In­sult­ing di­a­tribe

Kapi-Mana News - - LETTERS -

Edi­tor,

I re­fer to Denys Latham’s let­ter [ KMN, Septem­ber 14]. His di­a­tribe re­gard­ing chang­ing the name of Norths was not only in­ac­cu­rate but in­sult­ing.

As an orig­i­nal par­tic­i­pant in an ini­tially small group within the Ti­tahi Bay Rugby Club, I ex­pe­ri­enced the tra­vails of the ad­vo­cacy for con­sol­i­da­tion of what is now our city’s and re­gion’s pri­mary rugby club.

It is not the procla­ma­tion of the ‘‘city fa­thers’’ as to how great we are, but the qual­ity of the or­gan­i­sa­tion, per­for­mance and ad­min­is­tra­tion. Denys asks, ‘‘Why no men­tion of Porirua?’’ To be frank, Denys was ab­sent in the de­bate and ad­vo­cacy for the es­tab­lish­ment of the North­ern United Rugby Foot­ball Club. Denys, it’s too late for you.

I ap­plaud his long-term com­mit­ment to Pare­mataPlim­mer­ton Rugby Club, as it was, but that does not give him the right to over­rule the years of in­vest­ment that have gone into present-day Norths.

His­tory be­longs to par­tic­i­pants, not spec­ta­tors. Un­for­tu­nately, Denys does not un­der­stand where Norths came from and it is a tru­ism of life that if you don’t know where you came from, you’ll not know where you are go­ing.

The fact of the mat­ter is, the ag­i­ta­tion started by a group of se­nior play­ers from the four clubs of the re­gion for recog­ni­tion by the Welling­ton Rugby Foot­ball Union of the emerg­ing tal­ent in the area even­tu­ally saw Tawa and Pare­mata-Plim op­pose any change. Con­se­quently, Porirua and Ti­tahi Bay were left to fight on their own.

The birth of North­ern United RFC was the agreed name that re­flected the de­ter­mi­na­tion of the old­est and youngest clubs – Porirua and Ti­tahi Bay re­spec­tively – stop­ping the pil­lag­ing of our emerg­ing play­ers to the ‘‘town’’ clubs.

- KEN DOU­GLAS, Porirua City Coun­cil – western

ward. Mr Dou­glas is a can­di­date in the lo­cal body elec­tions – Edi­tor.

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