Kapiti Observer : May 16th 2011
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The road will reopen for a period after this work before closing for a similar period, for the third bridge. Upper Hutt City Council says some of the work is weather dependent so a reopening date cannot be confirmed, but every effort will be made to reopen the road at an earlier date if possible . The three new reinforced concrete, two-lane bridges will be finished by the end of the year. Funding for the $4.5 million replacement of the dilapidated 1920s bridges, is being split between the Upper Hutt council and Land Transport New Zealand. Elated: Paraparaumu Beach woman Eileen O'Connor is all smiles after getting a free flight from HeliPro on Friday. The helicopter fan baked a farewell cake for staff and took it in on Friday morning to express her sorrow that helicopter training was leaving Paraparaumu Airport. In return, HeliPro called her and asked if she would like to go up for a complimentary flight, said HeliPro's Siobhan Mandrich. Ms O'Connor said she was ''overjoyed'' after her flight, and couldn't stop smiling as she walked away from the helicopter. She has lived in Kapiti for 50 years, and remembers seeing the Queen at the airport, as well as greeting the South African rugby team who landed there in the 1980s. ''I live right under their flight path, and I just love the sound they make and how they work.'' She would miss the sight of helicopters flying overhead. HeliPro this month announced it would move its helicopter training to Palmerston North Airport after being told Paraparaumu Airport would not be renewing its lease for training. Airport chief executive Steve Bootten said helicopter training was not conducive to the future of the airport as it irritates some neighbours who are near the path of the helicopter circuits. Explosion felt like earthquake By TASHA BLACK The earth moved for some Paekakariki residents after half a ton of explosives were set off in the middle of the night last week. The controlled explosion, a few kilometres north of Paekakariki, was one of 12 to go off during the week between Kapiti and Wairarapa. Scientists from GNS Science and Victoria Uni- versity filled 50-metre deep boreholes with liquid explosives and buried 900 seismographs in the ground to record energy released from what they described as mini earthquakes . They will use the data to build a three- dimensional image of the plate boundary under the lower North Island. Paekakariki resident Mike Aston was getting ready to catch Wednesday s early morning train to Paraparaumu when his French doors shook with an almighty jolt . I was aware of the public notices, but I cer- tainly wasn t expecting such a big jolt, especially at that time in the morning. I didn t put two and two together, I just thought it was a quake. Mr Aston checked his iPhone application for earthquakes but there was nothing recorded for the area. Some of the explosions registered with GeoNet, an earthquake monitoring system. GNS Science senior research scientist Stuart Henrys said it was a little unexpected residents would feel anything, though in hindsight maybe not surprising because it was a still evening. That s our feeling. It was pretty still. Normally I think people would probably think it was a truck. Mr Henrys said the 4.46am explosion was like a small earthquake, but did not know the exact magnitude. In all but one explosion, gravel flew up out of the holes, like a geyser, which was expected, said Mr Henrys. The scientists notified police and GeoNet about the explosions and Mr Henrys said Wairarapa police told him they received one phone call. The team now has to collect the seismographs, download the data and pack up some of the kit which needs to be sent back overseas. Mr Henrys said the data will take about a year to analyse.
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