Kapi-Mana News : April 2nd 2013
6 KAPI-MANA NEWS, APRIL 2, 2013 NEWS Porirua Phone: 238 1057 Website: www.gordiesbags.co.nz Now Stocking Gordies Rubbish bags Gordies 238 1057 $2.50 Per Bag 5264181AB 4470708AA Products we offer: • Venetians • Verticals • Rollers • Sunscreens • Timber Blinds • Honey Comb • Skylights • Interior Shutters • Exterior Awnings See us at the Resene Colour Shop 4 Lyttelton Ave, Porirua. • open 6 days Free measure & installation Please contact us at: Mob: 027 508 7724 Ph: (04) 235 7744 Email: email@example.com www.moorevisionblinds.co.nz BEST CHOICE BEST PRICE BEST QUALITY IN TOWN 4507188AF Preschool must come up with cash or close EVERY DOLLAR HELPS The Green Elephant Sale, 9:30am till 12:30pm, Saturday, April 13, St Andrew's Church Hall, Steyne Ave, Plimmerton. Gold-coin donation. For more information or to donate email firstname.lastname@example.org. By ADRIANA WEBER Pukerua Bay Preschool needs to raise $700,000 or it will have to close. The preschool needs the money to build a larger facility by February 2015 so it can look after more child- ren. The non-profit organisation that runs the preschool, the Wellington Free Kindergarten Association, is funded by the Government on a per- child basis and needs to increase the school s roll in order to break even. Parents committee member Chris- tine Wilson said for the roll to increase, a larger building that meets Ministry of Education standards had to be built. To do that we desperately need money. The WFKA did not have the money to fund the upgrade, so it was up to the preschool s parents committee and staff to find it. If not enough money was raised the preschool would be forced to close, which would be devastating , Mrs Wilson said. It s a really sought-after pre- school; it has a great reputation and is unique because it is free and caters for children aged 18 months to 3 years. I don t think there s anything like it in the northern Porirua region. If the preschool closed it would mean its four staff members would lose their jobs and 55 families using the childcare service would have to go elsewhere, she said. It s sad to think that some child- ren might not have the opportunity to use this amazing service. I really hope it doesn t come to that. The preschool will begin its fund- raising efforts next week with an event that will sell pre-loved child- ren s clothing, books and toys. Although such fundraisers would help raise some money towards the rebuild, it was unlikely to cover much of the cost, Mrs Wilson said. Our big hope is that we will find a benefactor who can sponsor or donate to us. It s a huge ask but we hope that someone will be willing to help. The future of the preschool depends on it. Coastguard feels the pinch Sea shepherds: Mana Coastguard volunteer Paul Craven is one of 35 good samaritans who have rescued five boat crews this summer, an expensive exercise paid for out of a tight Coastguard budget. By ANDREA O'NEIL When you are in trouble on the water, Porirua s good samaritans are there to help: but rescues come at a high cost for the Mana Coastguard. Since January, Coastguard volunteers have responded to 10 callouts from boaties in trouble, in five cases assisting in police- led search and rescue opera- tions. Five callouts were good samaritan rescues, led by and funded by the Coastguard itself. This type of rescue comes when a sailor is stranded but lives are not at risk. Rescues in Porirua this summer included a yacht with an engine malfunction on a trip back from the Marlborough Sounds, and a fishing dingy swept six nautical miles offshore in fading daylight. The Coastguard s 35 volun- teers put in about 20 hours a month each in training and res- cue work, and can be assisting boaties well after midnight in three-metre swells, president Peter Feely says. They are happy to assist, but each good samaritan rescue costs the Coastguard hundreds of dollars, Mr Feely says. Filling one of the Coastguard boats with petrol costs $2000, which will last for three or four trips. It s about $300 to start the boat. The Coastguard relies on $45,000 of grant money and public donations each year just to exist, Mr Feely says. That doesn t put anything in the bank, that just keeps the fuel and maintenance and gear and safety training going. A new $1 million boat is des- perately needed, and Mr Feely is trying to figure out how to fund the upgrade. Sponsorship and a friends of Mana Coastguard scheme are being considered. An upgrade of the group s radios is also in progress, vastly increasing its ability to com- municate with vessels in dis- tress. The 35-strong Mana Coast- guard operates from a por- tacabin and shipping container at Mana Marina, and runs a tight ship, especially in the pres- ent tough funding climate, says volunteer and former president Trevor Farmer. We re having to be much more realistic. All of our grants are either for replacement of equipment or operating costs. None of our money goes into frivolous stuff. Despite the reasonable num- ber of good samaritan rescues this summer, the majority boaties have been well-prepared on the water, Mr Farmer says. But equipment does fail for no reason, he says. They ve done everything right but something s gone wrong. Shit happens. Some sailors have been so grateful for the Coastguard s assistance they have donated hundreds of dollars to the group, Mr Farmer says. Education manager retires Fond farewell: Suzanne Apanui, right, is leaving the Porirua Language after 16 years, and is being replaced by Phillipa Watt. By ANDREA O'NEIL After helping thousands of adults learn English, Porirua Language Project manager Suzanne Apanui has called it a day. Mrs Apanui has held various leadership roles at the tutoring charity since 1996, and says she loves bumping into former students in North City shopping centre and seeing their progress. It s a privilege, really, to have been involved in their lives, she says. Porirua Language Project provides English lessons to migrants and refugees, and tea- ches maths, computer and liter- acy skills to the wider com- munity. Mrs Apanui had a background in primary school teaching and adult ESOL teaching when she joined the service. She has seen big changes in 16 years: student numbers have increased, to 346 last year, while volunteer numbers have declined, so students learn in groups, rather than one-to-one. Volunteer tutors still visit students in their homes for con- versational lessons. The makeup of ESOL students has changed too: in 1996 migrants from Laos, Cambodia and Iraq were com- mon, but Colombia and Myan- mar dominate now. A Waikanae resident, Mrs Apanui is looking forward to having more time to travel. Phillipa Watt is the new man- ager.
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