Kapi-Mana News : September 20th 2011
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2011 PORIRUA CITY & TAWA www.kapimananews.co.nz INSIDE ADVOCATE ACTION Neighbour- hood watch 2 SPRING GROWTH Gardening course eyes a profit 3 COLOUR CODE Rugby nations parade 7 SENIORS' PARADISE The Sunshine Coast 32 INDEX Letters ................................ 8 Toddler In Tow ................... 10 Talking Politics ................... 19 Cinemaddict ...................... 21 Weekly Workout ................. 22 Classified .......................... 35 Sport ................................ 43 CALL US Phone 04 237 8118 Fax 04 237 8552 Address Ground floor BNZ Tower, Hartham Place, Porirua Email firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com richard.gordon@ fairfaxnz.co.nz Archery takes on a modern face By ANDREA O'NEIL Old and new: Mana Archery Club is keeping target archery modern with gadgets, computer technology, and an injection of young archers. From left, Steve Hopkins, Michelle Andrews, Stacey Williams, Craig MacRae. Mana Archery Club is bringing an ancient sport firmly into the 21st century. iPads have replaced pen and paper for scoring at club shoots, results are shared on open source software and members communi- cate via a popular Facebook page. This modern approach to bows and arrows is tied up with a grow- ing interest in the sport among young people, club secretary Keila Bowling says. The 2008 Olympics attracted new interest to the sport, and the club now counts 53 in its ranks, out of a total 400 archers in clubs nationwide. The club is hoping to attract more members by hosting have-a-go'' days over the summer and touring schools looking for interested young archers. Mana got to show off its mettle, as well as its gadgets recently when it hosted 22 archers from clubs around the region, as far afield as Manawatu, for a meet at Plimmerton Domain. Nine Mana archers joined the out-of-towners in the Novice 600'', named because archers aim for at least 600 out of a possible 900 points. The meet was not a competition in the traditional sense, as archers compete against their own personal best rather than against each other. Targets ranged from 122 centimetre diameter to a tricky 40cm, and everybody shot at their own level. That allows more people to say we got 600, that's an achieve- ment','' Mr Bowling says. Five Mana archers got their 600, which earns them a ribbon, or a badge if it is their first 600. Three Mana archers who did not get a rib- bon were shooting at a 40cm target, which is a real physical challenge, he says. It's quite a bit of a stretch to move to the next target.'' Craig MacRae scored 815 with a recurve bow on an 80cm target, Mana's top 80cm score of the day. He has been shooting for 10 years and trains twice a week, not as dedicated as some members, he says, who shoot daily. The sunshine and calm of the day were a reminder that despite Mana's technology and gadgets, shoots are all about sociability and invigorating exercise outdoors. It's all about enjoying the day,'' Mr Bowling says. It's about having fun.'' Express is at risk By KRIS DANDO The clock is ticking for Midnight Express, the youth service facing an uncertain future unless funding can be found in the coming weeks. The programme kicked off in July 2009 and has been hailed by Porirua City Council, police and local community organisations as a success story. At its peak, eight youth workers were employed, going out on Friday and Saturday nights between 10pm and 4am, checking hot spots'', primarily in eastern Porirua, where young people congregate and drink. They would transport kids home if required, talk to them about social issues they might be facing, ask if they were going to school and, latterly, discussing sexual health matters. Funded via Ministry of Youth Development (MYD) and support- ing grants, it is still being administered by the council. Youth worker and Midnight Express team leader Kim Barnden estimates they have spoken to 6000 young people on the streets of Porirua in just over two years. But the service is under a cloud, with funding from MYD no longer guaranteed as it tightens its own budgets. Meanwhile, the council made a decision earlier this year it would no longer administer Midnight Express. In a nutshell, we have plenty of uncertainty,'' Ms Barnden says. The service only operates with four youth workers. We can't sit under [the council's umbrella] any more so we have until October 14 to sort it out. We're evaluating how we can continue at the moment, widening our net to look at different possibilities.'' Ms Barnden says being indepen- dent of PCC may come as a bless- ing, as they will be able to operate neutrally'' from local and central government. They are talking to Porirua Healthy Safer City Trust as a potential funding source and, for now, are still doing what we do'' on Friday and Saturday nights. We're making a lot of inroads and opening doors, giving solid guidance and advice and feeding back to CYFS, regional public health and police. We still want to be able to raise issues quickly and have that unique position of being neutral.'' Midnight Express' non- judgmental approach has found favour with a number of parents, including Kiri, whose 14-year-old son was always sneaking out, often to drink with friends. We don't want him to go out but he does. The Midnight Express guys have helped us look for him at times, and dropped him off [home] other times. They speak to him about stuff we can't and it's cool because they don't judge, they have a smile on their face and always say contact us 24/7 if you need help with him'.'' Porirua City Council chief execu- tive Gary Simpson went out with Midnight Express one night recently. He says he could see its benefits, but councillors have made the decision not to fund it and given our competing pressures it is not something we will be involved in''. Mr Simpson says it is extremely possible'' that the service could function under a non-government organisation rather than PCC. Kiri says it would be a real loss'' if Midnight Express shut down. Kids tend to grow up so quick and it's hard for parents sometimes. To know Midnight Express was out there felt good, they offer support and the kids all speak really highly of them.''
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