Kapi-Mana News : November 27th 2012
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2012 PORIRUA CITY & TAWA www.kapimananews.co.nz INSIDE: OPINION 10 THE LOWDOWN 19 WEEKLY WORKOUT 20 CLASSIFIED 41 SPORT 45 Toll road the right way Insist trucks use Gully By KRIS DANDO ' Any business case has to be solid and you have to remember this is Wellington, not Brisbane or London, so how do you spread the risk?'' ' Kris Faafoi, Mana MP A tolled Transmission Gully Motorway should be the only route available to trucks to relieve pressure on the coastal highway, urges a Porirua city councillor. Ken Douglas, a former head of a truck drivers union, said he supported a controversial pro- posal to toll the inland highway. But, if transport companies do not force their drivers to use the Gully route, local authorities such as Porirua City Council will end up paying the price, he said at a committee meeting last week. We should be insisting that trucks use Transmission Gully, otherwise we are going to have to maintain the coastal road, which will be hit hard. I used to represent truckies but I don t think there should be a free decision on which road you can use. Meanwhile, the Government s decision last week to finance the $1 billion project through a public- private partnership (PPP) has been greeted with praise and scorn across the political divide. A PPP is a long-term contract, involving Government and private funding, that National says will provide certainty around financ- ing, construction and operation of the project. Mana MP Kris Faafoi said it would be more prudent to see the cost benefits of a PPP compared to a solely Government-funded proposal. We don t know what this [PPP] approach is based on, it throws up questions about the motivation of the Government doing something that will make private profit or really benefiting the public. Any business case has to be solid and you have to remember this is Wellington, not Brisbane or London, so how do you spread the risk? What we don t want is a failed venture and a white elephant on our hands. Mr Faafoi said the level of toll- ing could again come down to the private interests in a PPP. NZ Transport Agency chief executive Geoff Dangerfield said a PPP opens the door for private sector innovations , while stress- ing full ownership of the highway would remain in public hands. A short-list of companies would be made in mid-2013 and the contract awarded in 2014, with construction expected to take six years. Mr Dangerfield said tolling, to be investigated next year, would offset annual costs and meant other projects could be progressed. The Greens transport spokes- woman Julie Anne Genter said a PPP was an expensive form of borrowing -- with interest paid back over 25 years -- and an irres- ponsible use of taxpayer money . Porirua customers got it right By MATTHEW DALLAS and ANDREA O'NEIL AND THE WINNERS WERE 2012 Westpac Porirua Business Awards recipients: Supreme -- Brumby's. Business Personality -- Chris Kirk-Burnnand. Young Employee -- KaiJia Shum, Porirua City Council. Trade Services -- Tuohy Homes. Retail -- Brumby's. Manufacturing -- First Windows & Doors. Professional Services -- Miraculoss. Not For Profit -- Mana Recovery. IT & Communications -- Greenkeeper Systems. Sustainable Business -- Disaster Prepare Ltd. Micro Business -- Disaster Prepare Ltd. Large Business -- Windsor Engineering. Taste of success: Richard and Allison Cook, owners of Brumby's bakery in Porirua, were ''extremely honoured and humbled'' to be judged the city's top business at last week's awards function. Photo: ANDREA O'NEIL I always thought food was a good business to get into because peo- ple always need to eat. A simple yet successful philos- ophy for Brumby s owner Richard Cook, whose Porirua bakery kneaded and rolled its way to dis- tinction at the Porirua Business Awards, claiming the supreme accolade. Richard and wife Allison s franchise, based at the MegaCentre, took out the retail category before also winning the top honour at an awards ceremony at Te Rauparaha Arena on Thursday night. The Cooks opened the bakery 12 years ago in the early stages of the big block retail develop- ment. The parent company took some convincing Porirua would be suited for Brumby s, but the customers did not. Set up next to The Warehouse to benefit from the foot traffic, the bakery soon became a destination shop in itself, said Mr Cook. The fundamental difference between us and other bakeries is that we use a scratch baking method of baking bread. We start with raw ingredients, we don t use pre-mixes. Brumby s had been nominated for business awards in 2009 and 2011. Winning two this year, including the big one, surpassed all expectations, he said. When receiving the Supreme Award, he and Allison said they felt honoured and humbled, and thanked their staff and custom- ers. Over the last 12 years Brumby s in Porirua has donated a million dollars worth of food to com- munity groups, food banks and school breakfast programmes and the bakery has a philosophy pro- viding opportunities to the unem- ployed, said Mr Cook. The Westpac Porirua Business Awards is hosted annually by the Porirua Chamber of Commerce. Applications were submitted from throughout the business com- munity before a rigorous judging process, said the chamber s execu- tive director Holly Thompson. I can tell you Brumby s impres- sed the judges from start to fin- ish. At the awards, Chamber chair- man Don Casagranda said it had been a remarkable year for the organisation. It had staged its second Mayoral Expo, moved its head- quarters to the CBD, and grown its membership to about 300. He said it was important to celebrate Porirua s busi- ness community, whose con- tribution couldn t be underesti- mated; a city of 4000 businesses, 160,000 employees, contributing $1.2 billion towards the nation s GDP each year. Calder wins Welly By KRIS DANDO Keith Calder was unlikely to get too much work done last Friday -- he was too busy dealing with congratulatory messages for his win at the Wellys. The night before, the front man for the project to restore Porirua Harbour was presented the Wellingtonian of the Year award for services to the environment. Although he had prepared a speech, hearing his name read out was still an absolute shock . For me, it s recognition for what we re doing and the many people who have contributed. Porirua is an amazing place and at its heart is the harbour -- there has been plenty of work done to this point but it s just the beginning. Mr Calder hoped the Welly would provide an opportunity to promote the harbour strategy further. He paid special tribute to former Porirua mayor Jenny Brash and her successor Nick Leggett for their passion and drive. He said the award was a proud moment for his family, the project team, Porirua City Council and the city. Porirua resident and Maori immersion champion Dame Iritana Tawhiwhirangi also won a Welly award, in the education section.
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