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THE WELLINGTONIAN, JUNE 30, 2011
HAVE YOU RECENTLY SEPARATED?
Should you protect your property
if you are in a relationship?
Do you have questions about
relationship property issues?
Free Relationship Property Seminar
When & Where?
163 -- 171
(Across the road from
National Bank, through the
7 July 2011
12.15pm -- 1.15pm
Family Lawyer, Debbie Dunbar is
giving a free seminar to discuss
relationship property issues and to
answer your questions.
The theme is to provide an overview on
relationship property, including protecting
property during a relationship and what
happens if you separate. This will be followed
by an open forum where Debbie will answer
questions and provide information on the
topics/issues you are interested in.
In answering questions Debbie will provide
information and inform people about the
options and choices available and explain how
to get the best result.
Bring your specific (or general) questions or
issues on relationship property that you would
like information on.
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By JARED NICOLL
Car club hopeful
New speed restrictions
slowing motorists to
40kmh around Oriental
Bay and Miramar Pen-
insula are unlikely to
affect the running of
Wellington Car Club's
annual Shelly Bay
Speed limits were
lowered to 40kmh for
much of the eastern
suburbs at a Welling-
ton City Council meet-
ing late last month.
Wellington Car Club
secretary Jody Sea-
bright said it was prob-
able regular speed
restrictions would be
removed for the race.
The club had a good
ship with the council
and was confident the
council would grant the
car enthusiasts public
road closure at Shelly
The car club did not
have a fixed opinion on
restrictions, but was
eager to hear council
confirmation that new
speed cushions to be
installed along the bay
would be removable, he
In a submission to
the council on behalf of
the club, he called
speed cushions a death
people to race between
Shaky ground proves
best for scientist
Happy scientist: Professor Tim Stern loves his work.
By EMMA BEER
With the North and South Islands as his
playground, Tim Stern believes he has
one of the best jobs in the world.
A Victoria University geophysics pro-
fessor, Mr Stern researches plate tecton-
ics and seismology.
He said New Zealand was an incred-
ibly attractive and fascinating place for
people studying earth sciences.
[It's] probably one of the best natural
laboratories for plate tectonics,'' he said.
The advantage of New Zealand is that
for the seismic experiments we do we
need a quiet background. Our main
issues are actually cows and sheep
because they tend to chew [our
Japan and California, which were also
subject to many earthquakes, were dif-
ferent in that they were generally con-
fined to one type of plate movement, Mr
There are three types of plate
movement -- when plates collide, slide
together as one or spread apart.
We have a wide range of plate tec-
tonic processes going on in just two little
islands. We've got the full package.''
As well as lecturing, Mr Stern is
involved in two big research projects.
As one of six recipients of a Royal
Society James Cook fellowship he is
using seismic methods to explore off-
shore areas of land and rock.
He is also working with Institute of
Geological and Nuclear Sciences and
scientists from Japan and the United
States. They are investigating the major
fault lines between the Pacific and Aust-
ralian plates within the lower North
In May, the scientists set off a series of
500-kilogram dynamite shots in
50-metre deep holes. The resulting seis-
mic waves were recorded on 1000
The underground explosions were
recorded and the teams are in the pro-
cess of building up two- and three-
dimensional images of the sub-surface
Mr Stern said the results would take
at least a year to collate, but what they
had seen so far exceeded their
[We were] not expecting so much clar-
ity of the layers,'' he said.
The results would help the study of
what caused earthquakes.
Mr Stern said the focus of earthquake
research had been shifting recently and
was now more concentrated on the how
and why rather than when.
We're not in the business of trying to
There's been a move to try to under-
stand the physics of earthquakes, rather
than trying to pinpoint exactly when and
where they will occur.''
He said he thought this was true of
most earth science groups globally, as
attempts to predict earthquakes had
been mostly ineffective.
Victoria University had about 25
graduates from the geophysics pro-
gramme each year. A decline in New
Zealand student numbers meant most
graduate students were from overseas.
They [international students] come
here because it's exotic; [we have] vol-
canoes and earthquakes.''
He encouraged people to consider geo-
physics as a career because it was
incredibly interesting and offered huge
To me, it's the perfect career. It's got
the physical and intellectual challenges,
it's well paid
more could you
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Also present at the meeting were council develop-
ment and planning manager Warren Ulusele and
planner Karen Williams, who co-wrote the report.
Council officials said on Tuesday that the studies
done had been extensive, and included reports from
applicant Primeproperty Group's own experts and
council experts. However, residents said they felt
the reports failed to give a fully accurate view.
They felt areas such as noise, traffic and the
effect on the environment were under-emphasised.
Noise was more than a minor issue because it
resonated through the valley and affected spaces
they didn't feel had been considered, one resident
said. Traffic was of concern to many residents, par-
ticularly those with children.
Traffic advisers reported that if the development
went ahead there could be an estimated 188
arrivals and departures on a Saturday peak hour.
The existing peak hour traffic in Curtis St is an
average of 216 vehicles, so the development would
lead to about 404 vehicles using that area of road
every Saturday morning.
On the current average weekday peak hour, 277
vehicles use the road. The Mitre 10 addition would
lift the number of vehicles using the road during a
peak hour by 94 to a total of 371.
However, this was still deemed to be a less than
minor affect'' because the road was built for a
capacity of 3000 to 7000 cars per day.
One resident said there were glowworms in the
area which would be forced to move if the plans
Ms Williams, who said she had done a site visit,
said she was not aware of this.
At least two residents said the gully was a bird
path'' and that many native birds visited the area.
Mr Ulusele said he accepted that residents had
concerns. He said that if new information came to
light during submission times it would be taken
Although those residents who were not notified
were not legally able to make a submission, Mr
Ulusele said those who felt the notification should
have been wider should write to him. These emails
should be specific as to why residents felt they
should have been notified.
Once these had been received, the council would
consider them and send experts out again if
Mr Ulusele said that based on those findings the
council might decide a wider notification should
have been given, in which case the submission
period would begin again.
Residents have until midday Monday, July 4, to
get their emails to the council.
Mr Ulusele said the council would work on issues
raised during the week and would be in a position
to make a decision on Friday, July 8.
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