Kapi-Mana News : August 2nd 2011
11 KAPI-MANA NEWS, AUGUST 2, 2011 NEWS The Mad Butcher & Tegel Best Price... Best Quality! Proudly 100% NZ owned and operated and supporting the Community since 1971. www.madbutcher.co.nz Offers valid from Mon 1st Aug - Sun 7th Aug. All Stores Open 7 Days Fresh Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Fillets Serving suggestion only Fresh Chicken Maryland Pieces Save $4kg off our everyday low price! Fresh Chicken Drumsticks Save $4kg off our everyday low price! $11 only .99 kilo Plus many more great deals and everyday low prices in all Mad Butcher stores! Save $3kg off our every day low price! $4 only .99 kilo $4 only .99 kilo As Advertised on TV As Advertised on TV 3920913AA PORIRUA SHOPPING CENTRE (Opposite Countdown), PORIRUA PH: 238 2563 Church fee not waived By ANDREA O'NEIL A Cannons Creek church has failed to get ratepayers to pay fees for its building reno- vation. The Church of Samoa on Castor Cres asked Porirua City Council to waive a $3418 fee for the impact its building work will have on council water, wastewater and stormwater systems. The church is extending its hall by 255 metres and its carpark by 370 metres. As a non-profit organisation the church is exempted from paying council rates, so its services are already met by Porirua ratepayers. A $2904 recreation and civic develop- ment contribution has already been waived by the council, as it was decided the build- ing extension did not generate increased demand on the council s reserves network, and the council recognised the church s contribution to the local community. City councillors voted against waiving the development impact fee, agreeing rate- payers should not further subsidise the church. The church s request to the council was made by its building consultant, John Hanna, who argued the church was a non- profit, community group and all church funds came from parishioner donations, so its fee should be waived. A council report said an unwanted pre- cedent would be set if the church was exempted from paying the fee. The report suggests the church seek financial help through a council grant or by submitting for inclusion in its annual plan. Doug walks for glaucoma Unexpected visitor: Seventy-five-year-old Tauranga man Doug Wilson walked to Porirua from Cape Reinga as part of a country-long trek to fundraise for glaucoma. By ANDREA O'NEIL He might have impaired eye- sight, but Doug Wilson has a vision. The 75-year-old Tauranga man was no ordinary visitor when he popped in to the Kapi- Mana News office recently -- he had walked to Porirua from Cape Reinga to raise funds for glaucoma. Mr Wilson is walking the length of the country, stopping at every town and city to raise awareness, and vital research funds, for the blindness-causing eye disease. He became a campaigner for glaucoma when he was diag- nosed with it in September last year. At the time he was president of Grey Power in Western Bay of Plenty, and became convinced the organisation should do more to help. I thought, this needs looking into, he said. Why aren t Grey Powers doing something there? In every city he visits, Mr Wilson urges local Grey Power branches to fundraise for glau- coma. He also encourages anyone who suspects they have glau- coma to get a doctor s checkup. The sooner they can get treatment the better. New Zealand is just four years away from a cure, Mr Wil- son said, but researchers need a cash injection. The Government doesn t give a cent towards glaucoma re- search, he said. Walking the length of the country seemed natural for this long-time outdoorsman, who walked a half-marathon this year to train for his trek. I thought, I ll put my body on the line again and go out and walk. The trek goes against his doctor s wishes, but he decided to heed police advice and hitchhike on the open road, walking only when it s safe. However, he left Cape Reinga on June 20 and walked all the way to Whangarei. Asked why he would choose winter for his walk, Mr Wilson said not only was July Glau- coma Awareness Month, but he prefers to tramp in winter. Touch wood, I haven t had any wet weather as of yet. He planned to reach Bluff yesterday, August 1. Donations to Glaucoma New Zealand can be made to ASB bank account 12-3013-0180964-00.
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