Hall of res­i­dence?

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION/NEWS -

Edi­tor,

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,

Pa­pakowhai

Corey Fuimaono, Can­nons Creek

(Abridged)

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