Kapi-Mana News : February 14th 2012
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Visit us at our new location next to Porirua Indoor Raceway Kitchen, Storage, Wardrobe, Laundry Solutions 3639239AA Ü Fully assembled kitchen units Ü Factory Prices Ü Installation available Ü We guarantee the Quality of our product Ü New Zealand made / New Zealand owned and operated OPEN 6 DAYS A WEEK 39 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* Profile helps to determine need PORIRUA: BY THE NUMBERS Population -- 52,100 Pacific (27 per cent) and Maori (21 per cent) population higher than national averages Median age -- 32 (35 nationally) Life expectancy -- 76.8 (78.2 nationally) Personal and household incomes 9 per cent higher than national averages Percentage of people living in 'most deprived areas' -- 30 Most commonly-affiliated iwi -- Ngati Porou (2193 people) Number of state homes (end of 2010) -- 2729 Biggest employer -- retail Percentage of employed residents that work in Wellington City -- 45 Percentage catching the train daily -- 10 (1 per cent nationally) Children in early childhood education (July 2010) -- 3080 Adults with no formal education -- 26 per cent (25 per cent nationally) School leavers enrolled in tertiary education -- 46 per cent (59 per cent nationally) Most common crime in Porirua -- theft (especially from motor vehicles) By KRIS DANDO Awareness of Porirua's population growth, the crimes that occur most, number of residents living in the most deprived areas' and even the tally of those who catch the train to work every day are among statistics Porirua City Council and community organis- ations rely on to drive policy. The latest Porirua Community Profile', a 60-page document pre- pared by Ministry of Social Devel- opment's Family and Community Services (FACS) group, was released recently. It contains a wealth of infor- mation collated using Census, Statistics New Zealand, New Zea- land Police, ministries' of health, education and social development, Plunket and PCC figures from 2006-10 and is regularly updated. Stuart Parkinson, the council's manager of economic and com- munity policy says while they gather their own data -- such as the Quality of Life survey -- for internal and public reports, the FACS profile is hugely valuable, having it all together is perfect''. Having these nationwide com- parisons is important to support our own community outcomes. We need coherent and respect- able data and these FACS figures help us look at the issues facing our coun- cil -- it's not perfect but it will tell us a story, and aids us to bring the advice to the [city coun- cillors'] table. In Porirua we have above average income but the deprivation index shows us there are big parts of the city at the lower end.'' In coming weeks, Kapi-Mana News will use the FACS data to try and provide a clear picture of Porirua -- under sections like economic wellbeing, employment, justice, education, age and eth- nic diversity. Long, hard road for abuse survivor For the kids: Barb Mullen, left, starts her Napier to Porirua walk accompanied by Child Matters communications team members Janine Evans, Amandeep Kink, Rachel McGuire, and Barb's partner and main support Pat Southee. By DIANE JOYCE The little bit of discomfort Barb Mullen might experience walk- ing nearly 800 kilometres will be a breeze'' compared to the hell some New Zealand children go through at the hands of their abusers. She started her walk from Napier on February 1, just as child protection trust Child Matters released a statement saying children living with non- related adults are 50 times more likely to die from abuse than those who live with their own parent. As Ms Mullen, an abuse sur- vivor herself, walked along the road heading out of Napier, she said just looking at her nine- month-old grandson could move her to tears, wondering how anyone could harm a little one just like him. She is on the road for nearly a month, walking from Napier to New Plymouth, via Taupo, and then home to Porirua. She arrived in Te Kuiti last Tuesday sore and weary, but a day ahead of schedule. From there it was on to Taranaki. Ms Mullen was determined to raise awareness of the plight of child victims, not only those who made the headlines after being killed at the hands of their carers, but also the survivors, who went on to live a life sen- tence''. I'm desperate to get the word out. Nothing is too much trouble if we can stop this terrible abuse of children.'' As well as raising awareness, she was also raising funds for the charity Child Matters, which trained people to recognise abuse and what to do about it. Child Matters promotional staff joined Ms Mullen for the first morning of her walk. Janine Evans said the effort Ms Mullen was making to get the message about child abuse to the public was so courageous and brave'', particularly given her own history of abuse. It would have been hugely traumatic for her and now she's putting it out there for everyone to see so that other children don't go through what she went through.'' Ms Evans said child abuse was New Zealand's dirty secret'' which did not get dis- cussed until a child was killed. We need to talk about it, speak up, everybody can do something.'' One issue is the dangers posed to children living with an unrelated adult in the home. Follow Ms Mullen on linkhands.webplus.net/ index.html.
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