Doing well too
I was disappointed with how your reporter covered the Youth Needs Assessment that was conducted by Awhina Buchanan on behalf of Porirua City Council (KMN, March 13).
I read the assessment and although it does highlight where the health and education sector is not benefiting Maori and Pacific young people, it also highlights many areas where young people are performing well.
What Ms Buchanan makes clear in the assessment is that our young people have ‘‘diverse intellectual and cultural knowledge’’ and as a growing youth population, it is in our interest to ensure that this knowledge is valued and maximised. The education system, for example, is one sector that could further contribute to their wellbeing.
I recommend that people read the assessment and not make assumptions of the contents of it based on the story in the Kapi-mana.
CAROL HEENEY, Titahi Bay. about the loss of freedom and joy in service and work.
If the Government really wants to cut back on the number of state employees, they should start by canning this monstrosity they’ve spawned, freeing up those involved for productive work in the private sector.
One thing their centralised control absolutely can’t plan for or measure is the many projects that will now not be done because of the barriers they’ve erected in the path of development.
New Zealand would never have been built if this crap had been in place from the start. NAME WITHHELD ON REQUEST,