Kapi-Mana News : March 5th 2013
2 KAPI-MANA NEWS, MARCH 5, 2013 NEWS Delivered to 25,324 homes and businesses between Tawa and Pukerua Bay every Tuesday. Manager: Richard Gordon email@example.com Editor: Matthew Dallas firstname.lastname@example.org For News: Kris Dando email@example.com Andrea O'Neil firstname.lastname@example.org 5062735AA Findusat: www.kapimananews.co.nz www.facebook.com/kapimananews ph: (04) 2378118 fax: (04) 2378552 Ground Floor, 14 Hartham Place North, PO BOX 50012, Porirua City 5240 For Advertising: Senior Consultant Kylie Wihapi email@example.com Consultant Jessica Collins firstname.lastname@example.org Sales Support Angeline Humphreys email@example.com Classified Advertising Jeanette Pettit firstname.lastname@example.org 5173790AA Are you new to NZ? Does your organisation work with new migrants? Are there newcomers to NZ working in your business? If so, you are invited to a seminar on Emergency Preparedness presented by the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office. Where : Lecture Theatre 1 (to the right of Entrance 1, off Wineera Drive) Whitireia Community Polytechnic. When : 10.30am to 11.30am, Wednesday 20th March, 2013. NEW ZEALAND Contact email@example.com or Call 237 3578 to register for a place or just turn up on the day.There is no cost to attend Emergency Preparedness www.oldmanmac.co.nz The Old Cobham Mill 161 SH58, Pauatahanui 04 234 7632 BUY DIRECT FROM THE VILLAGE SAWMILL 4477040AZ 4470708AA COW WEEK ON NOW 5221146AA Expect all things Kiwi at school fundraiser Kiwiana time: St Theresa's School principal Zita Smith and students Thomas Davey, Caleb Hannon, Phoebe Harland and Nia Leighton get into the swing of the theme for Saturday's carnival. By KRIS DANDO St Theresa s School may be looking to modernise but this Saturday it will be going old school . Its fundraising carnival will fea- ture kapa haka, dance troupes, food, stalls and plenty of Kiwiana games, such as the gumboot throw. People are encouraged to dress up in their best retro Kiwi attire. Guest of honour will be New Zea- land's Got Talent runner-up Jessie Hillel. Principal Zita Smith and one of the carnival organisers Kim Meo said the day was about the school s community coming together and raising money for a much-needed improvement to the school. The hope was to collect $20,000 to build a new library and IT centre. There is a huge amount of par- ental commitment in this event, it s driven, run and organised by them, Ms Smith said. The school needs this new learn- ing hub to meet the needs of 21st century learning, it will become such a focal point for us. The children will take a lot of ownership for their learning there, doing their own research and schoolwork. An existing building will be expan- ded and the playground moved to make room. Work is expected to start this year. The carnival runs from 11am till 3pm and car parking will be at a premium. Life good despite council decisions By MATTHEW DALLAS PORIRUA BY NUMBERS Of 432 Porirua residents surveyed: 92 per cent say they have someone to turn to for help when faced with serious illness. 57 per cent say their city is a better place to live as a result of other cultures. 20 per cent have been unable to see a GP for a health concern in past 12 months. 72 per cent agree Porirua has a culturally rich and diverse arts scene (average is 47 per cent). 83 per cent say it is easy to get to and use public transport. 57 per cent are employed full time. 28 per cent are regular users of public transport. ' Our residents rate highly the city's sense of community, the positive impact of cultural diversity, safety of our children, rarely feeling isolated and having a rich and diverse arts scene.'' ' Nick Leggett, mayor Most people enjoy a high quality of life in Porirua but only half would give credit to the city council, the latest Quality of Life survey reveals. Four out of five Porirua residents (81 per cent) rated their quality of life positively, with 22 per cent rating it extremely good. But only 47 per cent of res- pondents had confidence in Porirua City Council s decision making and half felt people had no influence on the decisions made. The biennial survey, conduc- ted by research company Niel- sen, measures the perceptions of people living in New Zea- land s largest urban centres. A random selection of Porirua people were asked to complete the survey online or using a hard copy questionnaire late in 2012; 432 were completed. Other key results for Porirua included 96 per cent of people felt safe in their home during the day (dipping to 91 per cent at night), 73 per cent had enough money to cover day-to- day expenses and 63 per cent felt a sense of community in their neighbourhood -- 10 per cent higher than in any of the six cities surveyed. Mayor Nick Leggett greeted the results with enthusiasm. When looking at Porirua s results we are doing really well, he said. Our residents rate highly the city s sense of community, the positive impact of cultural diversity, safety of our children, rarely feeling isolated and having a rich and diverse arts scene. He accepted there was still ground to be made in the com- munity s confidence in the coun- cil s decision-making, though the council still scored well above the six-city median of 36 per cent. I m not comfortable with that [47 per cent] and only 38 per cent voted at the last local body elections. It s our responsibility to inform and educate people but people also need to involve themselves. It s a joint respons- ibility. Though most people trum- peted the easy access and abun- dance of parks, and 70 per cent believed Porirua was a great place to live, pride in the city slouched at 52 per cent. The most common reason given for not feeling a sense of pride was crime and safety issues such as anti-social peo- ple, and alcohol- and drug- related problems. Mr Leggett, who has been outspoken in his criticism of the media for warping outsiders perceptions of Porirua, believed locals were proud of where they lived in terms of their suburb, be it Titahi Bay, Cannons Creek or Whitby. They connect with their neighbourhood, rather than the city as a whole. He went back to the 63 per cent of people who felt a sense of community -- the highest of the six cities surveyed (Christ- church second with 57 per cent). I think there are contradic- tions there. The Quality of Life Survey was a partnership between Porirua, Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, Lower Hutt and Dunedin city councils, with a total survey sample of 5000 peo- ple. For the full reports, visit: www.qualityoflifeproject.govt.nz.
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