Ban­ners banned

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Kris Faafoi’s prom­i­nent banner atop the NZ Post build­ing in Porirua’s CBD is no more.

The Mana MP has been forced to bring it down af­ter what he de­scribes as ‘‘a change in pol­icy’’ from NZ Post. This is de­spite the fact a banner has been up since his pre­de­ces­sor Win­nie La­ban erected one in 2008.

‘‘We had a con­tract with NZ Post, and we’ve been a long-term ten­ant in the build­ing, but things have changed. Win­nie put it up and we just rolled it over af­ter she left. I can see their point and we’ve come to an agree­ment.’’

NZ Post spokesman Michael Tull con­firmed one banner had been painted over and the other would be cov­ered soon.

As a state-owned or­gan­i­sa­tion it was de­cided a ‘‘po­lit­i­cally neu­tral’’ stance was best, he said.

‘‘Ear­lier this year we au­dited the prop­er­ties owned by NZ Post na­tion­wide, and iden­ti­fied that the Serlby Place prop­erty in Porirua was the only one in the coun­try which fea­tured any bill­board or ad­ver­tise­ment for a politi­cian or po­lit­i­cal party.

‘‘In the in­ter­ests of main­tain­ing our po­lit­i­cal neu­tral­ity, we con­tacted Mr Faafoi and reached a mu­tu­ally ac­cept­able agree­ment to have the sig­nage re­moved.’’

Mr Faafoi is dis­ap­pointed the con­tact de­tails for him will no longer be con­spic­u­ous.

‘‘It was a good op­por­tu­nity to let peo­ple know where we were, in the city cen­tre.’’

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