Kapi-Mana News : November 1st 2011
22 KAPI-MANA NEWS, NOVEMBER 1, 2011 OPINION / NEWS 2591780AB Service Centre "We care about people" Fetu Rakesh Dylan Graham Tom BOOK NOW PHONE 237 7979 or online www.poriruamotors.co.nz WE SERVICE ALL MAKES & MODELS WE ALSO PROVIDE AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRICAL SERVICES Richard Brad Jos Mel To ny 12 NORRIE ST, PORIRUA OPEN 6 DAYS An experienced team you can trust Full vehicle diagnostics, starters & alternators Warrants Of Fitness while you wait 3932782AM MANA COLLEGE "Good things are happening here" PHONE: 04 237 5424 INGOT METALS BUYERS OF ALL SCRAP METALS & MACHINERY Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 37 Raiha Street, Porirua (04) 237 5322 •0274 454 725 3596010 • Steel • Copper • Aluminium • Brass • Old Cars • Electric Motors • Batteries • Whiteware Need a tradesman? And many more....... Our service is hassle free. All our trade suppliers come with glowing references, so call us today. Glass fitter Plumber Roofer Electrician Gasfitter Gardener Paver Cat door Builder Heat pumps Pool cleaner Appliance repairs www.intelligenttradeservices.co.nz Insulation 3834411AA 233 8162 TradeServices iIntelligent Trade Services Ltd 'Golden oldies' no burden TOUCH OF GREY KILIAN DE LACY On Morning Report recently, I heard a comment that in the next 10 years the cost of treating our elderly population for various illnesses, specifically in this case cancers of one sort or another, was expected to burgeon. The implication was that the elderly, once they stop working and contributing to society , will be simply a financial bur- den future generations should not be asked to carry. I have heard this kind of economic cal- culation before and have come to the con- clusion that we, the senior members of our society, should do the decent thing and allow ourselves to be knocked off to save taxpayer money for our children and our children s children. Just think! No longer would superan- nuation be a problem -- or a political foot- ball every three years. The health system would have heaps more money to spread around the young and healthy. Grey Power would cease to exist and thus stop being a thorn in the side of the politicians. There would be plenty of jobs for all the young people, leading to a dramatic reduction in the workload of WINZ. The Retirement Commissioner would be out of a job -- and probably heading for the euthanasia clinic along with the rest of us. Investors in retirement villages would have to look elsewhere to make their millions. Winter power usage would drop. Aggressive door-to-door salespeople would need to find new vulnerable targets. The endless television advertisements for anti-wrinkle creams and anti-grey hair colouring would be superfluous to requirements. Sound idyllic? Wait a minute. What would society lose along with its elderly citizens? Consider the millions of volunteer hours the unwaged seniors contribute to charitable organisations in New Zea- land. Consider the wealth of wisdom and corporate knowledge which would go to the grave with them. What would the younger generations do without the older generation to babysit their children so they can all go out and work for the latest gadgets, the biggest houses, the overseas holidays and so on? How would the littlies get on without Nana and Grandpa to lavish on them the love and care some parents are too busy working to bestow? It s not nice to know that, just because you are no longer in paid employment, you are considered a liability. Given the emphasis these days on youth, beauty and the trappings of wealth, it is not hard to conclude that senior citizens morale is likely to be low. Once upon a time, the older generation were respected simply because they were the older generation. Nowadays, they are looked on in terms of the future drain on the economy. It is rather demeaning, you know, to be con- sidered only as a debit on the country s balance sheet. But I like to think of myself as being on the asset-side of that balance sheet, and all the other golden oldies along with me. We retain the principles by which we were brought up: politeness oils the wheels of communication; buy something only when you can pay for it in cash; other people s needs come before yours; be happy with what you have; a smile is as good as a gift any day; needs are not necessarily the same as wants; caring about others is more fulfilling than con- centrating on yourself. If these principles can be described as a liability to our country, then heaven help us. This month, we traditionally hold our final social meeting of the year. However, the Rugby World Cup has severely disturbed our preparations for the upcoming election. So a small group of politicians will be giving us, briefly, their thoughts on some pre-prepared questions before we relax and enjoy one another s company and a good afternoon tea. Do join us. The meeting is on Tuesday, November 8, 2011, at 1.30pm, at The Porirua Club, Lodge Place, Porirua. Phone Helen Griffith on 236 0112. Smaller store will fill the gap Filling the gap: Nicole and Cameron Hogg have the shelves well stocked at the Tawa Temporary Supermarket. The Tawa Temporary Supermarket will open tomorrow in Tawa Mall. The small supermarket is intended to fill the gap between the closure of the nearby Woolworths and the site s redevelopment into a larger full- service New World, which is due to open in the middle of next year. Brother-and-sister team Cameron and Nicole Hogg, who will own and operate New World Tawa with their parents, Neil and Robyn Hogg, are run- ning the temporary shop. The family currently own the New World in Feilding. We re looking forward to meeting Tawa residents and providing them with their basic groceries while the new supermarket takes shape next door, says Cameron. While the temporary supermarket will provide basic grocery items, those requiring a wider range of groceries will be able to use a free New World shoppers bus from November 7, taking them to New World in Porirua. Our bus driver will help elderly and disabled people to get on and off the bus with their grocer- ies, Nicole says. He s more than a bus driver; he s a member of our friendly service team and will be there to make the bus service easy for customers to use. We will also provide an 0800 number so passengers can contact him about routes and timetables. Progressive Enterprises is also offering a free bus service to its nearest Countdown supermarket before Countdown Tawa opens at Takapu Island late next year. Opinions sought on park Porirua residents are being asked for their views on how Calliope Park in Cannons Creek can best be redeveloped. A sausage sizzle is being run on the weekend of November 12-13, from 10am to 1pm, to ask the community for their views, thoughts and dreams for their neighbourhood park. Then on November 26, a fun day and picnic will be held at Calliope Park, from 11am to 3pm, to view the feedback and discuss ideas.
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