Kapi-Mana News : September 13th 2011
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The old Porirua Hospital site, at which the Wellington branch has operated since 1985, was sold at the end of last year. The group have been able to continue using the site, but the lease is reassessed each month. RDA vice-president Donna Kennedy says the group deeply appreciates the support it has had from the previous land owners, Capital & Coast Dis- trict Health Board, and current owners, the Crown Health Authority (CHA) and the Office of Treaty Settlements, who are not charging RDA for lease. But we re still looking for land, still homeless. It s a bit stressful -- you never quite know what s going on. More than 50 clients use the service, though more would like to take part, and there s a long waiting list. Most clients are school-age and are living with physical or intellectual disabili- ties, including autism, down syndrome and epilepsy. The benefits of therapeutic riding are just huge. These are some of the most vulnerable people in society, and it s a cheap therapy and a proven therapy, and it works, and they just can t afford to lose it, these kids can develop so many life skills from riding -- riding bikes, feeding them- selves, that all comes from riding with us. Two new programmes were recently introduced -- an Equine Assisted Therapy programme, and a Mental Health Riding programme, which combine counselling with riding and ani- mal care to help develop physi- cal, social and life skills. The group needs about 10 to 15 hectares of grazing land, as well as flat land for an arena, offices, and stalls. We re looking for something long term, we would want to invest a substantial amount -- a couple of hundred thousand, she says. We ll cut our cloth to fit. We ll just have to work to what we get. Ms Kennedy is confident that once suitable land is found RDA will be able to build its facilities up again through community grants. Since the organisation first made a public appeal through Kapi-Mana News last October, it has had several offers of leases. Unfortunately none have been suitable, she says. Office of Treaty Settlements director Peter Galvin says some of the land used by the RDA is part of 42.27 hectares of the for- mer Porirua Hospital purchased from the C&CDHB for potential use in treaty settlements. The property is in the core of Ngati Toa s rohe [traditional boundaries], and is currently being held in the OTS landbank as part of the ongoing negotiations with the iwi. The OTS will retain owner- ship of the land until after any settlement legislation is passed, which is not likely to be until next year, when the iwi would have two years to decide whether to purchase it, Mr Galvin says. CHA spokesperson Tracy Lloyd says the organisation owns the other block, which it plans to sell, and says both blocks were originally sold as they were not needed. Mural casts bright light on street art By KRIS DANDO Welcome addition: Ranui Residents' Association spokesperson Lepeti Tea with a couple of the colourful characters that adorn what was once a grey stone wall. A bright new mural from in-demand local artist Xoe Hall will have motorists and pedestrians smiling as they pass by on Mungavin Ave. Commissioned by Porirua City Council, the nine-panel mural is on the stone wall opposite the Shell pet- rol station. It reflects the diversity and colour in the immediate area, Ranui Residents Association spokesperson Lepeti Tea says. Ideas for what it should depict were put forward at the Bothamley Park festival earlier this year. The panels highlight the sporting flavour at Porirua Park and the Mungavin netball courts, the dreams of young people and some of the vibrant personalities you might see. It looks wonderful -- it shows off the vibrancy that exists in Ranui. We have a cosmopolitan community and wanted to reflect that. I think Xoe has done a great job, we re really thrilled to have her do it. Council s graffiti co-ordinator Rich- ard Witheford-Smith says the oppor- tunity and time was right to put up something colourful on a drab wall, and the feedback from residents has been very positive. In time for the Rugby World Cup, it is another colourful addition as over- seas visitors come in to Porirua Park and the city. Other panels could be added over time, he says.
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