The Horowhenua Mail - - FRONT PAGE -

Welling­ton came to a stand­still on Tuesday - the Amer­ica’s Cup pa­rade rolled into town draw­ing thousands of peo­ple into the cap­i­tal to sup­port the vic­to­ri­ous team. They waved and cheered, and the ticker tape lit­tered the street.

But for those head­ing out of the city af­ter­wards many faced an in­cred­i­ble de­lay to get home.

Just af­ter noon a slip on the Ngau­ranga Gorge closed the three south­bound lanes. Traf­fic backed up to Tawa and both on-ramps and off-ramps to New­lands and John­sonville were closed. Overnight, crews worked to clear the slip and re­open two of the lanes for morn­ing com­muters.

Now we are in the midst of some freez­ing weather. Sleety rain and high winds are ex­pected to­day and there is a weather warn­ing for our re­gion.

But it is win­ter and at least, on Tuesday, we had a beau­ti­ful, sunny day where we could ap­plaud and cheer our he­roes - the win­ners of the Amer­ica’s Cup. Rug up and stay warm.

- Shar­ron Par­doe, News Di­rec­tor com­mu­ni­ties

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