A fancy, new, super robust and bright yellow mobility scooter has been donated to the public by NorthAble and is available on loan from the Information Centre at Te Manawa, the Hub at the Town Basin.
20/05/2014 10:53 a.m.
It is replacing the scooter that NorthAble donated for public use, initially available from the Central Library, and relocated to the Hub in January.
Greg Harrison, NorthAble Equipment Plus Manager, said Equipment Plus started this innovation to give back to the community. We at NorthAble praise Council for hosting Buttercup at the Hub and making the scooter easily available to our community.
Northable staff, Councillors, Information Centre Staff, Tiaho Trust and Disability Advisory Group members attended the launch of the new scooter last week.
"The scooter complements two wheelchairs donated by Tiaho Trust for people with limited mobility to borrow when visiting the Town Basin and places nearby.
“The Scooter was relocated in January and has been a real success over the summer. More and more people have been visiting the Town Basin to enjoy a walk along the riverside, around the shops galleries and cafes. The excellent path at the Town Basin goes all the way to the Wave and Waka Sculpture, and soon it will join up to the loop walkway.
“Providing the scooter means people who have limited mobility can still get out and about with their friends and enjoy all of the great community space at the Town Basin,” said WDC Community Services Adviser Carla Janssen.
It is very wheel-chair and scooter friendly. Already a busy hub of retail, arts and crafts, cafes and restaurants, there is now a regular Saturday market on the Canopy Bridge. The Art Museum has relocated to the Hub, Clapham’s Clock Museum is across the courtyard and within a few minutes wheeling along, there is Reyburn House Gallery, the Heritage Trail, Sculpture Walk and the Waka and Wave Millennium Sculpture.
The group also launched the revised Accessibility Map, a resource designed to make it easier for people with limited mobility to locate mobility parking spaces, accessible amenities including toilets, accommodation, conference, retail and dining options.
“If an initiative makes things better for disabled people, it also tends to improve things across the board for all people,” said Tiaho Trust CEO Jonny Wilkinson.
If you would like use the wheelchairs or the mobility scooter either call ahead between 9am and 5pm seven days a week (4301188) or inquire as you are passing.