Kapi-Mana News : November 22nd 2011
INSIDE MORE LAND Council buys Whitby lots 3 HUNGRY KIDS Porirua focus inTVdoco 7 DIAMOND ROMANCE A pair of ''devils'' 16 JAM SESSION Jump jam success 18 INDEX Letters ................................ 8 Eye On Crime ..................... 19 Shanghai Scrolls ................ 20 Cinemaddict ...................... 23 Weekly Workout ................. 24 Toddler In Tow ................... 25 Classified .......................... 74 Sport ................................ 80 CALL US Phone 04 237 8118 Fax 04 237 8552 Address Ground floor BNZ Tower, Hartham Place, Porirua Email email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org richard.gordon@ kmananews.co.nz TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2011 PORIRUA CITY & TAWA www.kapimananews.co.nz Youth idea talks revived By KRIS DANDO ' I've gone from the young buck [on the council] 10 years ago to Mr Grumpy. ' Mayor Nick Leggett Feasibility study plan A proposal for a youth centre in Porirua has been revived, though amid fears it will only be consul- tants, not the city s young people, who will benefit. A committee-level recommen- dation to quash a feasibility study for a youth facility -- promised in Porirua City Council s previous long-term plan -- was overturned at last week s full council meeting. Councillors flip-flopped, re- confirming $20,000 for the study. The scope was widened, however, to see how to best serve the city s youth and what gaps exist in services for young people in Porirua. The issue was discussed for almost an hour, with every council- lor wanting to have a say. Earlier at the meeting, Youth Advisory Group members Rachelle Robati and Nopera Dennis- McCarthy made impassioned pleas to investigate the potential of a youth venue. Ms Robati said the successful facilities in Lower Hutt and Wellington could be replicated. It would be awesome to look at the options -- it says hey, we are interested in young people and what they might be . There s nothing for us [in Porirua] . . . unless you re under 12. The two councillors most in favour of the study, Bronwyn Kropp and Wayne Poutoa, were vehement in their desire to see the original committee recommendation over- turned. Mr Poutoa said two years ago he sat in the public gallery and applauded the then-council for approving the $20,000 study. It was going to happen, so to reverse this is wrong. In response to the decision [on October 27], I hold people accountable who made it [in 2009] but did not uphold it. You re on notice. Ms Kropp said even if a youth centre was not recommended by consultants, the information- gathering was important. She said PCC s youth policy was based on assumptions and the study would give better grounding as the council went forward. It might lead to better service delivery and show double-ups in services that are already provided. We re stopping the discussion before it begins. Councillors Denys Latham, Ana Coffey, Anita Baker, Faafoi Seiuli, and Litea Ah Hoi had their minds changed. Ms Ah Hoi said she had had time to reflect , Mr Latham had wrestled with the issue, while Ms Baker said people she had spoken to in Whitby were in favour of the study. If we spent $1 million on a coastal property in Plimmerton, we can spend $20,000 on youth in this city, Mr Rangi said. Councillor Euon Murrell, how- ever, said his fear was any youth centre would ultimately become the PCC s responsibility. Mayor Nick Leggett said he was torn . I ve gone from the young buck [on the council] 10 years ago to Mr Grumpy. I think it s brilliant the community has come and had an influence on the elected members. Good on you, but the only winner I can see in this is the consultants. A youth centre is a 1950s answer to the issues facing young people. He and Mr Murrell were supported by councillors Sue Dow, Tim Sheppard and Liz Kelly. While the study will go ahead, councillors will look at other avenues of funding and operating a youth centre by outside groups. Flash mobs and pods Xmas express: Dancers and church members find a festive groove, to the surprise of Porirua shoppers. Natural performer: One of the dolphins near Paremata Bridge gives the audience what they wanted. Photo: Bronwen Key/Gravity Images Ltd. By MATTHEW DALLAS Everybody loves an audience -- just as everybody loves a good surprise. Two unexpected sittings enthralled the Porirua public over the weekend, first a flash mob festive dance on Saturday under the canopies in the central city. Not to be outdone, a pod of five dolphins frolicing in the channel to Pauatahanui Inlet entertained onlookers from Paremata Bridge. A group of 40 young people from Hosanna Fellowship and Zone Dance Academy Porirua broke into dance to a series of upbeat Christmas carols in Cob- ham Court at 10.15am on Saturday, an energetic method of promoting this year s Christmas in the Park, to be held on Decem- ber 10 at Elsdon Park. It was organised by Dave Treeby, one of the organisers, and city councillor Ana Coffey. We decided to try something new, said Mr Treeby, and we re thrilled with how it went. There was energy, and sheer enjoyment and it will be part of another sur- prise at the festival. At Paremata the five dolphins spent much of the weekend cruis- ing around the entrance to the Inlet between the two bridges. They drew national media atten- tion as the public crowded every vantage point. Even the trains stopped on the bridge to let the passengers look out at them, said onlooker Bronwen Key. What beautiful, gentle creatures. See video footage of the festive flash mob at vimeo.com/ 32356411.
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