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The containers forming
a drop zone around the
Lambert Building will
be removed from High
St, Rangiora on Wed-
nesday, August 29, fol-
lowing the end of the
High St between Per-
cival and Victoria
streets will be closed to
vehicles and pedestri-
ans from 8am for most
of the day. Traffic trav-
elling east on High St
will be diverted right
into Percival St.
MP strongly against marriage changes
Colin King MP
By CATE BROUGHTON
CRUSADING FOR the preservation
of marriage in its current form,
Kaikoura MP Colin King will vote
against Labour MP Louisa Wall's
Marriage Amendment Bill at its first
reading on August 29.
Ms Wall's bill would make it clear
that marriage is a union of two
people regardless of their sex, sexual
orientation or gender identity.
Mr King, who has been married for
42 years and has four children, said
he felt strongly about the issue and
his decision was based on a belief
that the purpose of marriage was for
I see it from a greater level, so
you do feel strongly for your partner,
but it's also about the family and the
He wanted to defend the status
quo and had asked to speak at the
debate preceeding the vote.
Who is going to be the bastion for
what is in the best interests of
society? Maybe I'm not the person to
be, but unfortunately I feel quite
strongly, the more I think about it.''
Mr King said often member's bills
such as this had unintended conse-
quences'' and were not always in the
best interests of the community.
So I look at the gay marriage situ-
ation and I mean, next it's going to
be adoption and then it's going to be
surrogacy and where do you draw
And I don't really think it's a good
path to go down in the first place.''
He did not have anything against
gay people, but said they should be
thankful they could get a civil union.
Be thankful that you are living in
a modern society where we can have
our views and we can have our beha-
viours and they are not illegal.''
Mr King said feedback from his
electorate, which includes parts of
North Canterbury north of the Ash-
ley River, had been overwhelmingly
against the bill but this had not
influenced his vote as he had already
made up his mind.
In a letter to the Northern Outlook
Waimakariri MP Kate Wilkinson
said she was tending towards sup-
porting the bill to select committee,
where it can be fully and properly
However, she said she will
continue to consider the views of the
people in her electorate.
She said making an ill-considered
response is not her style.
Ms Wilkinson said feedback she
had received had been mixed and
whatever way she voted would bring
both opposition and support.
Consultation on High St
NOT FUSSED: Woodend's Peter Peters can't really see why the Waimakariri District Council needs to realign Rangiora's Red
I DON'T want High Street two-way.
I don't want it one-way. I don't want
cars in there at all.''
That's the feedback from Woodend
resident Peter Peters when asked
about a Waimakariri District Coun-
cil roading committee proposal to
realign Rangiora's Red Lion corner,
install traffic lights and open High
St up to traffic in both directions.
The plan to untangle the intersec-
tion was floated at a committee
meeting and workshop last week,
which flagged a number of potential
changes for the town's roads over the
next one to three years to accommo-
date business and residential growth
in the area, council roading manager
Ken Stevenson says.
The most imminent move will be a
new speed limit for the Rangiora end
of Flaxton Rd -- if the council adopts
a recommendation from the com-
mittee to drop the stretch from Line-
side Rd to just beyond the new CRT
outlet from 70kmh to 50kmh.
The suggestion comes in the wake
of safety concerns as the road has
become increasingly built up with
industrial businesses that draw
heavy and slow-turning vehicles.
By far the majority of the submis-
sions received by the council in the
consultation period for the move sup-
ported the change to 50kmh. One
submitter even said the outcome was
so obvious that, Going through the
process of public consultation for this
decision is bureaucratic nonsense.''
Another project on the drawing
board is traffic lights for South Belt.
Traffic flow down South Belt has
been a major issue for Rangiora since
about 2000,'' Mr Stevenson said.
One solution is to mount traffic
signals at the South Belt/Southbrook
intersection within the next three
years, subject to public consul-
Traffic signals would also be part
of the plan for Red Lion corner to
assist with traffic flow and ped-
estrian safety. Mr Peters said he
wouldn't have any particular issue
with that, although he drives the
intersection regularly and sees no
particular problem with it.
Reworking it might be desirable,
but I don't see that it's a need to
have,'' he said.
Mr Stevenson said that amending
the intersection and opening High St
as a two-way route was a council
goal when it approved the Rangiora
town centre plan.
In terms of timing, we've put a
bob each way. Because it requires
property purchase, we've currently
spread the project over years three,
four, five of the 10-year-plan. We
need to talk further with property
owners about that, but it's definitely
something the council is keen to
progress,'' he said.
The timing is flexible -- while
we've currently got it in the middle
of the plan, we can bring it forward,
depending on what's happening with
the High St buildings. We need to be
able to respond appropriately and in
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