Kapi-Mana News : April 16th 2013
3 KAPI-MANA NEWS, APRIL 16, 2013 NEWS Paremata Phone: 238 1057 Website: www.gordiesbags.co.nz Now Stocking Gordies Rubbish bags Gordies 238 1057 $2.50 Per Bag 5264181AD Wheeler's Guardian FUNERAL HOME NORTH CITY 5275216AA Goody-bags at Pataka Market 23 lucky people will receive goody-bags at Pataka Market this Sunday. Goody-bags items have been donated by all 30 stalls a nd some will include handmade perfume, soap, silver jewellery and some cute bibs from Made By Mama o wn e r Lyns ey Webb pictu r ed abo v e with one of her boys merino top. Underground Market @ Pataka 3rd Sunday every month 11am to 3pm. ADVERTORIAL Reprieve in funding By KRIS DANDO A very, very precious group that advocates for older people in Porirua came within a whisker of having its funding rejected by Porirua City Council last week. A meeting of the council s committee recommended the $20,000 given annually to the Older Persons Advisory Group (OPAG) be cut, in favour of reviewing different ways of engaging with the city s older folk. It was noted there was not a council representative on OPAG and meetings were attended by just a handful of people. Committee chairman Euon Murrell said a new approach was required. It would appear this way has not been working, there needs to be a look at alternative ways to interact with our older people. Earlier, Porirua Citizens Advice Bureau manager Sandra Andrews told councillors that OPAG met regularly, advised the council and made regular submissions on PCC policies and plans. OPAG is envious of the relationship the council has with its younger people. It is a very, very precious group that advocates for seniors. Councillors agreed to let the issue stay on the table for a decision in the near future. Strong bloodline: Tram, Duong, Lynda and Jacqueline have, with the encouragement of their grandfather and parents, worked studiously at school and have plenty of options when they leave year 13. Sisters loving life in Mana By KRIS DANDO The Ly girls don t have to look far to find their inspiration. Sisters Lynda and Jacqueline, and their cousin Thuy-Duong attend Mana Col- lege, while another cousin Tram is in her second year of a Bach- elor of Commerce at Victoria University. They are getting the hang of English, the Kiwi accent and our culture, and are all achieving top marks. They say the stimulus for their diligence can be traced to grandfather Huy Quang Ly, who arrived in New Zealand as a refugee from Vietnam in 1999 after experiencing oppression, persecution and discrimi- nation . He sponsored his wife, chil- dren and grandchildren to join him in Porirua for a better life. Before 1975 I was a teacher of French and English and my life was prosperous, he says. In 1965 I joined the army due to general mobilisation [during the Vietnam War] and served in the army until the fall of Saigon. I was re-educated and my life became miserable, with my property confiscated. So I had to fleetofindanewlifeinanew land. He chose New Zealand because we are a humani- tarian country and Porirua as it was close to the capital, a uni- versity and affordable to live in. Grand-daughter Tram says while they miss their homeland, they believe the opportunities are plentiful here. The girls have enjoyed Mana College and being able to specialise in subjects that inter- est them, Tram says. Jacqueline, who is in year 13, says the workload is high, but welcomes the challenge. She received NCEA Level 2 last year with merit. Tram, who spoke no English until she was 8, received A or A+ in seven university papers last year. She was Mana s dux in 2011 and received several scholarships to study at Vic- toria. Lynda was the top year 9 student in 2012, while Duong earned NCEA Level 1 with excellence as a year 11. Two Ly boys, aged 12 and 13, are at Titahi Bay Intermediate. Huy sets high expectations but wants his granddaughters to achieve their dreams. I oblige all of them to have the spirit of self-discipline, to know new vocabulary and read books as much as possible, he says.
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