Home' The Wellingtonian : July 28th 2011 Contents 2 THE WELLINGTONIAN, JULY 28, 2011
Roads of national significance
Wellington Northern Corridor
Ngauranga to Aotea Quay
We recently invited you to provide feedback on your
journey experience on the Ngauranga to Aotea Quay
route. The online survey was a great success and we
would like to thank the 1133 people who responded.
Your feedback has provided us with a better
understanding of what improvements to the
management of tra c we should be considering to
improve your journey in and out of Wellington.
Improving the management of tra c
The Ngauranga to Aotea Quay project aims to keep
tra c moving and reduce the frustrating stop-start
instances experienced during peak times on this
busy stretch of State Highway 1 (SH1). The first
phase of this works involves some minor
improvements on SH1 at Ngauranga. These works
are shown in the diagrams to the right.
These works will commence on Monday 1 August
and the changes to the layout of the route introduced
progressively from that date. Drivers are asked to
take extra care whilst familiarising themselves with
the new layout. Works are expected to be complete
by Wednesday 24 August (weather permitting).
Throughout this period, there will be partial lane
closures between 7.30pm and 6am.
For further information about the project or to
provide feedback on these minor improvements,
please visit www.nzta.govt.nz/n2aqproject.
Johnsonville / Petone to Wellington
• The merge between SH1 and SH2 will be shortened.
• Drivers will need to merge more quickly to assist tra c flow.
Wellington to Johnsonville / Petone
• An additional tra c lane will be provided just before
the SH1/2 split.
• This will allow two lanes of tra c to enter both SH1 and SH2.
The NZ Transport Agency would like to thank you for your patience during these works.
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Horror days of 1951
The old schoolyard: Graham
McCready remembers how
difficult it was at school being the
son of a wharfie in 1951.
By JOSEPH ROMANOS
Our story this month about the
1951 waterfront dispute brought
back sharp memories for Gra-
ham McCready of Strathmore.
It was 60 years ago on July 15
that the dispute ended, after 151
days of industrial wrangling
that split the country.
National Prime Minister Sid
Holland took extreme measures
to break the wharfies' strike. He
brought in the army to take over
the wharfies' duties and called a
snap election, which he won
with an increased majority.
Mr McCready was just six in
1951, but remembers the way
wharfies' children were treated
at Thorndon School.
My father was a wharfie. The
Government passed emergency
regulations, disbanding the
national union, confiscating the
union's funds, suspending free-
dom of the press to report the
dispute and making it a criminal
offence to assist the wharfies or
their families in any way.
As a family, we were not
entitled to any social welfare
benefits. If people gave us food,
they were subject to arrest and
could be held without trial for
up to three months.
To prevent any assistance
from other kids at school,
wharfies' kids were separated at
lunchtime. We ate dripping
sandwiches for lunch.''
Mr McCready has one
curiously kind memory of those
I was helping my sister Tess
cut down some trees on our sec-
tion. She missed a tree with the
axe and caught me just above
the left eye.
With blood streaming down
my face, she carried me across
the road to get help.
In those days, the Prime
Minister lived in Pipitea St. Sid
Holland was walking to Parlia-
ment and saw my sister carrying
me inside the house.
He summoned his chauffeur
and a Daimler. I was taken to
Dr Skinner's rooms in Moles-
worth St to be stitched up.
Next day my father went to
the door of the Prime Minister's
house. Sid Holland came to the
door. They introduced them-
selves and my father thanked
him for taking care of his son.
Mr Holland asked my father
where he worked. I'm a
wharfie,' was the response.
How are things down there,'
asked the Prime Minister.
Extremely shithouse, Prime
I thought as much.'
They shook hands and
Mr McCready said wharfies
were stigmatised for decades
after 1951. He recalled
returning in 1980 from Canada,
where he'd lived.
I went to the bank to arrange
an overdraft. I had a Canadian
accent and was a bit of a hi-tech
guru. The overdraft was no
problem. Then the manager
asked me where I'd gone to
school and what my father had
done for a job.
When I told him my father
had been a wharfie, he said I
would need more security and
pushed the paperwork back
across the desk to me.''
Graham McCready is these
days the operations manager for
the Computers for Schools
Charitable Trust Board.
It's a long way from a young-
ster growing up in Thorndon
being bullied because his father
worked on the wharves.
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