Kapi-Mana News : June 25th 2013
11 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JUNE 25, 2013 OPINION/NEWS supplying fresh produce for the city Most of our vegetables are grown on our farm in Levin and are picked fresh for your satisfaction • Wholesale Sales Welcome • From Wednesday 26th June 2013 while stocks last 2 Parumoana Street (next to Pete's Emporium) Phone: 04 237 5288 OPEN 7 DAYS Mon-Fri 9am-6.30pm Sat 8am-6pm Sun 10am- 5pm MANY MORE SPECIALS INSTORE Visit our facebook page City Green Fruit and Vegetables and go into our monthly draw to win a box of fruit 5166317AK Butternut 98cKilo Carrots 98cKilo Green Kiwifruit 78cKilo 14 Wall Place, Porirua City www.wallplacepanelbeaters.co.nz • Insurance work • Private work • Chassis straightening • Fleet work • Custom & modification work 5422156AB ASSORTED ACTION CITY SETS 40% off marked prices BARBIE POP PRINCESS $39.99 Was Now $14.99 5368665AD PORIRUA PORIRUA Mid-Winter Sale Plus many other toys at sale prices OPEN: MONDAY-FRIDAY 9am - 5.30pm • SATURDAY 9am - 5pm • SUNDAY 10.00am - 4pm 237 6958 New Location 3 Parumoana Street (next to Ballentynes) • PORIRUA no laybys, no rainchecks, while stocks last BRATZ TREND IT DOLLS $17.99 Was Now $4.99 BARBIE FASHIONISTAS Now $14.99 Was $24.99 LEGO 7939 TRAIN SET Now $299.99 Was $399.99 LEGO 7938 TRAIN SET Now $199.99 Was $299.99 The Christchurch fatigue factor TALKING POLITICS GORDON CAMPBELL As the countdown ticks on towards the point when Christ- church City Council will need to have significantly cleared its backlog of building consents -- or else the government will step in -- the rest of the country has reacted with something that looks like apathy. Earthquake fatigue is a genu- ine problem for the battered inhabitants of the Garden City. Christchurch news fatigue is a more nebulous condition, but one that seems just as real. These days, what happens in Christchurch struggles to get on to the nation s political radar, no matter how serious or outrageous a development it may be. Christchurch matters not simply because it is New Zea- land s second largest city. Routinely, the rebuild is also claimed to be the engine that is driving this country s economic recovery from the global financial crisis -- and it has already received the lion s share ($900 million just in this year s Budget) of the proceeds from the government s controversial asset sales. Even before the earthquakes, one bastion of local democracy -- Environment Canterbury -- had been swept aside by central gov- ernment decree. Since the first earthquake, there has also been constant ten- sion between the Key government and Christchurch City Council on other fronts. One prime bone of contention has been over whether the elected council will bow to pressure from central government to sell some of its community-owned assets -- a privatisation process that could be forced upon Christchurch to make it pay a bigger share of the rebuild costs. While central and local govern- ment arm-wrestle over the city s future, Christchurch has quietly become something of a laboratory for the Key government s policies on education. It has been a highly divisive programme. The population shifts in the wake of the earthquake have made some school closures and mergers inevitable. Yet Education Minister Hekia Parata has seemed spectacularly incapable of taking the com- munity with her on either the clo- sures/mergers decided upon, or the rushed timeframe she has imposed on the schools and famil- ies most affected. Such has been the quarantining of Christchurch news items that even the possibility that some schools forcibly closed in Christ- church could be used as sites for the government s experiment with charter schools has caused barely a ripple elsewhere. The apparent detachment of Christchurch from the rest of the country, and the extent of local dissatisfaction with the govern- ment s response to the city s needs, has already been reflected in political polling earlier this year. This polling suggested that Labour was doing even better than usual in Christchurch -- against the national trend. If true, such detachment is a worry. Now estimated to cost $40 bil- lion, the Christchurch rebuild is set to be the biggest building proj- ect in New Zealand s history. If chronic fatigue has already set in about monitoring how this process is going -- and who is ben- efiting from it -- then every tax- payer is in trouble. Gang link in stabbing possible By JIM CHIPP A 17-year-old man has been charged with intent to cause grievous bodily harm after another youth was stabbed in Waitangi- rua two weeks ago. Detective Sergeant Pete Middlemiss of Porirua Police said the alleged offender was remanded in custody pending a court appearance last Wednesday. There was a confrontation at Waitangi- rua mall about 11pm on Thursday, June 13, over a particular colour one of the two young men was wearing and one of the them was knocked unconscious. He was then stabbed multiple times. He was taken to Wellington Hospital where his condition was described as serious. Mr Middlemiss said the victim was released from hospital last week. People were speculating that the inci- dent was gang-related because colours were involved, he said. Generally, young people were not put- ting themselves at risk by the wrong wardrobe choices but in certain places, they could be, Mr Middlemiss said. In certain parts of our community it means something to some people. Mr Middlemiss did not believe young people were routinely carrying weapons in public places. Incoming president: Ron Lucas. Photo: SUPPLIED President looks to his passion Pauatahanui man Ron Lucas has just become the new president of Plimmerton Rotary. Those with long memories will know that Ron is following in the family tradition. His father was a Rotarian for many years and also a long serving Hutt County councillor. Plimmerton Rotary plays an important part in the community. They do many things that help make a lasting difference and among these pro- jects is the one that captures Ron s passion, the joint project with Porirua city to develop the path- way around the Pauatahanui Inlet (Te Ara Piko). A Rotary president holds the leadership role for 12 months and this is quite a short time in which to achieve numerous goals from the mundane to the truly exciting. A clear focus on achievement is needed from day one. Mr Lucas says another focus for him is accelerating some of the programmes they have going with young people.
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