Kapiti Observer : January 16th 2012
4 KAPITI OBSERVER, JANUARY 16, 2012 A Moment with our Mayor Very sobering start to 2012 Happy New Year, and for those of you who have managed to get a break, I hope it was a good one. Its hard to believe Kapiti had its wettest day of 2011 on December 30, so I hope not too many of you were out looking for the quintessential camping experience! Weather woes aside many people seem to have enjoyed relaxing at home, enjoying friends and family. After the year of tragic events New Zealand experienced in 2011 it was devastating to wake up and hear news of the hot air balloon crash in Carterton. This was a horrifying event and it was particularly sad to learn that it took one of our own people, Denise Dellabarca of Paraparaumu. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this time. On behalf of the Council may I offer sincere condolences to the families and friends of the other victims. The road toll can be very sobering at this time of the year and its disappointing to learn that weve chalked up four fatalities on local roads in the past four months. My heart-felt sympathies also go out to friends and family of those killed in the recent Otaihanga and Paekakariki Hill Road crashes. Its not news to anyone living here that some sections of our roads can be perilous, particularly in the holiday season and on busy weekends. While Im very pleased to learn that NZTA is planning a proactive approach to the Otaihanga intersection, it is still important to remind people to drive safely and with care. This year promises to be very big for the Council during the long- overdue renovation of Council offces on Rimu Road. As of today, our front of house operations will run from the former Dick Smith premises at Kapiti lights. About 14 of our frontline team will operate from the new venue. So, any business that you would normally have done in the front offce of our Rimu Road premises can now be done at Kapiti Lights. Call 296 4700 or 0800 486 486 frst if you have any queries. Our back offce staff will move to the old Whitirea Polytech site at Lindale over three days from January 28. Council and committee meetings will be held at Meadows Church on Mazengarb Road for the year-long duration of the up-grade. Our frst full Council meeting is set down for January 26. The very best wishes to you all for a happy and productive New Year. Jenny SUPER GARDEN TRAIL Saturday 28th January and Sunday 29th January From 10.00am to 5.00pm each day For further information view www.eventfinder.co.nz or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call John on 04 293 6607 Waikanae Lions Proceeds to Life Flight Trust Tickets $15.00 (Children free) Tickets available from Kapiti garden centres or gardens on the day 4294838AA Test run: One of the six revamped Post Shops in Kapiti as part of the New Zealand Post trial of services. PostShop trials 'mostly positive' By JOEL MAXWELL Kapiti has had a positive run as New Zealand s postal guinea pig, despite complaints about pricing changes and elderly- unfriendly machines at revamped PostShops. New Zealand Post spokesman Michael Tull said most feedback has been positive but there had been constructive but critical feedback as well. Kapiti is likely to keep the new PostShops, including Para- paraumu and Waikanae, once the six-month trial was com- pleted, he said. We have already begun to collate results and will continue to do so over the coming months. Generally we are really pleased with the responses. Mr Tull was responding to complaints from residents about the shops, renovated in Sept- ember to allow tests of new ideas for its services. Retired Paraparaumu resi- dent Phyllis Wahren said she found queues longer and was critical of the self-service kiosks. In this area there s an awful lot of older people -- I ve got a computer and I work it but a lot of them haven t and they don t understand how to work these things. With only two post counters available and other staff roving around the store, service has been cut for customers, Mrs Wahren said. Meanwhile Paraparaumu man Jim Ellis slammed changes to parcel mail that saw him pay more for packages he sends to Christchurch. Mr Ellis was surprised to be told he could no longer use his own packaging without a $12 charge -- and could now only use one of three set box sizes to avoid the charge. I had a bit of a meltdown, as you do, he said. Mr Ellis said he eventually paid $2 more than pre-trial charges, including tracking, for the same size and weight package. Mr Tull said the package trial comes after complaints the old array of packaging was confusing and excessive. We are testing a simplified range of sending options -- sell- ing seven sizes of box and pack- age in-store instead of the 140 different ways to send available in our other stores outside of Kapiti. The system was not a price increase but averaged out costs over the seven sizes and added a flat rate to send anywhere in New Zealand, he said. On the ground this will mean some people will pay more . . . but others will pay less. Mr Tull said the trial shops provide more service than the old ones -- with nine service points including machines, in contrast to the previous five counters at the Paraparaumu branch. They also had more fulltime equivalent staff positions than in the old Post Shops. Once our full review is com- pleted, a decision will be made on how and when this could be rolled out throughout the country. This is likely to be later this year. Double vacation: Identical twins Alice, left, and Kate Prout dropped into Paraparaumu Library on Friday during their summer holiday with their grandparents. Gran Margaret Brown, of Paraparaumu Beach, said the 11-year-olds from Lower Hutt stay every school holiday -- only missing about three in their entire lives. ''It's their second home. . .Ireallydolookfor- ward to having them.'' These holidays the twins have been hanging out with their friends, heading to the mall and shopping for their upcoming birthday in February. For the record, Kate said while the pair share exactly the same birthday, they don't share the same birth time. ''I'm six minutes older.''
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