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Thursday March 29, 2018

LETTERS to the editor

Continued from page 8.

PC council intent on ridding exotic trees Dear Editor; About those Worser Bay pine and macrocarpa trees ruthlessly cut down (CSN Apr. 22), I suspect Mr Cryer thinks what he doesn’t say, but I do: our ever-PC city council seizes every chance to get rid of exotic trees, and replace them with native trees, each time on the transparent excuse that those exotic trees are a potential danger. I’ve seen this happen before in recent years. In fact, the city council is so PC that it ringbarked some young pohutukawa trees because, though native to New Zealand

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(sorry, Aotearoa!), they weren’t native to the Wellington region! I love all trees, both native and exotic; and though I know some exotic trees are not deep-rooted, so liable to being blown down in gales, damage and injuries to properties and people have been very rare. I shouldn’t be surprised if the city council has been got at by the Government mob that used to be known as OSH. It became notorious for wanting everyone, notably children, to be so “cotton-woolled” as to be 100 percent safe from accidents, infections, and

attacks. I believe it has been renamed, which isn’t surprising. My imminent “natural burial” at Makara requires a native tree to be the one whose roots will share with the worms a banquet of my rotting corpse and coffin. I’ve requested a rimu; but if an exotic tree had also been allowed, an oak, ash, sycamore, or fir tree would have been as good as a rimu, in my opinion as a born Kiwi. H Westfold, Miramar (abridged)

Council officer’s remarks on tree felling incorrect Dear Editor, In response to last week’s story about the destruction of a glade of historic trees in Worser Bay, Paul Andrews, Council Manager for Parks, Sport and Recreation makes a statement that is factually incorrect. I make three simple observations about Mr Andrews remarks: 1. The claim that the trees were dangerous is incorrect. The trees were not adjacent to Awa Road or any properties in the area and posed no threat to anyone. 2. The claim that the trees had to be clear felled because of the terrain is also incorrect. Any qual-

ified arborist could have removed or trimmed any vulnerable trees as in fact the Council has done at this location on previous occasions. 3. It was also not a matter of not “having the luxury of allowing nature to run its course” The trees were nowhere near the end of their natural life and had at least 40 or more years remaining. I regret that I cannot be more specific but by any accounting, it was certainly longer than the natural life of the current Council. Yours faithfully John Cryer Miramar

Pupils get moving – and dressing up – for Movin’ March

ABOVE: Lachie Sutherland and Stanley Carter in front of dozens of scooters ridden to school by fellow pupils. PHOTO: Hilleke Townsend RIGHT: Island Bay School pupils, from left, Luca Hiotakis, Lola Doyle, Connie Wiles, Alfie Doyle, George Doyle, Fionn Page and the teacher Alice Domett dressed in costumes for their “WOW Family Day” as part of Movin’ March.  PHOTO: Hilleke Townsend

Island Bay students went all-out with their teachers and parents, dressing themselves up as well as their scooters, bikes and helmets to celebrate WOW (Walking Or Wheeling) Family Day with the school last Friday. Back for its third year in Wellington and held from March 5

to 29, Movin’ March was organised by Greater Wellington Regional Council together with local councils to encourage more active ways for children to get to school, be it walking, cycling, skating or scootering. Greater Wellington school travel coordinator Kirsty Barr

says fun activities included the WOW Passport Challenge, a popular highlight. “Students who walk or wheel their way to school get their passport stamped and go into the draw to win one of six $300 Avanti vouchers.” T here wa s a lso a post er

competition, pa rent photo competition a nd plenty of class activities to engage the children and also get them moving. Both pupils and teachers at Island Bay Schools helped celebrate the month with the WOW Family Day event, with

many dressing as superheroes or in onesies. Teacher Alice Domett says the school has benefited from the month of awareness, which pupils “absolutely love”. “We have seen a noticeable decrease in car traffic at the school gate.”

New traffic roundabout for Island Bay foreshore Work is set to start on implementing new traffic and pedestrian safety measures at the intersection of The Esplanade and Reef Street in Island Bay. The work, which will include construction of a new traffic roundabout, is part of a range of changes in the area that are about improving the safety and efficiency of bus movements. Wellington City Council’s Transport Strategy Portfolio Leader, Chris Calvi-Freeman,

says the $400,000 project will improve safety for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists in the area as well as make life easier for bus drivers. “The new roundabout on the foreshore will enable buses to turn around safely – and will be a traffic-calming measure. It will help to slow traffic heading along the Esplanade – meaning it’ll improve safety for people crossing the road to get to and from the beach.”

Chris says the project includes the shifting of the bus stops in the area and the provision of new lay-over areas for buses. He says the removal of trolley buses from the Island Bay route has allowed the bus turnaround area to be shifted. “For years the buses have turned at the intersection of The Parade and Reef Street. It’s quite a constricted intersection – and it’s not ideal from a traffic safety and visibility point-of-view.”

The project is funded by Greater Wellington Regional Council. Its Sustainable Transport Committee Chair, Barbara Donaldson, says the Esplanade and Reef Street work is readying one end of Wellington’s busiest bus routes for the new network rollout. “Island Bay bus users will be one of the first passengers riding in the new all-electric double-decker buses. Higher capacity double-decker buses carrying more passengers at peak

times will reduce the number of buses on the road,” Barbara says. “The new high-frequency North-South bus route 1 travels along The Parade via Rintoul St to Wellington CBD and on to Johnsonville and other northern suburbs. “People will be able to turn up and go, waiting no more than approximately 10 minutes weekday during the daytime and 15 minutes weekend during the daytime.”

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