Grave re­quest

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Ed­i­tor,

In re­gard to the July 24 ar­ti­cle on the Mon­grel Mob mem­bers at the coun­cil cham­bers protest­ing against coun­cil pro­posal to ban offensive words and sym­bols on grave­stones.

I just think what hyp­ocrites some peo­ple are, be­cause if they were put in a sim­i­lar po­si­tion where their fam­ily and mates are put next to a gang mem­ber, es­pe­cially Black Power em­bla­zoned, they would do the haka.

In­stead of re­mov­ing the body like the wife who moved her hus­band and go­ing through proper chan­nels, I can pos­i­tively say 100 per cent, the Mon­grel Mob would be ar­ro­gant enough and dis­re­spect­ful of the per­son and law and des­e­crate the gravesite next to them.

If the Mon­grel Mob wins the right to dis­play their dogs, swastikas, seig heils on their grave­stones, then should it be my right to en­quire if the buried per­son in the next grave is a gang mem­ber and re­quest an­other if it is?

We all can ex­pect to be placed next to any­one of any re­li­gion, na­tion­al­ity, age or gen­der be­cause it is the norm but to be next to some­one who has hate­ful words, dis­play­ing nega­tiv­ity and hor­ri­ble sig­nage on their stone – I don’t want to be.

NAME WITH­HELD, Porirua. un­der ma­jor projects (cap­i­tal works), it shows to­tal cost of the city cen­tre re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion is $18.815 mil­lion but on page 94 in a ta­ble ti­tled What It Will Cost, when you add up the to­tals it has be­come $32.757m.

Would the per­son re­spon­si­ble for the LTP ex­plain to me how $18.8m turns into $32.757m on the next page?

I thought it was an au­dited doc­u­ment.

CLIVE MIL­LANTA, Ti­tahi Bay. PCC Strat­egy and Plan­ning gen­eral man­ager Moira Lawler re­sponds:

The $18.815 mil­lion noted on page 93 of the 2012-22 Long Term Plan refers solely to the bud­geted cap­i­tal cost of the City Cen­tre Re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion project.

The fig­ure of $32.757 mil­lion on page 94 refers to a num­ber of other as­so­ci­ated costs for the project.

These in­clude $500,000 per an­num across the 10 years of the plan for project man­age­ment, con­sul­ta­tion, de­sign, and so on, in­ter­est from loans ($4.7 mil­lion), de­pre­ci­a­tion ($4.2 mil­lion) and a share of cor­po­rate over­heads ($1 mil­lion).

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