Kapiti Observer : May 30th 2011
4 KAPITI OBSERVER, MAY 30, 2011 A Moment with our Mayor Turning the turf of community engagement Last Tuesday's iwi blessing for our new Aquatic Centre was very moving indeed. This is a moment I've been eagerly awaiting for several years, so turning the frst sod on the project was quite special. At this point in our history, it seems important to acknowledge the Council who built the Raumati Pool in the 1950s. Their vision and foresight got us to this point, and we need to do the same for the next generation. This week, we will announce the earthworks contract for the Centre. Work is expected to begin at the site on June 13 and will run for about 12 weeks. Once bulldozers come and get things cracking, the project will get a real sense of momentum and the 4,000 truck movements expected will certainly make it a reality! Once again, I acknowledge the work Neil Mackay and the Kāpiti Aquatic Centre Trust have put into the project. An Aquatic Centre has been on the community wish list for a long time, so it's great to see that people believe it will happen and are excited about it. We've just fnished hearing public submissions as part of the Draft Annual Plan process. This engagement is fundamental to the democratic process, and it's always rewarding to hear from people who take the time to assess what we're doing and respond in writing or in person. It's important for us to hear what's going on out in the community, and stay listening to your ideas and views. Council will discuss your submissions on June 3 and make decisions about what is going to be supported and funded in the next fnancial year. One big issue to come out of the submissions was the survival of local organisations and iconic local events in the current economic climate. There are major concerns about the withdrawal of central Government funding from some of our key organisations, particularly those in the health feld. The survival of these services, and our signifcant community celebrations, really needs a wider community conversation. Finally, I need to note the 107th birthday celebrations for Peg Griffn at the Kāpiti Rest Home. I was thrilled to be part of her afternoon tea party celebrations. Peg's advice for a good life is: "be determined in what you want to do, and make sure it's the right thing, that it's something they're going to enjoy through life." Well said Peg, and all the best for the year ahead. Have a good week Jenny Glaucoma is called the "silent thief of sight". Are you at risk? Older people, migraine sufferers and people with a family history of glaucoma are more likely to develop it. We strongly advise that you have regular eye examinations. 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Cinema Holdings chief execu- tive Paul Wood was thrilled con- sent was finally through for the redevelopment of the cinema area and expected doors to open by early September. We know cinema-goers are keen to see the complex reopened and we will be working hard with Coastlands manage- ment and building contractors to provide a top entertainment des- tination. The complex will contain three theatres seating about 100 people, and a fourth, 3-D theatre, seating 140. One of the 100-seat theatres will be dedicated to art-house movies. The latest digital projection technology will be installed pro- viding crystal clear picture and sound quality , said Mr Wood. The Cinema Holdings chain operates cinemas under the Downtown, Cinema Gold and Paramount brands, in Welling- ton, Palmerston North and Havelock North. The substantial growth and development on the Kapiti Coast has reinforced our decision that Coastlands, with its refurbished shopping development and new food court, is the ideal position for a cinema complex. Reading Cinemas pulled out of the site in May last year. In January this year, Downtown announced they would build a new cinema and expected to open in April. Work had not been able to begin until the food court was opened and because it occupied the former cinema foyer, a new foyer and ticket office area needed to be developed. Mr Wood said the screens would be in the same places as before but seating reconfigured for better viewing. Up to 15 people would be employed at the cinema. Coastlands centre manager Jan Forrest said she was pleased work was under way on the complex.Quality reading sought The Lions Bookfair col- lection box is back at Coastlands marking the start of collections for the annual fundraiser. The Lions urge people to go through bookshelves for surplus quality reading. Videos, CDs and puzzles are also welcome. Last year donations to five organisations totalled $41,000 bring- ing total disbursements since 1998 to $360,000, said committee chair- man Peter Cresswell. As well as the box, at the Rimu Rd entrance to Coastlands, books can be left at the Kapiti Community Centre and Mary Potter Hospice, in Paraparaumu, or Cof- fee@Ians, Paekakariki s former BP; Lembas Cafe, Raumati South; Coastal Mowers, Rau- mati Beach; 180 Degrees Cafe, Para- paraumu Beach; and Waikanae Hardware, Bohanna Motors and Chem Dry in Waikanae. The bookfair will be on October 29.
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