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Thursday December 21, 2017

inbrief news Be safe, responsible Wellington Police and regulatory agencies are reminding hosts to encourage safe and responsible parties this festive season. “We don’t want to stop people celebrating – we just want them to do so safely” Senior Sergeant Scott Dunn of the Wellington Alcohol Harm Reduction Team, says. “A lot of small clubs, in particular, host these Christmas and New Year functions, or are hired out to host such events. “As the host venue, it is the club’s responsibility to ensure compliance with the law and make sure that party-goers are drinking responsibly.”

Fountain running again The landmark Carter Fountain in Oriental Bay finally running again after it broke down in March due to an electrical short. Wellington City Council organised a barge with a crane so contractors could get out to the fountain to lift out the electric motor and pump that normally sends the water sky-high. They then sent the motor off to a German manufacturer for repairs and any other necessary maintenance. The fountain, built in 1973, was donated to the city by local businessman Hugh Carter.

New sport and education facility for Worser Bay A multipurpose sport and education facility is to begin construction at Worser Bay after three years of planning by Worser Bay Boating Club and Wellington City Council. Not only will the new facility house the club, but it will also be the centre for a Boat & Beach Wise schools programme and a Central New Zealand youth sailing hub. “We have designed the building and surrounding site works so that they include a series of spaces that schools from the greater Wellington region can use to help keep Kiwi kids safe and active in and around the sea,” Worser Bay Boating Club Commodore Dean Stanley says. “We are particularly excited about the plans that Wellington City Council have commissioned which include spaces for a penguin hotel, paua nursery, snorkelling trail and anemone garden.” Dean says local school children will be involved in establishing these aspects of the Boat & Beach Wise Centre and monitoring their success in improving marine biodiversity into the future. The Boat & Beach Wise

An artist’s impression of what the new Worser Bay sport and education facility will look like. IMAGE: Supplied

Centre will include an inside “wet” classroom and an outdoors “dune” classroom that teaches water skills for life while developing an understanding of how to restore and look after coastal ecosystems. It will also include state-ofthe-art facilities, in collaboration with Yachting New Zealand, designed to support youth sailors from Central New Zealand to stay active in the sport of sailing and succeed on the international

stage. A charitable trust called the Worser Bay A rgosy Trust has been established to oversee the development of the schools and youth programmes and to find business and philanthropic support for their implementation. Worser Bay Boating Club also stands to benefit from the project; the existing 60-yearold building is earthquake prone, no longer complies with parts of the building code and is increasingly sus-

ceptible to storm damage as sea level rise starts to impact on Wellington City. “The capacity for boat storage will increase in the new building meaning the club will be able to cater to the increasing demand for this service as Wellington’s population continues to grow” Dean says.  Work will begin on the project in April 2018 and is planned to be completed for the start of summer 2019.

By-election enrolment closes today Time is running out to have your say in the Wellington City Council southern ward by-election. There are eight candidates standing in the ward that was vacated by Paul Eagle following his win in the Rongotai electorate during the parliamentary General Election in September. They are Fleur Fitzsimons,

Merio Marsters, Mohamud Mohamed, Rob Goulden, Laurie Foon, Vicki Greco, Thomas Morgan and Donald McDonald. Residents in the ward must be enrolled by 4pm today to vote in the by-election. If you have moved house, recently turned 18 or are not enrolled to vote, contact or visit

the Wellington City Council electoral office at 101 Wakefield Street for help with enrolment and to obtain a Special Vote. Non-residents are eligible to enrol on the ratepayer roll if they are a registered parliamentary voter and a non-resident ratepayer who has applied for that roll, Alternatively they can enrol

if they are a resident outside of Wellington city and have been nominated by a firm, company, corporation or society paying rates on a property in Wellington city.  Voting closes at noon tomorrow and public notice of results will be on Thursday, December 28.

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