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Diane Calvert Let’s Get Welly Moving committee Wellington City Councillor Onslow-Western Ward 029 971 8944 diane.calvert@ dianecalvertnz Authorised by D Calvert, 53 Cashmere Ave, Wellington

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seeks feedback on latest plans By Julia Czerwonatis

Driving through town is increasingly becoming a hassle with about 82,000 commuters from the suburbs, Hutt Valley, Kapiti Coast and further clogging up the central business district each day. Looking at population growth predictions, experts believe that in less than 10 years travel times will be 25 per cent longer if infrastructure doesn’t change. To ensure the capital’s transport system doesn’t become an Auckland-esque disaster, Wellington City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council and New Zealand Transport Agency have joined forces for a new infrastructure strategy. The Let’s Get Wellington Moving committee is now seeking public feedback for four different designs that aim to improve connections between Ngauranga Gorge and the Wellington Airport. The plan is to embrace all ways of travel – driving, cycling, walking and public transport. However, project director Barry Mein says “the key focus for us is to reduce the number of cars

driving in the CBD and improve the public transport system”. “Building more roads is not an option, there’s just not enough space, and it would only be a short-term solution. “We need to find a way to move more people without more vehicles,” Barry explains. Stage one would make bus travel quicker and more attractive for commuters with additional bus lanes in Te Aro. Plans also propose to reduce the speed limit and to build safer facilities for cyclists and pedestrians. Stage two builds upon the previous designs and would see a second Mount Victoria tunnel separating east-west traffic which would relief traffic around the Basin Reserve. Construction time could be up to seven years for both stages combined. For the Basin Reserve, the committee proposes different layout options which could include tunnels and/or bridges to separate conflicting traffic flow. Plans for mass transit is also on the table which could see light rail, a modern generation of electric busses or other newer technology moving passengers efficiently through town.

Commuters stuck on the highway along Aotea. PHOTO: Let’s Get Welly Moving

Stage three offers plans for a tunnel underneath Vivian Street separating inner-city traffic from congestion on the Urban Highway. Te Aro’s walking and cycling facilities would be further improved. Stage four introduces a fourth lane southbound on SH1 going from Ngauranga to Aotea. Plans also pick up on suggestions made by Wellingtonians to reduce traffic along the quays and make the waterfront more accessible to pedestrians. Lastly, a second Terrace tunnel is proposed.

All four stages combined would cost up to $2.3billion and take more than 10 years to construct. “We’d love to get feedback from a large cross-section of people from our region,” says Ian McKinnon, Greater Wellington councillor. “People can give us their views on all of the scenarios or cherrypick certain elements they like or dislike,” he adds.  Find more detailed information and give your feedback on

Largest kapa haka festival to be held in Wellington Wellington will be hosting the Te Matatini Kapa Haka Festival, a cultural pinnacle event for Maori performing arts, next year. Te Matatini is held every two years and is one of the most highly anticipated events for kapa haka perfomers from around the country. The four-day event will be held at Westpac Stadium from February 20-24. Wellington’s deputy mayor, Jill Day, has welcomed the announcement.

“I’m tremendously excited that Te Matatini is coming to Wellington,” Jill says. “Te Matatini is expected to draw at least 60,000 kapa haka performers, whanau and supporters to Wellington – this is a major event by any estimation and it gets bigger every year. “From personal experience as a performer and through supporting my children in kapa haka, I know the opportunities that come from participating in kapa haka,” she adds.

“I’m also excited at the way the festival will highlight work the city council and other organisations are doing to make Te Reo more visible in Wellington. “We’re looking forward to working with Te Matatini and host iwi in the next few months to build a festival that attracts people to the region from all over New Zealand and the world.” Jill says Te Matatini doesn’t stop at the gates to Westpac Stadium. “The challenge is also for F QU REE OT ES


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