Kapi-Mana News : February 19th 2013
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2013 PORIRUA CITY & TAWA www.kapimananews.co.nz INSIDE: OPINION 10 | TODDLER IN TOW 15 | WEEKLY WORKOUT 18 | CLASSIFIED 47 | SPORT 51 Council steers clear of stoush By KRIS DANDO She has lost my respect and has denigrated the role of deputy mayor. Ken Douglas on Liz Kelly's role in the Porirua Whanau Centre row. Controversial changes at the Porirua Whanau Centre will not be investigated by Porirua City Council, it was decided last week. Despite a 600-signature petition presented to the council in December, seeking an investigation into changes to the service s governance, trust deed and name -- from Fanau Centre -- councillors unanimously agreed it was outside their scope. However, chief executive Gary Simpson will attempt to bring two parties -- who both claim governance over the Whanau Centre -- together to resolve the dispute. The Whanau Centre is a family support service that provides information and advocacy, a childcare centre, counselling and holiday programmes. Deputy mayor Liz Kelly, who also manages the Whanau Centre, said a legal challenge could be mounted if the council pursued an investigation, before leaving the room due to her conflict of interest. Councillor Litea Ah Hoi said the petition should not be ignored and it was the council s responsibility to protect community assets. She was concerned ownership of the Whanau Centre building was in the hands of two people -- Ms Kelly and Whanau Centre Trust chairman Mike Fermanis -- and that s really sad . When Ms Kelly, who had returned to the chamber, objected to Ms Ah Hoi s comments, mayor Nick Leggett told her, You are not involved, so shut your mouth . He said the crux of the dispute was people wanting control in the Creek community, and it comes down to money . The building was an important asset and needed to be operated in a transparent way, he said. Ms Kelly was also chided by her former western ward offsider Ken Douglas. It s well-known that I worked closely with Liz for some time but she has lost my respect and has denigrated the role of deputy mayor, Mr Douglas said. Before the committee meeting began, Lepeti Tea, chairperson of the Fanau Centre Trust Board, established in opposition to the current governance structure of the Whanau Centre, urged the city s leaders to investigate. The Pacific community are well-known for not participating in the democratic process . . . you need to help those that have come to you. Another delegation, comprising original founding members of the centre, told council its name was originally meant to be spelt with a Wh not an F, in deference to local iwi Ngati Toa. Womanly way to be fit Feminine fitness: Mana belly dancer Briar Rose Gill-Michaels hopes to start a passion among Porirua women for Middle Eastern dance at a Plimmerton workshop next month. By ANDREA O'NEIL Shakedown Belly-dancing workshop, Saturday, March 16, 1pm till 3pm, St Andrew's Hall, 11 Steyne Ave, Plimmerton. $20. To register email firstname.lastname@example.org. Porirua women can get fit the sultry Middle Eastern way next month, at a belly-dancing work- shop in Plimmerton. Mana belly dancer Briar Rose Gill-Michaels hopes to infect those attending with her enthusiasm for the dance form, which began when she was a teenager explor- ing her Lebanese heritage. It s really a passion of mine, Mrs Gill-Michaels says. In a Middle Eastern context you do it for joy, typically at celeb- rations like weddings, and in front of other women. Mrs Gill- Michaels is a protege of Welling- ton belly dancing identity Huda and has performed for Egyptian musician Hossam Ramzy, Australian-Middle Eastern chef Greg Malouf at Wellington s The Food Show, and in the Gypsy Trail productions at Bats Theatre. Belly dancing is a delightful form of exercise, she says. On one hand it provides this sensual experience, with evocative music, the sequinned costumes, and the moves are quite sensual and feminine. On the other hand it s great exercise. You get to keep fit and flexible, and it works prob- lem areas for women, she says. Those attending do not need to dress in jewelled bras and veils -- a T-shirt and shorts will do. The two-hour workshop will introduce basic belly-dancing moves, which Mrs Gill-Michaels translates into everyday terms, such as bumping a car door shut with one s hip. By the end of the session the class will be able to perform the moves to music. If there is enough interest after the workshop, Mrs Gill-Michaels plans to start regular evening or weekend classes. Creekfest back on despite cash shortage By KRIS DANDO Creekfest -- the full-sized version -- is back on the calender and will be staged on March 9, after the Whanau Centre Trust board agreed to underwrite the event last week. A fortnight after or- ganiser The Porirua Healthlinks Trust cancelled the event, it announced Creekfest was back on at a public meeting last Thur- sday, held to discuss the festi- val s future. A scaled-down version was mooted to coincide with the Can- nons Creek market on March 23, but Healthlinks chairman Steve Kenny said the Whanau Centre Trust decided to take on the risk. We made the decision to cancel it [earlier this month, with the required funding not secured] but have been scrambling around since then. This is fantastic news for an iconic Porirua event. Creekfest organiser Liz Kelly, who is also the Whanau Centre s manager, said they were $25,000 short of the minimum $65,000 needed to run the event, even though past Creekfests had cost in excess of $100,000 to stage. She was confident of raising $25,000 before March 9.
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