Kapi-Mana News : November 27th 2012
15 KAPI-MANA NEWS, NOVEMBER 27, 2012 NEWS 4470708AA Stadium debt creeps down By JIM CHIPP Wellington s regional stadium might bear the name of Westpac Bank, but it owes its soul to the ANZ Bank. The curious anomaly was revealed in a Welling- ton Regional Council meeting on November 7. During discussion of the council s financial report for the first three months of the year, coun- cillor Sandra Greig asked when the stadium debt would be paid off. It emerged that the debt was in fact with ANZ, rather than Westpac, which owns naming rights. For the record, the stadium opened in 2000 and the original loan was $18,528,000. It had been reduced to $11,528,355 by the end of September and was scheduled to be fully repaid in 2018. The report showed the council had run at a surplus of $1.5 million for July to September, although it had budgeted for a $1.4 million deficit. Those figures exclude public transport, capital projects and re-valuations. Bling fit for hobbits, dwarfs and elves Elven craft: Jeweller Steph Lusted working on a piece for The Hobbit Artisan Market which opened at Waitangi Park on Saturday. The market features the work of artisans who worked on the films. As well as Ms Lusted, who did mainly metalwork in the props department, the market will feature a knifesmith, a bronze sculptor, a bone carver, a leather worker, a ceramic artist and others. Since working on The Hobbit, Ms Lusted has returned to her own jewellery-making practice, and her new collection is One Dark Night. I ve been inspired by creatures of the night, bats and owls, and I m bringing in hand-carved mother of pearl shell for the collection. The Hobbit Artisan Market will be open until the first movie s premiere on Wednesday, November 28. Photo: JIM CHIPP Cancer cycling crusade Refresher: Brenda Noonan, left, enjoys a pint at the Sandbar Pub at the end of her day's riding with Don and Annie Bright and Margie Silich. Photo: SUPPLIED Brenda Noonan stopped for a welcome pint at the Sandbar Pub recently, halfway through her epic ride the length of the country to raise funds for the New Zealand Gynaecological Cancer Foundation. Hosted in Porirua by the Zonta Club of Mana on November 11 with a barbecue, Ms Noonan, an ex-pat who now lives in Australia, had aimed to cycle 2100km in 21 days, and friends Don and Annie Bright, Margie Silich and Pat Williams joined her for the journey. The team had fundraised more than $5700 to that point and were due to arrive at Cape Reinga last week. This ride is half the dis- tance of my ride [last year, also for charity] across Aust- ralia, but we are taking half the time. New Zealand is also way, way hillier, so I m pick- ing we ll be pretty fit by the end of this. The New Zealand Gynaeco- logical Cancer Foundation is a national charity working with health professionals to raise awareness of the signs of gynaecological cancer. The five main types of gynaecological cancers are ovarian, endometrial/uterine, cervical, vaginal and vulval. One woman dies every day in New Zealand from a gynae- cological cancer and we are on a mission to significantly reduce this number, says Michelle Quirk, NZGCF s gen- eral manager. We are extremely grateful to individual fundraisers like Brenda and her team who raise money to support our work, and who also raise awareness of gynaecological cancer as they travel through the cities and towns of New Zealand. Supporters can donate at www.fundraiseonline.co.nz/ 2100kmsin21days.
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