Kapiti Observer : January 12th 2012
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Wellington has been the unofficial craft beer capital for many a year,'' Mr Murrie said. We thought it was time to make it official.'' Wellington has about 10 craft beer brewers, but he estimated that Wel- lingtonians drank up to 40 per cent of the craft beer produced in New Zealand, to judge by supermarket shelves. We've always supported craft beer here. We were really the first city not to get tied up by Lion and DB.'' Among Wellington's better known craft beer brewers are Tuatara, Yeastie Boys, Garage Project and Parrot Dog. Wellington's elevated craft beer status may prove a boost to tourism. Portland, Oregon, is the model,'' Mr Murrie said. That city is really the craft beer capital of the world. They get massive numbers of people going there just for the craft breweries and beers. We aren't there yet, but we're on our way.'' Mr Morrison said craft beer connoisseurs were fascinating. They talk about the nose and introduce a bit more culture into their beer drinking. I suppose you could liken it to the move from cask wine to your pinot gris and chardonnay blancs.'' The brochure that has been released suggests a tour starting at The Hop Garden in Pirie St and then progressing to the Southern Cross, Malthouse, The Apartment, Hashigo Zake, The Tap Haus, Little Beer Quarter, Fork and Brewer, Kelburn Village Pub, The Bruhaus and D4 on Featherston. We'll be handing out the brochures to cruise ships coming to the city,'' Mr Morrison said. Perhaps as the women do their shopping, the men can do the craft beer tour.'' Buildings below code Greater Wellington Regional Council's Wakefield Street office and parking buildings need earthquake strengthening again. The council's 10-storey office build- ing and five-storey car park were built in the late 1980s. A review by engineering consul- tants Spencer Holmes found they fell short of current building's seismic design standards, but stopped short of classifying them as earthquake- prone. The report was presented to a council meeting in December. The buildings were first strengthened in 1995 when cracks appeared in columns, and later inad- equate fixings were found in pre-cast panels. Investigations at the time revealed poor workmanship and that concrete in the building columns was of sub- standard strength. The new review has found the buildings' design strength to be below the new code in some areas. Spencer Holmes will schedule the required work to bring the building up to more than 67 per cent of cur- rent code, estimate costs and how long strengthening will take by mid March and the council will consider how to proceed. Catchment control needsarevamp Coastguard: Regional councillor Jenny Brash plans to keep a close eye on the council's care of the streams and rivers on its own land for the sake of the harbours they flow into. As part of a series profiling Greater Wellington's regional councillors, regional reporter Jim Chipp talks to Porirua's regional councillor Jenny Brash. After her first year as a Welling- ton regional councillor, former Porirua mayor Jenny Brash says the council should put its own house in order. Ms Brash said one of her goals on the council was to see the water quality in Porirua Har- bour and Pauatahanui Inlet rad- ically improved and that meant improving the management of the catchments that feed them. There are three regional parks that are huge catchments for Porirua Harbour.'' Although all stock has been shifted out of Whitireia Park, Battle Hill and Belmont regional parks are both operating farms and the council has not required its tenant farmers to fence off streams from their stock. Recently a dead sheep was washed down Duck Creek from Belmont Regional Park into Whitby. We have got to make sure that we have best-practice catch- ment management,'' Ms Brash said. Cannons Creek is the one that greatly concerns me. It can't be put off until Trans- mission Gully comes along. It's not good enough to say we can't do anything until then'.'' Last year Greater Wellington released its Guide To Managing Stock Access To Waterways, developed in collaboration with Beef and Lamb New Zealand, DairyNZ, Federated Farmers and the New Zealand Deer Farmers Association. The guide suggests fencing all significant waterways and installing bridges or culverts at crossings to keep stock out of the water, preventing the resulting phosphorus and sediment. However, the council failed to take an opportunity to get the park's streams fenced late last year when Landcorp's lease over the farmland was renewed, she said. Ms Brash, who was born in Petone, began working life as an operating theatre nurse. In 2010 she was made a Com- panion of the Queens Service Order. She has served councils from both sides of the fence, in the social planning department of Wellington City Council, and as a councillor for Porirua, on and off since 1983. In 1998 she was elected mayor and served for 12 years. She cites kicking off the Aotea Block subdivision, advancing the Transmission Gully project and improving the harbours as achievements in that time. Ms Brash brings more than enthusiasm to her natural environment advocacy. She has also worked for the Department of Conservation, where she was responsible for a controversial project reducing the feral horse population in the Kaimanawa Ranges. She entered the department not long after the Cave Creek tragedy had killed 14 outdoor pursuits students. The whole office had collec- tive guilt,'' she said. Ms Brash said the Wellington region must sort out its govern- ance. Are we talking about regional governance? Or are we talking about a supercity?'' Certain functions ought to be handled on a region-wide basis, she said. Water supply, storm-water and sewerage were inter-related issues that ought to be handled regionally by a single agency. At present, Greater Welling- ton supplies bulk water to some district and city councils, which reticulate it to businesses and households. The local councils also collect sewage, treat it to varying degrees and discharge it to the sea, along with stormwater, and the regional council polices the process. Spatial planning, formerly known as town planning, also ought to be handled regionally in a consistent way, with a single district plan, set of build- ing rules and set of suburban rules, she said. It's absolutely silly that buil- ders, sub-dividers and developers have to go through five different plans,'' she said.
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