Lis­ten up Nick

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Ed­i­tor,

At the last pub­lic meet­ing [on re­gional gov­er­nance] at Pataka it was stated un­equiv­o­cally by Moira Lawler, Gary Simp­son and Nick Leggett that an amal­ga­ma­tion in the Wairarapa would re­sult in Porirua’s city coun­cil struc­ture be­ing af­fected.

I now have it in writ­ing from Gary that my re­quest for con­fir­ma­tion of their state­ments ‘‘is dif­fi­cult to an­swer at present’’. In other words they don’t know. Not only do they not know but but they have been telling our com­mu­nity that they are pre­par­ing this pro­posal in or­der to be pre­pared to re­spond to any other coun­cil’s submission.

What seems to have been lost sight of (to be gen­er­ous) is that this all stemmed from pro­pos­als by other may­ors for the var­i­ous au­thor­i­ties in the re­gion to work more closely to­gether with re­gard to shared ser­vices, but that the Fran and Nick show de­cided they’d like to amal­ga­mate as pro­vided for in the re­cent lo­cal government act amend­ments.

No mayor other than ours wants to change the cur­rent rep­re­sen­ta­tion ar­range­ments. Ours has pub­licly said he just wants to dis­cuss the ben­e­fits, but is hell bent on forc­ing change on ev­ery­one.

Our Pa­cific com­mu­nity were un­usu­ally vo­cal at the first pub­lic meet­ing hosted by Ge­of­frey Palmer. They don’t want us to lose our in­de­pen­dence. Why do we have to put up with a mayor who won’t lis­ten to the peo­ple?

If he likes Welling­ton so much shouldn’t we all wish him well on his move there: but leave those of us who do value Porirua here, in­de­pen­dent, to en­joy it?

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