Kapi-Mana News : January 17th 2012
22 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JANUARY 17, 2012 NEWS More quake work for shoddy regional council office Greater Wellington Regional Council's Wakefield St office and parking buildings need earth- quake strengthening again. The council's 10-storey office building and five-storey car park were built in the late 1980s. A review by engineering consul- tants Spencer Holmes found they fell short of seismic design standards, but stopped short of classifying them as earthquake- prone. The report was presented to a council meeting in December. The buildings were first strengthened in 1995 when cracks appeared in columns, and later inadequate fixings were found in pre-cast panels. Investigations at the time revealed poor workmanship, and found building column concrete was of sub-standard strength. The new review has found the buildings' design strength to be below the new code in some areas. The detail design of several elements, such as stairways, have been found inadequate in the Christchurch earthquakes. A plan to bring the building up to more than 67 per cent of the current code will be ready by mid- March. Working together Working group: These young eastern Porirua residents came together in the days before Christmas to make their neighbourhood shopping centre a bit brighter with a few coats of paint. Photo: SUPPLIED A community fun day and tidy-up around the Cannons Creek shops prior to Christmas brought together retailers, the public and community agencies to make the area brighter. Jointly organised by the New Zealand Police, ACC, Regional Public Health, Maraeroa Marae and the Opportunity Centre, their representatives were joined by business owners and more than 50 young people on December 20 and 22.Pak 'n Save gave fruit, The Mad Butcher some sausages, Bunnings donated prizes while Porirua City Council's road safety co-ordinator Mark Kairua pitched in with food and drink for the second day. Volleyball, basketball and cricket were played, and police had a crash trailer with a smashed-up car to remind people of the dangers of speeding and drink-driving. One of the organisers Petelo Alosio, from ACC, said painting over a heavily graffitied building was empowering'' for the young people who took part. Another community day is planned for the April school holidays. Meanwhile, the Cannons Creek neighbourhood policing team has hit the ground running, since it was established in November. Sergeant Dennis Ngatai says they have had a steady stream'' of residents popping in to meet the team and have positive feedback from retailers about the visible police presence in the area. A door-to-door survey is being undertaken to identify key safety issues in the Creek. Speeding drivers, youth, alcohol and beg- ging were common concerns in the 250 surveys returned to date. Police encourage residents to report minor offences at the base, rather than at the Porirua station. Constable Baz Murfin is taking the lead on helping facilitate a retailers' association for shop- keepers and we've already dis- cussed some of their concerns, particularly around graffiti, which continues to be an eyesore.'' Walk winner: Dedicated walker John Mu, right, was presented with his smartphone at the end of the Aotea Lagoon walk in December by Porirua mayor Nick Leggett. Photo: SUPPLIED Mayor leads the way Nick Leggett may be getting out his mayoral walking shoes again next month. After his series of four walks in November and December -- around Whitby, up Colonial Knob, through Bothamley Park and around Aotea Lagoon -- attracted between 40 and 60 people each time, the Porirua mayor says there are plans to do it again, per- haps from late February. It was excellent, we had really good feedback, and I think there are people out there who will join the next one. What was brilliant was seeing people coming out for every walk: there was some real effort made. And it wasn't just about fit- ness, but a chance to showcase the walkways we have in the city and talk to myself and some of the [city] councillors. I met some very interesting people.'' IT services company Gen-i supported the initiative, providing a HTC smartphone as the top spot prize, for someone who attended all four walks. John Mu, from Ascot Park, was the lucky recipient.
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