Kapi-Mana News : February 14th 2012
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A Shape the Future website was established in early February by five regional personalities in response to stalled regional governance discus- sions among Wellington s mayors. Its founders are Porirua City councillor Ken Douglas, Wairarapa District Health Board chairman Bob Francis, who used to be Masterton mayor, Wellington accountant John Shewan, Paraparaumu company director Nor- rey Simmons and Owhiro Bay resi- dent Vivien Maidaborn. The petition has 167 supporters. Never before has it been so important for the Wellington region to work as a team, the website s mission statement reads. We already have a highly integrated regional economy and social networks and now it s time to build on our many strengths, to become more open to collective opportunity. Our region needs to be relevant, resilient and collaborative. The website directs readers towards a discussion paper circulated late last year by Greater Wellington Regional Council chairwoman Fran Wilde, which lays out a theoretical plan for Wellington s transition to a two-tier governance system by 2013. Under her scheme Wellington would have one council, with community boards advising the council on local concerns. The system could be introduced at next year s local body elections, the paper suggests. The paper says anecdotal evidence suggests Auckland has been getting more of a hearing from the public and private sector since becoming a supercity. Ms Wilde has publicly supported a Wellington supercity and has signed Shape the Future s petition. Not all supporters of Shape the Future agree with Ms Wilde s scheme, but all petitioners hope to start a quality debate on regional governance, founder and councillor Ken Douglas says. The critical thing is to get people discussing what their view is about the delivery of services, how they can be done more efficiently and effectively. The recession has hit Porirua hard, and amalgamation would have significant financial benefits, Mr Douglas says. At present 57 per cent of Porirua s workforce work outside the city, draining money from the local econ- omy, he says. Porirua carries the cost of those workers living in our city. If resources were pooled for the regional good, local projects like Porirua s performing arts theatre would have more of a chance, he says. The region could collectively plan ways to benefit from state projects like Transmission Gully. Mr Douglas says there would also be less wastage and duplication, as in the case of city-owned broadband delivery to greater Wellington, which is currently divided between Smartlinx3 in Porirua and the Hutt, and CityLink in Wellington City. While a sluggish response from the region s councils prompted the website s creation, Mr Douglas says the public should be driving the issue anyway. I don t think it s an easy ask for [councillors] to be raising questions about their own relevance. We ve got to start at a different point. The region s mayors were to dis- cuss amalgamation at a meeting hosted by Mana-Tawa Grey Power, today at 1.30pm, Porirua Club. For the full Fran Wilde discussion document: shapethefuture.co.nz Amazing Grace meals By ANDREA O'NEIL Community shout-out: The Salvation Army is looking for donations of food, kitchenware, cash and time to set up a low-cost weekly gourmet dinner. Organising the ''Grace'' community dinner scheme are Larne Davies, Heather Davies, Lisa Collings and Chris Collings. If you d like to take the family out for dinner but even the prices at McDonald s make you wince, a planned Salvation Army weekly dinner could be for you. Starting in May, the Sallies on Warspite Ave will be serving 60 to 100 people a two-course meal for just $2 per adult and $1 per child -- to a maximum of $10 per family. If you took a family of five to McDonald s it s going to cost you $50 plus, volunteer organiser Heather Davies says. Who wouldn t want to sit down to a fully cooked meal and have someone serve them for once, and for just two dollars? The Grace dinner programme has been devised after the huge success of Mash, a similar weekly dinner at Johnsonville s Salvation Army. While the Sallies foodbank does meet people s need for food, it doesn t help people feel they belong in the community, Mrs Davies says. The mission is fellowship. It really is just connecting and community. However, before the scheme can begin, organisers need help from the community. Grace organisers are seeking cutlery, crockery, and cooking pots -- preferably catering-sized. Any money donations will go towards food and a new oven. Any food subsidies from busi- nesses would help hugely, Mrs Davies says. Volunteers are also needed assist a paid cook to prepare and serve food, and to clean up after- wards. The foodbank will also benefit from any donations -- leftover food will be frozen for use as emergency ready meals.
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