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Upper Hutt Leader : June 8th 2011
26 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JUNE 8, 2011 KAPITI Nigel Wilson T 04 905 0583, 021 284 3339 firstname.lastname@example.org LOWER HUTT Peter Glensor T 04 586 4119, 027 241 5152 email@example.com Sandra Greig T 04 586 0847, 027 640 8681 firstname.lastname@example.org Prue Lamason T045667283,F045662606 021 858 964 email@example.com PORIRUA-TAWA Jenny Brash T 04 233 8217, 027 354 4233 firstname.lastname@example.org Barbara Donaldson T/F 04 237 0773, 021 976 747 email@example.com UPPER HUTT Paul Swain T 04 528 7830, 021 270 9113 firstname.lastname@example.org WAIRARAPA Gary McPhee 027 457 5363 email@example.com WELLINGTON Judith Aitken T 04 475 8969, 027 769 6424 firstname.lastname@example.org Paul Bruce T/F 04 972 8699, 021 027 19370 email@example.com Chris Laidlaw T049343143,F049343148 027 425 4668 firstname.lastname@example.org Daran Ponter T 04 475 9959, 027 454 0689 email@example.com Fran Wilde, Chair T048304246,F043845023 021 888 075 firstname.lastname@example.org Contact your Regional Councillor Water supply to reservoirs Delivers high-quality treated water to the main reservoirs in each city. Environmental management Ensures the region's natural resources are used appropriately. Regional parks and forests Maintains a network of regional parks and forests for recreational use. Metlink buses and trains Coordinates and funds the region's Metlink public transport network. Transport planning Develops long-term plans for the region's transport network. Emergency management Coordinates Civil Defence emergency management for the region. Flood protection Helps communities protect themselves from the effects of flooding. Pest control Works with landowners to target pest plants and animals, and eradicate bovine Tb. Harbour safety Looks after navigational safety in Wellington and Porirua harbours, and the region's coastline. Land management Works with landowners to prevent or reduce soil erosion. Regional economic development Promotes the Wellington Regional Strategy -- a sustainable economic growth strategy. What does Greater Wellington do? GW/COM-G-11/66 Flood protection for valuable farmland Work has finished on replacing a section of stopbank in south Wairarapa that was in danger of collapsing in a serious flood. Greater Wellington flood engineer Ranjan Cyril says if this piece of stopbank on the lower Ruamahanga River had given way in a 1 in 50-year flood event it would have flooded large parts of the valley, from Kahutara to Lake Ferry and around Lake Wairarapa."It would certainly have had the potential to cause the worst flooding seen in this area for decades." The stopbank has been moved back from the river by about 40 metres to give the river more width, increasing the volume of water that can flow during floods. This work is part of a three-year project to strengthen the flood defences of valuable farmland in south Wairarapa. When the entire project is finished the new stopbank will be 1.1km long, with an average height of 2.5 metres and a base width of 20 metres. The cost of the work is approximately $1 million, and is being paid for equally by Greater Wellington and the Lower Wairarapa Valley Development Scheme -- a collective group of landowners that benefit from flood protection works in the area. Flooding in south Wairarapa, 2004 The amazing folding bike Hutt Valley gets Real Time Information Passengers on an increasing number of Valley Flyer bus routes can now find out when their bus will arrive through the Metlink website and smart phones. Real Time Information tells you via GPS technology when your bus will be at the bus stop, as opposed to its scheduled arrival. Real Time Information for GO Wellington and most Valley Flyer buses is available online and through smart phones. On-street displays are being installed over the next 12 months. Mana Newlands bus passengers should have Real Time Information from about October and it will be rolled out to trains next year. Metlink information at your fingertips You can follow Metlink on Twitter and get up-to-the minute information about your buses, trains and harbour ferries. www.twitter.com/metlinkwgtn You can also use txtBUS or txtTRAIN to find out the next three scheduled arrival times for your bus and train. Text messages cost 20 cents each. If you have a smart phone you can get the latest Metlink information via the Metlink mobile site m.metlink.org.nz -- try it today! Matangi update A quarter of the new Matangi train fleet is now in Wellington. Four two-car units arrived on the boat from Korea at the end of May, so there are now 12 new trains here. New trains have been running on the Upper Hutt Line and are expected to begin running on the Johnsonville Line soon. They will begin running on the Kapiti Line later in the year. Folding bikes have the remarkable ability to fold to a third of their size and are welcome on Metlink buses and trains at all times "I can take my folding bike anywhere with me -- it's easy to carry onto buses and trains and fits nicely into a car boot. Other than that it's like any other bike. It has gears and I can ride it up moderate hills" says Nicola Gaston, who has had her folding bike for 2½ years. Nicola uses a combination of her folding bike and the train for her daily commute from central Wellington to Gracefield in Lower Hutt. She reckons that by incorporating her bike into the commute, she saves at least half an hour. Nicola uses a combination of her folding bike and the train Folding bikes solve problems associated with limited space in peak commuter trains, buses, small cars, apartments and offices. Greater Wellington is offering discount vouchers for two popular models of folding bike. The vouchers are limited to one per Wellington region resident. For information on getting a folding bike voucher, phone 04 830 4281 or see: www.gw.govt.nz/ folding-bikes Can they see you? Walking and cycling are great ways to get around -- they maintain your health and reduce congestion on the roads. But in the dark, can motorists see you? "Though there are more pedestrian accidents during the day, more than half of fatal collisions with cars happen at night. Cyclists are most at risk during night time and also in the period around dawn and dusk," says Simon Kennett, Greater Wellington's Active Transport and Road Safety Coordinator. "Wearing reflective gear and using lights can dramatically improve your chances of being seen by motorists. Items such as sneakers, jackets and bags often have reflective strips on them -- so check next time you're making a p rchase. And bike shops offer a wide range of night-riding gear." Improve your chances of being see at night with: • Re ective material/strips on your clot ing an bags • Light-coloured clothing • Clip-on lights for runners and bike lights for cyclists And cyclists -- remember to check your lights and fit fresh batteries regularly Walkers: www.gw.govt.nz/walking-safety Cyclists: www.gw.govt.nz/be-safe-be-seen
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