Kapiti Observer : August 25th 2011
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Proudly partnering Please Phone 0800 263 264 or visit our o ces 313 Oxford Street • Levin Phone 06 367 0494 Oxford Finance is owned by Electra Electra is a Trust owned electricity Lines Company Vehicle FINANCE Available Friendly RATES Friendly TERMS Friendly PEOPLE Normal lending criteria applies Savings on gallery upgrade sidelined By JOEL MAXWELL Mahara Gallery upgrade stakeholders pushed ahead on a more expensive design for the project despite being presented with a care- fully considered plan to keep costs down. In a report to councillors for today s council meeting, project man- ager Peter Knight said his team worked to bring down costs for the design. Higher than desirable costs led to a value management exercise in which the project team minimised costs by carefully considering facili- ties and quality provided. When the resulting design was presented to the upgrade stakeholders, they decided the proj- ect had been overly compromised , he said. Despite being advised the changes they sought would increase costs, a working group from the stakeholders revised the design. The upgrade of the gallery and the Waikanae Library has increased from the target budget of $3.5 million to $5.27 million for the revised design estimate, Mr Knight outlines in his report. The Mahara Trust is expected to fundraise the now-$3.27 million for the gallery section of the upgrade, with the council set to commit the $2 million remainder. Speaking previously to the Kapiti Observer, Waikanae Community Board chairman Michael Scott said if the council was forced to top up the fundraising it would likely not be by much. He said the gallery building is owned by the council anyway. Mayor Jenny Rowan told the Observer she would be meeting all the interested parties about a poten- tial council top-up and it would be inappropriate to speak before that meeting. Councillors will decide whether to approve progression of the project design, and request staff allocate extra funding for the relocation of the public toilets in the gallery build- ing for the upgrade. Digger can't wait to be back at work On the road to recovery: Wayne Stempa, better known as Digger, is on the road to recovery after a serious injury at the Waterlea Race Course in Blenheim in April. Photo: FAIRFAX By SAM MORTON An Otaki starting assistant seriously injured at Blenheim s Waterlea Race Course in April is back on his feet and cannot wait to get back to work. Wayne Stempa, better known as Digger, suffered serious pel- vic injuries when he fell under the starting gates at the race- course on Thursday, April 19. The company he works for has since banned staff from riding on the starter gates when they are being moved. Doctors told Mr Stempa it would take about nine months to recover from his injuries which included a shattered pelvis and moderate spinal pain, but he had other ideas. He is walking again after spending months in a wheelchair. He is using crutches and plans to return to his day job in early October. Most other people would still be stuck in a wheelchair, but being a top sportsman most of my life, I just got out there and did what I had to do, Mr Stempa said from his home in Otaki on Tuesday. There was a lot of pain, but the harder I pushed myself, the quicker I got better and so I have. The support from his family, friends and work colleagues dur- ing a rough time in his life had overawed him and this support, along with his determination and courage, was helping him reach his goal of getting back to work. He recalls the accident viv- idly, and said it took a while to get over the horrific flashbacks. It was horrible, mate. We had just had lunch and the day was ticking along. But then I remem- ber my foot slipping, getting trapped and then falling off the gate onto the course. The weight of the gate dragged me along, but that was the saving grace to be honest; if it didn t and I had gone under the gates, it would have taken my head clean off, and that s not even worth thinking about. Instead he said, the accident had given him a new outlook on life. He was counting down the days until he was allowed to go back to work and join his fam- ily . I miss it, I miss everything about it, you know. Out there, it s like one big family and it will be special to rejoin these lads after so long, I truly can t wait. The Labour Department said it would not be taking any enforcement action against Mr Stempa s employer, Central Dis- trict Starting Gates, but was happy the company had banned travelling with the starting gates. Youngsters looking to cook up a storm Most of them may only have hit double digits in the last year, but students from Kapanui School are preparing to sharpen their knives for a four-course meal cooking extrava- ganza. About 65 year 7 and 8 students will take part in Kapanui Master Chefs, a school fundraiser for improved technology and an upgrade of the school sandpit area. Rochelle Adgo, chairwoman of the Kapanui School Parents and Friends Association, said they were trying to think outside the square for fundraising. The event was not a cook-off and there would not be a winner, she said. Local chefs Jeannie Van Kraden- berg from Party Perfect Catering, Louisa Smiley from Longbeach and Fiona Greig from Kiss and Bake Up will be there to help the students on the day. The students will cook all day for the evening meal. On the guest list is Otaki MP Nathan Guy, Kapiti mayor Jenny Rowan and former Fair Go presenter Kevin Milne. Heidi Steiner, from Vella on the Coast, will share industry tips on eti- quette, hosting and serving skills with the students before the big day. Ms Adgo said the hall would be done up in pink and orange and there would be Kapiti Sunset and Pink Paradise mocktails made and served by the students. Friday, September 2, Waikanae Memorial Hall. Tickets $30, from Kapanui School office.
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