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Upper Hutt Leader : July 13th 2011
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OR Register for our digital edition --it's FREE OR DO BOTH AND YOU GET TWO CHANCES IN THE DRAW! www.upperhuttleader.co.nz be in the aw to WIN 6m M To dra WIN 3879254AA Photos on show Their best shot: Astaria Rangi, 8, with Shoo Shoe, a ''snail view'' technique of sneakers close-up, and Jonny Higham with his Mellow Yellow (centre) close-up of the monkey bars in the playground. The third photo is The Lone Ranger by Bruce Sonam Sherpa. Astaria's photo was judged one of the two best in her class, paua class. Photo: ROSEMARY McLENNAN By ROSEMARY McLENNAN All Plateau School s 145 students exhibited a photo last week as part of an ICT project with seven other schools. Plateau is the lead school and its prin- cipal, Nigel Frater, the project director. Mr Frater says Plateau sought schools that wanted to collaborate over ICT for three years and teamed up with Mangaroa, Maoribank, Boulcott, Normandale, Maranatha, Lyall Bay and Kilbirnie Schools. A children s conference, teachers workshops and a teachers expo have grown out of the question How can we better integrate ICT into schools. The photo contest aimed to teach chil- dren practical skills using digital cameras. After each Plateau child s best photo was mounted and put on display Peter McDonald, a photography tutor and Upper Hutt Leader contractor, chose the best two from each of the school s six classes. The top 12 go forward to an online exhibition of the best from the seven other schools. See them at http://bit.ly/mTCBnU Road to remain closed By COLIN WILLIAMS ' Every effort was made to avoid delays of this type during the design and investigation stages of the work. ' The Akatarawa Road is to remain closed to through traffic until at least mid- September. The closure, on the Waikanae side of Staglands, is significantly longer than first planned and announced, as part of the $4.5 million replacement of the road s three 1920s wooden bridges. Unforeseen problems mean the road will be off-limits for vehicles (but not cyclists or pedestrians) beyond where the second of three old wooden bridges is being replaced. Temporary pedestrian access is already in place at the second bridge and a similar walkway will be provided when work begins on the third bridge replacement. A single-lane Bailey bridge has been built at the first bridge, which gives full vehicle access for the several resident families who live between the first and second bridges. The reopening of the Akatarawa Road through to Waikanae had been planned for several weeks, including the school holidays, between the second and third bridge replacements, but the construction project has met with problems and is behind schedule. The project, jointly funded by the Upper Hutt City Council and the NZ Transport Agency, is being carried out by Brian Perry Civil Ltd and will be finished by the end of the year. The construction delays, causing the longer time for the road s closure, are the result of a combination of factors, a council update of the project says. Every effort was made to avoid delays of this type during the design and investi- gation stages of the work, it said. However setbacks of this nature do occur when work is carried out below ground and the focus is now on minimising their long- term impact. But because of these delays, the update said, the road would be closed during the coming school holidays. The council, the engineer and the con- tractor have been meeting to discuss the options available to bring the work back on to programme and to ensure the final com- pletion date is met. As a result, the contractor would begin work on the third bridge as soon as possible rather than wait until August, as first planned. This will see the second and third bridges built at the same time. If the work, from here, runs to time, the road will reopen in mid-September, the update said. Factors causing the project s delay include: Problems when drilling piles below the river level. High river levels because of prolonged rainfall have led to water infiltration into the bore holes and a delay in drilling. Rock levels were not exactly where they were expected to be and additional drilling has been required to found the footing. At the second bridge, the original abut- ment was not founded on rock as antici- pated, meaning the new abutment will be significantly higher than planned. Meanwhile, work on the bridges from today will bring some delays to Akatarawa Rd traffic on weekdays till Friday next week. The contractor will transport the first new bridge beams to the site with one oversized load a day. This is expected to take one hour to travel (from Gillespies Rd to the bridge site) and is expected between 11am and 1pm. Significant delays can be expected. Sarah Purdy from Staglands said the road needed to be open again by the Rugby World Cup, which provides one-off opportunities for visitors. She said she could not accept the claim about high river levels because past months have been mild and dry. Cunliffe at political pub event Labour s finance spokesman, David Cunliffe, will be visiting Upper Hutt next week to speak at a Pub Politics evening. The event is organised by the MP for Rimutaka, Chris Hipkins. TheMPswillbeat7BaronKingSt from 6pm on Tuesday night, July 19. Mr Hipkins said if the evening proved successful, he would look at organising similar events in the lead- up to this year s general election in November. Pub politics offers people who don t normally have the chance to follow political issues the chance to get up to speed in a relaxed and informal environment, Mr Hipkins said. Labour is going to be announcing a major tax policy this week, so I m thrilled we re going to have our finance spokesperson here in Upper Hutt to speak about it and answer questions. The event is free and the public are welcome.
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