Kapi-Mana News : May 17th 2011
6 KAPI-MANA NEWS, MAY 17, 2011 NEWS 2010/2011 RATE INSTALMENT FIVE REMINDER OF DUE DATE 24 MAY 2011 Porirua City Council ratepayers are reminded that rate instalment fve is due on or before 24 May 2011. A penalty of 10 percent will be added to any portion of the current rate instalment remaining unpaid on 25 May 2011 and that penalty will be shown on the next rate invoice. To minimise the risk of future penalties, the Council recommends payment of rate instalments by Direct Debit. Direct Debit payments can be arranged on a weekly, fortnightly, monthly or instalment basis. The bank authority forms are available at our Administration Building, Cobham Court, Porirua City and the Councils website www.pcc.govt.nz. Payments can be made at any New Zealand PostShop or their agents; simply present your latest bar coded rates invoice to pay by cash, cheque or eftpos. You may also pay by credit card; through the Councils website www.pcc.govt.nz. You do not have to be a Westpac customer to use this service. A convenience fee of 2.1% per transaction is applied with a minimum fee payable of $3.50. Rates Rebates 2010/11 - You may qualify for a Rates Rebate if your income is less than $22,340.00 as at 31st March 2010 under a scheme run by The Department of Internal Affairs. Please phone 04 237 5089 to have an application sent to you or call into the Council Of fce at 16 Cobham Court, Porirua. Gary Simpson CHIEF EXECUTIVE 3731275AA UCU is not a registered bank. Member's shares are secured by a first ranking registered Trust Deed. UCU is exempt from the requirement to have a credit rating. As such, the creditworthiness of UCU is not rated by a rating agency approved by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand under section 157J of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Act 1989. Looking for a personal Loan? Call us on 0800 800 143 or visit us online: ucu.co.nz United Credit Union Sound credit history? On time repayment history? 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PHONE 237 7515 3699623 Follow us on www.facebook.com/kapimananews Have your say on transport A transportation strategy has been drafted by Porirua City Council, addressing travel by all modes of transport, and it wants feedback from the public on the proposal. PCC technical services manager Geoff Marshall says the strategy includes a number of measures to promote alternatives to cars. Nonetheless, travel by road will continue to dominate travel choices for the foreseeable future and this inevitably drives much of the planning for this area.'' He says the strategy is predicated upon the construction of the Transmission Gully project, and the local link roads and resulting distri- bution of traffic are central to the strategy. Although Greater Wellington Regional Coun- cil has primary responsibility for the provision of public transportation services, he says PCC has an important role to play through the pro- motion of public transportation and the pro- vision of supporting infrastructure. This requires a financial commitment and this strategy will ensure that expenditure is targeted to areas of greatest need.'' He says providing walkways and cycleways is also important. Submissions can be filled out online at pcc.govt.nz or email Tim Kelly at email@example.com. Hard-copies of the strategy document are available at the Porirua City library and the Porirua City Council Offices in Cobham Court. Submissions close May 31. Outspoken for history Plain-speaking man: Roger Beauchamp's love for the past and his work to preserve it has been recognised by the local historical association. By KRIS DANDO Roger Beauchamp has a well-known penchant for speaking his mind and, in his advancing years, this is unlikely to change. The former president of Porirua Historical Association -- who was recently awarded life membership -- can count among his achievements the establishment of heritage trails throughout the city, restoration at St Alban's Church in Pauatahanui and the RSA war memorial in Titahi Bay. Although 80 this year, he still organises the Pauatahanui Anzac Day service each April. I've always been a historical per- son, history is something I've always loved and I've worked hard to ensure we're looking after and preserving things for future generations. Some- one has to.'' Mr Beauchamp and his wife have lived at the same address in Cluny Rd, Plimmerton, since 1960. When he bought the section, it had nothing but an army hut on it. As he could not get a mortgage at the time, he and a friend built the house themselves. Mr Beauchamp has had a life less ordinary and he can spin a yarn or two. Trained as a motor mechanic, he was in the employ of Sir Clifford Plimmer at one time, then spent time overseas before returning to New Zea- land to settle down''. He has had spats with other members of the community over the years, along with a few run-ins with Porirua City Council, but makes no apologies for his often-blunt manner. Becoming president of the PHA in the 1990s, following his mother's footsteps after she was involved in its early days, he decided in my usual fashion'' that the organisation needed a push''. I had some ideas, didn't want to sit around with my arms folded like some did. One of the first ones that seemed to take hold was the heritage trails, they had been doing them in Taupo so I didn't have to think too hard. I think they're a great thing for letting people know what's histori- cally important in an area. We had to do a lot of lobbying and submitting to council, showing that it would have appeal to the community.'' And Porirua has a rich history -- from early Maori settlement hun- dreds of years ago, to significant European input in recent times. We're sitting on history, literally, all along this entire coastline. Part of my mission was to have the knowledge and skills to make sure some clown did not come along with a bulldozer and run through these sites.'' Mr Beauchamp is still an active committee member of PHA and Wel- lington Region Heritage Promotion Council, and also chairs the Welling- ton branch of the NZ Founders Society. He has seen other historical associations sink'' but believes PHA is being managed by good people''. The key to its future is to entice younger members to be involved, he says. Mr Beauchamp hopes to see heri- tage trails established in Pukerua Bay soon and to have a permanent public display at Pataka, outlining Porirua's development into the city it is today.
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