Kapiti Observer : May 26th 2011
5 THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011 BH 187 Kit home $106,604 A1 Built $239,033 The price we say is what you pay. No surprises. Costs INCLUDE GST. Costs EXCLUDE siteworks, services to site, council charges, freight of materials to site. For a detailed list of materials and inclusions/exclusions please visit www.A1homes.co.nz/content/whats-included Alan Wood 04 902 6002 e: alan.wood@A1homes.co.nz Showhome: Cnr Hemi Street & Main Rd, Waikanae A1H6590A 0800 A1homes 214663 First step: Kaumatua Ake Taiaki and Don Te Maipi bless the site as mayor Jenny Rowan digs the first sod for the new Kapiti Aquatic Centre. Photo: LEE@SIXTEENNINE New centre under way By MARGARET IRVINE In dawn light on Tuesday, iwi blessed the Kapiti Aquatic Centre site and the first sods were turned in preparation for work to begin. We're on our way,'' said Mayor Jenny Rowan, who turned the first sod. Until now there's been a lot of work fundraising, presentation of concept designs and debate over what will or won't be included in the final building. Kapiti needs an aquatic centre. It will not only provide much improved year-round recreation and leisure swimming; it will also be the centre for competitive swimming in the district and provide for a multitude of other water sports.'' It would also be a drawcard for older people aiming to keep fit and active, she said. Kapiti Aquatic Centre Trust chairman Neil MacKay said he was delighted at progress on the site, near the community centre in Ngahina St and fronting Kapiti Rd. This is the signal various sponsors and potential funders have been waiting for -- actual work occurring on the site provides visual and physical con- firmation that the project is going ahead. People who were dubious that this project would happen, can now see the evidence that there will be an aquatic centre for Kapiti -- and even more so, once the bulldozers move in in a few weeks.'' Mr MacKay said fundraising would continue. Resource consent for the initial earthworks and construction of the building was issued last week. The earthworks contract is expected to be awarded shortly so work can begin on clearing and developing the site, with earthworks expected to be com- pleted in August. Work continues on the pool design and the construction of the building is expected to start in October, with completion around October 2012. Move to boost iwi advisory status By JOEL MAXWELL The council's iwi advisory group wants to become a standing com- mittee and have Maori represen- tatives appointed with voting rights to the council's three other committees. The request, as part of a planned governance review, will help the council navigate multiple upcoming Treaty claims involving Kapiti iwi, the group's chairman says. Te Whakaminenga o Kapiti gave its preferences in the lead-up to a governance review signalled by Kapiti Coast District Council to take place by the start of 2013. Chairman Te Waari Carkeek said the committee currently serves in an advisory role and has no statutory recognition. The standing committee, if established, would deal with Treaty and partnership'' issues, he said. It would be business as usual. What we've done with Te Whakaminenga is we've opened up the doors. It used to be a closed shop but now we've got public par- ticipation.'' Mr Carkeek said at present there are representatives for the three Kapiti iwi and two elected members on Te Whakaminenga. There will be a workshop at the end of the month to discuss a possible composition of the committees, he said. Of our people on this coast, Ngati Toa will be settling with the Crown by the end of this year. Ngati Raukawa are coming up for their Waitangi Tribunal hearings . . .TeAtiAwawillalsobeinthat process . . . these are things that the council needs to grapple with.'' He said local bodies need to be familiar with treaty issues and be prepared for the process -- and engaging with iwi. The Greater Wellington Regional Council has a standing committee of councillors and iwi representatives. The regional council's other committees also have an appointed iwi representa- tives, he said. At this week's annual plan hearings Councillor K Gurun- athan raised a concern that Maori not from local iwi might miss out on selection as members of the standing committee. Mr Carkeek said he agreed they should be considered, and there would be rigorous selection based on merit. He said Te Whakaminenga had rejected the idea of setting up a Maori ward in the district follow- ing a poor turnout at consultation meetings. That just showed me the gen- eral [lack of] interest into going into the ward system.''
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