Coun­cil’s stance ques­tioned

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

On nearly ev­ery front the Porirua City Coun­cil has done a good job over the past three years.

Why then don’t Porirua city coun­cil­lors trust elec­tors to make the de­ci­sion on re­gional amal­ga­ma­tion?

Why is Porirua the only lo­cal coun­cil sup­port­ing this power grab started by the Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil?

None of the other seven lo­cal coun­cils sup­port the Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil’s plan on amal­ga­ma­tion.

Only one Porirua City coun­cil­lor dis­agrees with the de­ci­sion to make the com­ing elec­tion the last one for an in­de­pen­dent Porirua.

Even the re­gional coun­cil, which is the only win­ner in this amal­ga­ma­tion, is not unan­i­mous in its de­sire to dec­i­mate the lo­cal coun­cils. Five re­gional coun­cil­lors voted against the idea.

So why do all our ward coun­cil­lors sup­port this shrink­ing of democ­racy? The ‘‘su­per’’ Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil agenda is not in­evitable.

Why are we rush­ing to fol­low Rod­ney Hyde’s Auck­land tem­plate? Auck­land is still an ex­per­i­ment in progress.

Sev­eral Porirua coun­cil­lors said dur­ing the re­cent ‘‘de­bate’’ that they are now happy to put lo­cal democ­racy’s fu­ture into the hands of the un­elected Lo­cal Govern­ment Com­mis­sion in the hope they will force amal­ga­ma­tion.

The com­ing Oc­to­ber elec­tions will be the first (and maybe the last) chance to test the as­ser­tion that the present coun­cil has a man­date.

As a par­tic­i­pant and close fol­lower of lo­cal govern­ment for more than 30 years I have never heard any can­di­date make an elec­tion pledge that they were stand­ing to force re­gional amal­ga­ma­tion. Let’s see if they have the hon­esty to put this on this year’s pub­lic­ity for re­elec­tion.

My guess is we will see some flip-flop­ping be­fore Oc­to­ber. I, for one, would ap­plaud such a de­ci­sion. There is still time to en­sure Porirua does not lose its

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