Kapi-Mana News : March 6th 2012
6 KAPI-MANA NEWS, MARCH 6, 2012 NEWS 12 NOON -12 MIDNIGHT FRIDAY 9 MARCH *Sale is on Friday 9th March 2012 from midday (12:00 noon) until midnight (12:00 am) only. At participating outlets only, and stock will vary by store. The product must be paid for in full or financed on the day of the sale. Quantities are limited and there are no holds or reser ves on product allowed. Discounts apply to RRP and applies to selected flooring products only. Carpet is sold in broadloom metres. ** Finance offer of no deposit, no interest or repayment for six (6) months is available on purchases over $500, subject to credit and lending criteria and credit limits. Fees apply. Interest at the prevailing rate will be applied at the expiry of the six (6) month promotional period. See w w w.carpetcourt.co.nz for full terms and conditions. MASSIVE MIDNIGHT MADNESS SALE 4397707AB Clearways seen to be working By KRIS DANDO The new Mana Esplanade clearways have been free of incident and are running smoothly, New Zealand Transport Agency said after they came into effect last week. The clearways replaced the oft-maligned T2 lanes on February 29, in order to make this section of State Highway 1 more simple, user-friendly and free- flowing, while improving safety , NZTA State Highways manager Rod James said. The clearways will be in effect during peak hours. Additional traffic lights and electronic signs have also been erected, to aid access to Marina View. The T2 lanes were introduced six years ago as part of a $34 million upgrade to encourage motorists to car-pool and improve traffic flow. The new clearway system has cost $1.6m and will be policed by closed- circuit television, Mr James said. Illegally parked cars will be towed away at their owners expense. After three days of the clearways, NZTA was able to report everything was going very smoothly, free of incident but continual monitoring will be carried out to see how Porirua residents and SH1 travellers are coping with the changes. The new rules are: No parking in the southbound kerbside lane Monday to Friday (except public holidays), from 6.30am to 9.30am and Sunday and public holidays, from 3.30pm to 6.30pm, except for emergency vehicles and passenger service vehicles picking up or setting down passengers at bus stops or parking bays No parking in the northbound kerbside lane Monday to Friday (except public holidays) from 3.30pm to 6.30pm and Saturday from 11.30am to 2.30pm, except for emergency vehicles and passenger service vehicles picking up or setting down passengers at bus stops or parking bays. Handy bag skills helping create a better life By ANDREA O'NEIL Handy bags: Colombian refugee Gleides Garcia Restrepo made and sold bags to feed her family in Ecuador, and has continued her cottage industry here in Porirua. Most women rely on their handbags to some extent, but a Colombian refugee living in Aotea has depended on hers to put food on the table and send her kids to school. Gleides Garcia Restrepo, 37, left her civil war-torn country for Ecuador in 2005, but life was hardly better across the border. Mrs Restrepo and her husband Gustavo had owned a restaurant and a liquor shop in Colombia, but could only find work waiting tables in Quito. For a day s work from 8am to 6pm, she earned NZ$5. Standing on her feet all day led to blood clots in her legs, but injections to relieve them cost $40 a day. She couldn t afford to send her three sons to school. Oh, it was very hard. People are just stuck -- no home, no money, no work. One night she left her hungry family with an armload of handbags she d made from rubber inner tyres, and sold enough to feed everyone. My children were like, wow! Mum, I love you! She laughs. Soon she was asked to give handbag-making classes to 40 other Colombian refugees in Ecuador, who were keen to rep- licate her success. In 2010 the Restrepo family were given the green light to move to New Zealand, and settled in Porirua. Life was tough at first, with Mrs Res- trepo barely speaking a word of English on arrival. My English was yes, no, thank you , yes, no, thank you . She is now enrolled in a Whitireia language course and volunteers at St Vincent de Paul to practise her English and meet new friends. Seeing all the fabric and clothes at the op shop has got Mrs Restrepo making bags again, which she sells for $10 to $20 at the Mungavin Ave shop. Many of the bags are made from old jeans, but some are from dresses and coats or fabric donated to the shop. Every one is different, Mrs Restrepo says. She once rescued material from the bin and later showed her fellow workers the bag she d made from it. I went back and said oh, remember this material -- you were going to throw it in the rubbish! she says. They say, wow, you re really clever!
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