Kapi-Mana News : November 1st 2011
16 KAPI-MANA NEWS, NOVEMBER 1, 2011 NEWS VOTING IN THE REFERENDUM MADE EASY! For some simple tools to help you decide, visit elections.org.nz - or you can call 0800 36 76 56 The second question asks which of four other voting systems you would choose if New Zealand decides to change from MMP. You'll find out more about them at www.elections.org.nz On the Referendum paper, there are two questions to answer. The first is whether you think New Zealand should keep MMP, or change to another voting system. At this year's General Election, there's a referendum on our voting system. So when you go to vote, along with your orange ballot paper for the General Election, you'll get a purple Referendum one too. If we vote for a change of system, Parliament will decide if there is another referendum in 2014 to choose between MMP and the most popular alternative. If we vote to keep MMP, there will be an independent review to assess if there should be any changes to the way it works. (since 1938) A Credit Union is not a Registered Bank. Members Shares are secured by a frst ranking registered Trust Deed. United Credit Union is exempt from the requirement to have a credit rating. As such, the creditworthiness of United Credit Union is not rated by a rating agency approved by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand under Section 157J of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Act 1989. or visit us at 21 Broderick Road, Johnsonville Talk to us first about a Personal Loan at an amazing rate of 3642941AB Time flies for happy golden couple By KRIS DANDO Golden time: Brian and Noeline Fisher have a celebration planned in the coming days to mark 50 years married. They say ''give and take'' and ''plenty of tolerance'' are the keys to making it work. Noeline Fisher is testament to that saying about good things coming in threes. It has been a big few weeks for the Ranui grandmother. It began with the Service to Sport trophy she received at the Porirua Sports Awards, which she says has blown me out of this world''. Those associated with netball in Porirua would say it is well- deserved, with Noeline dedicating more than 40 years to the Kapi Mana and Northern Utd clubs, from administration to announc- ing games on a Saturday, to every- thing in between. I look at the award and think of all the wonderful people who have come before me, the leader- ship it's taken when netball was just beginning in Porirua. That walk up to the stage [at the sports awards] was just mind-boggling, I didn't think I was going to get there.'' Number two on the list was the All Blacks winning the Rugby World Cup. She and her husband, Brian, like many other Kiwis, were on the edge of their seats for the epic final against France. They took their granddaughters Eva and Lily off to the big parade in Wellington on Wednesday. The third event, this week, is the small matter of a 50th wed- ding anniversary. Noeline and Brian were married in a church in Tawa on November 4, 1961, both just 19 years old. They can not believe how time has flown. We're busier now than we've ever been. I think sometimes we need to slow down a bit,'' Noeline says. We can't do things as fast as we used to, but we look after each other.'' The couple are well-known in the Porirua community for their involvement in sport, Noeline's work at Porirua Hospital and as a telephonist in Tawa, and Brian's long service with Porirua Fire Brigade. They have seen Tawa and Porirua grow from villages'', with a few shops and dirt tracks. Brian recalls his paper route in Porirua was split up five times in four years, as the city was expand- ing so quickly. They have lived in the same house, which Brian built, for more than 47 years, and raised four children there. We had thought about moving into a retirement village, but we've done up the house instead,'' he says. I really enjoy Porirua, everything's on your doorstep, it's a great place to raise a family.'' Like every couple, they have had a few blues'' over the years, but nothing too serious. After one argument, Brian went to the fire station to spend the night but he came home hours later. It was the fire service which gave them a fright on their wed- ding day too. Brian remembers, We got married at 3pm and the fire siren went off. I thought there goes my ride' because they were duetopickusup[ononeofthe engines], but they let the siren off to let people know we'd got mar- ried, the cheeky buggers. You wouldn't get away with that today, someone would get fired.''
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