Con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

I re­spond to Kath John­son’s let­ter re­gard­ing amal­ga­ma­tion. Some peo­ple have got the wrong end of the stick and I think it’s im­por­tant to put things in per­spec­tive.

Porirua City Coun­cil is com­mit­ted to a bind­ing referendum on amal­ga­ma­tion.

In my view change shouldn’t hap­pen un­less a ma­jor­ity of Welling­to­ni­ans want it.

Such a referendum should take place in the next 18 months or so.

The three Wairarapa coun­cils have trig­gered a process that will ex­am­ine the need for change in the Welling­ton re­gion.

In­stead of ig­nor­ing the is­sue, Porirua City Coun­cil has cho­sen to look at op­tions and con­sult closely with res­i­dents over the last two years. We know there are strong feel­ings on both sides of the ar­gu­ment as to whether amal­ga­ma­tion is a good thing.

We don’t be­lieve that a hol­low de­fence of sta­tus-quo is good enough. Any pub­lic or­gan­i­sa­tion should al­ways try and do things bet­ter.

Whether change hap­pens and what it looks like is now in the hands of the Lo­cal Govern­ment Com­mis­sion and it will again come back to com­mu­ni­ties to ask our views on amal­ga­ma­tion.

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