Kapi-Mana News : April 2nd 2013
47 KAPI-MANA NEWS, APRIL 2, 2013 OPINION/NEWS rwlowerhutt.co.nz Today you can select which site you´d prefer to have your new home completed on from the remaining lots available in Stage 2 - Only one remains at $465,000 so don't delay your inquiry The vast majority of our homes are bought by proud new home owners wanting the confidence of a proven product, selection of site and the opportunity to choose their own colours. Stage three under way with new homes coming to the market soon.Call today for more information. Whitby Lot 90 Staithes Drive 3A2F2I For Sale $465,000 View Saturday/Sunday 12:00 - 3:00 rwlowerhutt.co.nz/LWH20056 Bob Bell 0274 428 188 (04) 212 4967 email@example.com Llew Kemeys 0272 408 828 (04) 212 6524 firstname.lastname@example.org LICENSED (REAA 2008) 5281479AA PORIRUA GRAND TRAVERSE 7 April 13 ENTER NOW 5 EVENT OPTIONS Multisport / Duathlon • MTB • MT Run • Fun Run/Walk • Youth Challenge Find out more and register online at www.pgt.org.nz ALL AGES. ALL ABILITIES. ALL AMAZING Power has many guises TOUCH OF GREY KILIAN DE LACY Power to the people? Yeah, right! Power means different things to dif- ferent people around the world. In some countries power means hatred, bloodshed and oppression of the masses. In other places it means accumulat- ing as much of this world s goods as you can. In our schools, power often leads to bullying and the like. Politicians, and especially those in ministerial positions, try to exert as much power as they can by making rules and laws for others to obey. Media people want to show their power by manipulating society s thinking and attitudes. Religious figures sometimes demon- strate fearsome power over the lives and actions of others. Justice personnel wield power in their pursuit of those who break the law. And so it goes on. But here in New Zealand, say the word power and most people s minds spring immediately to the ever- increasing cost of this commodity to the ordinary people. And power has two meanings in this context. Power companies have almost absolute power over what they charge us for our electricity and gas. And then there is the power they provide for us to keep warm and fed. Either way, power is a very appro- priate word when you come to think about it. A major factor in these constant price hikes is the number of entities which have to take their cut. There are the power producers, of course, then we pay for the delivery of our power, maintenance, meters, data collection and, most of all, the returns to investors and the magnificent salaries for company executives. But, as Robert F Kennedy once said, The problem of power is how to achieve its responsible use rather than its irresponsible and indulgent use--ofhowtogetmenofpowerto live for the public rather than off the public. Exactly. A great mystery to me is that, whenever a price rise is mooted, we are told that it is necessary to build more power capacity , or to improve the infrastructure . The trou- ble is, we see precious little for all the funds which have been poured into these activities over many years. Where are all the new power sta- tions being built to cope with the expected increase in our population? Where has all the money gone that we have already paid for these things? Another mystery is why the prices keep on going up when we are told there is a surplus of power available at the moment. I thought such a surplus was supposed to result in lower prices, not higher ones. And when we are assured by the Energy Minister that the Government is working hard to keep power prices reasonable , I have to ask where he lives -- on Mars or somewhere? What is reasonable about power prices going up by more than the rate of inflation? Those of us on superannuation only, or the minimum wage, or some benefit or other do not get our income boosted even up to the rate of inflation, let alone above it. Only politicians and business executives (including those in our state-owned enterprises) get that, it would seem. Of course, there is precious little we ordinary folk can do about this situ- ation except pay up. But it hurts, big time. When will any government have the courage to do something positive about it, I wonder? Last month, our Porirua mayor, Nick Leggett, gave us some interes- ting information about the discussions around local body amalgamation. This month, Ruth Dyson, Labour s spokeswoman for senior citizens, will address us. So if you have questions you want answered, come along. Ruth has a very good reputation in Christchurch with her constant attendance at com- munity functions, particularly since the earthquakes. Tuesday, April 9, at 1.30pm at The Porirua Club, Lodge Place, Porirua. Contact Helen Griffith on 236 0112. Wheel excited: Sarah Suter from Pukerua Bay School won a scooter at the gala. Cashing in on gala Pukerua Bay School s annual gala has come up trumps for the community, netting $30,000 for the school s coffers. Principal Mary Jones says the generosity of the local community, and from those further afield that came to the gala, never ceases to amaze her. On the one hand I m astonished that we have managed to make $30,000, but when I think about how many people flocked through the gates buying up large, listening to the entertainment and trying out all the fun activities, I m not entirely surprised. Mrs Jones says this is a whole of school effort with the children and parents helping out and getting involved. We are a small school of 164 children and the annual gala really is the biggest thing that happens in the Bay every year. We all look forward to it and have a lot of fun being involved. This year s gala money will go towards ICT equipment for the school, says Mrs Jones.
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