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

 

Kapiti Round-Up

Kapiti Round-Up

Kāpiti speed limits review continues; Rimu Road footpath changes; Mobile curtain bank; Kaitawa Reserve bridge upgrade; Dogs in togs


KĀPITI’S SPEED LIMITS REVIEW CONTINUES

Kāpiti Coast District Council is reminding the community an online survey seeking initial comments on proposed new speed limits around the District, is due to close next week, Monday 19 March at 5pm.

A formal submission process will follow and people interested in sharing their views can also be part of this during April. Around 200 people have already been online to have their say as part of Stage 1 of the review.

The survey and maps of the roads proposed for changes are on the Council’s website.

RIMU ROAD FOOTPATH CHANGES AND TREE WORKS (IN BRIEF)

The Kapiti Coast District Council's work to improve the Paraparaumu town centres continues, with Rimu Road progressing. The work site has been set up on the western side of the road and stretches from the corner of Iver Trask up towards the Kāpiti Road/Rimu Road intersection. Pedestrians need to cross to the other side of the road, either at the crossing or the lights. As part of this work, we’re creating a bay for buses to safely pull in and collect passengers, which will also allow traffic to flow more smoothly along this stretch of the road. Visit our website for more information on this project.


THE MOBILE CURTAIN BANK IS BACK JUST IN TIME FOR WINTER

With thanks to a unique partnership between Kāpiti Coast District Council, Energise Ōtaki Inc., Citizens Advice Bureau Ōtaki and Sustainability Trust in Wellington, free curtains are being provided to Ōtaki homes in need just in time for winter this year.

Kāpiti Coast District Council Corporate Planning and Reporting Manager Kevin Black says the curtains, available to Ōtaki Community Services Card holders, can prevent up to 60% heat loss from draughty and older houses during the coldest months of New Zealand winters.

“Lined curtains – those with two or more layers of material – are thermally effective and a good first step toward a healthy home. Power and medical bills can be reined in quite a bit just by hanging curtains in windows. Combine this with draught stoppers and insulation around windows and doors and heat loss can be cut by more than half.”

Last year, the Curtain Bank helped 56 families in Ōtaki, and the initiative aims to supply even more families with curtains this year. Forms to apply for curtains can be picked up at the Ōtaki Citizens Advice Bureau and then dropped off next week. As the curtains are made to measure in Wellington, they will be ready for pick-up in Ōtaki late-April.

If you miss the Ōtaki Mobile Curtain Bank deadline, you may still be able to access the scheme by contacting Sustainability Trust Wellington directly by phone – 0508 787824 (ext. 705) or email – curtainbank@sustaintrust.org.nz.



KAITAWA RESERVE BRIDGES CLOSED FOR UPGRADES

Kaitawa Reserve bridges are getting upgrades this month and through April and will be closed to reserve users while Kapiti Coast District Council gets underway with refurbishments to improve safety and usability. Alternative access to the park will be via the local road.

The wooden bridge upgrade will use a 99% recycled product called Enduroplank, which has already been used successfully on another bridge in the park late last year.

Parks and Recreation Manager Alison Law says the cost is similar to wood products, however the major benefit is the longer life span of 40 years and built-in tread.

"The first bridge has proven the increased slip resistance of this product in this shaded, damp environment," she says.

Physical works will consist of fencing the site off, putting up scaffolding, removal of the treads, addition of an additional wooden beam, laying of tread and construction of a wooden handrail that meets higher safety standards.

Residents and reserve users will need to access the park from the road during the works which should take four to six weeks.

A smaller metal bridge located in the southern part of the reserve will also be closed for a couple of weeks during the same period while under panels are removed and refurbished.

DOGS LINE UP FOR A DIP

It's quickly become a highlight of the year for Kapiti's best friends - a chance for Council-registered dogs to enjoy a pool swim in Waikanae, before the outdoor pool season ends.

Owners are already lining up to book a place for their pooch at the pool on Easter Monday 2 April – 2-3.30pm for small dogs, 3.45-5.30pm for medium and large dogs.

It's the second time the 'Dogs in togs' event has been offered to the Kāpiti community before the pool is emptied and cleaned for the winter months.

Register and find out more about the sessions, by calling the pool direct on 296 4789. You'll need your dog registration number and a few other details to book in. You won't need togs yourself, but you'll need to supervise your own dog. All for the cost of a gold coin donation to the SPCA.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Child Poverty Monitor: Food Poverty Due To Inadequate Income, Housing Cost

The latest Child Poverty Monitor released today by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner reveals alarming facts about children suffering the impacts of family income inadequacy, says Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG).

The report found that one in five children under the age of 15 - amounting to between 161,000 and 188,000 children - experience moderate-to-severe food insecurity, meaning they can’t count on having regular nutritious meals. More>>

 

Open Government: Proactively Release Of Ministerial Diaries

All Government Ministers will for the first time release details of their internal and external meetings, Minister for State Services (Open Government) Chris Hipkins announced today. More>>

ALSO:

Billion Trees: Questions Over Shanes Jones Carbon Claims

“Officials estimate the actual value of the One Billion Trees (OBT) scheme will be just a third of the amount Mr Jones claimed, at about $900 million, and that he padded the number by including $800 million of ETS benefits and $1 billion of business-as-usual activity..." More>>

'Sovereignty Concerns': Plans To Sign UN Migration Pact

New Zealand is likely going to sign up to a United Nations migration pact this week as long as it can iron out a concern around sovereignty. More>>

ALSO:

Most Vulnerable Face Most Risk: Sea Level Rise Threatens Major Infrastructure

The burden of sea-level rise will weigh on the most vulnerable unless a new approach is developed and legislated, a new report says. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Pope Of Parliament

’Tis the season of goodwill towards all humankind… except it would seem, towards the Speaker of Parliament... More>>

ALSO:

Abortion: Hundreds March To Call For Decriminalisation

About 300 protesters marched to Parliament this afternoon calling on MPs to vote in favour of decriminalising abortion. A recent report by the Law Commission to the government recommended removing it from the Crimes Act. More>>

ALSO:

Secondary Negotiations: PPTA Rejects 'Another Inadequate Offer'

Hard on the heels of an overwhelming rejection of the government’s second offer, the union’s representatives did not believe that the latest offer was good enough to take out to members... More>>

ALSO:

eGates And Social Security: PM Meets With Korean President Moon Jae-In

Our shared values and challenges, the situation on the Korean Peninsula and the opportunity to do more together were features of the meeting between Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in today in Auckland. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels