Kapi-Mana News : January 3rd 2012
3 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JANUARY 3, 2012 NEWS Wheeler's Guardian FUNERAL HOME NORTH CITY Loans for all reasons ADELPHI FINANCE Amounts $500 to $5000 KM112259 FAST Approval CASH NOW Level 3, Adelphi House, Hartham Place, Porirua PH: 237 4171 *All Loans Subject to Normal Lending Criteria Loans for all reasons Providing Cash Solutions 40 Years of Financial Service Phone Paul Densem or Bernard Parker 04 905 5203 4251956AA 23 years SUBARU SPECIALIST NORTH CITY AUTOMOTIVE • WoF • Service • repairS 10B Wall Place, Porirua • 232 0271 2308970AA Follow us on www.facebook.com/kapimananews 4276977AA Cafe marks a decade of service Vella charm: Cafe Vella owner Trudie Ottow came over all shy when it came to being photographed, but staff, from left, Bex Ahnau, Leonte Toscano and Logan Collinge were happy to show their best smiles in celebration of the cafe's 10th year. By KRIS DANDO Trudie Ottow didn t think Cafe Vella would get to 10 years. The cafe s owner celebrated the milestone with staff, friends and loyal customers on December 18, an occasion that involved give- aways, a jazz band, good food -- and even the local volunteer fire brigade. I m a firefighter, the first woman in 75 years to drive a fire truck in the [Plimmerton] brig- ade, she says proudly. The Cafe Vella building has had various guises over the years -- perhaps best known as a grocery store -- and Ms Ottow knew she was taking a risk when she pitched up in 2001. I never thought I d be here for 10 years. Who stays in a cafe that long? There are 14 staff, some of whom have been at Vella for more than nine years, showing loyalty not often seen in hospitality. There have been changes to the decor over the years, and there is now an outside dining area, but Ms Ottow has been determined to keep the fare and coffee delicious, yet simple. Coffee is sourced from Karamu in Eastbourne, and one of Vella s biggest drawcards has been the fresh food, made daily. We try to buy as much as we can locally. The food speaks for itself, and we ve got a good repu- tation -- we make everything our- selves, and have pretty much stuck with what we know. It s a nice atmosphere. We re not posh, but we strive for good service. The past four years have been tough, Ms Ottow admits, as the recession has bitten. She has resisted the urge to put prices up too high, and the reward has been loyal customers. It s not easy running a cafe that s open seven days and six nights, especially during the slower winter months, but she loves it. I m always thinking about this place. High-speed internet for Cannons Creek By KAROLINE TUCKEY Some Cannons Creek residents could get a little relief from bills later this year, with free high-speed internet planned to arrive from April. The Porirua City Council-initiated Digital Porirua Trust has received a grant of $20,000 of seed money from Internet New Zealand Com- munity Projects towards creating a free ultra-fast wireless broadband community in the suburb. It is hoped that the first households will be connected by April. At the moment we are looking at three or four models that could work, and we re testing the existing fibre because we are likely to use that, project manager Tim Davies-Colley says. He hopes to find a model that will allow the widest spread of the project through the suburb, but will also be sustainable through business spon- sorship. We are looking at Cannons Creek as a test bed because it s one of the poorest communities in New Zea- land, and if it works, we d like to give the plans over to communities throughout New Zealand. He hopes 300 homes will get wire- less receivers by August. In the first stages of the project, candidates must have their own com- puters and already be able to use the internet. In Cannons Creek, the last census showed about 36 per cent of homes have got a computer. That s low com- pared to the national average, and it s certainly low compared to the rest of Porirua. In places like Whitby, the rate s about 90 per cent. People who cannot access the internet and are not computer-savvy are increasingly facing a digital div- ide , he says. That s largely a socioeconomic divide, and low socioeconomic com- munities are largely shut out of the resources that a computer and, par- ticularly, internet has to offer. To establish the network, one or more transceivers will need to be installed in a good spot for broad- casting into the suburb, and a way to cap access needs to be devised so the network s bandwidth is not exploited. By KRIS DANDO Subcommittee to oversee city centre revamp plans Plans to revitalise Porirua s city centre have taken another step forward, with a city council sub- committee formed to administer the project. At the last Porirua City Coun- cil meeting on December 14, mayor Nick Leggett and council- lor Ken Douglas were appointed chair and deputy chair respect- ively of the City Development Subcommittee. Three indepen- dent members, still to be appointed, will comprise the rest of the subcommittee. Its purpose is to provide stra- tegic direction and expert advice , the report to councillors says -- setting priorities, approv- ing work plans, monitoring progress and helping to guide discussions on issues related to the project. Mr Douglas, Mr Leggett and the other members will be paid $135 per meeting. They will make quarterly reports to the council. Meanwhile, potential project management companies were approached in November to oversee the project, and the hope is to have them in place early this year. A review of the city centre revitalisation, undertaken by Wellington Waterfront Ltd, a Wellington City Council- owned entity, has recom- mended further devel- opment of the Porirua waterfront for residential, commercial and public space. It has also recommended gauging interest in residential accommodation around the CBD, harbour and stream edges; further work with the owners of North City Shopping Centre over links with Hartham Pl; enhancing the Saturday market by extending its hours and the mix of goods for sale; and talking with the NZ Trans- port Agency over links between the city centre and Aotea.
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