Kapi-Mana News : July 12th 2011
12 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JULY 12, 2011 NEWS Brought to you by S T C -Interactive Health Stalls -Guest Speakers Access Today to Improve Tomorrow‛ is the Tag line for the Strong Pasifka Youth expo to be held tomorrow (13th July) at Te Rauparaha Arena from 10.30am 2pm. Health, career, social, and education organisations are combining to promote their services to youth that attend the expo. Access to appropriate services remains an issue for young and the expo hopes to get organisations and youth interacting in a supportive environment. Dave Bishop and Paul Marshall (Compass Health PHO) are the drivers behind the expo and are using interaction, music and dance to help get the key messages across to youth. There are many services in the region that are aimed at our young people and these services need to be highlighted so youth are aware and can access them when needed says Bishop. The expo will feature speakers such as Kris Fa‛afoi, the frst Tokelauan elected into parliament along with Wayne Poutoa, manager for 237 Streets Ahead to share their journeys in reaching their aspirations. The expo is designed for Pacifc youth but organisers are encouraging all groups and cultures to attend as the issues are similar across the board. We have taken the holistic approach for the expo to ensure it‛s not just about health or education or whatever. Having a range of services is important to overall well being so it will beneft those that come along says Marshall. In order to win some of the prizes on the day, youth will need to interact with the stalls to be in to win. One of the major prizes is being able hang out with the popular reggae band Kalohe Kai during their upcoming tour, along with CD‛s and other merchandise. 3477557AE 3646611AB Big ticket: Greater Wellington chairwoman Fran Wilde and Transport Minister Steven Joyce sign an ownership deal for Wellington's metropolitan trains. Council buys trains One of New Zealand s biggest ever used vehicle transactions took place last Tuesday. Greater Wellington chairwoman Fran Wilde and Transport Minister Steven Joyce signed a deal giving the council ownership of the KiwiRail s 40 Ganz Mavag suburban rail unit pairs, the maintenance buildings and all stations except Welling- ton. Under the deal, the government will fund upgrading the rest of Wellington s rail network, the parts that were not essential for the new Matangi trains. Mr Joyce said neither party had got all it wanted, but pretty close . There is a saying -- if you re doing a deal and both sides walk away feeling slightly bruised then you ve probably done a pretty good deal. And I think in this situation both sides would say there has been a lot of push and pull. Ms Wilde said, Hell froze after a few times during the course of this long negotiation, but we got there in the end. For its part, the regional council will begin refurbishing the 29- year-old trains in the next few months, at an estimated cost of $80 million, and upgrade the stations. Ms Wilde said there was a pro- cess to be worked through before the Ganz Mavags could be refurbished, but the work looked almost certain to go the Hutt workshops. Greater Wellington transport division manager Wayne Hastie said later the council had to go through the appropriate steps and cost benefit analyses, and satisfy conditions for New Zealand Transport Agency funding. We are talking a matter of months, he said. It s months not years away. Wire rope proving a lifesaver By JIM CHIPP Since 2005, 69 vehicles have hit the Centennial Highway wire rope median barrier but none of the accidents have been fatal. Prior to the barrier being installed in 2004, the road between Pukerua Bay and Paekakariki had a lethal record. In the five previous years there were seven fatal accidents, three serious injury accidents, two minor injury accidents and five non-injury accidents reported on it. At the same time as the barrier was installed the speed limit was reduced to 80kmh. In the following five years, there were 27 accidents from drivers hitting the median barrier, but no deaths and no injuries. New Zealand Transport Agency Wel- lington operations manager Mark Owen said from the agency s point of view the barrier had proved very satis- factory. From a car damage perspective, it s a bit softer on the car. Generally, they can drive away. That means accident sites are more promptly cleared and the road was quickly flowing again, he said. It s also very easy to repair, just pop the posts out, replace them and then re- tension the wire, or we can pop the posts out and move the traffic to the other side. It is a lot more flexible. Similar barriers have since been placed on Hayward s Hill, and on State Highway 2 around Silverstream, and a new one is being installed between Sil- verstream and Moonshine. Mr Owen said four other new barriers were under investigation on State Highway 1 from Paekakariki to McKay s Crossing, further north between Otaihanga and Waikanae and on State Highway 2 further north. There will be more as the agency s roads of national significance are built, he said. The barriers were the subject of intense criticism from motorcycling groups when a motorcyclist was killed on Auckland s southern motorway after colliding with the wire.
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