Kapi-Mana News : June 21st 2011
INSIDE THE REAL COST Health budget cut fears 3 BOOK SMART One Day School wonders 3 CHAIR FLAK Four-legged debate 17 FINDING THEIR FEET Young Wests side moves to second 55 INDEX Letters ................................ 8 Toddler in Tow.................... 10 Eye On Crime ..................... 14 The Law Report .................. 16 Cinemaddict ...................... 21 Weekly Workout ................. 22 Classified .......................... 46 Sport ................................ 56 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 21, 2011 PORIRUA CITY & TAWA www.kapimananews.co.nz Porirua must be ready for amalgamation talk THE SIX OPTIONS 1. Status quo -- the eight councils would remain separate with the Greater Wellington Regional Council covering the whole region. 2. Strengthened regional council -- the regional council would have more responsibilities including water, waste and road services. 3. Logical clusters -- some neighbouring councils would amalgamate so the region would have five or six overall. The regional council would still cover the whole region. 4. Two-tier local government -- the eight councils would be funded by a single regional council with expanded responsibilities including setting rates. 5. Sub-regional unitary authorities -- local councils would be replaced by two unitary councils, one covering the west and one the east. The councils would combine functions of local and regional councils. 6. A single regional unitary authority -- the supercity model. All local and regional councils would amalgamate with the regional council to form a single super council. By ANDREA O'NEIL Porirua must present a clear voice on the supercity issue, otherwise a decision will be forced upon it. That is the mayor s message ahead of Thursday s public forum on regional governance. Unless greater Wellington s local and regional councils present a clear statement to central govern- ment on the issue, they risk being forced to change like Auckland was, says mayor Nick Leggett. If the region s councils speak with a united voice, they will listen to the region, he says. We as a region have to be much smarter. Central government, chiefly local government minister Rodney Hide, wants a decision from Wellington s councils within a year, says Mr Leggett. The government are going to move on Wellington pretty soon after the election so we need to be prepared. Porirua City Council also needs to decide its preferred governance model to ensure its voice is heard clearly beside city councils from Wellington, Hutt City, and Upper Hutt City, district councils covering Carterton, Kapiti Coast, Masterton and South Wairarapa, and the Greater Wellington Regional Council. Porirua can t be the victim. We ve got to take the lead, Mr Leggett says. A report commissioned by Wellington s Mayoral Forum last year recommended supercity amalgamation. Amalgamation would allow the region to have a unified vision, would make governance more efficient and cost effective, and would allow for a resilient and sustainable future, the report said. Now the mayors are considering six different options for future governance, from adopting the Auckland model to keeping the status quo. Five community spokespeople will present their views at Thursday s forum, then the public will be invited to make submissions. The public has until the end of June to submit its views to the city council, which will then go into consultation with the other councils. Whatever decision the mayors make is likely to come into effect at the next local body elections in 2013. Mr Leggett is reluctant to air his personal views on governance, pre- ferring to hear residents opinions. We have got to be open to change, but I m not here to [sup- port] one option and I want to know what the community thinks, he says. Status quo or super city meet- ing, Thursday, nibbles at 7pm for a 7.30pm start, Helen Smith Com- munity Room, Pataka. The big push: 120 swimmers rush in to the choppy, cold sea during Sunday's midwinter dip. Hardy souls brave elements By ANDREA O'NEIL Cold, wet weather, a miscalculated high tide and a strong swell didn t dampen the positivity of Plimmerton s midwinter dippers on Sunday morning. Spirits were high at the annual fundraising event, as swimmers put a cheerful spin on the icy Karehana Bay waters. I think once the hypothermia kicked in it was better, said local mum Hannah Henderson, who dressed as a lobster for the event. Kara Knight, who braved the sea in top hat, bow tie and bikini, was equally upbeat. It wasn t that bad once you got in actually. Coming out was worse than going in. Dedicated regulars were unlikely to be put off by a mere northerly, said organiser Shona Croasdale. The weather didn t dampen anyone, which is the greatest thing about it, I think. About 120 hardy souls took the plunge, all for a good cause -- raising funds for Plimmerton Kindergarten. The $6000 raised will pay for an upgrade of the kindy s outdoor area, Ms Croasdale said. It s very run down and in dire need. The kindergarten s midwinter dip has been run since 1997, and has become a much- anticipated winter fete for the suburb. Participants often dress up for their dip, and this year brought out cowboys, clowns, pirates, Wizard of Oz characters and even Osama bin Laden. The local fire brigade continued its tradition of taking a swim in full uniform. For more photos from the event, visit: www.facebook/kapimananews.com.
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