Kapi-Mana News : October 2nd 2012
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2012 PORIRUA CITY & TAWA www.kapimananews.co.nz COUNCIL NEWSLETTER TO RESIDENTS: PAGES 6 & 7 INSIDE: THAT WAS THEN 8 ❘ OPINION 10 ❘ WEEKLY WORKOUT 24 ❘ CLASSIFIED 46 ❘ SPORT 49 Hats off to an awesome fundraiser By KRIS DANDO Mad hatters: Senior Pauatahanui School students Amber Signal and Tegan McIndoe, back, with Hayley Todd, Austin Kennedy and Mahonri Rongo – all showing their colourful and unique creations for Lamb & Calf Day. Pauatahanui School’s big day out has come around again. November 3 is the date for Lamb & Calf Day this year. The event regularly attracts thou- sands for a traditional, down-to- earth family outing. It is the school’s only fundraiser for the year with money ear- marked for support staff and jun- ior playground safety matting. One of the organisers, Lauren Kennedy, says the day’s theme is hats, which has the students excited. While the seniors are taking a technical approach and thinking outside the square, the juniors are learning about arts and crafts. ‘‘The main thing is that every- one is having fun and we’re sure to see some amazing hats on the day,’’ Ms Kennedy said. Kapi-Mana News has had a sneak peak at some of the creations and confirms a high level of orig- inality. The word is that one student will have to bring his finished hat to school on a trailer. This year the Lamb & Calf Day will see events like a fear factor challenge, climbing wall, paintball, smashing up a car and dunking, along with traditional favourites such as a petting zoo, horse rides, classic cars, and food stalls stocking old- fashioned sweets and second-hand goods. There will be entertainment on stage with one of the confirmed acts, The Robinson Sisters, bound to be a crowd favourite. ‘‘There’s plenty for everyone, this event is a real institution and we always get fabulous support from the community. ‘‘We’ve been planning this for months so are expecting an awesome day,’’ Ms Kennedy said. There will be more parking available than in previous years. ❚ The Lamb & Calf Day runs from 10am till 2pm. ‘Home’ may not be on range By ANDREA O’NEIL Porirua’s recreational shooters face losing their Waitangirua range in a double threat from the gun-shy Greater Wellington Regional Council and Trans- mission Gully motorway. The Porirua Shooting Associ- ation, which comprises the 270 members of the Porirua Pistol Club, the Wellington Rifle and Gun Club and the Porirua branch of the New Zealand Deerstalkers’ Association, has occupied part of the former Waitangirua farm since 1974. Porirua City Council bought the farm in 2005 and made it part of Belmont Regional Park. Next year the council will hand management of the land to Greater Wellington Regional Council, which does not allow gun activity in its parks. The shooters worry that when the club’s lease with PCCexpires in 2014, the regional council will close their activities down. ‘‘They have a history of closing off regional parks to users such as us,’’ says Ian Murray, president of the Wellington Rifle and Gun Club. Another threat comes from the New Zealand Transport Agency, which is building Transmission Gully through the range. The agency has agreed to relocate and compensate the clubs, but only if they have a valid lease. ‘‘The devil sitting on my shoulder says ‘are they sitting there waiting for our lease to expire?’’’ Mr Murray said. ‘‘We know we have to move, but let’s just ensure that everything that was agreed on and put in place in good faith some years back carries on.’’ Club representatives asked Porirua City councillors last week to renew their lease despite the handover to the regional council. ‘‘We’ve had a really good relation- ship with Porirua [City Council] over the years and had no issues at all, and suddenly we’ve got the possibility of this being handed back to the regional council and where does that leave us?” Mr Murray said. ‘‘Please help us out.’’ Ideally the clubs would like to build a new range on a former munitions dump on Waitangirua farm, he said. The farm is a safe place to shoot and there are no neighbours to complain about gun noise. ‘‘We’re out of sight and out of mind.’’ Other ranges in the Wellington region are close to housing or are unable to be used year-round, so Waitangirua farm could attract more shooters in the future, and more money into Porirua, Mr Murray said. ‘‘If they put us in a little gully somewhere, we wouldn’t be able to expand and nobody benefits.’’ Porirua city councillor Euon Murrell said the council is waiting on a report from officers on the lease. It is possible the council could renew the gun clubs’ lease with a ‘‘demolition clause’’, so the lease would expire when Trans- mission Gully is built. Greater Wellington parks spokeswoman Elizabeth King says the regional council is wait- ing for a formal approach from NZTA to make a decision on the future of the shooting range, after which they will access according to their concessions criteria. .
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