Kapi-Mana News : April 30th 2013
COUNCIL NEWSLETTER TO RESIDENTS: PAGES 6 & 7 INSIDE: OPINION 10 | CINEMADDICT 19 | WEEKLY WORKOUT 20 | CLASSIFIED 40 | SPORT 44 TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2013 PORIRUA CITY & TAWA www.kapimananews.co.nz Push to save theatre By ANDREA O’NEIL Not being able to offer those attending the Anzac Day service a cup of tea in the Porirua Little Theatre this year made its prob- able demolition hit home for president Sandy Brewer. Thirty five troupe members met on April 21 and decided to oppose Porirua City Council’s application to demolish the water-damaged theatre. The Whitehouse Rd building has been sealed off since struct- ural damage was discovered last August. Ms Brewer acknowledges the council has little money to repair the theatre. But the troupe agrees with conservation architects who recommended to the council that the 1940s former military dining hall be saved. ‘‘There’s a lot of passion there and a lot of interest from people who want to make sure we’ve done all we can,’’ Ms Brewer said. The troupe also took excep- tion to the council’s justifica- tions in its report for demolish- ing the building, Ms Brewer said. The council document says that if demolished the site will revert to grass and the resulting open space and views will be more pleasant and safe for the community than the hall. New leader puts wharenui back on track By ANDREA O’NEIL Energy boost: Aotea’s Horouta marae will have its long-empty meeting house decorated and blessed by December 7 thanks to energetic marae manager Pania Houkamau-Ngaheu, pictured with her biggest supporter, husband Tahi Ngaheu. After 20 years of sitting unused, an Aotea marae meeting house is finally on track to open thanks to an injection of energy from a young community leader. Horouta ki Poneke Marae on Whitford Brown Ave bucked tra- dition by electing a young, female marae manager after its founding chairman Newtown Crawford died two years ago. Pania Houkamau-Ngaheu, 48, is better known as chair- woman of the Porirua Vikings Rugby League Club, and also holds down a day job in super- annuation services with WINZ. On top of that she is a mother of eight and grandmother of six, but has poured energy into improving her marae for the past two years. This is a big job. ‘‘It’s very, very challenging to work for your own people, because the expectations are so high and the more you achieve, the higher the expectation. ‘‘I fully respect the honour.’’ Many of the marae’s 150 active members are working hard, often at weekends, to spruce up the wharekai or din- ing hall, painting and repairing the 1970s building. But Mrs Houkamau-Ngaheu’s main project is to open the wharenui or meeting house, which the marae has lacked funds to decorate and bless since being built in the early 1990s. Mrs Houkamau-Ngaheu has set December 7 as its opening date, and has set a team of men creating carvings for the wharenui interior. Horouta is a young marae, its oldest kaumatua being just 80, and Mrs Houkamau-Ngaheu wants to reflect that in the wharenui carvings, which will be brightly coloured rather than the traditional red, white and black. The carvings will reflect the marae’s connection to Porirua Harbour, of which it has spec- tacular views, and ancestors from Ngati Porou, Mataatua, Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairoa. Young people are central to Mrs Houkamau-Ngaheu’s plans for Horouta. Health problems and youth suicide are rife in her com- munity, and she would like to see health agencies set up at the marae in the future. ‘‘Young people are the marae,’’ she says. ‘‘We have a moral obligation to our own peo- ple to make sure their needs are being addressed.’’ Hair going for cause By ANDREA O’NEIL ➤ THE FACTS ❚ Six New Zealand children and adults are diagnosed every day with a blood cancer ❚ Ten thousand Kiwis live with a blood cancer ❚ Every week 23 emergency assistance vouchers are distributed by Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand. Hair today, gone on Friday: Bridgette Strid will have her hair shaved – but not by a bolt-cutter – before her charity run up the Sky Tower. With her are John Pitchford and David Logan. Tawa firefighter Bridgette Strid will keep a cool head during a stressful charity race next week – quite literally, as she is shaving her hair to boost the brigade’s fundraising. Volunteer firefighter Miss Strid, 29, is facing the razor in honour of friends and family who have fought cancer, most of all her mother who is undergoing cancer treatment. ‘‘I’ve seen her go through that,’’ Miss Strid says. ‘‘She’s behind it, she’s sponsored me as well.’’ Four members of the Tawa brigade are travelling to Auck- land this weekend for the annual Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge, a gut-busting run up 51 flights of stairs wearing 25 kilograms of fire-fighting gear. The challenge raises money for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand, and so far the Tawa team – Miss Strid, John Pitchford, David Logan and Mark Osborne – have raised $3700. Miss Strid, a sign language interpreter by day, has attracted $2600 of that amount due to her extra commitment – shaving her hair this Friday night at the sta- tion. ‘‘I’ll have a week [before the race] to see if my helmet still fits my head,’’ she says. Her brown hair is 50 centi- metres long and never been dyed. She plans to sell it to a wig com- pany. ‘‘Some people say ‘you’re nuts’,’’ she says. ‘‘I think I’ll be more ner- vous when the razor comes out.’’ Indeed she might have cause for nerves, because one of her col- leagues will be wielding the razor this Friday. For more funds, Miss Strid is auctioning hairdresser rights to the highest bidder. ❚ To sponsor local fire crews in the Sky Tower Challenge, visit www.firefightersclimb.org.nz/ search_participants and search Tawa, Porirua, Plimmerton or Titahi Bay.
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