Home' The Wellingtonian : September 15th 2011 Contents 16 THE WELLINGTONIAN, SEPTEMBER 15, 2011
Don't miss the bus review
You will be asked later this year what you think of proposed improvements to Wellington bus services. The proposals
come out of an extensive review that was started in 2009. Doug Weir, Greater Wellington's Senior Public Transport
Planner, says the changes are more comprehensive than originally planned. "We're proposing to change the network,
as opposed to tweaking individual services. We're confident the changes will deliver a much more efficient, user-friendly
bus system in Wellington."
Californian bulrush (Schoenoplectus californicus) is
an aquatic plant that can grow up to 2 metres on the
edges of saltwater. It has bright green stems that can
be rounded or triangular and grow from woody,
creeping underground stems. It produces drooping
clusters of orange/brown flowers which later turn into
nutlike seeds. Californian bulrush is usually found
where freshwater and saltwater meet at the mouths
of large rivers and estuaries. It forms dense stands
that can push out native species and block water
courses and drains.
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Photo: Paul Champion (NIWA)
GW takes ownership of rail assets
Walk in an untouched forest
Experience stunning native forest by joining a free
guided Wainuiomata Water Walk. See spectacular
rata, kahikatea and rimu, and learn about the history
of the water catchment and how this beautiful forest
has remained pristine. There are nine Wainuiomata
Water Walks from October 2011 to June 2012. The
walk takes place in the Wainuiomata Water Collection
Area, which isn't normally open to the public.
Apply for your place now, see:
www.gw.govt.nz/events, phone 830 4432
or email email@example.com
Signing a historical rail package at the Thorndon train depot in
Wellington. (l-r) Kiwirail CEO Jim Quinn, Associate Transport Minister
Hon Nathan Guy, Greater Wellington Councillor Prue Lamason, Greater
Wellington Chair Fran Wilde and Transport Minister Hon Steven Joyce
A historic rail package, giving ownership of
significant rail assets to the people of the
Wellington region through Greater Wellington,
provides certainty for the region's rail network
The package, signed in July by KiwiRail, Greater
Wellington and Greater Wellington Rail Ltd (a company
owned by Greater Wellington), gives Greater Wellington
ownership of all Wellington metropolitan passenger
trains and stations in the region, except Wellington
Railway Station. Greater Wellington now also owns the
maintenance depot for electric trains in Thorndon.
Councillor Fran Wilde, Chair of Greater Wellington, says
one of the best things about the package is the certainty
it gives. "Up until now we've had to prepare separate
business cases and go through the funding hoops for
each improvement or upgrade. But this package enables
a range of necessary work to be done to further improve
reliability and to get on with refurbishing the ageing
Ganz Mavag fleet of electric trains."
This package give s us an opportunity
to manage and future -proof the
region's rail assets
How should our region be
governed? An update...
The region's councils have received 155 submissions
on how the region should be governed in the future.
Earlier this year the Wellington Mayoral Forum
asked for the community's views on various ways to
improve how the Wellington region is governed.
(The Wellington Mayoral Forum is a committee
of the region's mayors and Chair of Greater
Wellington.) The submissions, along with an
independently prepared summary, will be available
soon. See Greater Wellington's website for details:
Haven't cycled for a while?
Boost your cycling confidence
with Bike Buddies
in top 10
It's official -- Lake Kohangatera in East Harbour
Regional Park's Parangarahu lakes block is one
of New Zealand's best...
A NIWA aquatic plant survey rates Lake Kohangatera
as New Zealand's 10th best lake out of more than 200
assessed to date, describing it as "a nationally
outstanding example of a lowland lagoon system".
Lake Kohangapiripiri (the second Parangarahu lake) was
ranked 47th and its condition rated as "high". The survey
found that both Parangarahu lakes support native plants
and animals, including several uncommon or endangered
plant species. Lake Pounui in the Wairarapa -- another
lowland lake -- was ranked 66th (also "high").
However, the survey isn't all good news. It also identified
the presence of a pest plant -- Canadian pondweed --
in Lake Kohangatera. Greater Wellington has created
exclusion zones around the infestations (walking and
cycling along the tracks in the area aren't affected).
The survey results will help Greater Wellington decide
how the lakes should be managed in the future.
Regional cycling maps
Coming soon -- new regional
cycling maps to make your journey
pleasant and safe. The maps show cycle lanes, shared
paths, off-road commuter tracks, roads that are high
speed but have a generous shoulder and other useful
information. There are three maps -- Wellington, Hutt
Valley and Wairarapa, and Kapiti and Porirua. Available
from October at Greater Wellington's Wellington and
Wairarapa offices, bike shops and information centres.
One Ganz Mavag train has been fully renovated. Depending
on the successful evaluation of this train, the rest of the fleet
will begin to be refurbished within the next six months.
"This package gives us an opportunity to manage and
future-proof the region's rail assets and we have good
proven experience in this, with our ownership of the new
Wairarapa trains, the new Matangi trains, and Petone and
Waterloo stations," says Chair Wilde. "The package sits
easily within our regional rail plan, which aims to provide
highly efficient, modern and convenient rail services
throughout the region."
Bike Buddies matches you with a bike
mentor to help with your first few
rides. Your mentor will ride with you
along the best cycle commuting routes
and offer advice about road safety.
Greater Wellington's Sustainable
Transport Planner Claire Pascoe says
Bike Buddies is designed to ease
people back into cycling so they can
enjoy all the benefits.
"Cycling's a cheap, fast way to get
around an urban area plus it helps to
reduce traffic congestion. And of
course cycling is great exercise and
heaps of fun."
The mentors are a mix of volunteers
from around the region -- some are
trained instructors but most have
learnt their skills from years of riding
on the road.
Join Bike Buddies:
Cycling's a great way to get around town. But if you haven't cycled
for a decade... or three... there's a scheme to make it less daunting
Tucked away in East Harbour Regional Park
between Wainuiomata and Eastbourne, lakes
Kohangatera and Kohangapiripiri are a
must-see. You can access the lakes by bike or
foot from Burdans Gate in Eastbourne. You can
also visit by bus on the Lighthouse and Lakes
tour as part of the Great Outdoors summer
events programme. Look out for a copy in
December's Our Region.
How to get to the Parangarahu lakes:
is one of New
Your mentor will ride
with you along the best
cycle commuting route s
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