Kapiti Observer : May 12th 2011
40 THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2011 REGIONAL OUTLOOK Mahara Real Estate Limited MREINZ 9 Mahara Place, Waikanae Licensed Agent REAA 2008 www.kapitiproperty.co.nz 04 902 7800 PERFECTLY POSITIONED - 7 MANU GROVE, WAIKANAE Prepare to be impressed! Generous proportions greet you from the moment you open the front door. Wide welcoming entrance opening to a spacious living area which extends to a cosy private patio. 3 bedrooms, spacious dining opening into a sunny conservatory, light bright kitchen, 2 bathrooms, double garage with extensive storage & internal access. A fully fenced 609m2 section. Located in a private, well established quiet cul-de-sac in the heart of central Waikanae. Tender Closes Wednesday 25th May 2011 @ 2.00pm Viewing Contact Maria Longstaff A/Hrs 04 293 7608 Mob 027 565 6598 firstname.lastname@example.org Web www.kapitiproperty.co.nz 1627550 www.open2view.com 245243 Sunday 3.30 - 4.00pm OLDE BEACH CHARMER - 63 WAIMEA RD, WAIKANAE BEACH 1930's character cottage, preserved in time and tradition of beach holidays. Lovingly maintained, reroofed & rewired. Single garage plus 2 bunkrooms - an extra bonus. Gorgeous established gardens full of fruit trees, natives & spring bulbs. Quince jam, crab apple jelly or xmas plums just some of the delights of harvest. Enjoy the peaceful tranquility or stroll to the beach & cafes close by. First time on the market in 30 years - secure your piece of history in Olde Beach Waikanae. Tender Closes 5pm Friday 3rd June 2011 Contact Bretta Jarden A/Hrs 04 293 7654 Mob 027 231 7310 email@example.com Web www.kapitiproperty.co.nz 1632750 Viewing Sunday 1.30 - 2.00pm OPEN HOME OPEN HOME S Mahara Real Estate Ltd MREINZ Licensed Agent REAA 2008 www.kapitiproperty.co.nz 04 902 7800 PRICED TO SELL! - 382 TE MOANA ROAD, WAIKANAE - $345,000 This solidly built 1970's affordable family home is positioned in a popular location. Offering 3 bedrooms, spacious living with cosy woodburner. Dining, sep kitchen & sunny conservatory which is warm & bright. Carport with sep workshop/storage area. Wonderful fully fenced section, great for kids & pets, complete with playhouse & tree fort. Better take a look! Open Home Sunday 11.45 - 12.15 Web www.kapitiproperty.co.nz 1615257 Contact Maria Longstaff Mobile 027 565 6598 firstname.lastname@example.org Email PE ON HOME Reverse parking idea By EMMA BEER Parking in Oriental Bay could be moving backwards in the future. Public submissions were made at a Wellington City Council meeting last month regarding the lowering of the speed limit around Oriental Parade to 40kmh. Cycle Awareness Network spokesman Patrick Morgan suggested the idea of reverse angle parking. As the name suggests, reverse angle parking would require drivers to reverse into parks at greater than 90 degrees. Mr Morgan said the idea was to make roads safer for vehicles and passengers, as well as cyclists. Drivers exiting have a better view of the road. Kids getting out of rear seats are facing the footpath, not the road. It's easier to load from your boot. The problem for people on bikes is [drivers find it] hard to reverse out and see them.'' He said it was no harder for a driver to reverse in than it was to reverse out. However, Automobile Associ- ation spokesman Mike Noon said there was a difference. You are backing into a con- fined area . . .[many drivers] find it difficult to judge the overhang of their car. People say it's no different, but actually [in normal angle parking] you are backing from a tight space to a big road.'' He said people often felt pres- sure about parking. It's not that people can't do it. [But] you don't choose to do something more difficult, some- thing that puts more pressure on you.'' According to the New Zealand Transport Agency, territorial authorities can implement the parking arrangements they want. Wellington City Council transport portfolio leader Andy Foster said anything was poss- ible. The council would need to con- sider if it had been implemented elsewhere in New Zealand and what the benefits might be. While rare in New Zealand, reverse angle parking is used in several Australian cities. Demolition likely as rules change By NICHOLAS BOYACK Tearing down history: Petone's Jackson St could lose many of its heritage buildings as a result of tougher building codes following the Christchurch earthquakes. Petone Community Board member Mason Branch says it's time for a debate on what the street will look like if this happens. Petone's Jackson St could one day be lined with modern, avant-garde buildings. It is hard to imagine the street without is heritage buildings but Petone Community Board member Mason Branch believes it is almost inevitable that many of the existing old buildings will come down. The deputy chairman of the board has written a memo to fellow members suggesting the Christ- church earthquakes will force the council to take a tougher stance on building codes. Building owners are unlikely to be able to meet the new codes and he believes that will lead to wholesale demolition, which will change the character of the street forever. For many years I've wondered what Petone was going to be like when it didn't have its collection of old buildings lining Jackson St. We pin so much of our identity, community pride and, I think, our prosperity on them. I wonder how much a home in Petone would be worth when there are 90 or more empty shops on the street [as in] in the late 80s and 90s.'' Last week, he said the time for hard decisions is just around the cor- ner. He favours a discussion on what Petone should look like before the buildings start coming down. Although it is tempting to rebuild in the current heritage style, he doesn't favour that approach. I think we should be really brave, avant-garde . . . I think we should build the most amazing new street.'' He accepts that the factor which will stop the buildings being strengthened, a lack of money, could also limit future design options. Although he has not spoken to many building owners, he says the feeling among board members is that change is inevitable. There is a realisation that most building owners are not in a position to strengthen their buildings and we are about to enter a new era.'' The council is looking at its codes and the appropriate level of earth- quake strengthening required. Finding the right balance between heritage and safety will not be easy. Mr Branch hopes there will be plenty of public debate.
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