Hard de­ci­sions

Central Leader - - LETTERS -

Cen­tral Leader cov­er­age of the fu­ture of the Puke­ta­papa Santa Pa­rade (June 3) gave read­ers a good over­view of the sort of de­ci­sion mak­ing the lo­cal board is in­volved with.

Ul­ti­mately we have to make de­ci­sions on the same ba­sis as many other or­gan­i­sa­tions, ask­ing our­selves: ‘‘with the re­sources we have, what will de­liver the best out­come?’’

In the case of the santa pa­rade the board sought an in­de­pen­dent re­view af­ter the 2014 pa­rade. As re­ported, this showed that only 42 per cent of at­ten­dees were sat­is­fied. At­ten­dance of about 600 was low for an event that cost $15,000. This rep­re­sents a high cost per at­tendee.

Based on this as­sess­ment the board has to se­ri­ously con­sider whether con­tin­u­ing with the event is a pru­dent use of public money. We take that re­spon­si­bil­ity se­ri­ously, and some­times we have to make hard choices to en­sure that public money is well spent.

Hav­ing re­ceived ad­vice, a ma­jor­ity of the board be­lieve that a new and more uniquely Mt Roskill Christ­mas event has the po­ten­tial to bet­ter at­tract lo­cal fam­i­lies at lower cost. Such an

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