Kapi-Mana News : April 2nd 2013
12 KAPI-MANA NEWS, APRIL 2, 2013 NEWS 5246323AC TWO-TIER MODEL FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT? www.pcc.govt.nz The council is currently keen to know your views on the prospect of amalgamation of Local Government in the Wellington region. It is an over-riding principle of mine that as a council we must constantly ask questions about the services we provide the Porirua community and whether there is a more efficient and effective way of working. I wasn't elected Mayor of Porirua to defend my position, or the current structure of Local Government here. I was elected to work towards the best results for Porirua City, so in leading this debate it's important we consider all options and seek a wide community view. Over the last few months Porirua City Council has been part of a working party with Greater Wellington Regional Council, Kapiti Coast and Wellington City Councils. We have developed two options that detail what change could look like. These have to be considered alongside our current structure and compared to it. I know that most residents don't spend a lot of time thinking about how their council is structured. While I know Porirua people care about the services we provide and how they contribute to an enjoyable lifestyle, the detail is often left up to us politicians. This debate is an opportunity to consider what we do with the resources we have and ask, can we do better? The first option is that of a two-tier unitary model of Local Government. 'Two tiers' meaning that there is one council for the region looking after all of those networked services like water and transport, economic development and planning. Porirua-Tawa could have three representatives on this body. The second tier would mean a Local Board Porirua-Tawa where communities could continue to influence those issues that are best decided at a local level. Parks, pools, libraries, community development and village planning could stay under this model. There would be one management servicing both tiers which would reduce the current duplication of services and functions that we currently have. We know that in this economic climate we have to look for new ways of providing services and working together. Improving the future shape and growth of the region is vital if we are to be competitive on a national and international level. The Porirua City Council supports this model in principle, but we want you to let us know what your views are. The second model is that of a one-tier unitary authority. This is very similar to the two-tier model except that there is no local representation guaranteed in the form of a Local Board. The Council may choose to have community boards but this will depend entirely on elected politicians. Both of these models effectively mean one council for the region, eliminating the need for an additional layer of bureaucracy that is the current regional council. Before anything happens though, residents need to be convinced that there is a case for change. I want to re-emphaise that any change will be finally decided by residents in a binding referendum. But it's important that you submit your views so we can shape options and have a reasoned discussion armed with as many facts and viewpoints as possible. Please visit www.pcc.govt.nz to find out more, call 237 1400 or email me directly at Mayor@pcc.govt.nz. Nick Leggett, Mayor of Porirua City • email@example.com For more information go to pcc.govt.nz - Local Government Reform Information and Resources 5274456AA The Porirua Community Arts Council says: THANK YOU -- FOR A GREAT FESTIVAL OF THE ELEMENTS WAITANGI DAY, 2013 Our deepest thanks are due to: • Nga kaumatua me te Iwi o Ngati Toa Rangitira who continue to awhi us with their aroha • Mayor Nick Leggett, City Councillors and dignitaries who honoured us with their presence • All the artists, performers, workshop leaders, instructors and crew who shared their talents with us • All who helped keep everyone and everything safe -- the Wellington Free Ambulance, the Titahi Bay Lions Club, the Ngatitoa Maori Wardens, the Porirua Community Guardians, the Smith family, Porirua Police, health, road safety and other staff of Porirua City Council including Pataka and Te Rauparaha Arena • The many people and families who helped to set up and operate the grounds and facilities, to look after people and to keep things running smoothly on the day • The sponsors whose support enables the programme to continue to be provided free to the public Major Sponsors Porirua City Council Mana Community Grants Foundation Ministry for Culture and Heritage Wellington Community Trust Creative Communities Porirua Infinity Foundation Pub Charity Kapi-Mana News With Additional Assistance from Hutt Mana Charitable Trust Wellington Electricity Zero Waste and Trash Palace Community Post New Zealand Community Trust Northern Musicworks New Zealand Film Commission Deer Heart Films Placemakers Bunnings Firestone AF Logistics Pete's Emporium Whittakers Chocolate Element DVS Cheapskates Pak N Save Porirua Countdown Porirua • And we thank you, the people of Porirua and elsewhere, who sustain us by attending in such massive numbers 5279673AA WWW.KAPIMANANEWS.CO.NZ The best thing you get for FREE! FOR 63 YEARS WE HAVE BEEN YOUR.. No.1 Meeting will air your views Tawa residents are being given the opportunity to express their views on local government reform. The Tawa Community Board has organised a meeting at the community centre at 4pm this Sunday, April 7, where Wellington City Council will out- line the two options being proposed against the status quo. The first option is one council across the Wellington region with a single tier of decision-making from a mayor and 27-29 councillors elected from local wards. Some community boards could be established at the discretion of the new council -- where communities demon- strate support for them and the council agrees. The second option is one council with two tiers of decision-making -- a govern- ing council and local boards. Other than the mayor, there would be 20 to 22 coun- cillors elected from local wards. Both options would see Tawa and Glenside North become part of a Porirua ward encompassing 68,500 people. Under option 1 the Porirua ward would have four councillors and no further rep- resentation unless one or more com- munity boards were to be established. Under option 2 the Porirua ward would have three councillors and, beneath that, a local board comprising nine members. Under the present set-up the Tawa Community Board, with eight members, including two Wellington city councillors, represents a community of 14,900 people. The Tawa Community Board does not have a set view at this stage, says chair- man Malcolm Sparrow, but it is keen to know the views of residents. Mr Sparrow says he does not see how absorption into the Porirua ward could be a good thing for the Tawa community. What's important right now is for the voice of the local community to be heard.'' Second chance for students By ANDREA O'NEIL Fresh start: A free hospitality school for unqualified teenagers has been opened by Christine Chan-Hyams in central Porirua, and counts Krystal Te Tau and Toia Walker, both 16, among its students. Teens leaving college with barely any quali- fications are being given a second chance at a free Porirua hospitality school. A Trade and Commerce hospitality train- ing college opened on March 7 in Lydney Pl, at the former Aqua pub, and has already signed up six students. Its year-long course is designed to get 16 and 17-year-olds to NCEA level 2, teaching them skills to get a job in the food industry, or the minimum requirements to enter a polytechnic. The scheme is financed by a new government fund, the Youth Guarantee Scheme. Many teenagers feel like round pegs in a square hole at college, says Christine Chan- Hyams, the course programme manager. They kind of fall through gaps in the net and we pick them up through this course,'' she says. The first half of the year is devoted to employment skills like CV writing and inter- views. There's a big section on planning your own future. A lot of these kids don't know what they're doing next week,'' she says. Hospitality training is the focus later in the year, so if teens drop out they will still have an employment skills certificate under their belt. Hospitality was chosen as the school's focus because it does not take long to learn or require prior knowledge. While training formally starts mid-year, Ms Chan-Hyams has already been holding cookery classes in the afternoons, which the teenagers get a real kick out of, she says.
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