Kapi-Mana News : July 31st 2012
14 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JULY 31, 2012 NEWS Shop at Kess Hair & Beauty WIN a new suzuki swift or other fabulous prizes! For terms & conditions visit our website Shop 139 Level 1 Queensgate Mall (04) 5865377 Shop 129 Level 1 North City Plaza (04) 2370292 www.kess.co.nz 4717502AA and check out our new reduced children's prices! Shake-up, Shakeout for civil defence By REBECCA THOMSON It was a rocky beginning for the Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office (WREMO). WREMO, an amalgamation of the region's civil defence offices, came into being one day before a magnitude 7 earthquake struck the North Island. Bruce Pepperell, who heads the new service, said the earthquake was a timely reminder for Wel- lingtonians to make sure they were prepared for the big one. He also said the amalgamation of the region's civil defence offices would allow for better sharing of resources, information and exper- tise. Before [amalgamation] we wer- en't as connected as we could have been,'' he said. You want consist- ency of approaches and messages. We can be more effective with 20 people working together than two or three or five people work- ing separately.'' WREMO is the result of the Capability Assessment Report, prepared by the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Manage- ment after the Christchurch earthquakes. Under the new regime, 20 staff will be spread across offices in Thorndon, Lower Hutt, Porirua, Kapiti and the Wairarapa. There was also a strong net- work of volunteers, said Mr Pepperell. Wellington city has a robust, vibrant network of volunteers and I would like to take that model and use it throughout the region,'' he said. If there are other good initiat- ives, even from other parts of the country, we shouldn't be too ashamed to use them.'' Mr Pepperell comes from a mili- tary background, having spent 36 years in the New Zealand Navy. There are a lot of parallels [in this role] with the military. I was a logistician, the anti-warrior. The warriors broke everything; I fixed it all up.'' But civil defence is not just about fixing things.'' It is also about ensuring residents are pre- pared for natural disasters. Ninety-nine per cent of the time we don't have emergencies, so what we should be doing is spending that time building com- munity resilience. And it's not just about earth- quakes. An earthquake could arrive tomorrow or in 500 years, but every year there are signifi- cant floods and storms somewhere in New Zealand. We need to be ready for those too.'' To encourage individuals and organisations to take disaster preparation seriously, civil defence is hosting Shakeout, a nationwide earthquake drill. At 9.26am on September 26, everyone who has registered will be expected to drop, cover and hold. That's really the basis of the exercise,'' said Mr Pepperell. We want people to register themselves, their families, schools, firms.'' To register for Shakeout visit getthru.org.nz or shakeout.govt.nz. Space for ideas Removed: The themes of the murals, which have been taken down for now, was of a community together, celebrating diversity and making a stand against violence. By KRIS DANDO Six murals on display at the Cannons Creek shops since the beginning of the year have been removed, to be replaced with positive messages for young people. The murals were erected on con- crete pillars, next to the bus stop opposite Can- nons Creek School, in January. They were com- missioned by Streets Ahead 237, as part of the East Safeside initiative and to celebrate its first year as a charitable trust. Streets Ahead founder Wayne Poutoa says the murals have been put in storage but the blank canvas'' left behind will continue to be used. People want to see anti-violence and other mes- sages there, a lot of organisations want to use that space in a positive way.'' The murals could be put back up in summer, he says.
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