Kapi-Mana News : April 23rd 2013
3 KAPI-MANA NEWS, APRIL 23, 2013 NEWS Imagine a Five Star Home In Four Easy Steps INSULATION * HEATING * VENTILATION * LIGHTING To discover how your beautiful home can be healthy too, call the friendly team at CozyCool for a free consultation. www.cozycool.co.nz Call now 0800 26 99 26 Have your Fujitsu heatpump installed by CozyCool before 31st July 2013 and go into the DRAW TO WIN a Suzuki Swift GLX 4756096AD Porirua Lyttelton Ave, Porirua 5305116AA Gordies 238 1057 Porirua's New Rubbish Bag Service SUPER SAVER $9.99 5 Bags for Save $2.50 Valid from the 22nd April 2013 - 13th May 2013 Divide causes 'crazy' policy By ANDREA O'NEIL Expensive, dangerous and down- right dumb council policies on water, climate change and hous- ing could be vastly improved if Wellington s councils amalga- mated, says Porirua-Tawa regional councillor Barbara Donaldson. Since 2008 Greater Wellington Regional Council has been push- ing for local councils to adopt one regional plan for vital services like water, waste, housing, economic development and transport, as well as climate change planning, she said. But politics and penny-pinching by the region s eight local councils killed the idea. It gradually got reduced down and down as people said we don t want this, we don t want that , Ms Donaldson said. The frustra- tions were enormous. Individual policies are hurting the region and its ratepayers, she said. During this summer s drought, there was a three-week delay before Wellington City Council could declare a sprinkler ban because officers had to wait for the next council meeting. That is dumb. Some councils are letting their water pipes fall into disrepair to keep rates low, she said. Protecting residents from floods is a Greater Wellington respons- ibility, but it is powerless to stop planned housing developments on the Hutt riverbank. Local councils can decide where people live, so the result is we have got a whole lot of people and industry built in flood plains. Councils policies affect neigh- bouring cities: new Wellington suburbs like Lincolnshire Farm are in the Porirua harbour catch- ment, which Greater Wellington and Porirua council are charged with protecting. Isn t that crazy? It s the use of the land that dictates what goes into the water, Ms Donaldson said. Fragmentary policies also turn prospective businesses off the region, she said. In another own goal, councils rejected a 2008 regional scheme for reducing emissions, which would limit flooding and water shortages in the future, she said. Having one plan for the region, which would happen under a super-city, would identify where resources, education, and industry were needed across the region. Ms Donaldson says affordable housing for Wainuiomata and rural Upper Hutt have not been planned with the region in mind. Where do we need the develop- ment? What are the areas of need, how can we work with industry and government departments to make it happen? Do we have the transport connections? Bringing assets under one coun- cil would also keep them safe from privatisation, she said. Centre funded Creekfest By KRIS DANDO The Porirua Whanau Centre board contributed more than $35,000 to stage Creekfest, organisers revealed last week. Healthlinks executive officer and the event s organiser, Liz Kelly, said Creekfest cost $116,415 to put on, just inside the proposed budget. The $35,786 interest-free loan from the Whanau Centre Board was crucial towards that funding, and has since been paid back. She said Healthlinks is still waiting on Porirua City Coun- cil s $20,000 grant, though the council s chief executive Gary Simpson told Kapi-Mana News it has been paid. He also said the council s review of event funding was not related to Creekfest s well- publicised difficulties. Ms Kelly said delivering such a popular community event on budget was worth celebrating. A huge amount of work goes into Creekfest and every- one involved deserves a huge vote of thanks. [It] is about our community and the community makes it happen. Parents team up for kids By CHLOE WINTER We're back: Porirua East School's kapa haka group, run by a group of encouraging mums. Photo: CHLOE WINTER Porirua East School s kapa haka group has been revived, thanks to some mums. Zar Mason saved the kapa haka group after she heard parents complaining in the playground. Everyone was wanting to know why Porirua East hasn t got a kapa haka group, she said. Ms Mason used to run the group but found it a bit overwhelming . Nevertheless, she has now found a team of mums to work with her, teaching the children traditional Maori performing arts. She performed kapa haka when she was younger and loved it, which is why she offered her time to the children. The rewards for teaching the kids kapa haka are simply pure enjoyment and the chance to con- tribute to the community, she said. [I love] being a Maori and being able to give back . . . who doesn t love to chat, sing and dance? The group consists of about 40 children aged 6 and over. Kassidy Head, 8, has been involved in kapa haka for two years. She was annoyed and bored when it stopped but was excited it had started again. [I like] the songs that we learn and the things that we do. The group is preparing to per- form at the Kapo Kapo Matariki Festival in June. Ms Mason says she is slightly nervous about the event. I m excited, but it s going to be our first performance and it s a bit daunting. Principal Irene Unasa is grate- ful to the parents. It s a big thing to ask parents to come during the day. But the commitment is worth it, Ms Unasa said. We constantly hear about the under-achievement of Maori and Pacifika children, so we are con- stantly striving to see how we can do the best for our children. They need to feel strong and confident about who they are and where they ve come from. The Kapo Kapo Matariki Festi- val, June 17 to 21, at Te Rauparaha Arena. Information about the festival should be avail- able from www.terauparaha arena.co.nz from next month.
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