Kapi-Mana News : February 7th 2012
8 KAPI-MANA NEWS, FEBRUARY 7, 2012 OPINION (since 1938) A Credit Union is not a Registered Bank. Members Shares are secured by a frst ranking registered Trust Deed. United Credit Union is exempt from the requirement to have a credit rating. 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It is important when about four buses all leave about the same time to identify each route and the present system does not have a route number up all the time. A regular bus which on route 210 with a reg plate CUY397 should be changed. This bus does alternate with displaying Por. Station and Pikarere St but the route number comes and goes which is very distressing for me. This publicity may bring the improvements I have tried to bring to our area. J CORRY, Titahi Bay. Centre begone Editor, I wish I could read into the mayor s 24/1 letter that he no longer supports the performing arts centre. However, it is much more likely that the centre will be allowed to be included in the next LTCCP and then promoted because very few ratepayers will bother to oppose it or make alternative recommendations. If the mayor and councillors really do wish to reduce the rates burden in these straitened times, they should ensure that the performing arts centre does not appear in the budget figures of the LTCCP until after 30/6/2015 so that the next three years at least are safe from this white elephant. Then, if the people really want it, they can lobby for it to be included in the 2015 LTCCP. Perhaps, even, the council could hold a web-based opinion poll to see just how much support exists. I am willing to run it for them. BRIAN COLLINS, Papakowhai. Wrong council Editor Your correspondent G Hazelwood [KMN, January 24] complained about the cancelling of a bus route through Papakowhai on a Friday night. She laid the blame on Porirua City Council. All public transport is provided by Greater Wellington Council. She could contact Greater Wellington Council on 0800 496 734 to discuss her valid concerns with them directly. SUE DOW, Porirua city councillor - Northern Ward. Celebrate arts Editor, As current Porirua City ratepayers, and ratepayers over many years, I feel our family has a right to air concerns regarding Porirua City Council s use of our ratepayers money, regardless of where we might be living, camping, or adventuring at any time. I totally agree with Mayor Nick Leggett s financial priorities [KMN, January 24]: the increase in the city s insurance payments, replaced sewerage and stormwater networks and all other rising costs likely to face Porirua City Council over the next financial year. Decisions need to be made and financially these are tough times. I am not slamming Mayor Nick or his council, I am pointing out that local councillors over many years have failed to recognise Porirua s need for a central Performing Arts Centre, the present council members being on the end of a long time line of councillors, and now in the line of fire. It is sad for the city that funding has been withdrawn without consultation, when there might have been a way to continue with the project without jeopardising financial priorities requiring urgent council attention, e.g., drip feeding the funds over a longer period. As a former on-stage colleague of Nick Leggett in a local Little Theatre production, I had hoped he might have had some sympathy for the district s theatrical needs and recognised the city s need. Wellington has the Town Hall and the Michael Fowler Centre, the Hutt Valley got its Little Theatre, the Kapiti Coast has Southward Theatre, why has Porirua missed out? Waitangi Day is looming and the city s urgent need for a central performing arts centre comes alive when so many multi-cultural groups take part on stage in the annual Festival of the Elements planned and presented by the Porirua Community Arts Council. This is an open air concert, totally dependent upon the weather and the goodwill of volunteers. Later in February the NZ International Arts Festival opens in Wellington. Maybe the day might come when Porirua will share this festival with Wellington City and we will see international performers from around the world on stage with our local stars, all performing in Porirua s state of the art Performing Arts Centre. I shall be happy to take part in the conversation regarding the city s Long Term Plan during forthcoming weeks, and to answer questions during the Waitangi Day celebrations at Te Rauparaha Park, where I shall be working backstage again with the entertainment groups, performing and having fun celebrating our national day.ROSE HUDSON, Karori. Weekly a must Editor, As a ratepayer in Porirua I also welcomed the news that the council -- at long last -- is proposing a financial strategy to limit future rates increases to limit amount of blood currently being squeezed from the ratepayers wallets. Might I just add one word of warning though. The possible cut back on refuse collections. This practice was introduced in the UK just prior to our leaving that country with fortnightly collections causing huge amounts of overflowing dustbins, especially with families with several children. Result? Offensive smells, especially in the hot weather, a massive upsurge in the rodent population and -- surprise, surprise -- a huge increase in fly tipping in England s green and once pleasant land. I understand now that councils are frantically trying to find the money to rectify this blunder and revert to weekly collections after widespread condemnation from the public. If you think that fly tipping in Titahi Bay is a problem now, then all I can say is: You ain t seen nothing yet! MIKE POVEY, Titahi Bay. Porirua City Council has confirmed to us there are no plans to reduce rubbish collection to fortnightly -- Editor. Funds go on Editor, Reference your article, Collector calls on January 31. Your initial article included clear information on the PFRA, the regulatory body for face-to-face fundraising in New Zealand. Unfortunately in the above article, your reference to most of the first year s donation going to agencies is not only irrelevant but very misleading as it is calculated assuming that regular donors only donate for a period of one year. In fact, most regular donors continue to donate for many years without any additional or on- going fees to agencies. This long term support is what gives charities a fantastic return on their investment by using face- to-face fundraising, as well as the ability to plan into the future based on a secure income stream. Charities have to recruit donors to raise vital money to fund their work. A donor might sign up via a website, after a TV ad, using an 0800 number or speaking to a representative on the street. All these forms of marketing have a cost associated and subsequently a return on investment. Responsible charities are constantly evaluating which marketing mix provides them with the greatest return on their marketing spend in an effort to maximise the amount of donor funds spent directly on that organisation s cause. For some charities, outsourcing specialist marketing services such as printing, advert production or face-to-face fundraising can be the most cost effective option, if that charity does not have the skills or resources internally. All these marketing services are paid for from a pre-allocated marketing budget (donations received always go direct to the charity). In comparison to other forms of raising funds, face-to-face fundraising is the most cost- effective way of collecting money for a charities cause. (Abridged) KAREN WARD, manager, Public Fundraising Regulatory Association.
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