Kapi-Mana News : April 9th 2013
12 KAPI-MANA NEWS, APRIL 9, 2013 NEWS/OPINION RHM "Right, we'll have that!" For Bev and Bob James, moving into a new apartment at Coastal Villas retirement village was one of the easiest decisions they've ever made. Room, glorious room. In a word that is what first a racted this active couple to the new apartments at Coastal Villas. "We'd had a really good look around at the other options on the Kapiti Coast, but we couldn't believe how spacious this layout was in comparison, so we decided quite quickly it was best to get in first," says Bev. "I remember the first house we built back in . It had three bedrooms and measured sq . Now we have this fantastic brand new apartment with two bedrooms and two bathrooms and it's sq ! And it comes with our own covered garage and extra storage space." The lock up and leave lifestyle was also a big plus for Bev and Bob who love roaming the world on cruise ships! In a few months time they will be flying to Japan and boarding a ship which will sail northeast to Alaska. As Bev explains, "We just lock up the apartment and go without a worry in the world. We'll leave the pot plants out for the sta to water, shut the door and that's pre y much it," says Bev. The icing on the cake? Well, that is the security that comes with living in this wonderful Coastal Villas community. "We know the village is safe, we don't have to worry about things going missing and that really puts our minds at ease." All in all, Coastal Villas brand new apartments have proved to be the perfect choice for this busy couple. "We knew we'd only get one crack at this retirement lifestyle and now we're loving every minute of it." To see the new apartments at Coastal Villas, call Chrissie on to arrange a private appointment. Coastal Villas We just lock up the apartment and go without a worry in the world. Spencer Russell Drive o Rimu Road, Paraparaumu www.metlifecare.co.nz SECURE YOUR BRAND NEW APARTMENT TODAY. Call Chrissie on Get active and have fun these holidays..!! Tawa Squash - School Holiday Programme. Tawa Squash Club 67 Main Road, Tawa • Ph: 04 232 8200 or 027 6SQUASH www.tawasquash.co.nz • email - firstname.lastname@example.org WHEN: April 29 to May 3 TIME: Mon--Fri, 9am-1pm FOR: Juniors Aged 6-16 COST: $120 ($6 p/hr) RUN BY: Mita Squash Coaching NOTES: - All levels catered for and playing equipment provided plus free Friday lunch included. - Programme limited to first 25 registrants so bookings are essential. - To make booking/payment please contact our Club Manager on details listed below. About Tawa Squash Club We are a friendly, welcoming, family-oriented Club that has a strong focus on junior development. Whether you are learning the game or just having a fun hit with a mate Tawa is the perfect Club to Join. Equipped with three courts with online booking, fully licensed bar, pool table, lounge, professional coaching business, pro shop and great people. Help your child to go far with Kip McGrath Our qualified teachers create individual tutoring programs for your child, using proven Kip McGrath methods of tuition. Tawa Centre 2326461 232 Main Road Tawa kipmcgrath.co.nz Call today for a FREE assessment ZMaths ZReading ZEnglish ZSpelling ZComprehension 4537641AA Rush to judge, rather than help Parents lack support We all know the story now; a baby left in a car in Pak 'n Save Pori- rua's carpark, along with a note My mum's in doing the shopping, call her if I need anything'' and a cellphone number. A photo was taken by a pas- serby and posted on Facebook. The rest, they say, is history. Sure, this new mum did not choose wisely to leave a baby alone in a supermarket carpark. But is this story really so bad to warrant international media attention and a social media furore? I'd suggest that there are bigger stories that deserve atten- tion here. How about the story of the pas- serby who took the photograph? Did it occur to him to ring the cellphone number to speak to the mother involved? Did it occur to him to call the police? CYFS? Did it occur to him to do anything that was remotely of use to an aban- doned baby and to the baby's mother who clearly was strug- gling to make good choices that day? The only thing he did do was to share a photo of this contentedly sleeping baby, creating a social media frenzy. Is this the act of someone genuinely concerned for the wellbeing of this child or is it an act of judgment? How about the story of the dis- proportionate outrage and public condemnation that has followed this mother's actions? Mostly we fail to see anything like this level of outrage levelled at the real perpetrators of child abuse -- those who beat, rape or murder those in their care. Is the name Michael Martin, accused of killing a toddler in his care in Auckland, on everyone's lips? Unlikely, but everyone in our nation and most of the Western world now knows and has an opin- ion about the mother who left her sleeping baby locked in a car at Pak 'n Save in Porirua. How about the story about the village that, today, does not raise the child? Today's parenting can be so isolating that parents don't have the support they need to nip down to the shops to purchase essential items and they are judged, not supported, through every choice they make. Parenting is not something that can be done in isolation and a tired, isolated parent is not always going to make good choices. Sure, I actually don't know if this mum was tired or isolated, but her actions suggest an inability to make good choices that day and a trusting, if naive, belief that strangers' intentions will be good ones. Yes, parenting is all about choices and risk assessments -- we do this every day without even knowing we are doing it most of the time. On this autumn morning, in the Pak 'n Save carpark, this new mother clearly didn't get it right, but what is the real story here? Is it her poor choice that day or is it a nation with appalling child abuse statistics with a moral com- pass that is becoming strangely skewed? Eleanor Cater is a freelance writer and works for Parents Cen- tres New Zealand as their natio- nal brand manager. She lives in Porirua City, shops all over and very rarely sees babies left in cars. Burke plans return John Burke has announced he will seek to return to the Greater Wellington Regional Council at the local body elections in October. The former mayor of Porirua sat for two terms on the regional council before being ousted in 2010. Mr Burke said a voice for fiscal restraint was needed on Greater Wellington, as was experi- ence in local government reform. Thirdly, the regional council is remote and seems to stand aloof from the public it represents. Their communication processes need to improve.''
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