Kapi-Mana News : March 19th 2013
18 KAPI-MANA NEWS, MARCH 19, 2013 NEWS We need your feedback by Monday 8 April 2013 Proposed changes to Whitby, Aotea and Papakowhai bus services • In February 2011 changes were made to your public bus services. • We think there are opportunities to improve some of the services in the Whitby, Papakowhai and Paremata areas. • We are suggesting two options for weekday and weekend services which we would like your feedback on. To view maps and draft timetables of the two options, submit feedback, and take our short survey please visit: www.gw.govt.nz/wapbusreview or scan the QR code below. Tawa Station and Melville Street Park and Ride closed for remedial work From Wednesday 26 December 2012 until late April 2013, the platform, shelter and pedestrian overbridge at Tawa Station are being upgraded to make it safer and prevent erosion. Trains will not stop at Tawa Station while this work is being done. ALTERNATIVE SERVICES: Temporary car park • From Monday 7 January 2013, temporary car parking is available in the marked areas of Tawa Junction in Surrey St on weekdays (except public holidays). Shuttle bus • From Monday 7 January 2013, a shuttle bus will run from the Tawa Junction temporary car park to link to an adjacent station during 6am-9am and 3.30pm-6pm on weekdays (except public holidays). Public bus service • Existing Mana bus services Route 210 Titahi Bay and Route 211 Porirua travel along Main Road, Tawa. Walk • Redwood Station is the closest to Tawa Station and is approximately 1km or a 10 minute walk. For more information visit www.metlink.org.nz or call 0800 801 700. @metlinkwgtn Tranz Metro -- part of the Metlink network 'Mondayised' holidays welcomed Not all in the business community are dreading the prospect of Anzac and Waitangi day holidays moving to Monday. Legislation to Mondayise the two holidays was due to have its second Parliamentary reading last Wednesday. The Department of Labour had estimated that shifting the two holidays to Monday when they fell during weekends would impose a $200-million drag on New Zealand business. But Wellington Ibis Hotel general manager Nathan Frost said it could be a great thing for his business. Anzac Day leisure travel book- ings were always flat, and when the day fell mid-week it also dis- rupted weekday corporate travel around it, he said. More long weekends would be welcome in his business. And if it were a long weekend and had an AFL match as well it would be fantastic . . . It would be an opportunity for people to come from potentially Australia and have a long weekend in New Zea- land. Some Wellington hotels are already fully booked for Anzac Day this year as St Kilda Saints and Sydney Swans fans prepare to flood across the Tasman. The two teams will play an Australian Football League match at Westpac Stadium on Anzac Day, Thursday, April 25. The Grand Mercure Apart- ments and Ibis Wellington were fully booked last week and the Central City Apartments, Novotel, Mercure Wellington and the Willis Street Mercure were 87 per cent booked out. Mr Frost said the hotel was also almost at capacity last week, with the England cricket team s Barmy Army supporters adding to a nor- mally busy period for corporate travel. Anzac Day is normally a flat period for Wellington hotels but the Ibis had been forced to implement a minimum two-day stay this year because of demand from the Swans and Saints sup- porters. Mr Frost said he had heard that each club was expecting 2000 sup- porters to attend. Four or five thousand room nights in the city would have a huge effect, he said. Litter left on corner patch Rude awakening: The unsightly collection of bottles on the corner of Burton Pl and Commerce Cres. By KRIS DANDO Harry Patel can t get over the nerve of some people. The Porirua man owns land on Burton Pl, off Com- merce Cres, in Waitangirua and last Monday discovered a couch and dozens of empty glass beer bottles had been dumped on the grass. Mr Patel rang Porirua City Council but was told that as it was his land, it was his responsibility to clear it. I have no idea where it all came from; it looks like someone saved up the bottles for a year and then dumped them there. It is very annoy- ing, why don t people have more respect? He said he would leave the rubbish for a few more days to show how lazy and thoughtless some people can be. Team's tug-of-war victory Orange crush: Tawa gym DC Fitness's Nigel Vaianu, Duan Olckers, Katherine Lilley, Jennie Smith and Maryke Van Eck, pull hard in their recent Tug of War Tussle with their Revolve Fitness offsiders at Grasslees Reserve. DC Fitness won the tug 2-nil in a best-of-three contest on March 6. Cathy Finnimore, from DC Fitness Innovations, said the event was a great success, with a sense of friendly rivalry shared between the clients and members of both fitness centres.
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