Kapi-Mana News : July 26th 2011
5 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JULY 26, 2011 NEWS Saturday 30 July until Sunday 7 August 2011 Search for Porirua PAKnSAVE and... CHECK OUT OUR NEW WEBSITE WWW.PAK SAVE.CO.NZ B S D - B S D Fat Free Luncheon Ham and Chicken Luncheon Shaved Ham Round Rolls Raspberry Buns Iced Tea Cakes Double Choc Chips Muffins 6pk All at the very lowest of low prices Our Policy: New Zealand's Lowest Overall Food Prices For 24 hour assistance Telephone 04 298-5168 Graham John Andrew Diane Kapiti Coast Funeral Home 9-11 Hinemoa Street, Paraparaumu 2884679AA Student wins gold with silver service Silver belle: Hospitality student Melissa Lind has perfected the silver service skills that won her Weltec team a top national prize on July 18. By ANDREA O'NEIL A local student s silver service delivered a gold medal win for her restaurant team in a national competition last week. Pukerua Bay hospitality student Melissa Lind and two Weltec student chefs came top of 12 teams at the Nestle Toque d Or competition, held in Auck- land on July 18. The students won $2000 each. Miss Lind, in her second year of a diploma in hospitality operations supervision, was watched by judges as she laid a table for three in classic table d ho ˆ te style, then served mys- tery guests a four-course meal cooked by her team-mates. Judges marked her on every- thing from friendliness to how far apart she laid the cutlery. They listen to how you talk to your guests. They ask you questions about your food and wine matches, Miss Lind says. She spent hours polishing wine glasses and folding napkins to prepare for the com- petition. The repetition paid off when Miss Lind worked a practice shift at celebrated Wellington restaurant Logan Brown, and found the skills came naturally. I was quite blown away how I actually knew what to do when I was there. It was work at cafe Ruby s in Mana that set the 18-year-old on her career path. She has waitressed there since she was 13 and found she much preferred meeting people at front of house to sweltering in a kitchen out back. Being bitten by the travel bug on a life-changing school trip to Italy was further motivation to make a career of hospitality. Miss Lind is itching to take her skills overseas, especially to work on cruise ships. She had left Aotea College for Wellington High School in Year 12 for its hospitality curriculum, but left school for Weltec at the end of that year. (If) I know what I want to do, there s no point in staying in school, she says. She was also inspired to seize the day by the death of her boyfriend, Aotea student Nathan Laurenson, and his best friend Udo Fourie in a car crash in 2009. They were such inspirational boys, they did everything they wanted to. You just want to get out and do it all because you don t know what s going to hap- pen. Paremata chef and Westpac Stadium venue manager Michael Kirk was one of the event s 17 judges. The contest pushes students to achieve high standards and impress industry figures, he says. City Council sticks with STV voting By ANDREA O'NEIL Porirua City Council will use the Single Transferable Vote (STV) sys- tem for 2013 s local body elections. Councillors voted in favour of STV at last Thursday s council committee meeting with no debate on the issue. The council has used STV since the 2004 election, having decided in 2002 to replace a First Past the Post (FPP) system. The public can still have its say on which voting system is used -- if 5 per cent of local electors, or about 1500 people, demand a poll be held on the electoral system. The latest date a poll can be held for the 2013 elections is May 21, 2012. A poll could cost between $60,000 and $80,000, the council estimates. STV and FPP are the only two voting systems councils are allowed to use under the Local Electoral Act of 2001. Wellington City Council and Kapiti Coast District Council both use STV, while Hutt City Council, Upper Hutt City Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council use FPP. STV, where voters rank candidates in order of preference, represents electors votes more fairly, a report to the council says. If a candidate has more than enough votes to get elected, his or her extra votes are transferred to an elector s second choice. This reduces the number of wasted votes, the council s report says.
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