Kapi-Mana News : August 14th 2012
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IN BRIEF Whitireia buddies up to ETITO Whitireia New Zealand is partnering with industry training organisation ETITO to better respond to the educational needs of learners already in employment. It will provide a seamless pathway for those who wish to broaden their career options by obtaining a business diploma or degree while working, says ETITO chief executive Garry Fissenden. "Based on our experience with trainees and industry, people starting out in study become really enthusiastic about it and want to know what they can take on next. We've just made it easier for them to see where their current qualification can lead them." Representatives from both organisations will be visiting ETITO client companies to explore what skill development is needed. A pilot programme based on business qualifications will be developed and launched next year. Bus-train-ferry ticketing Public transport users in the Wellington region are being encouraged to give their feedback on possible changes to how Metlink bus, train and harbour ferry fares are calculated and the kinds of discounts that could be available. Greater Wellington's Economic Wellbeing Committee chairman Peter Glensor says the council is looking at several different options as part of the fare system review which is carried out every five or six years. This review is separate from the council's annual review of fare prices. "We're looking at how we can make the fare system simpler and what steps we can take towards integrated ticketing, where you use just one ticket or card for all bus, train and harbour ferry services." People can get more information and give feedback by completing a survey at farereview.co.nz. Feedback is needed by September 14. Traffic problem getting worse By KRIS DANDO Heavy traffic: The already-busy Mana Esplanade is getting worse, says Porirua City councillor Bronwyn Kropp, and she wants to know why. Councillor after official answers Chaotic traffic delays along Mana Esplanade have one Pori- rua City councillor demanding answers about what will be done to fix the worsening prob- lem. Bronwyn Kropp, a Camborne resident, was late to the coun- cil s committee meeting on August 2 because she was stuck in traffic. She says her own frustrations echo those of a number of residents who have contacted her lately. The Saturday traffic flow is particularly bad, it s actually chaotic and I would like to know what options we have. She has asked for a report from the council s chief execu- tive on whether there are plans to mitigate the issues and whether PCC can influence the situation with NZ Transport Agency. Ms Kropp later told Kapi-Mana News the Paremata roundabout was badly backed up at peak times and at week- ends, especially since the new traffic lights at Marina View were installed. She has seen boaties having their trailers towed from the clearway areas as well, as residents are still unsure of the times vehicles can be parked in kerbside lanes. I m getting so many calls about this [and] it s got worse in the past two months. Paremata Residents Associ- ation chairman Terry Knight says congestion often flares up when a lot of traffic is turning left on to State Highway 58 when travelling south from Mana Esplanade. It backs up really badly and it is worse going up to that [Paremata] roundabout in the weekends. Most residents do not want four lanes and I m sure NZTA are fine with the way things are. Mr Knight did not believe the new Marina View lights were causing problems. A review of the area will be done by NZTA in three months time, address- ing the effectiveness of the clearways and other traffic flow issues. Aotea attraction off the tracks Off to the doctor: The Waitangirua Lions' distinctive engine is carted away by Kenepuru Engineers for repairs. By KRIS DANDO The Waitangirua Lions train at Aotea Lagoon is out of com- mission but don t fear, it will return in time for summer. The train, which began its traditional Sunday rides in 1978, has been well maintained over the years, says Lions train committee member Keith Nicoll. But the cogs underneath are showing wear and drivers have noticed worrying clunking sounds in recent months. On August 1, Kenepuru Engineers Ltd took the engine away on a truck for inspection. It is insured for $160,000. Mr Nicoll says they hope to have the train active again by Labour weekend. It s been a while since there was a major refit, it s overdue, we have funds set aside to do it. That way it can last for another 30 years. In the interim, Porirua City Council will undertake its annual check of the bridges and tunnels around the lagoon, alongside the Lions own cleaning up of the area, in time for the busy spring and summer period. The Aotea Lagoon train is Waitangirua Lions main source of fundrais- ing. During peak times, the carriages will take about 300 passengers every Sunday -- and about 10,000 in a year -- for $2 a ride.
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