The ser­vice re­mains

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

The name will sound the same but a few dif­fer­ent let­ters means a lot.

The Can­nons Creek Fanau Cen­tre, which has been oper­at­ing with the Pa­cific ‘‘ F’’ since its in­cep­tion as a ser­vice cen­tre in Can­nons Creek in 1994, will this week be­come the Porirua Whanau Cen­tre.

Man­ager Liz Kelly says there is noth­ing neg­a­tive to be in­sin­u­ated from the name change, just that they wanted to recog­nise it was a ‘‘ fam­ily cen­tre’’.

‘‘‘Fanau’ does not fully rep­re­sent what we do: a name change was ap­pro­pri­ate.’’

Maori Party co-leader and As­so­ciate Min­is­ter of Hous­ing, Health and So­cial De­vel­op­ment, Tar­i­ana Turia, will un­veil the new logo and name later this week.

Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion Hekia Parata will open the re­vamped and up­graded child­care cen­tre at the end of the month.

‘‘This [name change] has been in the works for a while and the board and our community coun­cil are unan­i­mously in favour,’’ Ms Kelly says.

‘‘The community coun­cil is an ad­vi­sory body and has eight Pa­cific mem­bers and they were very sup­port­ive. There may be a few peo­ple in Can­nons Creek who see the name dif­fer­ence in a neg­a­tive light . . . but our phi­los­o­phy and what we’re do­ing here stays the same.’’

Ms Kelly says the name change recog­nises their clients come from right across the city and any fu­ture plans – such as en­ter­ing the so­cial hous­ing mar­ket – could oc­cur out­side Can­nons Creek.

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