Kapi-Mana News : June 19th 2012
2 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JUNE 19, 2012 NEWS IT'S NOT TRASH. IT'S CASH! It really does pay to recycle WSM THIS WEEK, AT WELLINGTON SCRAP METALS, PORIRUA... 6 KAPUNI GROVE • PORIRUA • PH: 232 9277 wellingtonscrapmetals.co.nz Stainless steel $2 kg Terms &conditions apply 4567227AD Delivered to 25,289 homes and businesses between Tawa and Pukerua Bay every Tuesday. Findusat: www.kapimananews.co.nz www.facebook.com/kapimananews ph: (04) 2378118 fax: (04) 2378552 Ground Floor, 14 Hartham Place North, PO BOX 50012, Porirua City 5240 Manager Richard Gordon email@example.com Editor Matthew Dallas firstname.lastname@example.org For News: Kris Dando email@example.com Andrea O'Neil firstname.lastname@example.org For Advertising: Senior Consultant Kylie Wihapi email@example.com Consultant Jessica Collins firstname.lastname@example.org Sales Support Angeline Humphreys email@example.com Classified Advertising Jeanette Pettit firstname.lastname@example.org 4546135AA 4665860AA Porirua City Council ratepayers are reminded that the rating year closes on 30 June 2012 and that an additional penalty of 10% will be added to rates that remain unpaid from previous years. In order to avoid incurring penalties you should clear rates owing as at 30 June 2012. Automatic payments will also need to be adjusted to clear rates owing as at 30 June 2012. If you think that you are going to have difficulties paying any or all of your rates owing, please contact our Credit Controller on 04 237 1530 before 30 June 2012 so that payment options can be considered. To minimise the risk of future penalties, the Council recommends payment of rate instalments by Direct Debit. Direct Debit payments can be arranged on a weekly, fortnightly, monthly or instalment basis. The bank authority forms are available at our Administration Building, Cobham Court, Porirua City and the Councils website www.pcc.govt.nz. You can make payments via the internet, or at our Administration Office situated in Cobham Court, Porirua City, or by posting a cheque to PO Box 50218, Porirua City, 5240 or at any New Zealand PostShop or their agents; simply present your latest bar coded rates invoice to pay by cash, cheque or eftpos. Gary Simpson CHIEF EXECUTIVE REMINDER TO PAY OUTSTANDING RATES BY 30 JUNE 2012 WINE AND BEER WEEK 4667265AA Springs are posties' peril By ANDREA O'NEIL Hundreds of Porirua residents have been told their letterboxes are not up to scratch and need to be modified or replaced. Plimmerton resident Hannah Henderson got a letter from New Zealand Post in mid- May asking her to cut the spring on her letter- box which has a spring-loaded top flap. Her letterbox posed a safety problem for postmen, claimed New Zealand Post. Mrs Henderson's letterbox is at least two years old and she has not seen it cause posties any trouble, she says. I haven't seen anyone struggling with it or grabbing their fingers back and having a prob- lem, so it just seemed a bit strange to me,'' she says. New Zealand Post's letter seemed to suggest Mrs Henderson cut the spring herself, which she was reluctant to do, so the company agreed to send someone to do it, she says. New Zealand Post spokeswoman Jaimee Burke says the most common problems posties face are spring-loaded flaps, incorrect box heights and poor access to homes due to steep and slippery surfaces, tree overgrowth or obstacles like rocks. A sixth of the country's 2500 posties have been injured by these hazards, she says. In the past two years, 600 letters have been sent to residents from Grenada North to Pukerua Bay advising changes required to postboxes, Ms Burke says. While for the householder these may seem like minor matters, for the postie handling a cycle loaded with 30 kilograms of mail and servicing hundreds of letterboxes, they rep- resent a safety hazard which we are obliged to remedy,'' she says. Historic voyage: Ranui Titanic enthusiast Graeme Jupp on the upper deck of the Azamara Journey on April 15 this year, at the exact spot the famed ship sank 100 years before. Titanic fanatic on global pilgrimage By ANDREA O'NEIL A Ranui man is likely the most dedicated Titanic fanatic in the world, after he travelled the globe visiting significant Titanic sites for the centenary of the famous ship's sinking in April. Graeme Jupp, 40, marked the April 15 milestone on a mem- orial cruise to the waters where the Titanic sank in 1912. He was one of 1700 passengers on two cruise ships to mark the date at the Atlantic Ocean site. Unlike his fellow passengers, however, Mr Jupp then went on a six-week Titanic pilgrimage ranging across two continents. He visited the Titanic grave sites in Halifax, Canada, attended a Titanic Historical Society convention in Massachusetts, United States, then travelled to the United Kingdom to visit the port of departure in Southampton, the port of registry in Liverpool, and the shipbuilding yard in Belfast. Mr Jupp's last stop was the Titanic's final port of call Cobh, near Cork in Ireland, where more than 100 Irish emigrants boarded the ship, most of whom died days later. The highlight of the trip was his eight-day cruise on the Aza- mara Journey, which travelled 1000 miles (1609 kilometres) east from New York to the Titanic wreck site. I couldn't speak highly enough of the cruise. It was done with due reverence to the occasion,'' Mr Jupp says. The centenary was marked by a memorial service, a wreath- laying and an eight-piece band playing the hymn Nearer My God to Thee, which the Titanic's band is believed to have played as the ship went down. That was the best part for me. It was beautifully played. I had never heard it played live.'' The evening was eerily simi- lar to conditions 100 years before, Mr Jupp says, a cold, clear star-lit night. You could imagine that this is how it must have been. A terrifying experience for the 700 people waiting for rescue in the lifeboats, and even worse for 1500 others freezing to death in the sea after the ship sank,'' he says. Other highlights of the cruise were recreated eight-course dinners from the Titanic's first- class menu, guest lectures from Titanic experts and passengers dressing in period costume. While Mr Jupp says there were bigger Titanic obsessives than him on board, to his know- ledge nobody else went on a trans-Atlantic Titanic pilgrim- age to mark the occasion. People often ask me how my interest in the Titanic began. I can't put my finger on what pricked it,'' Mr Jupp says. I've always been interested in ships, especially ocean liners, so I guess it grew from that.'' Thirty years of reading about and researching the Titanic has not dulled his passion one bit. I don't think I'll ever lose my fascination. I'd call it my num- ber one interest in life.''
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