Kapi-Mana News : August 14th 2012
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Do you think there are ways to do things better at the local or regional level — or both? The Wellington Region Local Government Review Panel, chaired by Sir Geoffrey Palmer, is keen to hear what you think about the current system of local government and how it can be improved. Come and be part of the discussion: Where: Pataka Museum Cnr Norrie and Parumoana streets Porirua When: Thursday 16 August, 6.30pm-8pm The independent Wellington Region Local GovernmentReview has been commissioned by the Porirua City Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council. www.wellingtonreviewpanel.org.nz PUBLIC MEETING 4776911A A LETTERS EKERS’ WEEK Bay no longer safe Editor, I have lived in Titahi Bay bay for 26 years and have always felt safe to go for walks on my own no matter what time in the day – not any more. On Friday, July 20, I decided to walk to Whitehouse Rd, for nothing special, just a walk in the sun after being stuck indoors for two weeks with bronchitis. As I entered Whitehouse Rd, a tall, rather scruffy teenager approached me, smiling as if he knew me. He said hello, I returned his gesture. As he passed me he gave my right shoulder a push to put me off-balance, he then grabbed my wallet. But what he didn’t know, the strings of the wallet were wrapped around my fingers and thumb of my right hand. In order to get what he wanted, he wrenched my wallet severely from my hand, leaving me with the strings of the wallet wrapped around my painful fingers. He then took off with my bank card, my gold card, my reading glasses and $10. He took off along the main road, heading towards the inlet like a marathon runner. I called out for help several times but no-one was around – it was very quiet. Rather than risking having another stroke I decided to let it go and called into my friend and she called the police. The police and Victim Support have been great to me as this experience has traumatised me, lowering my self- esteem. So please be more aware that the Bay is not what it used to be. NAME WITHHELD, Titahi Bay. Typical Labour Party Editor, I see that John Burke (KMN, Letters, July 31) has reverted to his Labour Party principles by attacking the individual rather than addressing the issues. ALLAN BLOOMFIELD, Pauatahanui CPI ‘red herring’ Editor, Letter from Brian Collins [KMN, July 17] – “What can we believe?” – very little it seems. On page 4 [of the Long Term Plan], the PCC chief executive Gary Simpson says, “As in the draft LTP, the subsequent nine years will be CPI plus growth in rating base”. In year 2015-16 it is stated the average effect on ratepayers is 3.6 per cent. If, however, there is no increase in the rating base – under this scenario rates will be contained within the CPI (assumed at 2.4 per cent – page 192). Therefore the average effect on ratepayers could only be 2.4 per cent (and not 3.6 per cent). Have you missed telling us something? The continuing mention of the CPI is a red herring – no correlation with the CPI and your table (page 22) which shows. Average effect on ratepayers of between a low of 2.9 per cent and high of 3.6 per cent is incorrect. I would like the chief executive or Mayor Leggett/Councillor Douglas/CCR panel appointees to explain as to how the total cost of the city centre revitalisation of $18.8 million in both the draft and final plan was arrived at given that the annual figures when totalled revealed the draft was in fact $28.5m and the final $32.7m. It is inappropriate for the chief executive to talk of ‘‘consulting” when he in tandem with councillors changed the accepted format of Q&A meetings in order to deny the public the opportunity to ask questions on the LTP and for all those in attendance to hear answers. In response to Mr Collin’s letter, the chief executive made reference to the Auditor General’s report – his comments were misleading. Fact: The report was completed by Ernst and Young under contract to the Auditor General and clearly states: “The audit is an independent opinion on the LTP and therefore not the opinion of the Auditor General. The accuracy of the information in the LTP is not guaranteed.” Porirua citizens deserve to know as to how their money is to be spent. DICK RENOUF, Titahi Bay PCC chief executive Gary Simpson responds: Mr Renouf questions whether in adopting the Long Term Plan the Porirua City Council may have erred in projecting future growth in the rating base of the city. The Long Term Plan has been developed using a projected growth in the rating base (the rating value of the City) of 0.5 per cent for three years and 1 per cent per year thereafter. This approach is justified utilising historical growth figures going back many years and is likely to prove a conservative estimate. Mr Renouf also questions the audit process of the Long Term Plan. Every council in New Zealand is required to have their Long Term Plan audited by the Office of the Auditor General. A number of councils have the audits carried out by accredited accounting practices working on behalf of the Auditor General. Porirua City is one of those councils and the audit was done by Ernst and Young. Prior to the draft Long Term Plan ‘Good’ food options The findings of Regional Public Health dietician Vicki Robinson’s survey of Porirua convenience stores makes for interesting if not entirely surpris- ing reading. Owners of dairies and small food markets aren’t stocking healthy food options because shoppers aren’t buying. Customers aren’t buying them because the less healthy options are cheaper. For a lot of us, these shops have more to do with temptation than good eating intentions anyway; soft drink, snacks, lollies, chocolate, or maybe a pack of smokes. Heck, visit some dairies and you’ll struggle to find anything that doesn’t fit one of these ‘‘food’’ groups. The problem in our eastern suburbs is it’s all they’ve got: There is no supermarket providing var- iety and more affordable or, at least, less unafford- able prices. For residents with a vehicle, a five-minute jour- ney to one of the central city supermarkets, or the Saturday morning Cobham Court markets, is hardly an impediment. But for those relying on public transport or a taxi, location becomes a bar- rier to healthier food options. Do I walk to the bus stop, wait for the bus, ride it to the supermarket, and back again, for trim milk and grain? Or do I walk to the corner store and buy blue top and white bread (which I prefer the taste of anyway)? There will also be those without the means to budget transportation into their food spending. With Foodstuffs and Progressive unlikely to set up shop in the eastern suburbs, Ms Robinson is calling for government and food industry initiatives – policies to make healthy food more affordable and limit food marketing at children. But I wouldn’t hold my breath on either. The present government couldn’t even get luke- warm about GST-free fruit and veges, while the 10-year-and-counting odyssey to nail down a stan- dard for health claims on food packaging would suggest little faith should be put in self-regulation. If there is to be improvement, it will probably come from local incentives, such as the community gardens, or the staging of a regular fruit and vege market. Waitangirua Mall would be perfect for it. Matthew Dallas, Editor.
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