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Upper Hutt Leader : August 24th 2011
45 UPPER HUTT LEADER, AUGUST 24, 2011 To order your own copy of photos in this paper, or other CCN titles, check out: pix.ccn.co.nz BBC comes calling to check us out Down Low on Down Under: BBC Wanted Down Under crew Jon Bowden and Cat Hoskin film Londoner Imogen Daughtery, far right, talking with ex-pat Paraparaumu College teachers Natalie White, left, and Laura Gray about their experiences living on the Kapiti Coast. By KAROLINE TUCKEY The BBC came visiting this month, filming at various locations around the region, including Paraparaumu. A crew from popular BBC1 series Wanted Down Under were based in Wellington to follow two prospective British immigrants through a trip to look into the realities of life in New Zealand if they were to relocate. French teacher Imogen Daugh- tery, from London, visited Para- paraumu College on August 16, and enjoyed talking with students and teachers, and taking part in a French class. She was also scheduled to spend a day kayaking near Otaki later in the week. It s been brilliant -- they ve actually taken me into a school, and I ve seen houses, and we get to see what it would actually be like if we were to move over there in terms of living. She enjoyed working with students at Paraparaumu College, saying they were very friendly, and she had been impressed by house prices in Kapiti. Ms Daughtery was considering relocating to be closer to family -- her parents moved to New Ply- mouth several years ago, and have been pleased with the change, and a brother also living here now has children. Director Cat Hoskin says the show is in its sixth season, with five of this season s 20 episodes filmed in New Zealand, and 15 in Australia. The concept worked because there s a huge trend of Brits look- ing to immigrate to either New Zealand or Australia, so this pro- gramme gives people the chance to look at places of work, housing, experience the lifestyle, meet the local people, and look at the cost of living. People are surprised about the cost of groceries -- they expect them to be cheaper than the UK, and it s not. Some people are really impressed with the houses and what you can get for your money over there. It s a bit cheaper than lots of places in the UK, and people really enjoy all the differ- ent things you can do here. The outdoor lifestyle is really appealing, Ms Hoskin says. Paraparaumu College principal Richard Campbell said having the film crew visit a class had been an interesting experience for the students, who were buzzing , and it had encouraged them to think about the wider world. It was not unusual for schools to be inundated by job applications from teachers in Britain, he said, and several British ex-pats were on his staff. They see New Zealand as a safe place to work, I think. There s opportunity for them to develop their careers, and lifestyle. The positive exposure of the Wellington and Kapiti areas to British audiences is worth tens of millions of dollars, Bayleys Wel- lington real estate residential manager Babette Newman says, and filming with the BBC comple- mented advertising they already did in Britain. It s the sort of publicity New Zealand s tourism bodies could never afford in their budgets, that s how big this will be. The show is scheduled to screen in the UK early next year to an audience of about two million, but is not currently scheduled to show in New Zealand. More tsunami warning lines likely By DIANE SCOTT More Wellington communities are to be divided by thin blue lines. Despite some residents claiming that Island Bay s tsunami warning lines have had little effect, the Wellington Emergency Manage- ment Office wants to extend the lines to other costal communities, including Seatoun, Breaker Bay, Kilbirnie and Lyall Bay, and the CBD. Island Bay residents are divided over whether the tsunami evacu- ation lines, which were painted at the beginning of the year, have been of any benefit. The lines seem to have had no significant effect on house prices and insurance. We can t see any impact on home or contents insurance being likely as a result of the initiative, said Mary-Jane Daly, executive general manager of State Insurance. Darren Williams, of Tommy s Real Estate, described the lines as a joke and said Island Bay residents did not take them seriously. Even so, emergency prepared- ness manager Fred McCoy said Wellington City Council intended to allocate about $10,000 per com- munity on more tsunami warning lines He said the tsunami evacuation lines were to promote public awareness . The tsunami line in Island Bay was determined by GNS Science guidelines of a worst-case scenario , said Mr McCoy. GNS and the council have also calculated red, orange and yellow zones. High-risk red zones, close to beaches, would be evacuated after any tsunami threat; orange zones would be evacuated following an official warning and yellow zones would be evacuated after a major earthquake when there was a high tsunami risk. Council spokesman Richard MacLean said the flurry of conversations that took place when the lines were painted meant the council had achieved what it intended. They are really there to raise awareness, he said. They were put in after a request from civic- minded people in Island Bay. From the council s perspective they have been a success. Mr MacLean said the council wanted people to think about what they should do in the event of a tsunami warning or a strong earthquake. Since they were put in, the earthquake in Christchurch and the earthquake and tsunami in Japan have made them more rel- evant, he said. The lines are not failsafe. If there is a tsunami, it wouldn t be wise to stand on one side of the blue line and think you re OK.
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