Kapi-Mana News : November 20th 2012
5 KAPI-MANA NEWS, NOVEMBER 20, 2012 NEWS IN A RECENT NATIONWIDE SURVEY OF SUPERMARKET PRICES, GUESS WHO CAME OUT CHEAPEST IN ALL CENTRES SURVEYED? GO ON, HAVE A GUESS... 5009839AA CONSUMER MAGAZINE ON SALE NOW paknsave.co.nz Role model: Madi Ferris, Aotea College's head girl for 2013, enjoys her job at Porirua Library. She is there three days a week, including Saturday afternoon, shelving books and fielding inquiries from the public. By KRIS DANDO Heading straight to top Madi Ferris loves Aotea College -- and it loves her right back. The year 12 student is presently in the middle of exams, but is look- ing forward to a summer of relax- ing and part-time work. From January, she will be one of the faces of her school, after being named head girl for 2013. Although she worked hard to earn the support of her peers and the backing of teachers and the principal, Madi says winning the role was still a surprise and an honour. I applied and had to do a speech in front of the student body and go through the interviews, which was cool. I was happy to make the short-list and would have been really proud to be a prefect, but head girl is just amazing. My family, especially Mum, were proud and I m looking forward to giving something back after Aotea s given me so much. As part of the interview, Madi sang a song for the teachers about Aotea College, and hopes it is some- thing that is picked up by the rest of the school. Next year they will unveil a new haka. She s eagerly anticipating a huge last year. Her studies, lead- ership responsibilities, barbershop, netball coaching and part-time job shelving at Porirua Library will have to be balanced. You do have to be a role model but I m ready for it ... I can t stop smiling. Audit throws a challenge By KRIS DANDO Streets Ahead 237 s audited annual report is out, with its board chairperson and founder both challenging destructive forces in the Porirua com- munity to pick holes in it. The charitable trust s finan- cial report for 2011/12 year shows grant income of $517,477 and donations of $772. Streets Ahead has five employees, including founder Wayne Poutoa and wife Jennifer, and wages were just over $187,000, while the next biggest expenses were towards implementing the pro- grammes -- $71,329. Mr Poutoa and trust board chairperson Gregory Fortuin said it was an unqualified audit, which looked at every aspect of their accounts. The last two years has seen this organisation build capabili- ties and capacity and put the right procedures in place and it s important that we are trans- parent and accountable to the people of Porirua, Mr Fortuin says. He said it had been frus- trating dealing with members of the community attacking Streets Ahead. City councillor Litea Ah Hoi had alleged financial mismanagement on her Facebook page. There are destructive forces out there and some of what is being said on Facebook is extremely personal. Although we resent what is being said, we have not responded, preferring to focus on the right outcomes that Streets can deliver. Mr Poutoa said the staff and volunteers were the ones who deserve the most praise. We [himself and Mr Fortuin] might be the faces, but we re not the engine room. The people who are involved in Streets Ahead come and translate their passion into performance. Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett was happy to endorse the audited report and said Mr Poutoa has proven the ability to uplift vulnerable kids and deliver opportunities for them . The public funders are happy and the audit proves they are on the right track. It s important that Porirua community groups and non-government organis- ations function well and have total transparency and Wayne s clearly shown that. Mr Fortuin and Mr Poutoa have not ruled out legal action against Ms Ah Hoi.
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