Kapi-Mana News : July 26th 2011
7 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JULY 26, 2011 26 July 2011 Do you think living in Porirua is better today than it was three years ago? ...What wo services are most important to you? ...How important are parks, walkways nd libraries? ...How many of you are happy with the way your rates are spent? he results of the latest NRB Survey are now available on our website and you may be sur- rised by what people think. The independent research company National Research Bureau NRB) conducts the annual face-to-face survey for the Council. NRB also surveys other local uthorities and this allows us to compare how we are doing. The Council also uses the re- ults to measure our performance and prioritise future work. Check it out on www.pcc.govt.nz and search "Annual Residents Survey". Ninety-three percent of Porirua residents surveyed rate our parks, gardens and reserves highly. It's an opportunity GET IT ONLINE! Win-win Youngsters in Cannons Creek are helping to keep their environment clean while earning money, in a partnership between the Council and the Cannons Creek Opportuni- ties Centre (CCOC). The Council has contracted the CCOC to remove litter from the Cannons Creek Lakes for six months from June to November 2011. Centre Chairperson Patti Betham says an average of five young people turn out each month to pick up rubbish but during the school holidays she's had 36 young people helping. "It's awesome seeing the groups in their assigned areas picking up trash and bottles. They actually enjoyed it! CCOC Chairperson Patti Betham (left) and Vice Chairperson Ken Ta'ase (right) working with youth from the centre to keep Cannons Creek Lake litter-free. The initial clean up took two hours and they were sur- prised how good it looked afterwards. "It's an opportunity for our youth to give back to the com- munity and we notify by Facebook to give everyone an opportunity to take part." She says a group of boys who regularly turn out to help are too shy to be photographed. "They all do a great job." The Centre provides the labour, appropriate training and health & safety procedures while the Council provides litter pickers, bag hoops and rubbish bags then collects the filled bags. The CCOC caters for young people aged 12 to 17 and their holiday programmes attracts around 30 youngsters. The Centre also runs homework sessions twice a week from 4pm-6pm. This is the fourth community partnership the Council's Parks and Reserves team has run. Any community organisation nterested in learning more should contact Parks and Reserves Manager Bill Inge on 237 1087. How do you Sports grounds updates It's now easier for those of you who use Porirua's sports grounds to find out if they're open and how to get there. The new Sports Grounds Status website provides information about each ground and is viewable on mobile devices like smartphones and iPads. Open a Google map to view the park layout and get directions from your location to the park. Subscribe for updates by RSS feeds or email at www.updates. co.nz/pcc -- or text PCC and the park's name eg PCC Ascot to 8808 to receive a reply text with the current status of the park (texts cost 50c). Park status is updated daily during business hours. Economic information online Porirua City's economy continues to recover since the reces- sion, performing above the national economy according to most indicators in the latest Porirua Economic Bulletin. On the down side, unemployment rates are up on 12 months ago and higher than Wellington and New Zealand rates. This and more informa- tion is in the eight-page bulletin that you can download from the council's website www.pcc.govt.nz (search economic bulletin). It gives an easy to read overview of economic statistics, from GDP and employment to income levels, retail and house sales, electricity consumption and business information. Comments and suggestions are welcome. Phone Sakirin Sapeas on 237 5089 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Txt emergency alrts Do you want to be personally contacted when there's an emer- gency event in Porirua City? Then sign up to a Twitter-based text alert system -- and 're-tweet' or forward the message to your networks. Signing up to receive the alerts will cost you 4 texts, and after that it's free. The alerts cover severe weather warnings, earth- quakes, tsunami warnings, major road closures or water and power outages. Unfortunately the service is currently unavailable on the 2 Degrees network. Sign up for text alerts -- it's easy! (If you already receive 'Tweets' to your mobile phone, go to step 5) 1. Text 'start' to 8987 (wait for a reply after each text sent) 2. Reply with the word 'signup' 3. Think of a unique username. (You won't need to remember it again, so you could use your name followed by some random characters, eg 'Kelly495hgim') 4. Reply with your chosen username (if you are already on Twitter, use your existing username, and it will ask you for your password) 5. Text the words 'follow poriruaemo' to 8987. rate the Council's performance? Facebook to give everyone Patti Betham for our youth to give back to the community, and we notify by " an opportunity to take part."
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