Kapi-Mana News : February 12th 2013
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Lakeside Dairy owner Ali Mahmood says for six months council cleaners have been doing a poor job, rushing through their twice-daily clean or not showing up at all. When Kapi-Mana News visited last Thursday, an excessive amount of litter was scattered on footpaths and in gutters outside shops on Warspite Ave and Mungavin Ave. It s not clean, Mr Mahmood said. It never used to be like this. Aside from the appearance of the rubbish, it causes problems by blowing into shops and blocking drains. Every time there is heavy rain there is flooding in Lakeside Dairy s back room, Mr Mahmood said. Another issue is five street lights outside the shops. They have not worked since October, Mr Mahmood says. He has complained to the council about both issues but said nothing changes. Mr Mahmood has paid rates as a business owner for 24 years and a resident for 30, and said it is not good enough. The council received a complaint on November 15 about the street lights. It asked its contractor, Wellington Electricity, to fix the circuit fault, council general manager of asset management and operations Peter Bailey says. No complaints have been received since. The council assumed the problem was fixed, Mr Bailey said. It is being investigated now. Council cleaners do the best job they can in Cannons Creek, Mr Bailey said. They empty the bins, pick up litter and blow loose litter into piles and sweep it up. The council has also repositioned rubbish bins to better locations, he said. Change of carer shocks clients By ANDREA O'NEIL Elderly clients of Christian home- support organisation Enliven are distressed by changes to their care this summer. But Enliven says staffing chan- ges were signalled in advance, and were necessary to conform to a strict new Capital & Coast District Health Board budget. Clients of Enliven Positive Age- ing Services, which is run by Pres- byterian Support, had their carers changed two weeks before Christ- mas, says a carer who did not want to be identified. The change was upsetting for many clients, some of whom had the same carer for a decade, our source says. They re very distressed. They feel very scared and vul- nerable. They ve built up a rela- tionship with a particular support worker. They all got quite a shock. Enliven provides home visits to 71 elderly, disabled and sick peo- ple in Porirua and Tawa, most of them referred by the public health service or ACC. Thirty local carers visit any- where from daily to fortnightly depending on clients needs; help- ing with housework, meal prep- aration, and personal tasks like showering. Enliven s rosters were changed to reduce travelling time for carers, who have now been as- signed clients living close to their own homes and close to each other, says Shiva Kumar, Presby- terian Support s general manager of external relations. Enliven s lower petrol payments helped the not-for-profit organis- ation meet a strict budget set by C & CDHB, which recently reduced its contractors from three to two, he says. We had to reorganise our re- sources. We saw some opportun- ities for improvements, efficiency gains. The changes are beneficial to all -- carers can now spend more time with each client, or see more clients overall, Mr Kumar says. We firmly believe it was worth doing it because in the longer term [clients and staff] benefit from it. Clients were sent a letter in June telling them changes were coming, and staff were consulted in October, Mr Kumar says. But our source says that though clients were told changes were coming, many had no idea their carers would be changed as a result. They weren t told specifically what it was going to mean for them. We were told there were going to be changes, and they cer- tainly got them dumped on them, the carer says. It was a bit sudden and it just shows a lack of understanding. Knock down fails to impede attainment Comeback kid: Mana College's Sanket Balia overcame significant injuries to achieve excellent NCEA Level 1 results in 2012 and is looking forward to earning Level 2 this year. ' The school was really good, keeping me updated and they motivated me, saying everything would be all right. ' Sanket Balia By KRIS DANDO Sanket Balia suffered terrible injuries when struck by a car last year but his first thoughts in his hospital bed were of the crucial time away from his studies at Mana College. Hewentontobeoneofthe school s top scholars for 2012, earning NCEA Level 1 with either merit or excellence in every subject -- an impressive feat given the brutal interrup- tion to his exam preparations on August 24. Sanket was hit by a car while crossing Titahi Bay Rd. I was going from home into the city centre to pay a bill. I had no time to react, it hap- pened so fast but I think my leather jacket cushioned my fall. I feel very lucky. He suffered head and stomach injuries, a broken leg, spent four days in hospital and four weeks out of school recuperating. But Sanket did not stay idle, with teachers either personally dropping off or emailing him schoolwork so he could stay on top of his subjects. I was thinking I would fall back but I really wanted to get up and get going. The school was really good, keeping me updated and they motivated me, saying everything would be all right. Sanket s family settled in New Zealand from Fiji late in 2011. He says he took the opportunity to attend school here with both hands. Even after a lazy summer, Sanket is savouring the chance to hit the books again, now in year 12. Mana College principal Mike Webster said Sanket is a mar- vellous young guy , thoughts echoed by his business studies teacher Bruce Bennett. His achievements are amaz- ing. Even through the obstacles that were put in his path last year, he had such a high level of motivation and he s very able. A fantastic student with a bright future.
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