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Fran Wilde, Chair
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Water supply to
treated water to the main
reservoirs in each city.
Ensures the region's
natural resources are
Regional parks and forests
Maintains a network of
regional parks and forests
for recreational use.
Metlink buses and trains
Coordinates and funds
the region's Metlink public
plans for the region's
Coordinates Civil Defence
Helps communities protect
themselves from the
effects of flooding.
Works with landowners
to target pest plants and
animals, and eradicate
Looks after navigational
safety in Wellington and
Porirua harbours, and the
Works with landowners
to prevent or reduce
Promotes the Wellington
Regional Strategy -- a
What does Greater Wellington do?
There will be reduced bus and
train services from Christmas Day
until Sunday 8 January 2012.
Normal services will resume on
Monday 9 January. This period
of limited services is longer than
normal, largely to allow substantial
rail work to be carried out. Please
plan your travel carefully. Make
sure you check the timetables on
the Metlink website or pick up a
Christmas timetable from your
local Metlink stockist.
Real Time heads to the Hutt
Let's Carpool goes north
Let's Carpool, Greater Wellington's award winning
programme, is spreading its wings
This easy, online way to find your carpool match has recently
been extended to our neighbours in the north.
Palmerston North City Council is providing the programme
to people in the surrounding region, including parts of
Manawatu, Horowhenua, Ruapehu and Rangitikei. This
partnership makes it easy for people living in one region
but working in the other to share their commute.
Almost 2,000 people from
more than 500 workplaces
in the Wellington region
have registered with the
online carpooling scheme.
Find out more about
Let's Carpool by visiting
A two-way street
A shocking video reminds people that pedestrians
and drivers need to share the road
Thousands of people have already viewed A Two-Way Street --
a Greater Wellington road safety video showing a crash
between a driver and pedestrian in Lower Hutt.
"We've got great walking opportunities in the Wellington
region and the highest figures for walking to work compared
to any other region in the country. But this is accompanied
by a higher than average risk for pedestrian casualties," says
Simon Kennett, Greater Wellington's Active Transport and
Road Safety Advisor.
The pedestrian in A Two-Way Street was on crutches for nearly
three months and the driver of the vehicle was charged with
careless driving causing injury and disqualified from driving
for six months.
Simon Kennett says that we all share the road -- whether we're a
pedestrian or a driver -- so we must look out for each other.
"Drivers should slow down in urban areas -- safer speeds
save lives. And pedestrians need to stay focused when using
a road and remember to look both ways."
The video is part of Greater Wellington's work to ensure walking
(and cycling) in the region is safe, convenient and pleasant.
See the CCTV footage of the crash and hear
the stories at: www.gw.govt.nz/two-way-street
Stills from the video of A Two-Way Street, which shows a crash between
a driver and pedestrian
Real Time Information (RTI), which
tells you when your bus will arrive,
will soon be available for all Valley
Flyer services. Display screens at
key Hutt Valley bus stops and
interchanges will be installed over
the next few months. You can also
get RTI from the Metlink Service
Centre and from the Metlink and
More than 70 RTI screens are up
and running in Wellington city
and suburbs. Installation of RTI
totem displays on the Golden Mile
-- Lambton Quay, Willis Street
and Courtenay Place -- has been
delayed due to a pedestrian safety
review of the area.
RTI will be available for Mana and
Newlands buses early next year
after the Valley Flyer rollout has
finished. It will be available for
train services after this.
Pump it up
There's a new mini
"The generator isn't big in
enormous," said Taranaki
-nui Kaumatua Teri
Puketapu at the scheme's official opening, attended by Greater
Wellington Councillors and members of Taranaki Wha
Reverend Boyd Reha leading a karakia and blessing of the plant.
Greater Wellington is using the water pressure from a pipeline
at its Wainuiomata Water Treatment Plant to generate up to 300
kilowatts of electricity -- enough to power 225 average households.
Most of the power will be used at the water treatment plant.
This will save money on the electricity needed for the plant and
help Greater Wellington reduce its greenhouse gas emissions
(water supply activities represent 75% of Greater Wellington's
emissions). Any surplus electricity will go into the local network
and when the water treatment plant is turned off (eg, for
maintenance), all of the power will go to the local network.
This is Greater Wellington's second mini-hydro scheme (Greater
Wellington also self-generates around 300 kilowatts of electricity
at its Te Marua Pumping Station).
The new hydro-electricity generator
The Reverend Boyd Reha (right) leads iwi from the building containing the
hydro-electricity generator. Teri Puketapu is fourth from the left
Let's Carpool can now
be used for one-off
trips including events
in the Great Outdoors
Warm GW scheme hots up
The total amount of financial assistance available
from the Warm Greater Wellington scheme
Greater Wellington Councillors recently agreed to increase
the spending cap from $3 million to $6 million per year.
This means 2,300 household in the region can apply for
financial assistance to install insulation and clean heat,
which will make their homes warmer, drier and healthier.
Under the scheme, Greater Wellington provides up to
$2,600 per property (including GST), repayable via a
targeted rate over nine years. The top-up is in addition
to the assistance currently available through EECA
(Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority).
Warm Greater Wellington has already been immensely
popular, with 2,437 properties having installed insulation
and/or clean heat since it began on 1 April 2010.
Would you like to apply for financial assistance
to insulate your home? Find out more, including
terms and conditions: www.gw.govt.nz/warmer-gw
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