After listening to city councillors and officers looking at who benefits from the annual plan, there is no other conclusion other than our city is being governed for and by the property owners.
Reference is constantly made to the ratepayers and their needs. It’s as though residents who are beneficiaries and who rent their homes are non-people.
The fact that renters and beneficiaries were of equal value to property owners when it came time to vote in the local body elections means nothing when it comes to the city council deciding on priorities for spending. The council sees it as a sign of progress when it decides to spend at $14 million on making the city centre more attractive for people who can afford to spend money on unessential goods supplied by Australian and American multinationals.
The council decides to sell the only social housing it owns (Moana Court) because it is a ‘‘drain on ratepayers’’. The fact that needy elderly of our city have nowhere else to live where they can afford is ignored.
‘‘Porirua City Council does not have social services in its policies – that is a responsibility of central government.’’ There’s no consideration that we have a government whose strategy is to deal with debt by cutting public services.
It’s high time the city council accepted that everyone pays for city council services. Rents are set at a level to cover rates. Instead of being concerned about ratepayers, councillors must accept that they are serving the residents of Porirua.
The residents in greatest need