Cheap dumpers

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Ed­i­tor,

I have a ques­tion for those who dumped a quan­tity of poly­styrene and garden rub­bish at the pop­u­lar fam­ily area of Bradey’s Bay and to those who dumped me­tres of garden wind­break en­tan­gled with loads of po­hutukawa clip­pings at one of the Pa­pakowhai la­goons.

Per­haps you were also re­spon­si­ble for slaugh­ter­ing five large sea birds mind­ing their own busi­ness at the same la­goon?

The ques­tion is, if you could af­ford the tele­vi­sion and pre­sum­ably like to have a garden en­vi­ron­ment and could af­ford to drive your waste to dump some­where, why not pay the tip fee and dump it prop­erly?

The rest of us just don’t get it. and within two weeks uni­lat­er­ally de­cided to sack me.

The com­mit­tee were ad­vised and re­in­stated my po­si­tion but Nash didn’t sup­port his com­mit­tee’s di­rec­tion. I found my­self with­out em­ploy­ment.

Al­le­ga­tions and time went by, re­sult­ing in the dis­so­lu­tion of KPB by Nash and funds be­ing redi­rected to KNZB Auck­land by PCC. It is un­be­liev­able that a sys­tem that worked so well for 22 years can be de­stroyed so eas­ily.

Over those eight years as co­or­di­na­tor of KPB, my­self and many other sup­port­ers never lost sight of the sim­ple plan in place to keep our city beau­ti­ful.

Hun­dreds of vol­un­teers planted thou­sands of trees, devel­oped over 30 ‘Adopt-A-Spots’ – half main­tained by pe­ri­odic de­ten­tion work­ers – and picked up tonnes of rub­bish.

As a thank-you to our com­mu­nity we usu­ally did a cuppa and straw­berry sand­wiches at Christ­mas, but un­for­tu­nately this didn’t hap­pen last year. I would like to thank those of you who have writ­ten in sup­port of me and the ethos of KPB.

Thanks also to the many who I never had a chance to say farewell to, who worked along­side me to make Porirua the po­hutukawa city it is. I still be­lieve pas­sion­ately in this com­mu­nity. To my trusty vol­un­teers – get ready for my next project.

(Let­ter abridged)

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