North Shore Times : February 19th 2013
www.northshoretimes.co.nz 3 NORTH SHORE TIMES, FEBRUARY 19, 2013 NEWS 5046315AG CALL 0800-BLINDS 0800-254637 Need Blinds? Order Now! Refresh Your Home With New Blinds This Summer! Call us for Free Measure & Quote NOW www.homevisionblinds.co.nz Sunscreen, Wooden, Holland, Roller, Vertical, Venetian, 25/50 mm FREE DENTAL CARE For High School Students Enrol Now Latest Technology Dr Andrew Steele BDS (Otago) 8 Victoria Road, Devonport Phone (09) 445 0097 firstname.lastname@example.org Devonport Dental Care 5154629AA Residents get say on SkyPath By JESS ETHERIDGE Moving forward: Auckland Council's transport committee has supported the $28 million SkyPath project, a proposed cycle and walkway under the city-side clip-on lane. JOHN SELKIRK/Fairfax NZ ANGRY residents who claim they have not been consulted over the $28 million cycling and walking pathway across the Auckland Harbour Bridge will now have their say. Auckland Council s trans- port committee supports in principle the SkyPath proj- ect, a proposed four-metre wide, kilometre-long path- way underneath the city side bridge clip-on lane. It is a private initiative being developed in consultation with the NZ Transport Agency, which signed off on the project s structural feasibility last year. Now the council s strategy and finance committee will investigate and public con- sultation will occur. Tony Skelton of the St Mary s Bay Association spoke to the committee about concerns around the proposed entry and exits and questioned proposed patron- age and profit numbers. Without those numbers then how on earth can you consider this? he asked. Northcote Residents Association chairwoman Carol Brown says SkyPath users driving to the bridge will clog up residential streets. She says it should be connected to the Shoal Bay pathway. The council s long-term plan for the city includes the SkyPath as a zero cost proj- ect as a private investor will cover 100 per cent of the cost. Bevan Woodward, rep- resenting the Auckland Har- bour Bridge Pathway Trust, says the vote gives a man- date for thorough public con- sultation. Steven Proctor is funding the entire project, aiming to see an 8 per cent return through tolling, Mr Wood- ward says. Auckland Transport pro- jected the SkyPath would cost an additional $13m, causing confusion and delay- ing the project s future, Mr Woodward says. The $28m cost estimate includes a $4m contingency fund for some of the issues Auckland Transport raised and over-estimated, Mr Woodward says. He says the city-side entrance will connect with the $5.8m Westhaven path- way while Northcote Pt will be the North Shore side exit. Kaipatiki, Devonport- Takapuna and Waitemata local boards support the proj- ect. See getacross.org.nz. Armistice anniversary Veterans who served in the Korean War can register expressions of interest to attend the 60th anniversary of the armistice in the Repub- lic of Korea in July. To be eligible veterans must have qualified for either the Korea Medal, the UN Service Medal clasp Korea or the NZ Gen- eral Service Medal (Korea 1954-1957). They must also have been attested into the NZ Armed Forces at the time of qualifying ser- vice. Contact 0800 483 8372 or email email@example.com to register by February 28. Auckland Transport investigates HOP card app By JESS ETHERIDGE Smart: James Pearce, Jenny Li, Sam Yoon, Kristina Kim and Jack Timings have suggested a smartphone application for HOP card balance checks and top ups to Auckland Transport. Photo: JESS ETHERIDGE Ever been caught short when trying to catch the bus? Kristina Kim has. The 17-year-old Westlake Girls student is a regular user of public transport and Auckland Transport s new AT HOP card. The HOP card is a prepay transport card which lets users buy bus, train or ferry tickets on board without using cash. But Kristina says she often does not know her HOP card balance and does not have enough coins to pay the fare. Her fellow Devonport- Takapuna Youth Board members -- James Pearce, Jenny Li, Sam Yoon and Jack Timings -- have had similar experiences and all agreed an application for iPhones and other devices would solve the issue. Checking the HOP card balance on your phone before using public transport would save time, Jenny, 17, says. James, 16, says text mess- age notifications about HOP card balance would also help. Top up machines at major transport stations, such as Smales Farm, were also mooted by the youth board. The board took its ideas to Auckland Transport s regional public transport hearing at Smales Farm where chairman Mike Lee commended them for proac- tive and fresh ideas. The youth board says the application should be free and wireless internet should be available at transport hubs. Mr Lee says Auckland Transport will investigate the idea.
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