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.