Kapi-Mana News : November 8th 2011
15 KAPI-MANA NEWS, NOVEMBER 8, 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. Big win: Adrenalin Forest's managing director Jean Caillabet says he is excited about the wider profile the adventure park will receive from taking out the supreme award at the Porirua Business Excellence Awards. Adventure course wins BUSINESS WINNERS Information Technology -- Splice Group Ltd Small Business -- Whitby Newsbrief Education -- Speld Mana Inc Professional Services -- Deans & Rees Manufacturing and Trade Services -- Paremata Auto Services Retail -- Adrenalin Forest Hospitality -- Topor Bistro and Bar Not for Profit/Community -- Mana Recovery Sustainability -- Disaster Prepare Ltd Business Personality -- Roger Miller from Maude and Miller Young Employee -- Jonathan Cameron from Art Frames Ltd By KRIS DANDO He knows he's on to a good thing with Adrenalin Forest but being judged supreme winner at the Porirua Business Excellence Awards still came as a shock to Jean Caillabet. He opened Adrenalin Forest, the adventure course among Gear Homestead's pine trees, in Decem- ber last year. It was his second park in the country, following one in Christchurch, and a third is to open soon in Tauranga. The reception has been fantas- tic in Porirua, with more than 25,000 people clambering over platforms, climbing the ropes and nets, and zooming down wires in 11 months. When you are there every day you get the good feedback, people telling you what fun they are having. But you don't know how widely you are known, so it is very exciting to get the award [from the business community]. It's great to be in Porirua. I am very happy we have this site.'' The summer season starts soon, opening extra hours, with the four fulltime staff and group of casuals likely to be busy. The Porirua site has increased from 90 platforms to 115, and the course is now com- plete, Mr Caillabet says. Walkways explored By KRIS DANDO Walking shoes: Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett and deputy mayor Liz Kelly will be walking some of Porirua's 90 kilometres of pathways with local residents in the coming weeks. WALK THIS WAY November 15 -- Whitby, meeting at the shops by the lake at 5.30pm. November 22 -- Colonial Knob, meet at the car park next to Camp Elsdon in Raiha St, 5.30pm. November 29 -- Bothamley Park, meet at the Champion St car park, 5.30pm. December 10 -- Start at Aotea Lagoon's Rose Garden at 11am. There will be a Christmas theme. Exploring Porirua's myriad of walkways and having an informal chat with the mayor is the aim behind a series of walks, starting next week. As part of his plans to get fitter, Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett will host the two-hour walks in different parts of the city, combining a healthy activity with an appreciation of Pori- rua's natural beauty. Porirua is home to a beautiful harbour and a stunning array of spectacular landscapes but often we're too busy to take the time to explore them,'' Mr Leggett said. I want to change that [so] I've organised these mayoral walks' that will allow residents, community groups and businesses to join me in taking full advantage of Porirua's awesome natural assets -- and help us keep fit and healthy at the same time.'' Mr Leggett says it is a chance for people to meet other residents and chat to him or other city councillors about issues of the day. He paid tribute to local company Explorer Graphics, which has created an interactive mapping system through the council website -- go to pcc.govt.nz and search for Porirua Pathfinder'' -- that will help them set up a route for each walk. There will be food and drink avail- able and participants should register so they can win prizes.
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