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Eastern ward battle looms
Poutoa waves goodbye
By KRIS DANDO
Gone: Wayne Poutoa won't be
seeking a second term on Porirua
Photo: KRIS DANDO
We haven t seen the last of Wayne
The first-term Porirua City
councillor was a notable omission
from the list of candidates when
nominations closed on Friday.
The former Mongrel Mob mem-
ber and founder of Streets Ahead
237 took a leave of absence from
his council duties from July 24 to
the end of this term so he could
devote more time to dealing with
an illness in the family.
We re going through some chal-
lenging things that have required
I thought it was about time I
took a step back and applied my
skills to my own family. It s been
a hard decision [to not stand for
council], but at the same time it
Mr Poutoa said the past three
years on council had been valu-
able for his personal development,
and to see the game-playing that
occurs behind the scenes.
Amalgamation, the city centre
and continuing the work on
rejuvenating Porirua Harbour
were key issues for the next coun-
cil, he said.
He promised he would be back,
hopefully into politics in Porirua.
My political future is not over --
you have my word on that.
I have unfinished business, but
I need to be in the right space.
The battle for his vacant East-
ern ward chair at the council table
will be hotly contested, with 14
people vying for four spots.
Incumbents Denys Latham,
Litea Ah Hoi and Faafoi Seiuli
will be on the ballot paper with --
as was widely predicted -- sitting
Western ward councillor Liz
Kelly, who might fancy her
chances more in the east.
Others to join the race in the
east include former Black Fern
Izzy Ford, former Porirua mayor
John Burke and Windmill Bakery
founder Thomas Thomas.
In the Western ward, Ana Cof-
fey and Ken Douglas will be chal-
lenged by Yvonne Carroll.
Ms Carroll is also standing for
the mayoralty, along with Brian
Collins, but it would be a massive
upset if they tipped up mayor
In the Northern ward, long-
term councillor Sue Dow is not
standing. Her seat could be filled
by one of three candidates, includ-
ing former deputy mayor Kevin
Elsewhere, Jenny Brash and
Barbara Donaldson are the only
two standing in the Porirua-Tawa
constituency for Wellington
Helene Ritchie and Justin Les-
ter will seek re-election in Wel-
lington s Northern ward, and Mr
Leggett is after a seat on Capital
& Coast District Health Board.
More election stories, page 3.
Editorial, page 10.
Thirsty work: Monae Taitua-Te Kani was one of the first pupils at Titahi Bay North School to enjoy free milk.
Photo: MATT SHAND
Titahi Bay goes the milky way
By MATT SHAND
There haven t been milk monitors
in Wellington primary schools for
44 years, but since last Thursday
they have been back at Titahi Bay
Titahi Bay North is one of sev-
eral Porirua schools signed up to
Fonterra s Milk for Schools pro-
gramme. Pupils now get a 160ml
carton of free milk each day.
Milk monitors were selected
from year 7 pupils to help distrib-
ute milk to classrooms and teach
younger pupils how to recycle
The plastic in recycled cartons
is turned into roof tiles for
Thailand, and the paper is used to
make exercise books for Viet-
Milk monitor Blake Rogers, 11,
has been busy teaching his
schoolmates how to correctly fold
and dispose of cartons.
It has to be done a special way
to make it easier for the recycler,
It s folded in a way so even the
straw has a place to go.
It s good that the cartons are
recycled and not just wasted.
It takes 30 cartons to make one
The monitors will hand out milk
between 10am and 11am each day
for pupils to drink during class.
The importance of letting pupils
drink milk during class was dis-
covered during the Milk for
School s pilot period at Maunga-
turoto Primary School in North-
Though it meant a little more
slurping in the classroom, it
allowed pupils to take charge and
drink in their own time.
Titahi Bay North Principal
Steven Caldwell said distributing
in that way let teachers choose the
best moment to let pupils open
Teachers will decide when the
children needed an energy boost
and let them sip it as it s needed,
The Milk for Schools
programme delayed its Welling-
ton launch following Fonterra s
recent public relations disaster
over contaminated whey powder.
Mr Caldwell said he was
confident Fonterra had taken all
the steps to ensure the milk being
sent to schools was safe.
They provided us with a certifi-
cate showing us that the milk was
inspected, Mr Caldwell said.
We also sent home letters to
parents asking them to come for-
ward with any concerns or
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