Thursday April 5, 2018
Hataitai residents fight back over planned bus route change By Jamie Adams
A Roseneath teenager has launched an online petition opposing a change to a bus route through her area that would see its key service no longer run to and from Kilbirnie. Meaghan Serjeantson is took to change.org after Greater Wellington Regional Council announced the number 14 bus from Wilton to Kilbirnie/Rongotai would no longer run beyond Hataitai once Transurban takes over the majority of Wellington’s bus network in July. The council’s Metlink website advises that Kilbirnie commuters on the new route would need to disembark at Hataitai village and then board a No.2 bus. It says the move is being done to reduce overlap and duplication of services between Hataitai and Kilbirnie as it clashes with a core route. Meaghan points out that as well as Kilbirnie commuters, the No.14 bus serves students attending St. Patrick’s, Rongotai and St. Catherine’s colleges. She attends the latter. “Children from both Roseneath and Hataitai schools use the No.14 to get to/from these services, as well as adults,” she says on the petition. Her petition has, as of Wednesday, attracted 878 signatures. She aims to get it to 1000.
The Wellington Brass Band members celebrate with the Firemen’s Helmet trophy. PHOTO: Supplied
Wellington Brass Band wins Aussie title - again The Wellington Brass Band is once again the Trans-Tasman champion. The Australian national band championships took place in Melbourne over Easter weekend. This year’s competition saw over 70 bands and 3000 attendees compete throughout five main events. Competition is fierce with quality bands such as Brisbane Excelsior and Central Coast Concert Brass attending, and others from as far afield as South Korea also in the mix. Wellington Brass produced stellar performances throughout the weekend and is pleased to report a clean sweep, winning each and every event they entered. In their concluding comments
the judges confirmed their placings in each event were unanimous, that the standard of the competition was high, but that Wellington Brass stood out from the rest as deserved winners. The Wellington Brass Band was undefeated over six competitions until last year when Brisbane Excelsior won the New Zealand Championship. “This is a fantastic outcome for Wellington and brilliant to see the band’s champion status reinstated,” Wellington Mayor Justin Lester says. “Obviously we’re delighted with how the event has gone,” band member Byron Newton says. “There is so much work that goes into producing perfor-
mances like this. The band is really committed to great music making, we have great supporters, and we’re all really proud of what we’ve done over here.” “It’s really cool to be able to attend competitions like this and play so well,” another member Mark Davey says. “We’ve had a challenging period replacing our long standing music director and we have some new young players in the band, but on stage everything clicked and seemed to work well. We’re delighted with the performances.” The record-equalling performance sees the Wellington Brass Band bring the famous Firemen’s Helmet trophy back to Wellington.
Comments from signatories have included concerns about the added risk for school children heading home, especially those who train at the ASB Sports Centre or the Kilbirnie Aquatic Centre. Others say the service is vital to those who don’t drive and that changes to it make no sense. A Hataitai resident who spoke to the Cook Strait News, Leah Maxwell, is frustrated the decision was made last year, according to council communication, yet the first public notice asking for feedback was in February. “Most Hataitai and Kilbirnie residents are still oblivious to the upcoming changes as it has been kept fairly quiet. There aren’t notices on the No.14 bus notifying of changes nor has there been any mail drop,” Leah says. Greater Wellington senior engagement advisor Peter Thornbury says Kilbirnie commuters will still be able to get there from Hataitai village after transferring to another bus free of charge with Snapper card. “It would connect with buses coming in from the tunnel within half an hour.” Peter says the council’s aim with new routes and transfer hubs is to get more people boarding high-frequency buses, such as the No.2 on the East-West “spine”, to improve efficiency and create a simpler network.
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