Thursday March 15, 2018
Petitioner calls for local library to extend Saturday hours
Global climate mindset required A mindset of a shared responsibility for the planet is essential to bring transformative change in the fight against global warming, according to the organisers of the Pacific Climate Change Conference. Speaking at the conference, Victoria Business School lecturer Dr Pala Molisa says business as usual is broken. “We can’t continue with this extractive, growth-oriented approach to life. “We need a mindset of shared responsibility for Earth, our common home, and the natural resources it contains that are critical for life. “This has to involve grappling with the root causes of climate disruption in systems of power such as colonisation, patriarchy and capitalism.”
By Jamie Adams
A Newtown local has begun an electronic petition to have his suburban library open for more hours on a Saturday. Bernard O’Shaughnessy, a self-confessed “Newtown old guy” who has agitated on a number of local issues, wants the Saturday hours for Newtown Library to be extended to close at 4:30pm as the central, Karori, Kilbirnie and Tawa libraries presently are. In addition, a new library being built at Johnsonville for $22 million will close at 4:30 on Saturdays too. “The Newtown library has 133,000 visitors each year and is much loved by locals, school visits by many kids, and many tourists use the wi-fi standing outside in the rain,” Bernard says. Bernard says the council’s library manager was disinterested with his proposal, despite being told it would only cost an extra $15,000 a year. “He suggested I could take
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a bus which would take three minutes to Kilbirnie or go to the CBD in five minutes.” However Bernard says Newtown traffic is even worse on Saturdays and the options don’t take into account other activities people do locally. “Imagine being a parent with a couple of kids struggling to catch a bus when they should just be able to go to the local Saturday vege market then have the option to visit the local library in the afternoon.” Bernard’s ePetition on the Wellington City Council website has so far attracted 17 signatures and he hopes to get a lot more before it is scheduled to close on April 23. “I have gained support for this idea from sitting council members but they would like to see the result of support via the petition.” Acting manager of community networks Chris Hay says a decision would be based on the amount of community feedback followed by a consultation process.
Bernard O’Shaughnessy wants Newtown Library’s hours extended on Saturdays. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
“We will look a Saturday demand that’s evidence based. We are trying to balance services across the city to keep rates down.” He says the $22 million being spent in Johnsonville is from
an infrastructure budget, not operations, and the investment reflects expected population growth in the area. To support the ePetition go to “Have Your Say” on the council website.
Housing plan has few options for south and east By Jamie Adams
Councillor joins schoolkids for Walk2Work
Wellington City Council plans to inject almost $28 million into housing initiatives as part of its 10-year plan, something welcomed by a charity that deals with homelessness. Following a release of the funding announcement last month, Sean Gillespie, a spokesman for mayor Justin Lester, could not estimate how many houses and other dwellings would be built over the next 10 years but confirmed that consultation was underway for possible future urbanisation
Southern ward councillor Fleur Fitzsimons yesterday joined about 35 children from Island Bay and Saint Francis schools for a walk from Shorland Park to their schools to celebrate Walk2Work Day. The event was organised by Living Streets Aotearoa and was part of a day that encourages people to leave their car behind and walk to work. “We had kids of all ages, on scooters, bikes and walking as well as a few dogs and parents and a banana at the end as well as some apples provided by local MP Paul Eagle.” Fleur says She is keen to make it an annual event.
of rural-zoned land between Churton Park and Tawa (known as Upper Stebbings) which could result in 1600 to 2500 new dwellings. In addition, there was a proposal for a new development called Lincolnshire on the eastern side of the motorway north of Newlands and south of Grenada North. The current density settings allow for about 1000 more dwellings but if NZTA’s Petone to Grenada arterial highway goes ahead, it could make the area suitable for up to 2000 new dwellings. But when it comes to Wel-
lington’s southern and eastern suburbs, where the housing shortage is more chronic, geographic constraints make developing land for housing not an option for the council. Instead the focus will be on infill housing within existing suburbs, which already accounts for 35 percent of new dwellings, and development of new apartment buildings in the CBD, which account for 40 percent. “A review of the District Plan controls may be required to enable more land to be developed to meet this demand,” Sean says
in a statement. Wellington City Missioner Tric Malcolm says the Mission welcomes the housing plan, saying there are no surprises in it. “While this eventual increase in housing will not solve all affordable housing needs, it goes a long way towards addressing a problem that really sits with central government,” Tric says. “We still have an immediate housing crisis in the Wellington area though, so creative shortterm solutions are needed by both local and central government, as well as the wider community.”
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