Para­medic cuts

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

able to present him­self as he youngest may­oral can­di­date – this again caused some of us to won­der at the wis­dom of a can­di­date who ar­gued that it was time for Porirua to be led by a young per­son who pre­sum­ably had in­her­ent qual­i­ties the city needed.

The ma­jor­ity of vot­ers en­dorsed this ar­gu­ment and de­clared their sup­port for Mayor Nick.

Since that time the city has found it­self iden­ti­fied with the Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil as be­ing the two au­thor­i­ties ac­tively push­ing for a res­o­lu­tion of the su­percity de­bate.

Many in the city were sur­prised to find Porirua go­ing out on a limb. With an in­creas­ing un­easi­ness that the demo­cratic will was be­ing re­placed by youth­ful en­thu­si­asm we have silently gone along with Nick.

Though lack­ing sub­stance we heard Nick declar­ing that the out­come of the Palmer In­quiry was not a fore­gone con­clu­sion.

Then once the re­port was tabled we had the spec­tre of our Mayor Nick act­ing like a disc jockey and talk­ing over a mea­sured Lower Hutt Mayor on Na­tional Ra­dio, hav­ing his photo strate­gi­cally taken with Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil chair­per­son Fran Wilde, and sur­prise, sur­prise, Nick declar­ing that he was not ready to be­come Lord Mayor but in the mean­time would want to be sole Porirua rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the new re­gional body.

I may be a sole voice when I say that we have in Mayor Nick a ca­reer politi­cian for whom the may­oralty is a step­ping stone up the po­lit­i­cal lad­der. I have yet to be con­vinced that in Nick we have a leader. Ed­i­tor,

One para­medic to cover the Kapiti Coast and Porirua from 10pm to 8am? [ Kapi-Mana News, Oc­to­ber 30]

With no community con­sul­ta­tion, the scheme is not a trial but a per­ma­nent move ac­cord­ing to C&CDHB chief ex­ec­u­tive Mary Bon­ner. This is out­ra­geous and a real smack in the face of the lo­cal community.

It will be a brave per­son in­deed who takes on this job. The im­pact

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