Home' The Wellingtonian : June 9th 2011 Contents 16 THE WELLINGTONIAN, JUNE 9, 2011
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Fran Wilde, Chair
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Water supply to
treated water to the main
reservoirs in each city.
Ensures the region's
natural resources are
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
plans for the region's
Coordinates Civil Defence
for the region.
Helps communities protect
themselves from the
effects of flooding.
Works with landowners
to target pest plants and
animals, and eradicate
Looks after navigational
safety in Wellington and
Porirua harbours, and the
Works with landowners
to prevent or reduce
Promotes the Wellington
Regional Strategy -- a
What does Greater Wellington do?
Flood protection for
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
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.
at your fingertips
You can follow Metlink on
Twitter and get up-to-the minute
information about your buses,
trains and harbour ferries.
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!
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
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 purchase. 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
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