Kapi-Mana News : April 16th 2013
10 KAPI-MANA NEWS, APRIL 16, 2013 OPINION BEEF SCHNITZEL 5 g 5307599AA FINE FOODS & QUALITY MEATS www.prestonsmasterbutchers.co.nz HARBOURSIDE; 16 PARUMOANA ST, PORIRUA 04 237 7313 $8.99 kg Oh So Versatile SPECIAL ENDS 21/04/2013 Crumbed or Plain Check our Preston's website for some great recipe ideas www.prestonsmasterbutchers.co.nz LETTERS EKERS' WEEK We'll miss you Editor, Sorry to hear that you are moving on. You have done so much for Kapi-Mana and the city of Porirua. We as a family have lived in the area for over 58 years and you have been a part of our city. Good luck in your new job. I would like to know why you did not publish the names of those who graduated on March 22 from Whitireia Polytechnic. There were so many locals who graduated in different courses and this is a good way to show the people of Porirua what can be achieved and the work that Whitireia Polytech is doing to help these people get qualifications. Hope you will look into this. GLORIA HAZLEWOOD, Papakowhai. Thanks for the kind words. Coverage of graduations is often tricky, they tend to be scheduled on a Friday afternoon when we re on deadline. Publishing lists of graduates names is normally something organised by an education provider as advertising -- Editor. Waffle unhelpful Editor, According to councillor Tim Shepherd at the Pauatahanui draft annual plan meeting last Wednesday, the people at fault for failure to maintain the Porirua Little Theatre building are not council officers who repeatedly sought funding for maintenance, but councillors and mayors who refused to provide it. Not one of the other northern ward councillors disagreed. To add to the injury, councillor Euon Murrell informed the meeting that the council s highest priority was the $14 million planned city centre revitalisation. When I asked for confirmation that the Long Term Plan actually scheduled nearly $19 million in capital costs and $33 million in total costs, the chief executive, instead of just confirming what is clearly written in the plan, waffled about how plans might not actually happen and the only way to tell the actual cost was by looking back after completion. On a similar note, why does the chief executive s letter on page 4 of the draft Annual Plan talk about a $600,000 shortfall in landfill revenue when on page 96 it is shown to be $794,000? Why did the mayor on Tuesday respond to this with you don t understand instead of explaining the discrepancy? Isn t it self-evident if a question is asked that understanding is lacking and the promoter of the plan should explain his understanding? Or is it just obvious that our representatives need to be replaced? BRIAN COLLINS, Papakowhai. Mr Collins will be a candidate in the local body elections this October -- Editor. Time for history Editor, I am not sure where the population statistics came from in the Time will tell with change article about Porirua City s earlier amalgamation (KMN, April 9, page 5). There is no way the addition of the Hutt County Council s residents in 1973 increased the city s population from 7000 to 9177 . Porirua City, composed of Titahi Bay, Elsdon and the eastern suburbs, was already well over 20,000 population -- there were 20,000 people in the eastern valley alone; Cannons Creek by itself had 10,000 residents, Porirua East (now Ranui) and Waitangirua were fully built up. It looks as though it is high time for someone to write the history of Porirua, now approaching 60,000 population. SYLVIA JENKIN, Cannons Creek. Abridged The article was referring to figures reported in a 1973 edition of Kapi- Mana News -- Editor. Caught in the middle Have we reached the point of supermarket satu- ration? Mainstreet retailers in Tawa are bemoaning the impact on trading since the opening of a second supermarket, Countdown, at the Redwood end of the suburb in February. Though these shops would have reaped some benefit in the 11 months Tawa had no proper supermarket, between the closure of Woolworths in 2011 and the arrival of New World last October, ultimately they are the collateral damage in a nationwide turf war between Foodstuffs and Pro- gressive Enterprises. Yes, competition is good for consumers, but wasn t there plenty already? Tawa residents are only five minutes drive from three large supermar- kets in central Porirua and two in Johnsonville -- both of which are Countdown. The introduction of a second supermarket had little to do with the needs of the suburb s 14,000 residents. Foodstuffs bought the Tawa mall site where Woolworths operated and eventually forced out its competitor. When plans for a Mitre 10 at the Takapu Island site hit the skids, back came Pro- gressive. The design of the Countdown in Newtown was restricted when Foodstuffs bought the adjoining property. It s not known what Foodstuffs will do with this site, but at least it s unlikely to be a supermarket. They already have a New World in Newtown and another one planned for the Basin Reserve. Matthew Dallas, Editor.
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