Kapi-Mana News : January 24th 2012
2 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JANUARY 24, 2012 NEWS 3928785AC 12 Wall Place, PORIRUA 0800 227 926 0800 CAR WANTED 021 027 70883 OPEN 6 DAYS • Mon-Fri 8aM-5pM • Sat 8aM-3pM * CONDITIONS APPLY CASH PAID FOR YOUR CAR AND SCRAP METAL UP TO $500.00 PAID FOR CARS* UP TO $6,000.00 PAID FOR TRUCKS* WESTPAC STADIUM WELLINGTON PHOENIX VS MELBOURNE HEART SUNDAY JAN 29th 4.30pm BE THERE FOR SOMETHING SPECIAL 20 Main Rd, Tawa • 04 232 8819 • Fu Structura Repair Centre • A Maj r Insurance C mpanies • C urtes Cars A ai ab e UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT 3630132 20 yEARS -- SAME loCATIoN -- SAME GREAT SERvICE Elements Waitangi Day focus Porirua s Festival of the Elements is expected to be New Zealand s biggest Waitangi Day cel- ebration. The Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae, making his first official visit to Porirua, will attend the festival. Members of the Diplomatic Corps from as many as 30 embassies are also expected to attend. The Governor-General will be welcomed at Te Rauparaha Park by Mayor Nick Leggett and Porirua Community Arts Council chairman Bob Cater. With no special celebrations at Waitangi itself this year, it is clear the Porirua event will be established as the biggest in the country, Mr Cater said. But the central focus of the occasion is its demonstration that the Treaty of Waitangi has made it possible, through the festival, to cel- ebrate Porirua s multi-cultural identity, talents and diversity. Porirua could be proud to be hosting such an event which had also been made possible from support by individuals and organisations from all levels of the community. Thousands of dollars were likely to be pumped back into the Porirua economy with organisers preparing for crowds in excess of 35,000, he said. Record numbers of performers will provide day- long entertainment and artistic performances supported by hundreds of stalls, workshops, craft demonstrations and cultural displays. Festival co-ordinator Margaret Armour said the festival obviously would have some economic ben- efit for the community but that came as a bonus and should not obscure the main focus. From our point of view, the festival is an enor- mous gathering of incredible cultures, skills, entrepreneurial abilities and traditional enter- tainment. It s a snapshot of our nationhood. The festival is now in its 21st year. With the move to Te Rauparaha Park and the arena, and a $143,000 budget, has come the biggest programme of performers and events. Entertainer Gary McCormick, who grew up in Porirua, will be MC once again. Hospice workers finally get room they need Oodles of space: Volunteers Liz Pickering, left, and Dee Stella among the massive new retail space for Mary Potter Hospice in Prosser St. By KRIS DANDO The team at Mary Potter Hos- pice finally have room to breathe. Workers and volunteers for the charity, which provides in- home care to more than 100 people from Wellington to Kapiti, found themselves cramped and running out of room in their Kenepuru offices and Tawa retail store. The amalgamation to a single, cen- tral site, at 1 Prosser St, from early January, was a welcome one, retail operations man- ager Lynn Blann says. They have more than 200sqm to sell goods, share a truck dock, have off-street car parks for customers and can now house their adminis- tration staff and nurses in a 500sqm space, right next door. We just out-grew our Tawa warehouse [which will con- tinue operating]. This place is amazing and the staff are absolutely delighted with it. Now the job we have is getting the word out that we re here -- it s been very busy since we opened but it s still important people know where we are. The retail arm of Mary Pot- ter Hospice began with a store in Kilbirnie 10 years ago and now has five outlets, bringing in more than $1 million a year. The Porirua store will be the warehouse for all the out- lets, as well as having a huge shop selling everything from second-hand electrical goods, books, clothes and furniture. Palliative care team leader Viveca Cullen is also exuber- ant about the new facility, which has a kitchen, space for counselling, conference room and open-plan work areas. There is plenty of room in the front of the building for poten- tial development plans, which may include an area available to the public. We re so happy to be in here. It s more accessible and visible to people and we have such a close relationship with the people of Porirua that this [new premises] can only improve. We ve been around for more than 10 years but a lot of people are not sure where we are, so hopefully that will change. We have the shop next door, which is great and we hope to get buy-in from local businesses so we can grow and evolve. Ms Blann says while they have more than 50 volunteers, who help as drivers, sorters and serve in the shop, more hands are always needed. Opening the new premises will be celebrated next month.
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