Kapiti Observer : May 30th 2011
Your community partner for more than 60 years MONDAY, MAY 30, 2011 IN BRIEF Hatching a plan, page 2 What's up bird, page 3 Walk track grows, page 9 INSIDE Offenders in gloves Otaki police are still seeking information on a $57,000 burglary from the Amazon Surf shop in Otaki last month. Constable Phil Johnson said after reviewing security footage it appeared there were two offenders, one of which was Caucasian. Both people were between 170 and 175 centimetres tall, and wearing what appeared to be white cotton gloves. ''They were very good, they knew exactly what they were doing and did it at the perfect time.'' He asked anyone offered cheap merchandise to call police. Barrier stops traffic Otaihanga Rd was closed for more than two hours on Friday morning after the barrier arms at the railway crossing stuck in the down position, preventing traffic from crossing. Sergeant Ron Walker said he arrived about 7am to find them stuck. KiwiRail spokeswoman Kimberley Brady said there was an indication fault at the crossing, which results in the barrier arms automatically staying down as a precaution. She said police directed cars around the crossing, while trains were restricted to 10kmh over the crossing. Editorial (04) 298 5019 -- Advertising (04) 298 5019 -- Fax (04) 298 2073 -- email@example.com Boom boom: Urgent Community Care's 2500th patient Ann Cherrington checks on MP Nathan Guy's heart rate. Wellington Free Ambulance celebrated a boost in funding for its Kapiti paramedic service on Friday. Funding figures look healthy By TASHA BLACK Kapiti s treat-at-home paramedic care service has been given a cash injection on the eve of its two-year pilot ending with $230,000 in gov- ernment funding for the next 12 months. The Urgent Community Care service costs $700,000 a year to run. Otaki MP Nathan Guy announced the government funding on Friday at Wellington Free Ambulance s (WFA) Para- paraumu station, a celebration attended by paramedics and patients. Mr Guy said it was not an elec- tion year spin and he was a long- time supporter of the service and had worked hard to see it expanded to 24-hour care. He said the contribution would help WFA work towards sustainable funding, but did not say if the money would continue after 12 months. The service, a New Zealand first, allows some patients on the Kapiti Coast to avoid a trip to Wellington Hospital. WFA chief executive Alan O Beirne said the announcement was another endorsement for the initiative. He said 65 per cent of the 2822 patients who used the service were treated at home. The service operates from Pukerua Bay to the Peka Peka turnoff on the northern boundary. Electra loses fibre bid By JOEL MAXWELL Kapiti has lost out on ownership of its planned ultrafast broadband network, with Electra s bid to install the line rejected. Chief executive John Yeoman said the community-owned com- pany spent significant money and time on its proposal to install fibre optic lines in urban Horowhenua and Kapiti. Instead the Government announced last week that Telecom had won the majority of the work on the $1.5 billion nationwide package. Contract winners would own lines built with the money, then pay it back, as retailers such as phone and internet providers rented the network. Electra proposed to complete the Horowhenua and Kapiti net- work over five years beginning in November, in Levin. Telecom had given itself seven years to complete its nationwide sections of the network, including Kapiti and Horowhenua. In a media release Otaki MP Nathan Guy said about 10 Levin schools, 80 healthcare providers and 460 businesses would be con- nected, starting in August. However, Telecom s lines com- pany, Chorus, had not yet decided when it would roll out the fibre network in the region. Spokesman Robin Kelly said Chorus hoped to announce its deployment plans by the end of June with work on the scheme scheduled to start in August but no locations announced. Meanwhile Mr Guy said the rollout would be important for regional economic development. This will connect us to the world, encouraging business and economic links that have never been that easy before. He distanced himself from the decision to give the regional con- tract to Telecom. It was a very contestable pro- cess and politicians were a long way from that process. A lot of people put in expressions of inter- est and ultimately there will be a lot of local jobs created in the roll- out. He said it would have been great if Electra was successful but the main thing was that ultrafast would be rolled out through Kapiti and into Levin. Mr Guy said residential whole- sale prices would start from less than $40 a month. However while wholesale prices would be set as part of the agree- ment with Telecom, they did not guarantee prices passed on to retail customers. Kapiti IT firm Norrcom director Paul Norris supports ultrafast broadband but said prices for first-up users would be expensive till more people switched from copper lines to fibre optic. Ultrafast broadband would pro- vide instant video streaming, including video conferencing. He said at ultrafast speeds of 100 mega bits per second there was no delay in downloading or uploading information. It brings New Zealand up to a leader, not a follower. The planned rollout would eventually bring ultrafast broadband to every urban home in New Zealand. Meanwhile Mr Yeoman would not disclose the amount Electra spent on the proposal, citing com- mercial sensitivity. Electra is owned by a com- munity trust that gives two annual electricity bill discounts to customers, and sponsors the regional business awards and scholarships.
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