Kapi-Mana News : August 28th 2012
14 KAPI-MANA NEWS, AUGUST 28, 2012 NEWS 4799709AA $500 off selected off the rack bridal gowns at Wilkins Bridal* Level1, Equinox House, 222 Lambton Quay, Wellington Ph: 04 499 1007 firstname.lastname@example.org *Voucher Valid until 11 September 2012 One voucher per purchase. Are you getting married? Looking for a bridal gown? Wilkins Bridal needs to make room in their showroom so bring this voucher into the store and get $500 off selected off the rack bridal gowns. $ 4756096AA MILLION DOLLAR GIVE AWAY FUJITSU'S 0800COZYCOOL (0800 269926) | www.grabagrant.co.nz We've got the best HEAT PUMP prices Call now for a FREE quote Super-city concept not new By JOEL MAXWELL Council crafter: Change is certain and should not be feared, says Sir Brian Elwood. Porirua nearly became part of a west coast super-city in 1989 s radical local government reforms, it has been revealed by their architect. Sir Brian Elwood, former Local Government Commission chair- man, said things could have been very different after the changes. Kapiti Coast could have been allied with Porirua; Porirua could have been allied with Wellington, which would have meant one west coast council stretching from Wel- lington to Otaki. We spoke to Sir Brian at his Waikanae home as amalgamation looms for the district again, poss- ibly in time for the next council elections. Kapiti Coast District was cre- ated in the reforms, overseen by Sir Brian, which cut New Zea- land s jigsaw of 800 local authorities down to less than 80. He said an amalgamated west coast city was considered in the changes, but as conditions exis- ted in 1989 the councils were considered too disconnected. However, Sir Brian said the eventual creation of two cities and a council was an interim solution that could be changed very readily. Either way, the com- mission recognised Kapiti coun- cil s future was to the south, not north towards Horowhenua and Manawatu. In the finish the decision was made to focus the Kapiti Coast towards Wellington because we looked carefully at where people worked and where they lived . . . and that combination . . . was really centred on Wellington. Sir Brian would not explicitly endorse amalgamation possibilit- ies for upcoming changes but said change shouldn t be feared -- and even his reforms from the 1980s were not permanent. I never thought that the 1989 decisions would last forever . . . in many ways they were a step along a continuing journey, because life doesn t stand still. The 1989 changes were the first successful overhaul of local gov- ernment since the late nineteenth century. They were the last major reforms by a Labour Government that had introduced massive -- and still controversial -- central government changes. The government introduced legislation that gave Sir Brian s commission the authority to make any changes. Law changes going through Parliament now, from the National Government, would give communities the power to request change. Individuals, groups or councils could propose amalgamation to the Local Government Com- mission. If accepted by the commission, the only thing stopping the amal- gamation would be a poll sparked by a petition comprising 10 per cent of voters. The poll would be decided by a majority of voters from the entire council area. Sir Brian said back in the 1980s the commission tried to avoid exercising its substantial power, holding back unless there was no willingness from councils to move from the status quo . One of the fears at the time was that areas would lose their local identity along with their council -- something that hadn t happened, he said. The community identity is not the council -- the council is a ser- vice organisation. The community creates its own identity and it s the people that are important and they will create their identity. While identity might not be a problem for modern councils, Sir Brian said the demand for new and better council assets and ser- vices in New Zealand had been continuous. Looking back to 1989, and it doesn t seem very long ago as far as I m concerned, the standards of community infrastructure and services have grown dramatically; and yet we are still not satisfied, we want more. All right, it s nice to want -- but somebody has to pay. Councils have nothing other than what they rate, or what they borrow, he said. And one thing I ve come to regret is the extent to which development has increasingly come to be provided with bor- rowed money . . . a problem all around the western world. Sir Brian said he wanted to stay on the sidelines of the cur- rent amalgamation debate and be helpful where he could. The lesson of 1989 is that local government can survive, it can change. Young mean business Nominations for the Outstand- ing Young Employee of the Year are being sought as part of the annual Westpac Porirua City Business Excellence Awards. For the fourth year the young employee awards are being sponsored by Partners Porirua. Its manager, Michelle Robin- son, said the award is to recog- nise the contribution young people can play in a business. While they don t often have much experience, their enthusi- asm, motivation and freshness can add value to the workplace. Not only do they bring new ideas to the business but they can also provide an insight to the thinking of young people as consumers. Ms Robinson is calling on employers to nominate their young staff members for their contribution to the workplace or the community. It only needs a few para- graphs from their employer to tell us about the contribution made by the nominee and it might be about their enthusi- asm, their new ideas, their will- ingness to contribute, their cus- tomer service, their attendance record or their overall contri- bution to the com- munity, she said. Nominations close in October. Send to: Part- ners Porirua at P O Box 50462, Porirua, or email jewelz@ partnersporirua.org.nz. Winners will be revealed at the Novem- ber business awards. Chairwoman vexed at board meeting By JIM CHIPP Heated words were exchanged at a recent district health board meeting. When Capital & Coast District Health Board members David Choat and Judith Aitken questioned a res- olution to exclude the public and media from its August 10 meeting their comments were shut down and called vexatious . The board was to discuss a joint district health boards plan, an after- hours service plan, Newtown Union Health s funding and a property lease to the Ole Soccer Academy. Mr Choat said he was not con- vinced the subjects met the require- ments of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act for non- public discussion. Chairwoman Virginia Hope said she had been advised that all debate on excluding the public must be held in private. Mr Choat disagreed saying the board had an option to hold those discussions in secret if they would prejudice matters covered by the act, but it was not an obligation. Ms Aitken asked to know who the third parties were whose commercial position could be compromised in the case of Newtown Union Health. Ms Hope put and end to the dis- cussion. This is just becoming vexatious, she said. Ms Aitken was visibly angered by the response, saying she had asked a genuine and reasonable question. I m not happy to be called vexatious in a public forum, she said.
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