Kapi-Mana News : January 22nd 2013
3 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JANUARY 22, 2013 NEWS Zero Fee Courses for 16 & 17 year olds. Hurry limited places for Feb 2013. Youth Guarantee, Pre Police, Diploma & Advanced Diploma Programmes Available Phone 0800 NZISPORT (694776) for more information or Apply online on WWW.NZIS.AC.NZ 5082443AC NZIS Students Tau Haupuku, Marama Davis (NZ Womens Sevens) & Corey Roberts GET AHEAD OF THE PACK Wheeler s Guardian FUNERAL HOME NORTH CITY 5125178AA www.prestonsmasterbutchers.co.nz LEG ROASTS SPECIAL ENDS 27-01-2013 BEEF or PORK SAUSAGES Flavoured $7.99kg $3.99kg Bone In SPECIAL ENDS 27-01-2013 HARBOURSIDE; 16 PARUMOANA ST, PORIRUA 04 237 7313 NZ Post shift a bad decision, some say Post haste: PostShop's move to MegaCentre came as a shock to many last week and will hurt customers and business alike, say Mana MP Kris Faafoi and Porirua mayor Nick Leggett. By ANDREA O'NEIL Canopies businesses will suffer from last week s removal of the central PostShop to MegaCen- tre, city leaders say. Despite A4-sized posters on the 3 Serlby Place shop this month advising its move, letters sent to many customers and an article in the Kapi-Mana News in November, the first many people knew of Friday s move was workmen removing the Kiwibank ATM last Thursday. The new PostShop and Kiwibank opened yesterday at 2-10 Semple Place, near Bond & Bond. The NZ Post-owned build- ing in Serlby Place did not meet the company s earthquake standards. Mana MP Kris Faafoi says he was not informed of the move and did not receive a letter as a post office customer. Mr Faafoi is worried about the distance people will have to travel to reach the new shop, with no weather protection and many roads to cross along the way. Not everyone has a car. He fears the move is perma- nent and NZ Post plans to sell the Serlby Place building. Porirua mayor Nick Leggett said the move will hurt CBD businesses at a time when the council is trying to inject life into the Canopies. Taking out a major attractor of people when you re trying to revitalise the city centre and putting it over in MegaCentre undermines what we re trying to do. The ability of Porirua residents to access services such as bill payments seems unim- portant to NZ Post, he said. It shows lack of respect for Porirua residents, to be honest. Windmill bakery owner Michael Thomas said there was no consultation between NZ Post and surrounding businesses about the move. It s totally a post office decision, and not even a local decision. A move to North City Shop- ping Centre would have been better than leaving the main CBD altogether, Mr Thomas said. It s what you expect from a central business district. Take out your post office, well then you remove the centre of your town. MegaCentre was the most suitable location NZ Post could find in Porirua, NZ Post spokes- woman Jaimee Burke says. The new location at the MegaCentre is about 850 metres away in a well-established com- mercial area with parking. Council runs up big bill for plants By ANDREA O'NEIL Being green comes at a cost -- Porirua City Council spent $46,713 on pot plants in the year to March 2012. That compares to $30,000 spent by Wellington City Council on indoor plants the same year. Porirua s costs relate to indoor plants in the council s office blocks and at public spaces such as Pataka, Te Rauparaha Arena, the central library, the i-Site, Gear Homestead and Whenua Tapu crematorium, for a total of 322 plants. The figure does not include out- door plants or the flower towers under the Canopies. The amount is a shock and will be investigated, says the council s act- ing chief executive, David Rolfe. When we saw those figures we were surprised it cost so much and we ll look at seeing if we can reduce our costs. We re always looking at our expenditure, we have budgets, but I think this one wasn t actually identified as a cost to look at. These things can creep away on you. Wellington City Council s spend only related to its council offices, not public spaces, Mr Rolfe says. It s not a fair comparison between the two, in that we provide probably nine different sites, not just the council building, and I m sure they all add to the experience. All Porirua City Council s plants are from its own nursery, which saves money, Mr Rolfe says. Each plant is watered once a week. The council will try to reduce costs but won t get rid of its indoor foliage, he says. It provides a pleasant environ- ment for staff, and they actually improve air quality. Greenery enhances public spaces, too, he says. We wouldn t want the crema- torium to be devoid of plants.
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