Coun­cil should con­sult more

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION/ NEWS -

New Zealand Post has not learnt the art of con­sult­ing Porirua res­i­dents from our city coun­cil (‘‘Mana Post Shop shrink­ing’’, June 3).

Look at our coun­cil’s track record on rates rises, su­per-city, city cen­tre re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion, run­down roads and in­fra­struc­ture, rates dif­fer­en­tials, bud­gets, long-term plans, cell­phone tow­ers . . . .

It’s a track record of not con­sult­ing, ig­nor­ing com­mu­nity views when sup­pos­edly con­sulted, hold­ing se­cret meet­ings and in­vest­ing in non­core businesses.

Yet when oth­ers do the same, such as New Zealand Post, mo­bile phone com­pa­nies, NZ Trans­port Agency and the district health board, they are ac­cused of not con­sult­ing and a lack of trans­parency.

The coun­cil should get it­self in in or­der be­fore ac­cus­ing oth­ers.

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