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Thursday April 12, 2018

inbrief news

Cautious approval of light rail running through Newtown

Local banks pip Aussies for satisfaction Local banks have outstripped the big four Australian banks for service in Consumer NZ’s latest survey. Consumer NZ chief executive Sue Chetwin said the survey found locallyowned TSB had the happiest customers with 87 percent very satisfied with the bank’s service. The Co-operative Bank was close behind with a satisfaction score of 82 percent, followed by Kiwibank with a rating of 71 percent. Aussie-owned banking giants ANZ and ASB ranked last with 52 percent, also standing out for their upselling practices.

Poppy Appeal begins The Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association (RNZRSA) yesterday launched the 2018 Poppy Appeal, which provides vital funds that support New Zealand’s 41,000 veterans, returned servicemen and women and their families. Poppy Day will take place this year on Friday April 20. This year’s appeal will include addressing mental health needs of our country’s younger veterans who have served overseas in recent operations.


There has been positive reaction to a proposed light rail system through Newtown, though there is still concern about whether it should be a priority. The billion-dollar proposal was mooted last week by Wellington mayor Justin Lester who believes there is a “strong likelihood” of it happening under current government transport policy. The proposal would see a new railway line installed through the CBD and extended along Adelaide Rd and Riddiford St to Wellington Zoo from where there would then be a tunnel to Kilbirnie and another to the airport. Rhona Carson is in favour as long as the route takes local businesses and amenities into consideration. While the president of the Newtown Residents Association could not speak for the organisation at this point, her personal view was that light rail would need to be done in a way that supports the suburb’s

existing infrastructure. “In general I approve but would want to be consulted on the design of anything that goes through Newtown. I would want our local amenities and our Newtown streetscape protected,” Rhona says. Cycling advocate Patrick Morgan, who also lives in Newtown, wants light rail to be a solution for the worsening traffic jams on Riddiford St and round the Basin Reserve during rush hour. To resolve traffic congestion the council needs to invest in efficient modes of transportation, he says. “Nothing beats light rail for moving loads of people,” Patrick says. John Rankin, a representative of lobby group Fair Intelligent Transport (FIT) Wellington, says that for light rail to flourish in Newtown, Wellington City Council would need to work with the community closely and extensively to ensure that the design accommodates everyone. “That means lots of public meetings, lots of mock-ups of

What the proposed light rail system could look like along Newtown’s Manchester St next to Wellington Zoo. IMAGE: Supplied

different design options, being realistic about the potential for disruption during construction,” John says. “Successful light rail projects take a ‘whole of street’ approach, from property line to property line. This is particularly important in a place like Newtown which has a vibrant streetscape.” Rongotai MP Paul Eagle

says while many residents are supportive of light rail, the key to its full endorsement is engagement with them and local business once a route and its impact is identified. “I’ve had many, many residents – particularly those living in the eastern suburbs – who would like to see a second Mt Victoria tunnel built as a priority.”

Outward Bound Scholarships

Island Bay cycleway draft designs now online, feedback welcome

Those 18-26 who support worthy causes or invest time to help others can now apply online for Outward Bound scholarships for 2018. The 21-day Classic courses in the Marlborough Sounds for which the scholarships are available are: May 7-27, June 4-24, July 30- August 19 and August 27-September 16. The scholarship pays up to 75 percent of the fee. Participants need to cover the cost of a medical appointment and travel to and from Picton.

Draft concept cycleway designs for The Parade in Island Bay are now online. These plans reflect the redesign proposal that was agreed by most Wellington City councillors in September 2017. Between August 2016 and July 2017, the council worked with the Island Bay Residents Association, Cycle Aware Wellington and local businesses to set up a syndicate

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for a community-based design project looking at the future of Island Bay and The Parade. A community network, Love The Bay, was set up to involve everyone in place-making and design and public workshops were held in 2016 to establish a shared vision and goals for the community. More than 200 people attended, and several hundred more participated online. The

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(56 Onepu Road, Kilbirnie)

Work on The Parade is expected to begin later this year and to be completed by mid-2019. Anyone who can suggest ways to assist the designers during the detailed design phase can email transport@wcc.govt. nz.


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feedback received was used to develop options for how different parts of the bike paths and road layout could be treated. Following further public feedback, four design options went out for wider public consultation in June 2017. Over 3700 submissions were received. In September 2017, councillors agreed on a “compromise” design at the City Strategy Committee meeting.

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