1045 days ago

Good Old Days

The Team from MOTAT - Museum of Transport and Technology

Celebrate the decade which saw New Zealand change from a
colony to a dominion within the British Empire by coming along to MOTAT for Good Old Days this month. Listen to the Oral Histories from the 1900s in the Walsh Memorial Library and learn what life was like over a century ago. Stroll through the picturesque grounds while enjoying the delightful sounds of live music. In the theme of the decade, and to celebrate the dawn of a new century, this month’s Good Old Days features a live harpist. The romantic gentle sound of the harp was often heard throughout the 1900s by those enjoying their leisure time. Head back to an era which predated such things as Vogel’s or Ploughman’s bread, and watch our specialty bread maker working their magic. There will be demonstrations and even a chance for a sneaky nibble! While you are here, make sure you spend some time checking out our new vehicle exhibition, Accelerate: Driving New Zealand which delves into the past, present, and future of New Zealand’s relationship with vehicles. This includes an example of the iconic Model T Ford or “Tin Lizzie” which became famous in the 1900s. Discover how the world was introduced to this revolutionary vehicle in 1908 and how it went on to make a remarkable impact upon society. Accelerate revisits some of the museum’s most cherished vehicles, whilst introducing new cars and the stories of the people who love them.

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12 hours ago

We Say/You Say: Queen Street

The Team from Community News

Kia ora Auckland,

Should Queen Street be car-free?

Major roading upgrades are set to get underway on Queen Street which the council says will improve pedestrian spaces.

The work is set to begin on Monday between Shortland and Customs streets, limiting traffic to a single lane each way and with bus priority in the evening peak.

Some have expressed their concerns for the project including a group of businesses and landlords calling itself Save Queen. The group applied for an interim injunction to halt the council's planned Queen St upgrade and a High Court Judge will decide whether to approve the injunction later today.

Should the upgrade go even further and ban passenger vehicles altogether? Let us know in the comments and don't forget to type NFP if you don't want your comment used in your local community paper.

3 days ago

Poll: Do you support the fine increase for using a mobile while driving from $80 to $150?

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

Drivers have been captured on camera boldly using their phones while driving, to video call, text and make calls.

The footage, taken in Auckland, comes as the Government increased the cost of a fine for using a cellphone while driving from $80 to $150.

Over the course of a week, ahead of the fine increase, a Stuff visual journalist captured numerous people using their phones while driving, including a woman who appeared to be on a video call while passing through an intersection, a man speaking on the phone and numerous people texting or looking at their phone.

Last year, police issued more than 40,000 infringement notices for the offence.

A driver for Dingo Groundworx NZ was captured using their phone while driving a truck along Williamson Ave, in Ponsonby.

Owner Cameron Hadley told Stuff all employees were very aware they should not be using their phones while driving.

He said he would be raising the issue in a staff meeting.

AA road safety spokesman Dylan Thomsen told Stuff he wasn’t surprised to hear about the woman video calling while driving.

While AA supports the Government’s fine increase, Thomsen said it wasn’t going to solve the problem.

“People just can’t resist the temptation if they hear their phone go off ... it’s not something you do by accident.”

“A lot of people use their phone behind the wheel and don’t do other risky things.”

He hopes as there are further advancements in technology, phone companies can have default “do not disturb” modes that activate as soon as drivers start moving in their car.

“Until we change the mindset it will be hard with enforcement alone, people don’t appreciate the risks until it’s too late,” Thomsen said.

To see video footage, go here:


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Do you support the fine increase for using a mobile while driving from $80 to $150?
  • 90.2% Yes
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  • 8% No
    8% Complete
  • 1.8% Unsure- it's too complex
    1.8% Complete
1303 votes
2 days ago

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