Kapiti Observer : January 19th 2012
3 THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 2012 Services include the preparation of financial statements, income tax returns, GST returns etc for businesses, rental property owners, investors and family trusts. Accounts and Ta x We provide accounting and tax services throughout the Wellington region. And we visit you. For Personal Friendly service call Graeme on 04 298 5028 gab chartered accountants 4245593AA Need New Dentures? Sooner Rather Than Later Shelby Dentures Levin Phone (06) 367 8211 2149873AC Graham Andrew Malcolm Managing Director John Diane There in Times of Need 9-11 Hinemoa Street, Paraparaumu For 24 hour assistance Telephon e 04-298-5168 Kapiti Coast Funeral Home 3724926AT COMMERCIAL, INDUSTRIAL, TILT PANEL DESIGN, HOUSES, RURAL, LIFESTYLE Customers avoid Kapiti PostShops Going postal: Waikanae man Dave Grantham with a package that used to cost $7.20 to send but now costs $12 in the New Zealand Post box, pictured, that is too big anyway. By JOEL MAXWELL FACEBOOK FRIEND Some customers might be angry about the PostShop trial, but Kapiti Observer Facebooker Shenah Rowe is a convert. ''I actually find the trial system a lot better. ''When it first came out I was right against it all but have found that it has made my life so much easier. ''As a top seller on TM (Trade Me) I would spend hours packaging things up to send, now I just pop them in a bag or box and post. ''I use the Waikanae branch and there was always long waits to be served and nowhere really to stand; now you have heaps of room and I find things move a lot smoother and faster. Thumbs up from me.'' Some Kapiti people are sending their mail from Porirua to avoid a postage trial that s forcing them to pay more from home. Paraparaumu woman Rachel Collen said the cost jumped from $2.40 to $4 to send the single paperbacks she regularly sells through Trade Me. The increase would turn off potential customers facing a $4 bill on top of the $3 for the book, Ms Collen said. I have currently been going down to Porirua to post anything that I can t send in the post box -- but they re talking about this being national, and I think that people in general might like to know about that. Ms Collen, who contacted the Kapiti Observer after a story on the PostShop trial, now combines postal trips with her part-time work in Porirua, about 35 minutes from her Kapiti home. The trial, which could be rolled out around the country, sees customers forced to send parcels in seven sizes provided instore -- or face a $12 mini- mum charge to use their own. Waikanae man Dave Grantham has also started mailing parcels from Porirua after paying up to 60 per cent more under the trial. Mr Grantham regularly mails books to customers but his cost jumped from $7.20 to $12 because parcels are often too big for the smallest $7 box. However they are also too small for the $12 box, one of three sizes on offer, which has to be stuffed with packing to stop his parcel bouncing around inside. Mr Grantham said Kapiti people using trial shops are being discriminated against. If you want to pack it at home it means two trips -- one to collect the box and then one to post it plus filling the empty spaces with heaps of pad- ding. New Zealand Post launched the system as part of a trial of new PostShops at six locations in Kapiti, including Paraparaumu and Waikanae. Spokesman Michael Tull said the system offers a simplified range of sending options, selling seven sizes in-store instead of the 140 different ways available in stores outside of Kapiti. This trial is a direct result of feedback from customers that the old array of packaging was confusing and excessive -- with people having no real idea of what products to use and how much it would cost to send items using them. He said there is no price increase built into the trial system -- with old prices averaged out across the seven sizes, but with a flat rate to send any- where in New Zealand. On the ground this will mean some people will pay more to send a particular size, but others will pay less. Mr Tull said a Kapiti resident could use the large boxes to send items weighing 10kg anywhere in the country for $16. An identical size and weight of package would cost $22 to send from any other part of the country, he said. We should note that this new approach is a trial at this stage and we re working hard to test whether people prefer a simpler range or if they prefer to have a more complex system or some- thing inbetween. A decision on what this new range could look like and how it could be implemented will be made later this year, he said. Free concert day targets families By RANDALL WALKER A family concert in beautiful Queen Elizabeth Park is billed as the answer to boosting Kapiti s summer entertainment options. Raumati South resident Kimber- ley Woodward has secured the right to use an area near Whareroa Beach for the all-day concert she hopes will attract at least 2000 people. She wanted to stage a free com- munity event for families on the Coast and had been working on it for the past nine months. Going and living in other towns and overseas and then coming back here, and there s nothing here fun to do for us. I ve been to a lot of events and I wanted something that was really family oriented, because I know that a lot of parents won t take their kids to events because there s lots of alcohol there. The venue down there is so amazing, Queen Elizabeth Park, it s beautiful and not enough people get down there. A beauty consultant by day, Ms Woodward has worked in hospitality, completed a diploma in event man- agement, and run a number of small events, but this was the biggest she had tackled. The venue had already proved itself, with about 3000 people enjoying the Whopper Chopper con- cert in 2004, in almost the same site, with organisers saying then the location was the ultimate venue for their free seaside family event. Ms Woodward is calling her event Kapiti Festival. Activities, some of which cost, will include an inflatable obstacle course, treasure hunts, kids zumba, a merry-go-round, stalls and a 10,000 litre pool filled with inflat- able toys. The Paekakariki Surf Lifesaving Club will be giving IRB rides and patrolling the beach. Music organiser Johnny Saunders was still confirming bands but said the all-Kapiti lineup should be headlined by Jeep Road. Others likely to take the stage are Gravy Train, The No Problemos, Rude Mood performing a Stevie Ray Vaughan tribute show, Rusty Designz, Just Jazz, Moonhead and DJs Finatik, Antikz and Huta. Ms Woodward said Greater Wel- lington Regional Council had come to the party, offering to supply and set up a stage for $200. She said the event will be well promoted in the wider Wellington region. Trams will be taking people from the carpark to the beach, for a reduced all day fare. Ms Woodward will donate the gold coin donation for parking to Kapiti Youth Support. She still needs to raise about $1000 in sponsorship to cover costs. Kapiti Festival, March 31, 11am- 7pm, Whareroa Beach, Queen Elizabeth Park, MacKays Crossing entrance, free, liveitloveitevents.co.nz.
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