82 days ago

We Say/You Say: Leaks

Thomas Campbell Reporter from Upper Hutt Leader

Kia ora Upper Hutt,

Have you had water supply cut off as a result of burst water mains? What other water problems are prevalent in your community?

Wellington residents are filing more than 50 complaints a day regarding the capital's ageing water infrastructure.

One leak near the Prime Minister's official residence in Tinakori Road has not been fixed since being first reported in September 2020.

Wellington Water spokesman Alex van Paassen says that some longer running leaks may not be showing up in data searches.

"Sometimes they get fixed but other nearby leaks are still going; sometimes the fix doesn't work, or a new leak pops up at the same place; sometimes they're private – private leaks can get into the neighbours at war territory," he said.

Van Paasen said that there were several reasons for the delayed fixes including Wellington Water's aging workforce, lack of skilled workers and an increase in work volume.

A presentation was delivered to Wellington City councillors in late-2020 showed that almost half of the cities pipes needed replacing, with $578 million needed to clear a variety of other accumulated issues.

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3 days ago

Aotearoa or New Zealand?

Michael from Trentham

Name changing to make right the wrongs of the past seems to be the order of the day in New Zealand. The effort to Maori-ise NZ to a rightful degree is both morally right and when it comes to place names, physically right.
Who were first to colonise NZ and stay put: Polynesians known as Mori-Ori and a little later came the Maori. And these people indeed travelled the length and breadth of NZ hundreds of years before Europeans sighted NZ, naming almost all and sundry.
So we come to the curly question of our country's European name, itself anglicised from Dutch. Should we retain New Zealand or go for the largely accepted (by Maori) and meaningful Maori name: Aotearoa (land of the long white cloud).
When there is enough push for reverting to Maori names of major features such as mountains, we are presented with an either title of acceptability vis Mt Cook and Mt Egmont and their respective Maori names ( Mt Aoraki and Mt Taranaki), but I don't seem to think this would work with the country's name. Surely it must be one or the other. Yet I see Aotearoa creeping quite rapidly forward as a description of NZ. We have a Prime Minister who says it often enough for me to take notice.
The cost of change would be enormous and it would not be through a referendum as those seeking change would unlikely ever succeed.
Anyway, the first step in this process is to finally get rid of the laughable, temporarily named North Island and South Island and revert back to their meaningful Maori titles.
And don't lets talk about Upper Hutt and Lower Hutt. I did think these names were unique until I discovered a few weeks ago that there is a place named Hutt and Hutt River in Australia. Not up to the standard of Wellington though because I believe there are more than 25 places named Wellington world-wide.