Wednesday October 18, 2017
Proposal gives Lower Hutt room to grow Hutt City Council voted to approve the public notification of a proposed District Plan change that could allow for a wider range of housing types and medium density housing in the city. Several amendments were made at a meeting on Tuesday, October 10 including the decision not to introduce a medium residential zone at the central business district edge. The proposed plan change would include allowing medium density residential and commercial development in nine areas: Stokes Valley,
Taita, Naenae, Avalon/Park Ave, Epuni, Waterloo, Alicetown, Waiwhetu/Woburn and Wainuiomata. Hutt City Council Mayor Ray Wallace says the amendment is an important step in moving the proposed district plan change through to the consultation stage, where people will have the opportunity to make submissions. Two new zones that have been proposed are Suburban Mixed Use, would allow buildings of up to three storeys with retail and cafes on the ground floor and offices or apartments
above; and Medium Density Residential, would be located adjacent to Suburban Mixed Use and allow residential buildings of up to three storeys, while restricting building height on the side and rear boundaries. T h e cu r r e nt p e r m it t e d height limit in Hutt City is two storeys. More intensive developments requiring resource consent would need to adhere to a design guide and undertake onsite storm water management. Ray says the decision was a careful balance between exist-
ing residents’ concerns and the future health of the city. “The reality is we don’t have enough greenfield land for residential development. Our population is starting to grow and this is projected to continue. Last financial year our average house prices jumped more than 23 per cent. Tuesday’s full council meeting heard public comment from established residents concerned with potential effects on their properties ranging from shade cast by new developments through to possible falls in their property values.
The buzzing noises of the city, rough winds and rain, a cold hard surface to sleep on – spending a night out in the open without the security of a home is a rough experience and reality for about one in 100 Kiwis. Last Friday, 120 Wellingtonians swapped their cosy beds and duvets for a sleeping bag and some cardboard to become “homeless” for 14 hours and raise funds for local agencies that help people living in unsafe or unsuitable locations. Equipped with a book, a jacket and his sleeping bag, Churton Park local Dan Whitfield joined the crowds on Friday night. “Sleeping rough and experiencing homelessness, even if it was one night, was an eye-opening experience,” the Wainuiomata News reporter says. “To have somewhat of an understanding of how so many people are forced to live like, it definitely makes you realise how incredibly blessed you are and that no one should actually have to be homeless.” With levels of homelessness
showing no signs of slowing the Compassion Soup Kitchen, Salvation Army, the City Mission, the Night Shelter and the Homeless Women’s Trust, supported by Wellington City Council and Wellington Women’s House, have joined forces for the fourth annual event to help to tackle homelessness in the capital. Compassion Soup Kitchen manager Karen Holland says housing deprivation remained a big problem in Wellington. “There’s a lot of work being done, but the numbers aren’t changing.” Those seeking help from agencies aren’t just rough sleepers – they include people in emergency accommodation, shelters and boarding houses, over-crowded homes and places without basic amenities. So far, the 14 Hours Homeless participants raised $40,968, with donations open until the end of October. Dan didn’t have much more than two hours of sleep that night. It was mainly the noises of the city that kept him awake. “By talking with several people who were or had experienced
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The Louise Bilderbeck Hall Trust is looking for new help with options open for Wainuiomata people to get involved. New members would assist with management/operations of the hall, as well as help organise and co-ordinate events and repairs. If you are interested, send your CV and a cover letter to Josh.Briggs@huttcity. govt.nz and outline what you would bring to the position. Applications close on October 31, 2017.
A Country and Western concert is being held in Wainuiomata this month. The event is being held at Wainuiomata’s Pioneer Church on Coast Rd, and will feature performances by members of the Wainuiomata Country and Western Society. It is free entry, and everyone is welcome. The concert is set to be held on October 22 at 6.30pm.
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Dan Whitfield, Churton Park resident and Wainuiomata News reporter, and Josh Briggs, Hutt City Councillor are getting ready to spend a night in the open at Mount Cook School. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis
being homeless throughout the night, you realise that these people aren’t different; they’re human beings just like you and I. They have their own stories,” Dan says. “Thinking about those who are homeless now and will still be tomorrow, gives me a new prayer.”
Dan is raising funds for the Wellington City Mission. To support him, visit wellingtoncitymission.everydayhero.com/ nz/Daniel. Josh is raising funds for the Wellington City Mission. To support him, visit wellingtoncitymission.everydayhero.com/ nz/joshbriggs.
Up for a challenge, the Hutt Urban Adventure Race will be held on December 3 and entries are now open. The event is has been referred to as the Amazing Race meets orienteering, and requires strategy, skills, and stamina. To enter, go to HuttUrbanAdventure.co.nz. Online entries close on November 26.
Legal rights at school National youth charity InsideOUT have released a new resource advocating for LGBTQIA+ young people’s legal rights at school. The resource is available for anyone to view and download for free at insideout.org.nz/legal-rights-at-school/.
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