With power comes responsibility
Oh no, Liz Kelly strikes again where she verbally abuses and bullies a younger female member of the public and then professes innocence [KMN, July 12].
It is the second time an incident such as this involving Ms Kelly has come to the public attention through your paper but unfortunately not the first or second time she has been involved in a similar incident and I have no doubt it will not be the last. In December 2009 my then 14-yearold niece was also a victim of the rage and wrath of Ms Kelly.
Once again, Ms Kelly placed the blame on my niece. This seems to be a similar view in all confrontations Ms Kelly appears to initiate.
Someone says something she does not like or she is not accorded the respect she thinks she deserves, or she does not like the actions someone takes then she explodes with a tirade of abuse.
Ms Kelly, you should be ashamed of the way you bully, intimidate and verbally abuse the especially younger constituents of this city, not least because you are an elected official of our city and as such should conduct yourself accordingly and without reproach.
With the already sometimes negative connotations aimed at our city is it fitting to have a city official in power that cannot control her rage and once brought to task says the only reason it is brought to public attention is because of the position she holds?
Of course it is brought to public attention because your position is something you should well remember next time you decide that you are above accepted society practices and norms, and decide to lash out at someone who should displease you.
Have you ever considered taking some anger management or behaviour modification courses if you feel so unable to control your behaviour or stepping down from your position so that your disgusting behaviour is not drawn to the public’s attention? SELENA LUCAS, Takapuwahia.
Liz Kelly responds: Thank you for the opportunity to respond, but I am concerned that you intend to publish the letter in the first place.
The publication of this kind of one-sided character assault can only be injurious to my public standing whether or not I respond. Human nature is such that people always remember the accusation and not the explanation that follows.
In my view, publication of this kind of defamatory content on the basis of one highly subjective account – and I can scarcely imagine a more subjective setting than a student’s game – sets a poor precedent.
Will it now be possible for any reader of the Kapi-Mana to vent their displeasure with public figures in this way, any time they see fit? If the word of one person relating to an incident that occurred outside of my official duties is enough to create an indelible stain on my reputation, what possible protection can anyone in public life have from vendetta and vindictiveness?
Editor’s note: Elected officials represent the city. I believe how they conduct themselves in all walks of life reflects upon their public position and the city itself, and thus is of public interest. The claims of Ms Lucas are supported by police documentation and Ms Kelly has been given the opportunity to tell her side of the story. infrastructure, like water, sewerage, storm water and roads?
A council that continues to spend on non-essential projects, like a new head office, a performing arts centre, buying expensive houses for future reserves, buying up business properties, re-developing the central business district when the private sector see no benefits, etc.
A council that is setting rates which are driving away existing and prospective businesses, and with it local employment?
A council that is setting rates driving away first-home-buyers and the elderly?
A council that has only recently discovered, reluctantly (the threat of a Wellington Super City), the benefits of sharing assets and services?
Goods Cents Porirua. Great idea. Can the Good Cents team develop a course for PCC councillors and senior managers?
[Meanwhile] I don’t understand how carrying out basic, long overdue infrastructure renewal, saving money that’s been wasted for years, deserves congratulations (KMN July 5 – page 5)?
Reducing water pressure just conceals a leaky network.
If it’s been fixed, water pressure can be restored in the CBD, Elsdon, etc.
Or can it? Perhaps the other reason water pressure has been reduced is due to inadequate water storage. More water in reservoirs equals more pressure. The only other way to create pressure, is to install more pumps.
So until the new Elsdon water reservoir is built and in use, and all pipes replaced, water pressure cannot be restored in the CBD.
So a bouquet to the water assets team.
But no praise for councillors and senior management, who have, and continue to underinvest in water, sewerage, storm water and roads, and over-invest in property and ego projects. ANDREW WELLUM, Camborne.
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About eight weeks ago my black female labrador was bitten on Titahi Bay beach by a black male dog called Charlie.
Unfortunately I didn’t ask the owners, a couple, their name in case of vet bills. Three days later I paid Rappaw $150 to fix an abscess caused by a deep dog bite.
I am fortunate to belong to Mana-Tawa Grey Power, so got a discount; also my dog didn’t need sedation which would have upped the cost considerably.
I am asking Charlie’s owners if they would be honest enough to contact me through Kapi-Mana News to help with the cost of this dog attack (it was not a dog fight). I am a pensioner and Charlie’s unprovoked attack has cost me nearly a week of my National Super.
R VINCENT, Titahi Bay. elected representatives. It is not a red herring to ask how the plan process can be deemed to be consultative when the council adds expenditure between draft and final plans, without any consultation on the subject.
The fact that the final plan has increased loans to be raised by the approximate amount of the Steyne Ave purchases but left the other $6 million of property purchases unfunded suggests strongly that, despite his protestations otherwise, the mayor has a clear plan to buy $6 million more property this year.
I have not suggested that he inform the people of the precise property intended to be purchased. However, the plan should clearly state the intent to purchase property of this value and the consequences of such action, so that the community can see where our finances are heading, particularly when increased debt and passing the burden to future generations is the obvious outcome.
Sadly, unless our Mayor can concentrate on the issues rather than hoping those who actually analyse the financial statements will go away, our overburdened low income ratepayers are going to have to put up with another two years of this nonsense. BRIAN COLLINS, Papakowhai.