In their power?

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

With­out their as­sis­tance I could not have man­aged the ex­tra dol­lars it would have taken me to drive to Otaki and then all de­part back to Porirua.

Whilst I am on the thank-yous, I would like to say a very warm thank-you to the hard work­ers that take my rub­bish on Tues­day in Wai­tan­girua, never a frown just al­ways onto it with a smile. You all are awe­some to this old lady. Ed­i­tor,

Fol­low­ing the meet­ing of March 8 at which a decision was con­firmed to pro­vide nearly $600,000 to cre­ate an ar­ti­fi­cial turf at As­cot Park, I raised with the chief ex­ec­u­tive, mayor and se­nior coun­cil­lors the se­ri­ous pro­ce­dural is­sues which risked the decision be­ing ul­tra vires.

With the chief ex­ec­u­tive in­tend­ing to pro­ceed, and this week’s re­port in the Kapi-mana News that the long term plan pro­poses to slash core ser­vices in or­der to in­crease fund­ing to re­cre­ation groups, I feel com­pelled to bring the is­sues to ratepay­ers’ at­ten­tion.

The meet­ing on March 8 to re­con­sider fund­ing an ar­ti­fi­cial turf at As­cot Park was, as was the orig­i­nal meet­ing on 22/2, a com­mit­tee meet­ing, not a coun­cil

ROSE KALOLO, Wai­tan­girua. meet­ing. Thus, any decision had to com­ply with del­e­gated au­thor­ity from coun­cil to com­mit­tee (which coun­cil­lor Dou­glas re­ferred to).

The com­mit­tee decision doesn’t com­ply, yet the chief ex­ec­u­tive is con­tin­u­ing with the pro­posal as if he has au­thor­ity to do so. Not only that but the decision made was to as­sist an en­tity which doesn’t ex­ist – yet the chief ex­ec­u­tive is con­tin­u­ing as though he has au­thor­ity to di­vert money to an­other en­tity. And one coun­cil­lor turned up 95 min­utes late yet still thought he should vote – he ob­vi­ously had a vested in­ter­est in mak­ing it hap­pen – but then he would have, given that he is recorded as a trustee of the Trust want­ing $1.8 mil­lion of public money.

At the wake­board hear­ing in 2010, coun­cil­lors who had formed opin­ions based on their con­stituents views (surely what they are meant to do) were told they couldn’t vote, so how could an in­volved coun­cil­lor vote this time?

Per­haps be­cause the gen­eral man­ager con­cerned pre­sented in­cor­rect and in­com­plete doc­u­men­ta­tion to the meet­ing, so no one knew?

BRIAN COLLINS, Pa­pakowhai. Rob Rangi re­signed from the Porirua Syn­thetic Sports Field Com­mu­nity Trust in De­cem­ber last year.

On the other mat­ters raised, Mayor Nick Leggett re­sponds:

‘‘There have been con­cerns raised about the process and as such coun­cil­lor Ken Dou­glas in his ca­pac­ity as chair of the Au­dit and Risk Com­mit­tee re­quested that the chief ex­ec­u­tive seek le­gal ad­vice on sev­eral points re­lat­ing to the ap­pli­ca­tion of the turf trust. That work is still be­ing com­pleted and it will be re­ported to the coun­cil in the near fu­ture for con­sid­er­a­tion.’’

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