Kapi-Mana News : July 23rd 2013
8 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JULY 23, 2013 NEWS RHM It's a change of season, so why not make a change of lifestyle. Kapiti VILLAGE Coastal Villas Kapiti Village Coastal Villas Saturday th and Sunday th July am to pm COASTAL VILLAS Spencer Russell Dr, o Rimu Rd, Paraparaumu Call Chrissie on KAPITI VILLAGE Henley Way, o Guildford Dr, Paraparaumu Call Sue on OPEN WEEKEND Coastal Villas. Easy living is good living. Retirement is so much easier when everything is close by. There is no need to drive. There is no need to wait around for someone to pick you up. You simply walk to the places you want to go whenever you feel like it! This is the life you can lead at Coastal Villas. This beautiful village boasts a prime location close to local amenities such as Coastlands Shopping Centre. Kapiti Village. Space inside. Space outside. You could say that Kapiti Village residents are spoiled for space. Their delightful retirement village is set on hectares of wide open grounds, with its own forest, walking tracks and vege gardens. When it comes to choosing a home here there is also plenty of room to move. Right now, Kapiti Village has a fine selection of spacious, sunny -bedroom villas with open plan living, fantastic indoor/outdoor flow and internal access garaging. FIXED VILLAGE FEE FOR LIFE Your weekly village fee will never increase while you live at Coastal Villas or Kapiti Village, providing you with price certainty for good. www.metlifecare.co.nz Artist's debut: Porirua artist Karen Dravitzki's first solo show will be on view at the Mana Art Gallery at Plimmerton Domain this weekend. Dravitzki's unusual work sits on the borders of painting and photography. The exhibition runs on Saturday and Sunday from 11am till 3pm. Porirua artist going takes the solo route Should councils own the buses? On board: Hayley Robinson says councils should buy buses rather than subsidise bus companies. Photo: JIM CHIPP By JIM CHIPP Bus services should not be ratepayer-subsidised, Wellington City Council candidate Hayley Robin- son says. Instead the money should be used to build up a council-owned bus fleet to run routes that were privately uneconomic and to supplement privately provided peak-hour services, she said. Wellington Regional Council economic wellbeing committee chairman Peter Glensor said having council-owned bus services could only be viable if it delivered all bus services, not just those private companies did not want. Ms Robinson will stand for Wellington City Council in the Onslow-Western ward. She said each year Wellington Regional Council put about $80 million into privately owned bus services. This appears reasonable, because the aim is a good one: to ensure an affordable, quality bus ser- vice for our region s cities, she said. However, commercial enterprises such as Inf- ratil, New Zealand Bus and Go Wellington needed to return a profit to shareholders. As a result, the multimillion-dollar profit the company and its subsidiaries earned last year could be seen as having come directly from rate- payer subsidies. Public transport was vital because it flowed on to everything else, such as residents and busi- nesses, she said. Without them functioning and everyone being able to get to work, everything is stuffed, basi- cally, she said. Mr Glensor said he believed Ms Robinson had seriously underestimated how expensive it was to run the bus network. The only way to make it even marginally viable is to deliver all the services with the service you own, not focus on the services where two people want to come home at 10 o clock at night -- a whole transport network rather than a series of separate operations, he said. Secondly, you have got to have a network run- ning right through the day. Private companies want to focus on only those services that make money -- they pick the busy routes, Mr Glensor said. That is why we bundle together all of those different routes, so they can t cherry-pick the services that they want to run for a profit. One fleet of buses to provide public-good services and a second run by a private company to operate a commercial service was not realistic, he said.
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