Poor ex­am­ple

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -


In re­cent weeks our mayor told his deputy, in pub­lic meet­ing, to ‘‘shut your face’’. That his deputy her­self fre­quently catches the head­lines ac­cused of abu­sive be­hav­iour is no ex­cuse.

A mayor should lead by ex­am­ple. Sadly, the ex­am­ples our mayor gives are hardly ones to be fol­lowed by any who as­pire to serve the pub­lic.

He stood for the may­oralty as an in­de­pen­dent who val­ued Porirua. Since, we have learned through The Lis­tener that he has al­ways held to Labour Party views. We have seen his ‘‘dis­cus­sion’’ on amal­ga­ma­tion move to a view that it is in­evitable - if only be­cause he has made it so.

We have con­tin­u­ally been treated to false rep­re­sen­ta­tions as to the cost of ‘‘re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion’’. He is happy to use a coun­cil car for which he bears only one quar­ter of the cost.

Is this the type of leader our com­mu­nity wants? Are coun­cil­lors who sup­port such lead­er­ship the type we want? At the 2010 elec­tions 60 per cent of electors were too ap­a­thetic to bother vot­ing. Isn’t it time for change?

Time for vot­ers to at­tempt to change the way their coun­cil is run by ac­tu­ally fill­ing in the vot­ing pa­per? Time to at­tempt change by swot­ting up on the past lives of can­di­dates, not just vot­ing on name recog­ni­tion? By vot­ing for man­age­ment com­pe­tence rather than for di­ver­sion of pub­lic money to pet projects?

Many think that un­der amal­ga­ma­tion their rates will fall, but why would Welling­ton al­low that? No, the mayor’s in­tended rate rise of less than 2.5 per cent can be­come a rate re­duc­tion of the same mag­ni­tude sim­ply by can­celling in­ef­fec­tive spend­ing plans.

Do cur­rent rep­re­sen­ta­tives have the will to make this hap­pen? Not on past per­for­mance. The time for change is now. If not, Porirua will cease to ex­ist.

BRIAN COLLINS, Pa­pakowhai. Mr Collins in­tends to con­test the may­oralty and other seats at the lo­cal body elec­tions in Oc­to­ber – Ed­i­tor.

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