Food bank help

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Edi­tor,

Af­ter read­ing your ar­ti­cle on low lev­els at the lo­cal food banks I thought ‘‘what can I do?’’

I re­alised we have a staff Christ­mas func­tion com­ing up at my work so I have or­gan­ised a food drive for that day. Just a thought for other busi­nesses out there that are hold­ing a party, it’s a good way for all staff to do­nate and get a large num­ber of food­stuffs to­gether. - AN­GELA BOWYER,

Can­nons Creek. high­est in New Zealand, while the chief ben­e­fi­cia­ries will be a small group of busi­ness peo­ple and com­mer­cial real es­tate agents.

The com­po­si­tion of the new coun­cil and may­oralty gives lit­tle hope for an out­come other than this. - ROSS PIPER,

Ti­tahi Bay. Simon Calvert re­sponds: The Porirua Cham­ber of Com­merce and the Porirua City Coun­cil are in agree­ment that the City Cen­tre Re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion Plan project is es­sen­tial for the eco­nomic fu­ture of Porirua City.

The cham­ber has been work­ing col­lab­o­ra­tively with all busi­nesses across a range of sec­tors in­clud­ing those based at the Mega Cen­tre, the North City Shop­ping Cen­tre, Els­don, Mana, Plim­mer­ton and Whitby.

With­out ex­cep­tion, ev­ery busi­ness sec­tor agrees that the key eco­nomic ini­tia­tive that the coun­cil should fo­cus on is work­ing to im­prove the in­fra­struc­ture and con­nec­tiv­ity of the Porirua CBD.

In the years that have gone by since the City Cen­tre Re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion Project was first mooted, the CBD has be­come in­creas­ingly split and a num­ber of op­por­tu­ni­ties to at­tract more busi­nesses and jobs to the area have been missed.

Ross Piper and Robert Shaw’s com­ments clearly re­flect that they con­sider that sit­ting on the side­lines and gen­er­ally hop­ing for im­prove­ment in the CBD is the way for­ward for the city. How­ever, the role of the cham­ber and the coun­cil is to do more than hope for a stronger eco­nomic fu­ture. We must lead the com­mu­nity and plan for a pros­per­ous fu­ture. Any­thing less is sim­ply un­ac­cept­able. foot­path, and as the road also nar­rows to the bridge it forces you closer to the large trucks and traf­fic that speed through Pukerua Bay.

My daugh­ter reg­u­larly cy­cles across that nar­row foot­path as a news­pa­per de­liv­erer, and this is far more dan­ger­ous than walk­ing along a short gravel path well away from the tracks. It is no more dan­ger­ous than walk­ing the length of the sta­tion plat­form.

As for the state­ment that the cur­va­ture of the line makes it dan­ger­ous, that’s ridicu­lous. There have been two peo­ple hit by trains around Welling­ton that I know of. One re­cently in Kenepuru, and the other in Porirua. Peo­ple will get hit by trains if they walk on the lines, not on a gravel path (which On­track work­ers re­grav­elled for us re­cently as rain had flooded it) well away from the lines. - JEANETTE ERCEG,

Pukerua Bay.

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