Kapiti Observer : May 26th 2011
10 THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011 Nothing beats the TRS 1603 Great deals for travel from Otaki this June and July Great deals for travel from Otaki this June and July We are offering amazing deals on single fare or 10-trip tickets during June and July. Anyone travelling from Otaki will be able to purchase tickets at Waikanae prices. Buy your ticket now and make the most of this great offer from Capital Connection. There's no better way to commute It's the little things that set the Capital Connection apart from other trains: the spacious seating with arm and headrests, the beautiful carpeted floors and large windows framed by curtains, not to mention the fact that there is a café carriage and toilets on board. Plus, it travels non-stop between Paraparaumu and Wellington Station so you can work, read or sleep un-interrupted. With petrol prices continuing to rise, taking the train is not only the environmentally friendly option, but it is also cost-effective. The staff are super friendly, and to top it all off the Capital Connection even offers ticket-flexibility, which enables you to jump on a Tranz Metro service if the timetable ever happens to suit you better. Offer applies to child and adult tickets for purchases in June and July 2011. Travel can be anytime. Visit our website tranzscenic.co.nz for more details. Joe and Tim Jazz Duo, $5 at Door Compassion to combat violent ways The message of feeling compassion and ridding yourself of violence will be passed on to people in Paraparaumu next month. Kapiti Coast woman Anna Groves said she was one of only two New Zealanders to be a certified non-violent communication trainer, and will hold two courses in June for the first time. Non-violent communication, or NVC, was started in the 1960s by American Marshall Rosen- berg, and was a way to communicate better with people by finding common ground and under- standing the other person s needs, she said. Ms Groves first heard of NVC in 2005 when she took part in a session in Wellington, and said she had not looked back. I just really want to be able to help people who do the sessions because it is just amazing. It has completely changed my life. She said she struggled with family issues before beginning NVC, but had since found it easier to talk with her teenage daughter, her extended fam- ily and people in everyday life. It s really about learning the skill of empathy predominantly to find some sort of compassion. She said equality was a key part of the pro- gramme, along with honesty and compassion. Her first session, on June 4, will tackle parenting problems and will help people communi- cate better with their children and deal better with emotional situations. The second session on June 25 to 26 includes general training to help people identify their feelings and needs, to improve communication at home or in the workplace, and to develop the art of listening with empathy. The sessions cost between $50 and $150. Phone 299 2299 or 027 299 2991. Taskforce misses 'zero' deadline By TASHA BLACK Attempts to tackle youth unem- ployment have been slow going in Kapiti, say staff working on the Zero Youth Unemployment Taskforce. Made up of Work and Income, Kapiti Coast District Council, Nature Coast, Chamber of Com- merce, youth agencies and edu- cation providers, the taskforce had a goal of zero youth unemploy- ment within the Kapiti Work and Income office by February. However, in February 227 people aged between 18 and 24 were registered with Work and Income in Kapiti. In April it dropped to 215, but was still above the same time last year when 190 were unemployed. At the Otaki Work and Income office there were 75 unemployed youth in April, up from 43 for the same time last year. A new target date is yet to be set. Mark Ternent, chairman of Kapiti Coast Chamber of Com- merce, said employment opportunities were short across the board in Kapiti and getting results was slow going, partly because of the recession, but also because there is strong demand in Kapiti for the few jobs available. He said there were 2000 applications for 70 positions at Mitre 10 Mega. Many young people are truly excellent , he said, but there s also a substantial number of school leavers who lack a work ethic and are virtually unemploy- able. Kapiti Coast District Council social wellbeing manager Cath Edmondson said the project team was working towards a youth transition service. If a young person leaves school they sort of sometimes end up in a bit of a hole and fall through the gaps. So what a transition service does is support them around look- ing at options for further edu- cation training or employment and then actually tracks them and supports them through getting into those activities. There are free youth transition services in Porirua and Horowhenua, funded by the Min- istry of Social Development, but none in Kapiti. A youth transitions forum is planned for later in the year in partnership with the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs. Young people, training providers, youth development agencies, colleges and employers would come together to develop pathways for youth in the transi- tion from college into further edu- cation, training and work, said Ms Edmondson. Touch screen kiosks providing up-to-date information on employ- ment and training have been installed in Paraparaumu Library with funding from the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs. Ms Edmondson said the taskforce was also encouraging employers to take on young people through the promotion of the government s Job Ops pro- gramme, which gives employers $5000 for employing youth.
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