Kapi-Mana News : March 19th 2013
6 KAPI-MANA NEWS, MARCH 19, 2013 NEWS 5248647AA Porirua City Council ratepayers are reminded that rate instalment four is due on or before 26 March 2013. A penalty of 10 percent will be added to any portion of the current rate instalment remaining unpaid on 27 March 2013 and that penalty will be shown on the next rate invoice. To minimise the risk of future penalties, the Council recommends payment of rate instalments by Direct Debit. Direct Debit payments can be arranged on a weekly, fortnightly, monthly or instalment basis. The bank authority forms are available at our Administration Building, 16 Cobham Court, Porirua City and the Council's website www.pcc.govt.nz. Payments can be made at any New Zealand PostShop or their agents; simply present your latest bar coded rates invoice to pay by cash, cheque or eftpos. You may also pay by credit card; through the Council's website www.pcc.govt.nz. You do not have to be a Westpac customer to use this service. A convenience fee of 2.1% per transaction is applied with a minimum fee payable of $3.50. Rates Rebates 2012/13 - You may qualify for a Rates Rebate if your income is less than $23,650.00 as at 31 March 2012 under a scheme run by The Department of Internal Affairs. Please phone 04 237 5089 to have an application sent to you or call into the Council Office at 16 Cobham Court, Porirua Gary Simpson CHIEF EXECUTIVE 2012/2013 RATE INSTALMENT FOUR REMINDER OF DUE DATE 26 MARCH 2013 Due to low water levels in our rivers and aquifer, there is now a ban on all outdoor water use in Lower Hutt, Porirua, Upper Hutt and Wellington, until further notice. This includes sprinklers, irrigation systems, hoses (including hand held) and watering cans. This ban is needed to ensure there will be enough water for the essential needs of households, businesses and public services in the event the current dry period continues. Extra restrictions may be needed if our water levels continue to drop. Find water-saving tips at gw.govt.nz/water For more information about the ban contact your local city council: • Hutt City Council, 570 6666 • Upper Hutt City Council, 527 2169 • Porirua City Council, 237 5089 • Wellington City Council, 499 4444 This notice is issued pursuant to: clause 8.3 of the Hutt City Council Water Supply Bylaw 2010; the Porirua City General Bylaw 1991, part 17 Water Supply, clause 17.10; section 9.6.3 of the Upper Hutt City Council Water Supply Bylaw 2008; the Wellington City Council Consolidated Bylaw 2012 Part 8: Water Services, Section 6.1 HOW WE'RE DOING Getting Low OK Ver y Low Good Extreme Ban on outdoor water use Effective 9am, Saturday 16 March 2013 Plunket staff delighted with move By KRIS DANDO Happy campers: The Porirua Plunket team in front of their new building. A new $800,000 Plunket centre in Cannons Creek is open for busi- ness and the staff are purring about their new surrounds. The Lockwood-style hub on Warspite Ave brings all the Plun- ket services together under one roof, including nurses, car seat hire and B4 School checks. Parent courses and community meetings will also feature. Everything went to plan after construction began late last year, says the project s steering com- mittee member Haidee Hemsley. Everything is here and people are loving it, it will do exactly what it is built for and that is serve this community from one base. It s easy to get to and there have already been plenty of people just walking in off the street, she says. The site was blessed by Ngati Toa on February 15. The 18 staff from across the services now have one place to congregate, establishing a closer bond among the team, Plunket area manager Tina Syme says. It took 10 years of planning, design and fundraising. The staff love it, they have a feeling they belong here. Before, they were scattered in different spots and Viv [Morton] and her team had a less-than- ideal situation with the car seat building in Mungavin Ave. It just wasn t suiting their needs and now they have all the room they need. Some of them have been Plun- ket nurses for 20 years and they were in conditions that did not meet the needs of their com- munity. Ms Syme says the building is futureproofed to meet their burgeoning IT needs, and there is scope for expansion. She says funding providers Mana Community Grants Foun- dation, Infinity and Tuohy Lock- wood have made it happen, along with support from Porirua Pak n Save. Extra additions such as a gar- den shed and playground will be built as more funding becomes available. Plunket is celebrating the new building with a community open day this Saturday, from noon till 3pm. Toys, face-painting and a sausage sizzle from national spon- sors BNZ will be part of the afternoon. Disappointing fundraiser ride 'was a good trial run' By ANDREA O'NEIL A revamped Hospi Charity Bike Ride attracted plenty of families but a disappointing number of paying riders, organiser Eddie Bright says. Eighty people took part in five different events round a city road cir- cuit on March 10. That compares to the 250 riders who competed last year in the ride s original incarnation as a gruelling 50 kilometre course from Kenepuru to Wellington Hospital. The event raised $5000 for Wel- lington Children s Hospital, whereas in previous years it made $20,000. The turnout for this year s Porirua-centric ride was a letdown, Mr Bright says. It s disappointing when you put so much time and energy into it. Another 100 people would have been good. The Hospi, which now caters for younger and less experienced riders, could still become an iconic Welling- ton event like the Round the Bays run, Mr Bright says. I m confident it will take off. Those who did take part this year enjoyed fantastic weather and well- organised category events, he says. All the people who turned up had an amazing time. Looking on the bright side, smaller numbers meant organisers could ensure the event was perfectly run, and prepare better for a big event next year, Mr Bright says. It was a good trial run. About 100 children took part in fun bike races at Kenepuru Hospital and enjoyed the bouncy castle, face painting and barbecue put on by Bunnings Warehouse, and all the goodies donated by Whittaker s. The kids just loved it -- that might have been the bars of chocolate they were getting, Mr Bright says.
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