Kapi-Mana News : January 17th 2012
8 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JANUARY 17, 2012 OPINION TAWA COMMUNITY GRANTS 2012 Are you a Tawa based, not-for-pro«t group? Need help to kick start your project? You may be eligible for a Tawa Community Grant. Applications close on 31 January 2012. Visit Wellington.govt.nz to apply (click on services and information, then grants) or phone a grants advisor on 499 4444. PDWCC88394 | WCE0710 LETTERS LETTERS GUIDE The Kapi-Mana News welcomes letters from readers. Letters will be published at the editor's discretion. Please keep correspondence to 250 words or less. We reserve the right to edit for brevity and sense. Pen names are not acceptable. If you feel there is a good reason you can't put your name to your letter, phone the editor. For identification not publication, please include an address not a box number and if possible a daytime contact phone number. Send letters to The Editor, PO Box 50 012, Porirua, phone 237 8118, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tui in town Editor, On Christmas Eve s bright sunny morning I ventured into Tawa s main street shopping centre and was stopped in my tracks amidst cars and busy shoppers. There, barely an arm s length away, were two tui feeding voraciously on a brilliantly blooming pohutukawa tree. A living motif for a New Zealand Christmas. A tribute also to the Friends of Redwood Bush whose untiring tending of the local bush areas and work in eradicating pests have allowed the tui to flourish. VAL ALDRIDGE, Tawa. Take the hint Editor, Thank you Roger Sowry for withdrawing Whitireia from funding $3m to a white elephant performing arts centre. Hopefully our mayor, councillors, CEO, etc., will take the hint that there are more needy causes in these difficult times -- such as core services. BRIAN COLLINS, Papakowhai. Essential to arts Editor, I was greatly shocked to hear that the long-awaited plan for an up-to-date performing arts centre in Porirua City could be dead in the water due to the withdrawal of Whitireia Community Polytechnic funding promised for this urgently needed community facility. Now to make matters worse, Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett has indicated that the city council would consider pulling their funding when reviewing the council s long term plan. He said his council will probably try to think of other options which could fulfil some of the desire . What desire one might ask? There is only one acceptable desire for the vibrant, multicultural 21st century city, Porirua -- a state-of -the-art performing arts venue available for all members of the local community to strut their stuff . This includes the highly talented students from Whitireia Community Polytechnic, who now have to perform in central Wellington when they should be on stage in Porirua City performing for their local supporters and audience members. Local primary and secondary schools are also in need of a large performance space when presenting educational curriculum-linked stage productions which often need to take place out of the area. It is now more than 50 years since I first became actively involved with the local little theatres. In those early days the need for a proper theatre or town hall for Porirua was often discussed in the villages of Titahi Bay, Plimmerton and Porirua, a need dreamed about by local actors and their audiences for so long. These theatrical dreams have survived and it is time they became a reality. Generations of elected Porirua mayors and city councillors have received and ignored hundreds of submissions and requests for a centre city performing arts venue, from theatre societies and members of local residents associations. Shame on Porirua city mayors and corporations for allowing this situation to continue over so long a period. Go Porirua City Council, go -- get off your bottoms and do something for the Porirua performing arts community. Bums on seats should be your council logo for 2012, a logo which might help fulfil the desire Mayor Leggett is trying to think about. ROSE HUDSON, Karori. (Abridged) Exemplary care Editor, On Saturday, December 10, while I was an inpatient in ward four, Kenepuru Hospital, my wife collapsed suddenly whilst visiting me. Two of ward four s registered nurses responded immediately. From the moment this occurred, the response from the entire team of people involved, not only the ward four staff but also the emergency team, was fantastic. We as a family cannot praise both teams of people enough. They were absolutely amazing. The staff of ward four began assessing, responding and delegating effectively and promptly; words fail us to describe how effective, caring and efficient they were. Right from the domestic staff through to the co- ordinator, everyone played a part in responding so efficiently and smoothly in this medical emergency, which made us feel reassured that both myself and my wife were in such excellent hands. I cannot thank enough the nursing staff of ward four who assured us, kept us informed and assisted in caring for both of us. Even the little things like ensuring the paramedics stopped the trolley outside my cubical so I had the opportunity to speak to my wife before she was transported to Wellington Hospital. All of these things may seem ordinary to ward four but it really meant a lot to us. More often than not we only hear negative reports in regards to our healthcare. This high standard of care continued the whole time I was a patient in the ward. JOHN & MARIE GUNTHER, Titahi Bay. (Abridged) Where's bus? Editor, I have tried to no avail to find out why the bus service for Papakowhai stopped late afternoon on Friday before Christmas and New Year and did not resume till Wednesday morning. It left residents without a service for four days. Yes, we do have a Paremata Railway Station but it is not easy to get to and from, with about 100 steps to climb to Kahu Rd with bags of milk and bread and other food items needed when people arrive unexpected. In Whitby I noticed more than once a bus going through at 11pm and the only person in it was the driver. Papakowhai does have a mixture of folk like all other areas; elderly people with young children who would like to go to a movie, people with physical disabilities and many who don t own a car. Why cut our service and have us all locked into the area? We don t even have a cash machine to get money out for a taxi. It must have been possible for a bus to go daily. . . Our rates are no cheaper and our city shops need every dollar. Maybe our mayor Nick Leggett can do some work for his city and find an answer for Papakowhai residents. An answer would be much appreciated as only answer I can get is it doesn t pay . Did they do a survey? G B HAZLEWOOD, Papakowhai. (Abridged) Well served: Tanya Macdonald of St Mary's church in Whitby, preparing for their Christmas dinner, which seems to have gone down a treat with those who attended. Special thank you Editor, Christmas is a time that we often see the very best in people and there are numerous cases right around the country with programmes to provide a little Christmas cheer for the more needy and unfortunate members of society. One such local initiative deserves recognition. St Mary s Anglican Church in Whitby provided a lovely Christmas lunch for anyone in the community who wished to attend. There was no fixed charge, but those who could afford it were able to provide a koha in appreciation. It was a lovely lunch and I could only reiterate the sincere thank you given from the floor by a representative of a group that attended. It took a substantial amount of time and energy in organising the event, gaining the sponsorship and in the preparation of the meal. Many of those people gave up precious time with their own families to contribute to this. The sponsors too were particularly generous. Considering that commercial operations were charging up to $75 per person, this was an act of real Christian charity. But that wasn t all. I was astounded to also find a most generous gift for our children. What more can I say, other than a special thank you to all those who did so much to make this such an enjoyable Christmas event. STUART J McLAREN, Porirua.
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