Wellington Scoop

Archive for April, 2015

Framework for “safe, complete” city-wide cycling network adopted by councillors

The Wellington City Council today adopted its new cycling framework, after a vigorous debate that ran for several hours. Read more »

Work starting on $1.5m Wainuiomata summit bridge for cyclists and pedestrians

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Photo: Campbell Barry

Press Release – Hutt City Council
Construction of the Wainuiomata Summit Bridge starts on Monday with completion set for September. Read more »

Air NZ extending ‘hit’ Te Papa show to end of July, then moving it to Auckland

Press Release – Air New Zealand
Air New Zealand has announced today it will bring its retrospective 75th anniversary exhibition, developed in partnership with Te Papa and currently on display at the national museum in Wellington, to Auckland where it will open at the Auckland War Memorial Museum on 20 November. Read more »

The wish list and the missing cycleway

Cynics may well have doubts about the Regional Transport Committee’s list of priority projects announced this week – specifically the number five position for a new cycling and walking path between Petone and Ngauranga. The reason for any cynicism: it’s all been said before, with no results. Read more »

Haste and secrecy: the Basin ‘masterplan’

by Tim Jones
In March we were told that the Wellington City Council was developing a Masterplan for the Basin Reserve. At that stage, the way to have input into the Masterplan was to comment on the Council’s Long Term Plan, which would in turn influence the development of a Masterplan. Read more »

Hastings council to pay $94,000 for mower death of four-year-old

News from Worksafe NZ
Hastings District Council has been fined $29,500 and ordered to pay reparation of $65,000 (on top of $12,356.70 already paid) after a tractor mower, operated by one of their employees at a public park, struck a child and killed him.

Hastings District Council was sentenced in the Hastings District Court under the Health and Safety in Employment Act for failing to take all practicable steps to ensure no action or inaction by an employee harmed any other person.

On 8 October 2013 the employee was mowing Kirkpatrick Park at 700 Orchard Road where three children, including the four-year-old victim, were playing. At some point the employee noticed the three children getting closer to the mower – he waved at them to get out of the way and tooted the tractor’s horn to warn them.

On the mower’s 8th run across the park, the victim stopped running behind the mower and sat down while the other two children continued to chase the mower. On the 9th run the mower passed the victim sitting on the ground. During the 10th run, the victim was running at a diagonal angle towards the tractor when he was struck and run over by the right-hand side of the mower unit. He suffered fatal injuries.

“Children are particularly at risk when public areas like parks are being mowed,” says Keith Stewart, Chief Inspector at WorkSafe NZ.

“While the Hastings District Council did have an informal system of stopping the mower and not starting it again until the member of the public had moved on, this process should have been formalised and documented in the Safe Operating Procedures for the tractor mower. The guidance should also have been clearly articulated to all staff so that they knew how to use the tractor mowers safely.

“Those simple steps could have made all the difference to the victim and his family.”

Mt Victoria Tunnel to close most nights, for upgrades and strengthening

News from WCC
The Mt Victoria Tunnel is expected to be closed five nights a week (Sundays to Thursdays) most weeks till the middle of next year, starting next Wednesday, so the next phase of essential upgrade work on the 1931 tunnel can be done. Read more »

Pay by Space extends to Blair Street

News from WCC
The Wellington City Council’s trialling of parking sensors, which has changed Allen Street over to Pay by Space, is to be extended to Blair Street this week. Read more »

Two exhibitions by Sally Griffin


Press Release – Toi Poneke Gallery
Wellington artist Sally Griffin has two exhibitions opening and running in Wellington, both with the same exhibition title. Read more »

Wellington rally to show support for Aboriginal Day of Action

Press Release – NZ Rallys
Māori, New Zealanders, Pacific and International communities will gather in Wellington this Friday and throughout New Zealand, to show their support for Aboriginal peoples of Australia who face forced closures of their communities. Read more »

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