Po­lit­i­cal trade-offs

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

I am ap­palled by politi­cians of ev­ery hue, pic­tured with their sil­ver spades cel­e­brat­ing the joint pub­lic/pri­vate con­tract for Trans­mis­sion Gully (Novem­ber 4).

Their job is not even half done and un­til then I hope they re­alise the cost to ratepay­ers of main­tain­ing Cen­ten­nial High­way from Paekakariki to Linden.

In par­tic­u­lar, I re­call a past Porirua City Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive and mayor rush­ing to pro­claim Pukerua Bay would get a Scenic High­way, as a trade-off for a more scenic by­pass that no-one even both­ered to ex­plore.

More­over, they got the lo­ca­tion of the Ohariu fault wrong; it goes through Trans­mis­sion Gully!

None of the po­lit­i­cal ad­vo­cates have the ex­per­tise to know what they have traded off. through the Sal­va­tion Army to un­der­priv­i­leged lo­cal kids and fam­i­lies.

Our com­pe­ti­tion at school will run for three weeks and the class with the most presents col­lected will win a free pizza lunch for the whole class, do­nated by the Whitby Co-op Kitchen and Bar.

This is our sec­ond year run­ning the com­pe­ti­tion.

Last year we col­lected 397 presents and we are aim­ing for more this year.

We would like to chal­lenge other schools to do the same and see if you can beat us. It’s time to get in­volved. gets huge rates from us all, not take down one sec­tion and re­place it with with a new one im­me­di­ately, in­stead of merely hav­ing more meet­ings?

Maybe it could also think of re­duc­ing the cap­i­tal value of th­ese shops, which is knock­ing the re­tail­ers badly.

Who wants to sit out and have lunch and look around shops while get­ting wet and bat­tling wind? We get more than our share of that weather.

I for one will head to North City Plaza along with oth­ers my age. That will cause more shops to close. If there was as much ac­tion as there are meet­ings, we could have a great CBD.

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