Hole hearted thanks

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Editor,

So much for the mayor claim­ing a rates in­crease of 5.2 per cent for the 2011-2012 year. The Porirua City Coun­cil rates assess­ment for our Whitby prop­erty has in­creased by 8.6 per cent yet the cap­i­tal value has reduced by $20,000. Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil’s por­tion of the rates in­creased by 7.95 per cent!

Sorry, but these sorts of in­creases are totally un­sus­tain­able for the av­er­age home­owner. How many house­holds do you know of that are achiev­ing 8 to 9 per cent an­nual in­creases in their in­come to off­set these ad­di­tional liv­ing costs, and how come neigh­bour­ing sub­urbs un­der the ju­ris­dic­tion of other coun­cils can pro­vide the same ser­vices as Porirua for so much less? If the rea­son is down to the vol­ume of house­holds and short­age of busi­nesses in Porirua, then surely amal­ga­ma­tion is the only way for­ward as there is only so much juice in the lemon.

PETE JENK­INS, Whitby. meet­ing of the coun­cil at the last ten­ure [2008] she re­quested that coun­cil­lors got a pay rise. To Ms Kelly, I say per­form first be­fore you ask for such a thing, and this lat­est tirade of yours cer­tainly tells me you don’t de­serve a coun­cil­lor’s pay rise. Re­mem­ber the nick­name you have in coun­cil ranks Ms Kelly, ‘‘3-vote Kelly’’. Re­mem­ber also you serve the peo­ple at your choice – no­body asked you to be a coun­cil­lor. You can al­ways quit if it doesn’t suit your needs.

WAYNE FLINT, Ti­tahi Bay. Editor,

On Sunday, Au­gust 21, my hus­band and I (along with many oth­ers) took a walk along Plim­mer­ton Beach in the lovely win­ter sun­shine.

While walk­ing along Sun­set Pa­rade we saw cane chairs put on their sides on the foot­path and a few peo­ple milling around.

As we got closer we dis­cov­ered these chairs and peo­ple were pro­tect­ing pedes­tri­ans from fall­ing into a deep hole in the foot­path. The hole was about half a me­tre in di­am­e­ter and we could see the beach through it. We were told the wash out was about two to three me­tres long un­der the foot­path. Ob­vi­ously the tides have eroded the stone wall and bro­ken down the foot­path struc­ture. We con­tin­ued our walk and on our re­turn found one man stand­ing guard, wait­ing on the PCC work­men to come to make the area safe.

I could go on about the dangers that hole in the foot­path could have caused – we can all imag­ine the con­se­quences.

But I want to say thank-you to the gen­tle­man who gave up part of his Sunday af­ter­noon to warn peo­ple of the hole.

Thank-you kind gen­tle­man, we cer­tainly ap­pre­ci­ated your ef­forts.

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