Mayor’s pri­or­i­ties

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Ed­i­tor,

Mayor Nick Leggett’s swipe at the me­dia for your neg­a­tive por­trayal of Porirua [KMN, Fe­bru­ary 26] is a dis­tor­tion of your cov­er­age, which con­sis­tently de­scribes Porirua in all its per­spec­tives. Sadly, the mayor dis­plays a de­sire to ma­nip­u­late the truth and in so do­ing shows he has no gen­uine con­cern for the well­be­ing of all ci­ti­zens, in­clud­ing the peo­ple who are strug­gling to make ends meet on a week by week ba­sis.

For him to want the me­dia to con­cen­trate on the lives of the wealthy who skew the statis­tics so that the claim can be made that Porirua has the high­est me­dian in­come in the re­gion dis­torts the fact that ours is a city of ex­tremes.

The mayor’s at­tack on the me­dia shows his in­cli­na­tion to favour pro­pa­ganda rather than a de­sire for truth. He is treat­ing the me­dia as if it was his play­thing to ma­nip­u­late in ac­cord with his prej­u­dice.

In a democ­racy the me­dia plays a very im­por­tant role of be­ing the eyes and ears of the city re­flect­ing its strengths and weak­nesses, hold­ing de­ci­sion mak­ers ac­count­able.

It’s high time that Mr Leggett com­mit­ted him­self to tack­ling the causes of suf­fer­ing, racism, chronic ill health, un­em­ploy­ment, over­crowded houses. He should be sup­port­ing the Liv­ing Wage cam­paign, rather than grand­stand­ing on Basin Re­serve as if he was lord mayor of a su­per-city.

If we (he) fail to make the elim­i­na­tion of poverty a pri­or­ity, the time will come when we are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the vi­brancy of ‘‘The Arab Spring’’.

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