Kapi-Mana News : June 12th 2012
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The 17-metre beach-themed pop art mural was designed to brighten up an underbridge on Steyne Ave and discourage graffiti, but Ms Hall had to stand in freezing running water for five days in early June to paint it. I wrapped up warm-as. I had, like, 10 layers of thermals and socks and gumboots, she says. A hot bath and a glass of wine every night was never so welcome, Ms Hall says. Halfway through the week Ms Hall discovered her iPhone had dropped from her pocket and had been underwater for four hours -- luckily it still worked after being packed in rice. All the discomfort was worth the opportunity to create a mural in her home village. I ve wanted to do one in Plimmerton for years, says Ms Hall. She has already brightened walls in Titahi Bay, Mungavin and Porirua Railway station, and has painted more than 30 murals throughout Wellington, but says she is not sick of the medium. I love it, I m just so lucky to be doing it as a job. For the Plimmerton mural Ms Hall consulted extensively with the residents association to make sure the design was appropriate and embraced by the community. The result is a classy blue and white painting that reflects its environ- ment but still stands out as a Xoe Hall design. The mural shows Plimmerton s hills, bird life and sea, and emphasises the neighbouring beach as a windsurfing hot spot. They didn t want any bold colours so I decided to go two-tone, Ms Hall says. I wanted it to have a real tra- ditional look, with the two colours and the shading like old stamps. The feedback has been positive, she says. It just goes with the place. Murals always have to respect the com- munity they re in. Just knowing it was right for where it is is a good feeling. Sports clubs query sizzle restrictions By KRIS DANDO Several sports clubs have had their sausages in a sizzle -- or not, as the case may be -- over Porirua City Council s sale of food policies. For the past 18 months Eastern Mobile Catering -- husband and wife team Carl and Kath Haerewa -- have held an exclusive contract to sell food at 10 grounds in Porirua, including Ascot Park, Porirua Park and Ngatitoa Domain. Porirua Vikings recently contacted Kapi-Mana News frustrated that this contract prevented them from hold- ing sausage sizzle fundraisers for home games at Porirua Park. Vikings chairperson Pania Houkamau-Ngaheu accepted the Haerewas had a business to run, but it should not preclude the club hold- ing barbecues. [Mr Haerewa] told us we were raking in the dollars and it was having an impact on business, but we re making probably $220 each of the three or four times we have games at Porirua Park. We are about people and helping our club, not profit. Mr Haerewa says he pays a huge rent to sell at the parks and sausage sizzles at Porirua Park undercut his business. He sub-leases to other vendors at a number of other Porirua grounds. This is a problem the Vikings have. I used to give them a cut of my takings [10 per cent] at Ascot Park and Porirua Park before I had to get a lease. Clubs complain to the council but they won t come talk to me directly, which is sad. They can sell food at places like Bunnings, The Ware- house or Pak n Save, where I can t. I m just trying to run a business. Ngati Toa Netball Club set up a Facebook page as a protest after council told by them to halt their reg- ular Saturday sausage sizzle follow- ing a complaint from Mr Haerewa. Competition is good for all, but their profits go in their pockets, ours go towards helping the community, said the club on its web page. Hockey administrator Rex Man- ning, who helped fundraise for the Elsdon Park hockey turf, says they were also told recently they could not hold fundraising sausage sizzles there. With representative hockey tournaments coming up, young players needed every cent they could get. We don t want to do it [sizzles] every weekend but intermittently as travelling for hockey is very costly. The council has now clarified the rules. In accordance with the East- ern Mobile Catering contract, clubs can sell basic cooked food (sausages and bacon sandwiches) at home grounds, but in the case of the Vikings, this is Ascot Park, not Porirua Park. PCC leisure assets and services manager Karyn Stilwell said she understood the netball club s com- plaint as Mr Haerewa rarely sold food at the netball court end of Ngatitoa Domain. But the Vikings must recognise there were special rules at Porirua Park. They are the club based on that [Ascot Park] ground and can hold sausage sizzles there. But when they book Porirua Park they book a venue which has different rules -- Eastern Mobile has the commercial right to sell hot food there. Clubs with clubroom kitchens at grounds -- such as Northern United and Paremata-Plimmerton rugby clubs -- face fewer restrictions. Ms Stilwell says the council will keep an eye on the situation and everyone will have the opportunity to comment on the contract when it comes up for renewal next year. The existing contract provides for 20 per cent of the revenue in the parks budget. She recommends sports clubs seek clarification from PCC on what food they can sell if unsure. Sharon Woodmass from Ngati Toa Netball said she was happy to have the matter resolved but was con- cerned at the lack of communication. Wellington Rugby League s gen- eral manager Jason Hemson says the issue is one that requires better communication from PCC, as their clubs have had no notification of the rules for food selling.
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