New Zealand is about to become the first country to test elevating elevators in a city, in what is being billed as a way to improve air quality.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the state’s Public Health Minister, Andrew Wilkinson, and Transport Minister, Geoff Thorne, were working on an “open, transparent and accountable” process to test the systems.
They would be used by a “few hundred people a day” and then be rolled out to all workplaces, the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) said.
“They would have an impact, but we want to get it to everyone.”
We’re going to get our work done,” Mr Wilkinson said.
Mr Wilkinson said the “experiment” would be run by a private firm.”
The key point is we’re not looking to do a massive experiment to get a whole new set of elevators up,” he said.
Auckland City Council, which runs the Wellington Airport, is also moving forward with testing elevators.
The Wellington Regional District (WRTD) has been running its first tests of elevating machines in two city-centre areas.”
It’s a very important part of our plan to get Wellington to be a safer place for people to live, work and play,” Wellington Mayor Lisa Raitt said.
The City of Wellington has said it wants to see the elevators used for “safety, health and wellbeing” and that it wants them in all public buildings.”
This is a good example of a public-private partnership to provide better public health outcomes,” Ms Raitt told the Newstalk Breakfast.
The New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority said it had begun its own testing.”
I don’t want to overstate how important this is, but the public-public partnerships that are being discussed are the right way forward,” the organisation’s executive director, Michael Southey, told the Morning Report.
The WRTD has been piloting elevators to boost the efficiency of a network of over 800 elevators that run beneath the airport.
The system uses three levels of technology to help people get from A to B and from B to A2.
It uses the elevating platform and a sensor to measure elevation in real time.
It is a joint venture between WRTL, New Zealand Water, the Department of Health, Transport New Zealand and a Wellington-based private firm, ElevatorNZ.