Again, thanks to Brian Collins for his assiduity on annual plan matters, particularly on the Steyne Avenue purchases ( KapiMana News, Letters, May 10).
I doubt that he got a real answer to the points made in the smoke-screen in the response.
I am thankful that someone has the mind to tackle all the drafts, and reports out for public comment, particularly at this time of the year.
Last year I commented on 25, admittedly not all from the annual spate of productions from Porirua City Council but all submissions were of scant effect. The decisions seemingly have all been pre-set, made with responses protective of council position.
In the case of Steyne Ave, Brian asked about tsunami and erosion risk but got no answer. I request therefore that council’s expensive yet idle GIS mapping system and that of Greater Wellington’s be used to overlay projected sea level rise, tsunami and liquefaction risk.
All are available and have been recently published in the regional press and in two cases weighted on a 1-5 ordinal risk basis.
Finally, after nigh on 30 years of lobbying and submissions at regional planning levels, I feel something warm coming on. These things take time but time could be running short given climate warming warnings for which neither GW nor PCC have retreat policies.
I offered the means to do this for free to the last mayor and chief executive, now 10 years back, out of love of Porirua, but got no reply.
Would Kapi-Mana News encourage both councils to actually integrate and information share and then produce the map covering both the Porirua and Pauatahanui catchments as well as the coast to Makara and Paekakariki. This will include Johnsonville/Tawa, etc.
Try to get the map published in your paper within a month.
Far faster than the annual plan process and the resulting maps would proactively inform ratepayers and the real estate and insurance industries on the wisdom of such reserve purchases. DR TONY JACKMAN, Pukerua
Bay. (Letter abridged)