Bridge jump­ing fun

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -


I’m writ­ing in re­gards to the ar­ti­cle on Pare­mata bridge jumpers [ KMN, Jan­uary 15].

It looks to me like the teenagers are hav­ing a blast. They’re out­doors, ex­er­cis­ing, not watch­ing a screen, and tak­ing some risk, yes, but isn’t that what peo­ple com­plain about (kids th­ese days be­ing wrapped in cot­ton wool).

Mike Pryce, the har­bour­mas­ter, says they should stop as they ‘‘risk life-threat­en­ing in­juries’’. Bridge jump­ing is free and open to ev­ery­one, boat­ing is not and it also risks caus­ing life-threat­en­ing in­juries.

Surely there is some so­lu­tion that means both types of plea­sure seek­ers can have their fun. so­cio-eco­nomic ar­eas of Porirua to trim their na­tive trees is rather wor­ry­ing.

Even though Plim­mer­ton and Pukerua Bay res­i­dents are al­ready sub­ject to this sit­u­a­tion, the mayor de­nies any knowl­edge gained through his po­si­tion with the coun­cil. Why not?

Has he been too busy or­gan­is­ing self-pro­mo­tion with The Lis­tener? Per­haps he hasn’t at­tended enough meet­ings.

When ques­tioned on this is­sue re­cently he made the com­ment ‘‘qual­ity not quan­tity’’. Well, where is the qual­ity, Nick?

Why do th­ese mea­sures only ap­ply in the low Labour vote catch­ment ar­eas of Porirua?

What are the rea­sons for the mea­sures other than an in­ad­e­quate in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the Re­source Man­age­ment Act? We ex­pect bet­ter than this for your $100,000-plus salary.

I was very dis­ap­pointed to read Ms Kelly’s per­sonal at­tack on in­di­vid­ual trustees in this week’s Kapi-Mana News (Jan­uary 15).

Mana Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre, as a char­i­ta­ble trust, is as­sisted by grants from sev­eral fun­ders and is very aware of the dilemma faced by th­ese or­gan­i­sa­tions when hav­ing to make hard de­ci­sions.

The re­al­ity is that the num­ber of wor­thy groups need­ing fund­ing sup­port far out­weighs the money avail­able. I am sure that all trustees of MCGF work tire­lessly for this city and do not de­serve to be at­tacked per­son­ally by dis­grun­tled in­di­vid­u­als.

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