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Wednesday January 10, 2018

inbrief news Motorists should slow down, NZTA says A new road safety advertising campaign is challenging speeding drivers to slow down and stop defending their perceived ‘right’ to speed. The joint NZ Transport Agency and Police campaign addresses the significant proportion of the driving population who still like to travel at speeds which are too fast for the conditions, on the open road and around town, posing a risk to themselves and to others who share the roads with them. “Every week, 11 people are seriously injured or killed in a speed-related crash on New Zealand roads, but a substantial portion of our society does not see the connection between speed and crashes,” Harry Wilson, NZTA director of safety and environment, says.

Respiratory Foundation seeks awardees The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ is now calling for nominations for the Respiratory Achievers’ Awards 2018. The foundation is looking for inspiriting people with asthma or a respiratory illness, who should be acknowledged. Six achievers’ award winners will be flown to Wellington all expenses paid, to be presented an award on April 19. The award categories are: asthma five to 12 years old, asthma 13 to 18 years old; asthma adult, COPD, and other respiratory conditions (including cystic fibrosis, bronchiolitis and bronchiectasis). All nominations will also be eligible for the Cody Forbes Award for Courage. For more information or to download a nomination form, visit Nominations close on February 28.

Dreaming of kakapo in the backyard While we love reminiscing over at the year gone by, looking ahead and imagining the future it just as inspiring. Independent Herald reporter Julia Czerwonatis talked to a Johnsonville local whose job it is to be aspirational and make plans for our city’s future: the Mayor of Wellington Justin Lester. How often do you think about the future? Every day. It’s something that I have always done. Right from when I was a young person, I was always thinking five to 10 years ahead what I want to do. Did you mean you dream about the future or did you make actual plans? Not dreaming but having a strategy or a plan. I’d plan five years real and 10 years with ideas. With you being a mayor it’s part of your job to plan ahead. So what aspects do you have to consider when planning Wellington’s future? It’s five aspects; resilience, transport, housing, a decade of culture so celebrating Wel-

Mayor of Wellington, Justin Lester. PHOTO: Wellington Suburban Newspaper File

lington as an arts and culture destination, and sustainable economy, so making sure

Wellington’s selfless, optimistic and generous citizens were honoured for their service at the annual Kiwibank Local Hero Awards in December. As part of the awards, 39 Wellington locals received medals. “[The] recipients are selfless, loving and dedicated people who have all impacted the Wellington Region in unique ways,” Peeni Henare of the Minister for Community and Voluntary Sector, says. “The positive difference they have made to the lives of others cannot be overstated.

“It’s important communities take time to reflect and acknowledge the special place these people hold in our lives.” Recipients for Wellington included: Colleen Johnston (Berhampore); Catherine Raizis (Hataitai); Wallace Patrick Haumaha (Johnsonville); Patricia Thompson (Kelburn); Barbara Halliwell (Miramar); Donna Kennedy (Northland); Mark Dunajtschik (Oriental Bay); Alex Hannant (Te Aro); Raewyn McLaren (Wellington); Ian McLaren (Wellington); Lloyd Scott (Wellington);

Farida Sultana (Wellington); Laurie Foon (Wellington); and Heather Henare (Wellington). Mark Stephen, Kiwibank acting chief executive officer says many of the medal winners are unsung heroes, whose selflessness has had a profound effect on the lives of so many in the community. “Those acts of charity, optimism and commitment are what make New Zealand such a special place to live in. We think it’s important for us to give thanks to these people and that’s why we sponsor the awards.”

Laurie Foon is one of 39 Kiwibank Local Hero awardees from Wellington. PHOTO: Wellington Suburban Newspaper File



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There will be a big statue outside Parliament of our best ever prime minister, Jacinda Ardern. There will be lots of high rises. The CBD population will probably be a round 200,000 and people will walk because that’s how everyone gets around. You will be able to get the light rail from the eastern suburbs in Hataitai into the city. You will be able to cycle along separated cycleways, and people will be able to take a tunnel from Mount Victoria all the way through to the other side of the Terrace without driving through the city. There’ll be not rats, not stoats, no weasels. We will be pest free and there’ll be native birds all over the show like there are now, just a lot more. And there will be kiwi and kakapo in the backyards of people.

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there’re lots of jobs for people living and moving here. That’s our five focus areas, but we’re doing lots of things outside of that. Are there certainties when you plan or is this all uncertain? No, we can plan for the certainties and for what we’re doing. We can’t plan for what might happen externally, for example, we can’t plan for an earthquake. But we can plan for what we do to prepare for the earthquake. Is it exciting for you to plan ahead? Absolutely. It’s nice to deliver what you said you’d do. It gives you a sense of achievement. I want to live in a great city, I want Wellingtonians to be proud of the city and other New Zealanders as well, and I think we’re doing that. If we looked further ahead, say 100 years. What would your utopian Wellington look like?

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