Kapi-Mana News : October 25th 2011
2 KAPI-MANA NEWS, OCTOBER 25, 2011 NEWS 3991793AA RIMUTAKA RAILWAY 17km Fun Run & Walk SATURDAY 12 November 2011 The event starts at Wellington Kart Club track, Kaitoke (9km north of Upper Hutt) and finishes at Cross Creek (near Lake Waira rapa). New Zealand's unique scenic and historic route, over the old Upper Hutt to Featherston Fell Railway line through the Rimutaka Ranges. It's an ea sy gradient that can be negotiated by any reasonably fit runner or walker. Descent not suitable for buggies, and no dogs allowed as track goes through private fa rm land. Bus transport is available to the sta rt and back after the event -- details on entry form. Walkers start 8.00am • Runners start 10.00am Entry fee up to 4 November: $30.00 Entry fee from 5 November: $35.00 Entry forms available from Upper Hutt Visitor Information Centre, H2O Xtream, local gyms Online entry via http://trenthamunited.co.nz Great Prizes to be Won! 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It s very much a positive step forward, the contracts are all done. It s great to be under the same trust as the Community Guard- ians and the WAG [Waitangirua Action Group] ladies. I think it s a good move for us and they re an experienced trust, they know what they re doing and there s some very good people involved with it. They have been excellent to deal with, very open- minded. Ms Barnden says while they appreciated being under the auspices of local and central government, being part of a non- government organisation will make life easier. They will remain in the offices at the Employment Hub until the end of the year, which is also when their Ministry of Youth Development (MYD) funding dries up. Funding applications to other agencies will become a necessary evil, but bringing the expertise of PHSCT to bear on this will be a major advantage, Ms Barnden says. When you re applying for funding, a lot of it won t come your way if you re linked with government or councils, so we do have that in our favour. I m hugely excited about the move. Step one has been conquered, now we now just need the dollars to back it up. Once they are settled, then firmer plans can be made for further development of the service, she says. She estimates Midnight Express workers have spoken to 6000 young people in just over two years, offering support about social and sexual issues or often just a ride home. VOTE 2011 Kris Faafoi Hekia Parata Jan Logie How they will help By KRIS DANDO As the dust from the Rugby World Cup settles, the nation s focus on the general election -- just four weeks away -- sharpens. To date, three candidates have put up their hand for the Mana seat -- incum- bent Labour MP Kris Faafoi, National Cabinet minister Hekia Parata and the Greens Jan Logie. Over the coming weeks we will be posing questions to Ms Logie, Ms Parata and Mr Faafoi, on issues relevant to the electorate. The first question was broad, an opportunity for the candidates to put forward their key platforms: What will your party do to help Kiwis in these tough economic times? KRIS FAAFOI: We have three [policies] that we feel are vital areas for New Zealanders. The first is increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour. We don t think the current wage is a decent one and people are really struggling out there. The second is making the first $5000 tax free and this will affect people working, those collecting superannuation or on a benefit. And the third is taking the GST off fresh fruit and vegetables -- we spend a disgusting amount in this country fighting obesity, so we want to encourage healthy eating. Mr Faafoi says these three changes will take a lot of pressure off people in Mana , putting up to $100 a week into back pockets. Hardly a day goes by when people don t tell me things are tough. Food banks are run ragged, families are going backwards and jobs aren t there. We don t need words and promises, we need jobs and a stronger economy. Introducing a capital gains tax and not selling state assets will also carry resonance when Kiwis go to the polls on November 26, Mr Faafoi says. HEKIA PARATA: For Ms Parata, it s about the economy, the economy, the economy . That s our particular focus; if we build a stronger economy, it s the base for improving so many other things. We ve got tight times -- the last three years have been tough -- but National is the party to take us through these. A balance needs to be struck of acknowledging the difficulties being faced, reacting to them, and building a platform for growth, she says. There is extra funding in education, health and infrastructure and we want to incentivise behaviour that supports growth -- National will tackle the government debt and we are confident of being in surplus by 2014/15. Ms Parata says they are slowly starting to see positive change and recent polls say most Kiwis support the direction the Government is heading in. More than 40,000 new jobs, lower crime stat- istics and initiatives like Warm Up NZ are helping to create optimism, even if times are tough, she says. JAN LOGIE: Ms Logie says the Greens have three key objectives. First, we want to create 100,000 green jobs. The market is not delivering jobs and we want more training for young people, as well as being committed to raising the mini- mum wage to $15 an hour. Second, we want this country s rivers cleaned up -- look at the state of Porirua Harbour, people are gutted by this and our position is that clean waterways should be supported at every level of government. Thirdly, the Greens want to lift 100,000 children out of poverty by 2014. Whether this is by helping parents back into tertiary education or raising the minimum wage, this is so important to the Greens. Figures we have say 270,000 kids are in poverty, struggling to get three meals a day, getting sick or not going to school. Ms Logie says people are not bludging but are genuinely struggling to make ends meet, and the Greens have realistic ambitions to help turn things around. She admits she will be campaign- ing for the party vote locally, but living in Paekak- ariki means she feels a strong attachment to Mana.
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