Kapiti Observer : January 10th 2013
8 KAPITI OBSERVER, JANUARY 10, 2013 Roadworks on State Highway 1, Paekakariki (starts early January) NZTA will be working on a number of improvements to the road surface and the intersections with Paekakariki Hill Road and Beach Road starting the first week of January. This is likely to a ect you. What's happening? NZTA will be resurfacing a one kilometre stretch of road from the old petrol station to the veggie shop. Pot holes, cracked roads and slippery road surfaces can increase the risk of crashes and injuries, so we're making sure we have safe road surfaces to drive on. Rather than dig up the road twice, we are going to use this opportunity to make some changes to the intersection with Beach Road. We are putting in a 20cms high concrete island topped with plastic posts in the middle of the road to separate south bound tra c turning from the state highway into Beach Road. We will also be banning tra c turning right from Paekakariki Hill Road onto State Highway 1 (SH1) and turning right from SH1 into Paekakariki Hill Road. This will make the intersection safer. BEACHRD PAEKAKARIKI HILL RD SH1 NORTH SH1 SOUTH TUNAPO RD (Old petrol station) North Island Main Trunk Railway New tra c island A A Safety improvements on SH1, Beach Rd and Paekakariki Hill Rd N No right hand turns from Paekakariki Hill Rd onto SH1 OR straight access to Beach Rd No right hand turns from SH1 North onto Paekakariki Hill Rd INSTEAD Turn left onto SH1 and use slip road at old petrol station to turn right onto SH1 INSTEAD Turn left into Ames St, to Beach Rd and then across SH1 to Paekakariki Hill Rd A Plastic post rows How will this a ect me? We will be working at night to minimise delays to tra c in the day time. There will be tra c management controls in place at times during the day because we need to let the new road surface set. This will include speed restrictions and lane closures, which is likely to cause delays. Please plan ahead and leave extra time for journeys. Speed restrictions are there to protect both drivers and the road workers, so please stick to them. Once the right hand turn ban is in place, drivers on Paekakariki Hill Road wanting to turn right onto SH1, will turn left onto SH1 instead and enter the old petrol station. At the southern end of the petrol station they can turn right on to SH1. See diagram. Northbound tra c on State Highway 1 wanting to turn right onto Paekakariki Hill Road or Tunapo Road, can turn left onto Ames Street (which is between Fisherman's Table and the railway overbridge) and turn right out of Beach Road. When is this happening? Work on resurfacing the state highway will start Thursday 3 January for five to six weeks. The work on Paekakariki Hill Rd will start in February for four weeks. Summer is the best time to reseal roads, as the warm temperatures and dry air helps the new seal to stick to the existing road surface. If we did the work in winter, the cold ground would mean the new surface would harden and crack, and we'd just have to do the work again next year. Tra c volumes are also generally lower over summer and spread more evenly across the day, which means we can better manage the impact of our roadworks and avoid delays in rush hour when everyone is back at work. Thank you for your patience while we work in your community. Real home looms for printing group Presidential press: Printing Museum president Bill Nairn operates the Albion hand press, which printed the first issue of The Evening Post in 1865. By JOEL MAXWELL The information superhighway used to be hand-cranked back when The Evening Post started. In 1865, pages would drip out of the newspaper s hand-press printer at a rate of 200 an hour. But even at 19th century speeds, Lower Hutt s Bill Nairn said, printing was a vital part of communication for colonial New Zealand. Mr Nairn spoke to the Kapiti Observer as regional printing group The Printing Museum looks ahead to a promising year in 2013 -- after decades of planning for a real home. A planned museum looks tanti- lisingly close with the Conser- vation Department considering a concession for the group to oper- ate at Queen Elizabeth Park in Kapiti. They promised us progress in the new year, and we re meeting with mayor [Jenny] Rowan . . . and some of her staff early in January. He said the museum would be a very large 865 square metre building with an entry area dedicated to newspaper history including the hand-crank printer. We ve got the original Evening Post hand press that they used in 1865. There will be a large printing section, with general printing his- tory, and a binding section -- as well as an area for changing special displays. But the museum will come at a hefty price for the group, which will need to raise money to cover the nearly $500,000 cost for its new base near the park s Mac- Kay s Crossing entrance. Until a museum is created, the group stores its printing machin- ery in an old Ministry of Defence building in Upper Hutt. That was a mammoth job, I m telling you, to shift them [there], Mr Nairn said. The presses probably go up to 4 tonne, the old linotype is a tonne, in the corner. It s all heavy stuff. You don t want to shift it too often. Mr Nairn worked at the Even- ing Post till the 1980s when he realised hot metal presses were on the way out, so he went to work for the old printing trade union. The people who set up the printing museum [group] contac- ted us for a subscription and that s when I first heard about it in 1986 and that s how it started. Mr Nairn worked on the lino- type presses at the Evening Post -- technology dating back to the 19th century that allowed lines of words to be cast in metal for print- ing. The group s hand press dates back to the 19th century as well -- but is absolutely in working order, Mr Nairn said. Next up in the evolutionary pro- cess of printers in New Zealand was a type of stop cylinder press, which the group also had an example of, Mr Nairn said. It s hand-fed, you feed the paper in but it prints at about 2000 [pages] an hour as against 200 an hour for the hand press. The group s most modern press, an automatic cylinder press, can print about 5000 pages an hour. Off-set presses, commonly used for newspapers today, run about twice as fast. But speed is not something that has been a part of the process of finding a home for the museum. Mr Nairn said the group has been trying since 1986. We ve tried all sorts of ideas. We ve published a list of all the various projects that haven t worked. Mr Nairn said with the latest application before DOC, 2013 could be the year that things really start to happen . Having a home for the museum would be fitting, given the impor- tance that printing presses played in New Zealand s settler history, he said. It was hugely important in the early colonial days because that was the only medium of communi- cation, he said. [In] every little town and vil- lage, one of the first things that somebody did was set up a print shop. There were an incredible num- ber of newspapers set up between 1865 and 1890, he said. Of course, most of them didn t survive.
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