Kapi-Mana News : March 26th 2013
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This, of course, would need to be reinforced by stating how wealthy and influential they were and at the same time stating that members of their organisation were also living in poverty -- surely a contradiction in terms? ALLAN BLOOMFIELD, Pauatahanui To clarify a point made in the editorial, councillors are elected to represent all citizens of Porirua city, not just the ward in which they stand -- Editor. Sneaky speed camera Editor It seems that not only are we running low on water we are obviously running low on roading revenue too. What other explanation can there be for a speed camera to be parked on a grass verge in Kenepuru Dr. From further away this van was partly concealed by trees making it very difficult to see. Surely these mobile cameras are subject to the same laws as we are regarding the parking of vehicles on grass verges? If we must be stripped of our hard- earned cash please can it be done lawfully. LINDA SCOTT, Papakowhai Rates rise changed Editor, How is it that in the short space of a few weeks the mayor changed his intention to limit this year s rates rise to 2.5 per cent to an approved draft annual plan with a rise of 3 per cent? Did all the extra costs recorded on Kapi-Mana News page 3 [KMN, March 12] suddenly arise in just three weeks? And, given that page 9 recorded councillor Kelly s inquiry about the extra $78,000 in staff salaries, does the plan include this cost as well or does the CEO really believe that extra staff time comes at no cost to the city? Why is it that additional staff time is so often not budgeted? Do council officers really have so much spare time that they can take on these extra roles at no additional cost? However, pity the CEO who does achieve cost efficiencies. All it takes to undo the good work is a pet project approved in council outside the budget process and the CEO has to make it work. That seems to be the case with the super-city excess. But what will the total cost be by the time the end is reached? $250,000 of ratepayer money spent against 58 per cent of polled citizens not wanting any change? Isn t it time councillors listened to their community before they spent money, rather than just offering the chance of consultation when the outcome is already firmly in sight? BRIAN COLLINS, Papakowhai (Election candidate) To clarify, the extra expense of $78,000 for two salaries were for existing staff members. Their time was allocated to regional governance matters, but their salaries had already been budgeted for -- Editor. Pay MPs via Novopay Editor, I have read with growing sympathy over the past weeks the problems the New Zealand teaching staff have been experiencing regarding the correct pay they should be receiving for their blood sweat and no doubt tears from this wonderful faceless god called Novopay. May I suggest this remedy from myself -- a humble and bemused observer. Firstly, get all the salaries paid to our illustrious Members of Parliament and all their allied parliamentary staff that buzz around the Beehive enmeshed with Novopay. After the screams of horror and shouts of Infamy ( ahh, the good old Carry on ... films ) I guarantee that within a week the best of brains from the local universities will have been called up into service to resolve the issue and all will be sweetness and light. Or am I being cynical? MIKE POVEY, Titahi Bay Ngati Toa wealthy Editor, Thank you for reporting the uplifting news that now Ngati Toa is a wealthy iwi [KMN, March 12], none of their people need remain in poverty. It s good to hear. OLIVIA WICKENS-HIGHAM, Cannons Creek Marriage definitions Editor, The great con? Whatever it is, it is reminiscent of the Hans Christian Andersen story The Emperor's New Clothes, with everyone saying they saw the invisible clothes lest they be labelled simpletons and unfit for office. Everyone, that is, except for one innocent child. When looking at the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill, one should start with the pioneer document, the The Civil Union Act 2004. Sections 17 and 18 cover the mutual interchange between a marriage and a heterosexual civil union. PORIRUA EASTER SAVINGS! 5269475AA EASTER FEATURE pages 24 & 25 ER GA GV A E S ANR TG Z 5269488AA Mayors to make jump for savings WATER SAVING TIPS Useapluginthesink when preparing vegetables, washing fruit or washing dishes by hand, or place a container in the sink Don't pre-rinse dishes before they go in the dishwasher Turn the tap off while you are brushing your teeth and run it at a low flow rate Take shorter showers Shower with a bucket, and use the water on your plants Recycle bath water on the garden Run the dishwasher and washing machine only with full loads The Wellington region s mayors have promised to jump in the drink if residents can conserve enough of the wet stuff this week. Last Friday, World Water Day, three mayors -- including Porirua s Nick Leggett -- agreed to jump into Wellington Harbour in a bid to ensure water conservation remains at the front of people s minds. Mr Leggett, Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown and Upper Hutt Mayor Wayne Guppy will take the leap next Tuesday if the region s water con- sumption can be curbed to an average of 125 mega- litres (ML) a day over the course of this week. Mr Leggett says residents efforts to con- serve water have been commendable, but the region is not out of the woods yet. Over the last week or so, residents have really dug deep and achieved some great savings . . . but it s so important we keep pushing so that we don t end up in the same pos- ition again with the dry weather forecast over the next 10 days, he said. Although the heavy rain experienced over the weekend of March 16 and 17 was a godsend for far- mers and gardeners, there was very little rain fore- cast up until Easter and river levels were dropping back again. The outdoor water use ban remains in effect. A two-week weather forecast issued by Greater Welling- ton Regional Council on Sunday included the chance of several days of rain from March 30. Average domestic water use in the region is between 200 and 225 litres a person each day, while Auckland and a number of other major NZ cities are reportedly using 10 per cent or more below that. The regional council has contingency plans for how to provide more water for a growing population, if needed, but significant long-term water savings could help to defer those projects -- and the cost for ratepayers. The estimated cost of several new water storage options range from at least $30 million and could be more than $100 million.
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