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’’.