The popularity of 300 cherry trees in full bloom near a busy state highway has forced the transport agency to step in over safety concerns.
More than 5000 people visited the Aston Norwood Cafe & Function Centre’s Japanese-inspired garden last weekend causing chaos along the adjacent State Highway 2 in Upper Hutt.
Aston Norwood owner Mark Rammell said the volume of traffic outside his business caused gridlocks throughout the weekend. Punters began parking along the margins of the roadway up to 500 metres away after the facility’s 270 carparks filled up.
NZTA is putting in extra parking and road markings to deal with the influx.
This weeks Pet of the Day is Hazel, a cavapoochon. Cavapoochon are a triple-cross breed, combining the best traits of the Cavalier King Charles, Bichon Frise and Toy Poodle.
Proud owner Fiona Soffe says Hazel is well known in Kilbirnie.
"She’s four years old and we’ve owned her since she was five weeks old, I formula feed her till she was old enough to start solids. She’s a princess."
The Pet of the Day is no longer be appearing in the Dominion Post and instead you will find it on Neighbourly every Saturday. If you want your pet featured, email us on email@example.com with a recent photo.
Would you like to socialise a bit more,go out occasionally... Friendly,open minded women 45 plus.
I am 61 but young at heart. I am going to The Christmas Show,Bats Theatre. Would you like to come along?
(Dec.3-12,6.30PM) Cheers, Iris