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Residents confront council over planned change to key bus route Continued from page 1. And they are fed up with what appears to be a lack of compromise following what they believe was a lack of consultation. Greater Wellington, which manages the region’s public transport routes and timetables, is reforming its entire bus network in a bid to make it “more connected, consistent and one that offers more choices,” according to its Metlink website. From July 15, the No.14 bus route, which currently runs from Wilton to Kilbirnie, will now only run to Hataitai before returning via another road. Commuters wanting to continue would have to disembark and

catch the higher-frequency No.2 “East-West spine” service. Karen Serjeantson, whose daughter Meaghan attends St Catherine’s College, says cutting the No.14 route would be disastrous for students who live in Hataitai and Roseneath but attend schools further south. “It could now take them 45 minutes to get to school.” Another parent, Maire Smith, says her two daughters attend Roseneath School but have extra-curricular activities at the Kilbirnie Aquatic Centre and ASB Sports Centre after school. She finds it “terrifying” that they would have to get off the No.2 and wait for the No.14 in Hataitai village in the dark in

the middle of winter. Maire says her only option will be to drive to pick them up, which goes against Greater Wellington’s push to get more people out of cars and into public transport. Another local, Tom Halliburton, says elderly bus users would also be worse off, given many commute to Kilbirnie to do grocery shopping and would have to wait up to another half an hour for the connecting buses each way. In response, Greater Wellington general manager of public transport Wayne Hastie told submitters the council would look at diverting one of the school bus routes that go to Rongotai

Dealing with sea level rise: Who should pay? We need to wake up to the financial and opportunity cost of continuing our protection measures against sea level rise a city councillor says. Wellington City Council’s Climate Change Portfolio Leader, David Lee, says sealevel rise is an issue the council cannot avoid. It’s one of the main issues it is facing as part of one of its priority areas in the 2018-28 Long-Term Plan – resilience and the environment. The City Council has spent $1 million on the construction of a 150-metre long concrete seawall on The Esplanade between Island Bay and Owhiro Bay. The seawall was built to prevent a repeat of the severe damage inflicted by huge seas in a southerly storm in 2013. The Council viewed the seawall as necessary to prevent storm damage in the immediate area and to mitigate the

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effects of rising sea levels. It may be one of many more high seawalls to be built around Wellington’s south coast and harbour in coming years. So David says it’s timely to start a conversation about how seawalls are prioritised against other infrastructure spend big

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