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