Water metering ‘debacle’
It’s been wonderful spending time at home in stunning Central Otago. It’s given me the opportunity to catch up with a few people and chat. Coincidentally our mayor touched on the subject of some of these discussions in his opinion piece in the Mirror (January 9). I’m not sure whether I agree with his description of our key decision makers being ‘‘ordinary people making sensible decisions’’. The ‘‘sensible decisions’’ part is a moot point! Instantly the whole water metering debacle springs to mind where people still feel misled and at best inadequately consulted or communicated with. I guess the questions are: Were we (the ratepayers) adequately consulted? Was there a process in which we could participate? Public meetings? Submissions? And when the changes were implemented – were they explained to us adequately? If those questions can all be answered in the affirmative (if!) – was it a case of us (the ratepayers) not taking action? Did we engage? Did we ask the right questions at the right time? (Assuming that we had the opportunity.) Did we ask any questions? Or more importantly – did we proffer some solutions or ideas? Yes ‘‘easy rocks to throw’’ for others playing the game from the sidelines. As to the ‘‘ordinary people’’ part – I don’t want ‘‘ordinary people’’ making decisions on my behalf. I want extraordinary people with a passion for our region from a variety of backgrounds. Are our decision makers ‘‘too old? too male? not businesslike?’’ If so – what are you going to do about it?
Amy Scott is a former lawyer turned professional speaker who is passionate about effective communication and communities.
Going with the flow: A concerned resident sent this photo to theMirroryesterday morning with the question: ‘‘Who ends up paying for all the water literally going down the drain at the Alexandra Public Library?’’ The photo was taken yesterday morning at 8.20am.