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Selwyn Times: September 13, 2016

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10 Tuesday September 13 2016 SELWYN TIMES Your Local Views Taking climate change seriously AMY ADAMS MP FOR SELWYN If you would like to sign up for my newsletter please visit www.amyadams.co.nz Amy Adams Selwyn MP CONTACT P: 03 344 0418 | F: 03 344 0420 E: selwynoffice@parliament.govt.nz Working hard for our communities Authorised by Amy Adams, 829 Main South Road, Templeton, Christchurch 6 ISSUES delivered to your door FROm ONly www.national.org.nz $ 44. 50 SUBSCRIPTIONS FREEPHONE 0800 77 77 10 rugbynews.co.nz IT SEEMS to me that the winter here in Selwyn this year has been warmer and drier than usual. I’m not a meteorologist though, so I won’t speculate on the causes of this entirely subjective observation. What we know, however, is that scientists agree that our earth’s climate is changing and global emissions are a significant factor in this change. The Government is taking the issue of climate change seriously, which is why we have set an ambitious goal for New Zealand to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. This will require a massive effort across all sectors of society from local and central Government through to businesses, iwi and communities. We have also announced our intention to ratify the Paris agreement on climate change before the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change conference in November this year. Ratifying this year will formalise New Zealand’s commitment to addressing climate change and help support worldwide momentum towards lowering global emissions. The Paris agreement was finalised in December last year, when 180 countries that contribute 99 per cent of global emissions set reduced emissions targets. Ratifying the agreement early gives our support to the global momentum to implement the agreement and helps ensure we have a strong voice at the table as the details of the agreement are negotiated. Ratifying will also build on the solid work already being done by New Zealanders to reduce our emissions. China and the US, which are jointly responsible for just under 40 per cent of global emissions, have indicated they will ratify this year, as have Australia and Canada. The Government already has a number of initiatives underway as part of our work programme to address climate change. These actions include: •Reviewing and strengthening the Emissions Trading Scheme to ensure it is fit for purpose and is encouraging emissions reductions and tree planting •Investing millions each year to fund agriculture research to help the primary sector become more efficient and less emissions-intensive •Spending a record $1.2 billion over three years on public transport and encouraging the uptake of electric vehicles •Increasing the amount of electricity that comes from renewable energy from 80 per cent currently to 90 per cent •And developing measures on energy and fuel efficiency. To help ensure we’re on the right track to reduce emissions and meet our ambitious target, we are also setting up three technical advisory groups covering adaptation, biological emissions and forestry. This is a big global issue and it is important that we get our response right. 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SELWYN TIMES Tuesday September 13 2016 11 Fewer car parks not bad for business Spokes Canterbury chairman Don Babe responds to editor Barry Clarke’s view on the removal of car parking on the main street of Lincoln in last week’s edition You are not the first nor will you be the last to jump to the conclusion that less car parking outside businesses means less customers. This has been researched many times around the world and I am not aware of any results that show business declining when car parking is Looking back FROM AFAR: This view takes in Mrs Wolfe’s house (right) and Lincoln Primary School (left) in 1920. •Heritage photos supplied by Selwyn Libraries on behalf of the Lincoln and Districts Historical Society. If you have any information about this photo, please contact the library via www.selwynlibrary. co.nz moved. The most well-known example is from New York, where business grew by 47 per cent when car parking was removed. I understand that Lincoln is not New York, but similar research has been done in Te Aro in Wellington and Beckenham in Christchurch with results in the same direction, if not of the same magnitude. I live 5km from Lincoln and feel no desire to go there because there is little chance I will meet anyone I know, despite being in the area for 25 years and raising a family here. The Christmas fete is great because people are milling about and there is a good chance I will meet someone I know. I will not go there to watch cars go by or park. Making the main road more peoplefriendly will have more people in the street so will attract visitors and likely customers. How do businesses think that having two car parks in front of their business will get more customers? It is likely the car parks are full of long-term parkers so they are completely ineffective. The car park north of the library is a great location and should be duplicated. It supplies a number of car parks and is not far from the main street, probably closer to destinations than on street parking would be. The staff at Selwyn District Council have made good plans to energise Lincoln village, they are to be commended. •HAVE YOUR SAY: Do you agree with Don Babe’s view? Email tom. doudney@starmedia.kiwi Gorgeous Silks in store now Visit Smith & Boston today Dress to impress; whatever the occasion SMITH & BOSTON Prebbleton Village | Christchurch Ph: 03 349 5646 www.smithandboston.co.nz Terrace Downs Sunday Buffet Make your Sunday extra special with the Sunday buffet. Come and enjoy a delicious menu of classic and International flavours, accompanied by live music. Every Sunday 12:30pm Adults $45pp, Kids u12 only $20 BooK ToDAy: 03 317 9375 oR visit www.terracedowns.co.nz Phone 03 318 6943 Terrace Downs Resort | Coleridge Road, Windwhistle, Canterbury info@terracedowns.co.nz Experience a tiny hearing aid that outperforms normal hearing in challenging listening environments* A virtually invisible German engineered hearing aid that enables wearers to understand speech in difficult listening situations like busy restaurants, and reduces listening effort throughout your day.* Easy to operate with excellent sound quality and audibility. For further information or to book an appointment for a free hearing screening and hearing aid demonstration FREE PHONE: 0800 72 73 66 Completely disappears Hearing Clinics available: Christchurch, Rangiora, Ashburton and West Coast (Hokitika, Greymouth and Westport). Consultations by Appointment only. *Clinically proven in two independent studies to provide better than normal hearing in certain demanding listening environments. *Special conditions apply Merivale Hearing Clinic 24b Church Lane, Merivale. Call: 356 2324 Greg Foote, Audiologist