Kapi-Mana News : June 28th 2011
8 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JUNE 28, 2011 OPINION STRIKE LOWER HUTT 399 Hutt Rd, Lower Hutt Ph 568 3168 STRIKE PORIRUA 35 Kenepuru Drive, Porirua Ph 237 4428 Book yours today! Tenpin Bowling•Bar•Dining•Big Screen Music and Sports•Pool•Lazer Strike•Karting 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, phone 237 8118, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Not ''do nothing'' Editor, I appreciate Mayor Leggett's response to my letter (KMN June 7) about the council's plan to revitalise the city's business centre. He has, however, totally ignored what I said earlier about his comments to the Kapi-Mana News in January this year. Then, his comments about the project were welcomed and interpreted as a sign that the council was taking a cautious and sensible approach. At no time has this approach been seen as not involving the council in action and expenditure. A proper investigation by the council would obviously require action and expenditure by council staff and perhaps consultants. This is not a do nothing'' and spend nothing'' stance. Only after the preliminary work has been done should the council make decisions about further city centre revitalisation action. Unfortunately the word not'' was omitted from the fourth paragraph of my June 7 letter. What was published had the opposite meaning to what was intended. ROSS PIPER, Titahi Bay. Unfortunately the word not'' was omitted when the letter was transcribed -- Editor. Come on, Euon Editor, With regard to the recent purchase of land at Steyne Ave, come on Euon, put our money where your mouth is. If Euon Murrell really did have the local community interest in mind when he sold this piece of property to the council, how about he continues his good work and donates the commission he received to a local charity. After all, as tax payers we have certainly made a donation or two to him. I would like to have written commission he earned'', but as the property was on the market less than a month he hadn't worked too hard. Many of his electorate live on less money per year than the commission payment he would have received for this one sale. It would also be interesting to know whether the council has or is about to purchase any more land or buildings. PAUL DIGHTON, Porirua. No super city Editor, I am opposed to a super city for the Wellington Region. 1. A single regional body would seriously undermine democracy in local government. Representation of the voters by the super city elected representatives could not be accompanied by transparent accountability. The democratic process depends on meaningful local participation. A super city would result in the elected councillors becoming directors of a corporation which would operate on the basis of its own agenda. 2. Each local authority in the Wellington region reflects unique communities which collectively make up the unique vibrancy of our diverse region. A super city would weaken that diversity in favour of a common denominator which effectively would mean the identity, values and aspirations of middle-class pakeha. 3. The local authorities have developed a collaborative approach to regional affairs assisted by the regional council. There remains the need to be vigilant lest public amenities such as sports stadia, swimming pools are duplicated when one would adequately serve more than one local authority. Under the current system there is the opportunity for a transfer of responsibility for roads, public transport, sewerage, and water to the regional council if that was deemed to be more economic than the present system. 4. The argument that a super city would be cheaper to run than the existing system of local authorities is not substantiated by facts. The cost of local authorities needs to be dealt with separately from the super city proposal. The present system of property-based rates needs to be replaced by income tax determined nationally. The present income setting system for council staff is essentially a closed shop -- wages should be pegged to comparable agreements in the public sector. 5. My personal experience of being a previous Porirua representative on the Wellington Area Health Board, the Wellington Harbour Board and the Wellington Free Ambulance proved to me that the more populous, wealthy, and established parts of the region dominated decision-making to the detriment of Porirua. DON BORRIE, Titahi Bay.
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