Kapiti Observer : May 16th 2011
4 KAPITI OBSERVER, MAY 16, 2011 A Moment with our Mayor Youth work wins award Congratulations to Councillor Penny Gaylor and the Ōtaki Community Board who won two awards at the recent New Zealand Community Boards Conference in Rotorua. Councillor Gaylor won a major leadership award and the Board won the 2011 Community Board Best Practice Award in recognition of the fantastic Youth Events Programme it ran last year. This programme included: Youth Radio DJ days, annual celebrations for Youth Beach Day and Childrens Day, and the Ōtaki Short Film Festival. As one who attended I know it was a real buzz. The judging panel was not only impressed by the variety and appeal of the event programme, but also by its philosophy of ownership by young people. Creating a sense of local ownership is so very important to the work Community Boards do, and Penny Gaylor is to be congratulated for her vision, energy and superb organisation. As a long-time supporter of Community Boards, Im always proud when they succeed and get recognition. Given the lack of local community representation now evident in the new Auckland Super City structure, its important we dont take the representation we have for granted. Our four boards (Ōtaki, Paraparaumu/Raumati, Waikanae, Paekākāriki) are the eyes and ears of the Council. Theyre the grass roots of local democracy, and its important you know that you can participate in them by having a say about local issues or instigate initiatives, and help to foster the history and identity of your community. Community Boards can only represent you if you engage with them, so check our website for meeting details, come along to meetings, and put your two pennies worth in. This is a great chance for you to make a difference and make your community safer, happier, or more relevant. Im also pleased to see the Ōtaki Community Board recognised as a role model for their work in the youth arena. We know from the youth survey undertaken by Kāpiti Coast Youth Council last year that our young people want more spaces to have fun in and want to have a stronger role in their own communities. Community Boards are a great place to encourage this to happen. The Ōtaki Community Boards youth initiative and the Paekākāriki Community Boards recent work getting a new skateboard park built in the village, both shows the constructive roles Boards can have in working with young people to foster initiatives and get projects off the ground. With your energy, ideas and willingness to participate, this kind of interaction is possible in all areas of the community. Till next time Jenny 3215232BD Over 1075 businesses helped in Kapiti and Wellington in the last thirteen years Ask for Maurice Broome tel (04) 298 9663, if no reply leave name and contact details Email: firstname.lastname@example.org BCA; DBS; CA; ABC with Graduate Diploma in Small Business If we are not helping YOU ... who is? 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It's really exciting, and kind of a relief really, because I'd sent it to three other publishers and had it rejected, so as far as I was concerned if it didn't win that was the end of that one, and I didn't expect to.'' Mr Brown worked for five years on his prize-winning manuscript Tales From the Quadmire. I love the writing, but that's what was the real learning curve about this story -- I just had this sense that writing your first draft or second was 70 to 80 per cent of the work, but having come to this stage I've come to the conclusion that the writing is just 30 per cent and the rest is just hard grind.'' Reading children's stories for his own kids was the catalyst for Mr Brown to switch his writing focus from novels for adults to young adult fiction. It's about a story of a boy's coming of age, about growing up. It's quite humorous, and it's a quiet kind of a story -- he's quite a shy character who lives a lot in his imagination. There's quite a few inter- generational relationships going on -- him and his parents, him and his peers, and him and his grandparents.'' He said the book was designed to be enjoyable and engaging. Tales from the Quadmire is to be published next April. Keep it locked Two lawnmowers have been stolen from unlocked Paraparaumu Beach sheds in the past week. Senior Sergeant Alasdair Macmillan said a Langdale Ave house had a lawn- mower taken overnight Wednesday, and reported to police on Thursday. On May 8 a mower was taken from a shed at a Bluegum Rd property. Mr Macmillan said it is a timely reminder for people to keep their sheds secure, and any other items around the house.
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