Kapi-Mana News : August 2nd 2011
6 KAPI-MANA NEWS, AUGUST 2, 2011 NEWS Dream it -- build it -- love it! Visit our Award Winning Showhome: 67 AOTEA DRIVE AOTEA, PORIRUA l Open Monday to Friday 9am-4pm l l Sunday 1-4pm l • Design & Build Specialists • House & Land Packages available www.estilohomes.co.nz Phone Simon Redshaw Ph 238 1003 -- Mb 027-4400 793 Talk to our construction finance specialists today 3646368AB Protest party a hit By ANDREA O'NEIL Russell School's street party went off with a bang last Tuesday night, with 300 locals joining the fun and blanket media cover- age of the school's protest against a neighbouring liquor shop. The neighbourhood celebration was organised as a positive way to spread awareness of ongoing issues the school has with Fantame Liquor Store, a bottle shop 50 metres from school grounds. Customers of the liquor shop enter school grounds, vandalising school pro- perty and leaving bottles, rubbish and human waste. The school's party coincided with the closing date for submissions opposing the liquor shop's licence renewal. Eighty-eight opposing submissions were received by the district licensing agency, a record-breaking number, Rus- sell School board of trustees chairman Matt Crawshaw says. It is one of the highest, if not the highest number of individual submissions ever received nationwide for a liquor licensing issue, he says. It's an absolute romping,'' he says. Porirua police and the Salvation Army were among those who submitted in oppo- sition to the shop. The street party featured in news programmes on three different television channels as well as national newspapers. In a couple of months the issue will come before the courts, and Mr Crawshaw is planning another public protest, probably outside the courthouse. Local takes on new role By KRIS DANDO New on the beat: Tawa's new community constable lives locally with her husband and is looking forward to interacting with people in her new role. Tawa's new community con- stable has a vested interest in making sure the suburb's safe -- she lives there. An officer for six years, all of these on general duties based at the Porirua station, Sarah Rid- dering says it was a combin- ation'' of being asked to apply and seeking out the position vacated by the long-serving Peter Reeves. It was a protracted process, filling Mr Reeve's boots, with Tawa without a dedicated com- munity cop for some months, but Ms Riddering is happy to finally get her feet under the desk in the base on Cambridge St. It's only [been] week two, there's plenty for me to get my head around -- I haven't even got a comput- er yet. But I've met the Tawa Community Patrol guys, some of the community board mem- bers, different retailers, and intend to do plenty more of that. People have been very welcom- ing.'' The chance to be proactive and deal with community issues, rather than the reac- tive role she had before in Porirua, is appealing. Working on the front line for six years has been good but I was interested in trying different things. Tawa's got a lot of the structures already in place, so my job will just to be working with what's already happening, and develop- ing things if that's what's needed. You have to learn what the community requires, listen and get involved.'' Originally from the small King Country town of Ohura, west of Taumarunui, means Ms Riddering is used to the small- town atmosphere. It's been a quiet start for her, the frigid weather keeping tagging and crime to a minimum. Ms Riddering says she will be out at Tawa's police base, in the community centre, on a daily basis. Even when she isn't, because a community constable has other duties as well, the superb'' group of volunteers that man the office will ensure she gets all her messages. We [the police] could not give the service we do without the likes of the volunteers. I'm only one person here in Tawa, after all.''
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