Kapi-Mana News : February 19th 2013
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Napier City Council last year assessed Napier police station as meeting 15.9 per cent of the building code, half the safe level of 33 per cent. The three-storey station is identical in design and materials to Porirua's station. Both were built in the 1960s by the Ministry of Works. Porirua Police Station was assessed two years ago and meets 100 per cent of code in transverse (across the building's width) and 66 per cent of code in longitude. Like all government buildings, the minimum standard for police stations is 66 per cent. About 80 officers are based at the station. Napier's assessment was carried out by council officers using plans, rather than visiting the building itself, says Nick Bohm, district communications manager for Wellington Police. The Porirua City Council completely accepted the assessment and removed the police station from the [earthquake-prone buildings] register. Napier City Council seems to be taking a different approach, even though their assessment was a desktop assessment.'' Porirua's assessment is likely to be accurate, says Grant Ogilvie, New Zealand Police's chief media adviser. We do not accept the 15.9 per cent figure from Napier City Council and have provided them with far more detailed calculations about the struc- turally identical Porirua station.'' Meanwhile, some buildings at the Police College in Papakowhai need earthquake strengthening, Mr Ogilvie says. Assessments in 2011 found remedial work was required on the dining hall, gym and swimming pool, and the Barry Mason building -- an administration hub -- which were all built in the early 1980s. All staff have been briefed and the buildings remain in use. The remedial work to the dining hall and gymnasium/swimming pool will be done once the consent and tendering process is complete, says a police spokesperson. For operational reasons, strength- ening the Barry Mason building will not be done until 2014. Beach visit teaches important lessons Swell time: Titahi Bay North School's Kyle Shedlock-Whiu, with lifeguard Alex Hooft, at Titahi Bay beach last Thursday. By KRIS DANDO Titahi Bay North School kids took to the beach last week -- but there were important messages learnt during the water play. The school, with funding from State Insurance and Water Safety New Zealand, has been running a water safety programme over summer to ensure students are comfortable in swimming pools and at the beach. Teacher Tim Brewer says water is such a focal point for young people in Porirua but many families cannot afford swimming lessons. Last Thursday 50 kids, aged 5 to 8, made the walk to the Titahi Bay Surf Club. There, they learned what to do should they get in trou- bleinthesurf--raiseanarm-- how to use the lifeguards' safety tubes and how to recognise a rip. These kids had been waiting for this day to come, they were really excited about coming down to the beach,'' says Mr Brewer. In saying that, they listened very, very well to the lifeguards, who were just great with every- one, really engaging. We really appreciate their help and help from the sponsors to enable us to do this -- it's a classic piece of edu- cation that all kids should have.'' Support follows store's fire and flood Grateful: Pauatahanui General Store owner Gita Patel has been overwhelmed by the community support following a fire at the dairy. Photo: KRIS DANDO By ANDREA O'NEIL A Pauatahanui dairy owner who got hit by both fire and a flood in two days is thanking the community not only for saving her life, but rallying in the aftermath. Gita Patel, who owns the Pauata- hanui General Store with husband Nanu, was still feeling shaken last week so asked Rural Trading Post owner Diane Boyack to speak on her behalf. Mrs Patel was serving customers on Sunday morning, February 2, when a fire started in the shop's deep fat fryer. It took firefighters 40 minutes to contain the blaze, which damaged the side of the 15-year-old shop and part of its roof. Workers from the Challenge petrol station and GroundUp Cafe helped Mrs Patel out of the shop, Ms Boyack says. She thanks them for saving her life, she's very grateful.'' The next day heavy rains caused flooding in the building. The Patels live behind the shop with their two teenage sons. People in the community offered them places to stay and dropped off meals, Ms Boyack says. There's been a lot of community support, just making sure they're OK. Emotional support as well.'' The dairy was able to reopen the day after the fire, but the deep fat fryer remains out of action until repairs are approved by the Patels' insurance company. Mrs Patel did not realise how cherished she and her family were until the fire, Mrs Boyack says. She is still deeply affected by the emergency, Mrs Boyack says. She's not sleeping well, she says she keeps thinking about the fire.''
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