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Mayor slams me­dia for Porirua’s im­age

BenMelb: ‘‘Don’t blame the me­dia for Porirua be­ing crummy. Blame you and your coun­cil. I was out there re­cently and can tell you Porirua CBD is the only place in Welling­ton where I feel un­safe . . . The Hutt Val­ley gets bad me­dia at­ten­tion too, do I see Ray Wal­lace and Wayne Guppy hav­ing a cry about the me­dia? No. They ac­cept they have prob­lems to fix and are do­ing it. Not play­ing the blame game.’’

Phil O’soph­i­cal: ‘‘As a young­ster liv­ing in Tawa in the 1950s and 60s, I used to visit Porirua city cen­tre reg­u­larly and al­ways felt per­fectly safe . . . Two decades later, how­ever, in the late 1970s, I vis­ited the CBD half a dozen times and felt dis­tinctly un­com­fort­able each and ev­ery time, es­pe­cially the crowds of young kids roam­ing about has­sling you for money and fags . . . Per­haps you need a ded­i­cated po­lice pres­ence to de­ter this kind of be­hav­iour.’’

Ngati Toa el­ders take is­sue with mayor

Pa girl: ‘‘Liz Kelly does not have the back­ing of all of Ngati Toa. I didn’t vote for you Liz, and I still won’t if you run again for mayor. I ap­plaud the mayor for his apol­ogy to Ms Kelly – she could learn from him and apol­o­gise to the count­less peo­ple she has of­fended lately.’’

Fat Bob: ‘‘Sounds like a threat to democ­racy from the iwi. Of­ten no­body bet­ter in­formed about be­ing dys­func­tional though!’’

Stu Filo: ‘‘It doesn’t say the mayor had apol­o­gised to Liz on this ar­ti­cle. Only that he ac­knowl­edges that he made a mis­take. Our coun­cil is a White Rib­bon coun­cil, our mayor Nick opened it for us last year un­der the canopies. To tell the dep mayor to ‘Shut her mouth’ in the cham­bers, and for other male cr not to say any­thing is not a good look . . . I hope he shows his true lead­er­ship and makes a pub­lic apol­ogy to Liz.’’

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