Press Release – Wellington City Council
Wellington residents who are still without power after last Thursday’s storms are invited to use hot showers at City Council recreation centres and swimming pools (see contacts and opening hours below).
Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown, who visited some of the homes without power this morning with the Council’s Local Host staff, says people are welcome to head to our community centres to warm up.
“We are working closely with Wellington Electricity and understand around 500 homes are still without power because of the extensive damage,” she says.
“If your power’s still off and you need to warm up, please come and have a hot drink and a chat to staff at one of our community centres. We are also offering free hot showers at our pools and recreation centres. You can also spend time and stay warm at your local library.”
Mayor Wade-Brown also encourages people to check on their neighbours if they are still without power, especially if they’re elderly or vulnerable.
“Today I joined the team knocking on doors where people were possibly without power, and most people are well supported by neighbours and family. Wellington City Council will continue to encourage community resilience and neighbourhood connections,” she says.
Newswire: South Coast worst hit
Many walking tracks around the city are closed due to safety concerns. Trees have fallen or have precariously hanging limbs and there are slips and other damage to tracks.
Affected areas that are currently closed include:
• parts of the Northern Walkway on Te Ahumairangi (Tinakori Hill)
• Moturoa Stream Walkway in Central Park – where fallen trees have damaged at least one footbridge
• City to Sea Walkway through Finnimore Terrace, above Rugby League Park
• Conviction track in Centennial Reserve, Miramar
• parts of the Lookout and Summit Walkways on Mt Victoria
• Te Araroa national walkway through Spicer Forest
• Berhampore Golf Course, which closed due to fallen trees on the fairways.
While we’ll try to clean up the tracks and ensure they’re safe for use as soon as possible, some may remain out of action for several months. The Council’s key priorities at the moment are to fix roads, clear sportsfields and remove trees posing pressing threats to the public.
The four-wheel drive track from Owhiro Bay to Red Rocks will also be closed for the foreseeable future – the roadway has been pretty much destroyed by the huge seas that hit the south coast.
Council staff are still gathering information in the reserve network and there may be additional track closures.
We’re working on getting signage out into affected areas and on our website. If you’re planning on using any tracks around the city, it’s important to respect any closures – and take care.
For the latest storm response updates from Wellington Electricity please go to www.welectricity.co.nz
Freyberg Pool and Fitness Centre, 139 Oriental Parade:
6am–9pm, phone 801 4530
Karori Pool, 22 Donald Street, Karori:
6am–9pm, phone 476 5400
Keith Spry Pool, 15 Frankmoore Avenue, Johnsonville:
6am–9pm, phone 478 9237
Tawa Pool, Davies Street, Tawa:
6am–9pm, phone 232 7041
Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre, 63 Kilbirnie Crescent, Kilbirnie:
6am–9pm, phone 387 8029
Karori Recreation Centre, opposite Karori Mall, phone 476 8090
Sunday 12 noon–6pm
Kilbirnie Recreation Centre, 101 Kilbirnie Crescent, phone 387 1491
Tuesday and Wednesday 9am–2.30pm
Saturday 9am -12 noon
Nairnville Recreation Centre, cnr Cockayne Road and Lucknow Terrace, phone 479 2022
Sunday 12 noon–6pm
ASB Sports Centre, 72 Kemp Street, Kilbirnie, phone 830 0500
Open daily 7am–10 pm
Please contact community centres for opening hours
• Churton Park Community Centre, 75 Lakewood Avenue, Churton Park, phone 830 4802
• Island Bay Community Centre, 137 The Parade, Island Bay (behind the pharmacy), phone 383 7464
• Newlands Community Centre, 9 Batchelor Street, phone 477 3724
• Tawa Community Centre, 5 Cambridge Street, Tawa, phone 232 1682
• Aro Valley Community Centre, 48 Aro Street, phone 384 8499
• Brooklyn Community Centre, 12–18 Harrison Street, Brooklyn, phone 384 6799
• Crossways Community Centre, level 1, 6 Roxburgh Street, Mt Victoria, phone 384 4770
• Hataitai Community House, 112 Waipapa Road, Hataitai, phone 383 7464
• Johnsonville Community Centre, 3 Frankmoore Avenue, Johnsonville, phone 478 8628
• Karori Community Centre, 7 Beauchamp Street, Karori, phone 476 4968
• Khandallah Town Hall Cornerstone Community Centre, 11 Ganges Road, Khandallah, phone 479 5420
• Kilbirnie/Lyall Bay Community Centre, 56/58 Bay Road, Kilbirnie, phone 387 7867
• Newtown Community & Cultural Centre, cnr Colombo and Rintoul Streets, Newtown, phone 389 4786
• Northland Memorial Community Centre, 5 Woburn Road, Northland, phone 475 8511