Community bus to be bought
A community bus to help transport Porirua schoolchildren to educational, cultural and sports events is being bought by Porirua City Council with grant money from New Zealand Community Trust.
Te Komiti last week considered the purchase of a bus, using $60,000 of grant money. Annual operating costs of about $50,000 would be covered through sponsorship, grants and council funding.
The recommendation to pro- ceed with the purchase will now go to a full council meeting.
‘‘Porirua City said it wanted to put the needs of kids at the centre of its decision making. This is a demonstration of what that means,’’ mayor Nick Leggett said.
Schools have approached the council seeking help to transport their children. Porirua has a high concentration of decile 1 schools and for many the cost of providing transport for children is too high.
‘‘They miss out on some wonderful opportunities, such as Te Papa and Pataka educational visits and swimming at the Aquatic Centre. The bus will make a huge difference.’’
The bus will be owned and managed by the council, and be operated by New Zealand Coach Services.
A 39-seat bus with wheelchair space is being bought. The bus will be painted with a design declaring it a Porirua community bus.