Kapiti Observer : November 21st 2011
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While Council supports the democratic right of Ask Us First to put its point of view, we still believe consideration of a referendum needs to wait until all the facts on water meters and water pricing are out in the public arena. As many people know, we have appointed a Charging Regime Advisory Group (CRAG) chaired by former State Services Commissioner Don Hunn, comprising representatives from different sectors of the community, to work through all the issues around water charging. We expect them to report back to the public early in the New Year and believe it is important to wait for this report before the community debates the issue fully. We have now heard the views of Ask Us First and will consider their petition seriously as part of the Long Term Planning process in February/March next year. This process will allow for a two-way discussion between all interested parties. I believe it will provide a sensible, planned and transparent process for everyone who wants to have a say. Water meters have been a hot potato in our District for a number of years. We accept that some residents thought the issue had been dealt with by the previous Council and are now aggrieved that it is back on the table. This Council put the issue on the agenda earlier this year when it became obvious to us that a more transparent and fair approach to water pricing could lead to signifcant changes in water use and in turn save residents from having to spend up to $36 million upgrading the supply system. We will defnitely purchase a dam site this year and yes, water does fall from the sky not always abundantly, but the modern-day costs of capturing, treating and reticulating water are substantial and far out- weigh the costs of water meters. Till next time, Jenny More than words 60 years together By BEN STRANG Long lasting: Olwyn and Ross Davison will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on December 1 with family from Australia. Olwyn Davison shares every waking moment with husband Ross after nearly 60 years of marriage -- apart from on the golf course. There she is banned. The couple will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on December 1 with family who will fly in from Australia especially for the event. After meeting in 1946 at the de Havilland aircraft company in Wellington, the Paraparaumu couple would walk each other home from Rongotai to Kilbirnie. It was quite romantic really,'' Mrs Davison said. I lived in Kilbirnie and Ross lived in Newtown, so he would walk me home after work.'' Mrs Davison was 16 at the time, and 19-year-old Mr Davi- son, who was an apprentice at the company, said there would have been a thousand different reasons'' which brought the pair together. When Mr Davison finished his apprenticeship, the couple moved to Auckland where he worked for Tasman Empire Airways. The couple married in 1951 in Wellington with about 100 friends and family, and built a house in Auckland where they lived for 30 years. During that time Mr Davison, now 84, and Mrs Davison, 81, talked about buying a caravan. After Mr Davison retired that sparked a long trip around the countryside. Our daughter said, you keep on saying you are going to do it but you never will', so then we decided we had to do it.'' In 1980 they set out around New Zealand, touring from top to bottom, and even Stewart Island'', and spending up to three months at a time at each place. When Mrs Davison's parents fell ill while living on the Kapiti Coast in 1984 the Davisons decided to move to Kapiti to care for them. That is when Mr Davison joined Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club, and said Mrs Davison was eventually banned from coming to golf. I needed a caddy,'' he explained. I would turn around and look for Olwyn but she would be over at a hedge or tree looking at the mushrooms growing in the ground. It just wasn't working so she hasn't been since,'' he said. Mrs Davison said she only went to golf about three times before being banished from the fairways. The Davison's only daughter is flying from Australia for the anniversary, bringing her hus- band and three children. Their youngest grandson, Jackson, will celebrate his 21st birthday while in Kapiti, and despite being an Australian by birth is a New Zealand fan. He supports the All Blacks, and even the Hurricanes. He might have been born over there but he is definitely a Kiwi,'' said Mr Davison. Mr and Mrs Davison can't pin- point why their marriage has been so successful. I guess com- munication is the main thing,'' Mr Davison said. And not just talking. It's more than that.''
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