Kapi-Mana News : March 5th 2013
4 KAPI-MANA NEWS, MARCH 5, 2013 NEWS This summer we're running on half our usual water storage for Porirua, Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt and Wellington, while we upgrade our storage lakes. But if we all take measures to use a little less water, it should see us through. Save water in the garden: Use a trigger nozzle on your hose, so the water only flows when you need it Target watering straight to the roots, at a rate the soil can absorb without runoff Sweep up garden waste instead of hosing it away Find more tips at gw.govt.nz/water There's less water to go around this summer Use a bit less, make a big difference GRW 1060 IN BRIEF Linking leases to engagement Sports clubs should have their peppercorn rent increased unless they engage with young people, Porirua city councillor Ken Douglas said last week. He raised the issue when the council was reviewing the leases of Western Suburbs Soccer and Porirua Rowing clubs. The clubs pay $212 a year plus GST for their premises, which are subject to three-yearly reviews. Some Porirua sports clubs, not necessarily the two in question, did not engage with young people at all, Mr Douglas said. Both sports clubs' leases were renewed. Makeover coming Dolly Varden Reserve's upgrade will start before June with dune restoration, landscaping and bollards to be tackled by Porirua City Council first. New toilets will be built at the Mana beachside park late this year or early 2014 and its entrance will be moved north the same financial year to ease traffic in and out of the park. Underground sewer tanks will be in place by 2016. Once work is complete in late 2016 the council will seek bids for a cafe or business there with a lease of up to 30 years being considered. Keep on trucking Trucks are driving up Papakowhai Rd to avoid the often-congested Paremata roundabout when travelling north to State Highway 58, Porirua City Councillor Bronwyn Kropp says. The road was virtually residential and not designed for large vehicles, especially with lots of cars usually parked on the roadside, Ms Kropp told councillors at last Thursday's Te Komiti meeting. The council's general manager of asset management and operations Peter Bailey said there was nothing the council could do to stop trucks using the road. The council had the power only to limit where vehicles could park, Mr Bailey said. Worshippers being counted A nationwide church census is taking place in the next two months and is expected to reveal how often New Zealanders go to church. Past surveys suggest one Kiwi in five attends a place of Christian worship at least once a month. Using the slogan: Take the Pulse, the New Zealand Church Census, organised by MissionKoru, will be done by a team of about 150 volunteers, each of whom will contact every church in their district. The main purpose of this census is to provide new information to church leaders to help them plan at local, regional and national levels. Beyond the more visible denominational churches, MissionKoru expects to find many new independent churches of varying ethnicities which meet in modern church buildings, homes, commercial premises, garages, shop fronts and cafes. Problems in perspective By ANDREA O'NEIL Kiwi greeting: Meeting international police officers was a highlight of Porirua police officer John Spence's time in Timor -- here he shares a hongi with a Nigerian colleague. Popular cops: Timorese kids loved New Zealand police officers, calling ''kia ora'' and ''ka pai'' to them on the street, John Spence said. Porirua doesn't know how lucky it is when it comes to crime, says the city's former police chief John Spence. Whitby's Mr Spence returned in December from East Timor where he spent a year working for the United Nations, helping the troubled South-East Asian country establish a community police force. New Zealand police have much to teach Timor's boot- camp style cops, who have a reactive rather than a proac- tive attitude, Mr Spence said. From 2000 to 2011 Mr Spence was area commander of Kapiti-Mana police. The mean streets of Porirua were nothing compared to his time in Timor's capital, Dili, where tempers are quick and wea- pons numerous, he said. It was the Wild West you know, the way they argue with each other over there. They have rock fights and there's lots of ammunition lying around, and villagers rock each other. One guy shot a Glock [pistol] down the main road and hit four people, at midday on a weekday.'' The violence was worse the first time Mr Spence went to Timor, in 2006, to help control Dili after nine Timorese police officers were murdered by the army in the street. The whole country just imploded,'' he said. Five years later there were new restaurants and malls everywhere, and the city's four camps for civil war refugees had gone. Definitely the country had improved, there were more buildings; it was more stable,'' he says. Since Timor gained inde- pendence from Indonesia in 1999, 180,000 Timorese have died in civil war and unrest. The country lacks infra- structure and needs to rebuild from scratch -- it's like New Zealand was 12 years after the Treaty of Waitangi was signed, Mr Spence said. For them it's 1852.'' Violence and domestic viol- ence are the country's biggest types of crime. It put New Zealand's prob- lems in perspective. Everyone said we're very lucky, we don't realise how lucky we are.'' Mr Spence loved his time in Timor, especially the oppor- tunity to work alongside police officers from all over the globe. It was a huge experience and it was lots of fun. It was mixing and meeting with local people, and meeting people from all over the world.'' The friendly Kiwi police were hugely popular with Timorese people, he said. You walk down the street, it's kia ora, kia ora, ka pai.'' Mr Spence begins his new operations and emergency preparedness role with the Wellington police this month.
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