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Council clamps down on speed
By EMMA BEER
A fleet management system has
helped reduce the number of
speeding tickets issued to Wel-
lington City Council workers.
The global positioning system
has been gradually implemented
in the 180-strong fleet over the
past 12 months.
In the 2010-11 financial year
only 13 speeding tickets were
issued, down from the 32 the pre-
Council spokesman Richard
MacLean said the council had
been taking measures to reduce
It's paying off. We have saved
19,000 litres of petrol in the last
financial year by reducing speed,''
Director of infrastructure Stav-
ros Michael said council workers
performed many tasks around the
city from road maintenance to
building and health inspections.
The fleet is a necessary part
piece of inventory,'' he said. [We
have a responsibility] to ensure
we use the vehicles efficiently and
eliminate wastage as much as
Mr Michael said the GPS sys-
tem also helped the council with
health and safety issues.
He said he had had no com-
plaints about the system. The
management system allowed the
council to monitor where vehicles
were going and which routes they
Some staff might think of it as
a monitoring device, but council
has an obligation to use public
Though speeding tickets were
down, council statistics show the
number of parking infringements
increased from 35 in 2009-10 to 53
Mr MacLean said it was council
policy that drivers paid their own
fines and did not receive special
treatment for being council staff.
Queues for free food
grow as prices rocket
By SARA GREIG
Hungry: Customers queue for food at The Free Store.
Photo: SARA GREIG
A rise in food prices is one reason
people are queuing at a Welling-
ton free store that gives out left-
over food donated by local busi-
The Free Store in Left Bank,
Cuba St, has dispensed more than
12,000 items to 5500 people since
opening last December.
In the last month it served 1333
customers. General manager Ben-
jamin Johnson said there would
probably be an increase in
customers as food price rises took
We need to increase sponsor-
ship so we can have customers,
sponsors and volunteers all in
step,'' he said.
Those on low incomes say they
have to make tough choices when
it comes to buying food.
Cheese has become a luxury,''
said Christopher, one Free Store
Rocio Reinares, 30, originally
from Chile, said everything was
expensive: Even a coffee shop is
expensive to go to.''
Customers come from all walks
of life and many visit regularly.
Mark Swinbank, 25, said he
visited the store because when
you don't have much money left
it's great there's a service that'll
give food out''.
It's brilliant that it's not going
to waste,'' she said.
You don't need to be homeless
[to qualify],'' said Mr Johnson.
We [also] have lots of students
that come and get food for lunch.''
Mr Johnson, who helped set up
the store, said there were no cri-
teria for customers and decisions
were based on people's needs.
The store is open on Tuesday,
Thursday and Saturday from 5pm
to 7pm, and Wednesday and
Friday 5.30pm to 7pm.
Food varies but usually consists
of sandwiches, fruit, and baked
It's a great concept,'' said Cuba
St Fruit Mart's Arrun Pancha.
We have a lot of surplus that
we can't sell. It's good it gets to go
Mr Johnson said businesses
supported the project because
they knew it was important.
The Wellington Company
provides rent-free premises and
Big Picture in Aro Valley provides
free printing for advertising.
Last week, it was reported food
prices were going up at the rate of
7.5 per cent a year, with salad
vegetables rising between 36 per
cent and 57 per cent.
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