2015: Land­fill, floods and­hous­ing


Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - KRIS DANDO

Land­fills, the Porirua 50th cel­e­bra­tions, Jerry Collins’ death, floods, hous­ing and the Satur­day mar­ket dom­i­nated Kapi-Mana News head­lines in 2015.

Sub­stan­dard hous­ing has long been a plague in Porirua, but this year the spot­light of the me­dia and politi­cians was turned on pri­vate land­lords.

Porirua City Coun­cil had the op­por­tu­nity this month to draft a lo­cal bill for Mana MP Kris Faafoi to take to Par­lia­ment, but de­clined, cit­ing the cost.

We spoke to Jay El­liott and Solomon Esera, whose rental houses in east­ern Porirua re­quired con­stant clean­ing and main­te­nance to en­able them to be safe to live in.

Though the coun­cil may have backed away, the is­sue has re­mained in the pub­lic eye, which has kept Hous­ing New Zealand on its toes and put pri­vate land­lords on no­tice.

Forc­ing the Satur­day mar­ket to move from the CBD proved to be an em­bar­rass­ment for the coun­cil, es­pe­cially dur­ing the pos­i­tive cli­mate it had cre­ated around the 50th cel­e­bra­tions.

The Li­ons took their mar­ket to Wai­tan­girua in May and it flour­ished there.

The coun­cil called for ten­ders for an­other or­gan­i­sa­tion to run a mar­ket in the CBD, but there was an un­der­whelm­ing re­ply and noth­ing even­tu­ated.

The 50th din­ner, in Oc­to­ber, was a high­point of the year and a fab­u­lous oc­ca­sion for the coun­cil, as hosts, and ev­ery­one who at­tended.

An­other ma­jor story to make our pages was the damn­ing re­port on de­fi­cien­cies at Spicer Land­fill, which gen­er­ated na­tional me­dia cov­er­age. The re­port spoke of dan­ger­ous hy­dro­gen sul­phide lev­els and the need for bet­ter prac­tices at the land­fill.

The in­cred­i­ble May 14 flood and the or­cas’ visit to Plim­mer­ton this month drew the most com­ments on our Face­book page.

Other sto­ries that gen­er­ated con­sid­er­able feed­back on Face­book and in our let­ters pages were the sanc­tu­ary be­ing sought for spe­cial needs chil­dren by the Latham fam­ily, news of Aotea Col­lege’s $24 mil­lion re­build, a group of girls making a nui­sance of them­selves in Ti­tahi Bay, the ra­dio masts com­ing down in Ti­tahi Bay, rates rises, the speed cam­era in Whit­ford Brown Ave, the fu­ture of the Marines Hall and clo­sure of Trash Palace.

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