Pataka vis­i­tors

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Maybe if the peo­ple run­ning Hous­ing New Zealand moved from their com­fort­able homes and lived in one of these houses they would know what it is like to be stressed, cold and scared.

Hous­ing New Zealand is not com­mu­ni­cat­ing be­cause it doesn’t care about the peo­ple of Porirua City or the num­ber of times they have to go to the doc­tor with health is­sues cre­ated by these con­di­tions. switch the heater on be­cause the houses are so cold.

Many young peo­ple have to go back to their par­ents (lucky ones). Oth­er­wise some of them are des­tined to spend­ing time under bushes or bridges in des­per­a­tion. For years I have won­dered how Pataka mea­sures the num­ber of vis­i­tors it re­ceives.

I re­cently I read that the num­ber for the last 12 months was 285,000, with half from out­side Porirua.

How are these num­bers are as­cer­tained? I know I’ve never been sur­veyed when vis­it­ing Pataka. I wish to in­form the fol­low­ing:

Some years ago the word ‘‘Maoris’’ dis­ap­peared from all me­dia. Per­haps some­one could en­lighten me as I find there is no rea­son to ban this word, mean­ing many.

There is a far more com­pelling rea­son to ban this word ‘‘Pakeha’’ and to fol­low the same fate as the word ‘‘Maoris’’.

We see con­stantly in print the de­grad­ing word ‘‘Pakeha’’.

There is another mean­ing be­sides ‘‘Vil­lage Flea’’ that was missed out in my last letter and this is ‘‘Vil­lage Sperm’’.

It’s no won­der many peo­ple get riled when re­ferred to as Pakeha by so many un­en­light­ened peo­ple. dy­ing cat off Mana View Rd. It had just been hit by a ve­hi­cle. That driver would have known the cat had been hit be­cause there were tyre skid marks.

The driver did not stop to check on the cat and his/her ac­tions were cal­lous and in­hu­mane. Lo­cally there is a very heart­less per­son. most of the rub­bish in lieu of sum­mer­time beach war­dens.

Fur­ther to that, we ask, how can the coun­cil jus­tify a by­law for dogs, lit­ter, liquor and fires on the beach, yet none for cars?

More than a decade ago Porirua City Coun­cil, Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil and Ti­tahi Bay Res­i­dents’ Assn agreed (court or­der by con­sent) on the ex­ist­ing sign­posted rules for boat-shed park­ing at each end and the car­free cen­tre beach area, but the city coun­cil has since re­neged on the nec­es­sary by­law.

Is that the logic ex­pected of a re­spon­si­ble lo­cal au­thor­ity?

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