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I would like to make some com­ments about your ar­ti­cle [KMN, Au­gust 7] re­lat­ing to Liz Kelly ap­point­ing her son-in-law to a po­si­tion at the Fanau Cen­tre.

Firstly, the board has ev­ery con­fi­dence in our chief ex­ec­u­tive. Dur­ing her time at the cen­tre Liz Kelly has taken the Fanau Cen­tre from a large deficit po­si­tion to a small sur­plus in this fi­nan­cial year and has met all the con­trac­tual obli­ga­tions of our fun­ders.

Most boards would con­sider this quite re­mark­able given the cur­rent global re­ces­sion and eco­nomic un­cer­tainty.

The trust cur­rently holds a high trust con­tract with MSD and has CYF’s ap­proval to pro­vide ser­vices to the lo­cal community which at­tracts in­tense and ro­bust au­dit­ing pro­cesses.

Its early child­care cen­tre has for the first time re­ceived a pos­i­tive ERO re­port, which has led to an up­grade and ex­pan­sion of the cen­tre’s ca­pac­ity to take pres­sure off the wait­ing list the cen­tre has. These are all very pos­i­tive out­comes.

The em­ploy­ment pro­cesses at the cen­tre are not up for de­bate here, each em­ploy­ment de­ci­sion is made in con­sul­ta­tion with the board chair. Liz shoul­der tapped her son-in-law af­ter con­sul­ta­tion with the chair and pays him be­low mar­ket rates for a job he is do­ing well.

Your ar­ti­cle makes ref­er­ence to Mayor Leggett’s re­la­tion­ship with Liz.

I’m won­der­ing why this is even rel­e­vant. One of the most frus­trat­ing things I find is the use of community or­gan­i­sa­tions as po­lit­i­cal foot­balls by lo­cal politi­cians in a fee­ble at­tempt to dis­credit their fel­low coun­cil­lors.

Per­haps they would be best to score po­lit­i­cal points by ad­dress­ing is­sues that are rel­e­vant.

MIKE FER­MA­NIS, board chair­man, Can­nons Creek Fanau Cen­tre Trust.

There are sev­eral 35kmh cor­ners on this road. It car­ries a lot of east/west traf­fic. 60kmh would be quite ad­e­quate for this road that has many tight cor­ners. Gray’s Road has been a lot safer since the 60kmh re­stric­tion was put in place.

CLIF­FORD MATTHEWS, Whitby. is thought to be so, let’s just for the mo­ment ac­cept the un­rea­soned ra­tio­nale and per­haps Mr Simp­son can then ex­plain why it is that he thinks, with re­gard to years 2 and 7 re­spec­tively (as ex­am­ples), that 2.4 plus 0.5 equals 3, and 2.6 plus 1.0 equals 3. These are the fig­ures in the Long Term Plan which he keeps con­firm­ing.

If he can­not man­age sim­ple maths, or front up when his lan­guage skills are be­low par, how is it that he still com­mands a $300,000 salary?

BRIAN COLLINS, Pa­pakowhai.

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