Listen up Nick
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?