Ed­i­to­rial hits the spot

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS / OPINION -

Ed­i­tor,

Kapi-Mana News is to be con­grat­u­lated for its ed­i­to­rial in the March 13 is­sue.

One can but won­der, that if a Euro­pean New Zealan­der’s or­gan­i­sa­tion was to try and de­fend one of its mem­bers whose be­hav­iour was ar­ro­gant, bom­bas­tic, an­tag­o­nis­tic, rude and dis­cour­te­ous, whether they would have been al­lowed 40 min­utes of coun­cil time to lis­ten to threats, mis­in­for­ma­tion and at­tempts to jus­tify such be­hav­iour?

This, of course, would need to be re­in­forced by stat­ing how wealthy and in­flu­en­tial they were and at the same time stat­ing that mem­bers of their or­gan­i­sa­tion were also liv­ing in poverty – surely a con­tra­dic­tion in terms?

Why is it that ad­di­tional staff time is so of­ten not bud­geted? Do coun­cil of­fi­cers really have so much spare time that they can take on th­ese ex­tra roles at no ad­di­tional cost?

How­ever, pity the CEO who does achieve cost ef­fi­cien­cies. All it takes to undo the good work is a pet project ap­proved in coun­cil out­side the bud­get process and the CEO has to make it work. That seems to be the case with the su­per-city ex­cess.

But what will the to­tal cost be by the time the end is reached? $250,000 of ratepayer money spent against 58 per cent of polled ci­ti­zens not want­ing any change?

Isn’t it time coun­cil­lors lis­tened to their com­mu­nity be­fore they spent money, rather than just of­fer­ing the chance of ‘‘con­sul­ta­tion’’ when the out­come is al­ready firmly in sight?

(Elec­tion can­di­date) To clar­ify, the ‘‘ex­tra’’ ex­pense of $78,000 for two salaries were for ex­ist­ing staff mem­bers. Their time was al­lo­cated to re­gional gov­er­nance mat­ters, but their salaries had al­ready been bud­geted for – Ed­i­tor. paid to our il­lus­tri­ous Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment and all their al­lied par­lia­men­tary staff that buzz around the Bee­hive en­meshed with Novo­pay.

Af­ter the screams of hor­ror and shouts of ‘‘In­famy’’ ( ahh, the good old Carry on ... films ) I guar­an­tee that within a week the best of brains from the lo­cal univer­si­ties will have been ‘‘called up’’ into ser­vice to re­solve the is­sue and all will be sweet­ness and light.

Or am I be­ing cyn­i­cal?

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