Kapiti Observer : June 23rd 2011
3 THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 2011 The NZ Transport Agency is reminding people who wish to provide comments on the design for the MacKays to Peka Peka Expressway to do so by Monday 27 June 2011. This round of consultation is an opportunity to provide feedback on the design development phase of the expressway, including walking and cycling paths, the Waikanae Bridge, possible mitigation measures such as landscaped bunds or earth mounds, and local road connections. Information on the project is on display at the Information Centre at Coastlands Mall and on the project website www.nzta.govt.nz/m2ppproject How to provide feedback Feedback can be provided by post, in person or online, by filling in a feedback form. • Post to MacKays to Peka Peka Expressway, PO Box 8044, The Terrace, Wellington 6011. • Hand to a member of the project team at the Information Centre at Coastlands Mall. • Go online via the project website www.nzta.govt.nz/m2ppproject For further information please contact the Alliance Project Team on 0508 M2PP INFO (0508 6277 4636). We welcome your comments on the design for the MacKays to Peka Peka Expressway by 27 June 2011 Roads of national significance MacKays to Peka Peka Expressway Consultation phase ending soon www.nzta.govt.nz 2149873AC Graham Andrew Malcolm Managing Director John Diane There in Times of Need 9-11 Hinemoa Street, Paraparaumu For 24 hour assistance Telephon e 04-298-5168 Kapiti Coast Funeral Home Waikanae Lions Saturday 9th July 8am - 12 noon War Memorial Hall Pehi Kupa Street Waikanae Our pride of Lions is on the prowl collecting any suitable unwanted household items you may have which can be sold to raise funds for charitable purposes TO ARRANGE FOR A PICK-UP FOR YOUR ITEMS PLEASE PHONE: 904 1412 • 293 8060 293 6607 • 905 2356 MONSTER GARAGE SALE Life Savers: Emergency services work to free the victim of a serious car crash on SH1 in Raumati on Tuesday. Lucky to survive By KAROLINE TUCKEY A Waikanae man was lucky to survive a crash that closed State Highway 1 to traffic through Paraparaumu on Tuesday morn- ing, an emergency paramedic says. The man's northbound RAV4 utility vehicle collided with the back of a stationary horse truck on the side of the road just before 9.30am, north of the Rau- mati Rd intersection on SH1. The 55-year-old sole occupant of the RAV4 was flown to Wel- lington Hospital with moderate head injuries, and injuries to his arms and chest. It was a high impact accident, causing a lot of defor- mation of the vehicle,'' said emergency doctor Chris Lane, who was at the scene. From what I could see, I think the car was probably trav- elling at highway speed when it came to a sudden halt, so there was definitely a very, very high impact. A front-seat passenger wouldn't have survived -- in fact, anyone sitting on the left hand side wouldn't have survived.'' The driver was trapped in the vehicle for about half an hour while emergency services worked to free him. Both lanes of the highway were closed and diverted down Rimu Rd for the rescue helicop- ter to land next to the accident scene, with the southbound lane restored after the airlift. None of the four horses in the back of the truck were hurt, but a handler who was with the truck at the time was shaken. Dr Lane, who is the director of Kapiti Emergency Medical Services, said the stretch of road was the site of several serious accidents each year. Along that stretch of highway is pretty notorious for motor vehicle accidents -- often fatal. He was lucky, he did have serious head injuries, but I don't believe they are life- threatening,'' he said. Under the influence A driver seen veering towards the State Highway 1 centre line by another motorist was more than twice the legal drink-driving limit. Sergeant Steve Kendrick said police stopped the 45-year-old driver, about 7.30pm on Sunday. His three- year-old daughter was in the vehicle. His licence was sus- pended for 28 days and he will face a drink- driving charge. Councillors irked by 'consultation' By JOEL MAXWELL Transpower has been accused of pretend'' consultation and singling out individual Kapiti councillors to pick them off to gain support for its pylon project through the district. At Tuesday's Waikanae Com- munity Board meeting, mayor Jenny Rowan said Transpower would be contacting individual councillors to discuss their concerns. What we've encouraged them [councillors] to do with the greatest of respect is say be honest with us, you do have very powerful laws behind you, you can actually do what you want to do so, as opposed to pretending to be consulting with us, why don't you tell us what you plan to do'.'' Board member Eric Gregory raised concern that contacting councillors individually was in fact a way for Transpower to pick them off. Meanwhile, councillor K Gurun- athan launched another attack on the project, including criticism of the way council staff handled the issue. He said he met Transpower's grid and corporate affairs general managers on Tuesday afternoon. They claim the Waikanae project is for maintenance. I understand that this maintenance is also a win- dow of opportunity for an upgrade.'' Mr Gurunathan said he learned from the meeting that Transpower has been in discussion with council staff for some time. I would have thought, given the Valley Rd debacle, for both Tran- spower and the council, that the con- sultation process would have been more robust. Clearly, elected council- lors had little idea what was going on.'' Mr Gurunathan said the ongoing court case between Valley Rd's Kapiti High Voltage Coalition and Transpower is expected to go back to court next month. In the Valley Rd case the non- notified consent was issued for a maintenance' project when in fact it was an upgrade which would have required public notification.'' However Transpower spokes- woman Adele Fitzpatrick said Ms Rowan had agreed with Transpower that it should see individual council- lors. Ms Fitzpatrick said Transpower has found discussions with the mayor and the council to be helpful and constructive''. We have invited public feedback on our plans to date, but we don't have more to communicate about the line until we are ready to submit our proposal to the regulator for approval, which is some months away,'' she said. This project is about maintaining an existing line. Creating a new underground line would be a separate -- and very costly -- project.''
June 20th 2011
June 27th 2011