Kapi-Mana News : May 17th 2011
INSIDE WELL READ Writer shares his stories 2 CLINIC SUCCESS Healing the wounds 3 SPILL THE BEANS Fair trade campaign 5 DOWN TO THE LINE Chatham Cup nailbiter 37 INDEX Letters ................................ 8 Toddler in Tow.................... 12 Cinemaddict ...................... 19 Weekly Workout ................. 20 Talking Politics ................... 26 Classified .......................... 29 Sport ................................ 36 CALL US Phone 04 237 8118 Fax 04 237 8552 Address Ground Floor BNZ Tower, Hartham Place, Porirua Email email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org richard.gordon- @fairfaxnz.co.nz TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2011 PORIRUA CITY & TAWA www.kapimananews.co.nz Councils hit hard by insurance shortfall By KRIS DANDO Homeowners are not the only ones waiting nervously to see how much annual insurance premiums rise, with Porirua City Council anticipat- ing an increase of $100,000. A report from the council s cor- porate services general manager, Euan Dempsey, to the audit and risk subcommittee last week, noted that while Australia and New Zea- land contribute 0.5 per cent annu- ally to the global insurance market, this was set to rise to 16 per cent following floods in Queensland and earthquakes in Christchurch. Insurance companies in this country are facing mounting pres- sure from their own insurers to meet costs that will be calculated in the billions. The council s main insurance is organised through their broker AON, and is one of 59 councils across the country that has its underground infrastructure -- such as stormwater and sewer pipes -- covered by the Local Authority Pro- tection Programme (LAPP). In the event of a disaster, the LAPP fund covers 40 per cent of repairs, with the government cover- ing the remainder. However, Mr Dempsey said this fund had been cleared out after the February 22 earthquake and the 59 councils have no cover till June 30. The absence of the 40 per cent contribution from LAPP -- which is reportedly struggling to get re-insurance -- will pose a major funding challenge , he said. It leaves everyone in this scheme very exposed. From our perspective it s very serious. For the 2011-12 financial year, LAPP is proposing central govern- ment cover 90 per cent instead of 60, but no assurances have been forthcoming. Subcommittee chairman Ken Douglas said the heat needed to be turned up on National to ensure local authorities have adequate pro- tection should another natural disaster occur. The situation is pretty dire, he said. One significant event has exposed all these councils and we need the government to address this now. The council pays premiums of $58,000 towards LAPP and $200,000 to AON for coverage of buildings, vehicles and business interruption. The latter cost is expected to rise by 50 per cent, Mr Dempsey said. The advice we re getting is that it could be an extra $100,000, but we don t know the numbers yet. We hope to be in a position when the annual plan is finalised to see how council s budgets might be impacted. Crucially, the subcommittee report noted any rise in premiums would probably be met through operational savings . This could mean council services were in the firing line, Mr Douglas said What are we going to cut out? Our abilities to maintain things like rubbish collection could be affected and we have to prioritise things that are our bread-and-butter. It s reducing governance to gambling, and that s what I don t like. The costs of re-insurance [to the insurance companies] is the issue the world over and someone has to pay. I don t believe it should be local government; central gov- ernment need to step up here. Since the council s administration building pre-dates the 1980s, cover- ing it for earthquakes would see a substantial increase in premiums, the report said. Savings options included higher excesses. A meeting of LAPP fund members this week should provide updates on any government guarantees, Mr Dempsey said. 'Raw talent' wins the part Role play: TJ Misa has the ability to ''switch on'' very quickly, his performing arts teacher says, and Kapi-Mana News can attest to that. Witnessing him belt out a few lines from Trainspotting showed he has the ability, but his Scottish accent may need work. By KRIS DANDO Remember the name TJ Misa -- he s likely to pop up on your tele- vision screen one day. The Year 13 Porirua College student has landed a role in the Young and Hungry festival play Disorder, on at Bats Theatre, Wellington, in July. At the time of auditioning, TJ was 16, one of just two school- aged students to be taking part. The other, Ropina Eni, was also from Porirua College. The other 80 hopefuls were mainly of university age, up to 25 years old, but his openness and raw talent won over judges, says his performing arts teacher Karl Payne. TJ can take direction and criticism in a positive way. He s confident but not cocky and a very quick learner. I think he could go a long way as an actor. Mr Payne told TJ to have a go and the young man said he entered auditions, at Toi Poneke back in March, with little fear. I prepared a monologue [from a play he had studied at college last year] and the judges were smiling, TJ said. I acted as this guy who has missed out on a big part of his life. I found it easy, I just really love getting into character and pretending to be someone else. I can feel what they are feel- ing in my heart. The Young and Hungry festival started in 1994, a series of plays designed to give young people (usually aged 15 to 25 years) the chance to participate in a professional theatre environment. Along with inex- perienced actors, the off-stage elements like lighting and make- up are carried out by young people. Experienced directors oversee the productions. TJ can t let on too much about Disorder, with script details kept under wraps until they open. TJ has two roles, with rehearsals starting this week. Opening night is bound to be one he will not forget. My whole school is coming along to support me. I m looking forward to it hard-out, he said. Mr Payne sees it as a great chanceforTJtobeapartofa professional environment and hopes it will be a good taster for a future career.
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