Kapiti Observer : August 29th 2011
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Kapiti musician Danilo Blaza was playing a gig at Lembas Cafe in Raumati South with his son Ezra, 17, and friend Meg Prasad, 14, when he was talent-spotted by Kapiti resident Lieutenant Gen- eral Mateparae, who asked for his number and if he could play at his inauguration this Wednesday at Government House. Blaza invited Meg and Ezra along to support him and play some solos while he takes a break. I couldn t really believe it at first, Meg said. I was shocked and then I was excited. Blaza said they would play music during the dinner after the main ceremony and the guest list would include 130 politicians, diplomats and other high-profile people. It s like 130 of the most power- ful people in New Zealand, Ezra said. I feel relaxed now but I have a feeling we are going to be really nervous when it comes to the last hour of setting up. The trio will play for about two hours in the ballroom of Govern- ment House. Blaza said he would sing and play guitar solos and be joined by his son on percussion and Meg at different stages. They will play a variety of cover songs from the likes of Cat Ste- vens, The Beatles, and songs from Blaza s homeland in the Philip- pines. About a third of the reper- toire will be original music. It s good to give them some- thing they have never heard before. Blaza, from Pukerua Bay, said he plays a mix of easy listening and upbeat music, which he would save for last. I ll be very happy to get to the last song. There s always excitement when you re on your last song. The singer-songwriter has been part of the Kapiti Live Music Club for 10 years, and four years ago started the open mic night at Finns in Paekakariki. Meg and Ezra, both Kapiti Col- lege students, will sing and play guitar individually and together. Blaza was treating it as just another gig. But I m just kind of over- whelmed. Why me? There s thousands of good musicians, he said. Council firm in support for aquatic centre By JOEL MAXWELL Councillors backed the aquatic centre to the hilt on Thursday voting to call for building tenders despite concerns over dwindling contingency cash and a fundraising shortfall. Only $421,000 contingency cash remains, covering unexpected costs, for the project with an expected bill of about $17 million. The fundraising trust, covering part of the cost, has come up about $1.12 million short on its expected total by the start of con- struction. But on Thursday, every council- lor and the mayor took turns to put their names to a series of resolutions pushing ahead with the project. The council will call for tenders on the $6 million building section -- with the same amount already locked in for subcontracts. Councillors noted the million- dollar fundraising shortfall and will review costs and funding once the tender price is known in November, with the possibility of downsizing the project. It committed to the planned see-through plastic roof, despite a doubling in cost to about $614,000 The council also resolved that the trust will keep fundraising throughout the build till any defi- cit is cleared. Its resolutions came after coun- cillors questioned project manager Peter Knight -- raising concerns about the contingency money. Normally a contingency fund would be set at about 5 per cent of costs, but the remaining contin- gency is only about 3 per cent. Mr Knight said the project team had worked hard to control and manage spending risks as the project proceeded. The earthworks at the site have gone ahead without problems, he said, and the council has gained fixed prices on high risk components for the build. Mr Knight said he was confi- dent the remaining contingency will be adequate. Meanwhile an additional $131,000 will also come from the contingency to create a round- about at the entrance to the cen- tre on Kapiti Rd. The roundabout has been added to the project following a closer look at traffic issues in the resource consent process. Councillor K Gurunathan pointed out people are already interested in the impact of new traffic lights replacing the round- about at the intersection of Kapiti Rd and Rimu Rd. Mr Knight said the entrance roundabout provides the best level of service for the road. It may seem slightly anomal- ous to take a roundabout out . . . and put another one in down the road. But you have to understand what the traffic movements are through the roundabout. The current roundabout has a huge number of right-turning vehicles from Rimu Rd to Kapiti Rd, and Kapiti Rd to Rimu Rd -- slowing down traffic flow, he said. Most traffic at the aquatic cen- tre entrance will drive straight through. In a symbolic move, each coun- cillor and the mayor moved or seconded each of the six recom- mendations -- putting every one of the current triennium s names to the project.
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