At­ten­tion war­dens

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION / NEWS -

Edi­tor,

The com­ments by the chair­per­son of Porirua East Maori Com­mit­tee (KMN, Let­ters, May 17) are im­por­tant for new Maori war­dens.

The only legal komiti in Porirua is Porirua East Maori Komiti and Porirua East and West Coast Maori war­dens sub as­so­ci­a­tion. These two komiti were un­der Maraeroa Marae but were sanc­tioned by Ngati Toa Marae komiti in 1965, and cleared by the then kau­matua Aunty Char­lotte Solomon, Mark Metekingi and Peter Walden.

Our bound­aries were set up in the fol­low­ing ar­eas: Pukerua Bay, John­sonville, New­lands, Ngau­ranga Gorge, Tawa, Lin­den, Ti­tahi Bay and Pau­ata­hanui – all ar­eas reg­is­tered with WDMC (Welling­ton District Maori Coun­cil) and NZMC (New Zealand Maori Coun­cil) in 1966.

The orig­i­nal Maori komiti was Porirua, but it is now in re­cess. The ap­proval was given by Ngati Toa to re­vive the Maori komiti and is now called Porirua East Maori Komiti. Any Maori can be­come a mem­ber of these komiti, as well as those want­ing to be­come Maori war­dens.

As war­dens we can only work within our bound­aries, where there is an ex­ist­ing komiti. The Maori war­dens in Porirua East are the Kapi-Mana Maori war­dens, reg­is­tered with WDMC and NZMC.

Some war­dens in Porirua ap­pear to be dis­il­lu­sioned about who they are re­spon­si­ble to, they fol­low the po­lice li­ai­son of­fi­cer and are op­er­at­ing out­side their bound­aries, not re­al­is­ing the po­lice are there to li­aise with only. The vans are a po­lice re­source sup­plied for Maori war­dens’ use – all Maori war­dens, not the se­lected few. The only other re­source sup­plied by po­lice is train­ing at the Po­lice Col­lege funded by Te Puni Kokiri, but also avail­able at some marae.

Noth­ing is com­pul­sory with any po­lice li­ai­son of­fi­cer through­out the motu, but we can all try to com­mu­ni­cate with each other in an adult man­ner. WIL­LIAM KID­WELL, Porirua East and West Coast Maori War­dens. There are, how­ever, two large duck ponds sur­rounded by con­crete, filled with weeds and any kind of rub­bish you care to imag­ine. The brochure claims ‘‘that res­i­dents live in a great po­si­tion on the edge of the lake’’. What lake?

Then the ad­ver­tis­ers have the gall to say that Whitby is a tran­quil north­ern sub­urb of Welling­ton. Ob­vi­ously the own­ers of this vil­lage never took ge­og­ra­phy lessons at school. We all know Whitby is a part of Porirua.

They, along with all the other res­i­dents and busi­ness own­ers of Porirua City, pay their an­nual rates to Porirua City Coun­cil, so how about be­ing proud of our city and ad­ver­tise cor­rectly.

I am proud to live in Porirua and will for some­time.

ERIC GIM­PEL, Whitby.

Whitby Lakes di­rec­tor Sandy Fos­ter re­sponds: The ex­is­tence of the Whitby lakes is not re­ally in doubt. They are sign­posted as such in Whitby and the Porirua City Coun­cil web­site has sev­eral ref­er­ences to the lakes.

There is a res­i­den­tial com­plex ad­ja­cent to the lakes known as Lake­side Vil­las, in ad­di­tion to our own Whitby Lakes Re­tire­ment Vil­lage. In our view, and in the view of oth­ers we have spo­ken to, the lakes are an at­trac­tive and much en­joyed fea­ture of Whitby.

We sug­gest that if your cor­re­spon­dent wishes to dis­pute their ex­is­tence, he takes it up with the Porirua City Coun­cil, the AA and other or­gan­i­sa­tions which make ref­er­ence to the lakes.

With re­gard to the vil­lage be­ing in Welling­ton or Porirua, we agree with your cor­re­spon­dent that it is in­deed in Porirua. It is also in the re­gion gen­er­ally re­ferred to as Welling­ton and it is to this re­gional lo­ca­tion that we make ref­er­ence, rather than to Welling­ton City. Our aim is to at­tract peo­ple from all over the re­gion to this won­der­ful com­mu­nity within Porirua. de­vel­op­ers and fi­nanciers, how can it pos­si­bly be fi­nan­cially any­thing other than a white ele­phant for ratepay­ers?

Look at the orig­i­nal rosy pro­jec­tions for the pool, Pataka and Te Rau­paraha used to jus­tify go ahead. Which one has per­formed fi­nan­cially at those orig­i­nal lev­els? None. It seems the best ever re­sult was when the pool closed and PCC re­ceived busi­ness in­ter­rup­tion in­surance.

So now PCC feels equipped and pre­pared to start two new ma­jor projects – city cen­tre re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion and per­form­ing arts cen­tre. Where can ratepay­ers find the de­tailed fi­nan­cial pro­jec­tions for these ven­tures?

Please leave prop­erty de­vel­op­ment to the pri­vate sec­tor, and fo­cus on right­ing decades of un­der-spend­ing on core ser­vices, like drainage, wa­ter, stormwa­ter and road­ing.

Mean­while, in re­sponse to a spe­cific ques­tion at the Draft An­nual Plan­ning meet­ing in April, we were as­sured that other than a few se­nior man­agers, and two shared car park spaces for coun­cil­lors, no PCC staff have ac­cess to free all-day park­ing.

Kimi­aka Ita­mura ad­vises (KMN, Let­ters, June 7) that li­brary staff have free all-day park­ing. So is it rea­son­able to as­sume that pool and Te Rau­paraha staff also en­joy ratepayer-sub­sidised free park­ing? Any­one else?

Would ei­ther the mayor or chief ex­ec­u­tive ad­vise how many ratepayer-sub­sidised free two hour-plus car park spaces are pro­vided to PCC staff?

I don’t dis­agree with charg­ing for all-day car park­ing, though this surely erodes one of the at­trac­tions of Porirua to cur­rent and prospec­tive em­ploy­ers. I do dis­agree with one rule for ratepay­ers, cus­tomers and em­ploy­ees, and an­other for PCC.

Ratepay­ers will pay three times, as we now pay for our own car park spaces, plus PCC staff free carparks and Fringe Ben­e­fit Tax (FBT) on them too. ANDREW WEL­LUM, Cam­borne.

(Two let­ters abridged) pro­claim Ran­gatira chiefs signed away this same sovereignty in Ar­ti­cle one of the Treaty of Wai­tangi. Maori out­num­bered Pakeha 90,000 to 2000 in 1840. Let’s put the TIK op­tion on the ta­ble. If Brash and the ma­jor­ity of Ki­wis se­ri­ously be­lieve that Ran­gatira chiefs would have given up their ma­jor­ity con­trol of this beau­ti­ful coun­try to a 2 per cent, pow­er­less, Bri­tish pop­u­la­tion then, given the re­cip­ro­cal choice on Novem­ber 26, would you do the same and vote for TIK?

TIPENE MAKATEA, Taka­puwahia.

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