Kapi-Mana News : January 15th 2013
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To nd out what subjects WelTec o er check out www.weltec.ac.nz Help your child to go far with Kip McGrath Our qualified teachers create individual tutoring programs for your child, using proven Kip McGrath methods of tuition. Tawa Centre 2326461 232 Main Road Tawa kipmcgrath.co.nz Call today for a FREE assessment ZMaths ZReading ZEnglish ZSpelling ZComprehension 4537641AA Pool facilities get standards boost Pool side: Cannons Creek Pool staff Pip Southee, Laura Cooper, Phil Waggott and Antonia Comeskey. The Cannons Creek Swimming Pool has been closed during the festive season, but it s been no hol- iday for pool manager Bret Bur- rows and his staff. Extensive renovations have been carried out and will continue until the pool reopens next weekend. Mr Burrows says regular users will hardly recognise the place, while staff can look forward to extra storage, larger office and staff training rooms, new chang- ing rooms and toilets, new family/ disabled changing rooms, and new safety tiling poolside. He is relieved and delighted the changes he has been working towards since he began managing the pool will finally happen. Renovations at Cannons Creek are long overdue, he says. It didn t take much to convince Porirua City Council managers Willie Taurima and Darcy Nicho- las that it was time to upgrade what to him looked like a junk- yard , with equipment stored poolside and staff working in pokey little offices . They ve both been great... it was just a matter of bringing Wil- lie down here and showing him just how dilapidated the building has got -- and he was right on board, says Mr Burrows. While at times it has seemed like a long, slow process, he says if he takes a step back he can see it s actually tracking really well. It ll look fantastic -- clean and new. It ll really lighten and brigh- ten the place up. The flurry of change is not reserved for the facilities -- Bret has already begun an overhaul of the swim programme, and while the pool is closed to the public they will take advantage of the break to provide staff training. Mr Burrows is well aware parents don t always see the min- ute differences from one facility to the next, they just see individual results, such as their child learn- ing to swim. What often matters to them is the standard of the facilities and the level of service. Riding charity celebrates 2012 Wellington Riding for the Dis- abled saw 2012 off in style with a party last month, acknowledging accomplish- ments of the riders, volun- teers and supporters. The charitable organisation has been operating since 1974, providing horse-riding therapy for people with dis- abilities. It is based within the grounds of the old Porirua Hospital. On December 15, more than 150 guests attended a day of perfect weather, great food and festive celebration, man- ager Toni Gray said. Wellington mayor Celia Wade-Brown, regional coun- cillors Jenny Brash and Barbara Donaldson, Capital & Coast District Health board member Margaret Faulkner, patron Mary Mountier and foundation supporters Mahu Wineera, Diana and Peter Standen and Rob Mayo were among those present. Along with certificates to long-serving volunteers, annual awards were dished out. Matt Brooks was named outstanding volunteer, most improved volunteer was Rachel Kessell, rider of the year was Isobel Caffrey, and most improved rider was James Verhaart. The Kennedy Turner Tro- phy for the rider who showed resilience, determination and attitude was won by Joshua Wong. Funders such as Pub Char- ity, NZCT, Mana Community Grants and Rotary were acknowledged, along with groundsman Mal Fyfe, con- tractor Kevin Wharfe and odd-job blokes Rob Lane and Murray Chapman. Ms Gray says 2012 was a year of achievement for Wel- lington RDA, with their win in the Porirua section of the Wel- lington Airport Awards for sport and leisure and being a finalist in the Porirua Busi- ness Awards. We published the first annotated bibliography in New Zealand on horse-related therapy for people with dis- abilities in partnership with Victoria University and we added three new horses to our team -- Magnum, Hamish and Tiki. We continue our successful partnership with Arohata Women s Prison, providing volunteering opportunities for release-ready inmates. Our riders competed at a number of events including the Marl- borough Games Day, Napier Dressage Day and the first combined Hutt Valley/Wel- lington RDA Games Day. At the end of the day it s all about our riders -- while the inputs are substantial from volunteers, supporters and parents, the outcomes make it so worthwhile.
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