I was shocked and appalled at the politically motivated attack last week [ KMN, January 15] by Porirua’s current deputy mayor Liz Kelly on our mayor over funding for Creekfest.
I can’t think of a greater cheerleader for community events than Nick Leggett. He wasn’t even part of the decision that Liz attacks him for.
The business I am employed by has given money to Creekfest on one occasion. We didn’t hear from Mrs Kelly again. If she was really up against the wall in terms of her funding surely she would be revisiting previous funders rather than attacking our local trust who face the difficult decision of allocating diminishing funds to needy groups.
It seems Mrs Kelly feels she is entitled to such grants. I disagree. There are groups such as Norths rugby club, the Life Education Trust, Mary Potter Hospice, Vikings rugby league, Titahi Bay Athletics, Toa Waka Ama who all merit the grants they received.
Which one of those groups would Mrs Kelly defund to run her one-day annual event that is mainly funded by government agencies anyway?