Kapi-Mana News : August 30th 2011
6 KAPI-MANA NEWS, AUGUST 30, 2011 City Focus Porirua residents can soon enjoy watching four Rugby World Cup training sessions at Porirua Park -- the most of any city in all the country. Mayor Nick Leggett says the city is looking forward to rolling out the welcome mat. "We are proud to be hosting Wales, Canada, Fiji and USA and to be able to offer them our excellent facilities. It will be an awe- some opportunity for locals to experience some of the excite- ment of the World Cup on our doorstep." Public training dates at Porirua park are: > Wales, 4 September, 1pm-3pm > Fiji, 13September, 9am-10.30am > Canada, 29 September, 3pm-4pm > USA still to be confrmed. Rugby New Zealand 2011 have erected security fencing at the grounds and from tomorrow (31 August) until 9 October Porirua Park Number One feld will used exclusively by the international teams. "The closure is to enable RNZ 2011 to provide height- ened security at the park, particularly during periods where teams are physically in residence at the grounds." Counting down See RWC teams training! Porirua residents, organisations, volunteers and businesses have pulled together to put a shine on Mungavin Avenue for Rugby World Cup 2011. Four international teams will soon be travelling to and from Porirua Park - the training ground for Wales, Canada, Fiji and USA. Last week, Keep Porirua Beautiful, Envirowaste Wellington and Trash Palace provided bins and collections for rubbish and recycling along Mun- gavin Avenue. Keep Porirua Beautiful coordinator John Popple- ton says he wants Porirua looking its best for the international visitors. "We've had lots of people helping: Picking up rubbish, painting out tags, edge-trimming and water blasting paths, cutting back foliage, planting native bushes and painting fences and letterboxes. "Residents of one house on the street are even giving their house a paint job and Wellington Scaffolding Services have come to the party by providing scaffolding for free. Meanwhile It's fan- Catering at our parks A range of drinks and food including coffee, hot and healthy-options food and ice creams can now be bought at all the city's main parks. Carl and Kath Haerewa, owners of Eastern Mobile Catering, have just won the two-year contract covering Porirua Park, Endeavour Park, Plimmerton Domain, Ngatitoa Domain, Ascot Park, Cannons Creek Park, Waihora Park, Kura Street Park, Elsdon Park and Onepoto Park. Parks & Reserves Manager Bill Inge says not only will the new "cof- fee karts" enhance users' enjoyment of the parks, but fees gener- ated from the contract will add 20 percent more income to the parks budget, which will go back into maintaining the quality of our parks. tastic how so many want to roll out the welcome mat and make our visitors feel welcome." John also extended his gratitude to Resene Paints, who donated 30 four-litre cans of grey paint for the work. "That kept the ladies from the Waitangirua Action Group and ACC workers busy," says John. Cleaning up for the cup Lyn Hollands from HNZ and John Poppleton from KPB get stuck in cleaning up Mungavin Avenue. > Ranui residents have just published their frst Village Plan to improve the suburb. It includes upgrading the Mungavin shops, Mungavin Hall and Mungavin Park, improving pedestrian access across Mungavin Avenue and restoring Bothamley Park. > The Plimmerton community, Council and KiwiRail received a Rail Herit- age Trust award for their part in restoring Plimmerton Railway Station. The 1940s building would have been torn down and replaced with glass shelters. Instead, it's now a warm, reftted, re-roofed building with public toilets available for commuters. In your village... The Village Planning Programme continues, with 12 Porirua villages actively working with the Council. Here's what's been happening recently. Kath and Carl Haerewa extend a welcome - and a coffee - to Porirua park users. With just 10 days to go until Rugby World Cup 2011 kick off, Porirua is gearing up to join the celebrations. Street fags went up last week, and an awe- some Real Porirua Festival programme of free events was delivered to households across the city. "We want to bring Rugby World Cup to Porirua so everyone can feel part of the stadium of 4 million," Mayor Nick Leggett says. "Our RWC events calendar includes something for every- one and I encourage our residents to get along to as many of these free events as possible." Anyone who missed the Real Porirua Festival events brochure can pick up a copy at all city libraries, at the i-Site Centre or the Council's Customer Service Centre.
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