Kapi-Mana News : March 26th 2013
8 KAPI-MANA NEWS, MARCH 26, 2013 FAMILY/NEWS Change versus more of the same www.pcc.govt.nz In promoting the discussion and debate about Local Government amalgamation, the Porirua City Council and our counterparts at Wellington City, Kapiti Coast and the Greater Wellington Regional Council have been very conscious that for residents to be convinced that change should be considered, a strong case must be developed. On one side of the argument, some people are saying that the current local government arrangements are constraining the ability of the Wellington region to be strong, vibrant and competitive; that we need one council for the region to combine our significant shared resources. Especially, that means ending the current situation of many councils duplicating the same work so they can focus on the following: • Stronger and more effective regional leadership • Greatly simplified planning processes • Greater efficiency and cost savings • More efficient and effective delivery of key infrastructure • A more effective and integrated approach to economic development • Better reflection of the existing strong communities of interest History has shown that it is very difficult for councils to work together; and progress on shared services has been very slow or non existent. Wellington is in danger of being left behind as Auckland grows in strength politically and economically. There is also a necessary focus and resourcing toward the rebuild of Christchurch. However we can't afford to lose a local Porirua voice in any decision making. Our communities need to have a strong influence in shaping how they look and to control local resources that belong to them. I've learnt in my two years as Mayor that there are two district roles for Local Government. The localised services and amenities that we value like parks, libraries, pools, village planning and advocacy; and services that are best provided regionally like water, roading, planning and economic development. The latter tend to be the things that cost us the most and require strategic long term thinking. If change is to occur we must secure local services staying local while getting the best value for money and outcomes at the regional level. Next week I'll discuss the two options that are in front of us now that we want to hear you comment on. Please visit www.pcc.govt.nz to find out more, call 237 1400 or email me directly at Mayor@pcc.govt.nz. 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While Quinovic works solely for the owner and does not take a letting fee from tenants, we believe that meeting tenants' needs promptly is a key ingredient in professional residential property management. Keeping a tenant happy ensures that the rent keeps coming in... and that has to be good for owners.!" Play choices TODDLER IN TOW KELLY ETEVENEAUX We are very lucky to have so many fantastic play groups in Porirua. They are a great place to meet other parents and let the tots social- ise in a relaxed atmosphere. Most of the local groups meet weekly during school term time. They have toys for the children to play with and morning tea is usually provided for a small cost, if not free. Some groups are a bit more struc- tured and have a musical session first or art/craft activity. But what they all have in common is like-minded parents wanting to socialise with their children. Noah s Ark at St Andrew s Ang- lican Church Parish Centre in Plim- merton is held on Tuesday mornings from 9.30am. Clare, who runs the group, plans a theme each week to base the ses- sions around. There is always a fun activity for the pre-schoolers to join in with and often related songs and books. A toy box is provided for the youn- ger children and those bigger kids who just want some free play. Morning tea is available with tea and coffee for the adults. A donation is appreciated to cover costs of craft supplies and morning tea. Bubbacino is a musical playgroup held at the Titahi Bay Baptist Church, corner of Kura and Waiuta St, on Tuesday mornings. There are two sessions. The first starts at 9.30am and the second at 10.10am. Each session includes action songs and morning tea, with fluffies for the kids. Bubbacino costs $5 each family. Mana/Porirua Plunket Coffee Group for mums of new babies meets at 9.30am either upstairs at the Anchor Church in Whitby or at the Plimmerton Plunket Rooms, alter- nating week about. The Paremata Plunket Playgroup meets downstairs at the same time. They have toys, crafts and a huge area to play in. Morning tea is pro- vided for children and hot drinks for adults. The cost is $3 each child/$5 each family. Tawa and Linden Plunket have recently started a buggy walk group, meeting every second Tuesday at the Linden Community Centre for a walk. Check out their Facebook page for more information. Creek Tots is a group run at The Salvation Army in Cannons Creek between 10am and 11.30am. I believe this a free group. There are many more playgroups throughout Porirua, most of which I have listed on the website. Have a look and try a couple out to find which suits you and your little one(s) best. If you know of a group that is not listed please let me know. See www.toddlerintow.co.nz. Influx of rabbits not so sweet Has Easter s proximity brought the rabbits out to play? That s the question pondered by some Porirua residents who believe there has been an increase in the number of rab- bits occupying the central strip of land on State Highway 1, between the Paremata round- about and Whitford Brown intersection. The number of them killed on the road has also risen, Papa- kowhai resident Keitha Keegan says. She has seen rabbits there for a good six months . . . and they are spreading . She says she counted more than 30 on one occasion recently. But the regional council and New Zealand Transport Agency say it is nothing unusual. There was a recent inspection of the land which determined the rabbit population wasn t out of control and a cull was not necessary. NZTA operations manager Mark Owen says they will keep an eye on the situation and believes motorists are used to seeing possums, hedgehogs and rabbits around the region s roads. While it s fine for drivers to take action to safely avoid hit- ting animals on the road, we urge motorists not to do any- thing rash that could endanger the safety of themselves or oth- ers, such as sweve into the path of other motorists or hazards, Mr Owen says. Egg-citing Easter fun to occupy the kids Colour me rad: When thinking of Easter crafts, dyeing egg shells is an oldie but a goodie. OTHER EASTER IDEAS Make a paper Easter basket -- there are plenty of templates on the internet, or you could have the kids decorate cardboard noodle boxes from Uncle Bills. Bake hot cross buns. Fill broken eggs with wax and a wick to make Easter candles. Make Easter bunny ears with card. Make chocolate crackle bird nests and place small hunting eggs inside. Bake muffins with Easter eggs in the middle -- yum. April is nearly upon us which means Easter is too. Woo hoo! Bailey and I decorated some blown eggs this week to hang on a branch in our home. They are super easy, but be warned, this activity can be messy. I recommend using plastic/ rubber gloves and have some paper towels on hand to dab the eggs or mop up any spills. There are so many ways to decorate blown eggs -- painting, dying, decoupage, stickers, etc. We used food colouring since that s what we had on hand. To empty the eggs, simply prick a hole in each end (one larger hole at the end the egg will come out is a good idea). Then simply blow gently through the smaller hole to force the egg out the other end. Scrambled eggs for breakfast anyone? Give the egg shells a wipe to remove any sticky egg and ensure they are clean and dry. Then you can dip your egg shells into different bowls of food colouring or dye. Try creating designs on the shells by putting stickers or rub- ber bands on first, to be removed once the food colouring/dye has dried. Place them in an egg carton, egg cups or the egg holder from the fridge to dry. Then arrange in a bowl or hang from threads on a branch or plant inside. While brown eggs worked OK, I was disappointed not to have found any white eggs at the supermarket. The colours would have appeared much more vibrant on white.
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