Laidlaw goes the electric way
young people who are in the youth justice system. They need a secure place for assessment, treatment and recovery,’’ she said.
Principal Youth Court Judge Andrew Becroft sent a message for the opening, saying there was a ‘‘significant need’’ for the new facility.
‘‘Too many young offenders are kept in youth justice residences, often kept in solitary confinement for their own protection with underlying mental health and other neurodevelopmental disorders and needs,’’ Becroft said. Wellington Regional Council has added the first fully electric car to its vehicle fleet, just as Transport Minister Simon Bridges announces an extensive package of measures to increase the uptake of electric vehicles in New Zealand.
Regional council chairman Chris Laidlaw said there was increasing interest in electric vehicles in New Zealand, and that the Government’s announcement provided strong support for those considering them.
‘‘The measures announced by the minister send a strong signal to Wellingtonians and fleet owners to move towards a better transport future,’’ Laidlaw said. ‘‘We look forward to working with the Government on developing the opportunities outlined.’’
Laidlaw said the regional council’s move to electric vehicles was consistent with its role environmental protection.
‘‘Given our transport and environmental role, it’s important we lead by example. Our new vehicle, a Nissan Leaf, produces 80 per cent less emissions than a petrol car.
‘‘The lower running costs for electric vehicles are also very compelling. As council vehicles come up for replacement, we’ll look to replace those with partially or fully electric models.’’ in To help promote the uptake of electric vehicles, the regional and Wellington City councils are co-hosting an electric vehicle symposium, The Future Is Electric, in Wellington on June 27. Go to TheFutureIsElectric.co.nz for information.
Chris Laidlaw and the electric Nissan Leaf.