Apple trees part of city quake plans
A fruit tree in every garden is one of 30 ideas to make Wellington more resilient in the event of a big earthquake cutting off the city’s food supplies.
Other initiatives include preparations to shift the CBD to Karori, Johnsonville, Tawa, Lower Hutt, Upper Hutt or Porirua if the central city cannot be accessed.
The 30-point resilience strategy to be presented to Wellington city councillors on Thursday suggests homeowners should become selfsufficient – though council recovery manager Mike Mendonca said that was also about creating a social connection.
‘‘This is Wellington, so let’s be realistic – there is not an abundance of fruit and vegetables growing in back yards.
‘‘This idea is more about people getting to know their neighbour, perhaps bringing them together at a community garden.’’
After Wellington was hit badly by the magnitude 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake on November 14, the council’s disaster planners fast-tracked some of the initiatives.
‘‘This idea is more about people getting to know their neighbour.’’
Plimmerton Croquet Club’s Tom Berryman won the regional competition of the association croquet Arthur Ross Trophy on January 29. The victory meant Berryman will play the national finals in Christchurch over the first weekend in March.