Com­mu­nity bus to be bought

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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.

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