Kapi-Mana News : July 10th 2012
5 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JULY 10, 2012 NEWS 37 GREAT STORES NATIONWIDE & MORE OPENING SOON! Pork Leg Roasts $ 5.99 kilo only Proudly 100% NZ owned and operated and supporting the Community since 1971. Offers valid from Mon 9th July - Sun 15th July. All Stores Open 7 Days (bone in) Fresh New Zealand PORK SALE! Pork Shoulder Roasts $ 4.99 kilo only Pork Slices $ 9.99 kilo only(bone in) Pork Loin Chops $ 8.99kilo only (bone in) www.madbutcher.co.nz pictures serving suggestion only PORIRUA SHOPPING CENTRE (Opposite Countdown), PORIRUA PH: 238 2563 4692823AB For 24 hour assistance Telephone 04 298-5168 Graham John Andrew Diane Kapiti Coast Funeral Home 9-11 Hinemoa Street, Paraparaumu 2884679AA Colourful send-off Heartfelt goodbye: Along with her deep local knowledge and teaching skills, Ms Cowan's proficiency with a ukulele and ability to decorate a hall will be missed by her colleagues at Maraeroa School. Her dynamic dress sense -- especially in the handbag department -- will be remembered fondly. By KRIS DANDO January, 1977, might seem a long, long time ago but for Jean Cowan it feels like yesterday. That was when she started teaching at Maraeroa School, after previous stints at Tairangi School and in her native Cook Islands. On June 29, Ms Cowan bought the curtain down on her career, after a wonderful send- off in Maraeroa s hall. There was plenty of colour, laughter and song -- with the Cook Islands High Com- missioner in attendance -- but no sadness. I thought I might cry because this has been such a huge part of my life for so many years but I was too busy having a good time to worry about being sad. It doesn t feel like 35 years, I can t believe it. Holding classroom teacher and associate principal roles meant no day was ever the same, which kept her invigorated for 35 years. If I was working in an office I think it would have been differ- ent. But as a teacher you have new kids and new parents every year, new challenges, and I loved it. Being part of the community that encompassed a school like Maraeroa was important to her. The people who support this school are amazing. I enjoyed establishing relationships in the school and out there [in Porirua], that was a huge part of what I wanted to do. Today, with children more technology-savvy, teachers face extra pressure to keep up. But at the heart of primary teaching must remain the desire to nur- ture young lives, she says. Teachers at this level must develop with the times but con- tinue to be entertainers as well as mentors and educators. Realising that one size does not fit all is crucial to success. Teaching is not a 9am to 3pm job, sometimes you are like parents and nurses and teachers, all in one. You need to plan well and the [payoff] for me was to see a child moving for- ward with good writing, reading and maths skills. It was during a recent trip to a wedding in Rarotonga that Ms Cowan reassessed her working life, deciding the prevalent Cook Island attitude of working to live rather than vice versa would be her creed. I want more time with my grandchildren, more time for me. Council to look at car park usage By KRIS DANDO Pay-and-display parking is paying off in Porirua. Since 65 car parks were set up on the old Challenge petrol station site in February, and 39 added in Hagley St, $18,694 has been collected by the city council. The take-up by medium to long- term customers was slow to start with but has increased over recent months, says PCC environmental standards manager Jim Sutton. A review of the car parks usage and payment methods will be carried out this month. We will look at how to improve the service we re providing, to make sure we re managing it effectively and one thing will be whether a credit card or text [facility] is viable. We only have four [pay-and- display] machines, unlike the hundreds they have in Wellington and some banks won t allow suppliers to use credit cards as it s not cost-effective. But some people have asked about using credit cards and we ll look at this as part of the review. Mr Sutton says any changes to the service are likely to be made by council officers. The amount from the former Challenge site was $11,991, with $6703 from Hagley St parks.
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