Kapi-Mana News : April 10th 2012
6 KAPI-MANA NEWS, APRIL 10, 2012 NEWS DIPLOMA Bachelor Masters Te Tahi Takao dｪAｷ ~┒ｴﾗWが ~W )ピ #┘;が dｪAピ yA�┌;く Bachelor of Design & Art U‥í . ゝ¢翁や々¢. hc゛や々¢. だ億kuó. ーtヽ：―kで ほg）kーろ々¢ www.wananga.com 0800 WANANGA ;S┌caピon づ~�aSｷピon づ}┌ccWゲゲ Student Open Day April 21st 2012 10:00am 144 Tasman Rd, Ōtaki ENROL NOW 4499266AA HIRE • Garden Equ pment • Generat rs & Pumps • D ggers • Sca ld ng • Tracked Barr ws • Trucks • Car Tra ler • C ncrete Equ pment • Augers and m re... PH 04 237 0308 6 Makar St, P r rua (off RAiHA STREET) RAiHA ST Makar Street 6 Mat u Cl se To Prosser St HIRE 4021037AA Safety makeover for playground By ANDREA O'NEIL A Cannons Creek playground which resembles a crime scene and hosts drunks, taggers and fist fights by night, is to get a safety-conscious makeover. Calliope Park on Warspite Ave will get two new playgrounds and better lighting and landscaping this year as part of Cannons Creek s vil- lage plan, with $100,000 of funding from Porirua City Council. The park s overhaul comes after a survey of park users highlighted anti-social behaviour and violence. It opened my eyes to what the park is like for residents. There s a real concern when it gets dark. The place has a feeling of being unsafe, Cannons Creek Residents and Rate- payers Association vice chairman Jon Blackshaw says. It stopped the community feeling like they had ownership of the place. Two new playgrounds will be built in the park for different age groups, modelled on successful playgrounds at Aotea Lagoon and Waitangirua. The playgrounds will be built on the edge of the park nearest to Warspite Ave and will be well-lit. People will be able to see it from the street. It s going to make a big difference, Mr Blackshaw says. The existing playground is tucked into a corner and looks menacing on misty nights with its single light overhead, he says. It looks like a crime scene from a movie. Other improvements include bet- ter drainage, a circuit path around the park s borders, and encouraging sports by levelling out the park s grass surface, which Mr Blackshaw describes as a bumpy bowl shape at present. The park s bushes were removed last year after reports of teenagers sleeping in the park at night, Mr Blackshaw says. Problems with Cannons Creek youth will not simply disappear once the park is cleaned up and the com- munity needs to discuss other ways of helping troubled teens, Mr Black- shaw says. Youth are like guided missiles. They need to have direction. Quarter of a century fighting fires Local star: Bill Neate was honoured on the weekend for his 25 years' service to Titahi Bay Volunteer Fire Brigade. HELP WANTED The Titahi Bay Volunteer Fire Brigade needs three to four new members to act in the non-operational position of community engagement officer. Chief fire officer Tony Leighton said they would be primarily involved in presenting community events related to fire safety, education and profile-raising and with communications and welfare co-ordination during large-scale emergencies. The broad role would suit anyone, from recent retirees to mid-20 year-olds who wish to give back to their community, he says. A commitment of about two-to-three hours a week is anticipated, with fortnightly meetings held on Wednesday evenings. Contact Mr Leighton, Titahi Bay Volunteer Fire Brigade, 5 Te Pene Ave, Titahi Bay. Phone 027 777 0113 or 027 646 7895 By JAMES GREENLAND Fighting fires and providing medical aid is all part of the job for Bill Neate. The volunteer firefighter was honoured for 25 years service with the Titahi Bay Volunteer Fire Brigade at the weekend. He received a medal from the United Fire Brigades Associ- ation, becoming a member of its Gold Star group at an award ceremony on Saturday night. Among the 100 invited guests were Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett, Mana MP Kris Faafoi and list MP Hekia Parata. Mr Neate was also made a life member of the Titahi Bay brig- ade, joining their six other Gold Star recipients. Senior Station Officer Neate joined the brigade after emi- grating from the UK with his wife more than 25 years ago. He says it was a great way to meet people, many whom he now calls lifelong friends. We have a good social side. I enjoy the camaraderie. The brigade has responded to about 9000 call-outs in Mr Neate s 25 years, from house fires and car accidents to medi- cal emergencies. I love this place, and I like helping the community , he says. We generally know the people, which sometimes can be a little bit harder. But we are just doing our job.
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