Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Te Matau a Pohe to lift at noon every day

Te Matau a Pohe to lift at noon every day

Anyone wishing to see Whangarei’s new bridge Te Matau a Pohe raised and lowered will be able to do so at noon every day from now on.

“It’s unique shape and operating system is attracting attention from overseas visitors, domestic visitors and locals alike, so we decided to ensure there was one lift every day that anyone could watch, either on the bridge or from the shore,” said WDC Infrastructure and Services Group Manager Simon Weston.

“It is quite dramatic when the loud warning is announced that the bridge is going to be lifted, the siren sounds, the barriers come down and the lights start to flash. It is only when you are on the bridge or on a vessel passing through the gap that you actually realise how big it is and how gracefully it moves.”

Mr Weston said the bridge has received two awards at a national level now, has been nominated for another and for two British awards. It has also appeared in a number of industry magazines and in the recent Kia car advertisement on television.

It was commended in the 2014 New Zealand Concrete Society Awards Infrastructure Award and was highly commended in the Roading New Zealand Road Excellence Awards -- Z Excellence Award for a Major Project (greater than $25m). It was being considered for the New Zealand Master Builders Commercial Project Award (results yet to be announced), the Building Magazine International Project of the Year (results yet to be announced) and the United Kingdom Civic Trust Award (results to be announced in March).

It has also featured in the Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand magazine, Bridge Design and Engineering Magazine, and several industry blogs.

Background to bridge lifts

It takes about 5 to 7 minutes for the bridge to go through the full cycle (open and close) and the intention is to do that every day at noon.

The bridge is not lifted at all during peak traffic the 7:15 to 8:45am and 4:00 to 5:30pm.

The rest of the time it is lifted by request from marine traffic between the flowing hours

Operating hours
Summer
Weekdays 8:45am to 4:00pm and 5:30pm to 8:00pm (excludes the 7:15 to 8:45am and 4:00 to 5:30pm peak traffic periods)
Summer
Weekends 6:00am to 9:00pm


Winter weekdays
8:45am to 4:00pm
Winter weekends
8:00am to 6:00pm

Response time
Vessels waiting can tie to the Marina Pontoons at each side of the bridge. During normal hours we would have a target response time of 5 minutes for the bridge to be opened from the time that a skipper makes their request.
Outside of normal operating hours the service would be on-call with a target response time of 30 minutes for the bridge to be opened from the time that they make their request.

Outside of normal operating hours skippers would be encouraged to ‘book’ a time for the bridge to open. Where a booking is made, the target response time shall be within 5 minutes of the time of their booking (subject to the vessel arriving on time).

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Parliament Today: State Opening Of Parliament

The House sits at 10.30am today before MPs are summoned to hear the Speech from the Throne in the Legislative Council Chamber.

The speech delivered by the Governor-General on the Government’s behalf outlines its priorities for this Parliament.

After this MPs will return to the House for the presentation of petitions and papers and the introduction of any bills.

The Government has five notices of motion on the Order Paper which can be debated. These relate to relating to the appointment of the Deputy Speaker, Assistant Speakers, the reinstatement of business in a carryover motion and one on “Entities to be deemed public organisations”. More>>

 

Housing, Iraq: PM Press Conference – 20 October 2014

Prime Minister John Key met with press today to discuss:
• Housing prices and redevelopment in Auckland
• Discussions with Tony Abbott on the governmental response to ISIS, and New Zealand’s election to the UN Security Council More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Review Team Named, Leadership Campaign Starts

Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review. He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban.

ALSO:


Roy Morgan Poll: National Slips, Labour Hits Lows

The first New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll since the NZ Election shows National 43.5% (down 3.54% since the September 20 Election). This isn’t unusual, National support has dropped after each of John Key’s Election victories... However, support for the main opposition Labour Party has crashed to 22.5% (down 2.63% and the lowest support for Labour since the 1914 NZ Election as United Labour). More>>

ALSO:

In On First Round: New Zealand Wins Security Council Seat

Prime Minister John Key has welcomed New Zealand securing a place on the United Nations Security Council for the 2015-16 term. More>>

ALSO:

TPP Leak: Intellectual Property Text Confirms Risk - Jane Kelsey

The US is continuing its assault on generic medicines through numerous proposed changes to patent laws. ‘These are bound to impact on Pharmac if they are accepted’, according to Professor Kelsey... Copyright is another area of ongoing sensitivity... More>>

ALSO:

RMA: Smith Plans Reform To Ease Urban Development

Newly appointed Environment Minister Nick Smith has announced Resource Management Act reform to foster urban development, where high land prices and expensive resource consents are blocking efforts to provide affordable housing. More>>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On New Zealand getting involved (again) in other people's wars

Apparently, the Key government is still pondering how New Zealand will contribute to the fight against Islamic State. Long may it ponder, given the lack of consensus among our allies as to how to fight IS, where to fight it (Syria, Iraq, or both?) and with whose ground troops, pray tell? More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On child poverty, and David Shearer’s latest outburst

The politicisation of (a) the public service and (b) the operations of the Official Information Act have been highlighted by the policy advice package on child poverty that RNZ’s resolute political editor Brent Edwards has finally prised out of the Ministry of Social Development. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On the government’s review of security laws

So the Key government is about to launch a four week review of the ability of our existing legislation to deal with “suspected and returning foreign terrorist fighters, and other violent extremists.”

According to its terms of reference, the review will consider whether the SIS, GCSB and Police are sufficiently able right now to (a) investigate and monitor suspected and returning foreign terrorist fighters… More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news