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Water, exercise and
dogs -- residents' poll
By KRIS DANDO
You re more likely to exercise seven
days a week if you live in eastern
Porirua, be dissatisfied with dog con-
trol in the northern suburbs, and
enjoy a good water supply if you live
in Titahi Bay.
That s according to results from
the Porirua City Council annual
residents survey, published recently.
The survey, which polled 401
residents, included a wide range of
questions. The council uses answers
to gauge whether their services and
activities are meeting targets.
The results showed variations
around Porirua, including:
Residents from the Northern ward
are not very satisfied about dog con-
trol and the city s CBD, but are more
likely to use the council s website.
Residents from the Western and
Eastern wards are not very satisfied
with council playgrounds.
Residents from the Eastern ward
are not very satisfied with the storm-
Residents from the Northern and
Western wards are better prepared
for an emergency.
Northern ward residents see festi-
vals and events as not very import-
Beach maintenance is seen as very
important to 90 per cent of Maori,
but just 71 per cent and 77 per cent
of European and Pacific Island
In terms of council services, water
supply was the residents No 1 pri-
ority in all three wards.
Councillors cast their
votes the Capacity way
By KRIS DANDO
There was just one dissenting
voice when Porirua City coun-
cillors agreed their water
services would be managed by
Capacity last week.
organisation is already part-
owned by Wellington, Hutt
City and Upper Hutt councils
and Porirua had hoped to
have a decision about whether
it would become a shareholder
by July 1.
Better late than never,
Mayor Nick Leggett told the
council s committee on Thur-
This is a contract for
services and we set the out-
comes for Capacity.
The ongoing, day-to-day
[work] is maintained by Pori-
rua staff, so we are not giving
We have talked the talk on
shared services for a long time
around this table and if we do
not demonstrate we can work
with other councils, we will
Mr Leggett said it was an
upfront rearrangement that
would save money for Porirua
City Council, and its most
important asset would be run
Over 90 per cent of our
residents said [in a recent sur-
vey] that water was their top
priority and it s my considered
view that we should be look-
ing at ways we can improve
It s not about cost -- it
comes down to what the right
decision is for Porirua.
He said any rumours about
the loss of local jobs was pro-
tectionist rubbish .
A mooted $400,000 annual
membership fee has been
waived, and Porirua City
Council s involvement is
expected to be cost-neutral in
the first year. However, to
break even in the second year,
$300,000 of overheads will
need to be reduced.
Two council water staff will
work under Capacity, but
remain on-site in Porirua.
Councillors Litea Ah Hoi
and Denys Latham expressed
concern over the proposal and
deputy mayor Liz Kelly was
outspoken in her opposition.
We manage our own
services right now and they
are the best-rated in the
I agree change is coming,
but I do not agree that we
rush into this, especially due
to the costs we will eventually
face, Ms Kelly said.
Capacity have said they
will waive the entry fee, but
what happens after that?
Ms Kelly said the water
expertise and knowledge of
local council officers could be
lost in a multi-city organis-
ation. She was the only one to
vote against the decision to
Porirua City Council chief
executive Gary Simpson said
Wellington Regional Council s
recent proposal to manage
water services instead of
Capacity would be discussed
in an upcoming workshop.
The decision to join
Capacity will need to be rati-
fied at a meeting of the full
council on August 21.
By ANDREA O'NEIL
Porirua RSA foundation members John Thomas
and Jock McCulloch, both 91, were given life
memberships to the club last month.
The men helped to build the original RSA in
Porirua s CBD 50 years ago and had been strong
supporters of the club ever since, vice-president
John Hannan said.
Life memberships were not given out lightly and
Mr Thomas and Mr McCulloch thoroughly
deserved the honour, Mr Hannan said.
There are seven life members of Porirua RSA.
Porirua East resident Mr McCulloch served
with the British and New Zealand armies, spend-
ing World War II in the Middle East, Italy and
Korea. Tawa resident Mr Thomas served in the
28th Maori Battalion during World War II, in
Egypt and Europe.
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