Dis­heart­en­ing

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Edi­tor,

Pare­mata Kinder­garten has a won­der­ful set­ting by the in­let down off State High­way 58, and it is led by a ded­i­cated, cre­ative and com­mit­ted group of staff.

Un­for­tu­nately our sit­u­a­tion can also make us vul­ner­a­ble, and re­cently we have been tar­geted by van­dals and bur­glars. We have had three break-ins in the last month, along with some graf­fiti. We have re­cently strength­ened our se­cu­rity mea­sures, but in the face of fund­ing cuts and in the midst of pre­par­ing for a fundraiser to help with ren­o­va­tions, the break-ins are dis­heart­en­ing, to say the least.

We know we are not alone in this sit­u­a­tion – we were ap­palled to see the Sal­va­tion Army food bank re­cently tar­geted, and know that other ed­u­ca­tional places around the com­mu­nity reg­u­larly suf­fer in this way.

Our pur­pose in writ­ing this letter is to pub­licly ex­press our sup­port for the teach­ing and sup­port staff, and to alert the lo­cal com­mu­nity to these events. Please be in touch with the po­lice or let the kinder­garten know if any sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity is spot­ted.

And re­gard­less of where you live in the Porirua area, think global and act lo­cal. Please make sure you have taken suf­fi­cient pre­cau­tions with your trea­sured com­mu­nity as­sets and make friends with the neigh­bours to help keep these pre­cious places se­cure.

MAR­I­LYN HUNT, Sec­re­tary, Pare­mata Kinder­garten Com­mit­tee.

My in­ter­pre­ta­tion of these com­ments is that Mr Leggett is more con­cerned for eas­ing a few min­utes of traf­fic con­ges­tion in his own re­gion than he is for the hun­dreds that have been left home­less in Christchurch.

While I un­der­stand that the rest of New Zealand should not be left un­con­sid­ered while re­build­ing Christchurch, Mr Leggett could as least have waited for the rub­ble to clear be­fore leap­ing on any money avail­able to sat­isfy his own means.

And his re­quest to ‘ring-fence’ money for his own projects is com­pletely at odds with an­other state­ment he makes, that ‘‘We are strongly sup­port­ive of a com­pre­hen­sive re­build­ing of [Christchurch] . . . with sup­port from across New Zealand.’’

Just not from your elec­torate, aye Nick?

B BEGOVICH, Kapiti. Mr Leggett re­sponds: B Begovich seems to think she has stum­bled onto some kind of scoop.

In fact what she quotes me on is noth­ing new and all my com­ments have pre­vi­ously been cov­ered in both the Kapi-Mana and Do­min­ion Post.

Ms Begovich is clearly an anti­ex­press­way cam­paigner from the Kapiti Coast, which is a fair po­si­tion to have. How­ever, I stand by my com­ments that road­ing up­grades for Welling­ton com­mu­ni­ties are still re­quired and that the Christchurch earth­quake re­in­forces the need for an al­ter­na­tive ac­cess from the re­gion rather than pre­sent­ing the Gov­ern­ment of the day an ex­cuse to yet again ‘‘do noth­ing’’.

The good news is that Steven Joyce has in­di­cated that the air­port to Levin road­ing up­grades are safe. ‘‘res­i­dents’ sur­vey’’ data claim­ing 76 per cent of res­i­dents say they are sat­is­fied with the way their rates are spent.

Cur­rently, some coun­cil­lors [have a] fan­tasy that blow­ing away mil­lions of our dol­lars in de­mol­ish­ing the canopied area of the city will re­move the per­cep­tion that the canopies’ pres­ence en­cour­ages crime, loi­ter­ing and shoddy shops.

Se­cu­rity cam­eras, clas­si­cal mu­sic and a word in the ears of in­ept shop own­ers will fix those prob­lems for less than $100,000.

As for his far­ci­cal sur­veys, most peo­ple know that sur­vey ques­tions can be loaded to achieve a de­sired re­sult and the re­sults ma­nip­u­lated to suit an ar­gu­ment.

In this lat­est case, his claim of 76 per cent sat­is­fac­tion ap­proval only ap­plied to 76 per cent of the 400 peo­ple sur­veyed; a to­tal of 0.63 per cent of 48000 Porirua res­i­dents. R R BRADY, Whitby.

(Letter abridged) PCC chief ex­ec­u­tive Gary Simp­son re­sponds: The sur­vey is un­der­taken on be­half of the coun­cil by the Na­tional Re­search Bu­reau us­ing ro­bust and ac­cu­rate sur­vey method­ol­ogy and the re­sults are widely used to eval­u­ate most coun­cil ac­tiv­i­ties.

Sur­veys are used by a large num­ber of coun­cils in New Zealand and the NRB un­der­takes a large pro­por­tion of those sur­veys. Part of their ser­vice al­lows coun­cils to bench­mark and com­pare re­sults and this one rea­son why Porirua City uses this par­tic­u­lar sur­vey. While Mr Brady may dis­agree with the sur­vey find­ings he can­not cred­i­bly fault ei­ther the in­tegrity of the ques­tions or the ro­bust­ness of the method­ol­ogy.

While there will al­ways be peo­ple who have con­flict­ing views, the mayor and I reg­u­larly meet a large num­ber of res­i­dents and busi­ness own­ers in the course of our work, and the gen­eral feed­back we are get­ting is con­sis­tent with the sur­vey re­sults.

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