Wairarapa News : July 13th 2011
19 WAIRARAPA NEWS, JULY 13, 2011 NEWS SH1 Cobham Drive to Buckle Street transport improvements The inner-city transport network: improvements for a successful capital city Keeping our people moving Have your say about Wellington's inner-city transport improvements between Cobham Drive and Buckle Street. The NZ Transport Agency is presenting its proposals on these improvements for public engagement until 26 August 2011. An information brochure containing details of the proposed improvements and why they are needed for our growing city can be downloaded from our website or if you prefer please phone or email us your details and we'll pop one in the mail for you. Open Days are an opportunity for you to find out more about the proposals by talking to our technical specialists and to o er your comments to the project team. Your views are important and will help us to develop an improved design for the inner-city transport network. We hope you can join us at one of the following sessions: Saturday 16 July 2011 10am -- 4pm RA Vance Stand, Basin Reserve Sunday 17 July 2011 10am -- 4pm RA Vance Stand, Basin Reserve A feedback form is at the back of the brochure and on our website. Tell us what you think - we're looking forward to hearing from you. If you aren't able to make one of the open days, the brochure and all display material will be on www.nzta.govt.nz/witi and at our information centre at the RA Vance Stand, Basin Reserve which will be open Monday -- Friday (10am -- 3pm) Thursday -- (3pm -- 8pm). What's proposed • A bridge to the north of the Basin Reserve to improve tra c ows and reduce journey times for public transport • A second Mt Victoria Tunnel • Widening Ruahine Street and Wellington Road • A new pedestrian and cycle path between Cobham Drive and the Basin Reserve For further information please contact the Project Team: Tel: 0508 WITI INFO (0508 9484 4636) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.nzta.govt.nz/witi Information centre: RA Vance Stand, Basin Reserve 3716539AG Wairarapa 5 Bannister Street, Masterton Courtney Allen Local just like you Welcome to your brand new Telecom Business Hub created for local businesses in Wairarapa. Contact us by 29th July 2011 for a FREE business communications health check and go in the draw to win 1 of 10 Parrot Bluetooth® car kits *Find out more 0800 444 911 email@example.com Crafting the Wairarapa economy By PIERS FULLER Pushing Wairarapa: Alistair Dickson, of Flaxbourne Furniture, is a local manufacturer and one of the men behind staging the Made In Wairarapa Expo next month. Masterton furniture maker Alistair Dickson is passionate about local manufacturing -- not just from an economic viewpoint but also for social reasons. As a keen motorcyclist he has been all around the country over the years and he s noticed a lot of empty and disused factories; places where many people have been laid off, interrupting the core social fabric of those com- munities. Alistair and Pete Nikola- ison are the two men behind the Made In Wairarapa Expo planned for Masterton next month. They are both believers in the positive benefits that local manufac- turing can bring to our area, and they wanted to create a platform where businesses can come together and bring their products to a local audi- ence. We re raising awareness in the local population that they can source their products here. There are a lot of skilled people here making great things, says Alistair. He moved up to Masterton about 10 years ago because he wanted a change from Christ- church, where he had spent much of his adult life. He developed a love of woodcraft when he got a job with a chair maker in Christchurch more than 35 years ago. He has been in the industry ever since, always honing his skills and evolving as times changed. He has seen the New Zea- land furniture-making indus- try decimated by cheap imports and he has had to modify his business to sur- vive. I ve watched it over a period of 30 years go from being a major industry into a boutique industry, he says. These days Alistair creates furniture on commission for clients. The bespoke furniture is made to order and each one is crafted with love and care. He sees modern consumerist society as lacking apprec- iation of fine handmade things, and thinks cheap over- seas production is having a negative affect on local indus- try. He says he gets an enor- mous amount of satisfaction out of what he does and believes this type of work is disappearing as production moves away. The name of his Bentley St company, Flaxbourne Furni- ture, hails from a family farm in Marlborough. Alistair sources much of his timber from demolished build- ings in the area. He can make just about any piece of furniture from an idea or a photo. He also constructs recycled timber kitchens and undertakes some commercial work, especially display cabinets for shops. Made In Wairarapa Expo 2011 is being held at the Gen- esis Energy Recreation Centre stadium on August 27 and 28. Entry is free. Visitors can go into the draw to win $1000 worth of product from the stallholder of their choosing.
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