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3 hours ago

Poll: Could we live without public bins?

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Many public rubbish bins are being removed by councils due to the large costs of regularly emptying them. Do you think we can adapt and live without them?

Type 'Not For Print' if you wish your comments to be excluded from the We Say You Say column of your local paper.

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Could we live without public bins?
  • 12.5% Yes
    12.5% Complete
  • 87.5% No
    87.5% Complete
  • 0% Other - I'll share below
    0% Complete
16 votes
3 hours ago

State Highway 2

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport

From Sunday 21 April, road reconstruction work will begin on State Highway 2, Chapel Street, Masterton through until early June, weather permitting.

Throughout the works, one side of the road will be closed a time, day and night, all week. Light vehicles will need to detour down Dixon Street, … View more
From Sunday 21 April, road reconstruction work will begin on State Highway 2, Chapel Street, Masterton through until early June, weather permitting.

Throughout the works, one side of the road will be closed a time, day and night, all week. Light vehicles will need to detour down Dixon Street, and heavy vehicles to detour at Ngaumutawa Road.
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7 days ago

Are you a first home buyer?

The Team Reporter from Stuff

Hello!
Are you a first home buyer? Is your mortgage going up and up with rising interest rates and you’re now struggling to make ends meet? Have you lost the ability to save any extra cash?

We’re reaching out from the Tova show, the flagship weekly politics podcast on Stuff, as we prepare… View more
Hello!
Are you a first home buyer? Is your mortgage going up and up with rising interest rates and you’re now struggling to make ends meet? Have you lost the ability to save any extra cash?

We’re reaching out from the Tova show, the flagship weekly politics podcast on Stuff, as we prepare a special episode on the interest rate crunch and how it’s affecting Kiwis - we’d love to hear your stories.

Please comment below if you would like to share your story, or email tova@stuff.co.nz. We give you our commitment to treat your experience with sensitivity and care.

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2 days ago

The Golden Ass heading to Circa!

Circa Theatre

Michael Hurst brings a glorious dose of masterful storytelling to Circa Theatre with his latest show The Golden Ass from 20 April!

Coming at you full force via ancient Rome, this free-wheeling adaptation is laugh-out-loud funny and subversively philosophical.

The original, written almost … View more
Michael Hurst brings a glorious dose of masterful storytelling to Circa Theatre with his latest show The Golden Ass from 20 April!

Coming at you full force via ancient Rome, this free-wheeling adaptation is laugh-out-loud funny and subversively philosophical.

The original, written almost 2,000 years ago by Apuleius, is the only Latin novel to survive in its entirety. In this riotous adaptation Hurst takes his audience on a wild ride, bringing a fresh and funny take on this fantastical, hilarious and sometimes terrifying tale.

The Golden Ass is a tale of epic proportions, and a powerful plea for empathy in a world gone mad. 

“riveting, salacious and very funny.” – Stuff
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2 days ago

2in1 Residential Cleaners and Mobile Car Groomers (Mother’s day Sale)

Nitin from 2in1 Car Groomers and Residential Cleaners

2in1 Residential Cleaners and Mobile Car Groomers

Mother’s Day sale 🎊🎊 20% on cleaning services.

Get  20% off plus a free GIFT for Mother’s from 2in1 cleaners.(if you get our service)

Very affordable pricing 🙂to help community, elderly, busy mum’s, 
workaholic’s etc.

We have… View more
2in1 Residential Cleaners and Mobile Car Groomers

Mother’s Day sale 🎊🎊 20% on cleaning services.

Get  20% off plus a free GIFT for Mother’s from 2in1 cleaners.(if you get our service)

Very affordable pricing 🙂to help community, elderly, busy mum’s, 
workaholic’s etc.

We have been cleaning houses for over a decade now and earned numerous happy clients. We really work towards a thorough job each time which results into great customer satisfaction.
For one off jobs, we always check our work with the customer before we leave to make sure customer is 100% satisfied with our work.
We are fully insured, our comprehensive insurance coverage provides for both our team members and your property.

Please contact us on  
0204 000 7860
Or 
Email us- info@2in1.co.nz
www.2in1.co.nz...

“May your day filled with glitters that someone else cleans up”

2 days ago

Crafty Cows Market !!!

Picklelicious NZ

Come and visit our Foodtruck for some South African Cuisine at the Crafty Cows Market on Sunday 14th April 10am - 1pm

✅Lamb 🍞Bunny Chow + carrot salad🥕
✅Lamb Curry & Rice + carrot salad
✅Vetkoek & Beef Curried Mince
✅Beans Bunny Chow + carrot salad

NB We serve our … View more
Come and visit our Foodtruck for some South African Cuisine at the Crafty Cows Market on Sunday 14th April 10am - 1pm

✅Lamb 🍞Bunny Chow + carrot salad🥕
✅Lamb Curry & Rice + carrot salad
✅Vetkoek & Beef Curried Mince
✅Beans Bunny Chow + carrot salad

NB We serve our Bunny Chows deconstructed on request .
Call or Text us on 027 6235000 for any preorders
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2 days ago

What's On: PORIRUA SINGYOUR LUNGS OUT CHOIR

Ruth from Tawa

PSYLO - A fun community choir for people with chronic lung disease or other chronic health conditions. Led by a music therapist, Thursday mornings, enquiries Claire 0274056458
PORIRUA SINGYOUR LUNGS OUT CHOIR
  • Supper Room, Mungavin Hall
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2 days ago

What's On: PORIRUA SINGYOUR LUNGS OUT CHOIR

Ruth from Tawa

PSYLO
PORIRUA SINGYOUR LUNGS OUT CHOIR
  • Supper Room, Mungavin Hall
2 days ago

Recent water damage from weather events

Vaughan from Capital Chem-Dry

Hello, neighbours!

We appreciate that while this rain is a blessing, it can also result in water damage, from soiling from wet feet and muddy pets, to floods and other more extreme damage.

Please call us if you need us, we are on 24/7 standby to help you all,
04-473 3399

Best wishes

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Hello, neighbours!

We appreciate that while this rain is a blessing, it can also result in water damage, from soiling from wet feet and muddy pets, to floods and other more extreme damage.

Please call us if you need us, we are on 24/7 standby to help you all,
04-473 3399

Best wishes

Capital Chem-Dry.

3 days ago

Mates always talking footy?

Canterbury Rugby

At Canterbury Rugby, we’re putting our money where your mouth is!

Refer a friend that becomes a registered referee, and you’ll each score ONE HUNDRED BUCKS!

Head to the link below and start REF… erring your mates.

Because the game you love needs you and your mate!
Put them to the test

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3 days ago

What's On: Adam McGrath Solo (The Eastern)

Mike from Wainuiomata

Adam McGrath is described by RNZ as a “National Treasure” and the Herald as “NZ’s toughest minded songwriter” Adam is known as lead singer and songwriter with celebrated band The Eastern. Koha
Adam McGrath Solo (The Eastern)
  • Whirinaki Whare Taonga
4 days ago

"Finance Made Fun and Easy!"

The Team from Fraser ACE Adult Community Education

Fraser Adult Community Education's Accounting for Non-Accountants course is a game-changer for finance novices. Whether you're clueless about balance sheets or intimidated by income statements, this course has your back. Dive into the world of numbers without fear, as friendly instructors… View moreFraser Adult Community Education's Accounting for Non-Accountants course is a game-changer for finance novices. Whether you're clueless about balance sheets or intimidated by income statements, this course has your back. Dive into the world of numbers without fear, as friendly instructors simplify complex concepts into bite-sized pieces.
From budgeting basics to deciphering financial jargon, you'll gain practical skills applicable in both personal and professional spheres. No prior accounting knowledge required – just bring your curiosity and willingness to learn. Join this engaging journey and empower yourself with the financial know-how to navigate the money maze with confidence.
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3 days ago

What's On: Adam McGrath Solo (The Eastern)

Mike from Wainuiomata

Adam McGrath is described by RNZ as a “National Treasure” and the Herald as “NZ’s toughest minded songwriter” Adam is known as lead singer and songwriter with celebrated band The Eastern. Koha
Adam McGrath Solo (The Eastern)
  • Whirinaki Whare Taonga
4 days ago

Home and Garden Show 19 - 21April!

Jade Promotions

It’s all about idea’s, inspiration and exclusive show specials at the Taranaki Home and Garden Show on the 19th - 21st of April at TSB Stadium. Join the fun with our 2 for 1 Adult Entry Voucher

Enjoy over 130 exhibitors showcasing Kitchens, builders, renovators, pools and spas, flooring, … View more
It’s all about idea’s, inspiration and exclusive show specials at the Taranaki Home and Garden Show on the 19th - 21st of April at TSB Stadium. Join the fun with our 2 for 1 Adult Entry Voucher

Enjoy over 130 exhibitors showcasing Kitchens, builders, renovators, pools and spas, flooring, heating & cooling, Home Maintenance, lifestyle products, artisan goods and more. Make the most of exclusive Show specials, giveaways, expert advice plus check out exquisite paintings and captivating sculptures with The Collaboration Taranaki Art Show on the mezzanine floor!

Save the date in your diaries:19th to 21st of April

Fri & Sat 10 – 5, Sun 10 – 4
TSB Stadium, 1 Rogan Street, New Plymouth
Adults $5
Gold Card Friday $2.50
Under 16 free

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8 days ago

Poll: Would you pay more to scrap card surcharges?

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

We are used to tapping our card to pay in stores, but we are now having to decide whether to swipe it, insert it or use paywave depending on credit card surcharges. It can all be a bit tiring!

Would you rather that a retailer's card surcharges were just built into the cost of the items … View more
We are used to tapping our card to pay in stores, but we are now having to decide whether to swipe it, insert it or use paywave depending on credit card surcharges. It can all be a bit tiring!

Would you rather that a retailer's card surcharges were just built into the cost of the items themselves? Share your thoughts below.

Type 'Not For Print' if you wish your comments to be excluded from the We Say You Say column of your local paper.

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Would you pay more to scrap card surcharges?
  • 16.6% Yes
    16.6% Complete
  • 80.8% No
    80.8% Complete
  • 2.6% Other - I'll share below
    2.6% Complete
2587 votes
4 days ago

Have your say

GWRC

The Long Term Plan is open for consultation and we want YOUR input.

We have two main topics we are consulting on. These are:

🚌Should Greater Wellington own the region's bus assets (depots and charging stations)?

Should Greater Wellington own 100% of CentrePort?

The … View more
The Long Term Plan is open for consultation and we want YOUR input.

We have two main topics we are consulting on. These are:

🚌Should Greater Wellington own the region's bus assets (depots and charging stations)?

Should Greater Wellington own 100% of CentrePort?

The region's buses are owned by private companies and operated on our behalf. We are proposing the ownership of buses, depots, and charging infrastructure to provide long-term security and future-proof facilities.

Currently we own 76.92% of the shares for CentrePort. We are proposing the purchase of the remaining 23.08% to establish 100% control of the shares. Full ownership means CentrePort will remain in public ownership and enable us to determine its future.

Do you agree or disagree with these proposals? Let us know your thoughts in the link below 👇
Click Here

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3 days ago

What's On: Ngati Toa Social Badmonton

Jon from Whitby

Keen to dust off your racquet and have some fun, join us every Monday evening (on now) for some friendly badminton. All ages and experience welcome.
Ngati Toa Social Badmonton
  • Ngati Toa Domain Hall, Pascoe Ave, Mana Esplanade
9 days ago

What does your Denture need?

The Denture Man

Click on our website
Call Office 09 972 2545
Text Mobile 027 347 3246
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What does your Denture need?
  • 27.3% Clean
    27.3% Complete
  • 9.1% Repair
    9.1% Complete
  • 18.2% Reline
    18.2% Complete
  • 45.5% Replacement
    45.5% Complete
11 votes
6 days ago

Porirua’s kerbside glass not recycled since 2022

Justin Wong Reporter from Kapi-Mana News

Glass collected from Porirua kerbs has not been recycled since 2022 because recyclers would not accept it, with some of it heading instead towards the landfill.

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6 days ago

Art for Everyone Wellington!

GWRC

Wellington’s Newest & Largest Art Show at Tākina - Wellington Convention & Exhibition Centre, 19-21st April! Thousands of original quality artworks! Meet the artists who create the captivating works on show! Have a day out at The Wellington Art Show! $9 online, $12 door sales, $10 gold … View moreWellington’s Newest & Largest Art Show at Tākina - Wellington Convention & Exhibition Centre, 19-21st April! Thousands of original quality artworks! Meet the artists who create the captivating works on show! Have a day out at The Wellington Art Show! $9 online, $12 door sales, $10 gold card/student ID, 16 and under are free !

Show Days: Saturday 20th April 10am – 8pm, Sunday 21st April 10am – 5pm. Buy Wellington Tickets (New) – ART SHOW TICKETING

Our exclusive art experiences VIP Preview and Opening Night give you the best view of our artists’ thousands of artworks.

VIP PREVIEW 5pm–7:30pm Friday 19th April, Opening Night 7:30pm-10:30pm Friday 19th April. Buy Wellington Tickets (New) – ART SHOW TICKETING
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3 days ago

Make your own plant support

The Team from Resene ColorShop Petone

Create this stylish plant support using a few garden stakes and Resene Waterborne Woodsman penetrating oil stain. Find out how to create your own with these easy instructions.

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6 days ago

State Highway 2

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport

From Sunday 21 April, road reconstruction work will begin on State Highway 2, Chapel Street, Masterton through until early June, weather permitting.

Throughout the works, one side of the road will be closed a time, day and night, all week. Light vehicles will need to detour down Dixon Street, … View more
From Sunday 21 April, road reconstruction work will begin on State Highway 2, Chapel Street, Masterton through until early June, weather permitting.

Throughout the works, one side of the road will be closed a time, day and night, all week. Light vehicles will need to detour down Dixon Street, and heavy vehicles to detour at Ngaumutawa Road.
Find out more

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3 days ago

What's On: REMINDER- WAIKANAE BEACH INDOOR MARKET

Gary from Waikanae

Enjoy a day out on the Kapiti Coast and visit this great Community Market which has highly talented stallholders showcasing a huge variety of quality, reasonably priced items and Gifts
REMINDER- WAIKANAE BEACH INDOOR MARKET
  • Waikanae Beach Community Hall
6 days ago

Time running out to nominate a local legend

Porirua City Council

Do you know someone who deserves to be honoured for the work they do in the community? Nominate them for a Porirua Civic Award!

Nominations for the awards close this week, Friday 12 April. Running in the city since 1993, they recognise people who have contributed to Porirua with their … View more
Do you know someone who deserves to be honoured for the work they do in the community? Nominate them for a Porirua Civic Award!

Nominations for the awards close this week, Friday 12 April. Running in the city since 1993, they recognise people who have contributed to Porirua with their leadership, inspiration or commitment, often behind the scenes and out of the public eye.

Porirua Mayor Anita Baker says our city is full of residents giving up their own time for their neighbourhood, suburb or the city as a whole. These awards are a way to put worthy recipients in lights – even if it’s just for one night.

Past recipients have been recognised for things like maintaining a walkway near their home, helping with elderly care, supporting their local church, and volunteering their time and energy with a sports group or club.

Search ‘civic awards’ on our website for a nomination form.
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3 days ago

What's On: REMINDER- WAIKANAE BEACH INDOOR MARKET

Gary from Waikanae

Enjoy a day out on the Kapiti Coast and visit this great Community Market which has highly talented stallholders showcasing a huge variety of quality, reasonably priced items and Gifts
REMINDER- WAIKANAE BEACH INDOOR MARKET
  • Waikanae Beach Community Hall
6 days ago

Haven Falls Funeral Home Ki Rotorua

Haven Falls

Haven Falls are very blessed to be opening their new branch in Rotorua.

Located at 271 Old Taupo Road, Rotorua these facilities offer a large chapel, dining hall and extended off road parking.

We invite you at anytime to pop in and speak with one of our team members and have a look around … View more
Haven Falls are very blessed to be opening their new branch in Rotorua.

Located at 271 Old Taupo Road, Rotorua these facilities offer a large chapel, dining hall and extended off road parking.

We invite you at anytime to pop in and speak with one of our team members and have a look around the facilities offered.

We operate 24 hours 7 days a week.
0800 428366
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4 days ago

Happy Valentines Porirua parkers!!!!

David from Cannons Creek

I have reposted this as I have received a response from the council and the original one(www.neighbourly.co.nz...) is due to expire shortly.

UPDATE: 11/4/24
Here is the response from the council.

The council have acknowledged businesses are facing challenges at the moment.

Parking is free… View more
I have reposted this as I have received a response from the council and the original one(www.neighbourly.co.nz...) is due to expire shortly.

UPDATE: 11/4/24
Here is the response from the council.

The council have acknowledged businesses are facing challenges at the moment.

Parking is free over the weekend - I wasn't aware of this myself but good to hear regardless and assume this has always been the case since installing the new parking meters.

The 50 cent surcharge is not one initiated by the council and therefore they can not waive it.

But they have refused to offer free parking to business owners and their staff simply because they can not offer 'special treatment' to certain groups.

The 'groups' consist of business owners and staff - both essential for a healthy CBD environment.

As for special treatment, well, actually, this is not about 'special treatment'(I did find that term quite strange to be used as a 'reason') - this is about a council decision that has caused an additional new cost to both business owners and their staff directly impacting business owners from making a buck, through no fault of their own, and thereby placing more pressure on survivability & livelihoods.

This decision may earn more revenue for the council but it has reduced it(by causing more costs) for the business owners & staff- so who really is getting 'special treatment'?

A request to consider removing this additional costs to the business owners- so that their businesses can function unhindered will still allow council to earn significant revenue yet it they have declined it nonetheless.

The council should reconsider their decision to allow these businesses to grow without council obstruction afterall thriving businesses are the heart of the CBD in any city and a primary consideration for any forward thinking council.

Lastly, the new parking charges IS one initiated by the council - who can waive it (for business owners and their staff alike).

I will send this response to them for reconsideration.


UPDATE: 2/4/24 I have sent an email letter to the CEO (who will forward it on to the relevant department) to consider giving the business owners /workers a break from the parking charges.

*****Original post..19/3/24

I am, of course, referring to the 13/2/24 Kapimana News article titled ' Porirua paid parking still angers' .

Here's my $2 worth, this, by the way, is the newly introduced hourly charge for parks in the Porirua CBD.

Regarding Long's concern, owner of Porirua Bakery and Cafe, that she is losing business because customers(and her staff) are concerned about getting ticketed for overstaying in the parks and that customers don't want to wait more than 5 minutes for their orders-which is the grace period(charge free) for parking. So customers are walking off not placing their orders because, of course it would take longer than 5 minutes! Also, she is now having to pay for her staff's parking costs just so the business can operate fully staffed.

What is the purpose of the grace period? Is it to allow customers to finish their shopping or to wait for their orders which takes longer than 5 minutes? Then shouldn't the council extend that grace period?

It was the council's decision to introduce a new charge because they couldn't find other ways to minimise rates increases/generate revenue?

What does it tell Porirua residents/parkers and local business owners of the council's decision? A decision that now impacts on local businesses. Isn't one of the council's objectives to ensure that the business/retail sector is thriving in the CBD and that any of their decisions do not significantly impact that. By the way, it was sad to see Bargain city close soley due to unreasonable (hence unmanageable) rent increases in the Northcity plaza for the same space occupied by the business for the last several years- as most businesses are still in vulnerable positions since the Covid crisis. I can see the area, especially the Cobham court area, once again, becoming a row of empty shops, absent of vibrancy and the city/retail 'buzz' you typically see in thriving areas. Sad to see if this happens as there was a 'slump' in filling the empty shops in the area previously. I guess the way to avoid this would be to convert retail space into apartments/housing areas- I would hate to see this happen.

Businesses are hard to run with many overheads ie rent & costs of employing(and retaining even retraining) staff etc and there is a lot of pressure on small business owners to keep their head above water in today's climate. It's a shame to see several longstanding businesses shut up shop in Wellington such as Dixon street deli, Tulsi on Cuba street, Wishbone etc so it's on any council to ensure businesses have the right environment to thrive in and, especially, if they have some control over the impacts on those businesses.

The article mentions a '12 month freeze on parking charges'- I wouldn't consider it a 'freeze' as such as that would imply the council, out of the kindness of their own heart, stopped charging for parking for a while. Instead, I recall that the council jumped ahead and installed the new fangled/modern parking metres before I even knew about it (whether they informed the public of their intention to do so and give us an opportunity to object to it I don't know) and stated that they would not immediately be in operation at that time. This was a way of reducing (or managing) public reaction to a newly introduced cost for parking in areas where previously it was free.

Also, if the council responds by stating there are free parking areas around the CBD(I don't know of all of them) that seems to be a reasonable response provided none of the staff have any mobility issues or there isn't any time restrictions on those parking spaces or that there are enough of those spaces available for all such staff, but the council, in making their decision,have dismissed any consideration to consequences at the 'lower' end of things.

The reason for introducing new parking charges was to direct costs to actual parking space users and not the ratepayers in general(I can't argue with that), but really to reduce rate increases. In saying that,now that, we, the residents/public, have now been 'acclimatised' to these additional parking fees it will be easier for the council to subject us to gradual annual increases of parking charges because (and I say it again, the first time was during verbal submissions for the intention to introduce parking charges about 4 years ago) it is an 'easy out' for any council to resort to increasing parking charges every year to increase revenue/reduce rates despite it being a reflection of lack of innovation, creativity and ingenuity.

The council will say that the parking charges are markedly lower than that of their Wellington City counterparts -while that is true it is all relative really isn't it? But more importantly, it is a newly introduced cost to parkers, business owners and retail staff.

In comparison with Wellington CBD of approximately $5 per Porirua parkers are charged $2 per hour(approximately) but the point is, this is an ADDITIONAL charge.

Again, lets not forget that once any council implements a newly introduced parking costs it is now easier to gradually increase it annually. Now that the council have introduced this fee any subsequent increases are exactly that 'just' an increase of an existing charge.

The modern parking metres, thankfully, offer a choice of coin payments as well as wireless card payments. For the latter option an additional fee is charged - I think 50 cents a pop which is not much on its own but adds up over time especially for daily parkers such as retail staff and CBD workers. I don't think Wellington CBD apply an additional charge for the wireless option.

The article mentions that the council are in regular contact with local businesses, well, if this is true, it be for the purpose of being the first to be aware of any concerns and impacts on small business owners. So why haven't the council addressed such concerns as those expressed by the owner of Porirua Bakery and Golden Scissors already- which applies to most local business owners in that area?

What does it tell the council when employers are having to pay for their staff's parking charges just so they can keep their doors open for a full day?

The council have made a change -the result is retail employers are facing an additional cost to ease the burden on essential staff as well as retail staff facing those additional costs also. So, is it worth part-timers working in the first place?

Here's what I think the council should consider.

1. The council to allow retail workers/owners to park for free during their working hours only- this will allow small businesses (such as Porirua Bakery and Golden Scissors) to operate fully without staff concerns and their staff without parking concerns. The business makes money and so do the staff. Otherwise what is the point of working to only to have a portion of your earnings used up on parking charges- and the longer you work during the day the more its going to cost you?

2. Free weekend parking not only to entice out-of-towners to the Porirua CBD for recreation, but to increase spending and to ensure shoppers can do so without time pressures which typically discourages shoppers staying longer to browse for goods- the longer you browse the more likely you are to spend and find what you are looking for.

At least trial free- parking -weekends for a reasonable period.

3. The council to remove the additional charge of wireless card payment of 50 cents.

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