492 days ago

Parking fees hike mooted for central Christchurch

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

The city council has proposed increasing the cost of on-street metered parking by almost a third, from $3.10 an hour to $4.

Under the current pricing structure, people using a credit or debit card pay $3.10 per hour and a card fee of 50 cents, totalling $3.60. The proposed $4 an hour would see the council absorb the card fee, a move that would cost the authority $300,000 a year but be recouped by the increased hourly rate.

In central Auckland motorists pay $5 an hour for the first two hours on weekdays, then $10 an hour; Wellington drivers pay $4.50 an hour.

What do you think of the rise? Fair enough or will it deter you from visiting the CBD? Read the full story here and tell us what you think in the comments below.

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3 minutes ago

Motorists face nine months of delays as council replaces pipes on Riccarton Rd

Jake Kenny Reporter from Community News

Hi neighbours,

Little more than 12 months ago, motorists on Riccarton Rd finally breathed a sigh of relief after years of roadworks came to an end.

But that reprieve from endless traffic jams will be short-lived – another section of the major road is about to be dug up.

A 1.7km stretch of the street will have ageing pipes and three intersections replaced over the next nine months, and the city council expects the work will cause some delays.

Read more on this story from Steven Walton by clicking below.

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3 days ago

SuperSeniors June

The Team from Office for Seniors

The latest edition of SuperSeniors is out now!

In this issue, we profile one of the unsung heroes of the Elder Abuse Response Service (EARS) and learn more about the help the service offers.

We also chat with Dr Doug Wilson, 2021 Senior New Zealander of the Year Te Mātāpuputu o te Tau, and Andrea Gaskin, Director and Founder of charity organisation Connect the Dots, about how she’s making the art scene in Auckland accessible to seniors.

There’s advice on how to eat healthy, how to get tech savvy, and updated laws for renters and landlords.

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1 day ago

Throwback Thursday: On the buses

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

The tram ride to New Brighton was an institution in Christchurch for many decades.
Passengers rattled along the rails to Saturday shopping and summer picnics on the beach.

This changed in October, 1952. Out went trams, in came buses.

Christchurch mayor Robert Macfarlane drove the last rumbling old tram, festooned with banners and bunting. It towed a double-decker trailer, from the top of which the Caledonian Pipe Band played a lament.

In its wake came three of the Christchurch Transport Board's new AEC diesel buses. The band later piped the buses into New Brighton.

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