Kapi-Mana News : August 16th 2011
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Photo: HELEN DUNCAN/DOMINION POST By ANDREA O'NEIL Porirua woke up to a winter wonder- land on Monday morning, with snow blanketing the city in what has been described as a once-in-a-lifetime event. Snow began on Sunday evening about 5pm and fell to sea level throughout the Wellington region. It continued inter- mittently on Monday morning, delighting many residents who had never seen snow before. By Monday morning a heavy layer of snow had settled on the foothills behind Tawa, Porirua East, Camborne, Elsdon and Pauatahanui. A power cut on Sunday evening about 5pm affected homes in Tawa and at the top of Paekakariki Hill Rd. The road was closed to traffic on Sunday night after conditions became too dangerous to drive, and remained closed yesterday morning. About 10 cars were stranded on the top end of Paekakariki Hill Rd on Sunday night and were rescued by police, said Porirua Emergency Man- agement officer Trevor Farmer. Motorists should drive slowly and carefully, with headlights on, and avoid unnecessary trips, he advised. People should be especially wary of power lines, which can spark and break if heavy snow-covered trees fall on them. Don t build a snowman under power lines, or under trees for that matter, Mr Farmer said. Tawa Community Board chairman Malcolm Sparrow said it was the first time in his 15 years in Tawa he had seen weather like this. The floral [welcome to] Tawa sign was covered and the ground was covered all around the suburb over- night. It s certainly got all our neighbours talking. There were people throwing snowballs and making snow- men. I think it will be a long time before we see this again. Public loo pressure rising By KRIS DANDO Business owners in Porirua s CBD are resorting to locking their toilet doors to keep non-customers from using them, and copping plenty of abuse for their troubles. The issue of suitable public loos near the city centre is not a new one. There are none in the MegaCentre and the two closest to the canopies are in the North City Shopping Centre and the block on Lyttelton Ave, facing Countdown. This block has come under con- stant criticism, however, for being locked occasionally, not cleaned regularly enough, and considered unsafe after dark. Eric Jones, manager of the Can- opy Connection, says no solution seems to be on the horizon. We re aware that there are some people who do not think they are a savoury place to go so they approach retailers and cafes. Mr Jones says members of the public have told him the Lyttelton Ave block is scary or is often locked, with i-SITE staff receiving negative feedback about its state. Business owners such as The Dog Box (formerly Kelly s) and Subway lock their toilets now, while Dyn- asty Restaurant say the frequency of members of the public asking to use their loo is on the rise. Mr Jones says something must be done regarding the supply, state and safety perception of public toilets in Porirua s city centre, given retailers are becoming more and more aggravated about being asked to open up their toilets for use by the public. The Dog Box s manager Tina Graham says they are getting a dozen people a day asking to use their facilities. They have put up a sign saying they are only for customers and have even built a wall so people are unsure where their loos are. We re getting abused by people and we ve had a gutsful. It s been like this for at least six years. People think it s their right to use our loos, they get really angry when we say no. You feel bad sometimes but it s not our problem, why should we have to pay for all that toilet paper and soap and extra clean- ing? Ms Graham says they have writ- ten to Porirua City Council about the toilets issue, but its reply did not properly address it. They couldn t care less. What they should do is do those ones [Lyttelton Ave] up and supply another one in the city centre. The council s strategic assets and buildings manager John Gibbs says they are aware the public toilets in the CBD are not as pleasant as we would like , but outlined work put into them of late. He says $15,000 has been spent inside, which included tiling and new flooring. These toilets are cleaned and serviced three times a day, seven days a week, while the complete interior is sanitised twice a week. Graffiti is removed daily. Mr Graham says improved facili- ties are being considered as part of the $14 million city centre revitalisation project.
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