Fund­ing for his­toric hall the next step

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It was won­der­ful to see Porirua’s pop­u­lar Wai­tangi Day event hit­ting the head­lines in Fri­day’s Do­min­ion Post. The Porirua City Coun­cil’s grants, awards and events sub-com­mit­tee has agreed to fi­nance this an­nual Wai­tangi Day cel­e­bra­tion, so keep­ing this pop­u­lar Day Out alive and well for us all to con­tinue en­joy­ing. Well done, Porirua City Coun­cil.

Here’s hop­ing the next item on the sub-com­mit­tee’s agenda is a plan to con­sider fund­ing for a Porirua his­toric gem, The US Marines’ World War 2 Com­mu­nity Hall in Ti­tahi Bay, used by the US Marines while de­fend­ing New Zealand from an ex­pected en­emy in­va­sion dur­ing World War II. This his­toric build­ing is the last of its kind in New Zealand and has a cat­e­gory 2 her­itage list­ing.

Dur­ing the 1991 run of the WWII mu­si­cal Some­where Over There, the Porirua Lit­tle Theatre re­ceived a con­grat­u­la­tory let­ter from the Queen Mother, ac­knowl­edg­ing the work by the theatre mem­bers to en­ter­tain and raise funds for the hall.

The build­ing has now been closed by its owner, the Porirua City Coun­cil, due to poor main­te­nance and con­tin­u­ing de­te­ri­o­ra­tion.

If the Queen Mother, in far off Lon­don, could find time to note the work be­ing done by the lo­cal Porirua/Ti­tahi Bay com­mu­nity to save their hall, it is hoped the slightly closer Porirua City Coun­cil’s grants, awards and events sub-com­mit­tee can agree to pro­vide funds for the re­pair and restora­tion of the his­toric US Marine’sWW2 Ti­tahi Bay Com­mu­nity Hall.

Rose Hud­son

Karori

GANG FIGHT­ING

The re­cent ini­tia­tive taken by gangs in Whangarei might be more im­por­tant than ap­pears at first sight.

While there will likely be wide­spread cyn­i­cism, I was struck by how a group of marginalised men seemed to be pub­licly ac­knowl­edg­ing that some­thing has gone ter­ri­bly wrong in their lives, that their re­sponse is no longer sus­tain­able and who, as their own so­lu­tion, have met un­der the same roof.

Fight­ing is not my style, but then I have not had to sur­vive that which they have had to ex­pe­ri­ence. Cau­tious sup­port might be help­ful.

John Lit­tle

Porirua

PAY­ING THEIR SHARE

There has been lots of right­eous in­dig­na­tion that large multi­na­tion­als such as Google and Ama­zon are not pay­ing us enough (if any­thing) in tax, but hardly a whim­per that the large prof­itable Maori trusts such as Tainui, with bil­lions in as­sets, are not re­quired to pay their share ei­ther.

This must mean that agreed Treaty set­tle­ments are not re­ally ‘‘set­tle­ments’’ at all, as by not pay­ing their share of tax, Maori tribes con­tinue to re­ceive a sub­sidy/set­tle­ment cour­tesy of the tax­pay­ers in per­pe­tu­ity. I doubt this is taken into ac­count dur­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions.

Pete Jenk­ins

Whitby

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Basil Ma­han, Jeff Agnew and Mark Metekingi star in a pro­dus­tion of the World War II mu­si­cal, Some­where Over There, at Porirua Lit­tle Theatre.

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