Kapi-Mana News : October 11th 2011
25 KAPI-MANA NEWS, OCTOBER 11, 2011 OPINION/NEWS To be auctioned on Sunday 30th October at 2pm by the Professionals, Hutt City Ltd. All proceeds will go towards the new Ronald McDonald House development in Newtown. Auction Information Seminar Professionals will be holding an Auction information seminar on Tuesday the 25th, from 6 - 7pm at Mitre 10 Mega Petone. For further information about this property or to register for this auction please contact Professionals Hutt City Ltd Phone (04) 566 2233 or visit www.redcoats.co.nz/RED02820 'Advertisement proudly sponsored by this Community Newspaper' During the month of October Registered Master Builders Wellington and Mitre 10 Mega are joining forces to build a very special house in the Mitre 10 MEGA car park in Petone, for a very special charity, Ronald McDonald House. 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Visit us at our new location next to Porirua Indoor Raceway Kitchen, Storage,Wardrobe, Laundry Solutions 3639239AA Ü Fully assembled kitchen units Ü Factory Prices Ü Installation available Ü We guarantee the Quality of our product Ü New Zealand made / New Zealand owned and operated OPEN 6 DAYS A WEEK Brash: unlikely ally TALKING POLITICS GORDON CAMPBELL Single-handedly, Don Brash seems to have done more in his career to damage the cause of the centre-right than any num- ber of left-wing protest marches. In 2005, when the tide was already going out on the Clark Government, it was the fear of Brash and his likely agenda that tipped the balance, and prevented the centre-right from winning the Treasury benches. Put out of harm's way in charge of the 2025 Task Force on bridging the income gap with Australia, Brash came up with findings so extreme that both his reports were quickly tucked away in the bottom drawer by the Government, lest once again, Brash's agenda should spoil everything and jolt the public out of its remarkable romance with John Key. This year, Brash is a factor in election calculations once again and the news is again calami- tous for the centre-right. In the most abrasive fashion imaginable, Brash toppled the ACT Party leader Rodney Hide and -- arguably -- has now put ACT's lifeline to Parliament in even graver jeopardy than it was with Hide at the helm. Rather than unite the party, Brash has overseen the depar- ture of ACT's entire parliamen- tary caucus. To top it off, Brash recently decided to publicly ponder the logic of decriminalising the pri- vate use of cannabis, evidently without consulting his new col- league in Epsom, John Banks. The likely electoral impact of this comedy of errors was spot- lighted in a poll last week in Epsom in which Banks, on 18.9 per cent, lagged well behind his National Party rival and one- time biographer Paul Gold- smith, on 32.9 per cent. True, this situation is not necessarily terminal given that there was a nearly 5 per cent margin of error in the poll, and a whopping 41 per cent of the respondents were still undecided. Once the Rugby World Cup is out of the way, those undecideds could well heed the urgings of the National Party leadership and vote for Banks. What the poll suggests is that if they do so, it will be without any great enthusiasm for ACT's candidate, party leader, or policies. To be fair to Brash, there probably wouldn't be much enthusiasm right now in Epsom for Hide either, if the leadership coup hadn't occurred. However, Brash didn't market his coup on the basis that he would be no better, or no worse, than the man he sought to replace. He promised more, much more. Currently, ACT is garnering only 5.7 per cent of the party vote in Epsom -- which is far less even than the unpopular Labour Party's 9.7 per cent (National is on 67.6 per cent, among those Epsomites currently expressing a preference.) In that respect, not much has really changed. At the height of the public's disenchantment with the centre-left, in 2008, Hide managed to attract fewer party votes for ACT in Epsom than Keith Locke won for the Greens. Clearly, there is still time for Banks to sound the alarm among centre-right voters that unless they vote tactically for him, the Key Government will lose its most reliable coalition partner, and would therefore need to achieve a large enough majority nationwide to enable it to govern alone, if it is to con- tinue to govern at all. Fear, it seems, is the main motivator when it comes to the ACT Party, for friends and foes alike. Did you see fight? By KAROLINE TUCKEY A 23-year-old man seriously assaulted in Porirua on October 1 was still in hospital late last week, and police say they need witnesses to come forward. The man was with a friend at the Waitangirua mall in the early hours of Saturday, October 1, when a fight broke out between several men, detective James Withington says. Police have limited information on the incident, and have been unable to speak to the victim as he has been too unwell. He's in a serious but stable con- dition, but he remembers nothing,'' Mr Withington says. The man has come out of intensive care, but was still recovering in hospital late last week after undergoing reconstruction surgery which included inserting titanium pins into his face. The fight is understood to have happened several hours after a large, informal, gathering outside the mall after the Samoa versus South Africa Rugby World Cup match. There was a large celebration with lots of singing and tooting, and very jovial, apparently quite an impressive celebration,'' Mr Withing- ton says. He did not know if there was any connection but he said the victim was Samoan. He was there with an associate. He wasn't doing anything naughty. It will be a very long road to recovery for him.'' The one security camera at the mall did not capture the incident, as it was pointing in the wrong direc- tion, but Mr Withington says he believes there would have been witnesses. He says two men and four women were seen leaving the car park soon after the fight, in a red car similar to a mid-1990s Nissan Skyline or Toyota Celica, and police want to speak to them. Anyone with any information should call police on 238 1400 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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