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Have your say on buses
By REBECCA THOMSON
Brooklyn Resource Centre, Jefferson Rd, Feb 15, 7pm.
Ohariu Hall, 550 Ohariu Valley Rd, 7pm.
Newtown Hall, cnr of Constable and Daniell sts, Feb 26, 2pm.
Aro Valley Community Centre, 48 Aro St, Feb 27, 7pm.
Newlands Community Association, 9 Batchelor St, Feb 28, 7pm.
St Cuthbert's Anglican Church Hall, 21 Luxford St, Berhampore,
March 1, 7.30pm.
Newtown Community and Cultural Centre, cnr of Colombo and
Riddiford sts, March 12, 7.30pm.
Kilbirnie Community Centre, Bay Rd, March 13, 7.30pm.
Churton Park School Hall, 90 Churton Dr, March 14, 7.30pm.
Regional council consultation meetings
Wellington Regional Council, 142 Wakefield St, Feb 28, 11am and
Feb 29, midday.
Karori Community Centre, Beauchamp St, March 3, 10am and March
Johnsonville Mall, March 3, 1pm and March 6, 11am.
Newtown Hall, cnr Daniell and Constable sts, March 7, 11am and
March 10, 1pm.
Kilbirnie Community Centre, March 8, 11am and March 10, midday.
Wellingtonians are being encour-
aged to have their say on proposed
changes to the region's bus routes.
Regional councillors Daran
Ponter and Paul Bruce have
organised a series of public
meetings to inform people about
the planned changes and seek
Under the proposal announced
last week, every bus route that
runs throughout Wellington
Mr Ponter said the meetings,
organised in conjunction with
residents associations, were an
opportunity for Wellingtonians to
learn more about the changes.
Some of the changes include
introducing bus interchanges,
diverting some peak routes over
The Terrace and along the water-
front, and axing some trolley bus
People need to let us know how
the proposed new services will
affect them so we can take that
into account in more detailed
planning,'' said Mr Ponter.
He said issues discussed at the
meetings would include higher
frequency services during the day
on many routes, the cutback and
removal of some routes, the reten-
tion of bus route numbers and fare
There were concerns about how
Snapper would work across the
different bus operators, said Mr
If you get off a Go Wellington
bus and get on another Go Wel-
lington bus, Snapper will be able
to do that as one transaction. But
if you get off a Green [Mana] bus
and get on a Go Wellington bus,
you won't be able to do that.''
Regional council transport
spokesman Peter Glensor said the
proposed changes were the result
of the first major review in about
20 years of Wellington city's bus
He said the regional council was
also running several public
sessions to inform Wellingtonians
about the proposal.
We're very keen to hear if
people think we are heading in
the right direction with the con-
cept of a three-tiered network
made up of core, secondary and
If approved, the changes would
be rolled out from next year.
More than 317,000 people catch
the 12,173 buses that run in the
region area each week.
Details of the proposed changes
can be viewed online at
Retiring for the second time
Thank you: Ross Difford, right, with a certificate of
appreciation for his 20 years' service, presented by Mike
After more than 20 years' service to the St
Vincent de Paul Society, Ross Difford is
finally bidding farewell.
Mr Difford was employed as the society's
driver and handyman for 20 years until he
retired from paid employment in 2008. He
returned the next day to work as a volun-
teer in the society's Newtown shop.
This time, Mr Difford said he was going
The society's Wellington president, Mike
Keenan, last week presented Mr Difford
with certificate of appreciation for his tire-
Mr Difford said he planned to divide his
time between New Zealand and his native
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