Kapi-Mana News : January 31st 2012
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Wellington City Council, 101 Wakefield Street, PO Box 2199, Wellington 6140 • Wellington.govt.nz Tawa/Linden Community Meeting LETTERS EKERS' WEEK Help poor Editor, If the mayor s wish for Porirua is to improve options for kids in Porirua then I suggest the council forget about the revitalisation of the city centre, buying real estate and the Performing Arts Centre. None of these things are going to help families in poverty. I say families because child poverty is family poverty and cannot be considered a separate issue. The money then available could be used to help children by not reducing vital services like libraries, rubbish collection,and solid waste management. Councils should concentrate on creating more and safer footpaths, provide street lighting to the whole of the area and spend our money on improving water quality and ensuring sewerage facilities are adequate. It should live within its present means and rates increases should cease. We already pay far too much. Children grow quickly and they will be the adults of the future. How will they judge us then? ANNE PERRY, Porirua. Sensible move Editor, Chris Kirk-Burnnand says that the blame for the change of heart by Whitireia Polytechnic towards the white elephant performing arts centre rests with the people on the new joint governing council of Whitireia and Weltec polytechnics. Sorry Chris, wrong words: for the long suffering ratepayers of this city it really isn t that we should blame them for this decision; we should be grateful instead that sense has prevailed. It is bad enough that the Porirua Foundation has historically received an annual $500,000 of gambling profits from the Mana Community Grants Foundation which it has then allocated to Porirua City Council to offset excessive expenses at the Te Rauparaha Arena (money which could instead have gone to real community groups, rather than arena wages), but seeing that the payment to PCC was the only grant in 2009 and more than the MCGF grant in 2010 just makes me wonder why the community should be satisfied with the fact that the MCGF trustees are all currently on council or are past mayors. Why are there no community representatives who do not toe the council line of spend, spend, spend (and why should the council itself receive $33,250 in grants from MCGF)? Why would we want to pour millions into a performing arts centre when we are only a 30-minute train ride from other options and when past performance indicates that PCC will need to continue to dip into public money to keep it running? The latest published accounts of the Porirua Foundation (31/12/10) are out of date now, as they do not show that the foundation has raised $2m towards the arts centre, but is there any coincidence in PCC not receiving its normal amount of grant income in the last year (with indoor leisure costing $1m more than budget), and the foundation s raising of money for the arts centre?BRIAN COLLINS, Papakowhai. Porirua Foundation chairman Chris Kirk-Burnnand responds: Mana Community Grants Foundation made a commitment to support the Te Rauparaha Arena with a substantial capital grant that was provided over a number of years. The final $500,000 was received by council late in the 2011 year. It is community grants such as these that have been essential in the development of Pataka and the Aquatic Centre. Such facilities add to the wellbeing of our community in many ways. The health and social benefits that accrue from the Aquatic Centre, along with the opportunity to see artwork that is produced both locally and nationally is beneficial in many ways. Tourism is attracted to the city due to the quality of the facilities. Pataka is a venue that allows us to have a focal point for local skills and certainly generates much pride in work done by the many people that make Porirua such a great city. Without it how could we present artwork and local skills and attract national artworks to our city? I believe the Te Rauparaha Arena will become just as important to Porirua. In the current world, success in sport can lead to fantastic career opportunities and you only have to look at sports such as rugby, sevens, netball to see how well many cultures are represented at the highest competitive levels. For people to attain well we need facilities of a national standard and we now have these in the TRA, facilities that are available to all people of our city. I believe that growing sporting success is important for Porirua economically. Statistically Maori and Pacific people (about 47 per cent of our community) are not doing as well as other New Zealanders within our health and education systems. Sport is one avenue where we can address that disparity while offering opportunity to all of Porirua. Just before Christmas, Porirua City Council adopted an inflation- only rates adjustment for existing ratepayers as a key element of the Long Term Council Plan. I support that move as although we have won an award as a very liveable city we also need to be affordable. So long as we stick to the LTCP we will achieve the affordable goal. The Porirua Performing Arts Theatre is structured to be affordable from an operating cost approach and also from a capital funding approach. The Manukau Performing Arts Theatre broke even after four years and the Waikato Performing Arts Theatre is a similar success story. It was developed as a partnership between the university and Hamilton City. The Porirua Performing Arts Theatre can only progress as a partnership. This will allow for a $13.2 million facility with ratepayers funding $3 million. It is also dependent on grant money such as lotteries. I am appalled that Whitireia Community Polytechnic has at this stage withdrawn from the partnership. This theatre will act as a gateway to the polytechnic. It will help with the education disparity that exists in our community and be a central focus for the performance skills of our city. It has been driven from the community, not from PCC. Facilities such as this theatre will benefit middle and low income people from our city and will not put a burden on ratepayers. The funding model is one that will suit future capital developments within the city while allowing for affordable rates. Dog dumping Editor, The dumping of dog bodies at Himatangi, as referred to in Dr Ian Schraa s article [headlined] Life and death code [KMN, January 10] was indeed to be deplored and there is no disputing that this was a most inappropriate method of an apparent emptying of a body storage freezer by persons unknown. However, there were some inaccuracies in the article that are worth mentioning. In particular, the news reporter spoke to the local body member not of the Valley Animal Research Centre (VARC) committee but of the Massey University animal ethics committee, who implied that, because he would have known of an equivalent VARC member, perhaps there wasn t one. In fact, although the VARC committee is currently not active, when the research highlighted on the television was carried out, the committee was indeed active and properly constituted. Indeed, it had not only the three legislatively required external members but an extra one as well. All of these, I am quite sure, would have been horrified at the dumping of the bodies. For your information, the National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee (NAEAC) is an independent advisory committee to the Minister for Primary Industries and to animal ethics committees, not a division of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF). Neither does it regulate ethics committees . The Animal Welfare Act 1999 is regulated by MAF, although NAEAC oversees the system. VIRGINIA WILLIAMS, NAEAC chairman. Cultural pride Editor, Unlike some of the other capital projects the city has undertaken in recent years which have been a duplication of facilities elsewhere in the region, the proposed Performing Arts Centre is a response to the unique identity of the city and its people.
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