Food bank help
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,