Kapi-Mana News : February 26th 2013
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2013 PORIRUA CITY & TAWA www.kapimananews.co.nz INSIDE: OPINION 10 | EYE ON CRIME 16 | WEEKLY WORKOUT 22 | CLASSIFIED 65 | SPORT 72 COUNCIL NEWSLETTER TO RESIDENTS: PAGES 6 & 7 Ride drops a gear Calling cyclists: Papakowhai cyclist Gaby Peach will help to run a revamped Children's Hospital charity bike ride on March 10. By ANDREA O'NEIL Organisers hope a revamped Pori- rua charity bike ride will become an iconic annual event like Wel- lington s Round the Bays run. This year s Hospi bike ride has been redesigned for Porirua and will also cater for less hardcore riders and children. The Children s Hospital fundra- iser has been run since 2009 as a challenging 50-kilometre ride from Kenepuru Hospital to Wel- lington Hospital via Makara. But despite attracting more than 250 riders a year, event orga- niser Eddie Bright says the course was too challenging and excluded young and inexperienced cyclists. It was hard going. Even experi- enced riders told me it was a tough ride, Mr Bright says. This year s event on March 10 will be based on a 5km street cir- cuit from Kenepuru Hospital to Prosser St via Raiha St, Titahi Bay Rd and Kenepuru Dr. It hit me like a sledgehammer when I was riding around one day -- why not use this old course? Mr Bright says. Hopefully in a couple of years this becomes an iconic Porirua event. Four challenges will comprise the event: men s and women s open races, a families course and a celebrity circuit involving sports stars and politicians. For the adrenaline junkies there will be a mountainbike ride up Colonial Knob. A smaller course will be set up for children at Kenepuru Hos- pital, where kids can enjoy a bouncy castle, face-painting and a barbecue. Last year s event raised $20,000 for the Children s Hospital. Mr Bright s Cyclosport cycling team will run the family events. One of the team, Papakowhai cyc- list Gaby Peach, says it s great the Hospi has found a home in Porirua. It s great having it locally, she said. We don t have much other stuff like this here. Hospi charity bike ride, Sunday, March 10. For more information and to register, visit www.hospibikeride.co.nz. Adults $25, children aged 8 to 15 $10. 'Media ignore city vibrancy' By KRIS DANDO Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett took a swipe at the media s negative portrayal of Porirua in a state of the city address to the business community last week. In a 15-minute speech at Pori- rua Club, Mr Leggett gave broad strokes on the key areas for the city in the next 12 months, includ- ing improving the Porirua experi- ence , ensuring outside invest- ment, progressing the city centre upgrade and solid business and civic leadership. But Porirua s image problem was something he and others were continually confronting. Porirua s true character as a young, vibrant and dynamic city -- with the highest median income in the region -- is routinely ignored by the media. Doing a story on malnourished kids? Send a camera to Porirua. Street gangs? Send another cam- era. As someone who has lived here all my life, I can honestly say I do not recognise Porirua by its portrayal on the news. Quite frankly, I am sick of our city serv- ing as a convenient backdrop to every misery story on the dial. He said media reports of council meetings and councillor behaviour were part of the silly season with local body elections looming, but insisted PCC was not a hot- bed of scandal . Mr Leggett said the loss of Defence Force and New Zealand Post jobs were part of a mixed pic- ture when it came to efforts to attract employment and invest- ment to Porirua. We continue to believe that Porirua has a litany of attributes that should be seeing more public sector jobs come into the city, but the opposite is occurring. Mayoral whining is no substitute for strat- egy [and] we need to re-examine the factors that led to these deci- sions. He said the prospect of a Mitre 10 Mega at the MegaCentre, Whittakers planned expansion and the Ericsson announcement for Todd Park gave cause for con- fidence, but the right council poli- cies and a dose of political cour- age were needed to make the city attractive to businesses. Mr Leggett said council hoped to keep rates rises to 2.5 per cent. Cable factory to create 30 jobs By ANDREA O'NEIL Porirua will manufacture much of New Zealand s broadband cabling when Swedish communications giant Ericsson moves into Todd Park this year. Thirty jobs will be created when an optic fibre duct factory opens at the former Mitsubishi plant, Eric- sson s only factory of its kind out- side Sweden. Optic fibre duct is the plastic outer covering to ultra-fast broadband fibres. Telecom s broadband offshoot Chorus will be the factory s main customer, but Ericsson will also sell duct to other broadband cable providers. The fibre we are producing is a critical component of one of the most important infrastructure projects yet undertaken in New Zealand, says Magnus Kreuger, Ericsson Cables executive vice president. Locating the facility in New Zealand means that our delivery timelines will be significantly reduced, we will reduce the environmental impact of the ship- ping process and have the oppor- tunity to utilise local skills in pro- duction and product develop- ment, Mr Kreuger says. Ericsson is fitting out its Todd Park space, and production will begin by July. The company plans to remain at Todd Park beyond the end of the ultra-fast broadband rollout in 2019. Todd Park is undergoing a $3 million makeover to attract new tenants like Ericsson, says Ross Healy, director of Rockport Hold- ings, which owns the 5300 sqm park. Ericsson searched throughout Wellington for a site big enough for its operations, and Todd Park was the only space to fit its bill, he says.
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