Kapi-Mana News : August 30th 2011
CITY FOCUS RESIDENT NEWSLETTER: PAGES 6 & 7 INSIDE FIRST IN LINE Ultra-fast broadband 2 BOY WONDER Teen's heroic challenge 3 OUR LITTLE SECRET Niue - on the down low 18 CHAMPS Bishop Viard do it the tough way 55 INDEX Letters ................................ 8 Talking Politics ................... 20 Eye On Crime ..................... 21 Cinemaddict ...................... 25 Weekly Workout ................. 26 Classified .......................... 47 Gardening ......................... 53 Sport ................................ 56 CALL US Phone 04 237 8118 Fax 04 237 8552 Address Ground floor BNZ Tower, Hartham Place, Porirua Email email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org richard.gordon@ fairfaxnz.co.nz TUESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2011 PORIRUA CITY & TAWA www.kapimananews.co.nz Parents take bullying claims to school board By KAROLINE TUCKEY The management of Windley School remain tight-lipped amid allega- tions of unchecked bullying. About 25 parents and staff attended a board of trustees meet- ing last Wednesday where the parents raised concerns about bullying, including a mother intent on taking legal action against the eastern Porirua school. Mother Dania Andrews pres- ented one of two letters tabled at the meeting, and stated her inten- tion to take legal action against the school, saying her 12-year-old daughter had suffered bullying there since she was five years old. She believed the bullying contri- buted to her daughter suffering a stomach ulcer. I m taking the school to court for concerns of my child s wellbeing and I don t think that I ve been heard and my concerns haven t been answered. Ms Andrews father Binny Andrews, a kaumatua at the school, supported his daughter, saying he had seen the bullying first-hand and felt for the children . There is bullying -- please check it out, he said. You have got some wonderful people here . . . and it s a lovely school. It s something that needs to be dealt with. Another parent said he was dis- turbed to see his seven-year-old son come home from school crying. I have a son and nieces and nephews that come here -- they love it, but there s an ongoing battle going on here. This speaker was interrupted by a staff member who said the good things the school has done were being ignored. Without giving her name, she asked the parents what right they had to bring up negative concerns when they hadn t attended fundraising functions or helped with school trips. Ministry of Education guidelines did not allow the school board to respond, board chairmam Vanessa Johnson told the meeting. However, she said the board doesn t take this sort of thing lightly . We will look into this, we will discuss this. Board member Lepeti Tea raised a concern that controversial issues were not always brought to the board, but were dealt with by the chairwoman or principal without the board s knowledge. Ms Johnson prevented any discussion on this matter. Outside the meeting, three adults connected to the school have told Kapi-Mana News there are serious issues surrounding bullying or dys- function within the school, although none would be named. One claimed there were instances of bullying among staff as well as students. Kapi-Mana News attempted to speak with Ms Johnson and princi- pal Judith Wootton numerous times last week. Ms Johnson did not return phone calls or emails, and we were told Ms Wootton was in meetings all Thursday and Friday. On request, we emailed questions to her but we received no response at press time. Ms Johnson told the Dominion Post last Wednesday she was mortified to hear there were allegations of bullying within the school. Kapi-Mana News understands a mediation programme is being undertaken between staff and there is at least one employment dispute in progress. Whipping up World Cup spirit True colours: Canopy Connection manager Eric Jones says Porirua will be buzzing with Rugby World Cup fever, and he is distributing bunting to businesses to help build up the spirit. By KAROLINE TUCKEY Porirua will be decked out in sup- port of the Rugby World Cup, and hopefully the air will be buzzing, one city stalwart says. Canopy Connection manager Eric Jones was visiting retailers last week with strings of bunting to hang in shop windows. So far, about 30 businesses had asked for the packs of mini-flags, representing all 20 countries taking part, he said. Hopefully with all the events, the local community gets into the spirit of things. The only thing I could possibly compare it to is the sevens, where the atmosphere is just amazing, and I would hope that same atmo- sphere would be part of the World Cup in Porirua. The retailers are getting behind it, trying to create an atmosphere, and they are doing their best, putting up heaps of banners and running heaps of events. Events like the Real Porirua Fes- tival and open training sessions to see visiting teams up close would give fans a way to join in the celebrations, and hopefully attract visitors to Porirua, he said. They may attract domestic visitors or international visitors that are either staying in Welling- ton for cup events or passing through to go to other locations. I m very hopeful that we may get some spinoffs. We did when the Lions tour came. The hotel industry, in terms of accommodation, did quite well out of it, and the World Cup is bringing far more numbers than the Lions tour. It is time to dust off All Black supporters gear and start wearing it around town, Mr Jones says. An event like this creates a feel- ing where everybody s very, very friendly and happy, and that creates camaraderie, and . . . you don t have to be a mad fan to enjoy the atmosphere and go along for the ride. You can expect people to get behind it, and certainly the tourism and hospitality industry will be doing something. Regionally, I think everybody s done well. It s good to see us work- ing collectively to promote what the area has to offer, and promote local attractions and sites, food and cul- ture, he says. Rugby World Cup flags were tied to lamp-posts on the city s central streets last week. They cost the city $11 each, being largely subsidised by the Rugby World Cup ($40 per flag).
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