Thursday July 5, 2018
CBD plant boxes now part of Newtown landscape Mechanical Tempest’s Arthur Price next to the plant boxes that now line the former Caltex station site. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
inbrief news Hospital services continue As the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) withdrew its strike notice for tomorrow, hospital and community services in Wellington, Porirua and Kapiti will continue as normal on that day. On Monday the union recommended its members accept a collective agreement offer from district health boards very similar to a $520 million offer that was rejected. Nurses’ online voting on the offer runs until Monday, meaning the planned July 5 strike will no longer happen. Patients notified to come to Wellington Regional Hospital tomorrow should attend their appointment. Contingency planning continues for strike action set down for Thursday, July 12.
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By Jamie Adams
The CBD’s loss is Newtown’s gain as plant boxes that had infiltrated Tory St have moved to a new home on Riddiford St. The old Caltex site, which has hosted community bike repair workshop Mechanical Tempest since February, has inherited the plant boxes which had originally been installed in the carriageway of Tory St as part of a temporary council-backed revitalisation project. With Tory St reverted to being a two-way thoroughfare there was a need to relocate the boxes somewhere – an opportunity members of Newtown’s
community took advantage of. Newtown Festival organiser Martin Hanley says it the result of collaboration with Council community liaison officer Ray Tuffin, who had suggested the Caltex site for the boxes. “He t a l ke d wit h u rba n planners and asked where in Newtown they could go,” Martin says. While some of the furniture has gone to a pop-up community centre in the former Salvation Army second-hand store across the road, the plant boxes now serve as a perimeter to Mechanical Tempest’s work site.
Spokesman Arthur Price says the volunteer group is rapt to have inherited them as it makes the site more attractive. “It makes it much better. Next step is to get rid of the fence. It’s there for security and it’s great to have, but with these plant boxes and others from the community gardeners’ group we’ll have a fully enclosed space,” Arthur says. Mechanical Tempest operates a bike repair service three nights a week based on donations, as well as advice on how to maintain bicycles. It works alongside ReBicycle, which restores and gives away bikes that were other-
wise destined for the landfill. “It’s really awesome to have a big space that can be utilised by the community.” The boxes won’t remain in place permanently as neither the Newtown Festival trust nor Mechanical Tempest own the site, but Martin hopes they can find a suitable long-term location for them when the time comes to move. In the meantime the trust plans to make use of the empty space between the shipping containers by developing a removable plywod dancefloor which Martin aims to have built in time for next year’s festival.
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Electric vehicle (EV) chargers are planned for the capital – and Wellington City Council wants the public to have their say on where they’ll go. The initiative will help drive Council’s goal of a low-carbon capital city, and support its contribution to reducing the impacts of climate change. Around one in four Wellingtonians can’t charge EVs at their own property as they don’t have off-street parking or due to topography, which limits their adoption. Council is publicly consulting on the 34 proposed residential locations for the chargers. To have your say before 5pm Friday July 13, go to wcc.govt.nz/evtrial.
Correction Last week’s lead article about the celebration of Eid at Newtown Library stated that fasting during the month of Ramadan was an act of worship to the Prophet Muhammed. It is in fact an act of worship to Allah, as Muslims do not worship any person. To clarify, adherents of Ramadan are also prohibited from drinking liquids, sexual relations with spouses, and some other activities during daytime. Also, Mohammed Zewada, who was quoted in the story, is no longer an imam of Kilbirnie Mosque.
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