Kapi-Mana News : January 17th 2012
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Quinovic looks after all your Tenant and Maintenance issues. FREE no obligation rental appraisal t 233 2179 m 027 233 2460 116 Mana Esplanade, Mana firstname.lastname@example.org www.quinovic.co.nz 6 6 6 Counting cost of pull out By ANDREA O'NEIL Contractors and charitable trusts will lose out if plans for a Porirua performing arts venue fall through or are delayed following a Whitireia decision to pull out of the project. A total of $407,000 has been spent by the Porirua Performing Arts Trust on a feasibility study, a business case, consultation, and a basic design for the venue, trust chairwoman Deirdre Dale says. Part of the money was also spent on getting resource consent, which was needed to apply for a large lotteries grant for the theatre. The money was granted to the trust by various gaming trusts, including $100,000 from Trust Porirua. To keep costs down, many contractors working on the project, such as architects and sound and lighting engineers, deferred part of their fee until funding was secured, Ms Dale says. If Porirua City Council pulls its $3 million funding from the proj- ect in reaction to Whitireia s $3m withdrawal, it may be years before the contractors are fully paid for their work. Costs were particularly high when designing the theatre because the needs of all partners -- the council, Whitireia and Ngati Toa -- had to be taken into consideration, Ms Dale says. But the partnership arrangement was ideal, in her opinion, as its use by theatre students during weekdays would have meant it rarely lay empty. Whitireia s withdrawal means $8.1m of the total $13.2m building costs is unsecured. Kapi-Mana News had been told last week that Ngati Toa would give $3m, but Ms Dale says the iwi is not contributing financially to the theatre project. Joint Whitireia-WelTec council chairman Roger Sowry dismissed Porirua Foundation chairman Chris Kirk-Burnnand s claim that Whitireia s funding withdrawal was reflective of the joint council s poor commitment to Porirua. It s just nonsense. The councils haven t merged yet, and won t until the end of January. Prioritising a new $20m building to replace prefabricated classrooms was the reason for pull- ing out, he says. We re looking to grow the number of students on the Whitireia site. We ve got to have a facility that meets students expectations. There is no need for public consultation on the decision, Mr Sowry says. There wasn t any public consultation because it s not public money, it s education money. He is happy to discuss the possibility of the theatre still being built on Whitireia campus, but says the land in question is in Ngati Toa Treaty of Waitangi negotiations and might be out of Whiti- reia s ownership in two years. Sailors up for grey skies By ANDREA O'NEIL Summer sails: Plimmerton Boating Club will host sailors from around the North Island for a regatta this weekend. Pictured are club commodore Andy Robertshawe and member Neil Gibbons. Most folk will be wishing for fine weather during the upcoming Wellington Anni- versary weekend, but Porirua sailors wouldn t mind a bit of a gale. The Plimmerton Boating Club is hosting the North Island Championships for Noelex 22 trailer sailers this Saturday and Sunday, January 21 and 22. Sailing under grey skies and on choppy seas tests a sailor s ability, club commo- dore Andy Robertshawe says. A bit of rough weather makes it inter- esting, trying to get the most out of your boat. Fine weather, however, would be just as welcome and would make the event enjoyable for all levels of sailor. Plimmerton has the biggest fleet of Noelex 22s in the country, with 10 boats, and offered to host the championships partly to save its members travelling to compete against the nation s best. We had such a strong fleet, it made sense to do it here rather than 10 people travelling somewhere else, Mr Robertshawe says. The club has offered to host next year s national championships, too, when 20 to 30 boats are expected. Five of the competing crews will come from outside the region, including Auck- land, New Plymouth and Napier, for a total of 15 boats. It s a big event for us. Quite a lot of work goes into organising them before- hand and on the day. Noelex 22s have been among the most popular boats in New Zealand since they were launched in the late 1970s. They re cheap to buy -- $5000 to $7000 -- and have few running costs, Mr Robertshawe says. Many people share the cost of a boat, as a crew of three people is needed to sail them. It s quite fast for a trailer sailer, it s a really stable boat and easy to sail. Quite forgiving. Age is no barrier either -- the best sailor at Plimmerton is in his 70s and still going strong, Mr Robertshawe says. It s a sport for all ages.
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