Kapi-Mana News : December 13th 2011
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2011 PORIRUA CITY & TAWA www.kapimananews.co.nz INSIDE STARTING AGAIN Long road back from arson 2 GETUP&GO Papakowhai kids' craft carnival 3 CORKED Red tape spoils wine stall 5 BENJI'S STORY Win signed copies 12 INDEX Letters ................................ 8 Inside the Story.................. 10 Cinemaddict ...................... 19 Weekly Workout ................. 20 Talking Politics ................... 23 Pet Tails ............................ 23 Education .......................... 34 Classified .......................... 40 Sport ................................ 45 CALL US Phone 04 237 8118 Fax 04 237 8552 Address Ground floor BNZ Tower, Hartham Place, Porirua Email firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com richard.gordon@ kmananews.co.nz Can do attitude: Linden School five-year-old Keira Bayliss has set up her own charity club to gather food bank donations, and wants your canned food. Littlie out to help others By KAROLINE TUCKEY At just five years old, Keira Bayliss thinks if people don't have enough food to eat we should do something about it -- and she is inspir- ing others to help too. The Linden School pupil arrived at school one day upset after seeing a story on the news about people who don't have enough money to buy food this Christmas. She sought out the new entrants teacher Kelly Scott to talk about it, and they came up with a plan to start Keira's Charity Club. Keira made posters asking for donations of canned food, put a notice in the school newsletter, and made a presentation to her school assembly. I heard that on the news -- that some people don't have any food and they might get starving and feel sad, so that's why I decided. There's a poster in every single class. Mum helped with the writing and I drew a picture,'' Keira says. So far Keira has recruited her friends and classmates, teachers and even a doctor to join her cause, and supporters have donated a washing basket full of cans of food. We want spaghetti, heaps of cans and boxes, and cereal that they can eat in the morning -- food that can last a very long, long long time,'' she says. The food will be donated to the Salvation Army for the community food bank. Keira plans to keep the project going next year, and while she would quite like a club house, she is also planning how the club can raise awareness of the environment. I think that this young lady's going to end up win- ning a Nobel Prize. She thinks about other people and comes to school with lots of ideas,'' Miss Scott says. Keira's the sort of person who will go to the river and then she becomes concerned about pollution, and then she wants to learn all about it and what to do.'' Donations to Keira's Charity Club of long-life food, or money that will be used to buy food for the food bank, can be made to the Linden School office by Friday, December 16, or to the St Peter's Shop in Linden until noon, Saturday, December 17, and then again from January 24. Fears over derelict homes Derelict and dangerous?: This house, in Taupiri Cres, Titahi Bay, is empty, heavily-graffitied and a haunt for people after dark. By KRIS DANDO At least two derelict and potentially unsafe houses in Porirua have residents frustrated and question- ing the diligence of landlords. Porirua City Council has received complaints concerning properties in Gear Tce, Porirua East, and Taupiri Cres, Titahi Bay. Both have poorly- maintained sections, graffiti inside and out, and broken windows and doors. Former city councillor Don Borrie, who lives near the Titahi Bay address, said he understood PCC was in a difficult position as the property was private, but believed it had a duty to act. He said young children and teenagers were playing and hang- ing out in the house, and it was only a matter of time before someone was injured or there was an arson. This house has been vacant for about five months and we're getting to the point that there is a health and safety risk at play. The city council should inter- vene because they have a respons- ibility for the wellbeing of this com- munity -- how does this property contribute to the wellbeing?'' A neighbour of the house at 62 Gear Tce said she had been in touch with PCC a number of times''. Metre-high grass, rats, broken fences and an unruly tenant are some of the issues she has endured over the past two years. The woman, who did not wish to be identified, said she had spoken to the property's owner, who lived in Wellington. There has been someone living in it, paying the landlord rent, for the past few months. But most of the windows are broken and you can tell that it snowed inside the house during the snowfall in August. I feel tremendous pity for the person in there [who left last week]. I've been in this street since 1962, my kids grew up here and I love this area. But I think this issue [derelict houses] deserves media attention.'' Mr Borrie said there was a cul- ture of people buying cheap housing in Porirua with the sole focus of making a buck''. There's no loyalty, but it must be something that is acted upon.'' Kapi-Mana News has been made aware of another empty and dilapi- dated house, in Ngatitoa St, Takapuwahia. But PCC environment and regu- latory services general manager David Rolfe said derelict houses were not a major problem in Porirua. He said the council did not like to see properties in these sorts of condition, especially with the dangers they present'' and, even if they were private, would follow-up in most instances. There is no specific legislation that can resolve these issues -- we prefer to work with the owners . . . before we get to a legal situation. The legal route can be costly for the council and ratepayers, serving notices and going to court, which we prefer to avoid if possible.'' Mr Rolfe said he was not aware of the situation at the Gear Tce prop- erty but the council had made con- tact with the Taupiri Cres owner, who lived overseas. While he was hopeful of a resol- ution, he said legal advice would be sought if repairs -- even a fence to stop people gaining access -- were not forthcoming.
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