Christ­mas rush well un­der way

Swamped with ‘once in a life­time’ sales

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

If you didn’t al­ready know, Christ­mas was fast ap­proach­ing, the in­ces­sant, over-loud TV ad­ver­tise­ments and the ever-larger bun­dles of junk mail ap­pear­ing in the let­ter­box would tell you.

This year they seem to have started ear­lier than usual, some­where about Labour Weekend.

As if we haven’t al­ready been over­whelmed with the ‘‘ once in a life­time’’ sales and bar­gains for most of the year!

There are times when I am tempted to hide some­where till Jan­uary is over, but by then they would be start­ing to sell hot cross buns and Easter eggs!

On the day I started to write this, a Sun­day, it was rain­ing, and rather than get wet by walk­ing around the la­goon, we stretched our legs around the Canopies at 7.30am.

There was not much foot traf­fic, of course, but I was in­trigued to no­tice two in­stances of peo­ple us­ing the rub­bish bins to dump their do­mes­tic rub­bish.

Both men were well-dressed, not young, and had pretty high-qual­ity cars, so one would have thought they could af­ford the coun­cil bags or, at least, Gordie’s cheaper ones. Why do peo­ple do that, I won­der? I can un­der­stand folks whose in­come is at the low­est level re­sort­ing to that method of dis­pos­ing of their rub­bish, even if I don’t con­done it.

The two men re­minded me of those who, when us­ing pub­lic recre­ation fa­cil­i­ties such as the Aotea La­goon, drop what­ever is in their hands where they are rather than walk the few me­tres to the rub­bish bins sup­plied.

Such peo­ple ob­vi­ously don’t think, whereas the two men un­der the Canopies were patently aware of what they were do­ing and why.

They all need an in­jec­tion of pride in our city, and maybe a de­gree of so­cial con­science.

The ad­vent of Grey Power Elec­tric­ity has re­sulted in many new mem­bers to our or­gan­i­sa­tion and we wel­come them on board.

Those who have signed up with Grey Power Elec­tric­ity re­port sav­ings of up to $60 a month.

We have also re­ceived our first in­voice. What a re­fresh­ing change.

Un­like other com­pa­nies’ billing, this in­voice shows ex­actly where ev­ery part of your money goes – the line’s daily charge, the line’s vari­able charge, me­ter­ing rate, and so on.

In­ter­est­ingly, the largest sin­gle part of the bill was taken up with the Wellington Lines vari­able charge, which is the part Grey Power Elec­tric­ity has no con­trol over, of course.

Grey Power has been ask­ing for such trans­parency in in­voic­ing for years.

It is good that some­one has taken this up and pro­vided it. Now for a bou­quet or two. Our Novem­ber Grey Power meet­ing, as our last for the year, was a so­cial event.

Our en­joy­ment was much en­hanced by the gen­eros­ity of lo­cal busi­ness pro­pri­etors, who pro­vided prizes and gifts for our vol­un­teers, those good peo­ple who spend much time on the phone to main­tain con­tact with mem­bers or on com­mit­tee du­ties.

Our thanks go to Porirua New World, North City Pa­per Plus and the Porirua City Coun­cil nurs­ery.

Your con­tri­bu­tion to our af­ter­noon’s fun was much ap­pre­ci­ated.

Our thanks also to the Porirua Club, which con­tin­ues to of­fer its rooms to our or­gan­i­sa­tion for our monthly meet­ings; and to the coun­cil, for use of the Pataka meet­ing room for our com­mit­tee meet­ings.

We wish you all a safe, happy and stress­free hol­i­day sea­son and look for­ward to see­ing some of you in Fe­bru­ary, when we re­sume our reg­u­lar meet­ings.

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