Kapiti Observer : August 22nd 2011
Your community partner for more than 60 years MONDAY, AUGUST 22, 2011 IN BRIEF Baaad-ass arrival, page 2 Hollow man here, page 5 Poetry for the people, page 19 INSIDE Did you see him? On Friday police were searching for a Porirua man who may have been seen hitch-hiking in Paraparaumu earlier last week. William Campbell, 26, went missing from the Kenepuru Hospital grounds at about 9am on Wednesday. Detective Sergeant Steve Dunn said concerns over his safety were growing, as he requires daily medication, which he did not have with him. ''We have received a sighting of a male fitting his description hitch- hiking near Lindale, around 3.20pm [Wednesday],'' Mr Dunn said. Police are keen to hear from any local business owners who might have seen Mr Campbell or drivers who may have picked him up. People with information can call Porirua police on 04 238 1400. Editorial (04) 298 5019 -- Advertising (04) 298 5019 -- Fax (04) 298 2073 -- email@example.com -- www.kapitiobserver.co.nz 'Anger and disappointment' In an Observer exclusive Kapiti boy Steve Williams talks to Ben Strang about life after Tiger. After enduring the most difficult two years of his life, former Kapiti man Steve Williams has revealed to the Kapiti Observer he has been rejuvenated by caddying for Australian Adam Scott. The 47-year-old grew up in Kapiti, attending Pukerua Bay and Paekakariki schools, before attending Kapiti College until he was 15. Now Williams is known worldwide as the man who helped golfing great Tiger Woods to 13 major championships, a far cry from earn- ing pocket money by carrying bags at Para- paraumu Beach Golf Club. In late 2009, the career that Williams has loved for more than 30 years became much more difficult, when Woods was revealed to be in an affair with a New York woman. As more and more woman came forward claiming to have been involved with the former world number one golfer, scrutiny turned to Williams, who knew nothing of the infidelities. Without getting into any great detail that was definitely the most difficult period of my life, there is no question about that, he said. Then, after standing by his friend and employer for almost two years, Williams was fired in July by Woods: a moment Williams hadn t seen coming. I always said that I would retire when I stopped caddying for Tiger, but obviously I didn t expect it to happen so soon. There was some anger and disappointment when we split, but to have the opportunity so soon to go and caddy for Adam [Scott] has fully rejuvenated me. A good friend and top 20 player, Scott was a good fit with Williams, and the pair have made a flying start to the new partnership, winning the World Golf Championship this month. To win a tournament in our fourth week together, being the World Golf Championship winners, it was incredibly satisfying. Full profile page 9 Tennis courts open free to all By KAROLINE TUCKEY and JIM CHIPP After seven months the council has unlocked the gates on its own tennis courts after ending negotiations with Paekakariki Tennis Club -- which was charging for public use. Council community services group manager Tamsin Evans said an arrangement to have the club manage public use of the courts failed because it insisted it could charge casual hireage, against the instructions of council. After about seven months of meetings and legal discussions the council has ended negotiations with the club on the matter, she said. During this time the public have still been told they must pay $10 for casual use, plus a $20 bond, or take up the option of pay- ing $35 for a year s membership of the club. Speaking previously, club presi- dent Joan Hilder said member- ship had doubled since the charging began. But from now on the courts will be unlocked by council staff in the morning, and secured again at night. The courts and clubrooms were gifted to the council by the club late last year in an agreement that guaranteed the club priority use. There appears to be no legal grounds for the club s charges. A copy of the agreement obtained by the Kapiti Observer under the Official Information Act specifies the council has the sole right to decide the policy from time to time as to a reasonable fee applying to the hire of tennis courts under its control in the Kapiti District. Under the agreement, signed last November, the council would refurbish the facilities and the club would assign ownership to the council. The club would pay $1 a year for a licence to use the courts for its activities and it would manage other use of the them. Its annual licence fee would be reviewed after five years and set at 50 per cent of court hire charge, which would be set by Kapiti Coast District Council. The club is explicitly prohibited from assigning, transferring or subletting the courts without written consent from the council. Soon after the council took own- ership of the courts last year it spent $79,000 upgrading the court surfaces and fencing, and another $39,000 renovating the building and adapting it to also serve as a community library. They are a community facility that the community is paying for through rates, we don t then charge them again for use of the facility, Ms Evans said.
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