Kapi-Mana News : June 14th 2011
INSIDE CHURCH FEAR The cost of arson 2 THE LONG SALE Don't get sucked in, warns Ranui woman 3 BALLS & BUILDS Leading a journey to Cambodia 9 REBEL YELL Boxing club gets noisy 37 INDEX Letters ................................ 8 Talking Politics ................... 16 Cinemaddict ...................... 19 Weekly Workout ................. 20 Regional news ................... 28 Classified .......................... 32 Sport ................................ 35 CALL US Phone 04 237 8118 Fax 04 237 8552 Address Ground Floor BNZ Tower, Hartham Place, Porirua Email firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com richard.gordon@ fairfaxnz.co.nz TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2011 PORIRUA CITY & TAWA www.kapimananews.co.nz Street on verge of biker bust-up By ANDREA O'NEIL ' They probably target us because we're the ones who tell them to piss off. ' Violence is close to erupting on a Titahi Bay street being terrorised by motorcyclists. Residents of Mawhare St came to the Kapi-Mana News in desper- ation, claiming their numerous appeals to the police for help have been ignored. The two residents, who wish to remain anonymous, say they are close to being driven to violence over the noise and vandalism they have been subjected to for two years. It's getting to a boiling point,'' one man says. It's just human instinct to protect your family.'' The men have lived on the street for four years, and say the trouble started two years ago. Groups of people on trail bikes come up the street daily to access the bush trail at the street's end. According to the residents, the motorcyclists do burn-outs on the street, drink alcohol and leave bottles behind, and occasionally take cars illegally into the bush. They say they know some of the motorcycles are stolen, and accuse some of the bikers of growing mari- juana in the bush and carrying weapons. One resident says his children are no longer able to play on the street's grass verge, and are kept awake by the bikes' excessive noise'', which often persists until midnight. At first, noise was the only prob- lem, but when residents confronted the riders, they became victims of vandalism. The men who spoke to Kapi- Mana News have had their tyres slashed four times and their dog has been run over by a motorcyclist, requiring veterinarian care. They say neighbours' car windows have been broken. The men reported the problems to the police, only to be told there was nothing the police could do. Whose problem is it then?'' one man says. I understand that there's a lot going on, but it's been so long.'' The vandalism incidents are not being treated as part of the wider motorcyclist problem by police, the residents say. It's like they're waiting for some- thing big to happen.'' The men have also complained to Porirua City Council, who said the land was owned by Housing New Zealand, but they also deny owner- ship. The men believe the motorcyclists have singled them out for harass- ment because they complained. They probably target us because we're the ones who tell them to piss off,'' one man says. Ngati Toa School, whose fields run along Mawhare St, had grass churned up by bikers over Queen's Birthday Weekend, says the school's office manager Raewyn Munroe. Nearby Titahi Bay Intermediate School had its wet fields ripped up by bikers that Monday. She says bikers use schools as shortcuts to avoid streets, as they often ride unregistered trail bikes. The bikers clearly have nothing better to do all day than ride around, she said. They're obviously unemployed. I feel sorry for the ones on the road [Mawhare St].'' Titahi Bay community constable Hemi Tito says he would rather not comment at this stage, but says he will look into the men's complaints. Grappling with a big future Match fit: D-Hoya, aka Hoia Taylor, is back in form after a year of injuries, and is raring to fight in Saturday night's local match. By ANDREA O'NEIL Most school kids wrestle with what they want to be when they grow up, but not Hoia Taylor. As a three-year-old in his hometown Porirua, in 1987, Taylor saw the World Wrestling Federation's Wrestlemania III and made up his mind to become a pro- fessional wrestler. Now 26, the Lower Hutt-based heavyweight has been pro wrestling for eight years, and is a six-time winner of the New Zealand Wide Pro Wrestling heavyweight title. That was my goal when I fin- ished school, I knew what I wanted to be -- a wrestler,'' he says. This is pretty much my dream.'' His years at Mana College helped to prepare him for his future career -- but not in a way his teachers approved of. We used to break into the AV room [to practice wrestling] at lunch time until we got caught,'' he laughs. The 180cm, 115kg Taylor's wres- tling persona is D-Hoya, a street- wise character who isn't as mean as he looks. I'm the good guy.'' His fan base is mostly school-age, he says. I'm pretty much just a crowd pleaser, especially just for the kids.'' His biggest fan is his six-year-old son, who wants to become a pro wrestler just like his dad, and recently had a wrestling-themed birthday party. The coming months are crucial to Taylor's career after an injury- ravaged 2010 which saw him crack his chest cartilage and tear a knee ligament during matches. Now he's trying to match Olympic hopefuls in his training, hitting the gym morn- ing and night six days a week to get back in form. His day job as a production assistant at Fraser Engineering means Taylor gets up at 4am to train before work, then goes back to the gym from 6.30pm till 10pm. His first goal is to recapture the national heavyweight title, then he's aiming to go to the WWE in the USA. That's every wrestler's dream. The States is the land of oppor- tunity.'' A key event in the match calen- dar for 2011 is a Christchurch earthquake fundraising match, to be held in Lower Hutt town hall in August. Taylor's promoter, New Zealand Wide Pro Wrestling, is holding a series of lead-up matches to the event, and will be in Porirua this weekend. Punters can expect a show on par with the programmes that inspired Taylor as a kid, he says. What you see on TV, I try and do it a bit better.'' The Live Pro Wrestling tour is at Mungavin Hall on Saturday, tickets $15/$10. Doors open 7pm, show starts at 7.30pm.
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