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Meridian Energy has
been granted per-
mission to build a wind
farm in Ohariu Valley,
but must scale back its
The original pro-
posal, lodged for con-
sent in 2008, was for 31
In 2009 Meridian
Energy was granted
regional and council
consent to erect 29
turbines, but Meridian
appealed ot the
Environment Court to
have the two turbines
decision allow for 26
turbines to be built.
Is Wellywood set in stone?
By TENNESSEE MANSFORD
Telltale sign: Workmen cement foundations into the Miramar hillside.
Photo: TENNESSEE MANSFORD
Work for sign under way
Foundations for what looks
suspiciously like the Wellywood
sign have been cemented into the
hill above Wellington Airport.
However, airport authorities
say the work is designed to fit any
sign or sculpture and that the
final decision will come out of a
public competition being launched
Wellington International Air-
port communications and market-
ing adviser Kat Lintott said the
work was simply ground prep-
aration and reinforcement''.
The truss to which the final
installation would be attached
was under way as well, she said.
Enterprise Miramar chairman
Allan Probert, a member of the
competition panel, said the work,
begun in early June, bore no sig-
nificance to the Wellywood sign,
other than that it had the resource
consent that specified the location
and the size.
It's aimed at giving people
some perception of what the space
is,'' he said. They can actually go
out there and stand under the hill
and imagine what it looks like.
The other thing is if you are
going to put something up in a
windy suburb like we have, you
need to know how far you are
drilling in and what's underneath
the soil structure.
Doing nothing is not an option
and Wellywood is still an option in
the final process.''
Passers-by who have noticed the
preparations being done by work-
men hanging off the end of
abseiling harnesses have had
The continued excavations and
concrete foundations speaks
volumes about the airport com-
pany's true intent,'' said Mark
Jennings, who stood against the
sign by emailing the parent com-
pany, Infratil, and participating in
the protest drive at the airport.
The panel is window dressing.
If the sign goes up, I look forward
to watching it being torn down by
Eastern Ward councillor Ray
Ahipene-Mercer is all for a sign,
and said that it was fine to have
the foundation work under way.
It is happening now,'' he said. I
look forward to the exciting sign
that will be constructed.''
Mr Probert said people needed
to understand that it was airport
land and airport money. The sec-
ond thing is they [the airport com-
pany] want Wellywood.
The aim [of the public compe-
tition] is to come up with a bunch
of ideas, but we will put Wel-
lywood up against those in the
Mr Probert said the panel had
to ensure the process to make a
decision about the sign was
robust. Something controversial
is probably a good thing.''
It is hoped a decision would be
reached in November and the sign
would be erected by March.
Ooh La La -- the appeal
of vintage clothing
By YOSAN LEGASPI
Ooh La La Vintage has taken a
turn for the retro by shifting its
online store into a pop-up shop
Aro Valley's Most Wanted
Vintage store will host the tem-
porary shop to help it clear out
vintage winter stock.
Ooh La La Vintage owner
Laurel Smith has been running
her online store fulltime for
Her obsession with vintage
clothing started when she
scoured the flea markets in
Europe on her OE in 2007.
I came back and started sell-
ing things on TradeMe and the
Mighty Mighty markets. It went
really well. I've always loved op-
shopping and being able to buy
things for other people.''
A highlight of being in the vin-
tage clothing business was see-
ing previous trends return.
It's amazing seeing how mod-
ern fashion is just recycling vin-
Slouchy 1980s jerseys are in,
and now that it's nearly spring,
pretty 1960s dresses are coming
in.''Ms Smith also likes
introducing vintage to another
A lot of my customers are
high-school students. It's really
nice they're getting into recycled
Her goal is to set up her own
vintage shop when she moves to
Melbourne later this year.
Ooh La La Vintage pop-up shop
at Most Wanted Vintage, 81 Aro
St, 10am till 9pm.
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