Good show!

Kapi-Mana News - - OPIN­ION -

Edi­tor,

For two weeks in a row you’ve be­come the ‘Kapi-Plim­mer­ton’, spot­ting two of our lit­tle vil­lage’s pul­chri­tudi­nous per­son­ages, Xoe Hall – our flam­boy­ant mu­ral­ist - and doll baby Carol Bow­den on your front page. Good show!

A re­cent sport­ing event also oc­cu­pies my thoughts and in­spired this short but nev­er­the­less poignant poem on the na­tional pas­time: Pass the ball to Si­vi­vatu He’s so fast you sim­ply got to!

SOL WE­IN­STEIN, Plim­mer­ton. Sol, we’re never play­ing scrabble. For those won­der­ing, ‘‘pul­chri­tudi­nous’’ is an­other term for ‘‘beau­ti­ful’’ – Edi­tor. for­eign owned, may ben­e­fit from an up­grade which in turn could at­tract re­gional mid­dle-class cus­tomers who could af­ford up­mar­ket eat­ing houses, de­signer la­bel shops and top end rental ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Certainly a sig­nif­i­cant pro­por­tion of the city’s pop­u­la­tion would be even fur­ther priced out of the ‘‘cen­tre’’ than they are at present.

Satur­day’s meet­ing was not con­vinced that a city cen­tre was es­sen­tial for the vi­a­bil­ity of the city. Rather there was a need to strengthen the con­nect­ed­ness and sus­tain­abil­ity of the vil­lages. What was im­por­tant for Porirua’s iden­tity was ‘‘the peo­ple’’, not the shops.

In­stead of de­ter­min­ing de­vel­op­ment on eco­nom­ics, the heart­beat of the city was in the in­ter­re­la­tion­ships of the cul­tures. Along­side the cul­tural cen­tres of ex­cel­lence ex­ist­ing in the vil­lages we need to be build­ing on the vi­sion of Pataka, a per­form­ing arts cen­tre, green space, the har­bour.

Clearly if we are to de­velop an au­then­tic Porirua City, not one out of a con­tracted plan­ners’ box of tricks, the res­i­dents need to be in­volved in the dream­ing – a process which will take more time than a tri­en­nial elec­tion.

DON BOR­RIE, Ti­tahi Bay. do­ing his job – guid­ing lit­tle old ladies to the taxi with their frames and shop­ping bags. I bet he is the same sort that parks in dis­abled parks just be­cause it suits him, more shade.

JEN­NIFER SUT­CLIFFE, Tawa. To clar­ify, the com­plainant never left the ve­hi­cle, his wife had en­tered the su­per­mar­ket. He parked in one of three empty taxi spa­ces, be­fore two taxis ar­rived and a dis­pute com­menced – Edi­tor.

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