Not a fan of Porirua coun­cil

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Your head­line ‘‘We were wrong’’ (July 16) is the un­told story of lo­cal govern­ment.

How of­ten do com­mu­ni­ties have to suf­fer the con­se­quences of in­com­pe­tent de­ci­sion-mak­ing, in­ac­cu­rate record-keep­ing and sub­se­quent false re­port­ing?

In re­cent months we have learned of a fail­ure to main­tain com­mu­nity as­sets (PLT), in­ad­e­quate en­gi­neer­ing (leak­ing pool), plain stupid de­ci­sion­mak­ing (con­nect­ing a 400mm pipe into a 250mm pipe) fol­lowed by false claims that it wasn’t coun­cil’s fault.

Now we hear that, in fact, it was coun­cil’s fault and it did ap­prove the con­nec­tion.

Just last week Welling­ton’s mayor chas­tised John Mor­ri­son for in­tend­ing to co­erce the then chief ex­ec­u­tive into do­ing what he (and pre­sum­ably other coun­cil­lors) wanted with re­gard to CCOs.

She seems to think that it is not the role of the gov­er­nance group to in­struct the chief ex­ec­u­tive with re­gard to their wishes.

We ap­pear to have the same sort of muddy think­ing tak­ing place in Porirua.

It is time our elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives un­der­stood that their role is to de­cide on the de­sired as­pects of our city’s fu­ture, fol­low­ing com­pe­tent ad­vice from the chief ex­ec­u­tive, and hold him ac­count­able for ‘‘mak­ing it hap­pen’’.

That means in­form­ing the chief ex­ec­u­tive that his po­si­tion is on the line if he fails to de­liver.

With se­ri­ous fail­ures be­ing made pub­lic on a reg­u­lar ba­sis it is time our chief ex­ec­u­tive was put on the spot to de­liver a regime of com­pe­tency, rather than the in­com­pe­tency which seems to have be­come a stan­dard when ma­jor mat­ters are un­der con­sid­er­a­tion. de­bate over the fu­ture con­fig­u­ra­tion of lo­cal and re­gional govern­ment.

In a tac­tic com­monly em­ployed by peo­ple de­fend­ing spu­ri­ous ar­gu­ments, Mr Collins pro­ceeds to quote from leg­is­la­tion as if that will trump com­mon sense. It does not.

Mr Collins has it ex­actly wrong. If our mayor and coun­cil­lors were not deeply en­gaged in this im­por­tant de­bate about the fu­ture gov­er­nance ar­range­ments for our city and re­gion, it would be a dere­lic­tion of duty.

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