Kapi-Mana News : November 27th 2012
8 KAPI-MANA NEWS, NOVEMBER 27, 2012 NEWS 5026951AA 4815695AF Love kids? Would you like to be a nanny? Wellington Nannies College Wellington Nannies College provides a hands-on, entry-level early childhood education course which equips learners with the knowledge, skills and experience needed to obtain a job as a nanny in New Zealand or overseas. • 22 week courses • next starts 28 January 2013 • no course fee • NZQA Nat. Cert. • Live-in or live-out option, board provided if needed. , , . Phone now for a FREE DVD about our course 0800 844-888 • www.wnc.co.nz Absentee councillors a minority at meetings By KRIS DANDO Attendance at meetings and work- shops might not be compulsory for Porirua City councillors, but the turnout in the past 12 months has been generally impressive. Figures given to Kapi-Mana News by the council show gener- ally high attendance this trien- nium, especially by first-term councillors. In the last two years Anita Baker has missed just three of 121 assigned meetings or workshops. Ana Coffey was 107/117, Bronwyn Kropp 111/126, Faafoi Seiuli 95/122, Rob Rangi 101/124 and Wayne Poutoa 93/114. Of the returning councillors, Denys Latham went to 126 of 137 assigned meetings, and attended 11 he was not required to. Tim Sheppard was 129/138. Four were missed during a leave of absence. Long-serving eastern ward councillor Litea Ah Hoi attended the fewest meetings, 83 out of 129, but says they are not legally obliged'' to attend workshops. I do go to workshops, when there is information I want to know, but after 12 years [as a councillor] you can hear the same things repeated. Some of these councillors who come to everything [they're assigned] don't say a heck of a lot or contribute, so these stats don't necessarily mean a lot. I think it means more to be effective in your community.'' Ken Douglas missed 25 of 149 meetings he was expected to attend -- the highest number assigned to any councillor. Mayor Nick Leggett (116 of 133 in the last two years) said: There are other ways to measure per- formance. [Ms Ah Hoi's] attend- ance is not a concern for me, she makes her contribution in a num- ber of ways.'' Ms Baker, however, said rate- payers expect their elected offici- als to attend all meetings and workshops, in order to make infor- med decisions on their behalf. I have been paid to go and peo- ple expect me to. My personal view is that you should be paid to attend [per assigned meeting], if you want people to do the work properly.'' Mr Leggett said there would probably be a review of the fort- nightly committee structure next year, but said everyone's happy with the way it's been going''. Sausage wins gold award Brilliant banger: An Elsdon- made pork sausage has won gold in a national competition, to the delight of general manager Andrew Preston. By ANDREA O'NEIL It seems the Porirua basin is a carnivore's paradise -- a month after a Tawa ham was named best in the country, an Elsdon-made sausage has won gold in a national competition. Preston's Master Butchers' Turingia Bratwurst, a parsley and marjoram-flavoured pork sausage, came out top in the BBQ/precooked category in the awards this month. It was a great thrill,'' gen- eral manager Andrew Preston says. The sausages are made in Preston's Elsdon plant and are sold at its three outlets, in Porirua, Wellington city and Palmerston North. Preston's is a family company which set up shop in Wellington in 1904. Mr Preston is a fourth- generation family member in the business. The Devro New Zealand Sausage Competition is the top industry awards for bangers, and a win is a great boost for small butcheries like Preston's, Mr Preston says. Entrants are mystery- shopped by competition judges, to ensure the quality is as high in store as on the com- petition table, he says. The Turingia Bratwurst was the brainchild of a Ger- man master butcher who wor- ked for Preston's a few years ago, Mr Preston says. It's not just your run-of-the-mill saus- age. It's got all the traditional techniques. It's got a really nice flavour to it, a good bite to it, and it's gluten-free.'' The sausages won silver last year.
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