Amelia’s wish comes true

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - By RHI­AN­NON McCON­NELL

Seven-year-old Amelia Taatiti is no longer wor­ried about be­ing hit on her way to Pa­pakowhai School since a new Kea cross­ing has been given the green light.

The de­ter­mined year 3 pupil wrote a speech early this month about why the school needed a cross­ing.

‘‘Lit­tle 5-year-olds don’t know their road rules and be­cause we don’t have a pedes­trian cross­ing I am very wor­ried about them,’’ she wrote.

‘‘I see kids cross­ing the road with­out a par­ent ev­ery day. I see par­ents com­ing to school who cross the road right in front of driv­ing cars and buses.

‘‘It scares me. Kids are sup­posed to be safe and should have a pedes­trian cross­ing. Kids need a pedes­trian cross­ing so they can walk to school on their own.’’

Only days after writ­ing the speech, she was very happy to learn that Porirua City Coun­cil had plans to put in a Kea cross­ing.

Her mother, Tracy Tipene, said a cross­ing would help make the road less of a safety con­cern.

‘‘We see lots of kids cross­ing with­out par­ents all the time,’’ she said.

‘‘Even hav­ing the pres­ence of a cross­ing will slow peo­ple down. When it is chocka-block full of cars on both sides it’s quite dan­ger­ous.’’

Porirua City Coun­cil has been work­ing closely with the school to come up with a so­lu­tion for the busy traf­fic prob­lem.

The com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod ended last week.

School prin­ci­pal Mark Smith said the cross­ing, which would op­er­ate be­fore and after school,

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