Kapi-Mana News : January 22nd 2013
TUESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2013 PORIRUA CITY & TAWA www.kapimananews.co.nz INSIDE: OPINION 8 | CINEMADDICT 21 | WEEKLY WORKOUT 22 | CLASSIFIED 32 | SPORT 36 Pastoral pleasures await revellers By KRIS DANDO Cheers: Mana Lions' Bob Welsh is anticipating a day full of summer cheer at this Saturday's Eat, Drink and be Crafty fair. Eat, Drink and be Crafty will have its third outing this Saturday, on farmland at Battle Hill Farm Forest Park. If the weather is fine, it s a big day out for young and old, with more than 80 stalls selling food, crafts, beer and wine, clothing and jewellery. Children s games such as the three-legged and sack races, pony and amusement rides and live music make it a magic day out in a rural setting. Founders Melanie Maddock and Chloe Jansen have taken a step back this year, with Mana Lions -- who last year earned plenty of plaudits for re-jigging the chaotic parking situation from 2011 -- assuming the organising of the event. Co-ordinator Bob Welsh says their involvement in 2012 gave them a good insight into what was required and they are confident of maintaining what Mrs Maddock and Mrs Jansen kick-started. More than 5000 people attended last year and he expects at least the same again. The location is perfect, you can t really go wrong. We ve been talking to the stallholders and the other people participating, and everyone is really looking forward to the day. Stallholders wares include hand-made soap, garden art, candles, pottery and wooden toys, while among the food and drink on offer is Thai, Mexican, French pastries, icecream, salami, paua, Tuatara beer, limoncello and bourbon. The public can use cash, but there will be an Eftpos station on hand to purchase market money for use on the stalls. The wooden kids toys are new and there are a lot more food options than last year, Mr Welsh says. Money raised will go to the Life Flight Trust. Mr Welsh says Mana Lions have a number of events on their calendar but Eat, Drink and be Crafty is likely the biggest. All the members turn out and it s great for the club to be seen like this. We love being out there on the day. Eat, Drink and be Crafty opens 10am till 4pm. If the weather is bad, it will be postponed to the next day. There is a gold coin donation for parking. Practice poisons harbour Tyre-some: Volunteers with some of the 200 tyres cleared from Porirua Harbour since October. Many tyres are dumped because people can't be bothered taking them to the landfill, or can't afford to. By ANDREA O'NEIL BE HARBOUR FRIENDLY Rubbish and tyres belong in the landfill Everything that flows into street drains ends up in the harbour Wash your car on the lawn, not concrete, so the dirty water is soaked into the grass Dig a hole in your garden to wash paintbrushes in Hundreds of tyres are contaminat- ing Porirua Harbour with poverty, laziness and formerly unfenced tyre yards to blame. Since October, volunteers have removed 200 tyres from the mouth of Porirua Stream and there are at least 200 more still in there, said Porirua Harbour Trust chair- man Grant Baker. That is on top of 500 tyres dug out of the harbour five years ago by Porirua City Council and there may be more yet to be discovered. Jet-skiers have told Mr Baker they often stand on tyres after falling into the water. Heavy metals in submerged tyres leach into the sea floor, kill- ing plants and animals, he said. They can end up basically rob- bing the sea floor of any goodness and then kill it. The trust plans to plant the estuary with sea grass but needs to clear the rubbish or the plants will just die, he said. Sea grass helps restore nutrients to the sea floor, encouraging the return of aquatic life. Porirua is one of the country s main breeding harbours for fish- ing species, which the tyres are putting at risk, Mr Baker said. Some tyres were washed from unfenced Kenepuru tyre yards backing on to the stream during floods six years ago. Since then the yards have been fenced. But many tyres have been dum- ped more recently, either from the motorway ramp at Parumoana St or further upstream, he said. Porirua Stream starts at the top of the Ngauranga Gorge and pas- ses through Johnsonville, Chur- ton Park and Tawa. Some people will be dumping the tyres out of laziness or ignor- ance and many will be trying to avoid the $4.50 it costs to dump a tyre at the landfill, he said. Porirua City Council harbour strategy co-ordinator Keith Cal- der agreed. Most tyre companies charge a mandatory fee to dispose of tyres but some people change their tyres themselves and can t afford to dump them. Attitudes need to change, he said. It s reflecting how we feel about the harbour, because it doesn t look very nice. The council and trust plan to work with groups and schools to spread the message about litter in the harbour, he said. The challenge is how do you get these key messages out and provide people with a real incen- tive, whether morally or ethically, to actually clean up their act? We need the community s help.
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