Post box plea­sure

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -


I would like to thank the Aotea peo­ple who re­turned their sur­vey forms and re­quested there should be a post box in Aotea.

I am very pleased to report that we now have one out­side the nearly com­pleted shops at the cor­ner of Aotea and Te Puia drives. I hope ev­ery­one will sup­port the new, long-awaited post box.

Thanks must also go to MP Kris Faafoi and his team. With­out their sup­port this project would not have been suc­cess­ful. plan to su­per-size it­self now seems to be hav­ing a myr­iad un­in­tended con­se­quences.

By help­ing to open the gates and let­ting the Tro­jan horse of amal­ga­ma­tion in, Porirua is de­stroy­ing its abil­ity for lo­cals to raise and spend our own rates on lo­cal projects.

Politi­cians rely on the vot­ers hav­ing short mem­o­ries.

The Auck­land su­per-city model was forced on the north by Act and Rod­ney Hide, be­ing given a free hand as pay­back for sup­port­ing John Key’s Government.

Act sup­port­ers look­ing to milk ratepayer cash cows must have thought all their Christ­masses had come at once. Only prob­lem was John Banks missed out on the su­per mayor job.

The pro­pa­ganda spin to al­lay Auck­land voter fears in­cluded the need for one ‘‘strong voice’’ to speak to the Government. This would de­liver su­per ef­fi­cient ‘‘in­te­grated’’ sys­tems such as trans­port. Ini­tially they even tried mis­in­form­ing res­i­dents that economies of scale would re­duce rates.

Two years later what is the re­al­ity of the Rod­ney Hide Auck­land ex­per­i­ment? Len Brown’s trans­port so­lu­tions are be­ing ig­nored by Mr Brown­lee. So much for the uni­fied strong voice get­ting ‘‘Welling­ton to lis­ten’’.

In Auck­land the Act agenda of shrink­ing democ­racy now has 70 per cent of the re­gion’s as­sets and a third of the rate take be­ing ad­min­is­tered by non-elected board direc­tors on Com­mu­nity Owned En­ter­prises. One of which has just been fined for un­law­ful prac­tices.

Act party founder Roger Dou­glas used cor­po­rati­sa­tion as a half­way house to pri­vati­sa­tion in the 1980s. Now, un­der the guise of ef­fi­ciency, the CCOs are just an­other half­way house to pri­vati­sa­tion of com­mu­ni­ty­funded in­come steams.

The Act Party may be on its death bed but the Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil seems in­tent on breath­ing life into its pol­icy for lo­cal government. those of us who need them, and who treat us as or­di­nary peo­ple, whose legs don’t work so well, whose day would be eased by hav­ing an ac­ces­si­ble car park.

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