At­tack ap­palling

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Ed­i­tor,

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?

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