Kapi-Mana News : February 28th 2012
12 KAPI-MANA NEWS, FEBRUARY 28, 2012 NEWS Proudly 100% NZ owned and operated and supporting the Community since 1971. www.madbutcher.co.nz Offers valid from Mon 27th February - Sun 4th March. All Stores Open 7 Days 2 Tegel Chickens* The Mad Butcher is proud to support GirlGuiding NZ and Girl Guides Biscuits are available in all Mad Butcher stores as from 1 March to 31 March 2012 *Frozen Size 10's while stocks last!10 FOR ONLY $ $10.99 kilo only Fresh Sliced Rump Steak Save $6kg off our everyday low price! $ 9.99 kilo only Lean Premium Beef Mince Save $4kg off our everyday low price! PORIRUA SHOPPING CENTRE (Opposite Countdown), PORIRUA PH: 238 2563 4336504AC Wake Park in focus By MATTHEW DALLAS Public asked for views An online poll has been launched to canvass the public on the Aotea Lagoon wake park by former mayoral candidate Brian Collins. The poll asks people to vote on whether they support or oppose the venture or if they would sup- port it on the condition of a reduction in rates. Wakeboarders would be propelled around the lagoon by cables connected to five 11m high pylons. Porirua City Council has granted Aquacom NZ Ltd a nine- year lease and applications for resource and building consents are pending. Mr Collins says he hopes to stimulate wider discussion on the venture and, should a large enough sample take interest, give weight to the argument for pub- licly notified consent hearings. He opposes the wake park, believing the reserve should remain a passive recreation space but says he tried to not show bias in the poll or its supporting infor- mation. On the webpage he cites a 2009 survey that found 57 per cent of users did not want the lagoon res- erve changed and estimates income to council from the ven- ture at $60,000 per year. To account for just 1 per cent of the rates take, it would need to bring in $420,000. The majority of Porirua residents opposed the wake park when public submissions were sought in 2010 but the webpage does not mention that of the 1000 submissions nation-wide, 62 per cent were in support. Nor does it acknowledge the facility would be the first of its kind in New Zea- land and be a regional -- if not national -- attraction. Aquacom project manager Paul Marlow is dubious of the poll, which is hosted on Mr Collins own website, where users must register if they wish to vote. Mr Marlow says it only serves to provide Mr Collins and the wake park s opposition the ability to data mine the contact details of those who may object to Aquacom s application. He says the poll clearly shows bias, is mis- leading and untruthful. He says the 2009 survey, which those opposed to the venue regu- larly refer to, did not provide any scope for additional activities. People surveyed were not given a list of any ideas or attractions to consider. Mr Marlow is confident the wake park will be granted its con- sents and that it receives con- siderable support from within the city. The opposition so far has been a noisy minority of scare- mongers armed with misinfor- mation. People who are against some- thing always say more about it than those who support it, they have to pull anything out of it they can to shoot it down. Mr Collins says he attended a recent PCC Older Persons Advis- ory Group, where members expressed concern on whether they would still be able to walk safely around the lagoon. He is adamant water will be splashed onto the walkway. Young people like to push the boundaries, I know I did. They re going to kick up a splash. But Mr Marlow says the cable will be 23 metres from the shore- line, with a 7m deviation for where the wakeboarders or skiers will ride. Should the wind be strong enough to spray wake onto the path from that distance, it would be too windy to operate, he says. There s absolutely no way it s an issue. The wake park poll is at your opinion.co.nz. Mr Marlow asked that we also provide the the web address for the PCC page on the venture, so the public could access factual information on Aquacom s application. Visit: pcc.govt.nz/ Public-Consultation/Proposed- Cableway. Volunteers vital Galloping ahead: Mary Potter Hospice's new Prosser St shop banked $25,000 in its first month in business, and has had several high-value donations such as these porcelain horses, retail operations manager Lynn Blann says. By ANDREA O'NEIL Mary Potter Hospice op shop has had a stellar first month at its new Prosser St location, having banked $25,000 in January. Summer is peak season for second-hand shops, with people clearing out their possessions after Christmas and students set- ting up new flats but last month s takings were double what the shop anticipated, retail operations manager Lynn Blann says. January for this shop was way more than we expected so we re absolutely rapt. Another success is the amount of people donating valuable and unusual items, such as a pair of striking porcelain horses, Mrs Blann says. It s nice to be able to show off some really nice things. An anonymous donation of a matching 60-piece crockery set thrilled Mrs Blann, as the hospice s new drop-in centre had desperately needed kitchen gear. It was just like Mary Potter had spoken and there it was. Getting enough volunteers is the only problem to blight a rosy start to the year, Mrs Blann says. Thirty volunteers are needed to run the shop, including drivers. To volunteer contact Mary Potter Hospice shop on 237 2313.
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