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Feedback wanted on Oriental Parade shared path proposal Wellington City Council is inviting public feedback on two options for a new, wide shared path to make walking and biking safer and easier on Oriental Parade between Herd Street and Freyberg Pool. From yesterday the public could give their views on the council’s options for improving this stretch of the harbour-side path. Oriental Bay is one of Wellington’s top destinations and more space is needed along this narrow section to comfortably accommodate the growing numbers of walkers, dogs, runners and people on bikes, particularly during summer and weekends, councillors say. Portfolio Leader for Walking, Cycling and Public Transport Sarah Free says council has to balance the competing demands on this hugely popular area. “The council has been working with people in the Oriental Bay area to find the best ways of improving this section of shared path,” Sarah says. “They have agreed on two options for how the limited road space along this section of Oriental Parade can be shared to create a safer, wide path. Both options would create a new wide shared path between the parked cars and pohutukawa trees on the seaward side of Oriental Parade, from Herd Street to Freyberg Pool.

The new path would replace the under-used narrow footpath. To make room for the new path, the kerb would be extended out into the road, including a 0.8m-wide buffer zone between the new path and parked vehicles to give people room to safely unload and pay for parking. ‘Option A’ proposes to change the angle parking to parallel parking, with space for a 4.8m-wide shared path. The existing traffic lane widths of around 4m would be retained, as would the 2m-wide painted central median, but the number of parking spaces would be cut by about half. ‘Option B’ retains the angle parking and number of car parks but means the shared path would only be 3.6m wide, while the traffic lanes would be 3.3m wide, and the painted median 1m wide. Portfolio Leader for Transport Strategy Chris Calvi-Freeman says the council will also consider shortening the 10-hour time limit on some of the parking along this part of Oriental Parade so more people can find car parks during the day. The engagement period will run until Monday, November 13. Feedback can be provided online or by completing and mailing a FreePost submission form. A decision on which option will be formally consulted on will be made in February.

Businesses share delight as student public fares cut A Greater Wellington decision to reduce public transport fares for fulltime tertiary students by 25 percent has won the approval from representatives of both business and students. The regional council voted in favour of the plan on Tuesday to the approval of both the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA) and the Victoria University of Wellington Students Association (VUWSA). David Jones, WREDA general manager for Business Growth and Innovation, says supporting the growth of tertiary education in Wellington is a smart investment for the region. “We want to ensure Wellington remains a destination for choice for talented young people looking to create their future. Wellington’s 25,000-plus tertiary students already contribute more than a billion dollars to the economy annually, and increasing their numbers will create jobs across the region,” David says. “A significant proportion will also transition into Wellington’s workforce to take their first career steps, making them a critical resource for regional businesses.”

The public transport fare reduction will help Wellington attract and retain tertiary students, he says. “Previously Wellington was at a disadvantage to other New Zealand study destinations, where public transport discounts are offered, so it’s great that this has been addressed.” VUWSA President Rory Lenihan-Ikin says the fare reduction would make a tangible difference to the region’s full-time tertiary students. “This is a massive win for students and it’s been a long time coming,” he says. “We know the cost of travel, particularly from towns outside of Wellington city, is a barrier for students pursuing a higher education. “Wellington has finally joined cities around the world, who know how to attract young people to live, study and work here.” Greater Wellington will also retain a 50 percent discount for those travelling on the accessibility fare, reversing an initial proposal to reduce it to 25 percent. The changes will come into effect in July 2018 in an overhaul of the regional public transport fare structure.

An artist’s impression of what part of Oriental Parade would look like under Option A. IMAGE: Supplied

Le Moana presents this year’s Measina Festival New Zealand’s arts and culture capital is set for the annual Measina Festival coming up in December. The festival is a platform for some of Aotearoa’s most exciting contemporary Pacific artists, presenting live theatre, dance and music and will run from Thursday 7th December until Saturday 9th December. Measina was the birth child of Wellington based emerging companies Le Moana and Jandals Inc in 2014, with the aim of providing a space for Wellington’s growing community of Pacific Artists, to showcase their latest creations. Over the course of three years, the festival has grown immensely, with the inclusion of world renowned artists such as Julia Gray and Tupua Tigāfua. The Measina Festival continues to attract more communities from all over the Wellington region excited to see some of Aotearoa’s most outstanding live performances. This year with the support of Pātaka Art + Museum, Le Moana continue to carry the torch for the festival and have designed yet another dynamic and exciting programme to entertain the whole family.

Le Moana are excited to announce that they will be presenting “Watercress Tuna and the Children of Champion Street” by Patricia Grace and Robyn Kahukiwa at this year’s festival. It will be featuring the amazing students from Cannons Creek School and Porirua r’n’b singing sensations Le ART. For two nights only (8th & 9th December from 6.15pm), witness this iconic Kiwi children’s book brought to life by New Zealand’s most talented young artists. Another treat will be one of Auckland’s most successful, emerging dance companies, Trip The Light Dance Collective who will be presenting their latest work “Mixtape”. Mixtape is a dynamic series of six original contemporary works from choreographers Perri Exeter and Joash Fahitua. It’s inspired by the stories and different experiences in their youth, culture, communities and forever changing environments. Mixtape is an absolute must see and highlight of the Measina Festival 2017, and will showcase on Thursday 7th December at 7.30pm and on Friday 8th December at 1pm. For the very first time in Measina,

Le Moana are thrilled to present an all-female choreography showcase by local artists Sophia Uele, Selina Alefosio and Jasmine Leota, titled “Tama’ita’I”. Through the personal stories of five teenage girls, Tama’ita’i explores the journey of finding inner strength during life’s trials and tribulations. Influenced by their mothers, grandmothers, sisters and aunties, these young ladies express the importance of the maternal voice, sisterhood and kinship in helping them pull through some of their toughest times. Artist Selina Alefosio will present her newest piece, “Lavelua”, at Measina Festival. Selina created Lavelua in honour of her Grandpa Isitolo and his Tokelauan and Wallisian heritage. Lavelua (Wallisian for “king”) explores Tokelau and Wallisian song and dance, for instance Hiva Hahaka, a traditional Tokelau dance, Tawhoe, a paddle dance, Uvea Hiva Eke, a Wallisian stick dance, and Whatele, a Tokelau action song. Lavelua is Selina’s Aotearoa born interpretation of his life and how his value system was expressed and infused into the lives of my kaiga (family). Her vision is to express the “male persona” through dance to explore his perspective on fatherhood, duties of a husband, brother, son, and his progression towards earning a Toeaina (elder) status within their community. Lovers of contemporary theatre will enjoy “Le Mau-Not Stuck” by Jasmine Leota. The Siva Samoa theatre piece was inspired by the Mau Movement that was led by Tupua Tamasese Lealofi III in the 1920’s. The play is accompanied by live musicianship that fuses traditional song with modern Pacifica movement. Le Mau-Not Stuck is a show of resilience and faith that resonates and ties all cultures together. It runs for one night only on Thursday 7th December at 6.15pm, so do not miss out on the opportunity to witness an evolution of Pacific heritage dance. PBA  Event prices range between $0$20. For more information please visit measinafestival.org

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