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Pedal power hits
By AMY JACKMAN
their new cargo
A new fleet of bikes pedals into
action this week to run cables,
food and people around central
Positively Wellington Venues,
Restaurant Associates and
Multi-Media Systems have
bought cargo bikes that can
carry up to 100 kilograms in
their front luggage container.
Positively Wellington Venues
chief executive Glenys Coughlan
said the Danish-designed bikes
would help save on taxis,
couriers, petrol and parking.
The bikes cost $3800 each.
Positively Wellington Venues
bought two bikes, their pre-
ferred caterer Restaurant Asso-
ciates paid for one bike and their
preferred audio-visual company
Multi-Media Systems paid for
If the bikes save Positively
Wellington Venues $15 in trans-
port costs a day, they will pay
for themselves in a year.
We see them being used for
all of our events in future, Ms
I can also see myself using
them to get from here [Michael
Fowler Centre] to meetings at
TSB or St James when I am run-
ning late instead of using a
The idea for the bikes came
from Restaurant Associates
head chef Dan Mikkelsen, who
lived in Denmark and saw them
They used them for every-
thing. Families transport their
children, ice-cream sellers have
them. They are everywhere.
I knew they were practical
and would work here.
Mr Mikkelsen said they would
save the catering staff time at
We have got stuck in traffic
trying to get food to TSB at 5pm.
The bikes will save us a lot of
You can ride them right into
the venues and up to the food
The bikes can carry trays of
canapes for up to 100 people.
Mr Mikkelsen said they were
easy to ride.
They have seven gears so are
surprisingly easy to pedal.
Mission of mercy
Food drive: Rongotai MP Annette King
and Eastern ward councillor Paul Eagle
drop off food and toiletries to
Wellington City Mission's Matt Dagger,
Photo: REBECCA THOMSON
By REBECCA THOMSON
The pantry at Wellington City
Mission has been re-stocked thanks
to generous Ridgeway residents.
Rongotai MP Annette King and a
group of Labour Party members col-
lected goods from residents of the
small community on Saturday morn-
People from Ridgeway had called
me and said they were concerned for
the City Mission, Mrs King said.
They had heard it was almost out
of food and they wanted to do some-
thing practical, so we spent the
morning going door to door.
The response was really
Wellington City Mission
fundraiser Matt Dagger said food
stocks had been low and the donation
would help the Mission until its
annual Brown Paper Bag appeal.
It s fantastic. Wellingtonians
have really come through for us,
said Mr Dagger.
This time of the year it s pretty
quiet with stuff coming into the food
bank but the demand is still high.
To the year ending in March, the
Mission gave out 3872 food parcels --
3146 to families and 726 to
Mr Dagger said 78 per cent of food
parcel recipients were regular clients
and Mission staff were working to
help them become independent.
Eastern ward councillor Paul
Eagle, who was on hand to help
unpack the goods, said there was a
great deal of concern about the social
well-being of Wellington s poorer
I was at a public meeting in
Vogeltown-Mornington with a 100
They raised lots of questions about
what Wellington City Council was
doing about health and well-being
It s a good message for me to take
back [to the council].
The City Mission offers a range of
services, such as budgeting advice,
that focus on addressing the causes
of clients difficulties.
The Mission helps about 4000
Donated goods can be dropped of at
the Mission's community services
centre, 200 Riddiford St, Newtown,
weekdays from 8.30am till4.30pm.
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