Kapi-Mana News : March 13th 2012
68 KAPI-MANA NEWS, MARCH 13, 2012 NEWS jazz blues indie rock & reggae water walkers real fruit ice creams merry go round inflatable obstacle course bouncy castles boat rides daisy face paint carnival games wild food fair white bait fritters coffee celtic winery cider and wine organic juices asian food hot dogs real fruit ice creams coffee daisy face paint Mackays Crossing Entrance liveitloveitevents.co.nz postponement date - 7th April 4436131AA 7 Leonards Rd, Mangaroa Upper Hutt Ph 526 4515 www.thompsonshorsecentre.co.nz THOMPSONS HORSE CENTRE Ring today for further details Wet or fine we have it covered! FREE Pony Rides at our open day Watch lessons in progress Horse and cart rides available ($5.00 per person) 10am -- 4pm • 24 March 2012 4445307AA Corner Parumoana and Norrie Streets, Porirua City (next to Pak 'n Save Fuel) Before you buy your next car come and see your local dealer Ph: (04) 237 4975 4145280AC Joy as kids get bikes All smiles: Chase Rickit, second from left, on his bike, with the other reci- pients, their parents, and Cortell employees in Martin- borough last month. Photo supplied. The smile on Chase Rickit's face said it all. The Whitby youngster was the recipient of a new bike recently, the culmination of a team-building exer- cise carried out by Cortell NZ Ltd. The five children chosen from Heart New Zealand's database for the occasion all have heart defects. Their parents were sworn to secrecy and HNZ family support worker Denise Newton said the kids were over the moon'' when their bikes were unveiled at the ceremony in Martinborough. The team-building exercise involved Cortell employees who were taking part in an event put on by Corporate Challenge, sourcing the bike parts and then building it. Safety checks were carried out after the bikes were put together. Ms Newton said Chase's face lit up when he received his new bike. It was all his, he didn't have to share it with anyone.'' Revved up McPhee: councils must talk Size 12s: Regional councillor Gary McPhee says he is putting his best motorbike boot forward for Wairarapa. Photo: FAIRFAX By JIM CHIPP Anger motivated Gary McPhee to stand for the regional coun- cil.The former Carterton mayor had attempted to broker a com- mercial solution to acrimonious disputes over the Rimutaka Summit cafe and the council- owned toilet block, but the council pre-empted his efforts by demolishing the toilet block. Then the cafe was destroyed in a mysterious fire. I tried to stop them [but] they knocked it down at seven o'clock in the morning,'' he said. I don't think anyone wanted to clean the toilets but if the cafe was up there they [the cafe operator] would have looked after the toilets.'' At the time he told long- serving Wairarapa regional councillor and sometime coun- cil chairman Ian Buchanan that it would cost him his job and, after the 2010 election, Mr McPhee was in and Mr Bucha- nan was out. To be quite honest I was quite anti the regional council,'' Mr McPhee said. After a year-and-a-half on the council, his attitude has changed. He said the public does not understand what the regional council does and neither do local authorities. In saying that I don't really think the regional council knows what the territorial authorities do. I basically think there is a whole disjoint between regional and local gov- ernment.'' Mr McPhee trained as a fit- ter and turner with The Even- ing Post, and later worked for the Wellington City Council as a diesel fitter before setting up his own business repairing alu- minium vehicle wheels. More recently he has turned his lifelong interest in motor- cycles -- Harley-Davidsons, Moto Guzzis and BMWs -- into a business, custom-building bikes. Then Mr McPhee's son was seriously injured in a motor- cycle accident and had to be helped through three or four years of rehab. I had a lot of time to read newspapers and find out what has happened in the community.'' That led to involvement in local body politics, first in Carterton and then on the regional council. I'm here putting my best foot forward for Wairarapa,'' he said. A possible Wellington region super-city isn't a popular con- cept in Wairarapa, but Mr McPhee supports discussion. There is a lot of information and service replication. I see little bits of it all the time.'' Whether Wairarapa becomes part of a super-city or not, everybody wants a more efficient region, he said. In the end, no-one wants their rates to go up, everybody wants more services. I think the best thing is for everybody to get talking and sort out their own problems and not leave it to consultants. The answer is probably [that] you can either legislate and change it that way or get people working together and a bit more information sharing and working together on major projects.'' He has been surprised by the regional council's focus on transport -- more than 70 per cent of its budget. Before the Local Government Act, regional councils had nothing to do with transport. Central government is pretty good at saying they don't want local government to spend our money but they are quite good at giving local government extra work to do and extra res- ponsibility without giving them any extra money,'' he said.
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