Kapi-Mana News : January 3rd 2012
TUESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2012 PORIRUA CITY & TAWA www.kapimananews.co.nz INSIDE WISHFUL THINKING Region's mayors look ahead 2 54 HOLES Golfing through Porirua 4 POPCORN POWER 2012 cinema preview 8 SNAP HAPPY Camera club winners 13 INDEX Arts .................................... 7 Talking Politics ................... 10 Weekly Workout ................. 11 Classified .......................... 14 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 Rates to be capped By KRIS DANDO Porirua rates increases will be capped at 3 per cent for the next three years, but it could result in cuts to services like rubbish collec- tion, libraries and city centre revitalisation plans. At the final Porirua City Council meeting of 2011, councillors were asked to consider a report that out- lined the level of rates increases for the 2012-22 long-term plan. A draft LTP will be adopted in March and public comment sought soon after. PCC general manager of corpor- ate services Euan Dempsey said the report outlined a pulling together of their budgets for the next three years. What was making officers task difficult was that $450,000 was needed to provide for leaky-home claims and their insurance premiums had risen from $298,000 two years ago to $1.9 million now, due to the Christchurch earth- quake. This equated to a 5.7 per cent increase in rates before the budget process even began for the LTP. There will be a necessity to alter the levels of service in many areas, he said. Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett said tough decisions were on the horizon and we can t afford to be gun-shy about where we are going . He said residents needed to be aware of the issues and was looking forward to public debate on the balancing act. The scenario agreed upon will see an average 3 per cent rates rise for residents, and require 6 per cent cuts in areas including Pataka and the library, district plan review and management, the city centre revitalisation work, operational costs for Te Rauparaha Arena and transport facilities like footpaths, street lighting and parking. Ten per cent cuts are envisaged in community grants, sister-city relations and solid waste manage- ment and operations, such as rub- bish collection. Councillor Ken Douglas said this was not the time for wish lists but hard decisions on what PCC should not be doing. It s important [we] go out [to the public] with a firm view about what s possible. Councillor Euon Murrell said while everyone around the table wanted increases kept to a mini- mum, infrastructure like roads, bridges and parks needed to be looked after. Not maintaining these would mean the city would go backwards, he insisted. He railed against the costs imposed on local government in areas like the weathertight homes provisions. What we have to deliver should not be the responsibility of the rate- payers. Councillor Denys Latham said sometimes you have to put bad news out there and it was import- ant for PCC to put as much infor- mation into the public domain, so the community knew what was going to happen in the long term. Under the adopted scenario, PCC will cut costs by $2.7m next year and $1.4m each in years two and three. Cancer relay ignites powerful emotions By KAROLINE TUCKEY Warming up: Titahi Bay's Glynis and Fred Denz will be taking part in the Cancer Society's Porirua Relay for Life which they say is a well worthwhile cause with an amazing spirit. Relay for Life has become a deeply personal chance to sock one back against cancer for many, including Titahi Bay s Fred and Glynis Denz. The couple had already taken part in three of the Cancer Society s fundraiser relays when Mr Denz was diagnosed with lung cancer two years ago. He was put on a course of swamp water and radi- ation to fight back and with the help of family and friends, he beat it.Taking his place on the track for the survivors lap at the 2010 Porirua relay was a powerful moment for the couple and their supporters who joined them and they are looking forward to this year s event on February 25. When you are a survivor it becomes important, you can feel and sense the teams of people standing around the track and you know they are there because of their love and you know damn well that it s them that has given you the strength to get there, he said. The crowd and the atmosphere take away the capital C. The couple will be part of the Rotary Club of Porirua Sundown team, the Dawnbreakers, and expect to have about 20 people sharing the 17-hour challenge to have at least one team member on the track, walking or running, from 4pm Saturday until 9am the next day. During it we dress up and have a lot of fun times, Mrs Denz said. It really has a fantastic feel, it s thrilling, and it really has a pur- pose. The couple reckon the Porirua Relay has an especially vibrant atmosphere with Pacific Island drumming spurring the athletes on through the night. You are walking with total strangers but you don t stay strangers for very long, Mr Denz said. And when you come off the track at three o clock in the morning you don t necessarily stay teetotallers for long. About 60 teams took part in the 2010 Porirua Relay for Life, and about the same are expected this year. The relay will be held at Te Rauparaha Park from 4pm on February 25. For more information or to register a team, visit relayfor- life.org.nz.
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