North Shore Times : April 19th 2016
stuff.co.nz APRIL 19, 2016, NORTH SHORE TIMES Project put to the test TOMDILLANE The capacity of Auckland Harbour Bridge to hold the proposed SkyPath walking and cycling route is being closely scrutinised by the New Zealand Transport Agency. Wind load tests for SkyPath have been undertaken by independent engineers and should be completed this month. Localised strengthening of the harbour bridge’s eastern boxgirder extension may be needed to attach SkyPath. Also under examination is the number of people allowed on SkyPath at any one time. Project director of the SkyPath Trust, Bevan Woodward, says restrictions on SkyPath user numbers were always expected. ‘‘We have always intended that access to SkyPath will be managed because we need to ensure a health and safety limit of around 1500 concurrent users,’’ he says. North Shore councillor George Wood says although SkyPath’s capacity is not yet known, Auckland Council should take a conservative approach to entering into a commercial arrangement on the project. ‘‘The whole economic viability of SkyPath revolves around the return that will be achieved from the tolls paid by users,’’ he says. ‘‘I will be strongly urging Auckland councillors to not make any rash decisions which could cost ratepayers a lot of money in the future.’’ But fellow North Shore coun- cillor, Chris Darby, is far more optimistic given the Public Infrastructure Partnership (PIP) Fund, made up of private SkyPath partners, will underwrite most of the financial risk. ‘‘Auckland Council receives income from any surplus on SkyPath and is only second underwriter behind the PIP Fund if conservative patronage targets are not met,’’ Darby says. ‘‘On balance, it’s a safe bet and I have no doubt it will be hugely popular with locals and tourists alike.’’ Resource consent for the SkyPath project was approved by Auckland Council in July 2015, but was appealed by Northcote and Herne Bay residents groups in the Environment Court. Auckland Council will file a comprehensive report addressing all objections to SkyPath to the Environment Court on May 27. However, the principal Environment Court judge who is adjudicating the case is set to take leave sometime following this May date and so a resolution may be delayed. Family prepares for The Big Sing ZIZI SPARKS With three family members in the same choir the Perkins family is finding it easy to rehearse for The Big Sing. Drew, Dan and Dom are members of Takapuna Grammar School’s Sultans of Sing and practice with the group once a week. But they can also put in extra practice at home together. Drew, 16, has participated in the annual singing competition twice before but this is the first time for twins Dan and Dom, both 13. Dom says the pair watched Drew perform in previous years and really enjoyed it. Nowthe trio have each other to practice with. ‘‘Drew was always the mentor for me and Dan and if one of us makes a mistake we always learn from each other.’’ The Sultans of Sing will be performing in The Big Sing 2016 regional festival from June 14 till June 16. It takes place at Auckland Town Hall and Drew says he’s excited for his brothers This year, 75 choirs from 42 Auckland secondary schools are participating in the competition which culminates in a national finale in Dunedin in late August. ❚ See nzcf.org.nz/thebigsing. Brothers Dom, Drew, and Dan Perkins are in the same choir at Takapuna Grammar School and are preparing for The Big Sing. The view beneath Auckland Harbour Bridge from Northcote Point where SkyPath may be attached. PHOTO: SIMON MAUDE/FAIRFAX NZ In brief ACCIDENT Afemale cyclistwent to hospital in serious condition after she was hit by a truck in Milford on April 14. The 56 year old’s arm was trapped under the truck’s wheel in the accident on the corner of Milford andKitchener roads. Sergeant Cecil Ross said the truckwas in the left hand lane indicating to turn left when the cyclist drove through on the inside of the truck and they collided. The serious crash unit attended and will be investigating. DOGSAFETY Auckland Council has launched aworld-first dog safety smartphone app designed to help keep children safe around dogs. This is a global app developed in Auckland for Mars Petcare by Colenso BBDO and will be the rolled out in schools, using a suite of ipads donated by educational IT supplier Cyclone. ‘‘Council receives 150-200 callouts a month relating to dog nuisance, including 17 bites on children over the last nine months,’’ says Community Development and Safety Committee chairwoman, Cathy Casey. The app, called ‘ADog’s Story’, is aimed at engaging young children and teaching them safe behaviour around dogs. WHARF Work on Murrays BayWharf is still underway and the rest of the wharf has been demolished. Auckland Council parks liaison and development team leader Gerry Fitzgerald says people are still accessing the wharf even though it is a fenced off, major construction site. The expected completion date is early June but work is weather dependent. Placing piles for the newwork started on April 18. AWARD WINNING For the 11th year straight Northcote Point’s The Engine Roomhas won the Best Neighbourhood Restaurant at the Metro Peugeot Auckland Restaurant of the Year awards. The restaurantwas also a finalist in the best service category and the twice-baked goats’ cheese soufflewas up for the diner voted Auckland’s favourite dish. 3 GRAHAM MORRISSEY DENTURES LI QUID A T I O N Clinical Dental Technician PG Dip. C D T (Otago) with 40 years expertise “WITH 40 YEARS EXPERIENCE,YOU’LL GET THE BEST DENTURE ATA COMPETITIVE PRICE!!” 75% up to 7211112AA off Every dress must be sold! 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