Kapi-Mana News : November 22nd 2011
16 KAPI-MANA NEWS, NOVEMBER 22, 2011 NEWS Childs name: Phone number: Adults name: Phone number: Porirua Vikings Rugby League Club says "NO to Violence" Whanau 4 Eva, League 4 Life White Ribbon Day Colour Competition Open to all fathers, sons, matua, koro, moko, uncles etc Come and participate in our pancake competition on the day 4194623AA Colour in and send to PO Box 50157, Porirua, or bring to the Vikings table under the canopies on White Ribbon Day- 25th Nov, Winners named on the day ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS WITH STUDENT LOANS Congratulatons for further educaton: Are you worried about paying your student loan oﬀ • Are you worried about economic hardship • Let us stand up for you, our future generaton of our country • Help is on its way • YOUR PARTY VOTE FOR NZFIRST MEANS Te rtary graduates Dollar for Dollar loan repayment • Example, if you have a $40,000 student loan • You pay $20,000 • The government will equal that sum • Your incentve, get ajobin NZ by contributng towards the • economy Check our website for other benefts, • www.nzfrst.org.nz When you walk into that polling booth thinking about your student loan TICK NZFIRST FOR YOUR PARTY VOTE Authorised by A Martn 13 Brown Rd, Warkworth 4194587AA IN BRIEF Council portal idea put forward Porirua City Council is to trial a new system for councillors to gain better electronic access to agendas and reports. Presently councillors receive information via post or by accessing the PCC and Local Government NZ websites. An online strategy is being developed to ''take advantage of a web-based system'', said a report tabled at a recent council committee meeting. This could see a secure ''portal'' set up within the PCC website which only councillors could enter, allowing them access to reports and information ''anywhere, anytime''. A trial has been recommended. The funding will be met within existing IT budgets and will lead to a reduction in paper use. Put your thongs on Surf Life Saving's annual appeal day, National Jandal Day, is on Friday, December 2. The public is encouraged to forgo their shoes and -- hopefully -- socks, don their jandals and show their support by donating to street collectors. Surf Life Saving is in need of the public's support to help lifeguards save more lives on New Zealand's beaches this summer. Pointons' 65-year love Grand romance: Des and Helen Pointon of Tawa say the key to 65 years of happy marriage is enjoying life, and being nice to each other. ''We have a lot of fun sharing, we have got a good sense of humour and we enjoy things,'' says Des. By KAROLINE TUCKEY CONTINUED Page 17 World War 2 brought tragedy and separation to many fam- ilies, but despite the trials and hardships it brought Des and Helen Pointon a lifetime of peace and love together. The Tawa couple met at Flinders Naval Base in Vic- toria near the end of the war, and have recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniver- sary. We've had 65 wonderful years of happy marriage because of care for each other,'' Des says. We have an iron each. We do the ironing and the cooking together, it makes it easier.'' Helen says the secret to choosing a good husband is to always go for the boys that are good to their mother''. Des was a radar operator with the Royal New Zealand Navy sent to Australia on a gunnery training course, and Helen was working as a writer for the Women's Royal Australian Navy. They met at a dance held at the base that a reluctant Helen had been dragged along to by cabin-mates. She was from Cowra, [a small town west of Syd- ney], and so was my mother and my grandmother,'' Des says. So it was a coinci- dence, and from there it blossomed.'' Helen adds, We had some- thing to talk about, and that became a lasting romance.'' After Des was shipped out to continue his service in the Pacific the couple kept in con- tact by mail, and Des was able to visit Helen on leave when his ship called in at Sydney later in 1945. When Helen's father passed away, Des was also able to visit, and impressed Helen very much with his kindness to her mother. The pair decided to marry, but to wait until after the war, once normal life resumed. When Des was discharged after the end of the war in May 1946, he returned to New Zealand to take up a pos- ition as a telegraphist with the New Zealand Post Office in his hometown Frankton, near Hamilton. He immediately began to save for their wedding and the fares for their passages across the Tasman.
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