The coastal erosion in Golden Bay is causing concern:
Plans for a seawall up to 350 metres long in western Golden Bay are back on the table.
Property owners in Pakawau, north of Collingwood and on the inside of Farewell Spit, want the wall to protect their homes and land from rapidly increasing coastal erosion.…
Engineering firm OCEL Consultants NZ … said in a report that erosion was expected to accelerate due to sea level rise guidelines proposed by the Ministry for the Environment coupled with suggested increases in the frequency and severity of storms. …
a subdivision created there in 1959 had about 30 metres of sand dunes on the seaward side of the houses. …
“It’s gone from 20 to 30 metres of dunes – to now being within two metres of some of the sections.”…
The proposed wall would be a continuation of an existing wall at the Pakawau camping ground. It was estimated to cost up to $400,000 to build …
Ever since the intersection of Waikawa Beach Road with SH1 was changed a year or two ago there has been a lot of discussion about the corner and turning.
Some, like me, might not have known that the white diagonal lines are an area vehicles can use for turning south out of Waikawa Beach Road. Here’s the official word (with my emphasis):
Flush medians are white diagonal lines, painted down the centre of some urban and semi-urban roads, marking an area about one-car-width wide.
They’re called ‘flush’ because they are not raised, just painted on the surface of the road. Sometimes, however, there will be raised islands on the median to provide extra protection for pedestrians.
What flush medians are for
Flush medians are there to:
provide a wider separation between traffic streams on either side of the road
provide pedestrians with a place to pause while crossing two traffic streams
provide a refuge for vehicles turning into and out of side roads or driveways.
Don’t use flush medians as:
overtaking lanes (except for short distances just before the turn or when preparing to turn right and other traffic is occupying the adjacent lane)
a place to park.
It’s an offence to use a flush median to overtake, or to park on one.
How flush medians improve safety
In New Zealand, there has been a 19% overall reduction in crashes on streets where flush medians have been installed. Rear-end crashes have reduced by 66% and incidents involving pedestrians by 30%.
How to use a flush median
It’s alright to drive on a flush median for a short distance if you’re turning into or out of a side road or driveway. You can use them to slow down before making a right-hand turn, or to merge left into a gap in the traffic flow.
If you’re using the flush median to make a right-hand turn you should indicate, then steer gently onto the median rather than at an abrupt angle. Use the median as an area to slow down and brake. This way the following traffic doesn’t have to slow down rapidly to avoid you.
Carry out a similar manoeuvre if you’re using the flush median as a refuge before merging into traffic on your left. Remember to indicate and check your mirrors, accelerate, and move gently into a gap in the traffic.
When you’re using a flush median, always remember to watch out for pedestrians, other vehicles using the median and any raised islands.
Citations for Knights Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit
To be a Knight Companion of the said Order:
WORKMAN, Mr Robert Kinsela (Kim), QSO
For services to prisoner welfare and the justice sector
Mr Kim Workman (Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa) was appointed a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order in 2007 for his services to prisoner welfare.
Mr Workman stepped down from his role as National Director of Prison Fellowship New Zealand in 2008. He then served a three-year term as Families Commissioner from 2008 to 2011. He founded the Robson Hanan Trust, of which he remains a Trustee, Strategi Advisor, and spokesman. The Trust oversees the Rethinking Crime and Punishment strategy, which he helped launch in 2006, and in 2011 founded JustSpeak, a non-partisan network of young people speaking up for change in the criminal justice system. He has remained a Board member and strategic advisor to JustSpeak. He was a Board member of Prisoners Aid and Rehabilitation Trust from 2012 to 2013. He became an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Institute of Criminology at Victoria University of Wellington in 2013. In 2015 he was awarded Victoria University’s John David Stout Fellowship and began writing the book ‘Criminal Justice, the State and Māori, from 1985 to 2015’. As an academic he has contributed a number of book chapters and produced journal articles on various aspects of criminal justice. Mr Workman was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Literature by the Victoria University Council in 2016, and the same degree by Massey University Council in 2017.