Kapi-Mana News : March 19th 2013
9 KAPI-MANA NEWS, MARCH 19, 2013 NEWS 5246323AA UNDERSTANDING THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT DEBATE www.pcc.govt.nz The Wellington region requires the very best from its Local Government. As we face economic challenges, along with a growing realisation that we may not have invested enough in infrastructure to cater for our future, it's timely that we ask if we're best served by the current nine councils that service our region. Porirua City has been a leader in promoting discussion about possible amalgamation. We believe in the principle of always looking to do things better and asking hard questions about the performance of Local Government. We're also concerned to ensure that we don't have amalgamation pushed on to us without having a say in what change might look like. It makes sense for the Council to examine ways the region can better co-operate and co-ordinate its significant resources in areas like planning, infrastructure, economic development, transport, roading and regional parks. Equally, we're concerned that communities like Porirua, with its many villages, continue to hold on to and develop their local identities and have influence over their future shape. We've been working with Wellington City, Kapiti Coast District and the Greater Wellington Regional councils to come up with some workable and detailed options for change. We now want to discuss these with the Porirua community and seek your feedback. If we get a sense that Porirua residents support some kind of change, we'll work with other councils to develop a submission to the Local Government Commission. The Commission will then decide if a change to Local Government in our region is warranted. If they decide it is, they'll consult and develop a proposal which will go to a referendum of all residents of the Wellington region. This isn't a new debate. Options have been actively considered since 2009. The forced amalgamation of Auckland has been motivation to ensure the same doesn't happen here. My job as Mayor is to promote what I think is best for Porirua. Luckily it's people, not politicians who will be the final deciders of whether or not anything happens here. In the meantime, I will promote debate and discussion, ask questions and ensure that Porirua residents can have their say - whether they say yes or no, to change. Keep a look out for this column over the next few weeks. Please get in touch and let me know what you think about status quo or the two possible options we have detailed for you - or make a submission. Nick Leggett Mayor of Porirua City firstname.lastname@example.org For more information go to pcc.govt.nz - Local Government Reform Information and Resources EVERY DAY SAVINGS E E EV V VE E ER R R R RY Y YD D D DA A A A AY Y Y Y Y NZ Beef Rump Steak or Roast 1kg Packs or Larger 1199 kg GET LOADS OF Shop & Get Rewards s s s FSW KEY NW190313 We reserve the right to limit quantities. 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Terms & Conditions apply, see newworld.co.nz for details. $Spend $200 this week & Off Get you n $200 ho * 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Inlet to give inspiration Inlet magic: This stunning photograph by Charles Jarvie won the Nature category in 2011's Guardians of Pauatahanui Inlet photo contest. Dust off your cameras and head for the shore -- the 2013 Guardians of Pauatahanui Inlet photo competition is open for entries. The event, now in its 13th year, is open to all ages, with special prizes for younger photographers. The Pauatahanui Inlet is recognised for its high ecological, aesthetic, recreational and cultural values, and our photo competition gives people the opportunity to celebrate any or all of those aspects,'' says Guardians chairman John Wells. Categories are Nature, Recreation and Human Impact, and a special Artistic section for those who want to use photoshop wizardry to manipulate their images. This year we've again received great sponsorship from Porirua businesses and we've got some enticing prizes,'' Dr Wells says. One winner will have the chance to learn to paddle board on the inlet, while another will enjoy the thrill of the Adrenalin Forest. There are cash prizes and vouchers for a host of goods and services. Stella Creations is a major sponsor this year, as is Harvey Norman, which has again offered to print all entries at no charge. Kapi-Mana News will run a Readers' Choice poll of the four main category winners through our website and print edition. Entries close on April 8. Details and entry forms can be found at Pataka and local libraries, as well as on the Guardians' website: www.gopi. org.nz.
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