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A wee problem
By EMMA BEER
Toilet time: Daniel Brown, left, Tabitha St Amand, Molly Henderwood and Lucy Thomas want a toilet at the Houghton Bay park.
Photo: EMMA BEER
The children at Houghton Valley
Playcentre are asking the council for
one thing this Christmas -- a toilet.
The park in Houghton Bay Rd is well
set up with equipment, and is an access
point to the Southern Walkway, but
lacks toilet facilities.
Molly Henderwood, 3, said she would
be happy if there was a toilet. I want a
toilet for the park.''
Parent Gillian Henderwood said the
lack of a toilet meant parents had to
think twice about visiting the local
We often want to have a picnic down
here, but the same issue comes up -- no
If the children needed to go to the
toilet, they either had to use a potty
that was brought along, or go in the
It's not very nice, because other
people use [the bush] too,'' Ms
The parents decided it was time to do
something about it, so they invited
Wellington city councillor Leonie Gill to
their sausage sizzle last week.
Ms Gill said she agreed a public toilet
would be a good idea. There is a need
for a toilet. This park is used by so
many others,'' she said.
She said she would present the
playcentre's request to council.
Details of a shocking
video which reminds
people that pedestrians
and drivers need to
share the road are
included in the Welling-
ton Regional Council's
Also in the sup-
plement are details of
the regional council's
Great Outdoors sum-
mer programme, and
stories about carpool-
ing, financial assist-
ance for home insu-
lation, the Encore
and Christmas public
to our post office?
By REBECCA THOMSON
When Shelly Smith went to mail a
letter at the Miramar PostShop she
was surprised to find it had closed --
The closure of Miramar Ave Post-
Shop and Kiwibank on November 12
was part of New Zealand Post's move
to shut premises nationwide owing
to commercial pressures.
I'm shocked. I'm very surprised
they've closed it,'' Ms Smith said.
It was always very busy when-
ever I came here. There was always
a queue out the door, especially at
this time of the year.''
A Karaka Bay resident, she said
the PostShop had been the closest
one to her home.
New Zealand Post has opened a
PostCentre inside the New World
Fuel station in Miramar Ave, about
500 metres from the old PostShop.
The PostCentre offers full postal
services, but does not provide
New Zealand Post spokesman
John Tulloch said the number of
customers had dropped as people
moved towards online banking. He
also said many customers used
postal facilities in town.
We understand people feel
aggrieved at the PostShop closure. It
was a difficult decision, but the level
of foot traffic had dropped signifi-
We want to encourage people to
use the PostCentre. It's a really good
Miramar Enterprise spokesman
Allan Probert said residents had
fought to keep the PostShop open.
We gave them [New Zealand
Post] a 1000-plus signature petition
with most people expressing concern
over the closure,'' Mr Probert said.
He said a petrol station forecourt
was not designed to accommodate
high foot traffic and the queues at
the agency were long.
The postal agency is in the petrol
station, but it's a kiosk and it's going
to be too small, and there are a lot of
old people and a lot of businesses
here who use the PostShop and
Kiwibank,'' he said.
I don't know what they're going to
Mr Tulloch said New Zealand Post
was piloting self-serve kiosks, which
could be used to pay bills, top up
mobile phone and post mail.
We acknowledge that queues can
be an issue, but it is a particularly
busy time of year. This is one reason
we're looking at kiosks.''
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