Kapi-Mana News : June 21st 2011
5 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JUNE 21, 2011 NEWS 10 SAUSAGES for FREE! Proudly 100% NZ owned and operated and supporting the Community since 1971. www.madbutcher.co.nz Offers valid from Mon 20th Jun - Sun 26th Jun. All Stores Open 7 Days Fresh Sliced Rump Steak $10 only .99 kilo Save $6kg off our everyday low price! Beef Steak Mince $6 only .99 kilo Save $2kg off our everyday low price! BUY 22 Pork Flavoured Sausages $10 for only and get 10 More For FREE! * * Conditions apply, see in store for details 3763160AC PORIRUA SHOPPING CENTRE (Opposite Countdown), PORIRUA PH: 238 2563 More exposure for criminals By KRIS DANDO An upgrade to the security cameras in Porirua s CBD is in the works, with higher-resolution technology likely to result in more convictions of law- breakers. The Canopy Connection, which rep- resents the retailers under the can- opies, is pushing for new cameras which take clearer pictures to help police identify offenders, and would allow business owners to see pictures on their own computers. The new net- work would cost $50,000. All images from the 16 cameras cur- rently go to the Porirua police station, where they are monitored. Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett and councillor Wayne Poutoa brought a notice of motion to the city services committee last week. They asked that the council work with groups such as police, Porirua Guardians and the Can- opy Connection to make the upgrade happen, and accommodate any cost within existing budgets. Kapiti-Mana Police area commander John Spence told the committee while the existing cameras had not been upgraded for some time, or maintained, they were necessary. In the last few months, a number of people had been caught after incidents of tagging, etching and wilful damage, but the quality of pictures were often unusable in court. They are very expensive to replace but some of these cameras are reaching their use-by dates and the shots are not sharp enough. When asked if police could contrib- ute towards the cost of the upgrade, Mr Spence said it was unlikely but he would make inquiries at national head- quarters. Canopy Connection chairman Trevor Campbell said the former McDonald s building had been damaged many times. He said the $50,000 quote from security firm ADT was preferable as it could be paid over three years, had built-in maintenance, training for people to use it, and camera feeds could be viewed online, rather than solely by police. Canopy Connection is likely to con- tribute $10,000 per year to the upgrade. Mark Turner, owner of the BNZ Partners House, the tallest building in the CBD, said while there was a long- term strategy looking at revitalising the city centre, the present also needed to be considered. Up-to-date cameras were a foundation stone as they looked to change the feeling that the CBD was an unsafe place to visit, especially at night. Canopy Connection manager Eric Jones said retailers wanted this to hap- pen as soon as possible . Mana Recovery gains national recognition By KRIS DANDO Leading the way: Mana Recovery's general manager Elizabeth Coluzzi, who has a nursing and management background, has been in the job 10 months and is delighted the organisation has won a prestigious award. Mana Recovery continues to go from strength to strength, picking up a prestigious award for its social and environ- mental efforts. The non-profit organisation that operates Trash Palace won the Community Action for the Environment -- Volunteer & Not-for-Profit section of the Green Ribbon Awards, announced at Parliament on June 9. General manager Elizabeth Coluzzi said the award is rec- ognition that a strong and dedicated team are on the right course -- providing a social service, training and employment opportunities for people with mental disabilities and are making a difference to the environment. Originally known as Mana Community Enterprises, it was founded in 1996 and has developed a range of small initiatives in partnerships with Porirua City Council and other local businesses. There are 50 staff, with half of those having mental health needs. What we re trying to do is give them normal skills and really focused training so they can go out and get real jobs eventually, Ms Coluzzi says. They develop socially, gain skills and work ethics, build confidence and have the oppor- tunity to rehabilitate back into the community. They have a consistent job. By doing the same thing every day, it means there s no anxiety or stress. Getting the Green Ribbon Award was thrilling and she hopes their model is replicated in other parts of the country. It s fantastic to be recognised for the work every- one has been doing. Everyone [at Mana Recovery] wanted to see the certificate and trophy and there was a lot of high fives. Ms Coluzzi said there are plans afoot to deal with the surge in e-waste and develop more programmes, while expanding their site further is also envisaged.
June 14th 2011
June 28th 2011