Laidlaw goes the elec­tric way

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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.

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