Quick and easy maps

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Porirua’s top walk­ing and cy­cling tracks just got smarter.

Signs on the top 12 tracks are be­ing branded with Quick Re­sponse (QR) codes, which can al­low smart­phone users ac­cess to ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion on­line.

City coun­cil leisure as­sets and ser­vices man­ager Karyn Stillwell says scan­ning the codes is an easy way of get­ting in­for­ma­tion fast.

‘‘You don’t have to be tech­ni­cally savvy to down­load the QR app onto your phone. It’s re­ally sim­ple and smart tech­nol­ogy, that con­nects track users to on­line maps from the con­ve­nience of their smart­phone.’’

The QR codes are a high-tech ver­sion of a bar­code and were put on the main path­way signs last week. They will com­ple­ment the on­line map ser­vice the coun­cil al­ready pro­vides for the 12 tracks, which have been viewed more than 1400 times in the past nine months.

If your phone does not have a QR reader, there are plenty of free downloads avail­able, Ms Stillwell says.

‘‘[It] saves you the has­sle of typ­ing in a web ad­dress or hunt­ing for the right page on a web­site.

‘‘The ad­van­tage is that now if you lose your map or for­get to take one, those with a smart­phone can get a backup map while out on a walk.’’

The coun­cil still rec­om­mends walk­ers print off a map be­fore set­ting out, since phones can go flat and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions ser­vices can be un­avail­able in some ar­eas. Peo­ple want­ing to save money and en­rich the soil in their gar­dens may want to get along to a com­post­ing and re­cy­cling work­shop at Pataka this Satur­day.

The Porirua City Coun­cil­run work­shop will in­clude a demon­stra­tion on com­post­ing and a brief up­date on re­cent changes to re­cy­cling. Up to 40 per cent of the rub­bish Porirua house­holds throw out ev­ery week con­sists of food scraps and gar­den waste, says Zero Waste co-or­di­na­tor Dee Jones.

Ms Jones says the demon­stra­tion will show par­tic­i­pants what they need to get started and how to look af­ter a com­post heap.

‘‘The work­shop will be of in­ter­est to a lot of peo­ple, in­clud­ing gar­den­ers and those who want to save money on rub­bish bags and com­post.’’

Coun­cil set­tle­ment sup­port co-or­di­na­tor An­nette Woods says new­com­ers to Porirua may also find the work­shop help­ful. All par­tic­i­pants will en­ter a draw to win a com­post bin and re­cy­cling bin.

The work­shop is on from 2pm till 3.30pm in the Pataka Ed­u­ca­tion Space (walk through to the back of the gallery). Af­ter­noon tea and re­fresh­ments pro­vided.

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