Kapi-Mana News : February 5th 2013
3 KAPI-MANA NEWS, FEBRUARY 5, 2013 NEWS Due to lack of funding it is with regret that Porirua Healthlinks Trust (PHLT) announces that CREEKFESTTM March 9th 2013 has been CANCELLED. A scaled down event in its place was proposed but was rejected as our communities have been accustomed to an absolute quality event. Although the event in March has been cancelled this is not the end of CREEKFESTTM. We are investigating the feasibility of holding the 10th CREEKFESTTM later in the year (December) and discuss the possibility of CREEKFESTTM being a bi-annual event in conjunction with Relay for Life Porirua. PHLT wishes to express our warmest thanks to our sponsors and champion volunteers who consistently contribute their energies into making CREEKFESTTM happen. We wish to express our thanks to the organising committee of CREEKFESTTM in particular Kitiona Tauira, Cassius Kuresa, and Benna Sevealii for their hard work over the years. We also express our sincere gratitude to the staff of the Porirua Whānau Centre in particular Liz Kelly who has event managed and facilitated CREEKFESTTM for the past three years and continued to raise the standard of CREEKFESTTM. We now invite members of the community to share your thoughts and views on the future of CREEKFESTTM with us. The meeting will be hosted by the Porirua Whānau Centre on Thursday 14th February 2013 at 12.00pm in the Fono Room. Steve Kenny Chairman Porirua Healthlinks Trust 5156151AA Porirua Healthlinks Wheeler s Guardian FUNERAL HOME NORTH CITY MIN$ 250 CARS WANTED CASH PAID For complete cars going or not Porirua Tow & Salvage (Auto Recyclers) PHONE (04)237 7000 5160777AA *conditions apply Gang stabbings Two gang members were stabbed during a fight in Waitangirua on Friday morning. Police were called to a Niagara St house at 2am, after a fight in the EFKS Samoan church car park on the corner of Louisa Gr and Waihemo St. They found the two men, aged 42 and 20, suffer- ing multiple stab wounds, detective senior sergeant Mike Oxnam said. Porirua police are appealing for anybody who was in the vicinity and might have seen what happened to contact them on 238 1400. Elderly suffer as result of NZ Post shift GETTING THERE Bus services to the new post office: Bus routes 210, 220 and 226 pass bus stop number 2022 in Semple St. These routes service Titahi Bay, Kenepuru, Tawa, Waitangirua, Cannons Creek and the CBD. Bus routes 230 and 236 pass bus stop number 2012 in Norrie St. These routes service Whitby, Aotea and Papakowhai. By ANDREA O'NEIL Older people are bearing the brunt of Porirua post office s move to the MegaCentre, with many unable to reach its new location. Retired nurse and midwife Freda Tohill said she was very fit for 77 but could not face the walk from the old post office site to the new one last week. I went down to get my pension on Tuesday; by the time I got to the original post office I was too tired to walk the rest of the way, she said. There was a good bus service from Mrs Tohill s Elsdon house to the new post office, but an older person shopping in North City or under the Canopies area would face a long walk or inconvenient waiting times for buses, made worse in the rain, she said. The need to travel by bus would also adversely affect young famil- ies with children -- a single section bus trip cost $2, which for some was unaffordable, Mrs Tohill said. A lot of people haven t got $2. Mrs Tohill works at the Citizens Advice Bureau and the retired people who worked there were upset about the post office move, she said. It makes me angry. We re los- ing enough services without losing that as well. I just think it was a very foolish thing for New Zealand Post to do. She believed the maps in the windows of the old post office were too complicated to direct people to the new location, and said the Porirua Community Guardians had had to direct people person- ally. That shouldn t be necessary. Mana Tawa Grey Power vice president Bruce Twidle was disap- pointed Greater Wellington Regional Council, which ran Wel- lington s buses, was not consulted by New Zealand Post before the move. He hoped bus services could be reorganised to better serve older post office customers. He would be discussing the mat- ter at a Grey Power meeting next week. Regional council public trans- port service design team leader Matthew Lear said the council would review bus routes if there were enough requests, but the resources required would mean a reduction in service elsewhere. Exciting show for Pataka Full flyte: Niki Hastings-McFall's exhibition at Pataka celebrates 15 years of work, both here and overseas. By KRIS DANDO Niki Hastings-McFall loves Pataka and the arts scene in Pori- rua. The award-winning artist is Friends of Pataka s inaugural artist-in-residence, spending this week at the gallery. The self- described late-bloomer has created for 15 years, starting with jewellery, and has recently been working on large installations, using a wide range of materials. Her retrospective exhibition In Flyte runs until June 16. I m a big fan of Porirua and I love this gallery, there s a real community aspect to it and there s always heaps going on. The whole city is an amazing, alive place, it hasn t been sanitised to within an inch of its life. The people are great. Auckland-based Hastings- McFall would love to have been the artist-in-residence for longer but animals to feed and bills to pay means it is a short-term gig. She says In Flyte is a chance to take a step back and look over what she has achieved. An army of helpers, including Friends of Pataka members, were helping to assemble the pieces last week. Her past lei, lightbox and lamp series will be on display, with themes including the impact of Western civilisation in the Pacific. Friends of Pataka s Carolyn Wallace says they were excited to have someone of Hasting-McFall s calibre as their first artist-in- residence. She hopes they can make it a twice-yearly venture. We always had the vision for something like this when we began the Box Art show three years ago. We ve moved on from that, it s the Art Awards now, so it shows a real progression.
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