Kapi-Mana News : September 4th 2012
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Its historic Titahi Bay venue received a damning initial engin- eer's report from building owners Porirua City Council last week, showing huge moisture damage to the west side of the theatre. Demolition is the engineer's advice at this stage but a further report will be delivered in coming weeks. Theatre president Sandy Brewer is directing the theatre's November production Disco Inferno and is urgently seeking a performance space so tickets can be sold. We need a space desper- ately to get this show on the boards.'' The theatre's bank balance depended on good sales, she said. The troupe was allowed back into its Whitehouse Rd home last week in limited numbers after being barred from entry when routine maintenance discovered huge structural problems on August 17. The building was tem- porarily braced last week so the troupe could retrieve equipment, Ms Brewer said. Yesterday theatre members met council officers for a walk-through explanation of the building's prob- lems. The troupe counted a structural engineer and a quantity surveyor among its membership, so would conduct their own survey of the building this week to compare with the council's conclusions, Ms Brewer said. News of the theatre's possible demolition had sent shock waves through Porirua's arts com- munity, she said. There's an out- pouring of support. It's the heart of the Bay, you can't take the heart of the Bay out.'' IN BRIEF Ngati Toa settlement Local iwi Ngati Toa have rights to large amounts of Crown property, including the police college and Kapiti Island, in a $75 million settlement confirmed last week. As well as $50m in cash payments, the iwi will have the opportunity to buy several properties, many of which will be leased back to the Crown. These include more than 60 schools, Arohata and Rimutaka prisons, district courts in Lower Hutt, Upper Hutt and Porirua, Wellington Central police station, the police college and statutory acknowledgement over Cook Strait and Wellington Harbour. Ngati Toa will have rights over Kapiti Island but this will be mostly leased back to the Conservation Department, except for a one- hectare block. Taupo Urupa in Plimmerton will be given back but public access will not be affected. Ngati Toa can also buy parcels of land in the old Porirua Hospital ground, which it can sell or develop privately. There is no private land involved in the settlement, which is compensation for the treatment of Ngati Toa chief Te Rauparaha and extensive land seizures in the 19th century. Ngati Toa's chief negotiator Matiu Rei said no decisions had been made about what the $50m in cash payments would be spent on. Song and sport match up on the day By KRIS DANDO Rugby heaven: It might have been muddy but the sun was out for the Aotea College Sportacular rugby match. Elkan Seaga was among the First XV players trying to knock over the alumni side. Photo: KRIS DANDO Musical rookie: Finlay Robertson from The Rookies quartet gives it her all during the musical showcase. Photo: JOHN HUSTON Aotea College and its alumni came out square during their annual sportacular, while Te Manawa reson- ated to the school's singing talent last Wednesday. Principal Kate Gainsford said the Aotea Sportacular, which invited past students to engage with present ones in sports and arts, was a won- derful day. It was just fantastic, a truly com- munity event. We are so grateful for the support. There is a real appetite for this sort of engagement. The alumni are genuinely interested in the students and they contribute so much to our school.'' For the record, the basketball was won by the college side, 54-48, net- ting the Setefano Makaio Memorial Challenge Cup. The school's netball side beat the alumni in a tight match, 32-28. It was on the field that the old boys'' came away victorious, 3-0 in the football, while a last-minute try saw them emerge 24-22 winners in rugby -- possibly aided by the college lads playing their forwards in the backs and vice versa. Aotea College's barbershop, chorus and bands wowed a full house with song. The event was held to raise money to get the singers to the nationals in Auckland this month. Ms Gainsford said there were plans to tie in music with sports again next year.
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