Kapi-Mana News : March 12th 2013
5 KAPI-MANA NEWS, MARCH 12, 2013 NEWS 5233582AA SUPER LOW PRICES ON YOGHURT, BEEF, ICE CREAM, CHEESE AND MANY OTHER COW RELATED PRODUCTS FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY. Promotion runs from 11 March to 17 March 2013. Limits may apply. Selected products only. Single council idea on table By JIM CHIPP A single council with either one or two tiers has been proposed by a multi-council working party. Under the single-level proposal Wellington would get a bigger combined council than Auckland, with 28 councillors and a mayor elected from local wards, or 30 if Wairarapa were part of it. Wellington City would have 11 representatives, Lower Hutt would have six, Porirua would have four, Kapiti and Upper Hutt would have three each, and Wairarapa would have two. A two-tier council would have a mayor and either 20 or 22 councillors and seven or eight community boards. This option is only legally possible if the council represents 400,000 people or more, and that would require the participation of at least Lower Hutt and its 93,000 citizens. Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt councils have said they preferred a unitary Hutt Valley council taking over the regional council s role there. But Mr Douglas said that was unlikely. I think it would be very, very hard to rationally expect the Local Government Commission to agree to a dismemberment of the Hutt Valley from the narrow Wellington region, he said. The proposals were the conclu- sions of a joint working party comprised of Wellington, Kapiti Coast, Porirua and Greater Wellington councils presented on Friday. South Wairarapa, Carterton and Masterton councils have said they want to amalgamate, separate from Wellington Regional Council and take over its role in Wairarapa. Were the 41,000 residents of Wairarapa important to the planned structure? Mr Douglas said he thought Wairarapa was very important, because it made up most of the region s land area. I think anything north of Wellington is very important to the whole region because nothing is going to happen in the south except earthquakes. Regardless of whether a single- tier or two-tier council were chosen, it would result in econom- ies of scale and better quality planning, Mr Douglas said. In the next two weeks the four councils will vote on whether to seek public views on the proposals. Student gives back Shave for a cure: Upu Matagi kept smiling the whole time her head was being shaved last week, and received a raucous ovation at the conclusion. By KRIS DANDO [It s] a lot colder, and I m getting a lot of people staring at me. That s what Uputaua Matagi will have to deal with this autumn after the Whitireia Community Polytechnic nursing student had her locks shorn to raise money for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand last week. In the atrium, in front of hundreds of supporters and curious lunchtime onlookers, hair- dressing students took scissors and clippers to her. An impressive $1100 was collected on the day, with at least $200 raised online. Ms Matagi says she has not been affected by cancer herself, nor has anyone in her family, but having her head shaved was symbolic of her starting a new period in her life. The former Tawa College student, who has two young children, has received financial assistance towards her studies from the family of Plimmerton resident Tim Sheppard and the Whitireia Foundation and was keen to give something back. There are personal reasons behind why I did it and although I m not a practising nurse yet, this gives me the power to do something as a student. The Leukaemia and Blood Cancer charity is a very worthy one. There were plenty of tears, and not just because Ms Matagi was losing her hair. The support from her fellow nurses, other students and Whitireia staff was overwhelming. It was really surprising, getting money from people I didn t even know. Students are not rich people but they are so generous in other ways. Ms Matagi expects to finish her studies in November and be registered by this time next year.
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