Bigger not better
In 1976-77 we had a stock market crash, followed by a global crash in 1987, a property crash in 1998, a global crash in 2007-08: The next one by 2017?
It is evident that the drive for growth in western economies comes with many risks.
It is also evident that the larger the New Zealand’s population becomes, the greater the pressure on resources and the higher the debt burden.
But Porirua City Council (elected members and staff alike) consider that the best way forward is to be bigger.
When will they look at reality instead of following the Greater Wellington Regional Council mantra that Government will ignore Wellington if the region doesn’t amalgamate?
We’ll still be less than one quarter the size of Auckland and far less needy than Christchurch.
We are an administrative-andconsumption-based region.
That is not going to change just because local authorities amalgamate.
What we need are skilled leaders who don’t waste our money.
Sadly, we don’t yet have them.