Kapiti Observer : May 16th 2011
Your community partner for more than 60 years MONDAY, MAY 16, 2011 IN BRIEF Where's our bell gone? page 3 Flight for cake, page 5 Crazy and quick, page 16 INSIDE look, no wheel An Air2there aeroplane had to make an emergency landing at Nelson Airport on Wednesday afternoon after the front nose gear failed. The manager of the Kapiti- based airline, Richard Baldwin, said the twin- engined Piper Chieftain was on a routine six-monthly testing flight, where two pilots test each other. Pilots Willy Sage and Alistair Matthews detected there was an issue with the nose gear while in the air and contacted ground authorities and engineers about the problem. When it became clear there was nothing they could do to lower the nose wheel, the pilots made a two-wheel landing. The nose of the plane skidded along the runway, damaging it and the propellers. Witnesses had reportedly praised the emergency landing. ''The guys are trained for this sort of thing, and we make sure we hire that level of staff,'' Mr Baldwin said. The plane will be repaired and there will be an investigation into why the nose gear failed, he said. Editorial (04) 298 5019 -- Advertising (04) 298 5019 -- Fax (04) 298 2073 -- email@example.com Students bag an opportunity By TASHA BLACK Vive la France: Hannah Mooney, left, and Madeline Emery get into the spirit of all things French by tucking into baguettes. They are surrounded by bags they will auction to raise funds for a school trip to France. Old bags are getting a new lease of life as Kapiti College students auction them to raise funds for a trip to France. In the mix is a bag that looks like a stiletto heel and a fluffy pink bag that looks like a dog. There is a Guess bag, and bags that neither look like shoes or dogs. In some bags will be mystery prizes, with a $50 note to be found in one. Organiser and parent helper Rosemary Emery said the auction of donated bags will include lunch served in lunch bags and a compli- mentary glass of bubbles. The students will be helping with making the food, serving the food and then modelling the hand bags during the auction, she said. Sixteen year 11 and 12 students are travelling to France in Sept- ember for three weeks, where they will stay in homestays and attend school. Sally Brady, 16, said staying with host families will be interes- ting. And going to a French school, that will be really hard, but worth it in the end. The Old Bag Auction will be held in the Kapiti Community Centre on Sunday, May 29 at 12.30pm. Anyone with bags to donate can drop them off at the Kapiti Col- lege office. Tickets are available from the school office or by calling Ms Emery, 902 0021. Otaki backup needed? By JOEL MAXWELL LAND PROBLEMS The council selected a preferred site in December 2009 for the Otaki reservoir and started negotiations with the property owners at the start of 2010, which ''began well''. ''Property owner opposition became apparent in May 2010 and prevented geotechnical investigations proceeding at the preferred site,'' a council activity report states. CONTINUED Page 3 Kapiti s only town without water storage to help in Christchurch- style earthquakes risked having its project mothballed again, last week. Councillor Tony Lester sparked discussion over the $6 million project because he was unsure there was a requirement for an emergency water reservoir for Otaki. Other councillors shared his view and he wanted the oppor- tunity to debate whether a reser- voir was actually needed, he said at Thursday s corporate business committee meeting. Paekakariki Community Board chairman Adrian Webster lashed the suggestion and said if Paekakariki was left without a water supply in an emergency, it would feel very let-down by the council. This is not about whether Otaki gets a reservoir, but whether the council cuts the rate hike at Otaki s expense, and I think Otaki deserves its reservoir. Otaki ward councillor Penny Gaylor, however, said the planned project would be a huge expense for the district and she would like to see it deferred, with a cost- benefit analysis provided. Council infrastructure manager Sean Mallon said the project was about risk, rather than a benefit- cost ratio. The frequency of major events, like earthquakes or large fires was low, he said, but their impact was very high. And how you quantify that in terms of dollars? It s that risk mitigation that s the significant benefit aspect to it... it comes back to whether you re prepared to accept the consequence... even though it may not occur in the next 10, 20, 30 years. Otaki has no emergency storage large enough to supply water to the community if its two bores were put out of action. The reservoir would cost about $6m, funded districtwide, and would be built in the next three years. Mayor Jenny Rowan joined the call to delay making a decision, so a possible benefit-cost report could be prepared and consultation with the community undertaken. Mr Webster pointed out Paekakariki and Otaki were con- tributing towards the major $22m upgrade of central Kapiti s water supply.
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