Canopy ghetto risk
I am a visitor to this wonderful city. New Zealand Post has announced the Porirua post office is to relocate to Semple Street, a kilometre or more away from the banks and CBD. People will have to travel 2km to and from the transportation hub.
I congratulate NZ Post on taking urgent steps to protect the staff and customers, motivated by the government policy setting criteria for maximum earthquake risks. But will the inevitable result be a canopy ghetto? Is this not worse than a physical earthquake for the hidden social dislocation it will cause in distress and anxiety to thousands of people who visit the post office to pay their monthly utility accounts for power and telephones?
Should not a corporate citizen such as NZ Post be offering improved technology and access designed to shorten the often long lines of people?
What were the alternatives? Has NZ Post consulted with the community? Will it provide maps and sign-postings to help people familiarise themselves with the new location? Has it considered providing a free shuttle service for commuters?
Perhaps with planning NZ Post could form a strategic alliance with Porirua City Council or KiwiRail, and/or large MegaCentre tenants in return for the immediate gain property value.
(Letter abridged) Northern United Rugby Football Club (Norths) was fortunate enough to receive but I would make the following comment.
A reflection of the local Porirua community, Norths is hugely multicultural with an enviable mix of Maori, Pacific Island, Asian and Pakeha players and supporters working together. It provides opportunities for young people to achieve their sporting goals, and does this in an arena which many New Zealanders hold dear: the local rugby club.
In a community which has traditionally struggled in many demographics, Norths provides a beacon of success and careerbroadening options for the youth of Porirua. Norths is a club born from two which has had to work against the odds to become successful. It holds within its walls generations of volunteers.
Norths has become a fixture in the Porirua community, with its success on the field with competition winning sides, with success for individuals achieving the highest international honours, and experience for coaches, managers and administrators working in off-field capacities. Just like the Porirua Healthlinks Trust, we too have had to be innovative and identify more sustainable income sources rather than put reliance on the fact that we may receive grants funding. We at Norths would like to acknowledge the great support the Mana Community Grants Foundation has provided us.
Anyone who operates in the grants environment will tell you that all trusts/funding agencies are struggling in the current economic environment. I feel sorry for the trustees who have to make the hard calls with limited funding and an over abundance of applications.
They are damned if they do and damned if they don’t. I think they should be commended for the job they do in supporting all facets of the Porirua community.