Ur­ban funds to be pulled

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

A de­ci­sion to spend an­other $ 30,000 on the Porirua train sta­tion was ques­tioned by some Porirua city coun­cil­lors last week, when the money was redi­rected from the Hous­ing New Zealand ur­ban re­newal pro­gramme.

Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil is spend­ing more than $1 mil­lion to up­grade Porirua’s cen­tral train sta­tion but has asked PCC to stump up $30,000 to im­prove the bus shel­ter and foot­path on Sta­tion Rd.

In a re­port to the city ser­vices com­mit­tee on Thurs­day, it was sug­gested that the money come from the HNZ re­newal bud­get ‘‘that is not go­ing to pro­ceed dur­ing the cur­rent fi­nan­cial year’’.

Mayor Nick Leggett asked if this was ev­i­dence of the Govern­ment scal­ing down the HNZ pro­gramme. Coun­cil gen­eral man­ager of strat­egy and plan­ning Moira Lawler replied that there had been a ‘‘re­struc­ture’’ in terms of the project and the or­gan­i­sa­tion was fac­ing ‘‘bud­get re­straints’’.

Councillor Euon Mur­rell raised con­cerns that state hous­ing was be­ing ne­glected in Porirua East.

‘‘If it means some­thing is go­ing to hap­pen [at the sta­tion], then I’m for do­ing this, but we need to put pres­sure on Hous­ing New Zealand. They need to front up more in this com­mu­nity, and they should come [to coun­cil meet­ings] on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. Hous­ing re­newal has been promised, and there has been a lot of in­ac­tiv­ity in this area by pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ments – they have to spend the money where it is due.’’

Councillor Ken Dou­glas be­lieved an of­fi­cial ap­proach to HNZ was re­quired, but the com­mit­tee did not make a for­mal rec­om­men­da­tion for this.

De­spite the ob­jec­tions raised, coun­cil­lors voted unan­i­mously for the $30,000 go­ing to­wards the train sta­tion up­grade.

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