Streets are not dump­ing grounds

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

A new class of people have moved into our street. It’s been hap­pen­ing for a while and it has to stop.

If you want to live in south­ern Whitby, by all means move there, but leav­ing your rubbish sit­ting on the side of the road for weeks on end ex­pect­ing oth­ers to clean it up or let­ting the wind blow it around is un­ac­cept­able.

I’m no tof­fee nose but Ay­ton Drive is not a dump­ing ground for your pa­thetic lazi­ness. Ba­si­cally, clean up your act or leave.

We’re spend­ing a lot of ratepay­ers’ money on pro­mo­tions, ban­ners, flags, mail drops, T-shirts for a cho­sen few, stick­ers, brochures, travel and more to win a com­pe­ti­tion.

Is that the best way of us­ing our rates money, when Porirua has con­sid­er­able debts to re­pay?

Win­ning the Gi­ga­town com­pe­ti­tion isn’t a big deal.

Cho­rus will roll out ul­tra­fast broad­band to 70 per cent of New Zealand by 2019.

Even Ti­tahi Bay will have ul­tra-fast broad­band avail­able be­fore next June.

Cho­rus needs to trans­fer as many people to ul­tra fast broad­band as soon as pos­si­ble so it can max­imise its rev­enue.

Gi­ga­town is just an ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paign to stim­u­late ex­cite­ment and the con­sumers, and ratepay­ers are pay­ing for it.

Dur­ing a typ­i­cal shift I as­sem­ble and pack 10 can­dles per box. I put the wicks into the can­dles and put each can­dle into its alu­minium cup and pack two 50-box trays per shift. I work along­side about 10 other people, some of whom come from the com­mu­nity, and oth­ers, like me, who come from in­pa­tient care at Te Korowai Whariki, Raiha St.

I also re­ceive a ben­e­fit pay­ment from Work and In­come, but be­cause I’m an in­pa­tient, each week I re­ceive $42 on the hospi­tal rate ben­e­fit. This is the same type of al­lowance that is paid to people in rest homes.

I like my bosses and am still go­ing to work at Mana Re­cov­ery.

It would be bet­ter, though, if we could have our old al­lowance back be­cause, as a young woman, I have a life to lead, even though I am cur­rently liv­ing in hospi­tal. The other people in my sit­u­a­tion have sim­i­lar needs and lives, too.

Men­tal health has al­ways been the Cin­derella of health ser­vices. I do not feel this is very fair. come when dis­abled ath­letes do not need a spe­cial cat­e­gory FOR end-of-year awards.

In­ci­den­tally, it was in­cred­i­ble to read that the Hal­berg Disability Foun­da­tion was once called the Mur­ray Hal­berg Trust for Crip­pled Chil­dren.

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