Kapi-Mana News : July 23rd 2013
BEST COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR MEDIA AWARDS, 2013 TUESDAY, JULY 23, 2013 PORIRUA CITY & TAWA www.kapimananews.co.nz INSIDE: KENEPURU UNDER FIRE 3 | OPINION 10-11 | TOP TALENT 13 | FILM REVIEW 17 | SPORT 44-46 Pirates a roaring success Biggest pirates: Volunteer Rob Napier and Whitby Anchor Church holiday programme organiser Chris Leadbeater. Photo: ANDREA O'NEIL By ANDREA O'NEIL Children screamed with terror and delight as the dastardly pirate Purplebeard made his appearance at Whitby s Anchor Church last week. Puppet Purplebeard joined a human cast of pirates for a rollick- ing week of pantomimes, songs, crafts and games at the church s annual school holiday programme. The week-long programme was fully booked out with 150 children each day enjoying the show. The church community poured hours into decking out the church like a galleon on the high seas. Dozens of teenagers volun- teered their holidays to be group leaders, all appropriately decked out in swashbuckling costume. The organisers were children s pastors Chris and Sandy Lead- beater, who played captain Brave Belle and Bold Pete, mocked by all as Bald Pete . Youth pastor Brad de Villiers joined the couple on stage as Handsome Jack as the trio fought off the evil machina- tions of Purplebeard. More photos, page 34 We still think Porirua is safe By KRIS DANDO The perception of Porirua as safe remains high, although the num- ber who say it is a better place to live than three years ago is fall- ing. The Porirua City Council s sur- vey shows 53 per cent regard the city as mostly a safe place, and 34 per cent said definitely . When asked if Porirua was a bet- ter place to live than three years ago, 42 per cent said yes, down from 49 per cent in 2012. Those who think Porirua is bet- ter were mostly Maori and Pacific Island residents, non-ratepayers and those who live in a household that earns less than $80,000. The most pessimistic part of the city was the north, with just 28 per cent of those surveyed choos- ing definitely when asked is Porirua a safe place to live. Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett said he was always concerned about statistics that showed peo- ple did not feel safe. He doubted there was a community anywhere in New Zealand that would return 100 per cent in the right column. I also don t think it s com- pletely the council s role in ensur- ing people feel safe, but we can help create the right environ- ment, he said. Police, Com- munity Guardians, Maori wardens and the communities themselves must take ownership. It s about internal pride and there s plenty of that in Porirua. National media s ignoring of the city s crime figures -- the lowest in the region -- and haste to link Porirua with gangs was frustrat- ing, he said. Timely earthquakes? Complacency setting in By KRIS DANDO The spate of earthquakes in the Wellington region over the past few days may have a positive spin- off as residents rush to top up their emergency preparations. Ironically, the earthquakes struck just as a survey revealed that the number of Porirua people prepared for a natural disaster had dropped steadily over the past two years. Trevor Farmer, Porirua City Council s emergency management officer, said he was not surprised complacency was setting in over emergency preparations. He said that in the wake of the Christchurch earthquakes, there was a clamour to buy survival items and get plans in place. He said a tail-off and com- placency were inevitable. This is the reality of what occurs, he said last week. The quakes were two years ago. I would think after the [June] storms, with all the power outages, and the earthquakes over the weekend, that figure of 62 per cent will climb again. It never hurts to hammer home the need to be prepared. Figures from the council s annual residents survey, released last week, reveal that 62 per cent per cent of those asked said they had survival items, a household emergency plan, and enough food and water for three days. That compared to 75 per cent in 2011 and 67 per cent last year, but was still higher than the 56 per cent who said they were pre- pared in 2010. People have to realise they need to help themselves if a disas- ter hits. The authorities may not be able to get to them, Mr Far- mer said. He said he would love to have the citywide annual number at 75 per cent. People in the northern (74 per cent) and western (59 per cent) parts of Porirua were most pre- pared. Just 48 per cent of residents in the east said they were ready. Those most likely to say they had necessary survival items and a household emergency plan were aged over 40, European, rate- payers and in a household earning more than $40,000 a year. Mr Farmer put a twist on those statistics. I m not too concerned about Porirua East. They have a great sense of community there and are more likely to know their neigh- bours. In the north or west, there might be more meetings, better technology and more cash, but in the east you have strong churches, sport and other groups. Mr Farmer said it was interes- ting to hear reactions to the recent earthquakes, with sheltering under desks common. Some workers ran outside, a big no-no. Most people knew to brace themselves in a doorway, he said. For more survey stories, see page 4.
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