Kapi-Mana News : January 31st 2012
TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2012 PORIRUA CITY & TAWA www.kapimananews.co.nz INSIDE ADDING SPICE Migrating Kitchen at Elements festival 2 COTTON CLAD CRIM 'Sock bandit' strikes 4 COUNTRY STYLE Farm fair photos 11 GETTING TOUGH New face of Grow Wellington 14 INDEX Letters ................................ 8 Talking Politics ................... 12 Eye on Crime ..................... 21 Cinemaddict ...................... 23 Weekly Workout ................. 24 Kickin' Back ...................... 30 Classified .......................... 54 Sport ................................ 60 CALL US Phone 04 237 8118 Fax 04 237 8552 Address Ground floor BNZ Tower, Hartham Place, Porirua Email email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org richard.gordon@ kmananews.co.nz Nature or nurture for inlet? Judge dredge: To dredge or not? The issue has been put to bed in politicians' minds but members of the sailing community want the door left open. By KRIS DANDO Dredging Pauatahanui Inlet has been described as literally throwing $5 million into a hole but at least one organisation does not believe the option should be dis- counted. Porirua City Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council com- missioned research group DHI Water and Environment to investi- gate whether localised dredging in the inlet would improve the flush- ing of the estuary s mud and sand. Its report -- available on the PCC website -- found tidal speeds would have to increase considerably to enable sediment and sand to be flushed out and that dredging would not assist this. This is also the same scenario for the Onepoto arm of the harbour, according to other advice PCC received. The DHI report follows a hearing held late last year on the Porirua Harbour and Catchment Strategy and Action Plan. Four submitters promoted dredg- ing the harbour. Paremata Boating Club (PBC) commodore Paul Pettit told the hearing that access and navigation were key to members enjoying the inlet, while remaining safe. He recounted how a young sailor smashed his front teeth when he hit the sandbar near Browns Bay -- a particularly tough one to navigate. He told Kapi-Mana News last week that while the DHI report was still to be discussed by the PBC committee, they had been in favour of limited dredging of this sandbar. It s a narrow channel and from a safety point of view, we need to be able to get rescue boats in there quickly sometimes. Personally, I think closing the door on it [dredg- ing] now depends on what the inlet s going to be like in the future. If you can stop the sedimentation buildup, cool, but if in 30 years time it hasn t been stopped, do you re- visit dredging? The DHI report gives two options for controlling sedimentation -- dredging, which will only maintain the harbour , or controlling what comes into the inlet from the catchments. Regional councillor Barbara Donaldson says GWRC supports sustainable land management and ecological restoration to aid in the fight against sediment buildup. We can t stop it altogether -- it s a natural process. However, it s currently happening much faster than it should and must be reduced if we are to succeed in revitalising the harbour. DHI predicted the channels were likely to fill with sand reasonably quickly even if dredging was car- ried out. One, off the end of Seaview Rd, would cost $800,000 to dredge and $4m to dispose of the sand. Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett is unequivocal on the issue. It would be literally like throwing $5m into a hole that would be ineffective and eventually refilled with sand. People need to understand that this is not Lake Taupo -- it s a tidal estuary that s constantly moving, and sandbanks and mudflats are normal. This [DHI] report firmly shuts the door on localised dredg- ing. Fitting success for young athlete By KRIS DANDO Shoeless: Zane Edwards' excellent performances at the recent Colgate Games were achieved wearing two pairs of socks and borrowed shoes two sizes too big. The oversized shoes of an All Black helped Zane Edwards win gold at the recent Colgate Games. The 12-year-old, who has only been training with Titahi Bay Amateur Athletics Club (TBAAC) since October, showed a clean pair of heels at the athletics meets, in Nelson and Tauranga, earlier this month. The Colgates bring the country s best junior competitors together every summer. Edwards did not even have a pair of spiked shoes to race in, and had never been on a real running track before. But he was determined to get to the Colgates and compete in the 100m, 200m, 400m (the latter at Tauranga only), shot put and long jump (Nelson only). Luckily, his cousin Tamati Ellison, the ex-Hurricanes and All Blacks midfielder, was also a keen runner at a young age and an old pair of his track shoes were offered up by family members. Problem was, they were two sizes too big, so Edwards had to don extra socks just to fit them. It didn t seem to matter as he blitzed his way through heats and the finals, taking gold in all his running races and silver in his field events. Spotted playing rugby for his Titahi Bay Intermediate team by TBAAC coach Nga Holmes, Edwards, who also represents Wellington at tag football, says athletics was hard to get used to at first. I was surprised by the train- ing, it was every night for a while. I enjoy the fitness, it was really good for my rugby. Even if his fellow competitors weren t aware where Titahi Bay was, they should have known it was a breeding ground for young athletes. The club returned with an impressive haul of 18 medals from, Tauranga, and 23 in Nel- son. Twins Fa aolataga and Mafutaga Tau were to the fore, along with Reece Ford, Denny To o and Sosaia Paese. The 13-year-old age group were particularly dominant, says Holmes. He believes if Edwards sticks with athletics, he will go far. I had a feeling about Zane, watching him play rugby. I sat down with him and his parents, telling them he ll be a very good athlete as he definitely has the talent. He picks things up quick, he s a good all-rounder with endur- ance so he might make a good 800-metre runner too. Upcoming events are the Wellington champs next month and the interprovincials in Auck- land over Easter. Hopefully Edwards will have a pair of shoes that fit by then.
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