Thursday June 21, 2018
inbrief news Fairness ‘up to standard’ The vast majority of the public believe the Broadcasting Standards Authority’s decisions on its Fairness Standard are robust, according to a survey. The standard requires broadcasters to treat individuals and organisations taking part or referred to in a broadcast fairly and considers complaints about whether this standard has been breached. Fifty-six people in focus groups considered complaints about a tiler featured on The Block: Villa Wars, a politician in an item on Newshub, and members of the public filmed during items on Story and Seven Sharp. An average of 90 percent of them rated the BSA’s four decisions as very good, good or acceptable.
Future of Antarctica under spotlight Choices made in the next decade will have long-term consequences for Antarctica and the globe, according to research published today in Nature. The authors, including Victoria University of Wellington’s Professor Tim Naish, are from the world’s leading Antarctic and climate change institutes and are experts in a range of disciplines, including biology, oceanography, glaciology, geophysics. They say Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are closely coupled to the rest of the globe and so change in the region will have widespread consequences for the Earth and humanity.
Retailers pull ionisation smoke alarms All major DIY stores have agreed to stop selling ionisation smoke alarms following a request from Consumer NZ. A recent test found ionisation-type smoke alarms performed so poorly that the watchdog called for retailers to pull them from their shelves. All stores Consumer contacted about their ionisation alarms agreed to stop selling them. Consumer NZ head of testing Dr Paul Smith welcomed the news. “Removing a product that doesn’t perform a critical safety task effectively is a major win for New Zealand consumers.”.
Hataitai church now empty due to earthquake risk By Jamie Adams
Another building in Hataitai is facing an uncertain future thanks to the power of Mother Nature. The 100-year-old Anglican All Saints Church on Hamilton Road has been vacant in recent weeks after its owners were given the bad news about its ability to withstand a major earthquake. “Since the Christchurch 2011 earthquake, buildings have been given different building standards for earthquake risk,” Reverend Ben Arcus says. The Wellington Regional Diocese was originally told the church had to be at least 34 percent of the Building Code. Now it needs to be at 67 percent of the code by 2024. A further blow came when an engineer’s report confirmed the building was only at 15 percent of the code, prompting the diocese to conclude that it was too unsafe to function in. “We are no longer able to occupy the building while it is not up to standard.” Ben says the church was unaffected by the 2016 Kaikoura quake that led to CBD buildings being condemned, as that was a prolonged rolling quake that mainly damaged steel. “A short sharp one would knock down a brick building like this.”
Other churches within the region’s Anglican Diocese have had to close for the same reason. As a consequence, Sunday services have been held in the main hall of the church’s neighbouring conference centre, which was established in 2013. Ben says “it was of great fortune” to have the centre, given it took “50-60 years” of fundraising and, much lobbying by the previous vicar, to see it come into existence. “It’s been done to a high [earthquake] standard with plenty of noise reduction. “So while this is unsettling news, it is not the total disaster that some parishes have faced. “My guess it could take $1 million to strengthen it. We are not doing anything until we get the quotes. We’ll know in the next couple of months. “Then we have to ask is it worth the cost of strengthening or should we build a new one, or does it need to remain standing as a heritage building?” Ben will hold a Q&A session between Sunday services to answer any questions people may have. Another Hataitai building, the former bowling clubroom off Hataitai Road, is also facing an uncertain future due to earthquake risk.
All Saints Vicar Ben Arcus in front of the yellowstickered Anglican Church building. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
Single way to pay for public transport a step closer A single way to pay for your bus, train or ferry service is a step closer today following the call for interest from the market to provide a national integrated ticketing solution using world-leading technology. “Wellington is working with other public transport authorities across the country and the New Zealand Transport Agency to deliver a state-ofthe-art way of paying for travel
on buses, trains and ferries,” says Barbara Donaldson, chair of Greater Wellington’s Sustainable Transport Committee. “We’re particularly excited to be the first region to go live with the new system in the next couple of years.” “Providing a fully integrated ticketing system is a key part of our transformation of Wellington’s Metlink public transport network and our customers tell us they want a single way
to pay on all Metlink services, because it will make their travel and their lives simpler. “People are used to using a single card or a phone to pay for a range of services and products. We need to keep up with their expectations, otherwise we risk losing customers to other forms of transport.” Barbara says a single national ticketing system means duplication across councils can be abolished and costs are shared
with a range of organisations, “which is good for ratepayers”. “It’s been a long and complex project getting to this point but the benefits to customers of having a single, national way to pay for public transport will be ground-breaking in New Zealand. “In the interim, we’re about to introduce Snapper as the single electronic payment system on all Metlink buses across Greater Wellington.”
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