Wednesday November 15, 2017
inbrief news Correction An article in last week’s Wainuiomata News about the Koha Shed had incorrect open hours. The opening hours of the Koha Shed are Monday to Friday, 10am to 12pm.
100km car chase New Zealand Police are talking to two people after an almost 100km car chase. The two youths reportedly stole the car from Wainuiomata, and were caught driving on the wrong side of the motorway. The car chase started around 7.45pm after the car was reported stolen around 6pm.
Students trade places Three students from Wainuiomata High School will have the opportunity to venture overseas to attend their sister school, Iizuka High School in Fukoka, Japan. Over the past few years, several students have been sponsored to be a year 14 student and teach English to kindergarten-aged children. Current year 13 students Amy Gratton, Shiloh Babbington and Jaymie Brown will next year take up the position at Iizuka High School.
Housing proposal out for consultation Hutt City Council is now calling for submissions on its proposal to enable medium density housing to be built in the city, with a particular focus on nine suburban centres – Wainuiomata included. The proposed District Plan change would permit a wider range of housing, including low-rise apartments and terraced houses, centred on nine areas with good access to public transport, shopping, parks and schools. It will also help address issues such as housing affordability, particularly for those looking to buy their first property, and offer practical options to older residents looking to downsize their homes while remaining in their home suburbs. Mayor Ray Wallace says the proposed plan change is aimed at positioning the city for the future and will underpin council’s current work to rejuvenate the city. “Lower Hutt has very limited land for residential development and a shortage of housing capacity, especially one and two
One possibility of what medium density residential development could look like. PHOTO: Supplied
bedroom homes. At the same time we are seeing population growth after several decades of minimal movement,” Ray says. Due to the scope and importance of the proposals, the public notification of District Plan Change 43 is to be followed by an extended four-month consultation period ending on March 9, 2018. “This will put Lower Hutt ahead of the game in enabling
housing supply to meet demand and avoid the housing shortage and skyrocketing house price situation that we’ve seen in other New Zealand cities. That scenario is a significant drag on city economies and deprives young people the opportunity of owning their own home – owning a house shouldn’t be a privilege for a few,” Ray says. “And there are many other reasons behind this proposal.
We need good quality, affordable housing if Lower Hutt businesses are to recruit and retain staff. More compact communities mean less reliance on cars, less emissions and more costeffective use of our infrastructure. It encourages walking and cycling and greater use of public transport.” Ray understands that such changes evoke strong emotions from some residents. “I believe we’ve struck a sensible balance between working for the greater long-term good of the city and the concerns of those residents who would prefer things remain the same.” A design guide, for more intensive developments requiring resource consent, would address issues such as the effects on privacy and shade, the quality of building designs and onsite storm water management. Details on the plan change and information on how to make a submission can be found at: www.huttcity.govt. nz/pc43.
Emergency Mobile Alert system test
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New Zealanders are set to start receiving emergency alerts to their mobile phones, warning them that their life, property or health is in serious danger. Minister of Civil Defence Kris Faafoi says implementation would start with a live nationwide test of Emergency Mobile Alerts on November 26. The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management (MCDEM) is leading the implementation of the new emergency alert channel. The alerts are sent using cell broadcast technology, so there is no need to sign up or download an app. You can check whether your phone can receive the alert and find out more at civildefence.govt.nz.
Hutt Valley Police are investigating a death that is possibly related to synthetic drugs. The deceased is a 36-year-old man who lived in the Hutt Valley. Police have referred the death to the Coroner. Hutt Valley Area Commander, Inspector Sean Hansen says it is important to stress that the Coroner’s investigation will take some time and is at a very early stage. “There is a possibility that this death may not have been caused by a synthetic drug and this is ultimately for the Coroner to
decide,” he says. Police are focused on holding to account those who are manufacturing or supplying this drug. Police have already seized a significant amount of synthetic drugs from addresses within the Hutt Valley and wider Wellington District and a number of arrests have been made. Police are working closely with other government agencies such as District Health Boards, the Ministry of Health, Customs and Coronial Services, to ensure that the public is well
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someone has taken synthetic drugs to call 111 immediately and seek medical assistance for them,” Kapiti-Mana Area Commander, Inspector Tracey Thompson, says. Staying safe: If anyone is using synthetic drugs, or they know someone who is, policeurge them to stop immediately and seek help if needed by contacting their local GP or by ringing the Alcohol and Drug Helpline on 0800 787 797 or text 8681, seven days a week to speak to a trained counsellor.
Wainuiomata News 15-11-17