Kapi-Mana News : July 10th 2012
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The sawmill open to the public. 04 234 7632 The Old Cobham Mill 161 SH58, Pauatahanui www.oldmanmac.co.nz Building & landscaping products Custom-cuts available Friendly ser vice & project advice 4715350AA IN BRIEF Health care boost Capital & Coast District Health Board has made visits to the doctor or nurse free during business hours for all under-6s at general practices and three after- hours clinics in the region. The DHB has worked with Compass Primary Healthcare Network, Cosine PHO, Ora Toa PHO and Well Health PHO to ensure that whether it's during working hours or not, children under 6 will get the health care they need without additional costs for their parents. Free urgent care after hours for children under 6 is available from Kenepuru Accident and Medical, Wellington Accident and Urgent Medical Centre, and Team Medical, Kapiti. Defibrillator donated A portable defibrillator unit has been donated to Mana Coastguard by Waitangirua Lions. The service group bought the device with $2800 it raised from its railway attraction at Aotea Lagoon, and presented it to the coastguard last week. Waitangirua Lions also gave $500 to Aotea College barbershop quartet The Fource, to go towards travel expenses for competing in the United States. Furniture complaints pile up Flotsam: Furniture is collecting outside a number of the boat- sheds at the southern end of Titahi Bay beach. By KRIS DANDO Owners asked to tidy up Titahi Bay boatshed owners have been reminded to keep the area outside their boatsheds tidy after complaints lately. A Titahi Bay man, who did not want to be named, said he and others were concerned about the amount of plastic chairs, tatty couches and other furniture that was piling up outside boatsheds at the southern end of the beach. Some of it has been washing into the water during high tides. It s been going on for years, so people just get used to it I sup- pose, but it is getting ridiculous. There are improvements being made to the beach area, like walkways and planting, but then you have to look at that. A community effort to keep them tidy would be nice. When Kapi-Mana News visited the boatsheds last week, one owner, busy doing renovation work, said much of the furniture is well-used during summer but then left outside in the cold and rain of winter. He conceded there could be more care taken to keep the area tidier. Porirua City Council s manager of environmental standards Jim Sutton said a letter was posted last week to remind boatshed owners of their obligations under a licence agreement they have with the council. This says that the area around each boatshed is in a clean and tidy condition and clear from all rubbish . He confirmed complaints had been received about the furniture. A few owners are leaving prop- erty outside when they are not in attendance. Some of the items detract from the attractiveness of the area and with very high tides, have been swept into the sea. Eleven owners have been asked to remove all items when they are not present at their boatsheds. Salary request turned down By KRIS DANDO The Remuneration Authority has rejected Porirua City Council s request to increase the salary of Euon Murrell, which would have also cut the pay to deputy mayor Liz Kelly. In April, councillor Ana Coffey moved an amendment to increase the $35,972 salary of committee chairman Mr Murrell by 5 per cent to reflect his workload. Standard councillors were also to receive a small pay increase. The changes were to come at the expense of Ms Kelly s $40,288 salary. The Authority declined a reduction to Ms Kelly s salary, which council chief executive Gary Simpson said was very unusual . They normally don t get involved to that level [but] they are not convinced that significant consider- ation has been given to the decision. The amendment was moved by a councillor as opposed to an officers report, and this may have influenced the Authority , said Mr Simpson. We only have one committee and the chair has a fair workload. The change was trying to recog- nise that the two positions [deputy mayor and committee chair] were similar. Ms Kelly said the ruling was fair. I have worked hard to ensure the best interests of the city are repres- ented, especially across the wider region, and a reduction in salary was not justified.. A report outlining the Remuner- ation Authority s decision will go before a future committee meeting.
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