Kapi-Mana News : March 19th 2013
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At our lowest possible prices. Stocks are limited. Hurry, these prices won't last. 5242849AB 30 years genuine exp in: • Reroofs • Painting • Spouting Repairs • Roof Restoration • Roof Consultancy (pre purchase) • Free quotes ALL REROOFS LIMITED ALL REROOFS LIMITED All our work carries a ten year workmanship guarantee as well as the appropriate guarantee on materials used. Phone Bruce 027 231 3705 or 04 234 6678 Liz Kelly sticks to blowout guns By KRIS DANDO Deputy mayor Liz Kelly is pers- isting in seeking more infor- mation on her claim there has been a budget blowout over Pori- rua City Council s involvement in the regional governance review. Last week, the deputy mayor asked in two meetings whether more than the budgeted $15,000 had been provided to Sir Geoff- rey Palmer s panel review on a proposed super-city. The council s chief executive Gary Simpson replied -- as he had done already in writing to Ms Kelly -- that the only other contribution was the allo- cation of two staff members to the project, which equated to $78,000 (two budgeted salaries). Ms Kelly has not been satis- fied with this response and asked during general business of the committee meeting last Thursday that a report be pre- pared for councillors. She said she wanted to see the paper trail where extra funding was allocated. Mr Simpson said he would give Ms Kelly all the relevant information again. Thirsty Liquor lease ended By KRIS DANDO New signage: A whiteboard advertising closing down specials at Thirsty Liquor in Cannons Creek has been branded unacceptable by some quarters of the community. Photo: SUPPLIED. A contentious liquor store located near a school in Waitangirua will close next month, but its advertising has again raised the ire of the com- munity. Thirsty Liquor and foodmarket owner Chiman Patel confirmed to Kapi-Mana News last week that his landlord had not renewed the lease of the Fantame Street stores. Both will close in the last week of April. It s very sad, I have been there nine years. It is just bad luck. Mr Patel does not believe negative publicity surrounding the business hours of operation and aggressive advertising led to the landlord s decision. The store was the subject of a Liquor Licensing Authority hearing in late 2011, when it was revealed he was running the food and alcohol as one business. Over 100 people marched to the Porirua District Court prior to the hearing, calling for the liquor store to be closed, and a dozen made submissions against its liquor licence being renewed. Mr Patel agreed to cut the operat- ing hours so it would not be open when Russell School children were arriving and leaving for the day. Russell School board of trustees chairman Matt Crawshaw said while they regretted that livelihoods could be affected by the shops closure, it was an inappropriate location for a liquor store. We ve noticed a huge [positive] difference in the neighbourhood since the hours were reduced. This was always about community safety and the effects that alcohol has on this area. Mr Crawshaw has contacted the District Licensing Authority, how- ever, about the stock-clearing sale Mr Patel is holding. He said the sig- nificant increase in advertising, including the use of a specials whiteboard, demonstrated there was not really a change in business prac- tice. They said and did the right things while the eyes of the LLA were on them, [but] the old ways have returned. The enticement that prices [are] below cost is unacceptable, especially opposite a school. I would not expect he is doing anything illegal but I would want someone to have a conversation with him about what is happening. At the very least it s encouraging people to buy in excess. Mr Patel said most of the stock was not below cost and he had no plans to take the signage down. He has plans to open a liquor store in the Porirua city centre. Literacy leap: Brandon students like Sheila Wright and Sina Taula, both 12, have leapt years ahead in their reading skills thanks to the dedication of teachers, school staff and parents. Brandon gets stuck in and improves literacy By ANDREA O'NEIL Brandon Intermediate has staged a stunning turnaround from its troubled period three years ago, with its students leaping ahead in their learning. Ninety per cent of year 8 students jumped one, two or three years in their reading levels last year, and 77 per cent of year 7 students did the same. While many of Brandon s 150 students are still below the reading National Standard, they have progressed from well below standard, which is the measure that matters, says Nicki Sturgeon, who has been princi- pal of the Cannons Creek school since 2010. We do want to shout a bit from the rooftops. They re mak- ing really significant progress from where they were. Brandon had received dam- ning Education Review Office (ERO) reports in 2007 and 2008, but the school has moved on from that time, Ms Sturgeon says. A fresh bunch of teachers and management have been slogging for three years to improve pupils learning, Ms Sturgeon says. The teachers hearts and souls have gone into this. They work so hard and make sure the children are getting what they deserve. Learning more about students needs and back- grounds and involving their families in their learning has borne fruit, Ms Sturgeon says. It makes a difference, not just at school but for kids at home. More parents are coming in and asking how they can help. Students are now more equip- ped to go to college, she says. The school is not resting on its laurels, however. Deputy princi- pal Kathleen O Hare says maths results are the focus this year.
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