participants on four occasions and questionnaires will be asked about their home and child’s health.
Maths competition provides good experience for Wainui students
If people would like more information, go to otago.ac.nz./wellington/ departments/medicine/research/ otago600207.html. Mathswell competition at Wainuiomata High School. PHOTO: Supplied
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Wainuiomata High School hosted the 2017 Year 11 Mathswell Competition on August 30, and although students did not place it was a good opportunity for all that took part. All up there were 19 schools from around the Wellington region in attendance, competing for top spot. Mathswell aims to promote the study of maths at schools through the use of problem solving, and involves a team based inter-school competition for specific year levels. Students were required to answer difficult multi-choice and problem solving questions. Wainuiomata High School performed really well and enjoyed participating in the competition and meeting people from
other schools. Students that took part were Chey’D Noanoa-Taylor, Tessa Smoothy, Danny Saengpanya, Miriam Bowles Maxwell, Katie Smith, Zane Humphrey. Earlier this year, six Wainuiomata High School year nine students also competed in a Mathswell competition against Wellington secondary schools. The competitions are run by the Wellington Mathematics Association annually, and are open to school-aged students. The year nine students who took part included Jerry Zhu, Ocean Steer, Kieran Kydd, Andrew Beggs, Adam Odeyemi and Shamus McCormick. They placed third in the Plate category of the competition.
Wainuiomata News 04-10-17