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