Kapi-Mana News : November 20th 2012
6 KAPI-MANA NEWS, NOVEMBER 20, 2012 NEWS • Garden Equipment • Generators & Pumps • Diggers • Scaffolding • Tracked Barrows • Trucks • Car Trailer • Concrete Equipment • Augers and more... HIRE www.am-hire.co.nz PH 04 237 0308 6 Makaro St, Porirua (OFF RAIHA STREET) To Prosser St HIRE 4021037AC 5011543AA Prestons heralds return of local butcher to Porirua Scott McIntosh has been appointed the new manager at Prestons Master Butchers, Parumoana St branch in Porirua. It's a return to work in the community where he's spent the last 27 years either as a resident of Elsdon or Titahi Bay. He comes with around 30 years of butchery experience,and an enduring passion for providing excellent service, quality products and good value to customers. "I've worked in all aspects of the butchery industry both retail and wholesale including supermarket and private butcheries" says McIntosh. For the last three years he's been managing a team at Prestons servicing the hospitality sector. The role involved preparing meat products for restaurants, bars, cafes, caterers, hospitals, schools and more. "You name it we could do it! Established in 1904 Prestons has experience, understanding and contacts that allows it source pretty much any meat product people want and put it in the right form to suit their end use". Coming back to Prestons, McIntosh is brimming with enthusiasm about the shop. "It's probably Wellingtons most modern and well equipped butcher shop -- purpose built by the Preston family in 2006. We make a point of catering for the whole community" says Scott. From traditional Polynesian products such as Povi, pork bones, yams and cassava, through to Prestons award winning bacons, hams and sausages, and the finest cuts of specially selected beef and lamb, and everyday meats for everyone in pack sizes that suit the individual through to a large family. "And if we don't have it on shelf there's always a butcher on-hand prepare it for you in just a few minutes". "I'm looking forward to working within the dedicated team of people at the store, catching up with many old friends and making lots of new ones all around good quality meat" says Scott. EXCELLENCE AWARDS BUSINESS PORIRUA CITY // 2012 Pages 18-21 5013084AA You see what I see? By ANDREA O'NEIL City champion: Recent immigrant to Porirua Simon Bowen hopes to help the city realise its potential as the jewel in Wellington's crown. Porirua s massive potential is under-appreciated by many resid- ents and business leaders, says a recent immigrant who can t stop singing our city s praises. Jamaica-born engineer and for- mer top athlete Simon Bowen, 41, moved to Papakowhai a year ago and says he is typical of a new wave of professional, well- travelled immigrants blown away by Porirua s beauty and resources. This city could easily make Wellington number two, he says. It s very easy to move around here. The people are warm and friendly. There s so many things to do here in terms of entrepreneurs. I realised this city has tremen- dous potential and I was wonder- ing if other people were seeing what I was seeing. Eighteen months ago, father-of- two Mr Bowen and his wife Alecia Cole-Bowen were high-flying cor- porates at the top of their game in the United States. We were kind of getting caught up in the corporate lifestyle in the US, Mr Bowen says. They Googled the best places in the world to live, and New Zealand was near the top of the list. Ms Cole-Bowen found a job at the Reserve Bank and the couple, with sons Tyree, 11, and Connor, 1, in tow, moved to Papakowhai. Mr Bowen has thrown himself into New Zealand life, starting an environmentally-conscious land- scaping and corporate cleaning company, and volunteering with Te Rito Organics to try and get a commercial composting operation going. For anyone migrating to a new country, at the top of your list you should try to integrate with your community, he says. It s a great project for Porirua to become a green, liveable city. Mr Bowen grew up poor in Kingston and rural Spanish Town in Jamaica, and took up running in high school on a whim. His athletic talent landed him a scholarship at George Mason Uni- versity in Virginia, where he became one of America s top-10 ranked college track and field sportsmen. He qualified for, but didn t make, Jamaica s Olympic team in 1996, and spent two years on the US and European athletics circuit. Mr Bowen hopes to use his sports expertise as well as his environmental engineering back- ground to serve Porirua. I think this is a new city that s growing, and I feel myself growing with the city. Statue unveiled to honour forces Unveiled: Stuart Wheeler and Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett reveal the Indian-made granite statue at Whenua Tapu on Armistice Day. Photo: SUPPLIED By KRIS DANDO The weather wasn t the best but over 100 people turned out for the recent unveiling of a statue in Whenua Tapu cemetery, paying tribute to the armed forces. Commissioned by Stuart Wheeler of Wheeler s Guardian Funeral Home, the $20,000 life- sized statue was revealed as the rain poured down on November 11, Armistice Day. Mr Wheeler said it was fantas- tic to have local dignitaries, Crown ministers, current and retired members of the armed forces, along with dozens of mem- bers of the public present for the occasion. It was brilliant, we were expecting 150 people but even to get about 115 on a day like that was superb. It was especially good to have the old servicemen and members of the Maori Bat- talion there, very inspiring. The service included the hymn of the 28th Battalion, prayers, a firing party, the national anthem and the Last Post. Entertainment was provided by Aotea College s barbershop chorus.
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