Hall of residence?
Kapi-Mana News’ front page article on student housing [February 1] makes disturbing reading.
Oversight and management of student housing should not be left in the hands of a struggling Whitireia student association.
This is a responsibility of the Whitireia Board of Governors and the city council. Both are beneficiaries of students seeking to study within Porirua City.
It is irresponsible to leave accommodation to the market. Landlords need clear, monitored guidelines and standards.
Students, many of whom are coming from foreign countries and who have English as a second language, must have the protection and support of agencies who have the legal power to ensure they are housed in accommodation which will support them in their studies.
Students, for their part, need clear guidelines as to what is deemed to be responsible behaviour. Both students and landlords need easy access to a specialist mediation service in the event of a breakdown in the contractual relationship.
There is a strong case for Porirua to have a hall of residence similar to that found in other cities hosting a tertiary institution. Don Borrie,
Porirua (Abridged) reducing or removing the inspection regime.
The emphasis is on the designer and builder (licensed building practitioner) to ensure all work is carried in compliance with the Building Code.
We all remember, and are still paying for, the result of the last legacy when the Building Industry Authority allowed changes to the code – leaky homes – that indirectly cost every ratepayer since the councils were the last person standing at arbitration.
Councils have put a lot of time and effort in training staff to ensure the plans, specifications and inspections all fully comply with the code to ensure protection for the householder and ratepayer.
As this proposal will remove this independent protection, any defects will again be placed in the pockets of the ratepayer.
The few dollars that may be saved by the developer/builder is insignificant to the ratepayer’s liability.
P Eades, Takapuwahia
The colourful display is outstanding, and so often the efforts of these people go unheralded.
Past displays have also been worthy of comment but this time those concerned have excelled themselves with a wonderful display of colour and floral art.
Well done! R C Robinson,
Corey Fuimaono, Cannons Creek