Kapi-Mana News : September 25th 2012
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2012 PORIRUA CITY & TAWA www.kapimananews.co.nz INSIDE: OPINION 10 EYE ON CRIME 14 WEEKLY WORKOUT 24 CLASSIFIED 57 SPORT 64 Third call for Titahi Bay board By ANDREA O'NEIL Titahi Bay could face a targeted rate for a proposed community board, if a petition being circulated by Titahi Bay Residents Associ- ation chair Graeme Ebbett succeeds in establishing its long-desired board. Mr Ebbett last week circulated a petition calling for a community board and is seeking 800 signatures -- 10 per cent of the Titahi Bay population. A poll of Bay residents would then be triggered, which could force the Local Government Commission (LGC) to establish a community board at the 2013 local body elec- tions. The LGC has twice rejected Mr Ebbett s call for a community board, in 2006 and again this year. The poll alone would cost the city $50,000, and a community board would cost $200,000 a year to service, mayor Nick Leggett says. We would probably have to look at a direct rate for Titahi Bay resid- ents to pay for a community board, he says. It would be very difficult to argue that Cannons Creek resid- ents or Whitby residents should be paying for a project focused on Titahi Bay. Mr Ebbett says the board could be funded by salaries freed up when the council loses three councillors next year. This would be unfair, says Mr Leggett, as all wards fund those salaries. He believes Mr Ebbett s motives are personal. This is actually about getting Graeme Ebbett elected to some- thing. He s tried and failed four times to get elected to council. Mr Ebbett s petition is entitled Decisions Be Made By The Bay -- Not For The Bay and an accompa- nying email suggests issues like the mooted closure of Titahi Bay Library, the Moana Court flats, and Porirua Little Theatre would have been better dealt with by a community board. The Titahi Bay community is a community that is on its own [and] has its own interests, and the idea is that in losing a councillor [next term] we re going to have less representation -- and the object of the community board is to advocate for our community, he says. Beach row boils over Old issue: Vehicle access to Titahi Bay beach remains a contentious topic. Photo: FAIRFAX Simmering ill will between Porirua City Council and Graeme Ebbett flared last week when he demanded the council stop consulting the Titahi Bay community on whether cars should be allowed on the beach. Mr Ebbett told the council to cease any communication or activity which relitigated exist- ing laws restricting vehicle access to the beach. His complaint was triggered by an advertisement in Kapi-Mana News on August 28, calling for residents views on the issue. Mr Ebbett said the ad created uncertainty over the status and tenure of the rules, and therefore clearly under- mine the ability of [the regional council] to enforce them . Vehicles are prohibited from the beach between 9.30pm and 5am, and at all times from a middle section of the beach. Mayor Nick Leggett says Greater Wellington Regional Council is drafting a new regional plan next year, which will re-examine the beach parking rules, and PCC is can- vassing public opinion. We re not actually agreeing to do anything, we re just talk- ing about it. He says Mr Ebbett does not speak for the whole Bay. Cancer challenge a fairway to go Golfing goal: Aotea College teacher Sam Forward and his cousin Dan Squire could rue a lack of regular golf lately as they tackle more than five-and-a-half rounds at the tough Wairakei course in October, to raise money for cancer research and support. By KRIS DANDO Sam Forward and Dan Squire are very good golfers, but playing 100 holes in a day will stretch their abilities to the maximum. The Porirua teachers -- Mr Forward at Aotea College, Mr Squire at Porirua Col- lege -- will tackle the Marrowthon 100 Hole Challenge at the Wairakei Inter- national Golf Course in Taupo next month. They will join a field of 40 raising money for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand. Mr Forward has a personal connection to the challenge, as he lives with chronic myeloid leukaemia. He had to give up playing rugby, and relies on medication to battle the disease. The Marrowthon, which last year raised $155,000 towards research and patient care and counselling, is on Octo- ber 12. Mr Forward and Mr Squire, members of Judgeford Golf Club, took part in the inaugural outing last year and found the mental part of the challenge far more taxing than the physical. You re starting at 7am and after 36 holes last time we were doing well, Mr Forward recalls. But we realised we had to get a move on, it became like speed golf to get fin- ished. It s hard to stay focused, but we got there and we re looking forward to giving it a crack again. The course is long, the greens are lightning fast, it s tough. The duo raised nearly $3500 last year and hope to reach $5000 this year. To that end, they re willing, in the spirit of the event, to get dressed up, adorn their golf cart with sponsorship -- whatever it takes. They hope local businesses and individuals will rally behind the cause. Anyone who s willing to get involved and back us, we ll promote you any way you want, Mr Squire says. The competitive cousins will go head-to-head in matchplay over the 100 holes, to keep it inter- esting, with Mr Forward looking to repeat his win from last year. He is a 9-handicapper, to Squire s 11, so it should be a tight contest. Goto www.marrowthon.org.nz and under ''search for a fundraiser'', enter ''sam and dan''. Mr Forward can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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