Light must be shed

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Edi­tor,

Your re­porter Michael Kopp ( KMN, Septem­ber 14) has thrown a lot of ad­di­tional light over Smartlinx3’s pen­chant to re­main tight-lipped over its op­er­a­tions and fi­nances, fol­low­ing the Porirua City Coun­cil’s $265,000 in­vest­ment of ratepayer funds into this now failed com­pany.

Since 2004 the coun­cil has re­lied upon its Smartlinx3 sub­com­mit­tee of three per­sons, com­pris­ing the mayor, Crs Mur­rell and Dou­glas, meet­ing in pub­lic-ex­cluded ses­sions to keep the ratepay­ers ig­no­rant of what was re­ally go­ing on.

All ap­pli­ca­tions for in­for­ma­tion to the now-re­signed chief ex­ec­u­tive Dr Roger Blakeley re­sulted in a re­fusal.

Sub­se­quently, the Om­buds­man has been called in to help open up the cone of si­lence sur­round­ing Smartlinx3 and the coun­cil as part-owner.

How will the coun­cil re­coup for ratepay­ers its more than quar­ter­mil­lion dol­lar in­vest­ment in this failed com­pany?

Per­haps the pub­lic­ity-seek­ing ‘‘man for all sea­sons’’ Cr Ken Dou­glas may be pre­pared to tell us more? - JOHN WAT­SON,

Ti­tahi Bay.

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