Rodney Times : February 13th 2014
www.rodneytimes.co.nz NEWS RODNEY TIMES, FEBRUARY 13, 2014 School’s back – watch speed By CARALISE TRAYES PARENTS are getting a stern warning to stick to speed limits now that school’s back. Police remind drivers that speed limits around schools in urban areas is 40kmh, and 80kmh around rural ones, unless stated otherwise. ‘‘While the speed tolerance is back to 9kmh, there is still a 4kmh tolerance perma- Orewa is set to party A big street party is tipped to bring thousands of people to Orewa this Saturday. The Orewa Boulevard Arts Fiesta will see the Hibiscus Coast Highway closed for the day from Moenui Ave to Florence Ave. Instead of traffic the boulevard will be taken over by those checking out the entertainment, more than 50 market and craft stalls and 32 food stalls. Singer Yulia Mac- Lean, an internationally acclaimed performer now living in Hatfields Beach, will headline a list of musicians on the Moana Beachfront Reserve main stage. Others include ‘The Violin Man’ Nick Jones, Becky Moon, Tweed, Heather Wilcock, Paul Hansen Jazz, Danielle and Ainslie Davie. People can enjoy the concert from the many beachfront restaurants or cafes. Children’s craft act- ivities feature in Orewa Square, with other entertainment in the Orewa Community Centre. Chalk walk: Alex Heydenrijk and Yolanda Bartram work on a dinosaur fossil. nently enforced in school zones,’’ Sergeant John Roberts of the Strategic Traffic Unit says. Police are running a cam- paign before and after school throughout the Hibiscus Coast and Rodney with marked and unmarked police cars patrolling school zones. ‘‘If you speed, you will get a ticket,’’ Mr Roberts says. He says the majority of people who speed around ➤FINES ❚ Speeding, $30 for going 4kmh over the limit, up to $630 for 49kmh over ❚ Restraints, $150 ❚ Helmets, $55 for cycling without a helmet schools are parents. ‘‘They actually support our enforcement and need to be reminded to take more care.’’ Children aged 5 to 14 make up 27 per cent of all pedestrian injuries in the Auckland region and the most dangerous time for them is after school between 3pm and 4pm. Parents and caregivers dropping children off are also asked to adhere to marked parking zones. ‘‘Parking on the streets limits the view of both motorist and pedestrians, so extra care is needed,’’ Mr Roberts says. While passing a bus, the speed limit is 20kmh. Temporary electronic vari- able speed limit zones are being trialled at Dairy Flat School. When the signs are flash- ing during peak school hours the speed limit is 60kmh, even though the Dairy Flat Highway speed limit in the school vicinity is 80kmh. The trial is being done by Auckland Transport and the NZ Transport Agency. Artists’ pavement work is no secret We’ve found the mystery chalk artists. They’re wanted by Desti- nation Orewa Beach to help with a lead up to a Paint the Town event on March 22. A $100 Casablanca restaurant voucher was even offered as a reward if the artists came forward. Surprised at all the fuss, Yolanda Bartram and Alex Heydenrijk were back chalking parts of the 7.5km Te Ara Tahuna Estuary cycleway and walkway this week. The Rodney Times found the pair adding more temporary artwork, working on a dinosaur fossil. They’re commissioned by Auckland Transport. Most of the chalk work has a message, perhaps inviting pathway users to keep left, mind their dogs and for cyclists to slow down at tight corners or steep sections. Yolanda says they have been working on the art during the day so there is no secret to the project. They hope their work will continue to be appreciated during upcoming charity walks around the estuary. These include the Hibiscus Hospice Twilight Walk on Saturday from 4pm and earlier the same day a fun walk and ride to raise funds for the Respite NZ Trust. Yolanda, director and head artist at BodyFX studio in Kingsland, says they’ll be back face painting for Kiara’s Angel Walk on March 2, a Child Cancer Foundation fundraiser. IN BRIEF Cash found Whangaparaoa police seek the owner of an envelope containing $250 which was found around Roberts Rd near Matakatia and handed to police last week. Phone Whangaparaoa police on 09 424 6500. Parked poorly A fuel truck carrying 20,000 litres of petrol sparked an emergency call out after reports it had crashed on a Warkworth bridge on Saturday. ‘‘Police and the fire service attended and it turned out it was just parked badly, blocking the road,’’ a police northern communications spokesperson says. Try sailing A drive to get more people on the water is on Sunday with yacht clubs ready to make the most of the first Volvo National Sailing and Boating Day. Surveys extended The northern boat ramp and northern swimming pool facility surveys have been extended until March 14. This is to allow Auckland Council staff to collect community feedback at the Rodney and Hibiscus and Bays Local Board Plan expos. Visit auckland council.govt.nz for details. Call back costly Scammers may be trying to exploit missed calls on cell phones. They call you, but immediately hang up. You see a missed call and return it but they charge you for the call, and each minute they can keep you on the line. The scammer sets up a computer to call thousands of numbers an hour, technology blogger Shelley Palmer says. 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