Re­gional fund re­think

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

The mys­tery of the four Porirua beau­ties has been par­tially solved.

Our story last week and our Face­book in­quiry have drawn nu­mer­ous phone calls and a cou­ple of vis­its to our of­fices.

We were able to iden­tify three of the beauty pageant win­ners as, from left, Amanda Mul­hol­land, Melise Bo­vis and Ja­nine Holcroft. The girl on the right re­mains a mys­tery.

The photo is from the Miss Porirua Shop­ping Cen­tre con­test in 1977.

Ms Holcroft, 42, said she was very sur­prised when her un­cle called to say he had seen her pic­ture in Kapi-Mana News.

She said her grand­mother en­tered both her and her baby brother in the con­test.

Ms Holcroft was only 5 at the time, but can re­mem­ber one very im­por­tant fact about the day: she was wear­ing Womble socks.

She fin­ished run­ner- up and was awarded with a lit­tle leather mouse.

Ms Holcroft said she still had the mouse in 2005, but was not sure where it was now.

The school li­brar­ian said she did not go on to par­tic­i­pate in any other beauty pageants, but her fam­ily still talked about it some­times. ‘‘ It’s one of those things we laugh about,’’ she said. Porirua City Coun­cil may join the Re­gional Ameni­ties Fund af­ter all.

In 2012, the coun­cil opted to not join the fund, which sup­ports arts, cul­tural and re­cre­ation fa­cil­i­ties such as Te Papa, Welling­ton Zoo, Circa Theatre and Orches­tra Welling­ton.

A fund of $2 mil­lion was pro­posed, with Porirua ratepay­ers asked to con­trib­ute $144,000.

At last week’s Te Komiti meet­ing, coun­cil­lors re­solved unan­i­mously to al­low pro­vi­sion for $144,000 — ris­ing to $ 198,000 by 2017/ 18 — in the up­com­ing an­nual plan.

Te Komiti chair­man Euon Mur­rell said it was a rec­om­men­da­tion only and there would be dis­cus­sion and con­sul­ta­tion to come. Mayor Nick Leggett said it was a sig­nif­i­cant amount it had turned down two years ago, ‘‘but the flavour of the world is re­gional and we have to con­sider it’’.

Coun­cil­lor Ken Dou­glas said there needed to be a rig­or­ous ex­am­i­na­tion of the pol­icy and its ben­e­fits to Porirua. His col­league Litea Ah Hoi said she was un­likely to sup­port it.

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