Kapi-Mana News : February 26th 2013
3 KAPI-MANA NEWS, FEBRUARY 26, 2013 NEWS www.prestonsmasterbutchers.co.nz SPECIAL ENDS 03-03-2013 $$55 SSUUPPEERR SSAAVVEERRSS HARBOURSIDE; 16 PARUMOANA ST, PORIRUA 04 237 7313 ONLINE www. kapimananews.co.nz DIGITAL EDITION 5206734AA Turf trust meets conditions By KRIS DANDO With funding and city council support secured, work on the Ascot Park artificial sports turf is about to start. Porirua City Council was updated on the project during a closed session last week. Mayor Nick Leggett said the council was satisfied Porirua Synthetic Sportsfield Com- munity Trust had met con- ditions required through its shared responsibility partner- ship with the council. Work on the estimated $1.6 million facility would get under way soon. There were some concerns expressed around the [council] table but as far as I m concerned it s full steam ahead. Trust spokesman and Porirua Vikings Rugby League Club president Bernie Wood said the funds had been raised in good time; geotechnical work and designs were complete, and a tender for the work had been let. Initial estimates priced the project at $1.9m but the competitive nature of the tendering process brought the price down, he said. We re very happy with where we are; we ve actually got more money than we needed and there are still more [funding] applications to be processed, he said. We want this turf to be the envy of others and a facility that not just the Vikings and Western Suburbs use but something for the whole city. A naming sponsor for the turf is still being sought. Art of Mondrian grows on gardening student By KRIS DANDO Garden canvas: Tawa's Bayley LuuTomes with the scale mock- up of his Ellerslie exhibit, based on a well-known piece by the painter Mondrian. Bayley LuuTomes says he is feeling the pressure as the Ellerslie International Flower Show draws nearer. The Tawa resident is in Christchurch, setting up his exhibit for the show, which runs from March 6 to 10. He is one of nine entrants in the student designer category and hopes the exposure and any success will kickstart his plans for a landscape design business. Being the only student entrant from this region, he is flying the flag against mostly Auckland and Christchurch designers. It s really exciting, I m learning so much and it s a chance for me to showcase what I m capable of. Mr LuuTomes rooftop gar- den display is called Living Art , taking inspiration from Dutch painter Piet Mondrian. It is a multifunctional outdoor space, he says, built with a young, single, professional male in mind. He even went to the length of giving his client a name and backstory, with likes and dislikes. The garden, measuring 4.8m by 4.8m, has a glass bridge, coloured glass pergola, LED lighting, outdoor TV and fireplace and 1200 plants. It is bold and colourful, with plenty of outdoor flow , he says. Mr LuuTomes worked in advertising before returning to study. He says he has always had an interest in gardening and landscaping. He has worked on his Ellerslie exhibit for 10 months. I love creating and seeing things that you ve done grow, it s very satisfying. So I ve attended dozens of home shows and garden shows, put- ting a lot of my own spare time and effort into learning about what it takes to be a designer. Ellerslie is about bringing it all together and jumping in the deep end. He says the design has been the easy part and is both anx- ious and animated about hav- ing a limited amount of time to erect the real thing in Christchurch. I m just praying the weather doesn t go bad and we don t have any issues when setting it up. At the end of the day we re going to be judged on a criteria and we [the student entrants] could all get gold medals, or none of us might. I know it will be an amazing experience. Mr LuuTomes received $9000 in grants for the project and 11 businesses provided him with material at cost prices, but he estimates the exhibit will cost $40,000. His only local sponsor is Guthrie Bowron/Dulux Porirua. Follow Mr LuuTomes prog- ress in Christchurch at facebook.com/bltdesign.co.nz Sign of the times -- ATM culling riles By ANDREA O'NEIL Kiwibank has further upset Porirua customers, removing its ATM from North City shopping cen- tre last Monday, leaving no Kiwibank ATMs in the central business district. The bank s ATM under the Canopies was removed last month when its Porirua branch and New Zealand Post shifted to the MegaCentre. An ATM has been installed at the new post office. Removing the ATM disadvantages the elderly, disabled and parents who cannot easily reach Semple St when shopping, said Ascot Park s Bron- wyn Ngatai. I am pretty upset over it. It was the only ATM in the central city, she said. They re saying that the younger generation now are using Eftpos and electronic transactions. What about the elderly? The move financially penalises cash customers, she says. It leaves us having to use other ATMs, and every time we use it it s costing us a dollar. A beneficiary, Miss Ngatai said she used the mall ATM four times a week to withdraw cash. She plans to fight Kiwibank to reverse the $4 a week in fees she will incur by using other ATMs, making a case the bank is unreasonably disadvan- taging her. They re not providing for us properly. Kiwibank communications manager Bruce Thompson said Kiwibank is culling its ATMs because so few people use cash now and ATM use has plunged since the bank set up 300 a decade ago. ATMs are expensive to install and to service, Mr Thompson said. He recommends customers who find it difficult to reach Semple St use a rival bank s ATM in the mall.
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