Mana Is­land re­sort de­bate raises $8000


A tounge-in-cheek de­bate about turn­ing Mana Is­land into a re­sort has raised thou­sands for the com­mu­nity.

The sec­ond Plim­mer­ton Ro­tary celebrity de­bate was a sell-out suc­cess and raised $8000 sig­nage for the Te Ara Piko Path­way around Pau­ata­hanui In­let.

The moot at the de­bate, held Au­gust 21 at the Ti­tahi Bay Bowl­ing Club, was ‘To de­velop Mana Is­land into The Mana Is­land Trumped up Re­sort and Casino’.

The af­fir­ma­tive team was Chris Gollins, Philip Whearty and Mana MP Kris Faafoi, rep­re­sent­ing Plim­mer­ton Ro­tary.

Nat­u­rally, that team was well beaten by the all-fe­male team rep­re­sent­ing Zonta Club of Mana - Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion Hekia Parata, Porirua deputy mayor ‘Ana Cof­fey and Hannah Creary.

Ad­ju­di­ca­tor He­witt Humphrey claimed there was only half a point in it, but the au­di­ence knew bet­ter - it was a white­wash.

Porirua City Coun­cil North­ern ward can­di­date Dale Wil­liams was MC and may­oral can­di­date Euon Mur­rell helped auc­tion sev­eral art­works, a bot­tle of Moet, a week­end in a camper­van, and a wa­ter tank, rais­ing al­most $2000 for the cause.

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