Kapiti Observer : January 16th 2012
2 KAPITI OBSERVER, JANUARY 16, 2012 Free Horticulture Training Distance Delivery - Study from home Over 8 months Contact: Misael Diputado 04 2329414 021 02649208 Misael@hort.ac.nz Enrolments open for Feb 2012 (Apply now, places are limited) ZERO FEES Open Polytechnic 4232051AA When was the last time you had your eyes checked? 28 years of eye care on the Kapiti Coast 8 Ihakara Street Paraparaumu tel 04 298 4426 4259974AA WHAT'S ON MONDAY, JANUARY 16 KAPITI FUCHSIA GROUP SHOW, 1.30pm till 3.30pm, Kapiti Community Centre, Ngahina St, Paraparaumu, 367 8320. MATES IN BOWLS, 5pm, Waikanae Beach Bowling Club, Huiawa St, $10, to register call 293 1101. TUESDAY, JANUARY 17 FIND THE WILD BIRDS, 10am, Waikanae Estuary Scientific Reserve, every Tuesday until February 28. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18 BEEKEEPING COURSE, 7pm, Waitohu School Hall, Te Manuao Rd, Otaki, gold coin donation, 904 1634. THURSDAY, JANUARY 19 KAPITI GREAT GRAVEL GRAB, 10am till 2pm, turn left off State Highway 1 immediately north of Otaki River bridge and follow signs, free. FRIDAY, JANUARY 20 HARNESS RACING, 3pm, Otaki Racecourse, Te Roto Rd. TWILIGHT BOWLS, 4.30pm till 6pm, Waikanae Beach Bowling Club, Huiawa St, $3, 905 6016. FILM, Dogtooth, 7.15pm, Kapiti Film Group, 6 Michael Rd, Paraparaumu, 904 2391. SATURDAY, JANUARY 21 CAR BOOT SALE, 9am till 11.30am, Otaki Presbyterian Church, Mill Rd, Otaki, 06 364 7263. SUNDAY, JANUARY 22 SURF CASTING COMPETITION, Raumati Sportfishing Club, registration from 6.30am, Marine Gardens, Raumati Beach, rods in 7.30am, out 3pm, adults $25, children $10, 905 8100. SUNDAY WALKERS, Miramar area walk, meet 8.30am, south side of Kapiti Coast District Council offices, Rimu Rd, Paraparaumu, 298 2360. DON MELROSE MEMORIAL PAEKAKARIKI ROAD RACE, 9am, Paekakariki Memorial Hall, Marine Pde, kapitiharriers.org.nz. ALL FORD DAY, 10am, Kapiti Primary School, Rimu Rd, Paraparaumu, gold coin. RADIO-CONTROLLED BOATING, Greater Wellington Marine Model Club, 11am till 4pm, Southward Museum pond, Otaihanga Rd, free, 905 1575. HARNESS RACING, noon, Otaki Racecourse, Te Roto Rd, adults $5, under-18s free. TUESDAY, JANUARY 24 CLOAK OF PROTECTION, game sessions, 1pm till 3pm, Mahara Gallery, Mahara Pl, Waikanae, free. FRIDAY, JANUARY 27 TWILIGHT BOWLS, 4.30pm till 6pm, Waikanae Beach Bowling Club, Huiawa St, $3, 905 6016. SATURDAY, JANUARY 28 WAIKANAE LIONS SUPER GARDEN TRAIL, 10am till 5pm, also Sunday, $15/day, under-15s free. PEDALLING IN THE PARK, 10am, Queen Elizabeth Park, Paekakariki entrance, free, 04 830 4041. As debate rages over NZ Transport Agency's decision to close passing lanes and reduce the speed limit on State Highway 1 south of Waikanae following two fatal car crashes, the Kapiti Observer asks Waikanae residents what they think of the measures and whether they are the best solution. Rachel Oliver: ''Yes, definitely. It's always been very dangerous. People do absolutely outrageous things there -- even when they see the lanes are chocka block they still try and push in.'' A wire barrier would be the best solution but would likely take time and the recent changes were ''better than nothing''. Jacoline Hoepman: ''Yeah, because it's a deadly corner.'' She would like to see increased driver education. ''I'm from Holland, where you start driving at 18. I think there's a big difference between a 16-year-old kid and 18.'' She was also concerned about attitudes towards speeding and drinking in New Zealand. Sheryl Anton: ''Yes and no.'' Travelling north, the speed limit should be 80kmh up to the passing lanes, when it should be 100kmh. ''Going south they need to reduce the passing lane by about 50 to 100 metres so by the time you get to that corner you're single file at 80kmh.'' Motorists need to ''control their lead foot'' and there needs to be increased driver education. David Lewis: Rides a motorbike and is ''quite happy'' with the changes, but would like to see a wider shoulder for cyclists. ''The best solution is another bridge across the river. It will remove the local traffic.'' Paul Bright: ''I'm mixed. I think they are not addressing the issue. It's a sideways step. I think they could leave the road as it is and put a bridge over Waikanae river towards the beach, which would keep the locals off the main road, thus reducing the volume of traffic.'' Drivers split over new road safety measures By TASHA BLACK In support: Tony Barrow believes the changes are for the better. CONTINUED Page 3 Motorists are divided over the permanent closure of passing lanes and drop in speed limit from 100kmh to 80kmh between Otaihanga and Waikanae, but most drivers agree increased driver edu- cation is needed. NZ Transport Agency made the changes this month to improve safety on the section of road following two fatal accidents in three months on a bend south of the passing lanes. Tony Barrow, owner of Waikanae Tyre and Lube, said he supported the changes. Mr Barrow, who is also a race car driver, said he had heard a few people moan'' about getting stuck behind slow drivers, but they needed to chill out''. A lot of people have said since they have closed [the passing lanes] off, traffic flows nicely.'' He thought a bigger per- centage seemed happier than not about the changes. Mr Barrow said there was nothing wrong'' with the road and he did not support a median barrier, believing the money could be spent else- where. More driver education was needed. A courier driver, who did not want to be named, said the speed limit drop to 80kmh led some motorists to drive at 60kmh, making other road users frustrated. The slower the speed the lazier and less alert drivers become, he said.
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