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Thursday October 19, 2017

Council portfolios reshuffle after Eagle’s exit Wellington Mayor Justin Lester has completed a reshuffle of councillor portfolios following Paul Eagle’s election to Parliament as Rongotai MP and resignation from council. “This is about making sure the key areas of focus for council are well served and that we keep pushing forward with our agenda,” Justin says. “Deputy Mayor Jill Day will chair our Ten Year Plan and Annual Plan committees, which set our budgets.

Jill will also pick up the Governance and Recreation portfolios. “Councillor Brian Dawson will take over the Housing portfolio. “Brian has done excellent work overseeing Council’s implementation of the Living Wage. “We have an ambitious agenda on housing and I know Brian is going to deliver in this important role.” The mayor says the reshuffle

is an opportunity to align portfolios. “Councillor Simon Marsh will take over the Events portfolio. Simon has been doing great work in his role leading Economic Development, and our city’s strong range of events complements this well. “Councillor Peter Gilberd will now lead our Community Facilities portfolio, including our programme of upgrades of libraries and community centres.

“Councillor Nicola Young will take on the Associate Arts portfolio. Nicola has been a strong advocate for arts and culture in our city for a number of years and this reflects the great work she has been doing in her ward and the added focus we are putting on the arts.” Other changes include councillor Simon Marsh sitting on the Basin Reserve Trust councillor Peter Gilberd takingover Paul Eagle’s place on the board of Te

Trials for public approval work best, says cycleway expert By Jamie Adams

A Canadian cycling expert says successful implementation of cycleways all comes down to councils being flexible to change, collaborative with stakeholders and being clear in their communication. Tyler Golly, an urban transportation specialist based in Edmonton, Alberta, gave insights into his hometown’s experience to an audience at the City Gallery last Friday. “In Edmonton we were working on a Bicycle Transportation Plan. We were trying to create a big newwork - a city-wide system and connector system,” Tyler explains. By 2009, seven kilometres of cycleway had been established but then a new mayor was elected on an anti-cycleway platform and subsequently a few of the new lanes in outer city areas were ripped up. “The city council wanted the focus to be on the central area, AAA routes and they wanted to have a six-part consultation process.

“But the bike route was to go to budget process as it was unfunded by the council. “Because the process took so long it was causing a lot of frustration. It wouldn’t open until 2020.” Eventually, protected (separated) bike lanes were introduced using infrastructure like cones to trest them out. The trial was such as success that permanent materials would be used to separate the bike and vehicle lanes. “By 2013 we had 230km of cycleways and collisions had reduced.” Tyler says lessons that have been learned from the Edmonton experience is ensuring there is support from residents and businesses, having lobbyists collaborate with councils, considering multiple uses for cycleways (ie not just for cyclists) and making sure cycleways show value quickly otherewise support for them erodes. When asked for his view regarding the controversial Island Bay cycleway, Tyler


A member of a Wellington-based paua poaching operation has been banned from fishing for three years and ordered to serve seven months home detention after earlier pleading guilty to more than 20 charges under the Fisheries Act. Sonny Gilbert Wairau, 39, from Brooklyn, was part of a black market operation involving three main offenders that called themselves The Paua Corporation. The men illegally took, over seven months, 257kg of greenweight paua and 31kg of sea cucumbers from around the Wellington coastline and then illegally sold the paua and sea cucumbers. The value of the paua was more than $17,000.

One of the world’s best pianists will perform for the first time with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra this month. Korean-born Joyce Yang, praised by The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and Chicago Tribune, will perform Piano Concerto No. 3 by Sergei Rachmaninov in a New Zealand tour beginning in Wellington’s Michael Fowler Centre on October 27. Yang began playing piano at age four and by age 11 was studying at the prestigious Julliard School. At 12 she was performing with symphony orchestras and by 16 was profiled in The New York Times.

Canadian cycleway expert Tyler Golly shows what has been achieved in his hometown of Edmonton at a presentation in Wellington on Friday. PHOTO: Jamie Adams


didn’t have enough knowledge of the project to be able to comment, but he says research done on cycleways shows the best practice is to have them painted and on the footpath side of parked cars, as Island Bay’s

Last week’s article about South Wellington Montessori School being one of two in Wellington’s southern and eastern suburbs was incorrect. There are in fact three, with Capital Montessori School, catering for three to six-year-olds, operating in Kingston.

currently is. This event was organised by the Sustainable Business Network with support from Wellington City Council, Trade Me, Bicycle Junction, Switched On Bikes and Garage Project.


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