Kapi-Mana News : October 2nd 2012
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Ratepayers should object to PCC buying land for discretionary purposes, like the recent properties in Titahi Bay and Plimmerton, when at the same time, they are seriously underspending on infrastructure, like roads, sewerage, stormwater and water, and continuing to increase rates double the rate of inflation. And the logic of beachfront properties? Gary Simpson is right. Those properties will be gone forever. Not because they are unaffordable, but due to global warming and rising sea levels. Was North City and Aotea a financial success for ratepayers? After including all costs, including land, legal fees, real estate agents charges, holding costs, finance charges, costs of deferring infrastructure projects, rent and rates concessions, and so on, ratepayers lost millions of dollars on both projects. And now PCC s property subcommittee is taking us on another adventure, buying land for the city centre redevelopment. When retailing is in decline, and property developers and bankers are unwilling to finance the development, ratepayers have and will miss out on overdue infrastructure improvements. The only justification is a trumped- up claim that the existing PCC head office building needs to be replaced. If PCC rates were increasing below the rate of inflation, our infrastructure was modern, and could handle future growth, and the council accounts were in surplus, then spending on no-core assets would be OK, providing ratepayers were consulted. But rather than buying land and buildings, wouldn t we prefer such funds, if and when they exist, to be invested in Porirua residents? Like funding 24-hourA&Ecare at Kenepuru, subsidised dental treatment, free meningococcal inoculations and free hepatitis testing. ANDREW WELLUM, Camborne. (Letter abridged) Change of trust Editor, One should not try so hard to belittle, when one already is. If I sell something today, I no longer own it. If I give something away today, I no longer have it. If the Governor- General dissolves a body corporate today, it no longer exists. Porirua Licensing Trust was dissolved on March 31, 2007, and all its undertaking passed to Porirua Community Trust on that day. It was factually and legally incorrect to complete financial statements stating that PLT still owned the assets on that day. That John Burke says a thing is true does not make it so. That trustees have previously interpreted PCT s trust deed in one way does not make them right. They should read the deed. The AGM of PCT is the AGM of the body corporate, not of the trustees. The trust deed does not provide for the trustees to elect the chairperson. It does provide for the chairperson to be elected at the AGM. As the AGM is of the body corporate and not the trustees, then the members of the body corporate are the ones with the power to elect the chairperson. If the first trustees wanted it to be otherwise then they should have drafted the trust deed in a manner similar to that of Trust Porirua. That they did not makes clear their intent to have a different set of rules or, perhaps, their lack of competent guidance. BRIAN COLLINS, Papakowhai. Emporium experience Editor, I was in Pete s Emporium recently and there was a bin of second-hand books for $1 which stated all profits go to charity. When I got to the counter I was asked for separate money as it all goes to Trash Palace. I was really surprised and pleased to hear this and said so. The comment was that the owners of Pete s Emporium do quite a lot for charities. I have not shopped a lot at Pete s Emporium, thinking it is probably another overseas-owned shop, and the shop assistant told me it is owned by a local couple. The experiences I ve had buying materials, etc, have been positive with staff being totally helpful, intelligent and interested. As another comment, I believe Gordon Campbell s column is very good and needed in today s world. He is one of the few people highlighting the economic situation as it is in New Zealand (and the rest of the world). One day we will be asked to change to a fairer and more just world by sharing the world s resources. This will lead to justice and world peace -- probably just in the nick of time before the sea reaches our doorsteps. It will become obvious we need to change things. Maybe Gordon has a happier photograph -- the one shown looks a bit pessimistic. I phoned recently to express delight at some of the articles featuring people actively helping the community. All good positive news. W GRAY, Whitby. Freedom of belief Editor, Susan Stiles writes in the September 25 edition of this paper on the subject of same-sex marriage, that: "Equality and respect extend to all persons, as we are all created equal by God...andwe should not become confused about this matter for the sake of our community s social health." Well, I m sorry, but in this day and age we should not allow society to be held back by a book like the Bible, that is loaded with questionable morals. Standards arguable If you want to get a Porirua school principal s blood pressure spiking, say the phrases national stand- ards or league tables . You re bound to get your ear bent -- but rightfully so. Porirua has a high number of low-decile schools that have been affected by changes in Government education policy. National standards were met with a hue and cry by local principals and they weren t shy in speaking out. Expressions such as poorly thought out , no way to measure value-added and heavy-handed were communicated to Kapi-Mana News last year. The creation of the Boards Taking Action Coalition in this region was a sure sign that opposition to the National Government s policies would not be taken lying down. Last week s publication of schools data, effect- ively showing how each was faring in literacy and numeracy has readers largely in two camps -- happy that the information has been made public, or scathing that the publishing of league tables is meaningless. It has created plenty of discussion in Porirua. A group of primary principals met with Kapi-Mana News last week and their views are succinctly put on page 3 of this week s edition. The essence is that league tables are not an accurate representation of student achievement, schools assess differently and it is not possible to compare one school with another accurately. As a journalist, I have no problem with the print- ing of schools scores, whether it be on the sports- field, in barbershop or academia. There is nothing wrong with scrutiny. As a parent, however, I am well aware the issu- ing of national standards data is missing one thing: Context. Is achievement in the academic sense a measure of what a school does? Do better marks at maths and reading and writing make students better people? Achieving in life comes down to balance, and high test scores do not necessarily make people contribute to their community and live healthy lives. I want to know what the school my 3-year-old will one day attend is doing outside the classroom, just as much as indoors. Don t publicly available Education Review office reports contain detailed information about the edu- cational value being offered by each school? Statisticians, researchers and educational professionals have condemned league tables as unscientific and inaccurate. There seems to be just too much uncertainty and the Porirua principals have one voice when it comes to this sentiment. There is a danger of parents being pitted against schools. Porirua has the most supportive of school communities and if this is lost, I shudder to think of the consequences. - Kris Dando.
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