Thursday January 25, 2018
Trolley bus wires to come down from tonight Residents of five streets in Lyall Bay should expect some disruption to their nighttime routines for a few weeks from tonight as the process of dismantling the overhead trolley bus wires begins. City council subsidiary Wellington Cable Car Limited have contracted Broadspectrum to decommission and dismantle the city’s entire overhead network.
The work is expected to take place every night from 7pm to 5am from January 25 to February 14 on certain sections of Onepu Road, Lyall Parade, Rua Street, Queens Drive and Sutherland Road. While the contractor will endeavour to keep noise to a minimum, especially after 10pm, there will be parking restrictions in place at the affected areas.
Council spokesman Richard MacLean says work will happen in stages across the city for the rest of the year. “Ninety-nine percent of it is happening in the middle of the night, so most people probably won’t notice it happening.” A section of trolley wires along Cobham Drive have already been removed. Council advises that vehicles left parked in the area may
be towed to a nearby street to enable crews to access the overhead network. Those affected should ring the council on 499 4444 for details on where their vehicle has been relocated. Residents that require assistance to enter or exit their properties during the restricted times for parking should consult with the Site Traffic Management supervisor.
School initiative aims to make pest eradication a career option By Jamie Adams
Two Wellington organisations have joined forces with Predator Free Wellington to get schools involved in eradicating pests. Papa Taiao Earthcare, a restoration training organisation, and Zealandia wildlife sanctuary have received funding to deliver pilot education programmes targeting primary and secondary schools in Wellington’s eastern suburbs. Called Unlocking Curious Minds, Papa Taiao has received a grant from the Ministry of Business Innovation and Enterprise to introduce a learning assessment to all secondary schools east of the Mt Victoria ridge. Z ea la ndia has received funding from Predator Free Wellington - a joint venture of Wellington City Council, Greater Wellington and the NEXT Foundation - to introduce a scheme to 14 primary schools in the same area. Papa Taiao founder Marty Taylor says such an initiative is in line with the organisation’s aim of getting more youth with an enterprising streak to consider a career in conservation. “What we are saying is you
Wellington confidence up: Survey A net 35 percent of the Wellington region’s households expect their local economy to strengthen this year, according to the Westpac-McDermott Miller Regional Economic Confidence survey for the December quarter. This is up from 26 percent in the September quarter, making the region the second most optimistic in the country. “A declining unemployment rate, increasing construction activity, and still rising house prices are all likely to have underpinned a positive outlook for the capital,” Westpac chief economist Dominick Stephens says. However the survey also notes households in the capital are not particularly positive about their own financial circumstances over the next 12 months.
Disaster response report released ABOVE: Makara School pupils Kimberly Hawke and Leila Barruard with a rat their school had caught as part of the Predator Free schools initiative. PHOTO: Darren van Hoof
can get NCEA qualifications in sustainability, trapping and enterprise. “The goal is to empower young people to participate in action towards a predator-free New Zealand.” Marty says Miramar Peninsula, which is already possum-free, is an ideal location for piloting a scheme that could be expanded nationwide if successful. “We are going into classes in the beginning of the year and will be there until term three.” Papa Taiao has already delivered a rural-based programme in the Far North and this one will see Wellington’s Predator Free groups work with schools
for the first time. “It will get students to focus on ways to improve their trapping and engage with the community to come up with new ideas for enterprises and technologies,” Papa Taiao’s Wellington co-ordinator Miriam Sherratt says. Zealandia lead ranger for education and youth Darren van Hoof says their programme will be more focused on creating awareness, as younger children may not be ready to trap and kill pests. “You might have a group of students who are happy to do trapping, but that’s just one component.” Funding ensures that all equip-
ment, such as tracking tunnels and trap boxes, will be provided for, giving schools an incentive to invest in the programme. Predator Free Wellington project manager James Wilcocks says he is “absolutely stoked” with the progress and looks forward to its implementation. “Schools are a huge part of any community and our goal of creating the world’s first predator-free city depends on all aspects of the community working together.” While project is a trial, subject to review after two terms, James is confident it will expand to other areas as it were the schools that pushed to get involved.
Civil Defence Minister Kris Faafoi has released a report into how New Zealand responds to natural disasters and emergencies and will meet key groups to discuss its recommendations. The Ministerial Review - ‘Better Responses to Natural Disasters and other Emergencies in New Zealand’ - was started by the previous Government last year and had cross-party support. A technical advisory group (TAG) was formed to provide advice on the most appropriate ways to support effective responses to natural disasters and other emergencies. Kris says the report from the TAG makes a number of recommendations and these will be carefully considered as he meets with local authorities, iwi and other groups over the next few months.
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