Thursday May 24, 2018
Feedback sought Higher repair on potential standards needed as more EVs enter market property sales New standards will be introduced by the country’s largest body of panel beaters to cope with increasing numbers of electric vehicles (EVs), hybrids and vehicles equipped with advanced safety technology on Wellington roads. According to Ministry of Transport statistics, Wellington has the second highest rate of EV and hybrid ownership in NZ with 1015 registered throughout the region. Collision Repair Association spokesperson Neil Pritchard says the industry is moving to stay ahead of the rapid evolution in car manufacturing which is increasing the complexity of vehicle repairs. He says the lack of regulation in the collision repair market can create quality control issues for consumers. “With the increase of EVs, selfdriving technology, and new types of construction materials, vehicle manufacturing has seen more advancement over the last decade than over the past century,” Neil says “While EVs are touted as having a reduced need for mechanical servicing, when it comes to collision repairs, there is a significant increase in the risk and repair complexity to get them back on the road.” Neil says EVs bring with them their own set of challenges when damaged in an accident. “Like all alkali metals, lithium is highly reactive and flammable and the risk associated with lithium-ion batteries found in EVs
Capital & Coast DHB is seeking feedback over the coming weeks on potential plans to sell properties in Porirua and Wellington. The properties are 201 Warspite Avenue in Porirua and 2/2A Coromandel Street in Newtown, Wellington. The Newtown property consists of two buildings built during the 1970s and leased to a crèche and a charitable organisation, the Ewart building – also built in the 1970s – that is currently occupied by DHB staff and a small community welfare operation, and a vacant former nurses’ home built around 1910 that is subject to a heritage designation. “As a provider of hospital
Electric vehicle sales in Wellington are taking off, Neil Pritchard says. PHOTO: Supplied
adds a high level of complexity to the repair process, including potential electrocution of the repairer.” Pritchard says the elevated risk of fire also prevents the vehicle from entering a spray booth which means the panel beater must introduce processes specific to that type of vehicle to complete the repair. “At the same time, many new models entering the market have advancements in safety technology which allow the vehicle to proactively mitigate or avoid
collisions. “To accommodate this change, we are bringing in new international, service quality standards to the industry which will see repairers commit to ongoing training, equipment upgrades, annual inspections and audit processes before they can become a Licensed Collision Repairer in this market.” Neil says approved Collision Repair Association members around Wellington will display ‘Licensed Collision Repairer’ on their signage.
and healthcare services, maintaining and leasing properties is not core business for us,” said corporate services general manager Thomas Davis. “As such, these buildings and associated lands are not part of our future investment plans and we are considering disposal of them.” Anyone wishing to provide feedback on the intention to sell these properties should email Philip.butter@ccdhb. org.nz or write to him: Philip Butter, Level 4, Ward Support Block, Wellington Regional Hospital, Private Bag 7902, Wellington 6242. Feedback must be submitted and received by 5pm Friday June 1.
This property on Coromandel St, Newtown is one of two that are being considered for sale. PHOTO: Supplied
Pyjama appeal launched in time for winter Wellington Hospitals Foundation has launched a new Hospi’s Pyjamas for Winter Appeal, after significant demand from Wellington Regional Children’s Hospital for new pairs of pyjamas to keep sick kids warm at night. The appeal will help many kids in the Wellington region stay warm and well this winter. The hospital sees a significant increase in the number of children who are admitted to hospital over the winter months. Many of these children come in to hospital without a pair of pyjamas. “This appeal will make a huge difference this winter for the many children who come to hospital,” Clinical Nurse Specialist Charlotte Stanczuk says. Community nurses also visit a number of children at their homes, many of whom do not have a warm pair of pyjamas to wear at night, which can help prevent them from being admitted to hospital this winter. “Pyjamas will be distributed to these children too.” Bill Day, Chair of Wellington
Wellington Children’s Hospital mascot Hospi, with patient Austen and his new pair of warm pyjamas. PHOTO: Supplied
Hospitals Foundation, encourages Wellingtonians to get behind this appeal by donating a pair of size 2-10 flannelette pyjamas, or
making a donation online at whf. org.nz/donate/ and Hospi will buy a pair on your behalf! All donated pyjamas must be
brand new (to avoid infection risk) and can be dropped off at the reception of Wellington Hospital.
Alternatively they can be posted to Wellington Hospitals Foundation, Wellington Hospital Private Bag 7902, Wellington 6242.
Cook Strait News 24-05-18