Kapi-Mana News : April 17th 2012
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Carpet Court Porirua 13 Parumoana Street Porirua Ph. 04 237-7745 *Conditions apply $2995 FROM Selected ranges only PER SQ METRE* 4322549AF Free Shuttle Ninness Funeral Home provides a complimentary shuttle service to Whenua Tapu Cemetery on the LAST Wednesday of every month excluding December. Reserve your place no later than 24hrs before departure. Contact Colin on 232 6038. 17 Kenepuru Drive | Porirua | Phone (04) 237 4174 18 Kapiti Road | Paraparaumu | Phone (04) 297 0207 firstname.lastname@example.org | www.ninness.co.nz KM072257 6 6 6 6 6 By ANDREA O'NEIL Landfill fees to rise 15pc Spicer Landfill fees are to increase by 15 per cent -- and there s another price spike to come. A recommendation to increase fees by 15 per cent from July 15 this year was passed last Wednesday at a joint Porirua and Wel- lington city councils landfill meeting. The increase is partly intended to boost the councils budget, but is also hoped to encour- age people to reuse and recycle instead of throwing rubbish away, Porirua City Council s solid waste manager Peter Keller says. Additionally, the present Spicer Landfill fee of $101 per tonne is cheaper than other landfills in the Wellington region, and the councils want to avoid attracting rubbish dumpers from other cities, Mr Keller says. That would have the consequence of more traffic, more fumes, more traffic accidents. The increase means an average carload of rubbish will cost $2.20 more to dump in July. The landfill fee will increase again at the end of this year to meet ETS obligations, but as the price of offsetting a tonne of carbon fluctuates so much, it s hard to estimate what that rise will be. Mr Keller estimated a further increase of 4 per cent in the council s draft long-term plan, bringing the total increase to 19 per cent. Treatment at old mental 'bins' shocks film-maker By ANDREA O'NEIL In the bins: Film-maker Jim Marbrook interviewed ex-patients and staff of Porirua Lunatic Asylum in his film Mental Notes, screening in Wellington this week. A dark slice of Porirua s his- tory is explored in a documen- tary screening in Wellington this week. Auckland film-maker Jim Marbrook s Mental Notes is the first feature-length explo- ration of New Zealand s men- tal institutions, one of the largest which was Porirua Lunatic Asylum. Mr Marbrook travelled the country interviewing ex- patients and staff of the asylums known colloquially as the bins . The documentary was inspired by an earlier film Marbrook had made about Rangitikei s Lake Alice Hos- pital. Despite all his research, Marbrook was still shocked by some of the stories he was told while making Mental Notes. One Dunedin patient was given a therapy where she was put to sleep for six weeks. Basically the idea was you would put someone to sleep for a few weeks and your body would shut down and it would be like rebooting a computer, I guess. But practically that situ- ation did all sorts of damage, Marbrook says. This patient s body weight had doubled when she woke up, and her parents didn t recognise her when they visi- ted, he says. The shock was that it was in some way allowable. Some therapies that were widely accepted 50 years ago were simply overused, Mr Marbrook says. For me it s interesting to see how a treatment which had a degree of success in some sections was just kind of used as a kind of blanket treatment. The dosage of drugs was so high and now you d be getting maybe a 10th of that. Some therapies like electric shock treatment were simply abused. Probably the worst example of a clinical tool being used in quite a savage and damaging way was elec- tric shocks to the genitals. Also upsetting were stories of patients who today would not be considered mentally disturbed -- many wards of the state were institutionalised in Porirua. There was a sense of These are troublesome people, let s put them in the bin , Marbrook says. While some patients said they benefited from hospital- isation, most suffered from the poor treatment of their illnesses. If the film has a thesis it s that these things are made tremendously more difficult within an institutional frame- work, Marbrook says. Mental Notes is showing at Paramount cinema this Friday at noon and Saturday at 6pm as part of the World Cinema Showcase. Tickets $9.50 to $13. Loan confirmed for Ascot Park turf project Porirua City Council has con- firmed its previous decision to make a grant and loan to the Porirua Synthetic Sports Field Community Trust to develop a synthetic turf at Ascot Park. On April 4 the council agreed to lease part of Ascot Park, but the use of funding out of the council s Shared Responsibility Scheme will end on March 31, 2013, if the project has not been started by that time. The sports clubs that the trustees have affiliations to are the Vikings Rugby League Club and Western Suburbs Football Club.
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