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Wednesday January 24, 2018

readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: What do you think about our Prime Minister’s pregnancy?

Michelle Perera, Johnsonville “I think it’s great news to be honest. She seems happy.”

Sarah Marshall, Johnsonville “I think it’s cool.”

Lucy Westphall, Churton Park “It might be hard to manage everything with her work, but she can do whatever she wants.”

Cycle racks for buses wanted

Letters on issues of community interest are welcomed. Guidelines are that they should be no longer than 150 words. They must be signed and a street address provided to show good faith, even if a nom de plume is provided for publication. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to news@ Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

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Marianne Bishop, Newlands “It’s great news. I wish people wouldn’t make such a fuss of it.”

Saurabh Mane, Westphall “Nothing, really.”


LETTERS to the editor

Dear Editor, Many Dunedin buses have in the front [of the vehicle] a cycle rack to

Eleanore Brown, Newlands “I think it’s good; it’s fantastic news.”

carry passenger bikes. Some Newland buses offer the same service. As a pensioner living in Newlands, I am very grateful as my e-bike needs a little assistance going up Ngauranga George. With the proposed restructuring of our public bus service will Bike transport by bus be encouraged? Cecil Duff, Newlands

In Johnsonville a house in Fraser Avenue that is currently vacant and furnished for display purposes was broken into. The lock on the rear door was jemmied and forced open to gain access. An alarm was activated. It is unclear at this stage if anything was stolen. Another house in Fraser Avenue was broken into. Access was through a forced bathroom window and a toilet was damaged during entry. The property was undergoing renovation and some timber was taken. A silver Subaru Forester sta-

tionwagon, parked overnight within the property of a house in Erris Street, was stolen. Multiple cases of shoplifting have been reported involving wide variety of products from numerous stores. In most cases the offenders have been identified either by camera footage or by observation or the registration of the vehicle they drove off in. An audacious attempt to obtain money by deception occurred when a victim responded to a Facebook offer to sell a cellphone for $700. The victim agreed to meet the seller during the early evening in Ironside Road.

During the handover of the cash the victim was knocked over by the seller who grabbed the cash and ran off. The box which was thought to have contained the sale item was found to be full of stones and paper. In Newlands a green Peugeot hatchback parked locked and secure overnight in the driveway of a house in Black Rock Road, was stolen. In Ngaio a silver Honda Civic saloon parked in Perth Street had its rear registration plate stolen. In Ngauranga a silver and blue Foxeng trailer was stolen from a commercial car park.

Strengthening work continues on Ngaio Gorge Major strengthening work will continue on Ngaio Gorge Road next month as part of the long term project to improve resilience on this key transport route. A new 45-metre concrete anchored wall, with a 100-year design life, will be the main feature being built opposite the area of houses numbered around 89-93 Ngaio Gorge Road, as well as new footpaths, hand rails, and landscaped grass areas. The concrete wall was installed after several major slips last July and August. Wellington City Council’s portfolio leader for transport strategy and operations Chris Calvi-Freeman, says this just the latest stage in a progression of works designed to strengthen key transport routes and structures. “We’ve already done major resilience work around the city, including strengthening of tunnels, retaining walls and seawalls, and previous work on Ngaio Gorge Road to secure a viable alternative route out of the city to the north.

“This approximately $1.4 million project is part of our planned work in our Long Term Plan. We are also considering options for how best to permanently secure the slope affected by the landslides last year, but a decision is unlikely to be made on this until later this year,” the councillor adds. The work is programmed to start mid-February, and is estimated to take up to 26 weeks weather permitting. Two traffic lanes will be open as usual at peak times, but traffic will be reduced to one lane around the Ngaio Gorge Road work sites between 9am and 4pm, Monday to Friday, and on Saturdays between 8am and 4pm. Temporary traffic lights and traffic management will be in place, so people driving should expect short delays during the day. Safe access for pedestrians will be provided at all times. The earthquake strengthening of the concrete wall is being constructed by Construction Technique to a design by Opus International Consultants.

Temporary traffic management will be in place during the strengthening work. PHOTO: Supplied.

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