What a dif­fer­ence a day makes to a joint ven­ture

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By JIM CHIPP

When the joint waste com­mit­tee met last Tues­day, Welling­ton City Coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ngaire Best poured oil on to trou­bled wa­ters and the lan­guage was con­cil­ia­tory.

Welling­ton coun­cil­lors wanted work halted on the pro­posed jointly- owned coun­cil- con­trolled trad­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion, not on the joint ven­ture, per se, she said.

Just one day be­fore the com­mit­tee chair­man Tim Shep­pard, a Porirua City coun­cil­lor. was pal­pa­bly frus­trated by Welling­ton’s lack of notice or con­sul­ta­tion, and the bill that had been left for Porirua’s ratepay­ers to pick up.

Porirua was se­nior part­ner in the pro­posed joint ven­ture, he said.

‘‘Roughly, we paid two thirds of the costs, they paid one third – a quar­ter of a mil­lion dol­lars on con­sul­tants.’’

‘‘When you have a joint ven­ture and you are chang­ing things around, you con­sult with your joint ven­ture part­ner, let them know.’’

Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett was more blunt. Asked whether the deal was one in the eye for the con­cept of shared ser­vices be­tween coun­cils, he said: ‘‘It is es­sen­tially one. Un­for­tu­nately this is the his­tory of shared ser­vices; they just don’t hap­pen.’’

He said he un­der­stood why Welling­ton City coun­cil­lors had voted the way they did.

‘‘They are con­cerned about coun­cil- con­trolled or­gan­i­sa­tions, their trans­parency and the abil­ity of elected mem­bers to influence them.

‘‘From Porirua’s per­spec­tive, we want to be able to pro­vide as ef­fi­cient a level of ser­vices as we can and as cost­ef­fec­tively.’’

Asked if Welling­ton’s move had been pu­n­ish­ment for Porirua’s re­fusal to take part in a re­gional gov­er­nance sur­vey process ini­ti­ated by Welling­ton City Coun­cil and in­stead par­tic­i­pate in an al­ter­na­tive Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil-run one, Mr Leggett said: ‘‘ No. While we are proac­tively talk­ing about amal­ga­ma­tion we are also look­ing at fur­ther shared ser­vices as well.’’

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