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Upper Hutt Leader : December 7th 2011
40 UPPER HUTT LEADER, DECEMBER 7, 2011 KAPITI Nigel Wilson T 04 905 0583, 021 284 3339 email@example.com LOWER HUTT Peter Glensor T 04 586 4119, 027 241 5152 firstname.lastname@example.org Sandra Greig T 04 586 0847, 027 640 8681 email@example.com Prue Lamason T045667283,F045662606 021 858 964 firstname.lastname@example.org PORIRUA-TAWA Jenny Brash T 04 233 8217, 027 354 4233 email@example.com Barbara Donaldson T/F 04 237 0773, 021 976 747 firstname.lastname@example.org UPPER HUTT Paul Swain T 04 528 7830, 021 270 9113 email@example.com WAIRARAPA Gary McPhee 027 457 5363 firstname.lastname@example.org WELLINGTON Judith Aitken T 04 475 8969, 027 769 6424 email@example.com Paul Bruce T/F 04 972 8699, 021 027 19370 firstname.lastname@example.org Chris Laidlaw T049343143,F049343148 027 425 4668 email@example.com Daran Ponter T 04 475 9959, 027 454 0689 firstname.lastname@example.org Fran Wilde, Chair T048304246,F043845023 021 888 075 email@example.com 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 Reha 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? Christmas timetables There will be reduced bus and train services from Christmas Day until Sunday 8 January 2012. Normal services will resume on Monday 9 January. This period of limited services is longer than normal, largely to allow substantial rail work to be carried out. Please plan your travel carefully. Make sure you check the timetables on the Metlink website or pick up a Christmas timetable from your local Metlink stockist. Real Time heads to the Hutt Let's Carpool goes north Let's Carpool, Greater Wellington's award winning programme, is spreading its wings This easy, online way to find your carpool match has recently been extended to our neighbours in the north. Palmerston North City Council is providing the programme to people in the surrounding region, including parts of Manawatu, Horowhenua, Ruapehu and Rangitikei. This partnership makes it easy for people living in one region but working in the other to share their commute. Almost 2,000 people from more than 500 workplaces in the Wellington region have registered with the online carpooling scheme. Find out more about Let's Carpool by visiting www.letscarpool.govt.nz GW/COM-G-11/205 A two-way street A shocking video reminds people that pedestrians and drivers need to share the road Thousands of people have already viewed A Two-Way Street -- a Greater Wellington road safety video showing a crash between a driver and pedestrian in Lower Hutt. "We've got great walking opportunities in the Wellington region and the highest figures for walking to work compared to any other region in the country. But this is accompanied by a higher than average risk for pedestrian casualties," says Simon Kennett, Greater Wellington's Active Transport and Road Safety Advisor. The pedestrian in A Two-Way Street was on crutches for nearly three months and the driver of the vehicle was charged with careless driving causing injury and disqualified from driving for six months. Simon Kennett says that we all share the road -- whether we're a pedestrian or a driver -- so we must look out for each other. "Drivers should slow down in urban areas -- safer speeds save lives. And pedestrians need to stay focused when using a road and remember to look both ways." The video is part of Greater Wellington's work to ensure walking (and cycling) in the region is safe, convenient and pleasant. See the CCTV footage of the crash and hear the stories at: www.gw.govt.nz/two-way-street Stills from the video of A Two-Way Street, which shows a crash between a driver and pedestrian Real Time Information (RTI), which tells you when your bus will arrive, will soon be available for all Valley Flyer services. Display screens at key Hutt Valley bus stops and interchanges will be installed over the next few months. You can also get RTI from the Metlink Service Centre and from the Metlink and mobile websites. More than 70 RTI screens are up and running in Wellington city and suburbs. Installation of RTI totem displays on the Golden Mile -- Lambton Quay, Willis Street and Courtenay Place -- has been delayed due to a pedestrian safety review of the area. RTI will be available for Mana and Newlands buses early next year after the Valley Flyer rollout has finished. It will be available for train services after this. Pump it up There's a new mini hydro-electric scheme in Wainuiomata "The generator isn't big in size--butwhatitcandois enormous," said Taranaki Wha -nui Kaumatua Teri Puketapu at the scheme's official opening, attended by Greater Wellington Councillors and members of Taranaki Wha -nui, with Reverend Boyd Reha leading a karakia and blessing of the plant. Greater Wellington is using the water pressure from a pipeline at its Wainuiomata Water Treatment Plant to generate up to 300 kilowatts of electricity -- enough to power 225 average households. Most of the power will be used at the water treatment plant. This will save money on the electricity needed for the plant and help Greater Wellington reduce its greenhouse gas emissions (water supply activities represent 75% of Greater Wellington's emissions). Any surplus electricity will go into the local network and when the water treatment plant is turned off (eg, for maintenance), all of the power will go to the local network. This is Greater Wellington's second mini-hydro scheme (Greater Wellington also self-generates around 300 kilowatts of electricity at its Te Marua Pumping Station). The new hydro-electricity generator The Reverend Boyd Reha (right) leads iwi from the building containing the hydro-electricity generator. Teri Puketapu is fourth from the left Let's Carpool can now be used for one-off trips including events in the Great Outdoors summer events programme Warm GW scheme hots up The total amount of financial assistance available from the Warm Greater Wellington scheme has doubled Greater Wellington Councillors recently agreed to increase the spending cap from $3 million to $6 million per year. This means 2,300 household in the region can apply for financial assistance to install insulation and clean heat, which will make their homes warmer, drier and healthier. Under the scheme, Greater Wellington provides up to $2,600 per property (including GST), repayable via a targeted rate over nine years. The top-up is in addition to the assistance currently available through EECA (Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority). Warm Greater Wellington has already been immensely popular, with 2,437 properties having installed insulation and/or clean heat since it began on 1 April 2010. Would you like to apply for financial assistance to insulate your home? Find out more, including terms and conditions: www.gw.govt.nz/warmer-gw
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