Kapi-Mana News : July 19th 2011
6 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JULY 19, 2011 NEWS 3890555AA BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL PHONE 237 1521 ALL PROGRAMMES HELD AT TE RAUPARAHA ARENA. All Happy Sun Adventure programmes are $7.00 per child per class. WEDNESDAY 20 July 9.30-10.15am • YOGI KIDZ: (Age 2-4yrs old) Specifically designed yoga for pre-school children MONDAY 25 July 9.30-11.00am • KINDY GYM: (Age 1 (walking) to 4yrs) 1.5 hours fun and fitness, loads of fun to be had MONDAY 25 July 1-1.45pm • PRE-SCHOOL GYMNASTICS: (Age 3 & 4yrs) Gymnastics for pre-schoolers TUESDAY 26 July 10-11am • CREATIVE KIDDIES: (Age 2-4yrs old) Easily created art work for pre-schoolers WEDNESDAY 27 July 9.15-10am • CREATIVE KIDDIES: (Age 1 (walking) to 4yrs) Musical session for pre-schoolers 3706336A E Weve got the GOODS. . . Treadmills Exercycles Ellipticals Rowing machines + Heaps More Breastfeeding awareness Coffee with milk: Tessa Balan, left, and Pania Mitchell at Kaizen cafe in Porirua, one of the venues for the 2011 Big Latch On. Busy feeding are Josephine, nine months, and Manu, three months. By KAROLINE TUCKEY Tessa Balan and Pania Mitchell are inviting other Porirua mums to put their best breast forward to raise support for breastfeeding. The seventh annual Big Latch On will take place on Friday, August 5, and the women encourage breas- tfeeding mums to come along and take part in an attempt on last year s record for the most mums feeding simultaneously. The record was broken last year, with more than 1400 mums feeding at more than 134 venues throughout the country. Porirua mums can choose between the Fanau Centre in Cannons Creek, and Kaizen Cafe in Pataka. We re trying to normalise breast feeding as the thing you do, putting it back out there and... letting people talk about it more, Ms Mit- chell said. It s social and it s a little bit of a celebration. To register, call 973 6194. Smartlinx3 positions well into the future ' This is the most significant event in the company's history ' Tony Stallinger, Council chief executive By NICHOLAS BOYACK Smartlinx3 may finally be in a position to achieve what it was set up do in 2004 -- deliver cheap, high-speed internet connections in the Hutt Valley and Porirua. Hutt City Council has invested $465,000 in Smart- linx3, which was set up in 2004 under the direction of then-council chief executive Rik Hart. He believed areas like Wainuiomata and Stokes Val- ley would miss out on internet services without the inter- vention of a council-backed firm. Hutt Mana Charitable Trust has invested double the council s amount, and the com- pany was awarded $2.4 million under the Labour Govern- ment s broadband challenge. Smartlinx3 has had a troubled history and last year laid off all its staff. The 2010 annual report shows a net deficit of $668,491 and accumulated losses of $1.6m. Council chief executive Tony Stallinger says there is now light at the end of the tunnel and the company is about to take a giant step forward. Maori broadband invest- ment group Torotoro Waea is about to inject much-needed cash into Smartlinx3 and Mr Stallinger says he is now con- fident it has a good future. This is the most significant event in the company s history and it is a huge vote of confi- dence . . . this could deliver what the original vision was, without any further council investment. He has been in contact with Torotoro Waea and says it appears to have the same aims as council: cheap and efficient broadband for the community. Smartlinx3 has long needed a large cash injection and he says that was never going to come from the three council shareholders. Although he agrees Smart- linx3 has had problems, he says many start-up companies struggle at first. Minority shareholder Wayne Stemp says Torotoro Waea should have completed all the necessary paperwork by the end of July. He agrees with Mr Stallin- ger that Smartlinx3 will then be able to move forward posi- tively. Torotoro Waea has the same community focus as the council and he says everyone will benefit by having a com- pany that delivers more efficient broadband. He rejects the suggestion that there are now lots of large companies competing to deliver broadband, and says in reality there are only a hand- ful of companies, that the cost remains high and broadband in New Zealand is still slow and inefficient. Local firms will be unable to compete internationally unless broadband improves signifi- cantly, and he says when the deal with Torotoro Waea is signed, Smartlinx3 will be in a position to make a difference.
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