Light must be shed
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,