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NAPIER MAIL, JULY 6, 2011
Public Information Evening
Local Government Re-Organisation
Invites you to a
Professor Graham Samson, Director of the Centre for Local
Government UTS Sydney will present information about the issues
involved in local government reorganisation and some of his findings
for a number of jurisdictions including Australian where reorganisation
has occurred. The evening will be hosted by the Chamber and chaired
by the Chamber President Stuart McLauchlan who will strictly run the
evening as one for information rather than statements for or against
the issue of further Hawkes Bay local government re-organisation.
For further information contact
Hawke's Bay Chamber of Commerce, 06 876 5938
Thursday July 14th 5.30- 6.30p.m.
Lecture Theatre 1- EIT Taradale
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Campaign helps cut
Family violence is the root
of a lot of the evil, and we're
really pleased with this
programme, it certainly is
Help is at hand: Mural on the wall of the Napier Police Station has positive impact
on domestic violence.
When the mural We re OK in
theBay. . .WeaskforHELP
went up on the wall of the
Napier Police Station, district
Inspector Kevin Kalff admits he
thought it wouldn t have much
of an impact on family violence.
Two months on, he s totally
changed his mind.
The reporting of family viol-
ence has gone up and we re
reasonably happy about that
because we want it to be
But what we have seen is a
reduction in repeats. And the
seriousness of the offending is
considerably down too.
From our perspective, that s
two great scores. This pro-
gramme is absolutely fantastic,
says Inspector Kalff, who con-
gratulates Lisa Hann from
DOVE HB and Rebeckah Hunt
from LIVE Hawke s Bay who
came up with the idea for the
We re OK in the Bay, is the
message in the family violence
campaign, and it s about being
prepared to come forward and
ask for help. Some of the sta-
tistics around self-referrals for
both males and females, as to
handling family violence and
suppressing their own violence,
are on the good trends.
Stopping family violence and
preventing child and partner
deaths has become an urgent
priority around the country.
Family violence is the root of
a lot of the evil, and we re really
pleased with this programme, it
certainly is making inroads.
The We re OK in the Bay --
we ask for Help programme is a
five-stage project linked to the
national It is OK to ask for
DOVE phone 06 843 5307,
Napier Women's Refuge
06 843 6515, Hastings Women's
Refuge 06 870 6024, Tangata
Piringa Maori Women's Refuge
06 876 0739.
Amalgamation an issue
well worth us fighting
by STUART NASH MP
I want to state once again that I
am unequivocally against
Napier amalgamating with
Hastings. My family has lived in
Napier for nearly 150 years and
I do not want to see our city s
unique character eroded in any
way, shape or form.
This drive for amalgamation
is being fronted by Hastings
mayor Lawrence Yule and
National MPs Chris Tremain
and Craig Foss. Well, I will fight
Yule, Tremain and Foss on this
issue because I believe they are
wrong. Five of the reasons I am
against amalgamation are:
1. Governance. An import-
ant feature of democracy is local
representation by local people.
This is what the Napier City
Council provides for the people
of Napier. All our councillors
live in our city, understand its
issues and work to implement
Napier solutions. Napier coun-
cillors would be in a minority on
an amalgamated council and
hence their ability to implement
solutions specific to Napier
would involve compromise,
trade-offs and lobbying and, no
doubt, at times, gridlock.
2. Debt. Hastings debt is
around $54m; Napier s is
approximately $5m. Why should
Napier rate payers pick up
Hastings debt? They shouldn t.
3. Identity. It is inevitable
that amalgamation would affect
the unique identity Napier has
developed over many decades.
Napier and Hastings are differ-
ent cities, with different econ-
omies, different histories and
different futures. Let s keep it
4. Current economy. Amal-
gamation is not addressing the
major issues currently facing
our region. Combining our cities
will not create more jobs,
increase the wealth of the
citizens of Napier, or Hastings
for that matter. Our mayors and
councillors already work con-
structively on the issues that
affect the region
5. No plan. I have yet to see
any business plan or case study
outlining the benefits of amalga-
mation. Lawrence Yule polls the
people of Napier without even
offering an alternative. Very
We do need regulatory con-
sistency across the region and
we can do better working
together in many areas but
amalgamation is not the
So come on Napier, join with
me and let Lawrence Yule, Chris
Tremain and Craig Foss know
that we want Napier governed
by Napier councillors for Napier
Following a Mail Newspapers story on the Karena
family, focus of documentary This Way of Life,a
reader has contacted us to give details where
people can donate to the family, so they can buy a
home of their own.
Since filming of the documentary ended, the
family s circumstances have changed and this is
how the community can help.
As viewers of This Way of Life learned, you don t
need much to be happy. As the family managed
their difficulties with such confidence, it was easy
to feel they would be OK. But since the cameras
stopped rolling, new challenges have appeared.
Now they really need a home: a warm, dry and
secure place to call their own.
Anybody donating can be completely confident
the money will go to the family. A legal trust is to
be set up and all money will go into that trust.
Profits from sales of the DVD bought from the
This Way of Life Facebook site are also shared
with the family.
Donations can be made by visiting
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