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In reference to the article headed
"Mobility vans in short supply"
(October 4), it is true that with eight
vans with wheelchair hoists in
service through Wellington
Combined Taxis there can be a
shortage of supply from time to time.
These eight vans do not necessarily
all operate at all times.
Fortunately there is backup for
Wellington Combined Taxis to
service some of the shortfall by
subcontracting Hot Ice Travel Ltd.
Hot Ice Travel is a small bus
charter company that has bought its
way into the total mobility transport
field with the acquisition of Airport
& City Shuttles, which is essentially
one shuttle van that is equipped with
a wheelchair hoist.
The seating capacity is variable
because the rear nine passenger
seats fold up, allowing the vehicle to
be converted from an 11-passenger
seat shuttle vehicle to a combination
of one wheelchair with up to seven
walk-on or two wheelchairs and up to
By prearrangement the rear seats
can be removed to cater for three to
four wheelchairs and two walk-on.
DEAN and HELEN KENTWELL
Hot Ice Travel
What's in a name?
Wellington City Council faces a real
If karo and karaka trees are now
woody weeds, what does that mean
to Wellington s new bypass? Will
Karo Drive now become Woody Weed
Drive? Or will it be cut off at the
Will Karaka Bay be renamed as
Woody Weed Bay? Or Flax Bay be
renamed Pest Bay?
Not to mention other local
identities. What will become of the
other place names, not "indigenous"
to their area?
When will our self-righteous
guardians ever stop?
Go to it Breaker Bay. We re with
It's about roads
Instead of smearing councillor Iona
Pannett about the proposed
Memorial Park (October 4), how
about investigating these questions:
Why the rush? We ve had 97 years
to plan a memorial for the Anzacs.
Why did the Key Government
shelve the Clark plan unveiled in
2004? It could have been built by
now at a fraction of the cost.
Do we need a trench, at a cost of
$80 million, for commemoration
events that take a couple of hours
each Anzac Day?
Let s be clear: this is an expensive
road-building project pretending to
be a memorial park. Is that the best
way to honour our war dead?
Praise for Pannett
I mihi people like Iona Pannett for
her courage to be a pacifist.
A tendency to denigrate and
refusal to acknowledge the mana of
pacifists reflects a partisan
understanding of our history and
Te Whiti and Tohu Kakahi at
Parihaka in the 1880s, Archibald
Baxter (World War I) and 800
pacifists and conchies imprisoned in
New Zealand during World War II
speak eloquently to this.
Many thousands of New
Zealanders have resisted every war
If planners of the War Memorial
Park really wanted it to be a
memorial for all New Zealanders,
would a focus on peace have been
so strange? Are we not yet big
enough to honour all who were
killed, all who killed and all who
struggled to prevent killing?
Car park concerns
I offer these thoughts on the news of
the Island Bay car park expansion
If the existing car park is compact
and well-used by patrons of various
shops, what are the implications if it
Which nearby retail outlet stays
open the latest? In the case of the
Island Bay New World car park and
adjacent shops, I d say the Bay Bar.
A scenario could be created
whereby you have a facility (the car
park) that takes on a different
character and clientele as the
Also in the mix is the Liquorland
bottlestore next to the Bay Bar.
When I read about Foodstuffs
plans, I thought about recent Kapiti
murders, where conflicts originated
in the retail car park.
Is it possible Foodstuffs visions of
car park expansion one day
culminate in the stabbing of an
Island Bay teenager?
It depends on whether you believe
car parks themselves provide a
night-time venue for illicit activities,
or that the Kapiti murders
precipitating factor was that the
criminal element involved were
rugby league players.
You may scoff and roll your eyes.
Isn t it rather a long bow to draw?
Anyway, most Island Bay teenagers
probably play soccer!CHRISTINE SWIFT
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