Kapi-Mana News : November 29th 2011
8 KAPI-MANA NEWS, NOVEMBER 29, 2011 OPINION Join our facebook page www.facebook.com/ PNSPorirua to be first to know about our extra daily deals Fish Market Day is happening on Thursday, 1st December 2011 only. All offers are subject to availability or while stocks last. We reserve the right to limit quantities. Trade strictly not supplied. Parumoana Street, Porirua. Phone: 04 238 0601. Open 6am - 11pm, 7 days a week. Join My PAKnSAVE at paknsave.co.nz Thursday, 1st December 8.00am till late Fish Market Day LETTERS EKERS' WEEK CONTINUED Page 9 Pohutakawa puzzle Editor, It is with some surprise that I notice in this week s Kapi-Mana News [November 15] a photograph of Titahi Bay beach included in the Porirua City Council Annual Report Summary 2010-11, as in the foreground is a blooming pohutukawa tree. This is somewhat ironic given that PCC determined pohutukawa trees are weeds and decided that they should be removed from the vicinity of Titahi Bay beach. Fortunately residents challenged this decision and this Christmas we will once again be able to enjoy their iconic beauty. WENDY LEARY, Titahi Bay. Police numbers Editor, It is good to see police personnel in Cannons Creek has increased. Maybe now I can actually do my shopping in Cannons Creek without the hassle of being harassed by street beggars. I don t condone what they are doing because it s giving Cannons Creek a negative persona and retailers are having their customers go elsewhere. What is Porirua City Council doing about this, please? E SIO, Cannons Creek. Dealing with threatening behaviour/harassment is primarily the responsibility of police. When interviewed on the issue in July, (now former) area commander John Spence told us street begging would be watched closely this summer, when occurrences were again expected to rise. I would guess the new Neighbourhood Policing Team will play its part. When street begging spiked in the central city last summer, the mayor convened a group of interested parties, which took additional steps to reduce this behaviour, such as increasing the amount of activity under the canopies, and upgrading security cameras. The correspondent may wish to raise the issue with one of their elected representatives. -- Editor. Waterways Editor, I noticed the three Mana candidates all commented on the waterways and keeping our environment healthy [KMN, November 15]. I live at the top of Mungavin Ave where council trees and flax bushes are frequented by rats, rubbish, late-night party-goers, youth escaping the watchful eye of police and vandals. We have contacted council on several occasions by phone and personal visits to council, once they pruned a couple of branches from some of the trees. Nick McDonald from some environmental department of the council came and took photos of the rubbish in flax bushes but nothing else. John Poppleton from Keeping Porirua Beautiful encouraged us to cut trees and bush on our sections to clean up the area for the Rugby World Cup. We did this and he kindly arranged for the trees to be taken away. He also provided us with rubbish bags to pick up the rubbish and broken bottles after party-goers on our path. But nobody is actually doing anything about the cause of the breeding rats, congregating party goers, vandals etc. The trees and flax bushes are beautiful when they are pruned properly and cleaned at ground level on a regular basis -- but they most certainly are not. People dump their rubbish down the hill amongst the trees and flax bushes, sometimes whole rubbish bags full. Rubbish collectors walk on the main road and very seldom come up our walkway. Our children cut their feet on the broken bottles; I have slipped on the wet steps that grow moss from the wet muddy patches, this is dripping from the flax bush above the steps. All of our letter boxes have been either stolen or damaged on several occasions and replaced at least once. The trees are overgrowing the footpath again, making it dark and perfect for all sorts of disgusting behaviour. We have even found condoms, dirty sanitary pads and dirty baby Treasures on our footpath but still the council will not clean up the trees and flax bushes that are providing the perfect place for all of these things to happen. My neighbours on both sides of me have had rats in their homes. We all get them running across our back and front yards on a regular basis. From the road it appears beautiful and green but come up and walk right along the path from one end to the other and you will see the disgusting state we live in. We are constantly cleaning the path but would appreciate council doing their part and really putting their money where their mouths are. H GILBERT, Porirua. (Letter abridged) PCC Asset Management and Operations general manager Peter Bailey responds: The council will urgently be sending someone to inspect this stretch of footpath and assess it, and any work that is required will be added to our works programme. Safer city? Editor, David Rolfe, the manager of environment and regulatory services wants to have a safer city. I fail to see how giving the city s parking wardens the power to issue fines of $200 for no WOF or registration for stationary vehicles will achieve that. Fines make it more difficult for less wealthy residents to cope. I see this purely as a way for the council to make some extra bucks out of those less fortunate, creating more social problems.
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