Horowhenua Mail : February 2nd 2012
Editorial (06) 368 6014 -- Display Advertising (04) 298 5019 -- Fax (04) 298 2073 -- firstname.lastname@example.org -- www.horowhenuamail.co.nz IN BRIEF Ambassadorship begins, p4 New faces at school, p3 Peka Peka mystery, p5 INSIDE Burn-off reminder Levin Volunteer Fire Brigade is reminding residents to let their neighbours know if they have a controlled burn on their property. The prompt comes after the brigade was called to a controlled burn on Saturday at a Perth St, Levin property by neighbours. Levin fire chief Lindsay Walker said neighbours sometimes rang 111 in the hope the brigade would put the fire out, however if there was no risk to life or property the brigade will leave it. ''Otherwise we get into major disputes and it's not our job.'' Mr Walker said it was important to choose a suitable day with little wind for a controlled burn, and also to advise neighbours. ''Neighbours have got their windows open and smoke goes inside and washing on the line, all of those things, it's just about being courteous. ''In some cases they are doing everything right except maybe not letting their neighbours know.'' Reflecting your community THURSDAY, February 2, 2012 Pacific celebration: Dancers perform at last year's Pasifika Celebration Day. Celebrating our community Horowhenua s Pacific community invites everyone to a Pasifika Cel- ebration Day in Levin this month. The event is organised by Fale Pasifika Horowhenua with an aim to celebrate cultural diversity and bring the Pacific and wider com- munity together. Committee member Melinda Vandermade said they hope to start the day with a parade for different Pasifika nations. This is our second year and it has become bigger. Last year s was organised at the last minute to see what interest we could gen- erate from it, she said. Last year the main complaint was that there were no food or arts and crafts stalls, and the wider community also wanted more advertising of the event, said Ms Vandermade. With that in mind, this year there will be lots of Pacific Island food such as chop suey, rice, pork buns, hangi, umu, sausages and mussel fritters, as well as arts and crafts stalls right across the board including work by the Tongan, Niuean and Samoan communities. Information stalls will be run by government and non-government agencies, including MidCentral District Health Board, Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs and Pacific Heartbeat. Our main aim is to get the Pacific Island community and the wider community out to join together. It s all about unity, bringing the communities closer. Ms Vandermade said there will be activities for children, such as face painting and train rides. -- Saturday February 18, 11am, free entry, Levin Adventure Park. Councils axing Nature Coast's cash subsidy By JOEL MAXWELL The axe is set to drop on Nature Coast Enterprise as the region s dissatisfied councils yank their funding -- after eight years. As the Horowhenua Mail went to press Horowhenua District councillors were set to decide whether to continue funding the organisation that has run since 2004, largely subsidised by Horowhenua and Kapiti. A report to Horowhenua coun- cillors meeting yesterday proposed creating an in-house economic development business unit . Horowhenua paid about $300,000 in the last financial year to the group -- combined with Kapiti s contribution to make up about half of its about $1.6 million operating budget. The decision to establish a . . . unit in-house is the preferred option. Horowhenua District Council has a superior knowledge of its own community, good con- nectivity within its community, good business support systems and an established marketing and communications team, the report said. Meanwhile, Kapiti Coast Dis- trict councillors decide today whether to cut about $480,000 annual funding. Under a staff recommendation the council would tender out tour- ism and business development services, including managing i-SITEs beginning July 1. The rest of Nature Coast s work would go in-house with two new positions appointed by the council. In a letter to Nature Coast members, chairman Graham Smellie said the recommended changes are not a reflection on the proven ability of the group to deliver on its contracts. We have reported regularly on the terms of the contract. However a report to Kapiti councillors said there is little evidence Nature Coast has delivered on the council s econ- omic development strategy. Council has not been able to influence activities and outcomes . . . in addition the contracts with Nature Coast have not ben adequate to provide strong accountability to the council and the community. It is not clear whether Nature Coast has provided value for money, the report said. Mr Smellie said the group will be calling a meeting of members over the next few months to con- sider its options. One of which will be to termin- ate all business activities of the organisation as at June 30. This will give us an opportunity to determine the disposal and or use of any assets and IP [intellectual property] owned by the organis- ation. Mr Smellie said there appeared to be strong political will to make the changes in both contributing councils. We know from discussions . . . a majority of councillors support the change, he said.
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