Kapi-Mana News : November 6th 2012
2 KAPI-MANA NEWS, NOVEMBER 6, 2012 NEWS Whatever the weather, it's going to be a dry summer The second of the Wellington region's water storage lakes is about to be earthquake strengthened and made larger. What it means is we'll have one lake empty again this summer. This affects everyone in Porirua, Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt and Wellington. Last summer we saw the lowest water use in 25 years, so thanks to everyone who helped. This summer we need the same again. Look out for our spring tips to get your household set up for summer and make sure you know your city's watering restrictions. If we all take measures to use a little bit less water, it should see us through. Use a bit less, make a big difference Visit gw.govt.nz/water for more information. GRW1073 Delivered to 25,289 homes and businesses betweenTawa and Pukerua Bay every Tuesday. 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Tawa Centre 2326461 232 Main Road Tawa kipmcgrath.co.nz Call today for a FREE assessment ZMaths ZReading ZEnglish ZSpelling ZComprehension 4537641AA PORIRUA CHICKEN WEEK 4983571AA Cross-bearer comes to Porirua By ANDREA O'NEIL Pilgrim in Porirua: Cross-bearing Keith Wheeler visited Porirua last week with his friend Matthew Lai, and attracted the interest of Ethan Kurukaanga, Nathan Bates, Hayden Tungatt and Chris Krijger. Twenty-seven years ago Oklahoma man Keith Wheeler began a journey that would see him beaten, jailed, put in front of a firing squad, and become the guest of honour at Sad- dam Hussein's palace, all while lug- ging a heavy wooden cross on his shoulders. And last week he shored up in Porirua. The self-described pilgrim says he has travelled 37,000 kilometres since Good Friday in 1985, when he was called by God to take the cross on his shoulders and walk. Over the years Mr Wheeler, 52, has visited 202 countries including Antarctica, and 40 in wartime. Last year he was in Libya and Egypt dur- ing the civil wars, and visited Rwanda during the 1990s genocide. He once showed up at the Iraq bor- der with his three-metre high cross and no visa. He was invited to Sad- dam Hussein's palace for dinner, and has the photos to prove it. Mr Wheeler has been in prison 40 times -- the cross has been in jail 50 times, he says. He claims to have been stoned with rocks, beaten with baseball bats, sawn-off shotguns and a 2x4, and left for dead twice. He was once in front of a firing squad in Mexico at night, he says, but the executioners were thrown to the ground and frightened by a blinding light. I've lived more life in 52 years than many people do in 100 years,'' he says. I have seen the worst of the worst of humanity. My message is that the cross is where the worst of mankind meets the best of God.'' That cross is heavy -- Mr Wheeler has a huge indentation in his left collarbone from carrying it for so long. He says God might not have literally meant him to lug a gigantic cross around the world. I think he'll say thanks for try- ing'.'' Mr Wheeler does not belong to a particular denomination and does not try to convert people to Chris- tianity, he says. I'm a follower of Jesus. I don't have anything for anybody to join,'' he says. I love Him. I represent Him and I want people to know He loves them.'' He first visited New Zealand 10 years ago, and came back to visit his friend, Tawa man Matthew Lai. To see photos of Keith Wheeler's travels visit www.facebook.com/ pages/Keith-Wheeler Aquacom confident By KRIS DANDO The man behind the wakeboard park planned for Aotea Lagoon is scoffing at talk the project will be held up in the resource con- sent process and never become a reality''. Aquacom, fronted locally by Titahi Bay man Paul Marlow, is close to putting in consent applications for the wakeboard park. Mr Marlow says he is waiting for confirmation of the land swap between Porirua City Council and New Zealand Transport Agency. Realistically, he expects the park to be open for summer 2013/14. It could be six months or six weeks before everything [the land swap] is sorted, it's just about being patient. We have the applications ready, we're checking all the boxes.'' He says any suggestion the park won't happen are pre- sumptuous. . . Sure, there are people who are saying this will never become a reality', but the process is dictating how fast we go.'' Paremata Residents' Associ- ation chairperson Terry Knight says a group of those opposed to the wakeboard park are prepar- ing themselves for a fight in the Environment Court. First, however, he says the resource consent must be noti- fied'', to give the public a chance to make submissions. We will keep reminding the council, wherever we can, that this should be a notified consent. It will enable us to gather together and show, again, that most people in Porirua do not want this on Aotea Lagoon. It is a quiet place that will be ruined by noise, deterring people from visiting.'' A public meeting hosted by Friends of Aotea will be held at 2pm at Aotea College's audi- torium on November 17 to dis- cuss the project. Mr Marlow says it is valuable to give residents the opportunity to ask questions and allay any fears. Mr Knight's letter to the editor is on page 10.
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