Li­brary ser­vices

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -


It’s great to read about Pearl Free­man’s en­thu­si­asm for the work of Bee and Gina at Can­nons Creek Li­brary (KMN, July 3), how­ever, I’m afraid there is a case for not be­liev­ing all you are told.

I can as­sure Pearl I have been into the li­brary not once, not twice, but many times dur­ing my 44 years as­so­ci­a­tion with Can­nons Creek and Porirua East.

Rest easy Pearl, rather than a re­duc­tion of hours for the li­brary I would like to ex­plore ways to ex­tend the fa­cil­ity and the ex­cel­lent ser­vice our li­brar­i­ans so pas­sion­ately pro­vide. DENYS LATHAM, Porirua city

coun­cil­lor – eastern ward. mea­sured by eq­uity, not by as­set lev­els ramped up by debt (any Greek cred­i­tor has fi­nally learnt that les­son). On that ba­sis the 2010 year recorded a loss of eq­uity of $368,000 and the 2011 year a loss of $2.3 mil­lion.

Even if we ac­cept John’s ob­vi­ous view that to­tal as­sets (in­clud­ing debt) is a good mea­sure of per­for­mance, then in the 2010 year they grew only by $232,000 which is a far cry from $3.5m. And, in that same year, the trus­tees, of whom John was one, wrote off $1.125m for im­pair­ment of its in­vest­ments in sub­sidiary com­pa­nies – so even then the writ­ing was on the wall, John.

Per­haps the vot­ers did af­ter all heed John’s plea for skilled trus­tees but added a pro­viso of their own – skilled means some­one who un­der­stands the dif­fer­ence be­tween debt and eq­uity. Or per­haps they were pre­scient and an­tic­i­pated the call John was to make at the AGM for the trus­tees to di­vert trust money to non ben­e­fi­cia­ries by ‘‘bail­ing out’’ cred­i­tors of the failed trust sub­sidiary.

BRIAN COLLINS, Pa­pakowhai. should be feted and hon­oured with an “en­sign”– well – I guess it de­pends on how rose-coloured one’s spec­ta­cles are and which his­tory books one reads and which one is cor­rect, but from what I can gather, he was a bit of a Genghis Khan type butcher with an un­en­vi­able rep­u­ta­tion for treach­ery. Maybe Mr Ho­ke­naBrightwell should pro­mote a memo­rial to the orig­i­nal peo­ple of Porirua that Te Rau­paraha is re­puted to have wiped out.

KEVIN CLARK, Plim­mer­ton. main­tain reser­voirs and pay for the retic­u­la­tion and treat­ment?

Wa­ter comes from rain. Do they want to own that? Rain comes from clouds. Do they want to own them? Those clouds usu­ally come across from Aus­tralia. Per­haps they would have to pay some Aus­tralian group for the use of them?

I couldn’t agree more with Neil Camp­bell [KMN, let­ters, July 17]. If I re­mem­ber cor­rectly, when the [wake park] pro­posal was orig­i­nally put to the coun­cil, our North­ern Ward coun­cil­lors were pre­vented from vot­ing on it just be­cause they had dis­cussed it with their con­stituents.

A stupid rule which should be changed. Af­ter all, aren’t our coun­cil­lors sup­posed to get the view of res­i­dents?

This so-called ca­ble way will be the ru­ina­tion of a well-used and well-main­tained re­cre­ation area. CLIF­FORD MATTHEWS, Whitby.

(Two let­ters abridged)

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