Wednesday December 13, 2017
Representatives from NZ and China at the New Zealand China Mayoral Forum recently. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Education and primary industries discussed at mayoral talks Enhancing trade in education and the primary industries will feature as key discussion points at this month’s New Zealand China Mayoral Forum. New Zealand mayors made the most of the opportunity to meet with their Chinese counterparts at the second forum, held in Wellington on December 3 and 4. At the forum, 12 Chinese mayors and vice-mayors from
mid and large-sized cities were be joined in Wellington by 38 New Zealand mayors to further strengthen relationships between regions of both countries. The talks included mayors and officials from New Zealand towns, cities and districts: Hutt City, Upper Hutt, and Wellington. Trade and investment opportunities in tourism, education and primary industries were
central to discussions at this year’s forum. China is New Zealand’s largest source of foreign students, with 34,000 in 2016, and in 2016 took $9.4 billion of export goods with primary products top of the list. Occasions like the forum provide valuable opportunities to do that, Mr McDouall says. LGNZ President Dave Cull says trade with China has tripled since 2007, to $23 billion in
the June 2016 year, making the need for continued relationship building increasingly important. “The forum is an excellent opportunity for both the country as a whole and the regions to enhance our relationships with New Zealand’s largest trading partner,” Dave says. “There is much to be gained for our communities in developing a greater understanding and appreciation of how China
operates. The Forum provides a new sub-national engagement to further enhance and develop political and trade relations for the future.” Justin Lester, Mayor of host city Wellington, says Xiamen and Wellington celebrated 30 years of a Sister City relationship at the forum. “We were delighted to mark this milestone during the course of the Forum,” Justin says.
Wellington Free Ambulance dispatchers the best in Australasia A Wellington Free Ambulance emergency medical dispatcher has won a prestigious international award. Sam Kellick has recently received the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch (IAED) Dispatcher of the Year Award. Sam was nominated for the award along with fellow Wellington Free Ambulance emergency dispatcher Natasha Willis. This is the third year in a row Natasha has been nominated. The award recognises individuals who consistently go above and beyond to provide exemplary customer service while following the strict protocols and guidelines needed
to keep people safe. Wellington Free 111 communications centre manager Kate Jennings says Sam couldn’t be more deserving. “He epitomises what it takes to be a great call taker and dispatcher. He is warm, caring, passionate and professional, and still manages to keep his sense of humour,” Kate says. “Sam has the ability to stay calm no matter what the situation, even when it’s something he’s never come across before. He makes that human connection that gives every caller the sense that they are the only person in the world right now that matters,” she says. Sam has worked for Wel-
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lington Free for over four years, and started out as a trainee call taker while studying for his paramedic degree. In the communication centre, Sam is known as the ‘go to’ person for advice by his colleagues. “Being nominated and then winning the award was a very pleasing and humbling experience. I am honoured to be put in the same calibre as others who have won the award,” Sam says. “It is a collective win for Wellington Free. I am just one piece of a very large puzzle that works hard for our community. And I want to acknowledge Natasha too. She works just as hard at what’s a really tough job.” Natasha says being nominated three years in a row is “pretty cool”. “It keeps me motivated and encourages me to keep doing well,” she says.
Kate says being a call taker is no easy job and the whole team should be very proud. “Every call arrives as just a beep in your ear. You hear that beep
and know you could be faced with any one of a million scenarios. It could be something mundane, or the worst call of your life,” Kate says.
Sam Kellick and Natasha Willis. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Smooth ride along Hutt Road to be extended The new improved walking and biking paths being built along Hutt Road will be extended next year, creating another important link in the planned route from the north and Hutt Valley. Wellington City Council’s city strategy committee has approved a plan to widen and resurface another section of the pathway beside Hutt Rd, going as far as the Tinakori Rd intersection. Portfolio leader for public transport, cycling and walking, councillor Sarah Free, says Hutt Road is one of the city’s busiest biking routes, so it’s great that this extension can be
completed in tandem with the work already under way. “Even with the work partly complete, people are seeing and experiencing the benefits of better surfaces, separate paths for people riding and on foot, fewer lamp-posts and obstacles, and more obvious markings at driveways,” she says. “There will be some work still to do to finish off the section north of Westminster Street when our contractors return after the Christmas break – but they will then move closer to the city and begin upgrading the section south of the Aotea Quay over-
bridge.” With this additional section now approved, work will continue along Hutt Road until about mid-2018. Significant work will also be done over summer at the major Ngauranga intersection of Hutt Road, Centennial Highway and Jarden Mile. Wid en i ng t he bi ke a nd pedestrian bridge over the Kaiwharawhara Stream has had to be carefully coordinated and timed, and is now scheduled to happen after Easter. Council is considering possible ways to improve Aotea Quay to make it safer for cyclists and pedestrians.
Wainuiomata News 13-12-17