Su­per-city warn­ing

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

be­ing dumped on the edge of them all the time.

Or take a walk around our coast and have a look at the rub­bish spread around our shores – not very clean and green I’m afraid.

No­body likes the idea of a tip any­where near them, but with the new road run­ning over the hill be­side the tip for the new wind farm, there are some huge gul­lies on the other side of the hill that could be used. If we are go­ing to ruin the area with a wind farm we might as well make use of the gul­lies as well. Good on you Sarah Piper for your let­ter (July 23) stat­ing your sad­ness about Ms Brash’s cru­sade against Canada geese.

De­spite Ms Brash try­ing to clar­ify her po­si­tion (July 30), does the fact that some­one has worked in the Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion give them a li­cence to kill?

What a low-life out­fit it is if it al­lows in­no­cent an­i­mals be blud­geoned to death.

And we won­der why we have such a vi­o­lent so­ci­ety!

I wish the ex-mayor was more venge­ful about all the shonky de­vel­op­ers and busi­nesses that con­tinue to pol­lute and silt up our water­ways. That’s do­ing far more dam­age than any geese.

Ms Brash and our cur­rent mayor are fast pad­dling us up the creek to­wards some form of su­percity.

The ratepay­ers seem happy enough to keep fork­ing out ev­er­in­creas­ing rates by sup­port­ing their regimes. Well, wait un­til the su­per-city. The wa­ter and wastew­a­ter for a start will be eas­ily pri­va­tised, giv­ing an in­come to some poor over­seas cor­po­ra­tion, and you can pay even more.

I was sur­prised to see that old ch­est­nut – ‘‘ef­fi­ciency’’ – rolled out by one of my lo­cal coun­cil­lors.

From the ex­pe­ri­ence of Auck­land, the only ef­fi­ciency is in how they keep ef­fi­ciently scalp­ing us. If peo­ple are gullible enough to be­lieve th­ese self-serv­ing Yes Min­is­ter types and the spin­doc­tors, they de­serve the Govern­ment they get.

Mean­while, we all con­tinue to keep pay­ing a high price in more ways than one. Edi­tor’s note: The is­sue of who writes the edi­to­rial seems to be vex­ing our read­ers.

Just to be clear, it is ir­rel­e­vant who writes the edi­to­rial, be­cause it is the view of a news­pa­per, not an in­di­vid­ual. If it was by­lined, it would not be an edi­to­rial but a col­umn – lots of peo­ple have opin­ion col­umns in news­pa­pers.

If it is ‘‘un­pro­fes­sional and naive’’ not to have the edi­to­rial by­lined, then news­pa­pers all over the world are guilty! the Oc­to­ber elec­tion and asked for a man­date.

The Lo­cal Govern­ment Com­mis­sion has now been handed a rushed hotch­potch of ideas for amal­ga­ma­tion.

How can it ful­fil the le­gal re­quire­ment of mak­ing a de­ter­mi­na­tion when its man­date re­quires ‘‘first the com­mis­sion must be sat­is­fied there is com­mu­nity sup­port for lo­cal govern­ment re­or­gan­i­sa­tion in the af­fected ar­eas’’?

Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil’s on­line self-se­lected re­sponse sur­vey has no va­lid­ity for any such claim.

Yet Porirua coun­cil sup­ports the re­gional coun­cil sub­mis­sion.

I am not the only one who had my re­sponse locked out when sub­mit­ting to the sur­vey. I raised the is­sue in the Kapi-Mana News and at the so-called con­sul­ta­tion meet­ings.

Many ratepay­ers may sup­port more re­gional co-op­er­a­tion, but only if true sav­ings can be demon­strated. That can, of course, be achieved with the ex­ist­ing con­sti­tu­tional struc­ture.

Welling­ton is not Auck­land pre­su­per city. It al­ready co-op­er­ates re­gion­ally on trans­port, wa­ter and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

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