Big­ger not bet­ter

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

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.

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