Central Leader : March 9th 2011
www.centralleader.co.nz Wednesday, March 9, 2011 Saint Kentigern OPEN DAY MARCH 15 BR - j5765/12 Saint Kentigern School 9.30-11am 82 Shore Rd, Remuera Saint Kentigern School for Girls - Corran 11am - 12.30pm 514 Remuera Rd, Remuera Saint Kentigern Preschool 11am - 12.30pm 514 Remuera Rd, Remuera SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE - APPLICATIONS CLOSE 6 APRIL Register to attend 09 577 0677 www.saintkentigern.com Call to make trains safe By RHIANNON HORRELL ' There was alcohol being consumed, marijuana smoked, cigarettes smoked and two fights broke out on that train. The female train manager in her late 40s was even punched. ' -- Union rep James Williams A FEMALE train manager being punched in the face by unruly passengers is just one of many issues prompting the Rail and Maritime Transport Union to call for better secur- ity.Union representative James Williams addressed the Auckland Council's trans- port committee on March 1 and told members that secur- ity at train stations isn't up to scratch. He spoke of the changing face of rail employees and the struggle to maintain staff. The security at Britomart do not believe the trains are their responsibility. And in fact would actually encourage drunken abusive passengers on to trains because that's where the passenger wants to go and it's the easiest path for them.'' Mr Williams told the com- mittee about a recent fight that involved 10 people on a platform. The moment that fight moved on to the train, secur- ity refused to have anything todowithit.Itwasarail staff situation.'' He says significant problems also arose on services to and from the Big Day Out. On one particular service there was alcohol being con- sumed, marijuana smoked, cigarettes smoked and two fights broke out. The female train manager in her late 40s was even punched. Veolia's response to the manager on the platform at the time was: We need that train out of here'. The reality was that she was in no state to take that train out. With that fighting going on, that train was not fit to go out.'' He says problems are not limited to rail with similar situations on buses and in taxis. The only way we will encourage people on to public transport is by making it safe. A lot of our staff move on because they don't think they've got a future in rail. We need to encourage people into the industry and keep them.'' Mr Williams says about half of Veolia's train managers are women. Committee chairman Mike Lee told those at the meeting it's important to cut out the middle man and hear news from the coalface. It's good to get early warn- ing, particularly if there's a growing security and safety problem.'' The issue will be sent to the committee's community and safety forum. Auckland Transport com- munications manager Sharon Hunter says the organisation and its operator Veolia take the safety and security of passengers very seriously. Our train stations are fit- ted with yellow panic buttons which are responded to within seconds through our 24/7 security control room. The control room works closely with the police. We have 24/7 CCTV cameras on our stations. We have always employed Maori Wardens on board our trains for additional security for passengers. During special events such as rugby games, our security staff are expanded significantly to ensure the safety of our passengers.'' She says security staff employed at these times are specifically trained to deal with large crowds. Veolia Transport says it is working closely with staff and Auckland Transport to resolve health and safety issues as a top priority. However, for the company to deal effectively with incidents they must be reported first and process fol- lowed. At this point in time we are unaware of any incidents of this nature reported relating to the Big Day Out.'' Managing director Graham Sibery says all staff members are required to report safety incidents. A joint security working group identified areas of con- cern in 2010 and the number of services the Maori Wardens work on has been expanded. We continue to work closely with them to ensure safer train travel.'' Battle of the bays: Orakei councillor Cameron Brewer and Auckland central MP Nikki Kaye are going head to head in this weekend's Round the Bays fun run. Photo: JASON OXENHAM Rivals to go head to head By AMY McGILLIVRAY The race is on for two Auckland politicians. Orakei councillor Cameron Brewer and Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye stepped up their training for this weekend's Round the Bays after some friendly banter saw Miss Kaye laying down the challenge during a radio interview. Mr Brewer, who is run- ning it to promote a t-shirt appeal for the Christ- church relief effort, says he is clearly the underdog with most of his fellow councillors and much of Parliament backing Miss Kaye. I've run four half marathons. She's obvi- ously got marathon experi- ence but 8.4km is com- pletely different,'' Mr Brewer says, citing his third placing in a 400-metre race in Wanganui when he was 15.Miss Kaye agrees the Auckland marathon she ran late last year is totally different but says she does have Round the Bays experience. When I was about 10 I did a very good time in the Round the Bays,'' she says. She is using the event to fundraise for the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind. Go to www.everydayhero. co.nz/nikkikaye to support Miss Kaye's effort. Much of the blind foundation's resources are being used to support its members in Christchurch. Funds from ''Chch our hearts are with you'' t-shirts go to the relief effort. They can be bought on www.chchheart.co.nz or at Kellands Real Estate, 76 Gladstone Rd, Parnell.
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