Kapi-Mana News : August 2nd 2011
INSIDE BIG SCREEN FIZZER 3-D World Cup events canned 3 WORD UP P-Town poets wax lyrical 4 SCREEN SAMPLER Our picks for the film festival 12 BRONZE IN THE WATER Tawa's best swim in decades 46 INDEX Letters ................................ 8 Talking Politics ..................... 8 Pet Tails ........................... 14 Eye On Crime ..................... 16 Cinemaddict ...................... 21 Weekly Workout ................. 22 Touch of Grey..................... 24 Classified .......................... 40 Sport ................................ 48 CALL US Phone 04 237 8118 Fax 04 237 8552 Address Ground Floor BNZ Tower, Hartham Pl, Porirua Email firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com richard.gordon@ fairfaxnz.co.nz TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2011 PORIRUA CITY & TAWA www.kapimananews.co.nz It ain't sexy, but a new way By KRIS DANDO Joint management of waste services between Wellington and Porirua City councils might not sound sexy, and it s unlikely to be the portent of a super city, but it is being hailed as a new era in local government . The wastewater treatment plant and landfill joint committee, which includes councillors from Welling- ton and Porirua, decided last week to investigate combining waste services under one organisation. Consultants will report back to the councils in September on whether it is feasible. The cost to carry out a business model will be $200,000. The running costs of the transfer station and landfill in Porirua are shared by both councils, but other activities that come under the new organisation could include rubbish collection, waste recovery (for items such as scrap metal, composting and e-waste), street cleaning, graffiti removal, waste minimis- ation and regulation development, along with strategic policy advice and advocacy . The latter could result in joint bylaws, submissions to central gov- ernment, enforcement and edu- cation. Any proposals would need to be included in Wellington and Pori- rua s 2012-2022 long-term plan processes. Porirua mayor Nick Leggett agrees with the joint committee s report, which says benefits are likely to be environmental gains, efficiencies in operations, benefits for users of waste services and the councils demonstrating leader- ship . The concept has been discussed since 2009 and he is happy to see it progress to the consultancy phase. This step is about developing a business case and asks questions around whether we can jointly deliver services and policy. It s exciting, because it fits into the desire by both councils to work more closely and gain more efficiency and infrastructure . . . so we can obviously get better out- comes for our community, he says. I think it reflects a new era in local government. This subject was a closed shop a few years ago. Mr Leggett says while the pro- posal fits into the context of govern- ance structure changes that may be on the horizon for the Wellington region, it by no means augurs the beginnings of a super city. He says his Wellington counter- part Celia Wade-Brown is on board with the project. It gives me heart that there is a willingness to share ideas. Both us and Wellington need to deal with waste collection and wastewater issues, there are defi- nitely more commonalities than differences. We just need to weigh up all the benefits and drawbacks there ll be. The proposal still has to pass the test of a full meeting of PCC, as councillors Tim Sheppard, Sue Dow and Bronwyn Kropp are the only three on the joint committee. More staff may be required to run the organisation, and each council may still tender out contracts sep- arately, but Mr Leggett says these issues will be addressed in the con- sultancy phase. He says the project will be part of their long-term plan process, and residents will be invited to make submissions. Death etched into memory By KRIS DANDO A father's grief: The late Frank Thomson etched a memorial outside his home in Plimmerton to remind him of his son's sacrifice. Frank's grand- daughter Carol Bowden, standing behind the etched stone with Allan Dodson, holds the ''death penny'' that was sent by the New Zealand Government in the 1920s to families of men who died in active service. The words etched into stone outside a home on Plimmerton s Sunset Parade give clues to a heartbreak- ing tale -- one in which a father and son went to war, and only one returned. The story is one which Plimmer- ton Residents Association member and historical sleuth Allan Dodson has immersed himself in as he gathers information on local men who fought in the Great War. Much of the data, like war records, is online, but he also relies on input from family members of those who served. I did an article for the website [plimmerton.org.nz] on the war memorial at Pauatahanui, and a little while after that I started see- ing Plimmerton coming up on the casualty lists. We live in a little vil- lage and some of the things I was finding were quite poignant. A handbuilt stone wall outside 16 Sunset Pde still bears the traces of a tribute to Leslie Thomson, a shop assistant who was 16 when he enlisted in April 1916. He had told the Army he was 20. His father Frank, aged 37 at that time, enlisted two months later so he could look after his son. Both were members of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade and saw action in France and Belgium. Frank was wounded and evacuated before one of the blackest days in New Zealand military his- tory -- the Battle of Passchendaele on October 12, 1917, which saw 2700 Kiwi casualties. Leslie fought there and survived, but was killed just months before the war s end when Germany launched its last offensive. A lance-sergeant, he died in action on July 16, 1918, near Hebuterne, France, and is buried in a cemetery there. Frank, after he was discharged in 1919, returned to his wife Maggie and three remaining children. He inscribed Leslie s regimental number, nickname and date of death -- 18719, LES, 16.7.18 -- on walls and paths around the family home. Frank s granddaughter Carol Bowden, his only descendant still living in Plimmerton, says she knew Leslie had gone to war and was killed. Mr Dodson has brought a part of her family s history to life and she is grateful to learn more about their time serving overseas, she says. He hauled these rocks and built walls around here as part of his grief. I live just down the road and I keep an eye on the writing on the wall, but nothing more. It s a family story but it s been turned into a reality. I think it s awesome there s some local interest around it. Mr Dodson says pulling the threads together is very gratifying, and he hopes Plimmerton residents will continue to contact him with albums, letters and memories. He is sure at least six soldiers killed in World War I were from Plimmerton, with another six or eight wounded. We re slowly building a resource that people can use, and there has been a surge in interest, especially as we come up on 100 years [anni- versary of the Great War]. To round out the Thomson his- tory, Mr Dodson intends to research more on Frank s involvement in the building of Centennial Highway and Maggie s role as a midwife. Go to plimmerton.org.nz to con- tact him or read more of the suburb s history.
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