Ap­ple trees part of city quake plans

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - COL­LETTE DEVLIN

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.’’

PHOTO: KRIS DANDO

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.

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