Kapiti Observer : January 19th 2012
Your community partner for more than 60 years THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 2012 IN BRIEF Post charges driving them away, page 3 Why are TV ads so loud?, pages 12 and 13 Young talent on show, page 48 INSIDE Dozing and driving A Christchurch man fell asleep at the wheel on Saturday morning while driving through Kapiti, veering off the road and striking a road sign, before rolling his vehicle, said police. Sergeant Steve Kendrick said the man had been in Kapiti for a hunting trip, and fell asleep on his way home at about 5.15am. Mr Kendrick said the crash shows why it is important to take rests from driving when travelling long distances. The man escaped injury. Trailers targeted Trailers were stolen from Raumati and Rimu Roads over the weekend, after being cut free of ''securely'' locked chains. Sergeant Steve Kendrick said the trailers were removed from the roadway, and it was a warning to other people with trailers. ''Both have been securely chained and both the chains or padlocks have been cut,'' he said. He suggested trailer owners secure their trailers in another way and preferably park them where they are not visible from the road. Editorial (04) 298 5019 -- Advertising (04) 298 5019 -- Fax (04) 298 2073 -- firstname.lastname@example.org -- www.kapitiobserver.co.nz Hot fun: Zac Norris gets some air while skimboard- ing at Raumati Beach on Tuesday. With hot sun, warm water and a calm sea, con- ditions were perfect for the sport. Zac, 19, of Raumati, said he has been skimboarding ''seriously'' about three years and dreams of ''skimboarding the world''. The beach was the place to be this week, as, after some none-too-flash weather, summer turned on its full glory. On Tuesday MetService recorded 19.7 degrees Celsius at Paraparaumu Airport, Monday saw it reach 19.2C, Sunday 19.6C and Saturday 20C. But don't ditch the brolly just yet, Wellington Anni- versary weekend is not looking quite as flash. As of yesterday, MetService was predicting a mainly fine Saturday, by Sunday afternoon a southerly change with showers, and by the time Monday rolls around it's southerlies and showers. The long-range forecast, when most people are back at work next week, is dry and sunny. Community aids house fire victim By BEN STRANG Donations have been coming in thick and fast for a Kena Kena woman whose home was destroyed by fire on January 7. Furniture, clothing and other household items have been pledged to the woman, described as a well-known volunteer in the community. One lady has called us up and offered a whole heap of new kitch- enware, so we just have to go and pick it up, said Alison Hobcraft, who is organising collection of donations. There have been a lot of people who have called to help, and some people who have said that once we have an idea of what has come in to let them know, and they will help with anything that is miss- ing. A television, microwave, linen, bed, fridge, washing machine and kitchen appliances are among items donated. Most of the stuff has been promised but we haven t been able to collect it yet, so as soon as I can I ll collect it all and take it around to her. The woman has found a new place to live, and will move in soon, Ms Hobcraft said. The Housing New Zealand home was demolished yesterday. Ms Hobcraft is hoping more fur- niture will be donated, saying a dining table and chairs would be amazing, but it comes down to what people have lying around . The community spirit has shone through. Hopefully she has been able to sort the other things out and this will just get her back on her feet. Ms Hobcraft has also had dis- cussions with people about an emergency kit housed by council for donated goods in the future. To donate, contact Alison Hobcraft on 0274 418 770, 904 7631 or at email@example.com Waste charge rethink By BEN STRANG Greenwaste pricing is under review following a large number of complaints to Kapiti Coast Dis- trict Council over fees at Otaihanga and Otaki. Complaints centred around greenwaste charges increasing from $16 per trailer to $58 for a trailer overnight in December, without any notice to people drop- ping off the waste. Council group manager infra- structure services Sean Mallon said the greenwaste fees at Otaihanga and Otaki are based on weight, set at a rate to recover costs, where in the past some trailers were on a fixed charge. There is no rates funded sub- sidy for these costs and council does not generate any additional income. Mr Mallon said the council started receiving calls in Decem- ber complaining that fees had been increased without notifi- cation. Our preliminary investigation suggests the contractor, Midwest Disposals, may not have been applying our charging regime in a uniform manner. It appears some trailers have been charged on a weight basis and others not, with the majority of small trailers paying the fixed charge and not the correct charge based on weight. Raewyn Holden, whose son-in- law runs a lawnmowing company, said the fees shot up overnight in December, from $16 to $58. It will affect a lot of people if the prices stay like that, she said. A lot of people who get their lawns cut are pensioners, and you have to wonder if they would be able to afford an increase in price which will have to come from it. She said her son-in-law had talked to council, who informed him that the price change was part of the long-term plan implemented in July 2011. Council is now collecting weight information from all greenwaste entering Otaihanga and Otaki to understand the extent of the prob- lem. Mr Mallon said once data is collected, during about two months, a decision will be made on how to rectify the problem. Until then, greenwaste charg- ing will remain as it has been prior to December with small trailers only charged on a unit basis and not weight. Any change will be advertised to customers for at least a month before being implemented.
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