Kapi-Mana News : February 19th 2013
5 KAPI-MANA NEWS, FEBRUARY 19, 2013 NEWS For 24 hour assistance Telephone 04 298-5168 Graham John Andrew Diane Kapiti Coast Funeral Home 9-11 Hinemoa Street, Paraparaumu 2884679AA 5172794AB 9amto5pmMon-Fri 9am to 1pm Saturdays Phone: 232 7146 or call into 223 Main Road, Tawa www.bingdental.co.nz 4492507AF Bing Dental is very pleased to welcome Dr Helen Gibbons to our Practice. *SPECIAL OFFER* All patients who have a full dental check up will receive a second one FREE. Use it for yourself in the future or gift it to someone else. *Conditions apply. Retail expansions positive for Porirua By ANDREA O'NEIL The expansion of several big retail players is good news for the Porirua economy. Hardware supplier PlaceMakers moved to Todd Park late last year after 20 years in Semple Street. The business has been able to expand to 8250 sqm, meaning all goods can be stored on-site and the addition of a drive-through area. Todd Park in Elsdon was a Mit- subishi plant until 1999, and is now owned by Auckland company Rock- port Holdings. The move is a commit- ment to Porirua, says Boyd Kenna, PlaceMakers Porirua's joint venture operator. We're committed to the local trade. The new site also provides us with a platform for future growth as building industry momentum con- tinues to strengthen.'' Chocolate makers Whittakers and shoe shop Hannahs are also on the move. Hannahs is moving its storage warehouse from Mohuia Cres in Elsdon to Todd Park, where it has taken a 10-year lease. The move is further good news for the city, says Chris Gollins, the Tommy's Commercial real estate agent who negotiated the move. Whittakers, meanwhile, has bought Hannahs' former warehouse at 20 Mohuia Cres, next door to its own plant. The building will double Whittakers' floor space and will be used to store raw materials as the company gears up for an export push into the United States, Asia and the Middle East. The company also plans to extend its office block for increased staffing. Whittakers has been based in Porirua since 1969. Still more moves and expansions are afoot, Mr Gollins says. A major international company is about to confirm tenancy at Todd Park, and there may be changes at the MegaCentre. The owner of Mitre 10 Mega shops in Petone and Upper Hutt owns the former PlaceMakers' site in Semple St as well as buildings housing Spot- light, Uncle Bills, Beaurepaires, Hol- den and the former IRD building. However, no plans to use the land for a Mitre 10 Mega have been announced, Mr Gollins says. Go girl: Rebecca Arrowsmith from the Bellyful team shows how to be serious and have fun at the same time. Plimmerton's sky rains pancakes By KRIS DANDO Flipping good: Ben Hoult shows the requisite skill and poise for his Littlies team at the Plimmerton pancake race. Pancakes were flipped with style, but many con- testants lost points and precious time at the annual Plimmerton Pancake Race last Tuesday. A few splashes of rain could not keep more than 100 people away from the footpath outside St Andrew's Church on Steyne Ave, with teams from the kindergarten, Paremata School, Aotea Sum- merset and charity Bellyful among those taking part. Proceeds raised went to Bellyful, who make meals for families with new babies. The event, in its ninth year, marks Shrove Tuesday, celebrated the day before Christian observance of Lent begins. On February 12 a dozen teams took part in the race against the clock, which involved a relay with pans and pan- cakes and compulsory flips during each leg. Extra marks were awarded for the most stylish pancake tossers''. Many more pancakes hit the ground than in previous years, as teams strived for quick times. St Andrew's Church vicar Danny Te Hiko, who took over from Jenny Dawson late last year, says the event brings the community together. It's something really fun for all ages and a real part of the Plimmerton calendar. It reminds us of what this time of year is about, that Easter is approaching, and a chance to help a fantastic local cause like Bellyful.'' Mr Te Hiko was the vicar in Churton Park for 10 years before taking on his new role and he says he is enjoying being in charge of a large and busy parish. We have a great team of people here and I love the seaside feel of Plimmerton.'' In New Zealand, Lent, along with the aspect of fasting before Easter, has come to represent the waning of summer. The Shrove Tuesday pancake race is a tradition also carried out in Britain and Australia, and is said to have started in the 15th century in Olney, Buckinghamshire, England, when a housewife was so busy cooking pancakes that she lost track of time. Hearing the church bells ringing, signal- ling the start of Shrove Tuesday, she ran to church, still flipping her pancakes in the pan. For more photos, visit: www.kapimananews. co.nz Learn budgeting skills Mana Education Centre Trust and the Petone Budget Service are offer- ing a one-hour community workshop this Friday, Debt Reduction and Budgeting. This session will cover how to pre- pare a budget, plan to payback debt and to do a cash flow forecast. It is being held at Mana Education Centre, 3 Serlby Place, at 10am. Register by calling 237 7318. For more information, visit the website manaeducationcentre.org.nz and look under courses.
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