Safety be­gins in coun­cil cham­ber

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

I re­spond to the front page ar­ti­cle ‘‘We still think Porirua is safe’’ (July 23). The Porirua City Coun­cil sur­vey re­sults show that 87 per cent of peo­ple feel that the city is mostly or def­i­nitely safe.

The ‘‘cul­ture’’ of any or­gan­i­sa­tion starts at the top. For Porirua City Coun­cil then, the cul­ture of safety must be­gin with the mayor.

The one place I per­son­ally do not feel ‘‘safe’’ is in the coun­cil cham­bers when speak­ing as a res­i­dent and ratepayer and fac­ing hos­til­ity.

The mayor states that it is coun­cil’s role to help cre­ate the right en­vi­ron­ment to en­sure that peo­ple feel safe. I sug­gest that this help be­gins in the coun­cil cham­ber. it took off out of con­trol around the Main Rd, Thomas Hook St area in Tawa/Lin­den.

We would love it to be re­turned. My hus­band has just had surgery and it is one of a very few things he can do. just plain dumb, or de­viant.

Isn’t hon­esty the first prin­ci­ple of be­ing eth­i­cal?

It’s about hav­ing the in­tegrity of run­ning a busi­ness and re­spect­ing the com­mu­nity, rather than turn­ing up to ev­ery en­ve­lope-open­ing and hav­ing your pho­tos taken.

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