Kapiti Observer : May 30th 2011
3 KAPITI OBSERVER, MAY 30, 2011 2149873AC Graham Andrew Malcolm Managing Director John Diane There in Times of Need 9-11 Hinemoa Street, Paraparaumu For 24 hour assistance Telephon e 04-298-5168 Kapiti Coast Funeral Home Chris and Nigel, local businesspeople, caring for your car as you do Giveusaringorcallintoseeusat: Unit 2, cnr Te Roto Drive and Birmingham Street, Paraparaumu Ph: 04 902 8536 • A/Hrs: 027 215 2333 The Everett's Panel & Paint Dinner for Two Competition Winner is Lisa Eggels Paraparaumu EverettsPanel & Paint 2006 Ltd Congratulations Lisa and thank you to all who entered Look out for our June specials in this Thursday's Observer North Beach Liquor Centre No Trade Sales. 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The tui sculpture on Maclean St sported an orange road cone on its tail for most of last week, with a pilfered golf hole flag also added. Kapiti Coast District Council spokesman Tony Cronin said it was common for staff to find road cones in interesting places. It isn t just a Kapiti thing though, I think it is something that is happening all around the place. Road cones have been finding their way to a number of different peaks since an advertisement on television showed people placing a cone atop the Sky Tower in Auckland. A 15-year-old Kapiti teenager, who spoke to the Kapiti Observer, said he and his friends place the cones on the peaks of norfolk pines, because it s fun and we re drunk . He said a number of people would climb onto the tree, forming a human chain to the top, and pass the cone along the chain. Detective Sergeant James McKay said there was a nuisance factor to the craze, and said people could be charged if they were caught trespassing. It is a bit of a worry that someone could injure themselves trying to put the cones in different places as well, he said. Mr McKay was aware of two boys caught putting a cone on the roof of Kapiti College earlier this year, and said people could also be charged with theft for taking the cones. Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club general manager Leo Barber said flags from the course frequently went missing, which was a problem. We had three flags go missing on Saturday night [May 21] so I have had to order 10 more, he said. More and more go missing every week so we do have stock piles of them just in case. The flags cost more than $100 each, but Mr Barber said it was more frustrating than any- thing else . He said two flags that had been on the tui sculp- ture were returned by contractors on Wednesday night, while the contractors also pulled down the road cone. Cones have since appeared on a building near the tui, and norfolk pines on Manly St and Rimu Rd have cones at their peaks, while a flag pole above a Kapiti Rd business also has an orange top hat. Funding cut closes doors at Barak By TASHA BLACK A mental health service for the eld- erly in Kapiti is closing its doors after 10 years because its funding has been cut. Barak House, run by charitable trust Wellink and funded by Capital & Coast District Health Board, will close on July 1 and its residents will move into rest home care. Wellink chief executive Virginia MacEwan said about seven or eight fulltime staff members would lose their jobs. Most of them live in the Kapiti area and have been very committed to the service, such that they have done things well above what they are paid to do. There were six residents in Barak and three have already left. Everybody has found somewhere else to go and every one of them seems quite excited about their relo- cation. I think it was a pretty anxious time for them, but they ve all found somewhere that feels right for them, said Mrs MacEwan. Residents had a combination of needs and required a slightly higher level of staffing, she said. Some have had depression and high anxiety and some have had con- ditions like schizophrenia. I do think that they have more needs than an ordinary rest home person and they need mental health support as well. The DHB has assured the people and their families that they will get that. Director of planning and funding at Capital & Coast Sandra Williams said Barak residents would have their needs better met by Health of Older People service providers. Asked why the funding was cut, Ms Williams said Capital & Coast had to set priorities to best meet the needs of their population, which has impacted on this provider s funding . Mrs MacEwan said an auditor last year told Barak it was the best ser- vice of its kind in New Zealand. It was a stand-alone service; there are no other services like it in this area. Wellink learned of the cuts a few months ago and residents had time to look into different living options. And their families have been involved in that as well, Mrs Mac- Ewan said. Some of them are going a little bit north of here because that s where their families are. It would cost the residents more to go into rest home care than what they paid for Barak, because Barak was more subsidised, she said. Wellink, which provides mental health services across the Wellington region has also been forced to tighten its belt after a $1m cut in March. Toddler warning An Otaki toddler was left crying and distressed in a car after the child s mother went into a bank for about 15 minutes on Wednesday afternoon. Con- stable Phil Johnson said parents need to make sure they put their children ahead of performing everyday tasks. You get a licence to own a dog, not for your children, he said. Although the woman returned after a short time, there had been examples of cars being stolen, or people trying to steal children in the Wellington region, he said. The 32-year-old woman was warned. Go local Otaki Police are recommending people use local security com- panies over those based outside the district to ensure the best chance of preventing thefts. Many stores use secur- ity companies based in Auckland, and police might not hear about break-ins until hours later, Constable Phil Johnson said.
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