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THE NEW Zealand Transport
Agency (NZTA) yesterday announ-
ced a move to protect land east of
Woodend for a future bypass,
laying more than 50 years of
community uncertainty to rest.
NZTA state highway manager
Colin Knaggs said the body would
now lodge an application with the
Waimakariri District Council to
get the route designated for a
bypass under the district plan,
starting the planning and public
consultation process, although
there are no plans to build the
road in the next 15 years.
A designated Woodend bypass
route was set aside in the 1960s,
but this was uplifted in the 1990s
when NZTA's predecessor, Tran-
sit, was unable to commit to con-
struction. Since then, discussions
between the roading authority
and the council have continued to
investigate options for steering
SH1 traffic around Woodend and
provide greater planning certainty
for the district.
Consultations in the last year
have shown that the majority of
the community want us to reduce
the impact the highway has on
Woodend -- it currently runs
through the town, cutting it in two
and creating traffic congestion,
safety issues and traffic delays,''
Mr Knaggs said.
The only viable alternative to a
bypass would be to four-lane the
state highway. . . which would
result in greater severance of the
community, and an even greater
impact on the safety of pedes-
trians and cyclists.''
He said the new eastern bypass
alignment would likely steer 80
per cent of traffic around the
town. Under current use, that
would redirect 14,000 vehicles
each day, of which about 10 per
cent are heavy vehicles. The result
would be less traffic congestion,
noise and air pollution; improved
safety and travel times; and a
more efficient and reliable stretch
This will give the community
the certainty it has been looking
for and allow controlled develop-
ment of the area to progress.''
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Front, from left:
By CATE BROUGHTON
I am hugely concerned at the direction
we're going in. I sincerely hope we
haven't been in an experiment that has
gone terribly wrong.
SEFTON SCHOOL will lose
its highly experienced prin-
cipal on Friday -- thanks in
part to the ongoing Novopay
Sue Graham has more than 30
years' experience in the education
sector, as a teacher, principal
She has been principal of Sefton
School for the last six years, but
will leave all that behind her on
Monday, when she begins her new
role as a professional develop-
ment adviser at the University
Government policies, and the
way they have been implemented,
have made it increasingly difficult
for her to do her job -- leading the
teaching and learning at her
school -- she says.
Being forced to spend at least 10
hours a week trying to sort out the
pay errors caused by the Novopay
system, implemented last year,
was the nail in the coffin''.
With Novopay, you feel quite
powerless. You fill in the duplicate
forms, but they are so far behind
in addressing them, anything put
in in September, October and
November is not resolved.''
Ms Graham said it was
surprising to her how long it took
for the Government to recognise
OK, Steven Joyce has stepped
up now, but that was after six
months of problems.''
The Novopay issues were just
one more obstacle taking her away
from her real job, she says.
Other frustrations have
included the way the national
standards were rolled out, the
focus on increased class sizes,
the closing of residential schools
and this week's restructure of
Christchurch schools -- all of
which she says have not been
based on solid research.
I am highly frustrated and
sometimes angry about it, because
change is good; but it's not, when
it seems to be like an out-of-
control rollercoaster and there
doesn't seem to be any vision . . .''
She says her experience has
been better than that of other
principals, who are now grappling
with closures or mergers.
While she accepts the need for
rationalisation of Christchurch
schools, she says the process the
Government has chosen to
implement is questionable.
I am hugely concerned at the
direction we're going in. I sin-
cerely hope we haven't been in
an experiment that has gone
The erosion of trust in the edu-
cation sector would be difficult for
the Government to repair, she
said, but teachers are good at
being open-minded and making
the best of what they have.
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