Beau­ti­ful job awaits

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Keep Porirua Beau­ti­ful is look­ing for a new chair­man.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion or­gan­ises clean-ups, adopt-as­pot pro­mo­tions, plant­ings and other beau­ti­fi­ca­tion projects in the city, with fund­ing from Porirua City Coun­cil. It will host the Keep New Zealand Beau­ti­ful con­fer­ence in Septem­ber, and out­go­ing chair­man Jeremy An­der­sen hopes to have a suc­ces­sor in place well be­fore then.

He says while he has en­joyed the chal­lenge, the amount of time needed to put into the un­paid po­si­tion was tak­ing its toll on his own busi­ness and he has a young fam­ily.

‘‘For the last two years I’ve done what I can, and I’ve ab­so­lutely loved it but I’m fall­ing short of what’s re­quired. Some­one with more time on their hands, and the abil­ity to pro­duce more than I can, can take KPB to the next level.’’

Mr An­der­sen will re­main on KPB’S board and wants to be in­volved into the fu­ture. He says the new chair­man will have a pas­sion for Porirua and the en­vi­ron­ment, will be en­cour­aged to take part in the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s ac­tiv­i­ties – ‘‘get­ting their hands dirty’’ – along with con­duct­ing board meet­ings, talk­ing to the me­dia on oc­ca­sion and work­ing closely with co-or­di­na­tor John Pop­ple­ton.

It would help if prospec­tive can­di­dates were com­fort­able with bal­ance sheets, bud­gets and mak­ing sub­mis­sions to the city coun­cil on is­sues that af­fect KPB’S ef­forts, Mr An­der­sen says.

‘‘Some­one like Den­nis [his pre­de­ces­sor, Den­nis Ormsby] was great, be­cause he was keen to get out into the com­mu­nity and do the plant­ings, then do the pa­per­work and run meet­ings. We’d love some­one that could put in 20 hours a week.’’

He and Mr Pop­ple­ton will help the new chair­man ease into the role.

Dur­ing his ten­ure, Mr An­der­sen is proud of the adopt-a-spot and ‘1000 mem­bers club’ pro­mo­tions, and har­bour clean-ups and Ar­bor Day plant­ings have been well-at­tended.

‘‘KPB is free to join and we’re get­ting young and old peo­ple sign­ing up, to help keep their com­mu­nity clean and tidy. We want this or­gan­i­sa­tion to be in peo­ple’s minds and I’m hop­ing the next chair­man will in­spire even more to keep their city beau­ti­ful.’’

Ap­pli­ca­tions close March 26. For more in­for­ma­tion, email keep­poriru­abeau­ti­ful or con­tact Mr Pop­ple­ton on 238 1641.

Mov­ing on: The hunt for Keep Porirua Beau­ti­ful chair­man Jeremy An­der­sen’s suc­ces­sor is on, with the suc­cess­ful can­di­date likely to have strengths in both plant­ing and bud­gets.

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