Kapi-Mana News : November 27th 2012
11 KAPI-MANA NEWS, NOVEMBER 27, 2012 OPINION / NEWS Fo o o at o 0 9 00 oad o ks@ z a. ov . z . z a. ov . z/ e o k/ ai ai i o . z a. ov . z/paekaka iki Y H Kāp I you' d v g b tw Kāp t a d Po ua th s su , oadwo ks ay a ct you t av l pla s. So ad o a d st ck th s gu d to you ot c boa d o dg . 1. SH1 Pl to ou dabout a d southbou d app oach (D c b a d F b ua y) What's happ g? F o Su day Dece be e ill be di i up a s e ch of SH1 pas he ei h s a io a d layi do a e oad. A chipseal su face ill he be laid ove he op of he e oad. This o k, hich ill i p ove he oad su face, ill ake a ou d h ee eeks, ea he pe i i . The i Feb ua y, e ill be i p ovi he oad su face a ou d he ou dabou a d esu faci i i h asphal . The ou dabou , hich is ea he a de ce e, is u de co s a s ess because ca s u a d b ake o he su face all day. A deep laye of asphal ill be laid a ou d he ou dabou o ake he oad su face o e du able a d p ovide a o e skid- esis a su face, hich ill educe he isk of skid- ela ed c ashes. The achi es e usually use o eseal oads a e oo bi a d u ieldy o e a ou d he ou dabou because he achi e is o a icula ed like a uck so ca ' be d a ou d he cu ves. We ill he efo e be d af i i a o e flexible, sli e achi e o seal he ou dabou . Wh ? This is a bi job a d ill ake a ou d 3-- eeks. The sou hbou d app oach o he ou dabou pas he ei h s a io ill be co ple e by Ch is as. The ou dabou o k ill be ca ied ou i ea ly Feb ua y a d ill ake a ou d --3 eeks. How do s th s a ct ? The o k ill be ca ied ou ove i h , hich ill ea he s a e hi h ay ill s ay ope bu ill be es ic ed o o e la e a i h . The oad ill be ope o co u e a c i he o i . Ho eve , ou side of co u e i es he e ill be la e closu es. The e ill also be speed es ic io s i place du i he day o p o ec he e oad su face a d allo i o se . Fo you safe y, a d he safe y of he oad c e s, please s ick o he speed li i s. Th NZ T a spo t Ag cy (NZTA) w ll b s al g s ct o s o stat h ghways you co u ty ov th su . Po holes, c acked oads a d slippe y oads ha have los hei skid esis a ce ca i c ease you isk of c ashes a d i ju ies, so e' e spe di ea ly $6 illio o esu faci s a e hi h ays i he Welli o e io his su e . By e ula ly esu faci , eseali o ea he p oofi he oads, he NZTA ca help you jou eys o s oo he , keep you safe o he s a e hi h ays a d avoid expe sive lo - e epai s. Mai ai i he oads is like pai i you house eve y 10 yea s o ive i a p o ec ive seal f o ea a d ea a d exposu e o ea he , as ell as i c ease i s du abili y. He e's a ea ly heads-up of pla ed oad o ks likely o ake place i you a ea be ee Nove be a d Ma ch. This o k is ea he depe de , so like os ki is e'll be hopi fo a d y, a su e , o like las Ch is as. F qu tly ask d qu st o s W W Su e is he bes i e o eseal oads, as he a e pe a u es a d d y ai helps he e seal o s ick o he exis i oad su face. If e did he o k i i e , he cold ou d ould ea he e su face ould ha de a d c ack, plus he s o es i he chipseal could pop ou if exposed o cold ea he i hi fou eeks of applica io . The e'd have o do he o k all ove a ai ex yea -- causi you o e i co ve ie ce. Also os Ne Zeala de s ake i e o o k i Ja ua y a d so e i es Feb ua y, hich ea s a c volu es a e o e eve ly sp ead h ou hou he day a d e ca avoid delayi housa ds of co u e s a d causi peak- i e a c ja s. 2. SH1 Mu gav Cu v s, Po ua ( a ly 2013) What's happ g? We ill be layi do a e oad su face a d usi he oppo u i y o build up he ou side of he cu ves a d aise he oad up. This ill help d ive s o e safely a ou d he be d a o al s a e hi h ay speeds a d s ay i hi hei la e. Wh ? This o k is happe i i ea ly 013 o SH1 sou h of he Mu avi i e sec io a d ill ake a ou d --3 eeks. How do s th s a ct ? The o k ill be ca ied ou ove i h a d he s a e hi h ay is expec ed o be ope o a c as o al du i he day. 3. SH1 Pa kaka k H ll Road / B ach Road ( a ly Ja ua y to a ly F b ua y) The NZTA ill be o ki o a packa e of i p ove e s o S a e Hi h ay 1 a he i e sec io i h Paekaka iki Hill Road / Beach Road s a i he fi s eek i Ja ua y. What's happ g? We ill be o ki a i h fo a ou d five o six eeks f o ea ly Ja ua y o ea ly Feb ua y. Du i his i e e ill be eco s uc i he oad o ake i o e du able a d p ovide a safe su face o d ive o . We ill also be aki so e cha es o ake i easie fo local a c o access a d leave he s a e hi h ay. This i cludes ba i he i h u a Paekaka iki Hill Road a d i s alli a lo level isla d i h plas ic pos s buil i he iddle of he s a e hi h ay a he Paekaka iki i e sec io o sepa a e u i a c f o s a e hi h ay a c. The lo level isla d i h plas ic pos s ill look si ila o he isla d i he iddle of he oad be ee he o ou dabou s a Welli o ai po . How do s th s a ct ? This o k ill be ca ied ou a i h o i i ise delays o a c i he day i e. Ho eve , du i he days he e ill be a c a a e e co ols i place a i es, hich ill cause delays. Please pla ahead a d leave ex a i e fo jou eys if you a e avelli o he s a e hi h ay ove he su e . We've chose o ca y ou he o k i Ja ua y as a c volu es a e o e eve ly sp ead du i he day, a he ha seve al housa d people yi o avel i a o hou slo du i peak i es, hich ea s e ca be e a a e he e ec of oad o ks a d avoid delayi co u e s. I he lo - e he eseali o k ill c ea e a o e skid- esis a oad su face, hich ill keep you a d you passe e s safe as you avel o he s a e hi h ay. 5028628AA Minister of all TALKING POLITICS GORDON CAMPBELL Every administration has its fixer, the operative who never seems to sleep and whose hand is visible in almost every facet of the gov- ernment s operations. In the Bolger government of the 1990s, it was Bill Birch. In the Clark govern- ment it was Michael Cullen. The Key government has Steven Joyce, who does a very good impression of being the Minister of Every- thing. As the Minister for Job Creation, Tertiary Learning, Science Research, Skills Training and Industry Development, Joyce has the economy s entire range of inputs and outputs in his hands. He didn t earn that position by being indecisive. Last week, Mr Decisive publicly vented his annoy- ance about the apparent lack of response from universities to his plans to transform tertiary institutions into an assembly line for the science and engineering graduates that the job market requires. If they want us to be more directive, I m more than wil- ling, Joyce said. I m watching them really closely to make sure they do respond to what the market wants, and if they don t, I can go and tell them how many they should enrol for each department. It s all very well to want more science and engineer- ing graduates. Whether the minister should be quite so hands-on in dictating what students do with their lives, and what role universities should play in society, is quite another issue. Joyce s plans for social engineering have been evi- dent ever since this year s Budget put an extra $17 mil- lion into science courses and $42 million more into engin- eering, while it froze funding in all other areas. Many postgraduates now entering their fourth year of study have found that Joyce has turned off the tap on their funding assistance. That example underlines a basic problem with Joyce s approach. Politics may run in three- year cycles but university course funding runs in some- thing closer to 20-year cycles, because courses, teachers and students can- not be turned on and off like a tap to meet the transient needs of the job market. Eight years can elapse between someone starting a science course and becoming a productive skilled worker. For a Minister of Every- thing, Joyce appears to be bringing a remarkably nar- row approach to the complex task of growing a knowledge economy. Science and engineering outputs, after all, are not merely the outcome of course funding. To constitute a rational career choice, such courses require maths, sci- ence and computing abilities that need to have been nur- tured far earlier in the edu- cation cycle. Instead of offering a crude funding incentive to induce 18-year-olds into engineer- ing while starving their other university options, New Zealand may need to invest more funds and skilled teaching at primary and secondary school levels. Surely, that isn t beyond the Minister of Everything to arrange. Battler eyes Rio Weighty matters: Indonesian Paralympian weightlifter Nengah Widiarsih, centre, visited Porirua and Tawa recently with disability worker I Nengah Latra, right, hosted by Rehabilim Trust chairman Bill Russell. By ANDREA O'NEIL Great things come in small packages, as Tawa Rotary members discovered during a visit from an Indonesian Paralympian last month. Rotary hosted disabled weightlifter Nengah Widiarsih, and disability worker I Nengah Latra, both of whom have over- come polio to achieve great things, thanks to the support of New Zealand charity Rehabilim Trust. Rehabilim was founded in 1982 to sup- port work by late Kapiti man Colin McLennan, who established a centre in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, for the rehabili- tation of children from poor families with physical handicaps. Mr McLennan was a mentor to Latra, who mentored 19-year-old Nengah who was unable to walk and had never been to school until she met Latra a decade ago. Under Latra s care she underwent 40 hours of surgery, was sent to school, and took to weightlifting in 2006. Weighing just 39 kilograms herself, Nengah lifted 78kg at the London Para- lympics, earning her a fifth placing. She has a clutch of medals, many gold, from athletics events around the world, and was the only woman in Indonesia s four-strong Paralympics team. Rehabilim Trust chairman Bill Russell said disabled people faced significant challenges in Indonesia, where disability was often seen as a punishment for sin in previous lives. Indonesia doesn t give disabled people the same rights. New Zealand doesn t know how lucky they are, he said. Mr Russell took Latra and Nengah to the Riding for the Disabled centre in Kenepuru, and to see the state-of-the-art disability facilities at Kimi Ora School in Wellington. The chairlifts particularly impressed Latra, he said. That blew his mind away. There s nothing like that in Bali. I doubt there s anything like that in Indonesia. Mr Russell said Nengah had come far in her sport in just a few years, and was destined for great things at the Rio Olym- pics in 2016. Mr Latra said that in Indonesia dis- abled people were hidden from the com- munity and did not go to school. He has assisted 4000 disabled people at his Yakkum centre in Bali.
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