PAS­SION FU­ELS TRANS­PORT INI­TIA­TIVE

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Waikato Pa­cific Is­land Com­mu­nity Ser­vices, was one who put her hand up to help steer the project.

‘‘We were pretty dis­ap­pointed that we didn’t get the ini­tial fund­ing,’’ she said.

Yet the group is still de­ter­mined to make the project a re­al­ity.

Ex­ten­sive re­search and pro­posed ideas were put for­ward in the sub­mis­sion in­clud­ing the ‘‘suc­cess­ful’’ Mata­mata trans­port sys­tem model as an ex­am­ple.

The Mata­mata sys­tem cur­rently runs two to three shut­tles a day.

A hefty $ 50,000 in run­ning costs is mainly paid for by pas­sen­ger do­na­tions.

Rather than re­ly­ing on do­na­tions, Henry said a Trust would source al­ter­na­tive fund­ing.

‘‘We’re not go­ing to rely on koha or do­na­tions... no-one is ever go­ing to be turned away be­cause they can’t give a do­na­tion,’’she said.

Henry said a trust deed has al­ready been drafted for the South Waikato Trans­port Trust.

The orig­i­nal sub­mis­sion also broad­ened the scope of the sys­tem to ‘‘well-be­ing’’, Henry said.

‘‘ We’re real­is­tic too, about people go­ing to Winz or their lawyers,’’she said.

The only sys­tem cur­rently run­ning out of Toko­roa is to the Waikato Hospi­tal for re­nal ap­point­ments.

The three-day ser­vice picks up the first per­son as early as 5am.

‘‘It is needed for those that need re­nal treat­ment but it’s not ideal,’’ she said.

Ti­rau se­nior cit­i­zens pres­i­dent Bill Phillips was one who re­quested a sys­tem dur­ing the 2014-15 an­nual plan sub­mis­sions.

‘‘I didn’t ac­tu­ally ask for money but it has raised a district aware­ness,’’ he said.

Phillips said it is ‘‘dras­ti­cally needed’’ and he is pleased the is­sue has been ac­knowl­edged.

‘‘There’s an aw­ful lot of talk go­ing around,’’ he said.

He hopes the sys­tem will pro­vide flex­i­bil­ity for the se­niors.

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