Kapi-Mana News : March 27th 2012
8 KAPI-MANA NEWS, MARCH 27, 2012 NEWS *Terms and conditions apply. Only at New World Porirua City, Lyttelton Avenue, Porirua / Phone: (04) 237 0012 / Opening Hours: 7am-11pm, 7 days NW/270312/KAPI at A TASTE OF ITALY Monday, 26th March until Sunday, 1st April 2012. Specials on Italian pasta, olive oil, tomato sauce, wine, Italian style breads from the bakery and lots, lots more... Purchase any selected Italian products and enter the draw to win a demonstration on how to make Italian Egg Pasta and a three course dinner for two at La Bella Italia in Petone worth $180.* In-store specials Italian Food Cooking demonstrations Thursday: 5-7pm Friday, Saturday, & Sunday: 12-3 pm $2m Airlie Rd bridge job set to begin By KRIS DANDO The replacement of Airlie Rd bridge gets under way this week, with disruptions to traffic to be kept to an absolute minimum . The single-lane bridge, built in 1937, has courted controversy in recent months, with its upgrade cost ballooning to $1.92 million due to increased construction prices, re-tendering and consent requirements from KiwiRail. The new, two-lane concrete bridge will be completed before the end of July, says Porirua City Council acting general manager of asset management and operations Geoff Marshall. During this work the existing bridge will be removed and demolished. It is possible that some of the timber from the bridge could be used in future but the bridge in its current form will not be preserved and used in the future on the current or other sites. Mr Marshall says a conservation architect has been engaged to record all heritage values of the existing bridge that will be lost from its replacement. The new bridge will be constructed in two stages, enabling the road above the railway to be open at most of the times during the planned construction period. Affected residents and pub- lic will be informed in advance of any planned road closures. Mr Marshall says current speed and weight limits imposed on the existing bridge will be lifted once the two-lane bridge is in place. To offset the cost, PCC will be eligible for an NZTA subsidy of $755,000. 'People first' his mantra Price is right: Kapiti Mana police's new man in charge, John Price, says the relationship police has with residents from Tawa through to Peka Peka is highly valued. By KRIS DANDO New top cop settles in A quick glance at John Price s whiteboard can tell you a lot. The newly installed Kapiti Mana police area commander has a simple ethos he wants the men and women in his com- mand to act on: People, people, people. I m talking to my staff about why we come to work and what it comes down to is people. It s partnerships with members of our community that matter most. Mr Price has dozens of faces plastered to his whiteboard, all under his command. From administration staff to community cops and CIB heads, he is busy aquainting himself with the region s thin blue line. Mr Price lived in Papakowhai from 1992 to 2004, working for two of those years in the Crime Control Unit in Porirua before taking a senior role back in his hometown of Christchurch. He was policing development manager from 2004-2012 and was acting Canterbury dis- trict commander when the earthquakes struck. It was a huge challenge for police staff. This was a time when we really saw the positives in people; working with the other services and agencies to get the job done was hugely rewarding. Mr Price also spent a year in Rotorua as part of the Operation Austin team that investigated serious historical sexual offending by police officers. The Kapiti Mana opportunity arose last year to replace departing area commander John Spence and the 25-year veteran jumped at it. I really wanted it. This police area has the diversity, headquarters and the police college are close, there are strong com- munity partners at work and there is an exceptional policing team working here. Mr Price believes the concerns Kapiti Mana has are not new, family violence being number one. Youth crime, burglary and vehicle crimes are significant in this area, the latter two spiking in the past six months. He wants to see more emphasis on victims, ensuring they are do not become repeat targets, and tackling more of the organised criminal activity . Enforcing the liquor bans and a greater focus on policing the district s roads are also key, he says. Mr Price has three children, triplets, all aged 20. He and his wife are in the midst of selling their home in Christchurch, and plan to live in Porirua. He says it s difficult to leave Christ- church after what the city has gone through, especially when the work s not finished. But I m finding why people love to police here -- there is a commitment and passion . . . in Kapi Mana.
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