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.