Kapi-Mana News : November 20th 2012
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If so you are invited to a free Seminar on New Zealand Employment Law. Topics covered • Employment agreement and minimum conditions • Public Holiday Entitlement • Solving employment relationship problems • Leave and breaks- all types and conditions • Trial period and entitlements on resignation When: Monday, 3rd December 2012 Where: Te Rauparaha Arena Theatrette Time: 10am-11.30am There is no cost to attend. Light refreshments provided. To register for a place please contact the Settlement Support co-ordinator on 237 3578 NEW ZEALAND Councillors to oppose any after-hours care reduction By ANDREA O'NEIL There will be no deterioration of Porirua s after-hours medical care on Porirua City Council s watch, city councillors declared last week. Councillors voted unani- mously last Wednesday on a notice of motion put forward by councillors Ken Douglas and Sue Dow, opposing any reduction or deterioration of availability of services at Kene- puru Hospital. The introduction of service charges for access to emergency or after-hours services was also opposed. The overnight Accident and Medical service at Kenepuru may be replaced by a roving paramedic service next year in a proposal put forward by local general practitioner Larry Jordan. While the council has no power to decide the A & M s future, it can kick up a fuss and make the closure a political issue, Cr Douglas says. The council is objecting to any after-hours model which doesn t match the service already pro- videdbytheA&M,he says. What we re saying as a coun- cil is they will have to come up with something better than what already exists. Dr Jordan has said the pro- posed paramedic service would be free, but Mr Douglas anticip- ates charges in the future. The council also voted last Wednesday to continue dialogue with a working party set up by Dr Jordan and the Capital & Coast District Health Board on the A & M s future, and to endorse Cr Ana Coffey as its working party representative. Mayor urges liquor policy debate now By KRIS DANDO Community involvement in an alcohol policy for Porirua is cru- cial, the city s mayor says, but it won t have any teeth until Parliament settles on its Alcohol Reform Bill. The bill, in its final stages, attracted 9000 submissions nationwide. Its aim is to reduce alcohol-related harm in families and communities, and will determine things such as where alcohol can be sold and restric- tions on advertising. Under the new legislation, Porirua could have more input on the number and location of liquor outlets, and bylaws that govern drinking in public places, through a local alcohol policy. Mayor Nick Leggett said such a policy can take up to a year to come into effect so wants the debate with the community started now. We need to be talking about this and get on the front foot. There are a number of mixed issues in Porirua and plenty to work through, especially regarding density [of liquor out- lets], he said. We can set our own parameters about alcohol in the city but we need to hear from the public as there is going to be community control once the bill becomes law. He said he s not a wowser and wants people to be able to drink sensibly but alcohol car- ries problems in parts of this community . A Ministry of Justice spokes- person said local authorities should be creating provisional local alcohol policies so when the bill becomes law they are ready to go . Councils know it s coming, so they re collecting data. There s a long lead-in and it can take a while to get residents on board, so having the debate now makes sense. Groups such as Wesley Com- munity Action and the Porirua Alcohol and Drug Cluster have previously advocated for an alcohol policy in the city. Tickets sour fun event By KRIS DANDO Ticket trouble: Alex Papadopoulos' first reaction to finding she had been ticketed for parking on a grass berm was ''are you serious?''. A student, she says the fine is more than she can afford. One Porirua resident has found out the hard way that you can t park on grass berms in the city, but she s hopping mad about the vindictive issuing of parking tickets. Rangikura School parent Alex Papadopoulos arrived at a sports day at Kura Park in Titahi Bay at lunchtime on November 7 to find there were no angle parks left. There were no spaces available up and down Kura St, or in nearby streets, so she, like seven other drivers, parked on grass berms near the park s entrance. She con- cedes there were broken yellow lines on the road as well. Ms Papadopoulos returned some time later to find a $40 fine under her windscreen wipers, detailing her failure to comply with a Porirua City Council bylaw. They [the council] ruined what was a cool day for a lot of people, it was just vindictive and blatant revenue-collecting at a school event. We weren t damaging the berms and it s the families that will lose because $40 is a lot of money. She says the council would not have known there were cars parked illegally if someone at the park had not called PCC earlier in the day to ask to have the public toilets unlocked. I was told that the parking warden was running from car to car, issuing tickets. It s just really, really bad taste. PCC environmental standards manager Jim Sutton says wardens don t just patrol the CBD. We keep a close eye on what s happening near schools, parks and in the suburbs . . . because of the safety concerns for children and pedestrians and due to damage . . . to the berms. Mr Sutton says the warden was conducting normal duties and the eight ticketed cars were either on the berms or broken yellow lines.
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