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Upper Hutt Leader : December 7th 2011
34 UPPER HUTT LEADER, DECEMBER 7, 2011 Correction: In the September 2011 issue of Our Region it was stated that Greater Wellington would make decisions on how the Parangarahu Lakes Block (in East Harbour Regional Park) should be managed in the future. This is incorrect. In fact, decisions on the future management of the Lakes Block will be made jointly by the Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust (PNBST) and Greater Wellington. PNBST owns the lake beds of Lake Kohangatera and Lake Kohangapiripiri and the esplanade strips that surround the lakes. Californian arrowhead (Sagittaria montevidensis) is an aquatic plant that can grow up to 1 metre tall in salt or fresh water. It has large glossy, green, arrow shaped leaves on a round stalk which grow up out of the water. Its flowers have three large white petals with a purple and yellow blotch at the base of each on a leafless stalk. Californian arrowhead forms dense stands that suppress native plants and block waterways. It's usually found in edges of streams, drains, ponds and wetlands. Seen it? Contact us: 0800 496 734 email@example.com Welcome to Our Region -- the Greater Wellington Regional Council's quarterly magazine. Your feedback is appreciated -- 0800 496 734 or firstname.lastname@example.org Californian arrowhead Photo: Heidi Pene (NIWA) Active A2B If you're keen to make the most of your journey to work this summer, Active a2b is for you. With personal support, mentoring and fun, Active a2b helps you try out new ways of getting to and from work that don't involve your car. Get out and about this summer, get fit, get active! www.gw.govt.nz/activea2b Responses surge for spine survey More than 850 people have responded to a survey that will help Greater Wellington and partners Wellington City Council and the NZ Transport Agency to improve public transport in the Wellington CBD/ central Wellington area. The survey is part of the Wellington Public Transport Spine Study to develop options for a high-quality public transport spine between Wellington Railway Station and Wellington Hospital. The study will continue in 2012. www.gw.govt.nz/ptspinestudy Investigations into what could become one of the largest economic development projects in the Wellington region are moving into a higher gear The Wairarapa Water Use Project aims to store some of the vast amount of water that pours off the Tararua Ranges during winter and release it to meet a variety of community and agricultural needs during the dry season. Initial investigations have found that up to 50,000ha of land across the Wairarapa valley floor could be irrigated as part of the project. The water could also be used to meet environmental, urban and recreational needs. A Leadership Group including environmental, agricultural, local government and iwi representatives was established in late 2009 to oversee the project. Up to 50,000ha of land could be irrigated Greater Wellington Chair Fran Wilde, who also chairs the Leadership Group, says the scheme has the potential to create thousands of jobs and significantly increase the region's GDP through increased production for local and export markets. "It also has the potential to benefit the environment through the long-term management of the water resource." Potential changes in land use and opportunities for high-value uses could attract processing facilities as a result of the project, benefiting both Wairarapa and the wider region. "One of the key challenges is to ensure that the scheme and associated land management practices are positive for the environment," Fran Wilde says. Greater Wellington has provided $750,000 in its 2011/12 annual plan to continue pre-feasibility work undertaken by Wairarapa organisations since 2007. A key challenge is to ensure the scheme is positive for the environment Wairarapa irrigation specialist Greg Ordish joined the project team in September, bringing a vast amount of technical and practical experience with water systems, and an excellent understanding of irrigation and farming issues. The project plan for the next 12 months includes a detailed assessment of the demand for water, further engineering, environmental and economic studies and ongoing engagement with the community. A shortlist of schemes will then be developed for consideration. For more information on the Wairarapa Water Use Project, visit www.wairarapawater.org.nz To sign up for email updates, contact: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org Greater Wellington is keeping you up-to-date with the water situation for Porirua, Wellington, Upper Hutt and Lower Hutt during our "dry" summer There's less stored water to go around the four cities this summer, with one of the two Stuart Macaskill water storage lakes in Te Marua out of action to increase its resilience in an earthquake and boost capacity. Even after rain, there may not be much wate r in our catchments Councillor Nigel Wilson, Chair of Greater Wellington's Social and Cultural Wellbeing Committee, says that although the Wellington region isn't a place where you'd necessarily expect water shortages, it can happen and did as recently as 2008. "Our water supply depends mainly on rivers and an aquifer so there could be a problem if these sources run low, especially with one lake down," he says. Greater Wellington is working with local councils to make sure that people know this summer is different -- a summer water conservation campaign is underway and Greater Wellington is providing regular updates on its website. The lake beds ne ed to be dry for works to proce ed "It's often hard to tell how much water is available from our rivers, just by judging the weather. Even after a heavy rainfall in the cities there may not have been much in our catchments in Upper Hutt and Wainuiomata. By providing updates, we aim to give people a better idea of exactly how we're doing for water." Nigel Wilson says that people may wonder why the lake upgrade work is taking place during summer, when water use typically peaks. "The lake beds need to be dry for works to proceed, making summer the most Wairarapa water project gathers momentum The "dry" summer is here Greater Wellington Chair Fran Wilde says the scheme has the potential to create thousands of jobs Wairarapa irrigation specialist Greg Ordish on the foothills of the Tararuas, with the Wairarapa plains in the background A view of the two Stuart Macaskill water storage lakes from the Ridge Track in Kaitoke Regional Park. The southern lake is empty for upgrading Regional barometer wins national award The Wellington region's Genuine Progress Index (GPI) has won two national awards for excellence in local government. It won the GHD Supreme award and the Joined Up Local Government award from the NZ Society of Local Government Managers. A joint council initiative, the GPI is a barometer of the region's wellbeing providing comprehensive information about the overall health of the region and how it's doing economically, environmentally, socially and culturally. The GPI is a key project of the Wellington Regional Strategy (WRS), a long-term plan for the region's sustainable growth. Visit the website for the award- winning GPI project: www.gpiwellingtonregion.govt.nz likely season when the weather is dry enough." Simple conservation measures can help you to save hundreds of litres of water: • Put a flow control "trigger" on your hose and fit a tap timer for any "hands-free" watering • Mulch your garden (mulch slows moisture loss by up to 70%) • Fix leaky taps, toilets and pipes • Put a 1-litre bottle of water (with the lid on) in the cistern of your single-flush toilet Make sure you follow your local watering restrictions for any hands-free watering and report leaks to your city council. The second Stuart Macaskill lake will be empty next summer. If there are any delays a lake may be empty in summer 2013/14. How are we doing for water and how can you help save it? You can find out by visiting www.gw.govt.nz/water
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