Kapi-Mana News : June 21st 2011
8 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JUNE 21, 2011 OPINION / NEWS 3214052AA LETTERS EKERS' WEEK LETTERS GUIDE The Kapi-Mana News welcomes letters from readers. Letters will be published at the editor's discretion. Please keep correspondence to 250 words or less. We reserve the right to edit for brevity and sense. Pen names are not acceptable. If you feel there is a good reason you can't put your name to your letter, phone the editor. For identification not publication, please include an address not a box number and if possible a daytime contact phone number. Send letters to The Editor, PO Box 50 012, Porirua, 237 8118, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Attention wardens Editor, The comments by the chairperson of Porirua East Maori Committee (KMN, Letters, May 17) are important for new Maori wardens. The only legal komiti in Porirua is Porirua East Maori Komiti and Porirua East and West Coast Maori wardens sub association. These two komiti were under Maraeroa Marae but were sanctioned by Ngati Toa Marae komiti in 1965, and cleared by the then kaumatua Aunty Charlotte Solomon, Mark Metekingi and Peter Walden. Our boundaries were set up in the following areas: Pukerua Bay, Johnsonville, Newlands, Ngauranga Gorge, Tawa, Linden, Titahi Bay and Pauatahanui -- all areas registered with WDMC (Wellington District Maori Council) and NZMC (New Zealand Maori Council) in 1966. The original Maori komiti was Porirua, but it is now in recess. The approval was given by Ngati Toa to revive the Maori komiti and is now called Porirua East Maori Komiti. Any Maori can become a member of these komiti, as well as those wanting to become Maori wardens. As wardens we can only work within our boundaries, where there is an existing komiti. The Maori wardens in Porirua East are the Kapi-Mana Maori wardens, registered with WDMC and NZMC. Some wardens in Porirua appear to be disillusioned about who they are responsible to, they follow the police liaison officer and are operating outside their boundaries, not realising the police are there to liaise with only. The vans are a police resource supplied for Maori wardens use -- all Maori wardens, not the selected few. The only other resource supplied by police is training at the Police College funded by Te Puni Kokiri, but also available at some marae. Nothing is compulsory with any police liaison officer throughout the motu, but we can all try to communicate with each other in an adult manner. WILLIAM KIDWELL, Porirua East and West Coast Maori Wardens. What lake? Editor, Recently I opened a copy of the Dominion Post and found a glossy advertising brochure for Whitby Lakes Lifestyle Centre . This is a retirement village. I have lived in Whitby for the last 19 years and we do not have a lake anywhere in the suburb. There are, however, two large duck ponds surrounded by concrete, filled with weeds and any kind of rubbish you care to imagine. The brochure claims that residents live in a great position on the edge of the lake . What lake? Then the advertisers have the gall to say that Whitby is a tranquil northern suburb of Wellington. Obviously the owners of this village never took geography lessons at school. We all know Whitby is a part of Porirua. They, along with all the other residents and business owners of Porirua City, pay their annual rates to Porirua City Council, so how about being proud of our city and advertise correctly. I am proud to live in Porirua and will for sometime. ERIC GIMPEL, Whitby. Whitby Lakes director Sandy Foster responds: The existence of the Whitby lakes is not really in doubt. They are signposted as such in Whitby and the Porirua City Council website has several references to the lakes. There is a residential complex adjacent to the lakes known as Lakeside Villas, in addition to our own Whitby Lakes Retirement Village. In our view, and in the view of others we have spoken to, the lakes are an attractive and much enjoyed feature of Whitby. We suggest that if your correspondent wishes to dispute their existence, he takes it up with the Porirua City Council, the AA and other organisations which make reference to the lakes. With regard to the village being in Wellington or Porirua, we agree with your correspondent that it is indeed in Porirua. It is also in the region generally referred to as Wellington and it is to this regional location that we make reference, rather than to Wellington City. Our aim is to attract people from all over the region to this wonderful community within Porirua. Work on it Editor, The only things PCC can deliver by itself is a nice new street and some pavers (Mayor Nick Leggett, KMN Letters, June 7). And the project is to be primarily funded by the private sector . Can the mayor please advise: 1. How much is the private sector expected to contribute compared to our $14m? 2. Precisely how is the $14m contribution from ratepayers going to be used? If a project isn t attractive to the private sector, including developers and financiers, how can it possibly be financially anything other than a white elephant for ratepayers? Look at the original rosy projections for the pool, Pataka and Te Rauparaha used to justify go ahead. Which one has performed financially at those original levels? None. It seems the best ever result was when the pool closed and PCC received business interruption insurance. So now PCC feels equipped and prepared to start two new major projects -- city centre revitalisation and performing arts centre. Where can ratepayers find the detailed financial projections for these ventures? Please leave property development to the private sector, and focus on righting decades of under-spending on core services, like drainage, water, stormwater and roading. Meanwhile, in response to a specific question at the Draft Annual Planning meeting in April, we were assured that other than a few senior managers, and two shared car park spaces for councillors, no PCC staff have access to free all-day parking. Kimiaka Itamura advises (KMN, Letters, June 7) that library staff have free all-day parking. So is it reasonable to assume that pool and Te Rauparaha staff also enjoy ratepayer-subsidised free parking? Anyone else? Would either the mayor or chief executive advise how many ratepayer-subsidised free two hour-plus car park spaces are provided to PCC staff? I don t disagree with charging for all-day car parking, though this surely erodes one of the attractions of Porirua to current and prospective employers. I do disagree with one rule for ratepayers, customers and employees, and another for PCC. Ratepayers will pay three times, as we now pay for our own car park spaces, plus PCC staff free carparks and Fringe Benefit Tax (FBT) on them too. ANDREW WELLUM, Camborne. (Two letters abridged) Electioneering Editor, The report on Destiny Church by MTV s Native Affairs (June 6 ) showed Maori politicians electioneering for the 9000 congregation vote. Hone Harawira s assertion that he is going to reactivate Maori Parliament intrigues me. Does this mean that when Lockwood Smith dissolves the National-led Government in November this activated Maori Parliament could take over the mantle under a Harawira-led Mana Party? Should the referendum over the current MMP electoral system include Te Iwi Kotahitanga (United Tribes) or TIK option, where the government cedes sovereignty? Don Brash and Hone Banks proclaim Rangatira chiefs signed away this same sovereignty in Article one of the Treaty of Waitangi. Maori outnumbered Pakeha 90,000 to 2000 in 1840. Let s put the TIK option on the table. If Brash and the majority of Kiwis seriously believe that Rangatira chiefs would have given up their majority control of this beautiful country to a 2 per cent, powerless, British population then, given the reciprocal choice on November 26, would you do the same and vote for TIK? TIPENE MAKATEA, Takapuwahia. A winter solstice jump By ANDREA O'NEIL A group of iron-willed and hope- fully thick-skinned locals were to leap from Paremata bridge this morning to celebrate the winter solstice. Eight men and women were to make the jump at 6.30am, then retire to event organiser Phil Edgecombe s house for pancakes and hot showers. Many of Mr Edgecombe s friends made lame excuses to stay tucked up in bed, he said, but he recruited more people than he expected through Facebook. This is something fun to do to celebrate the shortest day. Mr Edgecombe, 28, is passion- ate about jumping off Paremata bridge, despite it getting him into hot water, so to speak, with the police six years ago. In the winter of 2005 boredom drove Mr Edgecombe and his friends to jump off the bridge one night at 10pm. A passerby saw the jump and drew the wrong conclusions. Somebody saw us and thought a suicide was going on and called the police, Mr Edgecombe said. Apparently the police had gone down there with night vision and searched the inlet looking for this suicide jumper. The story made it into Kapi- Mana News, after which Mr Edge- combe confessed to police it was a false alarm. We weren t drunk or obnoxious in any way. We were just bored, he said. Looking back it was probably a slightly silly thing to do but all s well that ends well. Despite a Transit NZ sign on the bridge saying No jumping or diving , the activity is perfectly legal and should be celebrated, Mr Edgecombe said. It s natural and it s free and it s fun, and it s something we should be encouraging our kids to do. He hopes to make the mid- winter jump an annual event.
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