Kapi-Mana News : March 19th 2013
3 KAPI-MANA NEWS, MARCH 19, 2013 NEWS Wheeler's Guardian FUNERAL HOME NORTH CITY Council makes two-tier choice By ANDREA O'NEIL SUPERCITY OPTIONS Single-tier: One Wellington Council with 27 to 29 councillors plus a mayor. Porirua would contribute four councillors. Two-tier: A Wellington Council with 19 to 21 councillors plus a mayor. Porirua would contribute three councillors. Local boards would have nine members and a chairperson for each ward: Porirua, Kapiti Coast, Central, North and South Wellington, Lower and Upper Hutt, and possibly Wairarapa. Two-tier governance is Porirua City Council s preferred super-city model, because a local board would ensure Porirua s voice is not lost, councillors decided at a meeting last Wednesday. I won t support any change that compromises the ability of individu- als in communities to have a say about how they look, how they feel, and how they work together, mayor Nick Leggett said at the meeting. Councillor Euon Murrell said the one-tier option would resemble a dic- tatorship from Wellington. The two-tier is protecting our local interests, he said. The council voted in favour of the two-tier model, as part of a set of recommendations, 14 to one. Deputy mayor Liz Kelly voted against the motion as she opposed the council s continued involvement with the regional governance working party. Public consultation will begin on March 28. In May the councils driv- ing consultation -- Porirua, Kapiti, Wellington City and Greater Wel- lington -- will submit a final proposal to the Local Government Com- mission. The recently released findings of the working party includes redrawn city boundaries for both the single- tier and two-tier models: Porirua would include Linden, Tawa, Red- wood, Grenada North and Glenside North. As Porirua s rates are the highest in the region, amalgamation would lower them, although the details of combining cities debts, assets and rates are yet to be final- ised. Capital value rating would rep- lace land value rating across the super-city, however. Porirua s debt -- $53 million, or $1002 per resident -- sits around the middle of the table. Kapiti has the highest debt per resident at $2642, while Upper Hutt s figure is $601. Options post-amalgamation in- clude ringfencing debt within terri- torial boundaries or selling assets to pay debt. Becoming a super-city is estimated to save the region $300m to $360m over 10 years. A single-tier model would save more money than the two-tier. Consulting on the two models will cost Porirua at least $25,000. Living life: In the face of serious illness and with the support of his family, Jon Pahetogia takes on the Porirua Grand Traverse next month. Fun run fight for life By KRIS DANDO If anyone s story is going to inspire you to get off the couch and do some exercise, and live your life to the fullest, it s Jon Pahetogia s. The Aotea man will be on the start line of his first Porirua Grand Traverse fun run on April 7 and is hoping to put in a good time over the 7.5km. Mr Pahetogia appears fit and healthy, but he has an inoperable brain tumour, diagnosed last July after he began suffering headaches, vomiting and loss of co-ordination. They couldn t find anything wrong at the start, but I could tell something was wrong and then an MRI showed a tumour. The doctors put me in for an operation straight away but they could not get near it. So it s still there, he says. A prognosis is expected later this month follow- ing a scan. For a 43-year-old with children aged 4, 8 and 16, it has all come as an incredible shock. We [he and wife Josie] just looked at each other and said, what the heck? The two young boys don t really understand what s going on, they re just getting on with life. Which is what Mr Pahetogia is doing too. He is not allowed to drive and his memory isn t the best, but he still works part-time. He keeps up his regular walks up the Colonial Knob steps and he recently took part in the Round the Bays, completing the 7km run in 42 minutes. I really want to keep the fitness going and everyone -- from nephews, nieces, brother, sister- in-law -- takes part. I m lucky, because you see some people at radi- ation treatment who have one person there for support, some have none. I have a whole family to help me, right from the start, they take turns coming to the treatments with me. Mr Pahetogia is determined to keep testing him- self while he still can. I won t be living if I stop all that, I m not going to sit at home and dwell on it, saying, I m sick, I m sick . Capital foils supercity talks, says Douglas By ANDREA O'NEIL Celia Wade-Brown has been an embarrassment during supercity talks, claims Porirua City council- lor Ken Douglas. But the Wellington mayor says her opposition to a supercity governance structure has been consistent. Ms Wade-Brown all but derailed this summer s supercity working party, Mr Douglas said at a Pori- rua City Council meeting on March 13.. The mayor is dysfunctional. I tell you, she s something to be marvelled at. It is a total embarrassment to me to work in a party where she continually changes her mind and throws up other options. Since January Mr Douglas has been chairman of an amalgama- tion working party comprising mayors and councillors from Wel- lington, Porirua, Kapiti and Greater Wellington councils. Wellington City Council at first refused to engage in the working party, but since joining, Ms Wade- Brown has only frustrated the group s progress, Mr Douglas said. As soon as she sat down she threw sand and sawdust all over the process. The mayor further enraged working party members by criti- cising its findings the day they were released, on March 8. . Ms Wade-Brown has defended her stance on a potential supercity. I m on the record and have been clear and consistent about my reservations regarding a supercity model from Miramar to Masterton or Owhiro Bay to Otaki. I ve always said that the people of the region must have the final say on the form of local govern- ment.
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