Kapi-Mana News : January 31st 2012
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Every Porirua household is entitled to two free inorganic rubbish pickups per year by Mana Recovery. Call 237 6440. By ANDREA O'NEIL Ratepayers are the losers when it comes to illegal dumping of rubbish, Porirua City Council warns. The amount of rubbish illegally dumped is increasing, council litter control officer David Redmayne says. People are dumping broken furni- ture or supermarket bags full of household waste on council reserves, both on the ground and in public rub- bish bins, which is illegal. Titahi Bay beach and Onepoto Park have been recent hotspots, but the dumping is happening across Porirua, he says. While the council is taking a hard line on dumpers, with fines, it's rate- payers who fund the cleanup, Mr Redmayne says. Illegal dumping has a direct effect on council costs. We will be taking a very hard line with anybody we can.'' The high cost of living could be one reason people are dumping rubbish, Mr Redmayne says. But bad habits are also to blame. I think it's a behavioural thing.'' If a member of the public sees someone dumping rubbish illegally, Mr Redmayne urges them to note the car registration and report the offence to the council's 24-hour line, 237 5089. This is a way the community can help.'' Streets Ahead a huge success Creek colour: Tarquinn, left, and Mariah Alatipi and one of six murals painted near the bus stop opposite Cannons Creek School. By KRIS DANDO Streets Ahead 237 celebrated one year as a charitable trust last week, and they have plenty planned for 2012. When it was set up in 2006, Streets Ahead's focus was to keep young people out of gangs. Today, that remains a key objective, but founder Wayne Poutoa is keen to emphasise its focus has broadened to involve all family members. Our young people have started becoming parents themselves and most of our programmes are marae-based, so the whole family is there anyway.'' Streets Ahead has expanded thanks to government funding, and Mr Poutoa is happy to take more of a back seat to its operation. There is a youth com- mittee that has a big say, and the trust is overseen by a board. Its chairman, Gregory Fortuin, told a gathering in Cannons Creek last week that an organisation does not work due to stra- tegic plans and meetings, but the com- mitment of people''. We want families to take control, it's in your hands.'' Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia said Streets Ahead 237 was an example of what can be achieved by young people and by those dedicated to their com- munity. You're giving people the belief they can do things themselves. The govern- ment and media focus on what's wrong in society but this is something that's right and I congratulate you on your success.'' Colourful murals adorning the walls in front of the Cannons Creek shopping centre were unveiled. Mr Poutoa said these were part of the East Safeside'' initiative, which highlights residents' safety concerns in the east- ern suburbs and presents them to council. Streets Ahead 237 is gaining more national attention, Mr Poutoa told Kapi-Mana News. I'm getting calls every day from as far away as Invercargill, so we're looking to share what we're doing nationally this year. It's exciting times.'' A number of the young people from the project's early days are still linked to the organ- isation as youth workers and community leaders'', he says. They have a large CBD office now, with six fulltime employees and a modern computer suite, while a recording studio is also being established to foster burgeoning talent and record stories of Porirua's elders. Streets Ahead is linked with Regional Public Health, Maraeroa Marae and dozens of other groups to deliver its programmes.
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