Short­cut to be banned

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

A prom­ise from Porirua Col­lege should have Fran Koperu smil­ing.

The long­time Sur­prise Place res­i­dent, whose home over­looks the col­lege’s courts, has been un­happy with students us­ing a hole in the fence in or­der to gain a short­cut out of the school grounds. Once through the fence, the students flank her back fence and cut through a neigh­bour’s prop­erty to get out on to the culde-sac.

She is speak­ing up for her­self and her neigh­bours, she says.

‘‘I’m con­cerned about my pri­vacy and it’s dis­re­spect­ful, this is some­thing that has been hap­pen­ing for some time.

‘‘There’s been dam­age to my fence in the past too. I don’t think the school watches this area enough and they can’t do any­thing un­til they catch these kids.’’

Porirua Col­lege prin­ci­pal Su­sanne Jungersen says the hole in the fence will be fixed and students will be made aware it is un­ac­cept­able to exit the school this way.

‘‘We weren’t aware this was hap­pen­ing un­til Ms Koperu got in touch with us re­cently.

‘‘We will be block­ing this hole off and there is a more rig­or­ous out of bounds pol­icy in place now, that ev­ery­one is aware of.’’

Fence is­sues: Fran Koperu wants Porirua Col­lege students to use proper ex­its to leave the school, rather than a hole in the fence that skirts her prop­erty.

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