I refer to the headline article Whitireia merger . . . [ KMN, August 23]. I applaud the sentiments of PCC wanting to see courses, staff and facilities retained in Porirua, but I also think Whitireia and WelTec are taking prudent steps to ensure both organisations survive, and fee costs remain affordable.
Cost control, efficiency and affordability, are concepts apparently not yet grasped by our mayor, councillors and senior management team.
PCC chief executive Gary Simpson is quoted as having said ‘‘they are still in the dark about many details . . .’’. Gary, welcome to our world. That’s exactly how ratepayers feel about PCC decision making.
The council’s senior economic development advisor (I wonder what the salary package, key result areas, and achievements for the last three years are for this position?) said ‘‘council was not offered the opportunity to make an oral submission’’ and ‘‘. . . a decision should not be made without proper public consultation’’.
Hang on a minute. PCC expects a high level of public consultation from Whitireia, but doesn’t extend the same to its own ratepayers.
Instead of complaining about others, how about genuine consultation and transparency for budgets and projects like property purchases, city centre redevelopment, the performing arts centre and new head office, and no secret Smartlinx meetings.
Or do you mean you want Whitireia to consult, like PCC did with ratepayers in respect to Te Rauparaha? Or for yet another million dollar reserve in Plimmerton?
ANDREW WELLUM, Camborne. Gospel Chapel, have been caring about and giving themselves in work with at-risk youth since the mid 1970s. Unknown to most of the public, and largely unheralded by the media, they have shown a true Christian humbleness of spirit, love without judgement and without strings attached, and must have touched hundreds of lives.
Mentoring of that kind – just another decent adult who cares enough to get alongside, who lives locally, and who sticks with you, does more to see young people through the fraught teen years than any other ‘‘solution’’ dogooders have proposed.
I first knew Lloyd when he was running ‘‘Youth Guidance’’ programmes (a Youth for Christ service for troubled teens) in 1978 and 1979. Since then the Gospel Chapel buildings have been used frequently as a place youth can meet – often to the cost of wear and tear – but more important, the Gospel Chapel people must have given Lloyd and Peggy their full, patient, and generous support, as no-one can do that sort of work for long without genuine back-up and personal assistance from others who share the vision and understand the need.
If the city has not yet honoured these two, or recognised the role of the chapel in our community in some tangible way, this would be the time to do it – though they are both so down to earth and modest, they might well say ‘‘no, we just do it for the kids – and for God’’.
SYLVIA L JENKIN, Porirua. territory of Stuart Park, I wondered how the Porirua council came to the decision to refuse access to the local riding club who have been using this area for the past 30 years for grazing and allow instead access to a few dog owners?
My wife and I have always received a friendly word and a wave from members as they ride or lead their horses past our house. And what a delight to see those very young members riding their ponies with their faces a picture of determination to be like mum.
A lovely tranquil pastoral scene for old retired folk like us. We assume the new ‘‘owners’’ of this council land will be as conscientious as the riding club have been in keeping the park clear of that obnoxious gorse that threatens to overtake the green space. Or will the council have to find the funds and labour to keep it clear?
There are ample acres of open scrubland for their dogs to run riot opposite Stuart Park where they can do their business without turning Stuart Park into a doggie toilet!
MIKE POVEY, Titahi Bay.