Kapi-Mana News : January 3rd 2012
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The non-profit international organisation uses volunteer labour and as much donated or dis- counted materials as it can to build housing for people who might otherwise struggle to find suit- able, affordable housing. Last year, the Porirua team made a special drive to build relationships with organisations and individuals. We have certainly engaged with more people, and awareness of our work has cer- tainly gone up,'' Porirua resource development manager Gill Burns said. Last year, Habitat for Humanity was chosen as the community organisation to benefit from the Porirua Chamber of Commerce Hands On Busi- ness scheme to match businesses with a com- munity project, in partnership with Porirua City Council and Volunteer Wellington. We were chosen because we benefit from com- panies sending teams along to help build -- they don't need to have building skills -- but also from donations and other assistance,'' Ms Burns said. One firm that spent a day volunteering, Wel- lington engineering consultancy firm Beca, was so keen to come back that it asked to have its Christmas party at a Habitat building site. They loved it so much they are coming back, and they'll help us in the future with engineering work and surveying,'' Ms Burns said. Through the Hands On scheme, more busi- nesses have become aware of ways they can help with building projects. We have plumbers and plasterers and builders who have got involved. Mana Plumbing and Drainage have done a lot for free -- they've done a roof and guttering and plumbing, and we had another team come down and spend time working inside during rainy weather because they couldn't work on their own site.'' During 2011, the Corrections Department even sent a team of low-security inmates to work on a housing project, and a team of international Habi- tat volunteers from the United States adopted the Porirua projects and worked on them during their stay here. The Hands On scheme has also led to a relationship with the Porirua Bunnings hardware store. Our mayors' messages What will 2012 bring our civic leaders? What is your mayor's wish for your community this year? We asked each of the region's mayors, and what they had to say off the top of their heads offers an interesting insight into the issues that are occupying their attention. Upper Hutt Mayor Wayne Guppy: ''That the economic climate picks up and we can start creating some jobs. Flowing from that, you get other developments and other things happening.'' Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett: ''It would be that we get a co-ordinated solution to ending child poverty and improving the options for kids in Porirua.'' Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace: ''I think for everyone -- well, obviously peace and happiness for everybody, and hopefully that the economy will start to pick up so all sectors of the community can benefit.'' Carterton Mayor Ron Mark: ''That people would treat people as they would wish to be treated themselves, at all levels -- community, local government, central government.'' South Wairarapa District Mayor Adrienne Staples:''A new Waihenga Bridge and some corners off the Rimutaka Hill Rd. I think it would make a big difference to our community.'' Wellington Mayor Celia Wade- Brown:''increase in jobs, earthquake protection started for the Town Hall, a successful Hobbit premiere, a commitment from the Regional Transport Committee to fund the Great Harbour Way, and for Zealandia to be on a sustainable footing''. Masterton Mayor Garry Daniell: ''For the Wairarapa irrigation project to fast-track. That would probably bring 10,000 jobs over the course of time.'' Kapiti Coast District Mayor Jenny Rowan: ''Wishing everyone a safe and happy Christmas, with the hope that we can reduce the incidence of domestic and community violence on the Kapiti Coast.''.
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