Kapi-Mana News : June 28th 2011
CITY FOCUS RESIDENT NEWSLETTER: PAGES 6 & 7 INSIDE TARGETED Kenepuru station in the crosshairs 2 SOCK IT TO 'EM All in the name of Sir Peter 3 GAMBLE RAMBLE Scribe raps against temptation 4 BIG WIN Vikings back on track 38 INDEX Letters ................................ 8 Pet Tails ............................ 18 Arts .................................. 20 Cinemaddict ...................... 22 Weekly Workout ................. 23 Classified .......................... 32 Sport ................................ 36 Sports Talk ........................ 37 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 28, 2011 PORIRUA CITY & TAWA www.kapimananews.co.nz A mini Rugby World Cup Global scrum: Cannons Creek School pupils Debbie Brown (9) as Fiji, Geneva Moke (10) as USA, and Kaylah Ariu-Woolley (9) as Wales launch Porirua's mini Rugby World Cup. By ANDREA O'NEIL The All Blacks can t guarantee the support of Porirua children at the upcoming Rugby World Cup as schools are getting behind a host of nations for a local version of the cup. As part of the buildup to the offic- ial World Cup, 20 Porirua and Tawa primary schools will compete in the Porirua Rugby Nations Tourna- ment. Representatives from partici- pating schools gathered for a lively ceremony at Cannons Creek School last Tuesday to draw the country they will represent. Former All Black Stephen Bachop and former Black Fern Izzy Ford spoke at the event, which was hosted by More FM s Tarsh Tolson. The crowd was entertained by two Cannons Creek School dance troupes and a Cook Island drum- ming group from Brandon Inter- mediate. Ngati Toa School drew crowd favourites New Zealand, with hot teams Samoa and Fiji going to Rangikura and Pukerua Bay schools. Holy Family School drew Wales, who Porirua will host for the real Cup in September. Cannons Creek student Debbie Brown, 9, says she knows nothing about her school s draw, Ireland, except that they speak differently. Their accent s really weird. The schools tournament will take place on September 20 and 21 at Onepoto Park, with the prize being a replica of the World Cup. Teams will be made up of year five and six pupils, and the game will be modified, with no tackling but retaining lineouts and scrums. Porirua City Council s Healthy Eating, Healthy Action team are providing schools with replica kit for the countries they represent. Wind farm guidelines set Extra challenges to protect environment By KRIS DANDO ' This is a very significant piece of work because it influences a strategic look at our landscape and harbour. ' Liz Kelly Councillor A ground-breaking district plan change setting rules on wind farms is finally in effect for Porirua, but don t expect to see turbines spin- ning above Pauatahanui any time soon. Porirua City Council s district plan review subcommittee met behind closed doors on June 16 and received an update on Environment Court appeals to the plan change from Mighty River Power and the New Zealand Wind Energy Associ- ation. They objected to a rule that turbines must be at least 700 metres from a property s boundary line. This has been before the court for more than a year. Kapi-Mana News understands the appeals are on hold, and the appellants unlikely to withdraw since it would allow the 700m rule to be included in the district plan. But councillors reported that Plan Change 7, as a regulatory framework for the future, was now in place. Because of legal privilege, I obvi- ously can t tell you what was dis- cussed but they [the appeals] will not affect the plan change, said councillor Liz Kelly, who was on the hearings panel for public sub- missions in 2009. This is a very significant piece of work because it influences a stra- tegic look at our landscape and har- bour. It s what resource consents [for wind farms and similar activities] will be measured against and shows that this council have been proactive in protecting our environ- ment. We re not stopping develop- ments but putting clear guidelines in place that have to be met. Another member of the hearings panel, councillor Tim Sheppard, said the plan change was a sen- sible balance . We re not saying no to wind farms, but there will certainly be extra challenges to overcome. Wind farm contractor RES won a tender from Greater Wellington Regional Council to put 50 turbines, each 130 metres high, on a combin- ation of GWRC and private land behind Pauatahanui in 2006. The budget was $50 million. But public meetings, council hearings, further information requested by PCC on noise and vibrations, issues around access and the Environment Court appeals have seen that project grind to a halt. GWRC decided in 2009 that no turbines would be erected in Battle Hill Forest Park. RES, an English-based company, used to have an office in Welling- ton, but Kapi-Mana News understands it no longer has a pres- ence in New Zealand. Their website, however, still has Puketiro listed, but under timetable , public meetings in Whitby in 2007 are the most current information. GWRC s utilities and services development manager Tony Shaw said they still have a live contract with RES and are waiting for a response . He understood RES may have been affected by the global economic downturn and there are probably issues to be overcome. When or if they want to proceed, they will have to apply for various consents. At this stage there is no time- table, but we do expect to hear from them soon. Opposition group Pauatahanui Futures has heard nothing on Puketiro for some time, and doesn t expect to in the near future. Spokesperson Nicky Chapman said consents, ecological studies and further consultation would tie up Puketiro for years if RES or another company revived the project. We ve been sitting very quietly. The longer it goes on, the more unlikely it [Puketiro] looks.
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