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Upper Hutt Leader : June 8th 2011
23 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JUNE 8, 2011 Our Region News from the Greater Wellington Regional Council June/July 2011 www.gw.govt.nz Baring Head has been open for four months. It's a spectacular spot to visit, with stunning views, dramatic cliffs and the Baring Head lighthouse... But there's still work to be done on a management plan, which will include guidelines for activities in the park. Greater Wellington has already completed some research on Baring Head's environmental, historic and heritage values, as well as tourism opportunities, with part of the research including a public workshop in November last year. Now the public has an opportunity to take part in an online forum on the future of Baring Head. Until the end of July, you can give your views on how the site should be managed and what sort of activities should be planned for the future. Baring ahead facebook.com/GreaterWellington twitter.com/greaterwgtn Spring to the street Is the winter weather is getting you down? There's hope! Greater Wellington's Spring to the Street Challenge, with fabulous prizes on offer, starts this September. The challenge rewards you for exploring your transport options -- including to carpool, bus, train, ferry, bike and walk. The more journeys you make, the more points you earn. Let's show off the region's transport options and get amongst the Rugby World Cup celebrations. Check out the Greater Wellington website for details and prizes to be won. www.gw.govt.nz Let's cut costs -- Let's Carpool Soaring petrol prices have boosted the amount of people signing up for Let's Carpool, Greater Wellington's carpooling programme. More than 1,800 people have registered, with around 54 per month in the past 12 months. But in March this year, when petrol prices rose well above the $2 mark, registrations jumped to more than 80. Let's Carpool is a safe, easy way to find potential carpoolers. Simply key in some details on the website about your work journey, and the search is done for you. www.letscarpool.govt.nz What have we learned? Lessons from Christchurch Digging in for our region Join a planting day this winter The amazing folding bike Vouchers on offer The Baring Head lighthouse How our region is governed -- your thoughts? Are you interested in how the Wellington region is governed? Are the region's current local governance arrangements best-suited for taking the region into the future? If you're interested in these issues, make sure you read and provide feedback on a recent report prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers on regional governance. The report, commissioned by the Wellington Mayoral Forum, looks at the current local government arrangements in the Wellington region and provides ideas on how the region's governance structures might be improved. The forum has agreed that each council in the region seeks feedback on the report. The Greater Wellington Regional Council is keen to encourage community discussion on this issue and hear your thoughts on the form and function of the region. The consultation closes on 30 June. If you would like to read the report and make a submission, see: www.gw.govt.nz/regional-governance Otaki Waikanae Paraparaumu Porirua Wellington Lower Hutt Upper Hutt The Wellington region Castlepoint The research, and feedback from the online forum, will help determine the content of a draft management plan for Baring Head, which will go out for public consultation in late 2011/early 2012. Baring Head is part of East Harbour Regional Park. You can visit Baring Head by following Wainuiomata's Coast Road for 14km from the Moores Valley roundabout to the park entrance. To take part in the online forum on Baring Head, and for reports on research into the site, see: www.gw.govt.nz/baring-head Masterton
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