Do­ing well too

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Ed­i­tor

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,

Porirua East.

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