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Thursday June 14, 2018

inbrief news Wastewater upgrade in CBD Council subsidiary Wellington Water will begin work on Monday at the corner of Victoria and Dixon streets on an important upgrade of the central city’s wastewater network. The six-month project will include the construction of a new underground pump station at Volunteer Corner and an upgrade of the pipes beneath Dixon St that connect to the wastewater mains on Willis St. Wellington Water spokeswoman Tonia Haskell says the project will also provide additional resilience to the city’s wider wastewater network. The project is anticipated to be completed by the end of the year.

Vulnerable customers done over: Survey Consumers getting their electricity from prepay power retailer Globug are more likely to get bad service, Consumer NZ’s latest satisfaction survey has found. Consumer NZ head of research Jessica Wilson said Globug’s ratings were alarming because the company provides power to some of the most vulnerable consumers. Globug customers must pay for power in advance. They also pay a fee (from 20c to 75c) each time they top up their meter. The survey found a significant number of households were having trouble paying their bills.

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What you see (or hear) is what you eat, promises chef By Jamie Adams

A special film screening at Miramar’s Roxy Cinema tonight will add another sense to the audio-visual experience of filmgoing. Eat The Film combines fine dining with film viewing, but with a difference – patrons actually eat what’s being shown or described on screen. Organised by Nic Spicer, the head chef of Roxy’s restaurant Coco, the multi-course degustation is one of several events as part of the Loemis festival, which celebrates the winter solstice. It will be presented whenever food is referenced at certain intervals during the screening of the original 1973 version of The Wicker Man, an appropriatelythemed film for the solstice. “This is the seventh film we’ve done but the first time with Loemis. We’ve previously done them for movies like Reservoir Dogs and Blade Runner,” Nic

says. “Versions of this have been done around the world - for example, cinemas in London have served antipasta – but we were the first to do a five-course degustation.” “We try to pace it so something is served every 20 minutes.” Nic says putting together a menu based around food references wasn’t as hard as it sounded. “The film is based around pagan rituals of harvest and growing produce on the island so the menu came together very quickly. “There’s a mix of ways we’ve done it. They will either be literally eating what the characters are eating on screen, or it could be based on a double entendre or play on words.” To minimise disruption, patrons will have a large box by their feet to dispose of crockery before the next meal arrives. Waiting staff will be discreet and

Coco Restaurant head chef Nic Spicer’s Eat The Film event celebrates the winter solstice. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

lighting will be kept dim. As for just what will be served, patrons will have to find out on the night. Eat The Film is part of a series held around Wellington for the Loemis festival. Another event is the final ritual passage of Seraphina, an art installa-

tion currently on display at the Central Library, which will be carried to the Whairepo Lagoon then floated out and set on fire. The procession will begin from the library on June 21 at 5.30pm.  To buy tickets to Eat The Film go to www.loemis.nz/wicker. html.

Billions to be spent on projects as council’s 10-Year Plan is passed Wellington City Council’s 10-Year Plan is ready for adoption, after the Mayor and councillors passed the proposed plan at last Wednesday’s deliberation session. “The 10-Year Plan gives us the mandate to move ahead on our plans for resilience, housing, transport, a sustainable economy and the creative and cultural sector,” Mayor Justin Lester says. The plan involves investing $2.31 billion in capital projects which the mayor says will ensure Wellington remains safe, inclusive, crea-

tive, sustainable and futurefocused. Projects over the next 10 years include building a 35 million-litre reservoir under Prince of Wales Park in Mt Cook; spending $280m on improving key transport corridors, wastewater and water infrastructure; building 22 community water stations at a cost of $118.5m; a partnership with NZ Transport Agency and Greater Wellington Regional Council costing $122m to transform transport infrastructure; and spending $111m on cultural venues to

ensure their ongoing future and enhance their accessibility for artists. Funding all these things will require an increase in rates, which was originally proposed at 4.5 percent. However this has come down to an average increase of 3.8 percent a year over the 10 years. Justin says officers have worked hard to trim the fat and find alternative avenues of funding, despite cost increases around insurance. “For example, the New Zealand Transport Agency has increased its cap on funding,

which means a net gain for us of about $2m a year,” he says. The 10-Year Plan has strong public support - 72 percent of 2066 submissions agreed with the Council’s vision for Wellington. Justin also notes the city’s future was strongly represented, with 19-30-year-olds making up 25 percent of submitters despite being just 19 percent of the city’s population. Nearly 50 percent of submitters were aged 40 or under. The 10-Year Plan will be adopted at the full Council meeting on June 27.

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